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Gov. DeSantis to huddle with federal prosecutors – but who knows what they’ll talk about?

By: - September 23, 2019 12:38 pm
Florida Supreme Court

Florida Supreme Court

Gov. Ron DeSantis will spend much of Monday afternoon meeting with the president of The Florida Bar and the state’s three U.S. attorneys – but details are scarce on what it’s all about.

DeSantis was scheduled to huddle with Joe Jacquot, his general counsel, at 1 p.m. and with Bar President John Stewart at 2:30. Communications aides to the governor did not respond to requests for details about the topics up for discussion. A Bar spokeswoman said Stewart would “update the governor on The Florida Bar and the state’s legal profession.”

During the summer, DeSantis rejected a list of attorneys the Bar suggested for appointment to judicial nominating commissions that recommend appointees to the state bench. The Bar is a nonpartisan organization, and the governor has announced his intention to appoint conservative jurists, and often turns to the conservative/libertarian Federalist Society for suggestions and appointees.

Two of the three jurists he placed on the Florida Supreme Court belonged to the organization. DeSantis soon could have two vacancies to fill on the high court, given President Trump’s nomination of justices Barbara Lagoa and and Robert Luck to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

The governor’s office was also tight-lipped about the agenda with the U.S. attorneys but did say the federal prosecutors had requested the gathering, scheduled for 3 p.m. Press aides to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida did not respond to a request for details.

Florida is home to two additional U.S. attorney offices – in the Southern District, with jurisdiction running from Vero Beach to Key West; and the Middle District, which extends from Jacksonville to Collier County. The Northern District runs from Pensacola to the Suwannee River.

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Michael Moline
Michael Moline

Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.