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Rick Scott appoints judges in Pinellas, Pasco counties

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Gov. Rick Scott appointed two lawyers to judgeships Tuesday to replace judges who have resigned from the bench.

Scott appointed Joshua Riba, 41, of Safety Harbor, to the Pinellas County Court to replace Judge William H. Overton. Overton is assigned to county traffic cases, according to the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Riba has been an assistant state attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 2010. Riba received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and his law degree from the University of Florida

Joseph A. Poblick, 41, of Dade City, was appointed to the Pasco County Court. He will replace Judge Marc H. Salton, who is retiring. Salton presides over misdemeanors, DUI and criminal traffic cases, according to Pasco County records.

Poblick  has been an attorney with the Law Offices of Joseph A. Poblick since 2005. Poblick began his legal career as an assistant state attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in 2001. He has served as city attorney for the municipalities of Zephyrhills and Port Richey. In 2012, Poblick ran unsuccessfully in a four-way primary to replace retiring judge Robert P. Cole.

Poblick received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and his law degree from Loyola University.

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