Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins has lost her battle to remain on the bench after the Florida Supreme Court rejected her motion for a rehearing.
Justices decided to remove Hawkins from office last month after an investigation showed she ran a private business from her chambers. She also faced accusations she Hawkins faced accusations that she deleted financial records while under investigation. Hawkins asked for a rehearing, contending that the Supreme Court "overlooked and, in some cases, misapprehended points of fact and law."
Clifford Wilson III is the Interim Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. His position is official December 1, the day Secretary Herschel Vinyard steps down due to retirement, according to a statement from Governor Rick Scott's communications office.
“Secretary Vinyard was instrumental in helping us protect Florida’s environment for future generations, and we are thankful for his service to Florida families," Scott said in a written statement.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Newly disclosed records are showing that Florida Gov. Rick Scott used a private email account to discuss state business.
The Scott administration turned over a batch of emails from a gmail account on Tuesday three months after the Associated Press first asked for them.
Most of the emails appear to be from 2011 and 2012. It is not a violation of law to have a private email account, but it would be a violation if someone asked for emails and the governor's office failed to turn them over.