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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
JNC SENDS SIX NAMES TO GOVERNOR SCOTT .....
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
AND YOUR NEXT COUNTY COURT JUDGE WILL BE .....
The Eleventh Judicial Circuit's JNC met late into the night on Monday. Just think about that. They could have been watching the Fins lose another game, this time to the Giants on Monday Night Football.
With the ascension of Judge Charlie Johnson to the Circuit Court, that opened up a spot on the County Court bench. There were a total of 23 applicants for the job. The JNC narrowed the list of applicants to 16 and interviewed each of those attorneys on Monday afternoon.
The following names have been sent to Governor Scott for his consideration:
Ramiro Areces; ***UPDATED*** A reader informs us that we are mistaken. The Ramiro Areces that made it out of Committee was the son, Ramiro C. Areces, who has been a member of The Florida Bar for just seven years. His father is an Immigration attorney with 28 years of experience.
Gina Beovides; Legal Aid attorney with nine years of experience; (last nominated in March of 2015 for an open County Court seat)
Alexander Spicola Bokor; Assistant County Attorney since 2008; a ten year member of The Florida Bar he previously worked for Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton; (last nominated in March of 2015 for an open County Court seat)
Karl S.H. Brown; a General Magistrate currently assigned to Family, he was assigned to the Child Support Division before that; (last nominated in March of 2015 for an open County Court seat)
Joseph Mansfield; Assistant State Attorney; (last nominated in March of 2015 for an open County Court seat)
Julie Nelson; currently works for ROIG Lawyers handling insurance defense cases; started as a law clerk for Judge Hoeveler; then began her career as an ASA; twenty year member of The Florida Bar
Two names missing from the final cut included John Wylie who was qualified to be sent to the Governor's desk five months ago for an open Circuit Court seat and Jonathan Meltz who also made it to the Governor's desk nine months ago for an open County Court seat.
But, there are several new members on the JNC and you just never know what they may do next.
Those they did not make the final cut:
Elijah A. Levitt
Griska Mena Rodriguez
Peter S. Heller
Gordon C. Murray, Sr.
John W. Wylie (nominated for Circuit Court in July 2015)
Jonathan Meltz (nominated for County Court in March 2015)
The Governor has 60 days to decide on whom our next County Court Judge will be.
CAPTAIN OUT .......