Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Betty Capote, of Miami, and Carlos M. Guzman, of Miami, to the Miami-Dade County Court.

Capote, 35, has served as an assistant state attorney in the Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit, since 2001. She has been the Felony Division Chief since 2006. Capote received her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and her law degree from the University of Miami. Capote will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Cristina Miranda to the 11th Judicial Circuit.

“Through her work as an assistant state attorney, Betty has demonstrated that she is a great fit for the Miami-Dade County Court,” Governor Scott said. “I am confident that she will serve the residents of Miami-Dade County with fairness and integrity.”

Guzman, 42, has served as the chief assistant statewide prosecutor for the Attorney

General’s Office in Miami since 2007. Previously, from 1996 – 1998 he was an assistant state attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and from 1998 – 2004 was a Special Agent/Legal Advisor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. From 2004 – 2006, Guzman practiced with Stephens, Lynn, Klein, LaCava, Hoffman & Puya. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and his law degree from Villanova University. Guzman will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Rodney Smith to the 11th Judicial Circuit.

“Carlos’ dedication to serving the public and the rule of law has been clearly demonstrated throughout his impressive career,” Governor Scott said. “I am sure he will bring the same dedication to his new role.”


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