Applications due for 4th Fla. high court opening

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Applications are due for a fourth
Florida Supreme Court vacancy in the past year.

Less than seven hours before Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline, only six
applications had been submitted to the Supreme Court Judicial
Nominating Commission. The vacancy will result from Justice Charles
Wells' retiremment in March.

Candidates must be from the 5th appellate district. It covers
parts of north and central Florida including Daytona Beach,
Melbourne and Orlando.

One of the first applications was submitted by 5th District
Court of Appeal Judge Alan Lawson. He was a finalist for the last
vacancy. Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Justice Jorge Labarga of West
Palm Beach to that at-large seat last month.

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