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Gov. DeSantis appoints Carlos Muniz to Supreme Court

By News Service of Florida | Posted: Tue 10:27 AM, Jan 22, 2019 | Updated: Tue 6:27 PM, Jan 22, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NSF) - In the final step in reshaping the Florida Supreme Court, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday named Carlos Muniz to the high court.

Muniz served as chief of staff to former Attorney General Pam Bondi, as a deputy general counsel to former Gov. Jeb Bush and recently has worked as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education.

DeSantis has appointed three justices since taking office Jan. 8 in decisions that are expected to shift the court to the right. DeSantis earlier appointed South Florida appellate judges Barbara Lagoa and Robert J. Luck to the Supreme Court.

Muniz and DeSantis

Lagoa, Luck and Muniz replaced longtime justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who were required to step down this month because of a mandatory retirement age.