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When Gov. Charlie Crist said he wanted a diverse slate of applicants for the state Supreme Court, he probably wasn’t thinking about the constituency behind bars. But Mike Lambrix, pictured in his orange jumpsuit to the right, wants the job.
In a letter Monday announcing his intent to apply for a vacancy on the court, a Florida death row inmate claimed the court should do a better job of representing its imprisoned citizens.
C. Michael Lambrix, who was sentenced to death in 1984 for a double murder in Glades County, wrote in his Jan. 16 letter to Judicial Nominating Commission chairman Robert Hackleman that he wanted to be considered to replace retiring Justice Charles T. Wells and considers his time behind bars as an asset instead of a liability.
Lambrix’s most compelling qualification? He would be the only applicant "that has been totally screwed by the so-called justice system."
"I do believe that our judiciary needs fresh blood and a conflicting perspective, and that my appointment would serve the interest of all Floridians," he wrote. "Arguably our judiciary could be served by incorporating a voice that can empathize and represent this significant percentage of our population."
Lambrix pointed to his 20-year experience as a "jailhouse lawyer" and argued the appointment process hinged more on rewarding political ideology than qualifications.
"I’m already a convicted felon, so at least the public will know what they are actually getting rather than a wolf in sheep’s clothing," he wrote.
If the public doesn’t like his appointment, Lambrix told the Governor, they could always vote him out six years later in a merit retention election- if he is around.
Hey — it’s quicker than judicial disciplinary actions.
Mike Lambrix's humble Story and website, asserting his innocence: