Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., Announced Thursday that he and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., Their state.
The panels, one for each Florida judicial district, will interview and investigate candidates and then report their findings to a Hastings-led delegation. Hastings told the White House attorney on Monday that he and Wasserman Schultz would set up the panels to assist in the review process before President Biden selects his candidates.
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“These screening conferences bring together strong legal and legal expertise from across our state and will be critical in advising Florida lawmakers as we evaluate candidates for some of the top Florida jobs,” Hastings said in a statement. “I thank every member of these screening conferences for their willingness to play such an important role.”
Rep Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)
The panels are comprised primarily of attorneys and current and retired judges, including former Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente and Judge Belvin Perry Jr., who led Casey Anthony’s 2011 criminal trial.
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Hastings himself is a former judge who was indicted and removed from office in 1989 after being charged with perjury, forgery of documents and bribery in connection with reducing the sentences of defendants with mob ties. Of 17 impeachment cases, the Senate voted for eleven and sentenced Hastings for eight.
While the Senate removed Hastings from the bank, they chose not to expel him and he was elected to Congress in 1992.