Here's the problem: Long time Circuit Court Judge Judith Kreeger made plans to retire after a distinguished career on the Family Court bench. She will be missed.
Judge Kreeger informed Governor Charlie Crist (motto: "get me the hell out of Tallahassee and on to Washington , the sooner the better") of her intent to retire prior to the April 30, 2010 filing deadline for her seat (her seat is up for election this year.) Attorneys Miguel De La O and Pat Kopco (sorry, we couldn't find a web site for her) filed as candidates to run in her seat.
But because Judge Kreeger informed the Governor of her intent to retire before the qualifications period was up, the Governor may well have the right to appoint someone to Judge Kreeger's seat, knocking De La O and Kopko on their electoral butts and out of the race.
While some commentators have said that Judge Kreeger blew it by announcing her retirement before the filing deadline, we think that Judge Kreeger probably had to do that, in relation to the arcane retirements laws we have in Florida, as well as her ability to sit as a Senior Judge, since if she didn't retire before the filing deadline, the State may well have treated her failure to file as something other than retirement- preventing her from returning as a Senior judge.
Such complicated questions. Oy. Perhaps its time we shine our El Capitan spotlight over our troubled metropolis and seek help from the blog's super hero of arcane election law.
The DBR has an article about Judge Kreeger's retirement here.
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