Voters throughout Florida are being asked whether or not to retain appellate court judges. I am recommending a NO vote on each of these judges, no matter what part of the state, for two reasons:
1. These judges aren't doing their job. In 75% of their cases they refuse to give an explanation for their ruling. This is bad for individual litigants but also means that trial judges and prosecutors are not held accountable for failing to follow the law.
2. Each of these judges was appointed by a Republican governor. Many of them are members of the Federalist Society, an organization devoted to dismantling the regulatory state and quashing individual constitutional rights.
If you would like to read a more detailed explanation of why I believe these judges should not be retained, and for a summary of each Judge's tenure and links to the Florida Bar materials on these elections, you may go here.