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January 28, 2013
--The Florida Bar--
WHO TO CALL: THE FLORIDA BAR -- Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, Jan. 28, 2013.
This article highlights many of the services The Florida Bar offers to the public through its website and office in Tallahassee, such as the ability to search a variety of legal information, file a complaint against a lawyer and research his or her discipline history. For other questions, The Florida Bar can be reached through its main number at 850-561-5600.
JUDICIAL PROFILE: MICHAEL KAPLAN LEFT BIOCHEMISTRY TO FOLLOW DAD'S FOOTSTEPS -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Jan. 28, 2013.
This story profiles Broward Circuit Judge Michael Kaplan, who is the son of former Broward Circuit Judge Stanton Kaplan.
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR TO ADDRESS UM COMMUNITY -- Miami Herald, http://www. miamiherald.com, Jan. 26, 2013.
On Friday [Jan. 25], U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke about her new memoir, "My Beloved World", and life at the University of Miami's Bank United Center. UM President Donna Shalala interviewed Sotomayor at the lecture. Though the book purposely avoids accounts of her days as a Supreme Court Justice, Sotomayor deals candidly with her childhood memories.
GOT CIVILITY? LITIGATION IS GETTING UGLIER THAN EVER -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, Jan. 28, 2013.
According to judges, The Florida Bar and heads of voluntary bar associations, civility among lawyers has gone the way of typewriters and Dictaphones, and it's only getting worse. In an unprecedented move, 32 bar associations across South Florida along with the region's federal and state chief judges have signed a joint resolution calling for an emphasis on lawyer civility. The resolution is the brainchild of Adam Rabin, president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
EDITORIAL: LEGISLATURE SHOULD NOT RAID FORECLOSURE SETTLEMENT MONEY -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.palmbeachpost.com, Jan. 28. 2013.
House Speaker Will Weatherford promised this week that lawmakers would not spend millions in foreclosure settlement money on their “favorite projects that have nothing to do with the crisis.” Rep. Weatherford, Senate President Don Gaetz and Attorney General Pam Bondi held a news conference Thursday [Jan. 24] to announce how lawmakers will spend $60 million of the settlement. Florida is projected to have a budget surplus, but those self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives in Tallahassee will covet the $200 million windfall. They should use the money as it was intended — as an investment to further stimulate the recovering real estate market.
FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE LEADERS WANT TO LEAVE LEGACY OF ETHICS REFORMS -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, Jan. 28, 2013.
After rounds of failed legislation, lawmakers are poised this year to pass what they are calling Florida’s most significant ethics overhaul in decades. Strengthening state ethics laws is a top priority for legislative leaders, and Senate President Don Gaetz of Niceville has this year’s 52-page legislation on a path to be voted out of his chamber by early March. For him and House Speaker Will Weatherford of Wesley Chapel, it’s a legacy issue. “We said if we could leave any indelible mark on this place, it would be to try to raise the standard of ethics,” Gaetz said late last week.
SENATORS, INCLUDING MARCO RUBIO, REACH DEAL ON OUTLINE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Jan. 28, 2013.
A bipartisan group of senators, including Florida's Marco Rubio, has reached a deal on the outlines of immigration reform, which includes a "tough but fair" path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented residents. The "principles" are to be announced in a news conference Monday [Jan. 28] afternoon and come a day before President Obama travels to Las Vegas for a speech on immigration. Details still need to be fleshed out, which could be a lengthy and contentious process.
--Criminal Justice Issues--
JUDGE DENIES CLEM ATTORNEY'S MOTION FOR MISTRIAL, TRIAL CONTINUES -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Jan. 28, 2013.
Week three of the defamation trial involving radio shock jocks Todd "MJ" Schnitt and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem continued Monday [Jan. 28] morning. Last week, Schnitt's attorneys asked for a mistrial following the DUI arrest of one of their attorneys, Charles Philip Campbell Jr. On Monday [Jan. 28] morning, Clem's defense also requested a mistrial, which Judge James Arnold quickly denied. Arnold, however, said he was not ready to make a decision on Friday's [Jan. 25] motion for a mistrial.