TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) A trial judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at throwing three of his seven bosses Florida Supreme Court justices off the Nov. 6 ballot.
Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said on Wednesday that a pair of voters who are opposed to retaining the justices had no legal right to sue.
They were represented by lawyers from the conservative Southeast Legal Foundation who said they would appeal.
The suit alleged Justices Peggy Quince, R. Fred Lewis and Barbara Pariente illegally used court employees to help file election qualifying papers. The justices deny any wrongdoing.
They are seeking retention for new six-year terms in an up or down vote. If voters refuse to retain them or if they are removed from the ballot, Republican Gov. Rick Scott would appoint replacements.