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TFB - Daily News Summary - Dec. 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 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.

 

Dec. 12, 2017

Judiciary

FLORIDABARNEWS.TV: COURT SETS OUT FUNDING NEEDS

The Florida Bar News | Article | December 15, 2017

This week, FloridaBarNews.TV looks at the funding of Florida’s courts. Florida courts are critically short of translators, while state attorneys and public defenders are needing additional funds to retain experienced staff. Court officials delivered these concerns to lawmakers during a recent workshop of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice.

 

Judiciary

SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON JUDGE, FACEBOOK FRIEND

Florida Politics | Article | December 12, 2017

With potential ramifications in courthouses across the state, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday [Dec. 11] said it would take up a dispute about whether a judge should be disqualified from a case because she is a Facebook friend with a lawyer. Justices issued an order saying they will consider an appeal of an August ruling by the 3rd District Court of Appeal that rejected a request to disqualify Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko, a Facebook friend of attorney Israel Reyes, who was hired to represent an insurance-company executive in a case before her.

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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE ON JUDGES' FACEBOOK FRIENDSHIPS

Daily Business Review | Article | December 11, 2017

 

Constitution Revision Commission

FLORIDA’S CONSTITUTION COMMISSION DEBATING RIGHT TO A ‘CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT’

Daytona Beach News-Journal | Article | December 11, 2017

A proposal to give Floridians the right to “a clean and healthy environment” by placing it into the state’s constitution will be debated in Tallahassee this week, one of five environment-related proposals moving forward as a state panel considers a list of more than 100 possible constitutional updates. Proposal 23 will be heard in the commission’s judicial committee today [Dec. 12].

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IN FEUD OVER FLORIDA'S ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC INTEREST SHOULD WIN

Sun Sentinel | Editorial | December 11, 2017

NURSING HOME BILL OF RIGHTS DESERVES SUPPORT

Sun Sentinel | Editorial | December 09, 2017

 

Judiciary

FLORIDA GOV. RICK SCOTT APPOINTS TWO NEW SOUTH FLORIDA JUDGES

Sun Sentinel | Article | December 11, 2017

Gerard Joseph Curley Jr. and James Edward Nutt are the newest members of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Palm Beach County, filling two vacancies after being appointed by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday [Dec. 11]. Curley replaces James T. Ferrara. Nutt replaces Richard L. Oftedal.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

STATE ATTORNEY ARAMIS AYALA FIRES BACK AT GOV. SCOTT WITH LETTER OF HER OWN

Orlando Sentinel | Article | December 11, 2017

The back-and-forth battle between Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Gov. Rick Scott continued on Monday [Dec. 11] when she sent a letter accusing him of not doing what he said he was going to do when it came to reassigning death-penalty cases. Ayala wrote the letter in response to Scott’s letter last week, which questioned her handling of her first death-penalty case, against defendant Emerita Mapp. She also filed a public-records request asking for Scott’s process in picking cases, essentially mirroring what the governor asked for last week.

 

Civil Justice Issues

U.S. SUPREME COURT WON’T HEAR CASE ON BIAS AGAINST GAY WORKERS

New York Times | Article | December 11, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday [Dec. 11] that it would not hear an appeal in a case that could have resolved whether a federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against gay and lesbian workers. In March, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, ruled that Title VII’s reference to sex did not encompass discrimination based on sexual orientation.

 

Legal Profession

SARASOTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP, CLERKSHIP APPLICATIONS

Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Article | December 11, 2017

The Sarasota County Bar Association Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is now accepting applications for its annual minority summer law clerk and scholarship awards. Any 1L, 2L or rising 3L student enrolled in an accredited law school who is a member of a minority class as defined by The Florida Bar is eligible to apply.

 

Tech Tip

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR OLD IPHONE OR IPAD BEFORE GIVING IT TO YOUR CHILD

The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | December 12, 2017

Like it or not, little children love iPhones and iPads. Giving your little ones a hand-me-down iOS device is an easy way to satisfy their desire for a screen of their own. That said, you shouldn’t hand over your old iPhone or iPad without doing some child-proofing first.


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