Daily News Summary
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Feb. 27, 2013
EDITORIAL: PALM BEACH COUNTY JUDGE RIGHT TO PUT FORECLOSURE CASES IN EXPRESS LANE -- Palm Beach Post, editorial by Rhonda Swan, http://www.pbpost.com , Feb. 27, 2013.
Swan writes: "Palm Beach County Chief Judge Peter Blanc is making the right call to move along foreclosure cases that have been in limbo three years or longer. . . Judge Blanc issued an administrative order last week requiring bank attorneys to identify the status of each case filed before July 1, 2010. The court will schedule blocks of trial time for cases that have been pending before that date. . . He noted that the foreclosure backlog has a 'ripple effect throughout the economy.' Indeed. The courts have an obligation to process these cases, and Florida’s economy won’t fully rebound until they do."
NEW CONTRACT, NEW VOTE, NEW MARTIN COUNTY ATTORNEY -- TCPalm, http://www.tcpalm.com , Feb. 27, 2013.
Martin County has a new county attorney and the city of Stuart is short one, after commissioners voted Tuesday [Feb. 26] unanimously to employ Michael Durham. Durham, who has worked for the city of Stuart for a year and a half, was the top choice to replace Stephen Fry as county attorney.
--Criminal Justice Issues--
CASEY FOUNDATION STUDY: JUVENILE DETENTION AT LOWEST NATIONALLY IN 35 YEARS--Marco Island News, http://www.marconews.com , Feb. 27, 2013.
The rate of juvenile detention has fallen to its lowest national level in 35 years, with almost every state reporting that it’s confining a smaller share of its youths, a new analysis of federal statistics shows. “Reducing Youth Incarceration in the U.S.,” being released today by the private Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, shows a significant decline in confinement of people younger than 21. The findings reflect a trend toward treating youthful infractions less harshly than in the past. That approach conforms with scientific research showing that as their brains mature, youths develop better mastery of executive function — meaning they can more easily control destructive impulses.
--Civil Justice Issues --
WELFARE DRUG TESTING BAN UPHELD BY APPEALS COURT -- Charlotte Sun Herald, http://www.yoursun.com , Feb. 27, 2013. [Also: STATE REBUFFED AGAIN ON WELFARE DRUG TESTS -- Orlando Sentinel, http://ww.orlandosentinel.com , Feb. 27, 2013; FLORIDA COURT BLOCKS FLORIDA DRUG-TEST LAW, BUT GOV. SCOTT VOWS APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com , Feb. 27, 2013.]
Associated Press: A federal appeals court on Tuesday [Feb. 26] upheld a temporary ban on a law requiring drug testing of Florida’s welfare recipients, prompting Gov. Rick Scott to say he’ll now appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that a lower court was right to temporarily halt enforcement of the state’s drug-testing program. The opinion said the state of Florida hadn’t shown a “substantial special need” for a mandatory testing program with no suspicion of an individual’s drug use.
BEAU PETERSON (1981-2013) -- Pensacola News Journal, http://www.pnj.com , Feb. 27, 2013.
Pensacola attorney Beau Peterson passed away Feb. 15. A memorial service will be held at 5:30pm Friday, March 1.