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Federalist Society study says Supreme Court justices followed the law

Tough decisions by three Florida Supreme Court whose jobs are on the line in next month's elections may be controversial and unpopular with voters, but they were not "unprincipled" rulings, a legal analyst said Wednesday.

In a 22-page study presented by the Federalist Society, Florida International University law professor Elizabeth Price Foley evaluated nine rulings in cases between 2000 and this year. Justices Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and R. Fred Lewis, who are up for merit-retention votes Nov. 6, participated in the civil and criminal rulings.

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