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Florence Foster Leaves The Bench

Jun 3, 2002

Even before she was elected a Hillsborough circuit judge nearly 12 years ago, Florence Foster was controversial. On Election Day 1990, she had not yet been a lawyer for five years as required for the bench. But by the time she was sworn in, the five years had passed.

During her tenure Foster presided over family law and juvenile cases. She was once targeted by a group of women who swore she favored fathers in custody disputes. A careful examination of court records, however, revealed no such bias.

There were other controversies, but the judge maintained her cool and a reputation for intelligence and hard work.

Foster has multiple sclerosis. She was removed from the bench last week because of the progression of her illness.

We wish for her a restful retirement and a return to good health.

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