TALLAHASSEE, Florida. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Judge Winter Park to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday.
State officials said DeSantis selected Paetra Brownlee for the position. Brownlee previously served as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Court since her appointment by DeSantis in 2020.
Brownlee presided over a number of cases in Orange County while serving as a district judge, including in 2022 when mother Victoria Trees sued the school district.
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In this case, Tris was banned from volunteering in her child’s class due to her involvement with adult sites like OnlyFans. Brownlee ruled that Tris volunteering at her child’s school was not her right, and so her case was dropped.
Other cases she has handled include Benjamin Holmes, who was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year for the murder of a UCF student, and Joan Zephyr, a mother accused of murder after she forced her two children to drink bleach.
Prior to her role as district judge, Brownlee also worked as a partner at the law firm Brownlee, earning a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a Juris Doctor from Florida State University, the release reveals. She was also appointed to two different Judicial Appointments Commissions in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Her appointment on Wednesday means Brownlee will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jay Cohen, who held the position before Brownlee.
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