Fla. Gov. DeSantis Using Plane Seized in Drug Raid

He laid out his plan for protecting our water quality and environment in Stuart. Earlier in the day he made stops in Bonita Springs and Sarasota

He laid out his plan for protecting our water quality and environment in Stuart. Earlier in the day he made stops in Bonita Springs and Sarasota

Florida's new Governor announced the suspension of embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday afternoon. A onetime federal prosecutor in Florida's Southern District, Lagoa had experience in criminal and civil litigation before former Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her to the 3rd District Court of Appeal in 2006, where she has served for more than 12 years.

"And in that regard, I am particularly mindful of the fact that, under our constitutional system, it is for the Legislature and not the courts to make the law". " The people of Florida deserve nothing less", said DeSantis. "And it is the role of judges to interpret our Constitution and statutes as they are written", she said.

In 2003, Lagoa joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida as an assistant United States attorney, where she worked in the Civil, Major Crimes and Appellate sections. Justice Lagoa is the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court.

"In the country my parents fled, the whim of as single individual could mean the difference between food or hunger, liberty or prison, life or death".

Under Florida law, the governor can suspend elected officials for criminal activity, misfeasance, incompetence or neglect of duty. "Unlike the country my parents fled, we are a nation of laws, not of men".

The newly elected governors of Wisconsin and MI also issued nondiscrimination orders upon assuming office. Three justices reached mandatory retirement as DeSantis took office, giving him an unusual opportunity to put a major imprint on the state Supreme Court.

DeSantis, a Harvard Law School graduate who served as a judge advocate in the Navy and who was sworn into office on Tuesday, hailed Lagoa as "the essence of what a judge should be".

Therefore, I ask that each of you tender your resignation from the Board, effective immediately. Now, that's not going to be like the old state planes where the Cabinet and other people could do it. "She understands the rule of law, how important that is to a society".

During his successful campaign, DeSantis told supporters that he hoped to alter the judiciary in Florida "for a generation" through the three vacancies. "Gov. DeSantis on his first Supreme Court appointment".

"I thought it was fitting, given that her parents came to Florida as Cuban exiles", DeSantis, 40, said. "I think we'll really re-energize our constitutional order here by doing that".

She is the first Hispanic woman in history to serve on the Florida Supreme Court.

John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, a group with conservative views on social issues that include combating abortion and gay rights, called the Lagoa pick "an outstanding choice". That concept was certainly at the heart of comments we heard from the governor yesterday, and echoed again this morning with the appointment of Justice Lagoa. From 1962 to 1974, it was a processing center for Cuban refugees seeking political asylum from Fidel Castro's regime.

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