Florida’s Restore Justice campaign released a 2012 Merit Retention Report Card over the weekend, blasting out an email to supporters statewide containing its research into the records of Supreme Court Justices Pariente, Quince and Lewis in preparation for the merit retention vote this November. The group’s website headline reads “Case Closed” and allows viewers to download the culmination of its research.
“Our voter guide is the product of nearly two years of research into their decisions, dialogue with legal experts and insiders and discussion among concerned voters,” said Jesse Phillips, President of Restore Justice. “We are very excited that for the first time in the history of the state of Florida, citizens will have a real source of information about the rulings the Supreme Court has made on issues important to families and tax payers.”
Following the release of the report, the Restore Justice 2012 campaign will be traveling throughout Florida on what it calls a Score Card Tour. Phillips, along with other grassroots leaders will be speaking to concerned citizens before they decide whether to retain the three embattled Justices for another 6-year term.
Criticized as a reactionary single-issue opposition campaign, Restore Justice is concerned about far more than the Court’s decision to strike the Health Care Freedom Act from the 2010 ballot. The report issues poor grades for each of the three Justices on several issues, including homeowner’s rights, health care, right to vote, education, criminal justice and frivolous lawsuits.
“We’ve been told we should not vote against a Justice just because we disagree with one bad decision,” Phillips said. “But what about ten? At some point they need to be held accountable.”
During September, the campaign will be distributing the scorecard to voters in Brevard, three stops in Broward, Clermont, Jacksonville, Naples, Pinellas, Tampa and The Villages. More stops are scheduled.
Location information about the campaign may be found at http://www.RestoreJustice2012.com/events.