The Florida Supreme Court blocked the government. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida Supreme Court Blocks DeSantis Justice Election Politically Neglected Minority: Asian Americans and COVID-19 House Panel Explain “Serious” Concerns About Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Wisconsin Elections MORE‘s (R) choice to join the court, saying he must choose a new candidate because the woman he first selected to fill a position is constitutionally ineligible to serve.
The court passed a ruling on Friday nullifying Judge Renatha Francis̵
Francis was admitted to the Florida Bar on September 24, 2010. Her tenure as a lawyer preceded the Florida Supreme Court admission requirement under state law a few months. While Francis’ nomination was a victory for the black lawmakers who had urged DeSantis to bank an African American, critics pointed to the timing of her election to say it still should not be allowed to go to court.
“The constitution’s ten-year membership in the bar and the sixty-day deadline for appointment are clear text mandates that impose rules rather than standards and set security over discretion,” the court ruled. “We believe that the Constitution requires the governor to immediately appoint and appoint a constitutionally eligible candidate from among the seven remaining candidates who have already been certified by the Judiciary’s Nomination Committee.”
DeSantis has until Monday to appoint another judge to fill the position that would have gone to Francis. The spot first opened with the resignation of Justice Robert Luck.
Sunshine State governors are tasked with filling Supreme Court vacancies from a list provided to them by the Supreme Court Nominations Committee. This means DeSantis will limit his picks to those of the original list given to him earlier this year before Francis’ nomination to hit his roadblocks.
Efforts to prevent Francis from joining the court were made by MP Geraldine Thompson (D). She had initially requested a new list be drawn up for DeSantis, but modified her petition to align it with the court’s decision two weeks ago that initially found that the governor had exceeded his authority in appointing Francis.
“My motivation was to protect the independence, autonomy and trust of the people in our justice system,” Thompson told The Associated Press. “I put my hand on the Bible and raised my hand to God and said I would protect and defend the Constitution. I feel like I was responsible for it. “