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Crist appoints Polston to high court

Polston_2Gov. Charlie Crist filled the bench of Florida's highest court with First District Court of Appeal Judge Ricky Polston this morning to replace retiring Justice Kenneth Bell.

Polston, 52, a native of Graceville, is a graduate of Florida State University law school and undergrad who has presided over more than 6,000 cases on the 1st DCA, the appeals courts that deals with the majority of legislative and executive branch feuds. He is also a certified CPA, was the valedictorian of Graceville High School, is an Elder at the Christian Heritage Church and is now the father of four daughters and six adopted boys. More here.

At a press conference announcing the appointment in front of the governor's mansion, Polston vowed that he "would not legislate from the bench.'' He authored the dissent in the Bush v. Holmes case which threw out former Gov. Jeb Bush's voucher program based on the no-aid provisions of the Blaine amendment. He also authored a case concerning internet access for minors.

This is the second of two appointments Crist will make this year. In September, Crist named Second District Court of Appeal Judge Charles Canady to the post vacated by Miami Justice Raoul Cantero. Canady, a former state legislator and congressman is considered a conservative choice and was heavily promoted by the religious right. He led impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton while he was in Congress and was one of the authors of the partial birth abortion bill.