Good that Court needs to have some improvements....
From the article:TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Circuit Judge Kenneth Bell of Pensacola as a state Supreme Court justice Monday, saying he would enhance the court's geographic diversity as the first justice since 1917 to live west of Tallahassee.
Bell has been a trial judge in Pensacola since January 1991.
"The people of northwest Florida have gone far too long without representation on the Supreme Court," Bush said. Bell's family has lived in Pensacola for seven generations.
Bell, 46, replaces retiring Justice Leander Shaw, 72, who is stepping down next week after 20 years on the state's highest court.
He will be the only justice on the state's highest court who has served on the trial bench.
"This kind of perspective, I think, is important on our state's highest court," Bush said, noting that Bell has presided over more than 27,000 cases in 12 years on the bench.