Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

In surprise move, Florida GOP opposes Supreme Court justicesí retention in November
Miami Herald ^ | September 21, 2012 | Mary Ellen Klas

Posted on 09/22/2012 4:20:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

TALLAHASSEE -- The Republican Party of Florida waded into a traditionally apolitical fight Friday, announcing it will oppose the retention of three state Supreme Court justices on the November ballot.

In a statement released by its spokeswoman, the party said its executive board voted unanimously this week to oppose Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince in November’s retention elections. The justices do not face opponents, but voters are asked every six years to vote yes or no on whether they should remain on the job.

The party statement singled out a 2003 case by the court as its main reason for its unprecedented decision to oppose the justices. In the case, Quince and Pariente voted with former Justices Harry Lee Anstead and Raoul Cantero to order a new trial for Joe Elton Nixon, who was sentenced to death for the 1984 murder of Jeanne Bickner in Leon County, because of unfair legal representation.......

Nixon, who was convicted of tying Bickner to a tree with jumper cables and setting her on fire, argued during a lengthy appeals process that he never gave his attorney the authority to admit his guilt to the jury, violating his right to a fair trial.

The high court agreed with him in the 5-2 ruling but, in 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court voted unanimously to overturn that decision.....

Supporters of the justices accused the state GOP of using the merit-retention vote, and the case, as a subterfuge to try to seize control of the courts. If a majority of voters reject the justices, Republican Gov. Rick Scott will have an opportunity to appoint their replacements.....

....The decision by the state GOP to enter the debate allows the party to use its fundraising heft to steer money into opposition campaigns.......

(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: cleaninghouse; courts; fl; florida; votervoice
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-47 next last

1 posted on 09/22/2012 4:20:14 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

They are just jumping on the bandwagon. There is a concerted effort by all the tea party groups in this state to oust them and has been going on for months now. This will add some prominence to the issue but the former justices mentioned were also booted out because of a similar campaign.


2 posted on 09/22/2012 4:25:53 AM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s high time for judges to be ousted for their ridiculous rulings.


3 posted on 09/22/2012 4:26:25 AM PDT by txrefugee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

If the case in question was 9 years ago then why didn’t the Florida GOP oppose them the last time they were up for retention? What’s the real reason for the opposition?


4 posted on 09/22/2012 4:29:19 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: txrefugee
In general any time there's an election of any kind you should use it to get rid of judges you don't like, or keep out shyster lawyers you don't like either, and to boot the appointing politicians out if they put those guys in there.

The judiciary and justice are best served with a high turnover rate on the bench!

5 posted on 09/22/2012 4:30:44 AM PDT by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: txrefugee
When judges act like legislators, they should face the same risk as legislators. The case cited isn't a case of guilt vs. innocence, but a case of how much the deck was not stacked in favor of the criminal.
6 posted on 09/22/2012 4:31:56 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Delhi Rebels

Because....

They believe the votes will get behind this.

They believe this will bring more votes to the GOP ticket.


7 posted on 09/22/2012 4:33:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Delhi Rebels

See post #2. Maybe that is the answer.


8 posted on 09/22/2012 4:39:04 AM PDT by BilLies (The Progressive Liberal American Press will be the death of freedom in this country.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

Good. While the left likes to portray the judiciary as “apolitical”, nothing could be further from the truth.


9 posted on 09/22/2012 4:49:00 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Arms really ARE for hugging!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: txrefugee

“It’s high time for judges to be ousted for their ridiculous rulings.”

Yay!

Throw their lamea$$e$ OUT!


10 posted on 09/22/2012 4:52:31 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife; All

Unfortunately, a number of these liberal judges have been appointed by Republican governors over the years

Regardless of the party...we seem to get liberal Florida Supreme Court Justices. And, judging by the way he has supported the Black Racist groups in the George Zimmerman case...looks like Rick Scott will be picking more liberal justices.

I vote “no” on every judicial election, but it just seems we keep getting the same liberals


11 posted on 09/22/2012 4:59:27 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Egypt wants to execute me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

bttt


12 posted on 09/22/2012 5:04:42 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (Expel the Occupy White House squatters !!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeminoleCounty

Welcome to FR - if 3 months late.


13 posted on 09/22/2012 5:05:42 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: SeminoleCounty

“Unfortunately, a number of these liberal judges have been appointed by Republican governors over the years”

You mean Republican governors like Charlie Crist? Bwahahaha!


14 posted on 09/22/2012 5:06:22 AM PDT by ImNotLying (Politicians and diapers should be changed often and for the same reason!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: mazda77
I been aware of this TEA Party effort for a while. It's been on the local talk radio for the last few month.

Yes, they are late to the party.


15 posted on 09/22/2012 5:09:39 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeminoleCounty; mazda77
Most of you have no idea what you're talking about!

These three judges are the worst of the worst....

..Lewis and Pariente were appointed by Democrat Lawton Chiles...and Quince was appointed by Jeb Bush (supposedly because she had already been appointed & was in the vetting process when Bush arrived, and he didn't want to stop the process)

16 posted on 09/22/2012 5:13:13 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Guenevere

Bump!


17 posted on 09/22/2012 5:18:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s about time they took a stand. I always vote “No.”


18 posted on 09/22/2012 5:34:07 AM PDT by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delhi Rebels

pretty sure it has to do with the fact that these 3 justices ruled against nationalized healthcare being on the ballot for the PEOPLE to vote down.


19 posted on 09/22/2012 5:35:31 AM PDT by spacejunkie2001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

I always have voted no on retaining judges I think they should have terms and then go back to the real world they have helped mold.


20 posted on 09/22/2012 5:49:41 AM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-47 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson