Gov. Scott Appoints Appellate Judge to the Lakeland-Based 2nd District Court of Appeal

13th Judicial Circuit Judge Daniel Sleet, 51, lives in Tampa.


Published: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:22 p.m.

LAKELAND | Circuit Judge Daniel H. Sleet of Tampa was appointed to the Lakeland-based 2nd District Court of Appeal on Friday by Gov. Rick Scott.

Sleet, 51, has served on the 13th Judicial Circuit bench since 2006.

Before that, Sleet practiced law with Barr, Murman, Tonelli, Slother & Sleet from 1991 to 2006.

He had been an assistant state attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit from 1987 to 1991 and was a magistrate in Birmingham, Ala., in 1986-1987.

Sleet received his bachelor's degree from Furman University and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham.

He was on the nominees list given to the governor by the Judicial Nominating Committee.

"Judge Sleet has served the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit with honesty and integrity, and he has a strong appreciation for the rule of law and the proper role of the courts," Scott said in a press release Friday.

"I am confident he will prove to be an exemplary appellate judge," the governor's statement con­tinued.

Sleet will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge James W. Whatley, who had served on the court since his appointment in 1995 by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles.

[ Bill Rufty can be reached at 802-7523 or bill.rufty@theledger.com. ]

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