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Monday, January 07, 2019
GOVERNOR SCOTT APPOINTS TWO NEW COUNTY COURT JUDGES .......
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
BREAKING: GOVERNOR DESANTIS WILL NAME THE NEXT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ON WEDNESDAY at 10 AM with an announcement at the Freedom Tower in Miami. Expect DeSantis to name a justice to fill the open seat for a justice that must reside in the 3rd Appellate District. The three finalists include: Judges Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck and attorney John Daniel Couriel.
Also, as I touched on below, Gov. Scott appointed a total of 76 people to various posts around the state last Friday. DeSantis has indicated that he will be rescinding many of those appointments. It is clear that DeSantis was not happy with Scott's actions in pulling off these last minute appointments.
YOUR TWO NEWEST COUNTY COURT JUDGES ARE ...
NATALIE MOORE. Ms. Moore has been a member of The Florida Bar since 2006. She is currently an Assistant State Attorney and also a Training Director at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. She previously served in the Hate Crimes Unit. She fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Carlos Guzman.
ROBERT WATSON. Mr. Watson has been a member of The Florida Bar since 2003. A Stanford law grad (Georgetown undergrad), he is currently a principal with the law firm of Kobre & Kim. Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Watson served as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. Before that he practiced at Holland & Knight, where he focused on money laundering cases, commercial disputes and international arbitration. He currently represents corporations and individuals in white-collar criminal defense matters, regulatory enforcement actions and internal investigations. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and focuses on representing clients in connection with matters related to Latin America. He fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Alexander Bokor.
In case you were wondering, this is Governor Scott’s last day in office and therefore his last appointments to the bench. Scott has been very busy over the holidays naming dozens of appointments to Boards, Committees, Commissions, and the bench. While for the past eight years, he has almost always taken the full 60 days to review the JNC names sent to him before he selects a new judge, for these two appointments, Scott needed only 18 days to choose Ms. Moore and Mr. Watson as their names were included in a JNC correspondence sent to Scott on December 20, 2018.
Those that were not chosen from the JNC final list included:
Karl S.H. Brown, Peter S. Heller, Zachary James, Scott M. Janowitz, Jeffrey M. Kolokoff, Jonathan Meltz, Julie Harris Nelson, Christopher Pracitto, Manolo Reboso, and Stephanie Silver.
So now we will wait to see what kind of judges our new Governor will choose. Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis, our 46th Governor of the Great State of Florida, will be sworn in on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 9 AM.
As one of his first acts that will have a lasting effect on our judicial system, expect Governor DeSantis to quickly name three replacements to the Florida Supreme Court. That's because as of 5 PM tomorrow, Justices Pariente, Lewis, and Quince, will all be retiring.
Also on the Agenda, two open seats on the Miami-Dade Circuit Court. With the elevation of Judges Bronwyn Miller and Eric Hendon to the 3rd DCA, Desantis will get to name their two replacements. The JNC is accepting applications until January 18, 2019, so don't expect to see their replacements named until early April.
CAPTAIN OUT .......