EXCLUSIVE NEW SERIES: How Activist Are Florida Supreme Court Justices Pariente, Lewis, and Quince?

Three Florida Supreme Court justices are up for retention on the November ballot, and Sunshine State News is the only news source that is examining their judicial record. 

And for your convenience, we've created an entirely new section of our website to bring you the news nobody else is: 

"Are They Activist? A Look at Justices Pariente, Lewis, and Quince"

Be sure to check out tomorrow morning's installment: "Florida Justices Pariente, Lewis, and Quince: Making Taxpayers Pay for 'Acts of God'?"

Although Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy Quince are insisting that voters should ignore their rulings when they head to the polls and consider only whether these justices have ever committed a crime, their critics and other legal scholars say otherwise: it is absolutely relevant to their retention that voters consider whether these justices are interpreting relevant law according to its original public meaning, or whether they are activists who ignore the law and impose their own personal moral philosophy on cases that come before them.

For the last several weeks Sunshine State News has reached out to the three justices (who are traveling around the state to sit down with newspaper editorial boards) to interview for this series. In September, we were notified by a representative of their joint campaign that they are specifically refusing to interview with the News, which is Florida’s only center-right news organization.
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Sheree
12:06AM OCT 23RD 2012
Thank you for providing this important info to your readers. For decades I have walked into the voting booth ignorant about how to cast my vote on judges. Thanks to organizations like Restore Justice and the Sunshine News I now know the importance of being informed. Ignore your rulings, Judges? Seriously? How can how you carry out your responsibilities and the affects on my life and family be irrelevant? No thanks.

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