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TFB - Daily News Summary - Jan. 10, 2017

Wednesday, January 10, 2018  

THE FLORIDA BAR

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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.

 

Jan. 10, 2018

 

The Florida Bar

21 LAWYERS TO RECEIVE FLORIDA BAR PRO BONO AWARDS IN SUPREME COURT CEREMONY JAN. 25

The Florida Bar | News Release | January 08, 2018

The Florida Bar will recognize 21 lawyers for their work on behalf of poor and indigent clients at a Jan. 25 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida. The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards are intended to encourage lawyers to volunteer free legal services to the poor by recognizing those who make public service commitments and to raise public awareness of the substantial volunteer services provided by Florida lawyers to those who cannot afford legal fees. Florida Bar President Michael J. Higer will present the 2018 awards.

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Judiciary

COMMISSION IS SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR JUDICIAL VACANCY

The Ledger | Article | January 09, 2018

The Tenth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission is accepting applications through Feb. 2 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Circuit Judge Glenn Shelby. Applicants must be members of The Florida Bar for the past five years and be registered voters in Polk, Highlands or Hardee counties. The seven-member commission will review the applicants and forward its nominees to Gov. Rick Scott.

 

Criminal Justice Issues

REVISE FLORIDA’S UNFAIR, INEFFECTIVE MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCING LAWS

Miami Herald | Column | January 08, 2018

Column by Simone Marstiller, an attorney with the Gunster Law firm. She served on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal for six years. “I have seen firsthand countless cases in which defendants have been sentenced to harsh prison terms. While I believe wholeheartedly that some of those offenders deserved the sentences they were given, there were also many first-time offenders convicted of low-level drug crimes who received unreasonably long prison sentences. . . . [An] effort to incrementally reform the system is a legislative push to introduce a mechanism that would allow judges to depart from mandatory minimum sentencing. . . . Rather than sentencing people to overly-harsh prison terms — which does not reduce recidivism or necessarily increase public safety — the goal should be rehabilitation.”

 

Civil Justice Issues

ORANGE COUNTY TO APPEAL NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS CASE TO SUPREME COURT

Orlando Sentinel | Article | January 08, 2018

Orange County will appeal to the Florida Supreme Court in its legal fight with its sheriff, property appraiser and tax collector over nonpartisan elections. The move is the latest in the years-long battle stemming from two countywide votes in 2014 and 2016 on whether elections for six constitutional offices, including comptroller, clerk of the circuit court and elections supervisor, should no longer be partisan.

 

Civil Justice Issues

U.S. SUPREME COURT LETS STAND FLORIDA’S SATELLITE-TV TAX

Orlando Sentinel | Article | January 08, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [Jan. 8] refused to take up a challenge to the constitutionality of a Florida law that sets different tax rates for satellite and cable-television services. The U.S. Supreme Court, without explanation, turned down Dish Network’s appeal of a ruling last year by the Florida Supreme Court that upheld the law. The state’s First District Court of Appeal in 2015 ruled in favor of the satellite-television industry and raised the possibility that Florida would have to pay refunds to satellite companies. But the Florida Supreme Court in April unanimously overturned that decision, with justices saying in a main opinion that they did not find the law was “enacted with a discriminatory purpose.”

 

Civil Justice Issues

FLORIDA ABORTION WAITING PERIOD LAW STRUCK DOWN BY JUDGE

South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Article | January 09, 2018

Second Circuit Judge Terry Lewis on Tuesday [Jan. 9] declared Florida’s 24-hour abortion waiting period unconstitutional and is permanently blocking enforcement of the law. The Tallahassee judge ruled that the 2015 law was an “impermissible intrusion” of privacy rights that are contained in Florida’s constitution. The Florida Supreme Court last year temporarily blocked the law from taking effect.

 

Civil Justice Issues

JUDGE SIDES WITH BLACK FARMER IN POT DISPUTE

WUSF | Article | January 10, 2018

Circuit Judge Charles Dodson in Leon County issued a final order Tuesday [Jan. 9] in a dispute over a marijuana license earmarked for a black farmer, one of 10 coveted medical-marijuana licenses ordered by state lawmakers as part of a law passed last year. Dodson granted a temporary injunction requested by Columbus Smith, a Panama City black farmer who challenged a portion of the new law, which was designed to implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana.

 

Legal Discipline

SHE ASKED HER LAWYER ABOUT HER $300,000. IT WASN’T THE ANSWER SHE WAS EXPECTING

Miami Herald | Article | January 08, 2018

Money was the root that put three South Florida lawyers on the monthly Florida Bar discipline report. George Jay Blutstein used almost all of his client’s $300,000 over seven years; Christopher Buttermore did not show proof that he repaid $16,169.80 in restitution to a couple who paid him to represent them; Annet Lopez got a disciplinary revocation without leave to seek readmission for failing to produce trust account records.


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