Rep. Geraldine Thompson’s petition filed at the Supreme Court challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointment of 15th Circuit Judge Renatha Francis to the high court apparently won’t be supported by most other Black state lawmakers.
Thompson, D-Orlando, said in an interview with the Bar News, that she hoped the Florida Legislative Black Caucus would reverse its support for Francis earlier this year, when she was one of nine finalists for two Supreme Court vacancies. The caucus wrote a letter urging DeSantis to put her on the high court.
Thompson’s challenge is based on the Florida Constitution’s requirement that appellate judges have been Florida Bar members for 10 years. She contended Francis wasn’t an eligible candidate because she won’t meet that requirement until September 24, which is when Francis is expected to join the court.