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Florida Supreme Court judge Barbara Pariente speaks at Temple Emeth about her campiagn for merit retention

Florida Supreme Court judge Barbara Pariente made a visit to Temple Emeth, 5780 W. Atlantic Ave., to inform Delray Beach voters of her "Fighting For Justice 2012: The Effort to Retain Justice Pariente" campaign.

Pariente has been a lawyer for 39 years, was appointed to the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeals in 1993, and then appointed by then Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles to the Florida Supreme Court in 1997.

Currently, she's the longest serving member of the Florida Supreme Court, the first Jewish woman to serve on that dais and the only Jewish member serving today. She was chief justice 2004 through 2006.

She came to Delray Beach today to talk to voters about what she calls "attacks: she is receiving from superpacs, social media, tweets, blogs, among others in an effort remove her from office.

Pariente needs 51 percent of the vote in Florida's November election as part of a merit retention vote to retain her seat on the Florida Supreme Court.

Today, she blamed daily newspapers for distorted coverage, Americans For Prosperity's agenda to get her and two other Florida Supreme Court judges removed from office and leaders of the Restore Justice 2012 campaign.

"I'm really scared about the outside money and their agenda (fueling the campaigns against me)," Pariente said.

"This is the heart of democracy right here in Delray Beach; you're well informed and educated," Pariente told the group of supporters.

Pariente said that if any of Florida's Supreme Court Justices are removed from office that Gov. Rick Scott would be allowed to appoint new ones.

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Dave DiPinoDave DiPino
David DiPino joined Forum Publishing Group in August 2006. As a reporter for the Delray Forum, David covers community news and writes a dining column twice a month that focuses on restaurants in South Palm Beach County.

He also is one of the writers of the twice-monthly Hometown Downtown column that looks at events, celebrations, and organizations in Delray and Boynton Beach. He freelances for the Sun-Sentinel during high school football and basketball seasons.

David spent 12 years working in the restaurant industry, and did just about every job in the back of the house, including line cook, sous chef, and dessert chef. A Florida native who lives in Jupiter, he studied Multimedia Journalism at Florida Atlantic University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. David enjoys playing the guitar, golf, boating and snorkeling during his free time.

Contact him at ddipino@gmail.com or 954-621-5000.

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