Gov. Ron DeSantis exceeded his authority in naming 15th Circuit Judge Renatha Francis to the Supreme Court but because Rep. Geraldine Thompson requested the wrong remedy the Supreme Court had dismissed her petition challenging the appointment.
The Supreme Court reached that conclusion in a decision released August 27 that also produced two concurring opinions. Although it had been requested, the court did not hold oral argument on Thompson’s petition.
In the court’s main opinion, Justice Carlos Muñiz wrote that DeSantis exceeded his authority because Francis had not been a member of The Florida Bar for 10 years, as required by the Florida Constitution for justices and appellate judges, when he made the appointment on May 26.