How does one explain the Florida Supreme Court's blind support of quotas and
- The late Democratic Governor Lawton Chiles stacked
this high court with 6 of the 7 pro-democratic, pro-quota, pro-liberal Justices. The
7th Justice was appointed by a previous democratic governor.
- The Justice's biographies reveal that most of them
have a lifelong affinity for liberal, pro-minority, pro-quota policies, and a number of
them have, or had, memberships and affiliations with political organizations such as the
NAACP and the Urban League.
Justices' Biographies and Politics:
Justice Charles T. Wells
Charles T. Wells - appointed Justice of the Florida Supreme Court by Democratic
Governor Lawton Chiles. In 1969, Wells served for one year as a trial attorney with
the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. DOJ is widely known as
an enthusiastic enforcer of racial quotas and preferences. Chief Justice Wells
apparently learned his lesson well while at DOJ.
Chief Justice Wells
concurred in the result only of the Courts dismissal of FCRI.
Justice Harry Lee Anstead
Lee Anstead - Justice Anstead was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court August
29, 1994, by Democratic Governor Lawton Chiles. Justice Anstead was raised in
Jacksonville, Florida's Brentwood housing project, and was a founder and leader of the
Urban League of Palm Beach County.
Justice Anstead concurred in the result only of the Courts dismissal of FCRI.
Justice Major B. Harding
B. Harding - Justice Major B. Harding was appointed by Democratic Governor Lawton
Chiles on January 22, 1991. Justice Harding has served on the Gender Bias Study
Justice Harding supported the Court's opinion and the result in dismissing the FCRI.
Justice R. Fred Lewis
|Justice R. Fred
Lewis - Justice R. Fred Lewis was appointed to the Supreme Court of Florida on
December 7, 1998, by Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. He has served The Florida Bar in
the capacity of Inventory Attorney, spending many hours auditing and reviewing files for
the protection of clients. He has authored materials published by The Florida Bar's
Continuing Legal Education Program. He presently serves on Floridas Commission
on the Legal Needs of Children and is active in the Justice Teaching Institute, a program
designed to enhance public education.
Justice Lewis concurred in the result only of the Courts dismissal of the FCRI.
Justice Barbara J. Pariente
J. Pariente - Justice Barbara J. Pariente was appointed as the seventy-seventh
Justice of the Florida Supreme Court on December 10, 1997, by Democratic Governor Lawton
Chiles. Justice Pariente was a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid
Society of Palm Beach County.
Justice Pariente also is a member of the National Judges' Advisory Committee for the
Balance and Restorative Justice Project of the Department of Justice and she organized the
first statewide conference on Restorative Justice in June 1999.
Justice Pariente supported the opinion and the result of the Court's ruling against the
Florida Civil Rights Initiative.
Justice Peggy Quince
Quince - In 1993 Justice Peggy Quince became the first black female to be
appointed to one of the district courts of appeal with her appointment by Democratic
Governor Lawton Chiles to the Second District Court of Appeal in 1994. In 1998, Ms.
Quince was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court jointly by both the outgoing Gov. Lawton
Chiles and by the newly elected Gov. Bush.
While a law student at Catholic University (Wash., DC), Justice Quince was active in the
Black American Law Students Association; she received an award for her work with
Catholic's Neighborhood Legal Services Clinic. Quince served as a hearing officer
with the Rental Accommodations Office in D.C. administering that city's new rent control
Justice Quince's former Florida Bar activities include membership on the Gender Equality
Committee. Her civic and community activities include membership in the Urban League, the
NAACP and TOBA, the Tampa Organization for Black Affairs.
Justice Quince has received honors and awards from the Lakeland NAACP Award for
Contribution to Civil Rights and from the African-American Production Company Personal
Justice Peggy Quince supported the Courts opinion and the result of the ruling
against the FCRI.
Justice Leander Shaw
Shaw - Justice Shaw was appointed to the Supreme Court by former Democratic
Governor Bob Graham in 1983. Shaw has served as Chair of Gov. Lawton Chiles'
Criminal Justice Task Force, as well as Vice-Chair of the Florida Supreme Court Racial and
Ethnic Bias Study Commission.
Justice Shaw concurred in the result only in the Courts ruling against the Florida
Civil Rights Initiative - but only Justice Shaw wrote a separate opinion, which stated in
part: "My quarrel with the amendments is simple and straightforward: I believe that
the ballot titles and summaries are fundamentally misleading," he wrote.
End of Florida Supreme Court BIOS, POLITICS