Florida court dismisses lawsuit against three state supreme court justices Max Slater at 10:09 AM ET
[JURIST] Florida's Second Judicial Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to disqualify from the November 6th ballot three Florida Supreme Court justices who face a retention vote. The lawsuit alleged that the three justices unlawfully used court employees to further their election campaigns [AP report] in that the employees helped prepare the justices' election papers. In dismissing the lawsuit Circuit Judge Terry Lewis [official profile] ruled that the plaintiffs, two voters in Florida, lacked standing to sue because they failed to show how their situation differs from other voters. Many critics have labeled the lawsuit as a political power grab, as Florida Governor Rick Scott [official profile] would get to appoint replacements for the justices if they were disqualified from the ballot. The two voters who filed the lawsuit plan to appeal the trial court's decision.
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