Miami Federal Judge Tapped For Florida Supreme Court

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Originally published on January 14, 2019 3:51 pm

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 must fill three openings on the Supreme Court due to mandatory retirements.

Luck was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeal in 2017 by Gov. Rick Scott to succeed retired Judge Frank Shepherd.

Luck was previously a judge on the 11th Circuit Court of Florida. He was appointed to the court by Scott in 2013. He won election to a full term in 2016.

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