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Wells submits resignation, as expected, giving Crist the 4th court vacancy

Charles_wells Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Wells submitted his resignation today from the Florida Supreme Court, effective March 3, giving Gov. Charlie Crist his fourth appointment to the seven-member court to fill in his term.

Wells, who reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 next year, was appointed to the court by former Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles in 1994. His retirement will follow Justice Harry Lee Anstead, who retires in January and who was also appointed by Chiles.

This fall, Crist named two new justices -- Charles Canady of Lakeland and Ricky Polston of Marianna.