Rick Scott appoints two new judges

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Gov. Rick Scott made two judicial appointments in South Florida on Monday.

Jose A. Izquierdo, a crimimal defense lawyer, was named to a circuit judgeship in the 17th Judicial Circuit serving Broward County.

Izquierdo, 40, of Miramar, most recently practiced on his own and with Izquierdo & Marin, according to a Governor’s Office news release. He previously was with the Law Offices of Bradford M. Cohen.

Izquierdo received an undergraduate degree from Florida International University and a law degree from the University of Florida. He takes the seat vacated by Cynthia G. Imperato.

Imperato resigned from the bench earlier this year following her 2014 conviction on a misdemeanor DUI charge in Boca Raton, according to reports.

Scott also appointed Michael Davis to be a Broward County judge.

Davis, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, has been a Senior Assistant Attorney General since 2014.

He was previously a Senior Child Best Interest Attorney with the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program from 2012-2014.

Davis got his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Stonybrook and his law degree from Hofstra University.

He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Eric M. Beller.

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.