Federal Judge: Scott Didn't Give Brenda Snipes Due Process

Brenda Snipes

A federal judge has ruled that former Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes was not given due process before she was suspended by former Governor Rick Scott.  

Judge Mark Walker on Wednesday released his 12-page decision which in part states Scott did not give Snipes a meaningful opportunity to be heard.  

Snipes came under fire for her handling of the November elections and the recounts that followed.  She announced that she would step down as supervisor in January, before Scott suspended her and appointed Pete Antonacci to fill the rest of her term.  Then, Snipes announced that she was rescinding her resignation and filed a federal lawsuit against the then-governor and Senate President Bill Galvano. 

Judge Walker ruled that the Senate was correct in not taking up the issue because Antonacci had already been appointed, but he says Governor Ron DeSantis must give Snipes the opportunity to tell her side of the story.  

The judge did make it clear that his order does not reinstate Snipes and that he is unaware of any legal principle that would result in that.

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