Rick Scott Appoints Four Judges
Gov. Rick Scott appointed four judges on Friday, but none involving the state Supreme Court.
Scott named: Thomas W. Logue, of Coral Gables, to the 3rd District Court of Appeal; Judith Duggan Davidson, of Ormond Beach, to the Volusia County Court; Judge Ross L. Bilbrey, of Pace, to the 1st Judicial Circuit Court; and Lynn D. Rosenthal, of Coral Springs, to the 17th Judicial Circuit Court.
Logue, 56, has served as an attorney for Miami-Dade County, acting as counsel for the Board of County Commissioners and the property appraiser.
“Tom brings to the bench an impressive record as a litigator and appellate attorney,” Scott stated in a release. “Equally impressive is Tom’s abiding commitment to judicial restraint. His career and his scholarly writings demonstrate a deep understanding of the notion that the rule of law, and not personal preference, must prevail in our courts.”
Logue fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Juan Ramirez Jr.
Davidson, 52, has been an assistant public defender with the 7th Judicial Circuit public defender’s office since 2002 and the office’s Flagler County division chief since 2010.
“Judy’s wide range of life and legal experiences has prepared her well for the county bench,” Scott stated in a release. “As a public defender, she has earned a reputation as a smart, fair, and dedicated officer of the court. I am confident those qualities will make her a wise and valued judge in Volusia County.”
Davidson fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Stasia Warren.
Bilbrey, 43, has served on the Santa Rosa County Court since 2006.
“Judge Bilbrey brings a wealth of experience with him to the circuit bench,” Scott stated in a release. “He is committed to the fundamental principle that judges apply, and do not make, the law.”
Bilbrey takes the place of Judge Paul Rasmussen who resigned.
Rosenthal, 54, has been an assistant United States attorney since 1985.
“As a federal prosecutor, Lynn has litigated a wide range of significant cases and gained invaluable trial experience,” Scott stated in a release. “I am confident that she will be an asset to the bench in the 17th Circuit.”
Rosenthal fills the vacancy created upon the resignation of Judge Susan Greenhawt.