TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Three Florida Supreme Court justices targeted by Republicans and other conservatives are on a panel that will discuss the merit-retention election process.
The League of Women Voters of Florida is sponsoring the panel discussion Friday at Florida State University's law school in Tallahassee.
The Florida Republican Party this year broke with a non-partisan tradition in merit-retention elections by opposing the three justices. If they win the up-or-down vote on Nov. 6, each will stay on the bench for another six-year term. If voters decide to oust them, Republican Gov. Rick Scott would appoint replacements.
Justices Barbara Pariente and R. Fred Lewis were appointed by Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. Justice Peggy Quince was jointly appointed by Chiles and Republican Jeb Bush when he was governor-elect.