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Lon Arend to become 12th Circuit judge

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Lon S. Arend will be the next judge on the 12th Judicial Circuit bench for DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Gov. Rick Scott‘s office announced the pick Wednesday.

Arend, 46, of Palmetto, is the circuit’s Chief Assistant State Attorney, or top deputy prosecutor, having joined that office in 1995.

“During his time with the State Attorney’s Office, Arend has served in numerous capacities including Deputy Chief Assistant State Attorney, Homicide Division Chief, and Felony Division Chief,” a press release said.

Arend got his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a law degree from the University of Florida.

He replaces Judge Scott M. Brownell.

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Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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