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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.

February 6, 2013

--The Florida Bar--

TATE WINS PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD -- The Florida Bar News, http://www.floridabar.org, Feb. 15, 2013.
Chief Justice Ricky Polston introduced Tampa lawyer Jeanne Trudeau Tate as the winner of this year’s Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award at the Florida Supreme Court’s special ceremony on January 31. Fifty-seven-year-old Tate has offered to handle every adoption-related case presented to Bay Area Legal Services, donating hundreds and hundreds of hours of pro bono service.

--Judiciary--

FLA. JUSTICES HEAR BREATH TESTING MACHINE CASE -- Tampa Tribune, http://www.tbo.com, Feb. 6, 2013.
State Supreme Court justices were in a quandary during oral argument Tuesday [Feb. 5] on a request from three defendants for access to software that runs the only breath testing machines certified for use in Florida. The defendants, all charged with drunken driving, believe the software can help them prove the machines are inaccurate. A lawyer for the devices' Kentucky-based manufacturer, though, argued Florida cannot force an out-of-state company to provide that data.

--Legislature--

JUSTICE DENIED -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Feb. 6, 2013.
This opinion piece argues that Florida's death penalty system is terribly flawed and urges Florida legislators and judges to launch a review of the entire death penalty process. Last week, The Florida Bar adopted a position supporting a comprehensive review of Florida's entire death penalty process by all branches of government, which the editorial considers to be leadership in the right direction.

ADVOCATE: IT'S TIME TO REFORM SUNSHINE LAWS -- Crestview News Bulletin, http://crestviewbulletin.com, Feb. 6, 2013.
First Amendment Foundation president Barbara Petersen has been advocating . . . for open government. She is organizing efforts to establish a broad-based set of principles to take to Tallahassee with a request for Sunshine Law reform. Petersen wants to see the Florida Legislature create a public-access website that allows the state’s citizens to look at budgets, contracts and proposed legislation.

EDITORIAL: A FULL-TIME FLORIDA LEGISLATURE? PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DESERVES LITTLE ATTENTION IN TALLAHASSEE -- Jupiter Courier, http://www.tcpalm.com, Feb. 6, 2013.
This editorial argues that Florida does not need a full-time Legislature. It poses the question "who among us honestly thinks state lawmakers have done such great work that they deserve more money — and more time in Tallahassee — to represent our interests?"

--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--

ROGUE LAWYERS OWE CLIENT MORE THAN $300,00, MAY FACE PERJURY CHARGE AND PRISON -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, Feb. 6, 2013.
Two lawyers who acted so despicably in a South Florida case that they were held in contempt of court and ordered to repay $275,800 in fees to a client have managed to create more trouble for themselves and even could end up serving time in federal prison. A federal judge found that Peter Mayas, of Miramar and Plantation, and Emmanuel Roy, of New York and South Florida, have attempted to hide assets, lied to the court and tried to thwart him. The judge now recommends that Roy and Mayas face sanctions for their behavior and for wasting the court's time. Roy is now disbarred in Florida and New York, and Mayas is suspended from practicing law.

FINAL EXIT PLAN FOR ROTHSTEIN BANKRUPTCY: LAWSUIT PROTECTION FOR TD BANK -- South Florida Business Journal,http://www.bizjournal.com, Feb. 6, 2013.
The Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler bankruptcy trustee has filed a Chapter 11 plan that envisions a $182 million payout – which would be 100 percent for some of the creditors. If approved, TD Bank would get a bar order in the plan that would prevent it from being sued further in regards to Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme.

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[Revised: 02-07-2013]