Rick Scott makes more judicial appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott appointed Michelle L. Naberhaus and Thomas J. Brown to the Brevard County Court.

Naberhaus, a 41-year-old Merritt Island resident, has practiced with Dean Mean P.A. since 2015.

From 2013 until 2015, she was a sole practitioner for Michelle L. Naberhaus P.L.

Previously, she was a shareholder with the GrayRobinson firm. Naberhaus fills a vacancy created by Cathleen B. Clarke’s resignation.

Brown, a 52-year-old Melbourne resident, is an assistant state attorney for the State Attorney’s Office in the 18th Judicial Circuit.

He was previously an attorney for the Law Office of Howard Allen. He fills a vacancy created by John C. Murphy‘s removal from the bench.

Murphy was caught on courtroom video berating and threatening to fight an assistant public defender.

The incident was widely reported by state and national news media, causing the Florida judicial system “to become a national embarrassment,” investigators said.

Scott also appointed Susan H. Rothstein-Youakim to the Second District Court of Appeal.

The 46-year-old Tampa resident has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida since 1995.

She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Chris W. Altenbernd.

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