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TFB - Daily News Summary - Sept. 7, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 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.

 

Sept. 7, 2017

 

The Florida Bar

HURRICANE IRMA: UPDATES FOR BAR MEMBERS AND FLORIDA CONSUMERS

The Florida Bar | Blog Post | September 07, 2017

With Hurricane Irma approaching Florida, a special edition of FloridaBarNews.TV takes a look at hurricane resources for Florida Bar members. All Florida state courts and Florida Bar offices will be closed on Friday, Sept. 8. Members and consumers are advised to visit https://www.floridabar.org for regular updates, information and resources.

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IF FRIDAY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE YOUR DAY IN COURT, IRMA GOT YOU A REPRIEVE

Miami Herald | Article | September 06, 2017

DURING HURRICANE IRMA, TIPS FOR IDENTIFYING AND REPORTING PRICE GOUGING

Orlando Sentinel | Article | September 06, 2017

 

Judiciary

COMMISSION GETS 15 CANDIDATES FOR VACANT JUDGE POST

Sarasota Herald Tribune | Article | September 05, 2017

The Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has received 15 nominations to fill a vacancy on the local bench. One of the applicants will replace Judge Charles Sniffen, who moved from the County Court to the Circuit Court to replace retiring Circuit Judge Janette Dunnigan. The commission is scheduled to meet on Sept. 13 in Bradenton to determine which candidates will be interviewed on Sept. 20 and, if necessary, on Sept. 27. The commission is scheduled to submit the names of the nominees for this vacant judgeship to Gov. Rick Scott by Sept. 29.

 

Legal Profession

CARLTON FIELDS ATTORNEY NOMINATED TO HEAD EPA GC’S OFFICE

Daily Business Review | Article | September 05, 2017

Matthew Leopold, of counsel at Carlton Fields in Tallahassee, has been nominated to become general counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was formerly general counsel to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He also served in the Justice Department’s environment and natural resources division from 2007 to 2013.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

11TH CIRCUIT WARNS FLORIDA JUDGE TO BALANCE SCHEDULING NEEDS WITH FAIR TRIAL

Daily Business Review | Article | September 07, 2017

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected an appeal by a man caught with nearly eight kilograms of cocaine at the Miami airport, but suggested the defendant had a valid complaint about one aspect of his trial. The federal appeals panel said the trial judge would have been wise to grant a defense request for a continuance when new video evidence was discovered on the eve of trial. But the appeals court said the new evidence wouldn’t have exonerated the defendant, and the judge had not abused his discretion in denying the motion for a continuance. Accordingly, the panel ruled against the defendant, Max Jeri, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for bringing drugs into the United States from Peru.

 

Civil Justice Issues

COURT BACKS TRACK IN RACING DISPUTE

The Ledger | Article | September 06, 2017

A three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal on Tuesday [Sept. 1] said regulators were wrong to try to punish a tiny North Florida pari-mutuel facility that in 2014 turned to slow-motion, two-horse races as it tried to meet the requirements of its state license. The appeals court said the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering improperly found Hamilton Downs in violation of its license. The division last year rejected findings of an administrative law judge, who had ruled in favor of the Hamilton County track— but who also described a bizarre scene in which the “races must be seen to be believed.”

 

Criminal Justice Issues

NEW LAW BLOCKS RELEASE OF WITNESS IDENTITIES

Florida Politics | Article | September 06, 2017

Pointing to a new Florida law, a three-judge panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday [Sept. 9] that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office does not have to disclose the names of witnesses to a February murder on Interstate 95. The appeals court ruled against the Sun Sentinel newspaper, which filed a public-records lawsuit after the sheriff’s office refused to release the names of people who witnessed the murder and pursued the shooter. On May 9, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a new public-records exemption that keeps confidential the identities of murder witnesses for two years after murders occur.

 

Unlicensed Practice of Law

FORT MYERS LAWYER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THEFT, PRACTICING WITHOUT A LICENSE

Fort Myers News-Press | Article | September 06, 2017

Patrick Buckley, a disbarred attorney, blamed alcoholism for his stealing of clients’ money, using another client’s insurance settlement to cover his tracks and practicing law after the Florida Supreme Court disbarred him. Judge Ramiro Manalich considered alcohol a mitigating factor but didn’t let it outweigh what he called Buckley’s pattern of conduct, the fact there were multiple victims and that he showed “a disregard of lawful authority.” Manalich sentenced Buckley to 10 years in prison followed by five years’ probation with credit for time served.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

DUVAL COUNTY STARTS DEATH PENALTY CASES AGAIN WITH BRUTAL KILLINGS

Florida Times-Union | Article | September 06, 2017

Sometime next week, a jury in Duval County will decide if 63-year-old Raymond Bright should be put to death for killing 16-year-old Randall Brown and 20-year-old Derrick King. A jury eight years ago found Bright guilty of the 2008 murders. They voted 8 to 4 to sentence Bright to death, but today, that vote would not be enough to condemn a man to death.

 

 


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