DeSantis announces Florida Supreme Court justice nominee Renatha Francis

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday appointed Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Renatha Francis to the state’s highest court.

Francis was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court to replace Judge Al Lawson, who applauded DeSantis for his decades-long service.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled by this appointment to continue my service to the people of our amazing state of Florida,” said Francis. “I know I’ve said this on previous occasions, but I have to say it again – I stand before you as the embodiment of the American Dream.”

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Francis was born in Jamaica and immigrated to the US in 2004. She graduated from Florida Coastal Law School in 2010.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announces the appointment of Renatha Francis, right, a Palm Beach County circuit judge, to the Florida Supreme Court during a news conference in downtown Miami on May 26, 2020.
(Carl Juste/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“I am humbled to be a part of this great American experiment and to serve at the highest level of our state justice system. The Florida Supreme Court protects the freedom of the people, and it is inherent in the way we do it as a Judiciary is by respecting and complying with the limited role our judges play in our constitutional system of government,” Francis said.

DeSantis previously tried to appoint Francis to the same position in 2020 but was held back by a lawsuit in which she pointed out that she had failed to meet the requirement to sit at the Florida Bar for 10 years.

Instead, the role was given to Judge Jamie Grosshans.

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DeSantis stressed that when the time came again to pick a candidate for the Florida Supreme Court, he decided to start with a clean slate. However, despite the crowded field, he once again landed on Francis as his favorite judge.

Renatha Francis, a circuit judge in Palm Beach County, gives comments after being told by Gov.  Ron DeSantis, right, has been named to the Florida Supreme Court during a press conference in downtown Miami on May 26, 2020.

Renatha Francis, a circuit judge in Palm Beach County, gives comments after being told by Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, has been named to the Florida Supreme Court during a press conference in downtown Miami on May 26, 2020.
(Carl Juste/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Judge Renatha Francis has an incredible life story that embodies the American dream and proves that those who come to our country have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and, through hard work and the application of their God-given talents, reach the highest heights. whichever field they choose,” said the governor.

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In separate news, DeSantis suspended Liberal state attorney Andrew Warren on Thursday.

The governor announced this during a press conference that was broadcast on social media. DeSantis argued that Warren has repeatedly refused to enforce laws passed by the legislature to address child sex change operations and abortion restrictions.

“We are suspending Soros-backed state attorney Andrew Warren from the 13th Circuit for neglecting his duties as he vows not to enforce the laws of the state,” DeSantis’s office said in a statement. The 13th circuit falls over Hillsborough County in Florida.

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