Daily News Summary
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June 11, 2013
THE JBA HOSTS CIVIL JUDGES FOR SIDEBAR LUNCH -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, June 11, 2013.
The Jacksonville Bar Association continued its Sidebar lunch program Wednesday [June 5] at the Duval County Courthouse with Circuit Civil Division judges. Circuit Judges Thomas Beverly, Hugh Carithers, Karen Cole, Gregg McCaulie and Jack Schemer participated in the panel discussion of e-filing of court documents. They were joined by about 20 members of The JBA.
BECKY TULIPAN'S PRO BONO SUCCESS STORY -- Jacksonville Daily Record, http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com, June 11, 2013.
Interview with pro bono attorney Becky Tulipan, who has volunteered her services to assist clients of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and recently helped a mother of a disabled, adult child to establish a guardian advocacy order. She describes it as one of the most meaningful cases of her career.
3RD DCA TO SWEAR IN JUDGE FRANK SHEPHERD -- Daily Business Review (subscription required), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, June 11, 2013.
The Third District Court of Appeal will host a passing of the gavel ceremony July 11 with Frank Shepherd taking over as chief judge from Mary Ann Wells. Shepherd, who was named chief judge-elect in 2011, will assume his new position July 1. Wells, the Third District's first female chief judge, will remain on the bench.
MORE MISCONDUCT CHARGES FILED AGAINST JUDGE HAWKINS -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, June 11, 2013.
Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins faces additional charges of judicial misconduct, new allegations that she withheld information and deleted financial records, misled the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and did not comply with court orders to produce computer flash drives related to an ongoing inquiry into previous allegations she was running a ministry business from her chambers. An investigative panel of the JQC on Monday [June 10] filed amended charges, adding to allegations contained in December charges. The initial charges said Hawkins used her office space, staff and equipment to financially propel her side business, Gaza Road Ministries.
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ATTORNEYS FILE LIKELY FINAL APPEAL TO U.S. SUPREME COURT SEEKING STAY OF EXECUTION FOR CONDEMNED KILLER -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com, June 11, 2013.
Condemned prison guard killer William Van Poyck on Monday [June 10] turned to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes it will stay his execution scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday [June 12] at Florida State Prison. Van Poyck’s lawyers urged the nation’s highest court to use his case to limit the use of the ultimate punishment, arguing it’s time for the court to decide it’s unconstitutional to execute someone who did not plan to kill anyone and did not pull the trigger, but was merely present when someone else did. His attorneys acknowledged they face long odds in their attempt to win their client a reprieve for the 1987 killing of guard Fred Griffis.
IMMIGRATION SURGES TO FOREFRONT OF POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS ONCE MORE -- Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, June 11, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's efforts to push an immigration overhaul bill through the Senate in the next few weeks and Gov. Rick Scott's recent veto of a bill that would have allowed children of illegal immigrants to obtain driver licenses are the latest triggers for turmoil in the immigration debate. The issue will continue to infuse Florida politics, with implications for the 2014 governor's race as well as the 2016 presidential contest. Many top Florida Republican leaders see the resolution of the immigration issue as a critical goal, as the Democrats continue to increase their support among the growing number of Hispanic voters.