Rep. Scott Plakon, a Republican, from Longwood, is calling for an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to determine whether public employees and resources were used to assist three members of the Florida Supreme Court with their political efforts.
Last Friday, Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince almost missed the noon Friday deadline in order to qualify for the ballot this year, reported Gary Fineout.
The seven-member court abruptly put a hearing on redistricting on hold for more than an hour in order to allow the justices to finish their paperwork and turn it in to state elections officials.
The justices wound up using court employees to notarize the paperwork. A state law says any candidate for office cannot use a state employee to help their campaign during working hours, although it is unclear if that law applies to judges.