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An electronic digest of media coverage of interest to members of The Florida Bar compiled each workday by the Public Information and Bar Services Department. Electronic links are only active in today's edition. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

November 7, 2012

--Judiciary--


EDITORIAL: VOTERS UPHELD FLORIDA'S FAIR, INDEPENDENT HIGH COURT -- Palm Beach Post, editorial, http://www.pbpost.com , Nov. 7, 2012. FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICES RETAINED -- Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com, Nov. 7, 2012. [Also: THREE FLORIDA JUSTICES WIN RETENTION BIDS -- Ft. Myers News-Press, http://www.news-press.com , Nov. 7, 2012.]
The editorial states, "Voters retained three Florida Supreme Court justices who had been targeted by the Republican Party of Florida and out-of-state money organizations. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince will get new six-year terms, and the court itself perhaps will be done with these attempts to put politics before justice...Ideally, Florida now can return to a time when merit-retention votes of Supreme Court justices didn’t make much news. The system is designed to give voters a check on incompetent or corrupt justices, not to hold popularity contests. Certain groups, though, are pushing to make Supreme Court justices elected. The cover story is that they are accountable to the public. In reality, such elections allow special-interest groups to buy the justices they want. Florida needs no such judicial politics."

4TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL JUDGES RETAINED --Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com , Nov 7, 2012. [Also: 2ND DCA JUDGES ARE RETAINED -- The Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com , Nov. 7, 2012.]
All of the DCA judges were retained in office. For all retention vote results, please visit http://enight.dos.state.fl.us/judicial

--Other--

MOST FLORIDA AMENDMENTS REJECTED -- Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com, Nov. 7, 2012.
The Florida Legislature loaded up this year’s historically long ballot with 11 lengthy and confusing constitutional amendments — only to see voters reject almost all of them. Eight of the amendments — including a massive property tax overhaul, abortion restrictions and a “religious freedom” proposal — failed to get the requisite 60 percent vote. Amendment 5, which was opposed by The Florida Bar, was rejected by 65 percent of voters.

IMMIGRANT TUITION RULING: FLORIDA BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES NOT TO APPEAL FEDERAL DECISION -- The Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com , Nov. 7, 2012.
The State Board of Education voted Monday [Nov. 5] not to appeal a federal court decision that invalidated state college and university rules that charge higher out-of-state tuition rates to Florida residents who are U.S. citizens but dependent on illegal immigrant parents.

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[Revised: 11-08-2012]