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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. Electronic links are only active in today's edition. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

June 10, 2013

--Judiciary--

CIRCUIT JUDGE TERENCE R. PERKINS TO SERVE AS CHIEF JUDGE -- St. Augustine Record, http://staugustine.com, June 8, 2013. [Also: DAYTONA JUDGE ELECTED CHIEF FOR 7TH CIRCUIT -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, June 8, 2013.]
Circuit Judge Terence R. Perkins will be the new chief judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit beginning July 1, according to a release from the court communications office. Perkins will have administrative supervision over the circuit during his two-year term and will also continue his duties on the bench, where he currently hears civil cases in Daytona Beach.

--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--

'MASTERMIND' IN ALLIED VETERANS GAMING CENTERS CASE REQUESTS A SEPARATE TRIAL -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, June 7, 2013.
Kelly Mathis, the Jacksonville attorney charged as the mastermind behind the Allied Veterans of the World gaming centers scandal, is asking a judge to allow him to go on trial without any of his 56 co-defendants. Friday attorneys for Mathis told Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester they would be making a motion to sever Mathis from the other defendants in the case. Defense attorney Mitch Stone said this was because other defendants were likely to blame Mathis for their arrests. If Lester allows Mathis to be tried separately, the two trials would likely go on at the same time with two different judges.

--Legislature--

SCOTT SIGNS INTO LAW CONTROVERSIAL FAST-TRACK FORECLOSURE BILL INTO LAW -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com, June 8, 2013.
Gov. Rick Scott signed the controversial fast-track foreclosure bill into law Friday [June 7], surprising opponents of the plan who thought he would quietly let it become law without his support. Scott said he supports the bill because he believes it will add to Florida’s economic recovery by “placing abandoned homes, caught up in the foreclosure backlog, back onto the market.” Homeowner advocates and foreclosure defense attorneys waged a high-profile battle against the bill, including a dispute within The Florida Bar between lawyers opposed to the proposal and the Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.

--Criminal Justice Issues--

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL: JURY SELECTION BEGINS TODAY IN TRAYVON MARTIN SHOOTING -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, June 10, 2013. [Also: ZIMMERMAN'S ATTORNEY WALKS TIGHT LINE IN DEFENSE -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, June 10, 2013.]
Between 100 and 200 Seminole County residents, juror summons in hand, will come to the Seminole County courthouse this morning and they could leave on the panel of the trial for the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson and attorneys will chose a panel of six jurors plus four alternates. The judge ordered the clerk of courts to summon a total of 500 potential jurors. Clerk of Courts Maryanne Morse said aside from those who report today, 100 more will show up each day as needed until the panel is seated. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara has estimated that process will take two or three weeks and the rest of the trial another two to three weeks.

--Other--

JOHN MOOERS -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, June 7, 2013.
John Wright Mooers, 81, passed away Wednesday June 5, 2013. He attended the University of Florida Law School and New York University Graduate School of Law. He practiced law and was a member of The Florida Bar for 54 years.

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[Revised: 06-11-2013]