Gov. DeSantis appoints Barbara Lagoa to the Florida Supreme Court

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"In the country, my parents fled the whim of a single individual could mean the difference between food and hunger, liberty or prison, life or death", Lagoa said.

Under Florida law, the governor can suspend elected officials for criminal activity, misfeasance, incompetence or neglect of duty. "Unlike the country my parents fled, we are a nation of laws".

Justices Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince also have mandatorily retired, leaving DeSantis two more seats to fill.

The newspaper noted DeSantis, who took office on Tuesday, flew from Tallahassee to Miami on Wednesday on an upgraded King Air aircraft.

DeSantis said 50-year-old Lagoa has an impeccable judicial background and that her Cuban-American upbringing gives her extra appreciation for the rule of law.

"The Cuban people do not know what laws apply to them or whether they will receive a fair trial after arbitrarily being accused of political crimes", he said. She received her B.A. cum laude in 1989 from Florida International University, where she majored in English and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

During his successful campaign, DeSantis told supporters that he hoped to alter the judiciary in Florida "for a generation" through the three vacancies.

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DeSantis' office said Lagoa will be the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Supreme Court. "That's a game changer and that's why these appointments are so consequential", said Sayfie, who was an adviser to Gov. Jeb Bush.

The governor recalled that, when he announced Nuñez as his running-mate a year ago, he said "Jeanette's life, what she's done, was really an inspiration to a lot of young women". "In the world of judicial appointments, Barbara Lagoa is a home run".

According to the Miami Herald, Desantis is expected to announce the suspension of sheriff Scott Israel.

In her remarks, Lagoa, accompanied by her parents, husband and three daughters, left little doubt that she will fulfill DeSantis' expectations.

Lagoa, 51, grew up in Miami and attended New York's Columbia Law School, where she edited the prestigious law review.

In 2003, Barbara joined the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in Miami as an Assistant United States Attorney, where she worked until her appointment to the bench in 2006. She also handled a significant number of appeals.

Still, public outrage has been huge over Israel's handling of the Parkland shooting, where 17 students and faculty members were killed and another 17 wounded by a former student who came onto campus with a high-powered rifle.

The commission also took issue with Israel's decision to change the agency's active shooter policy so that deputies "may" confront an active shooter, rather than "shall", and found gaps in law enforcement's response to dozens of calls and reports about shooter Nikolas Cruz's troubling behavior.

Maria D. Garcia, president of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), congratulated Lagoa in a letter after the Miami announcement.

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