The Florida Supreme Court on Monday morning shot down Gov. Charlie Crist, saying that a Leon County judicial vacancy must be filled by election instead of an appointment by the governor. Crist asked the court to side with him after Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho opened up qualifying for the judgeship that had been held by Judge Tim Harley.
Harley retired because he has been stricken by Lou Gehrig's disease. But Harley's retirement came midway through the week-long qualifying period. Because of that Crist started the process to ask for applications, but on the final day of qualifying Sancho allowed three people to qualify, including the wife of Rep. Curtis Richardson.
The court in its ruling say that past rulings and the constitution make it clear that all efforts must be made to allow voters to decide who should become judge.
Here's a copy of the unanimous opinion: Download judicial_vacancy.pdf