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TFB - Daily News Summary - Aug. 9, 2017

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An electronic digest of media coverage of interest to members of The Florida Bar compiled each workday by the Public Information and Bar Services Department and distributed to the Board of Governors, section and committee chairs, voluntary bar presidents, members of the judiciary and others.

 

Aug. 9, 2017

 

Constitution Revision Commission

COMMENTARY: REVISING THE STATE CONSTITUTION: HOW YOU CAN PREPARE

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | August 08, 2017

Michael Tanner, a partner at Tanner Bishop, represents the Fourth Judicial Circuit on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. He writes: “Hopefully all of you know by now that the train known as the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, CRC for short, has left the station and is gathering steam. . . . The Florida Bar is closely monitoring the activities of the commission. Updated information about the CRC’s activities can be found on the CRC’s website or on a dedicated page at floridabar.org/crc. On Sept. 7, the Bar will formally launch a member and public education campaign in Tallahassee. The campaign is called “Protect Florida Democracy: Our Constitution, Our Rights, Our Courts” and it aims to improve knowledge of the CRC and its workings among our members and the public.”

 

Judiciary

GOV. SCOTT APPOINTS JUDGE JENNIFER X. GABBARD TO THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT

Executive Office of Gov. Rick Scott | Article | August 07, 2017

On Monday [Aug. 7], Gov. Rick Scott announced three judicial appointments. Jennifer X. Gabbard was appointed to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court; she fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Ashley B. Moody. Jamie Rutland Grosshans was appointed to the Orange County Court, filling the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Tanya D. Wilson to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court. The governor also appointed Kristine Van Vorst to the Alachua County Court; she fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Susanne Wilson Bullard to the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court.

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GOV. SCOTT APPOINTS JAMIE RUTLAND GROSSHANS TO THE ORANGE COUNTY COURT

Executive Office of Gov. Rick Scott | Article | August 07, 2017

GOV. SCOTT APPOINTS KRISTINE VAN VORST TO THE ALACHUA COUNTY COURT

Executive Office of Gov. Rick Scott | Article | August 07, 2017

 

Civil Justice Issues

4,100 IMMIGRANTS IN LEE & COLLIER COUNTIES HAVE ICE COURT CASES

Fort Myers News-Press | Article | August 08, 2017

The federal government has started court proceedings to deport more than 4,000 immigrants living in Collier and Lee counties, according to data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse University organization that tracks federal agencies. Unlike other criminal proceedings, adult non-citizens facing deportation have no right to have an attorney appointed to them, said Lindsay Ray, an immigration attorney with the Amigos Center in Bonita Springs. TRAC data shows 41,189 immigrants in Florida with pending immigration cases. Of those, 16,000 are not likely to have a lawyer to represent them when a judge hears their case.

 

Civil Justice Issues

INVESTORS LOSE AGAIN IN FRAUD SUIT AGAINST ‘FORECLOSURE KING’

Daily Business Review | Article | August 08, 2017

It’s been nearly four years since David J. Stern’s disbarment, but the fallout from his massive foreclosure fraud continues in Florida courts. In the latest development, investors suing Stern for fraud have come out on the losing end, after Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal found the doctrine of res judicata barred claims previously raised in a failed federal court action. The plaintiffs, Philadelphia Financial Management of San Francisco LLC and Blue Lion Master Fund L.P., were investors in the Stern law firm’s publicly traded subsidiary, DJSP Enterprises Inc. They sued for fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

INNOCENCE IS IRRELEVANT

The Atlantic | Article | September 01, 2017

This is the age of the plea bargain. Most people adjudicated in the criminal justice system today waive the right to a trial and the host of protections that go along with one, including the right to appeal. Instead, they plead guilty. The vast majority of felony convictions are now the result of plea bargains —some 94 percent at the state level, and some 97 percent at the federal level. These are astonishing statistics, and they reveal a stark new truth about the American criminal-justice system: Very few cases go to trial.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

TEARFUL TEEN WHO SURVIVED STOLEN SUV CRASH TO BE HELD IN JUVENILE DETENTION

Tampa Bay Times | Article | August 08, 2017

Keondrae Brown, 14, the only survivor from a stolen car involved in a fiery crash that killed his brother and two friends early Sunday [Aug. 6], appeared before a judge for the first time Tuesday [Aug. 8] on a charge of grand theft auto. Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Kathleen Hessinger ordered him held for the maximum 21 days in the Juvenile Detention Center. The boy’s family asked that he be released just long enough for them to handle services for his dead brother but the judge denied the request. Brown was released from a hospital Monday [Aug. 7] and was the last of three survivors to appear in court.


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