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Commission settles on three finalists for Supreme Court vacancy

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will pick a new state Supreme Court from one of three finalists.

A state nominating panel on Monday interviewed 11 applicants for the job and then whittled down the list before coming up with a list for Scott.

The panel recommended that Scott consider Charles Alan Lawson, the chief judge for the 5th District Court of Appeal, Wendy Berger, a 5th DCA judge, and attorney Daniel Gerber for the high court.

Some high-profile names were passed over for consideration, including State Attorney Brad King, the lead prosecutor for five central Florida counties, and State Rep. Larry Metz.

The spot on the court is coming open because Justice James Perry is stepping down on Dec. 30 because he’s reached the mandatory retirement age.

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