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13 years after losing contentious race, Declan Mansfield appointed to the bench

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More than a decade after losing a judicial campaign to an opponent who would later be removed from office, Declan Mansfield has been appointed to the 6th Judicial Circuit Court bench. Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment Friday afternoon. In 2003, Mansfield lost a contentious race to John Renke III, the politically connected son of a former state House member who spent nearly $100,000 on his campaign. Based on career experience and qualifications, Mansfield was the superior candidate (I offer that analysis…

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Judge John Renke (deservedly) thrown off bench

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“No one disputes that John Renke III is a good circuit judge. But the way he got on the Pinellas-Pasco bench makes him unfit to serve, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday. He is the 16th judge ordered removed from the bench in Florida since 1970 but the first removed solely for campaign violations. The ruling against Renke, 36, came in a harshly worded opinion that all but ends his 3 1/2 years of handling family law and probate in…

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