Governor names Labarga to Florida Supreme Court

Published: Friday, January 2, 2009 at 10:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 2, 2009 at 10:37 a.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The third time was a charm for West Palm Beach Judge Jorge Labarga.

Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday appointed the 56-year-old West Palm Beach attorney to the Florida Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Harry Lee Anstead. It was Crist's third appointment to the state's high court since late August.

Just last month, Crist appointed the Cuban-born Labarga to an appellate court and asked the Judicial Nominating Commission for more names, drawing criticism from some JNC members who felt the governor was politicizing the process.

Labarga, who was among the nominees in both of Crist's earlier selections, earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida.

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