ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) 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.