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Second District Court of Appeal

Seven judges appointed to handle appeals in a 14-county area face merit retention elections.

By WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2000


Seven of the 14 judges who serve on the 2nd District Court of Appeal are up for a merit retention vote Tuesday. Although appeals court judges are appointed by the governor, they must face the voters every six years to see whether they will be retained.

A recent poll of lawyers by the Florida Bar shows that an overwhelming majority favor retaining all the DCA judges. The judges up for a merit-retention vote are:

John R. Blue, 66, a former Sarasota circuit judge, has served on the court since 1992. A native of Wheatfield, Ind., he earned his law degree from Stetson University College of Law.

Darryl C. Casanueva, 49, a former Port Charlotte circuit judge, has served on the court since 1998. A native of Tampa, he earned his law degree from Loyola University School of Law.

Charles A. Davis Jr., 52, a former circuit judge in Polk County, was appointed to the court last year. A native of Winter Haven, he earned his law degree from the University of Florida.

Oliver L. Green, 67, a former Polk circuit judge, was appointed to the court in 1998. A native of Charleston, S.C., he earned his law degree from Stetson.

Emiliano Jose (E.J.) Salcines, 62, former Hillsborough state attorney, was appointed to the court in 1998. One of Tampa's most popular politicians, Salcines was the target of a federal corruption investigation in the mid-1980s. He was never charged, though he lost re-election to his post as state attorney. Salcines is a native of Tampa who earned his law degree from the South Texas College of Law.

Thomas E. Stringer Sr., 64, a former Hillsborough circuit judge, was appointed to the court in 1999. A native of Peekskill, N.Y., he earned his law degree from Stetson.

Edward F. Threadgill Jr., 68, a former circuit judge in Polk, has served on the court since 1987. A native of Mobile, Ala., he earned his law degree from the University of Florida.

THE JOB

The 2nd District Court of Appeal is based in Lakeland and includes Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Charlotte, Collier, De Soto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Polk and Sarasota counties. Judges hear criminal and civil appeals from state courts in those counties. They are paid $138,500 annually.

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