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TFB - Daily News Summary - Nov. 9, 2017

Thursday, November 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.

 

November 9, 2017

 

Legal Profession

NEW OFFICERS NAMED TO BOARD OVERSEEING FLORIDA BAR ADMISSIONS

Florida Supreme Court | News Release | November 08, 2017

Recently, new officers were selected for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, which implements the Florida Supreme Court’s constitutional authority to oversee and regulate admissions of new attorneys to The Florida Bar. Elizabeth J. Walters, of Panama City Beach, was named chair. Scott L. Baena, a founding partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena, Price & Axelrod LLP in Miami, was elected vice chair by his fellow board members.

 

Judiciary

GIRLS COURT HELPS YOUNG OFFENDERS GET OUT OF THE SYSTEM

Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | November 08, 2017

Girls Court is 3-year-old program of the Fourth Judicial Circuit that helps some female juvenile defendants avoid harsh penalties and a criminal history. The program intervenes when girls get into more trouble than can be handled with a civil citation, or even through one of the circuit’s diversion programs for first-time juvenile offenders. General Magistrate Brooke Brady presides over Girls Court and works with the State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, the state Department of Juvenile Justice and partners from the private sector to administer the program. In addition to appearances in court at least monthly and close supervision by probation officers, Girls Court participants are provided opportunities for growth outside the courthouse.

 

Judiciary

CLERKS AUDIT FORECLOSURE AUCTION SYSTEMS AFTER BID-RIGGING INDICTMENT

Daily Business Review | Article | November 08, 2017

As a federal grand jury indicted three high-volume investors for allegedly rigging auctions, Palm Beach Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock and her staff audited Palm Beach County’s procedures to look for vulnerabilities in the judicial foreclosure sales process. The indictment claimed that investors conspired to rig bids submitted for judicial sales from at least January 2012 to June 2015. Prosecutors didn’t allege a system failure or breach in the technology used by Palm Beach Circuit Court to host online real estate auctions, but Bock and her South Florida counterpart, Miami-Dade Clerk Harvey Ruvin, took precautionary measures. Clerk officials reevaluated all procedures to ensure compliance with statutory requirements, and worked with auction software vendors to search for potential weak spots.

 

Civil Justice Issues

TRAFFIC TICKET FIRM SUES OVER UNLICENSED LAW PRACTICE CLAIMS

South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Article | November 08, 2017

The traffic ticket firm TIKD on Wednesday [Nov. 8] sued The Florida Bar and the Ticket Clinic in federal court. The company, founded by nonlawyers, contracts with attorneys to argue against traffic tickets in court. The Florida Bar does not comment on pending litigation.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

FLORIDA EXECUTES KILLER PATRICK HANNON AFTER SUPREME COURT REJECTS LAST-DITCH APPEAL

Orlando Sentinel | Article | November 08, 2017

Florida has executed Patrick Hannon, who was convicted of slashing one man’s throat and fatally shooting another in 1991.  Hannon was pronounced dead at 8:50 p.m. Wednesday [Nov. 8] following an injection at Florida State Prison in Starke. The execution was delayed that evening pending a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. That was rejected. Hannon was the third Florida inmate executed since August. The state resumed executions that month following changes it made to its death penalty sentencing law, which now requires a unanimous jury vote for a death sentence.

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VICTIM’S RELATIVE WAVES GOODBYE AS PATRICK HANNON EXECUTED

Tampa Bay Times | Article | November 08, 2017

 

Legislature

‘PIP’ REPEAL ON FAST TRACK TOWARD HOUSE FLOOR

Daily Business Review | Article | November 08, 2017

An attempt to end the state’s no-fault auto insurance system is on the fast track in the Florida House. As in past years, the legislation faces opposition from some insurers, business groups and medical providers. The House and Senate are comparing different models to change the system. The House has considered bills annually since 2013 that would have repealed personal-injury protection, or PIP, with the House passing a bill during the 2017 session. The bill died in the Senate.

 

Other

DID DAVID BOIES PUSH ETHICAL BOUNDARIES WITH DUAL ROLE FOR WEINSTEIN AND THE NEW YORK TIMES?

ABA Journal | Article | November 08, 2017

Boies Schiller Flexner partner David Boies says he would never have signed a contract with an investigative agency had he known of the tactics it used in an effort to stop the New York Times and other journalists from publishing a story about sexual harassment by embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But ethics experts are raising questions about Boies’ decision to sign the contract even as his law firm represented the newspaper in unrelated matters. The issue, experts say, is whether Boies should have known of the agency’s conduct so he could take remedial action to stop its questionable behavior.

 


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