2 Florida Supreme Court judges tapped for federal seats

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Posted at 4:28 AM, Sep 13, 2019

MIAMI (AP) — Two Florida Supreme Court Justices have been tapped for seats on a federal appeals court.

President Donald Trump announced the appointments Thursday of Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court is based in Atlanta and has jurisdiction over federal cases originating in the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. They must still be confirmed by the Senate.

Lagoa and Luck are filling vacancies created by Judge Gerald Tjoflat and Judge Stanley Marcus. They were appointed by President Gerald Ford and President Bill Clinton, respectively.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Lagoa and Luck to the Florida Supreme Court shortly after taking office earlier this year. Lagoa and Luck previously served on lower state appeals courts and worked as federal prosecutors.