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Florida Supreme Court's next chief justice is Jorge Labarga, first Cuban-American to hold post

From our friends at the Associated Press:

Justice Jorge Labarga will be the Florida Supreme Court's next leader.

The seven-member court on Wednesday elected 61-year-old Labarga to a two-year term beginning July 1. He will succeed Chief Justice Ricky Polstonwho will remain on the bench.

Labarga becomes the first Cuban-American to hold the post. The chief justice serves as the chief administrative officer for the state courts system.

His election followed a tradition of electing the next senior justice who hasn't yet held the position.

Labarga was first appointed to the high court in 2009 by former Gov. Charlie Crist. He will become the court's 56th chief.

Labarga is from West Palm Beach and he served as a trial court judge and then briefly as an appeals judge before he was appointed to the Supreme Court. 


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Bill McCollum

An excellent jurist who I supported when appointed by Governor Crist!

ed jenkins

Please excuse me, because I have not taken my meds in several days. That being said I think the people of Florida have made themselves abundantly clear that we will no longer tolerate appointing people to positions based on their ethnicity. Why can't we have more old white people in power?

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