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TFB - Daily News Summary -Nov. 2, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 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.

 

Nov. 2, 2017

Judiciary

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT HEARS CASE TO DECIDE ITS OWN FUTURE

Orlando Sentinel | Article | November 01, 2017

Amid warnings of a potential constitutional crisis, Florida Supreme Court justices on Wednesday [Nov. 1] heard arguments in a case that could determine the future of the court for decades to come. Three justices — Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and Fred Lewis — must retire by Jan. 8, 2019, the last day of Gov. Rick Scott’s term. Whether Scott or his successor gets to appoint their replacements could reshape the ideological balance of the court.

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FLORIDA JUSTICES CONSIDER WHICH GOVERNOR GETS TO REPLACE THEM

Daily Business Review | Article | November 01, 2017

WHO GETS TO APPOINT 3 NEW FLORIDA JUSTICES, RICK SCOTT OR THE NEXT GOVERNOR?

Miami Herald | Article | November 01, 2017

 

Constitution Revision Commission

RESTORATION OF RIGHTS BACKLOG HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR CHANGE, CRC COMMITTEE SAYS

Florida Times-Union | Article | November 01, 2017

There was broad agreement Wednesday [Nov. 1] among members of the Constitution Revision Commission’s Ethics and Elections Committee that Florida’s application-based system for restoration of voting rights is deeply flawed. Convicted felons must wait either five or seven years after completing their sentences before they are eligible to request having their voting rights restored. After that, the average wait time for a hearing before the Clemency Board is more than nine years.

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VOTING RESTORATION AMENDMENT HAS 750,000 SIGNATURES

Florida Politics | Article | November 01, 2017

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON PRIVACY PIQUES ABORTION-RIGHTS ADVOCATES

Florida Politics | Article | November 01, 2017

 

Civil Justice Issues

HILLSBOROUGH HOLDS SPECIAL COURT FOR VETERANS WITH MINOR LEGAL ISSUES

WUSF | Article | October 30, 2017

Hillsborough County veterans with outstanding traffic tickets or past due court costs are being given a chance to resolve their minor legal issues. Hillsborough County is holding a one-day Veterans Outreach Court on Friday [Nov. 3] at the James A. Haley Primary Care VA Annex in Tampa. Hillsborough County Judges Darryl Manning, Kimberly Vance and Mike Williams will hear misdemeanor issues such as fines, legal fees, court costs, ordinance violations and active misdemeanor warrants.

 

Legal Discipline

$34,400 MISSING FROM BANKRUPTCY CASE AS ATTORNEY VACATIONS IN PERU

Daily Business Review | Article | October 31, 2017

West Palm Beach attorney Brett A. Elam has been suspended from practicing in bankruptcy court for a year over mismanagement and lies about his trust account. Elam “is determined to have committed professional misconduct, warranting sanctions,” U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Paul G. Hyman Jr. wrote in a final judgment issued Oct. 24. Elam misappropriated $34,400 and later refused to comply with court orders to account for the missing money, according to court documents. The Florida Bar has a file open on the case.

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TWO ORLANDO AREA ATTORNEYS SUSPENDED

Orlando Sentinel | Article | November 01, 2017

 

Civil Justice Issues

SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH PLAINTIFFS ON MALPRACTICE RECORDS

WUSF | Article | November 01, 2017

Warning of attempts to “whittle away” at a 2004 constitutional amendment, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected arguments by hospitals that they should be shielded from turning over records to plaintiffs in medical-malpractice cases. The latest Supreme Court ruling came last week in a Polk County case and followed a January ruling in a Duval County case. In the Polk County case, the Supreme Court overturned a decision by the Second District Court of Appeal that said Bartow Regional Medical Center did not have to turn over records produced during an external peer-review process.

 

Civil Justice Issues

BUSINESSES TO GET WORKERS’ COMP RATE CUT

Miami Herald | Article | November 01, 2017

State Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has ordered a 9.8-percent decrease in the premiums businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance beginning next year. He also ordered the National Council on Compensation Insurance to include in all future recommended rate filings a “quantitative analysis” of the impact that eliminating attorney-fee caps have had on the workers’ compensation system.

 

Other

NURSING LOUNGE OPENS AT DUVAL COURTHOUSE

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | November 02, 2017

Jacksonville joined a trend in government building accommodations Wednesday [Nov. 1] when the Nursing Lounge opened at the Duval County Courthouse. A project of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, the suite on the fourth floor provides a place for nursing mothers who are visiting the courthouse, said Jennifer Shoaf Richardson, president of the association.

 


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