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Florida Governor Orders Court To Hide Comments He Made During Judicial Appointments

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In recent news, Governor DeSantis’s lawyer said that he requested that a Florida court grant privacy for all proceedings during the judicial nominations. The attorney asked the court to keep the information private, away from public view.

This comes days after a John Doe requested public records from DeSantis’ office relating to the court appointments. The executive privilege addressed the 1999 bar complaint and the later suit filed by Judge Angela Dempsey of the Leon County Circuit Court to deny the public records request.

During the proceedings, Padovano debated that the governor’s records are not free from the amendment allowing public access. Padovano argued that none of the preceding governors in the state had made such an exemption.

Padovano then traveled to Leon County from Tallahassee and argued before a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeals in the name of the court that a 1972 Florida constitutional amendment regarding public access to public records prohibited the governor from stopping access.

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Schoettle initially argued that there was an absence of the idea of applying the concept of executive privilege in public records. It has never happened. A fundamental constitutional right, the ability to view public records, is only restricted by statutory exceptions.

This case qualifies for an application for executive privilege as stated by Nathan Forrester. He deputized as a senior solicitor general for DeSantis in the state. He further added that executive privilege documents are such that they may threaten the confidentiality of an enumerated constitutional duty.

Media and advocacy groups have filed court documents in the lawsuit for open government. The groups argue that applying presidential privilege would harm state public records laws. 

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The request is based on DeSantis’s claim in an interview in 2022 that conservative legal minds had assisted in the selection of Florida Supreme Court appointees.

Nathan Forrester, a state senior deputy solicitor general, views the executive privilege entails covering documents whose disclosure might jeopardize the attested necessity of confidentiality in performing a duty outlined in the constitution.

Forrester, an attorney general’s office employee, was questioned by Judge Clay Roberts about the matter. He was asked if this also applied to correspondence among the governor, the chief of staff, and the general counsel.

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An unidentified party retaliated in the court document. Therefore, parties disagree on whether anonymous requests for public records release should be allowed legal action.

The person said that a different decision would give government organizations more confidence to disregard requests for public documents submitted in secret. However, Dempsey made a different decision, so the First District Court of Appeal will now decide. 

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