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The New Politics of Judicial Selection in Florida: Merit Selection Redefined

Rebecca Mae Salokar, D. Jason Berggren and Kathryn A. DePalo
The Justice System Journal
Vol. 27, No. 2 (2006), pp. 123-142
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27977287
Page Count: 20
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The New Politics of Judicial Selection in Florida: Merit Selection Redefined
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Abstract

This research examines the impact of legislative changes to Florida's merit selection process designed to provide the governor with more influence over the judicial selection process. We ask whether the modifications had their intended effect. Gubernatorial appointments from 1999 through 2003 to the state's trial courts in the metropolitan areas and to the intermediate court of appeals were analyzed. We find significant differences in appointments before and after the law's change with respect to political party, and more subtle trends in the individuals' applications with respect to religion and the reporting of religious activity and movement conservatism.

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