MIAMI – Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has chosen a second Miami appeals court judge for a seat on the Florida Supreme Court.
DeSantis announced Monday that Robert Luck is his latest choice. Luck, a former Miami federal prosecutor and circuit court judge, currently serves on the 3rd District Court of Appeal.
DeSantis last week picked another judge on that court, Barbara Lagoa, for the Supreme Court.
Luck attended the University of Florida as an undergraduate and got his law degree in 2004 from Florida. As a federal prosecutor, Luck focused on gun violence, Medicare fraud and investment fraud. Luck was a circuit judge in Miami from 2013 to 2017, when Gov. Rick Scott elevated him to the appeals bench.
DeSantis will make one more appointment to the Supreme Court as he replaces justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who stepped down last week because of a mandatory retirement age.
Attorney General Ashley Moody released the following statement on Luck’s selection:
“I applaud Governor DeSantis’ appointment of Judge Robert Luck to the Florida Supreme Court. Judge Luck has distinguished himself in his service as a federal prosecutor, circuit court judge, and a judge on the Third District Court of Appeal. He will be a great addition to the Florida Supreme Court.
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.
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