Gov. Scott appoints Judge Hulsey's replacement

Hulsey resigned in January while under investigation for alleged remarks


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced the appointment of Judge Eric Roberson to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court.

Roberson, 37, of Jacksonville, replaces Duval County Circuit Judge Mark Hulsey, who resigned last year while under investigation by the statewide judicial panel.

The Fourth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission conducted applicant interviews during its noticed public meeting on April 6, and gave Scott six names -- including Roberson's -- of possible replacements for the vacancy created by Hulsey's resignation. 

Roberson is currently a county judge for Duval County. He previously worked in private practice, and as an assistant state attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida and law degree from the University of Florida. 

Hulsey, 66, resigned from office one day before the Florida Legislature was to hold a hearing on accusations of him making racist and sexist remarks to his staff.

Hulsey was also facing a June judicial hearing before the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission.

Hulsey was accused of saying that blacks should "get back on a ship and go back to Africa" and referring to women staff attorneys as being "like cheerleaders who talk during the national anthem." The Fourth Judicial Circuit judge was also accused of referring to a female staff lawyer as a "bitch" and a "c---," after she complained to the chief judge that Hulsey was overusing staff attorneys.

In his resignation letter, Hulsey did not make reference to the accusations against him.