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Watchdog group warns of federal judicial vacancies

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Lingering judicial vacancies aren’t causing a crisis in Florida’s federal courts — yet. That’s the upshot of a new study out Thursday from Integrity Florida, a government watchdog group. The state has four* unfilled U.S. district judgeships out of 37. That’s only an 11 percent vacancy here, which tracks with 10 percent of the nation’s 677 district judges, the study says. But more Florida judges are expected to retire in the coming months, said Ben Wilcox, the group’s research director. The lack of…

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