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Scott to meet with Supreme Court candidates

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With Justice James E.C. Perry retiring at the end of the year, Gov. Rick Scott could be moving closer to naming a new member of the Florida Supreme Court.

Scott will meet Wednesday afternoon with the three candidates for the position, according to a schedule released by his office.

Scott's choice will be closely watched as it is his first appointment to the Supreme Court. The three candidates, forwarded to Scott by a judicial nominating commission, are 5th District Court of Appeals judges C. Alan Lawson and Wendy Berger and Orlando attorney Daniel Gerber. 

Perry, 72, will leave the bench because the state Constitution requires justices to retire when they turn 70 years old. The law allows justices like Perry to fulfill the remainder of their terms, depending on when their birthdays fall.