- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court is telling Gov. Rick Scott that he can’t pick a new Palm Beach County judge, but the high court did side with the governor on three other judicial appointments.

The court on Friday ruled that Palm Beach County voters will get to select a replacement for Judge Laura Johnson. Johnson had resigned in order to run for a circuit judgeship, but Florida’s top election official maintained that Scott should be allowed to fill the vacancy by appointment.

Attorney Gregg Lerman challenged Scott’s authority to pick her replacement and the court unanimously agreed.

Scott, however, did get approval to fill positions in three circuit courts stretching from northeast Florida to southwest Florida. Justices said they ruled in the governor’s favor for technical reasons. But one justice said the three judges were manipulating the law.

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