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DeSantis picks appeals court Judge Lagoa for Supreme Court; New justice praised as 'textualist'

By Ann Maher | Jan 9, 2019

Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis has picked Florida Third District Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Lagoa to serve on the state Supreme Court.

In state AG race, Moody leads Shaw by slim margin, report says

By Ann Maher | Aug 31, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - The race for state attorney general is shaping up as a tight one with Republican Ashley Moody ahead by a few points over Democrat Sean Shaw.

Republican group calls Shaw's remarks on role of AG 'reckless and irresponsible'

By Ann Maher | Aug 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - Remarks made by the newly elected Democrat nominee for attorney general on the role the state's chief law enforcer can play were "reckless and irresponsible," according to the Republican Attorneys General Association.

AOB proposal described as 'trial bar scheme' to be heard in Senate committee

By Ann Maher | Jan 23, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - A bill that would prevent insurance companies from adjusting rates to account for litigation costs and restrict their ability to deny claims or rescind policies due to fraudulent misrepresentations will be taken up by the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee this afternoon.

Scott moves to disqualify Justice Pariente in wake of 'hot mic' comments

By Ann Maher | Nov 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Rick Scott today moved to disqualify Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente from the case of League of Women Voters Florida, et al. v. Rick Scott, in the wake of the justice's controversial "hot mic" remarks after the conclusion of oral argument in the case nearly three weeks ago.

Chief justice's hot mic remarks shows 'intent to influence' process of filling SC vacancies, lawyer says

By Ann Maher | Nov 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE - Following a hearing at the Florida Supreme Court last week over who gets to appoint replacements for three justices whose terms expire in 2019, a hot mic picked up what is described as a troubling exchange between Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Justice Barbara Pariente.

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