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And why did they rule so capriciously against the Florida Civil Rights Initiative?

Florida Supreme Court is NOT Color Blind!

How does one explain the Florida Supreme Court's blind support of quotas and preferences? 

  • 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.

Election 2000!
This liberal court may decide whether Bush or Gore gets the White House!  See especially
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The Justices' Biographies and Politics:

Florida Chief Justice Charles T. Wells
Justice Charles T. Wells
Chief Justice 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 Court’s dismissal of FCRI.

Justice Harry Lee Anstead
Justice Harry Lee Anstead
Justice Harry 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 Court’s dismissal of FCRI.

Justice Major B. Harding
Justice Major B. Harding
Justice Major 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 Commission.

          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 - 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 Florida’s 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 Court’s dismissal of the FCRI.

Justice Barbara J. Pariente
Justice Barbara J. Pariente
Justice Barbara 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
Justice Peggy Quince
Justice Peggy 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 law.

          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 Achievement Award.

          Justice Peggy Quince supported the Court’s opinion and the result of the ruling against the FCRI.

Justice Leander Shaw
Justice Leander Shaw
Justice Leander 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 Court’s 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.

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