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May 14, 2014

--Judiciary--

NICHOLAS MULICK NAMED TO MONROE CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION -- Daily Business Review, http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, May 13, 2014.
Gov. Rick Scott has named Tavernier attorney Nicholas Mulick to the Monroe Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Mulick owns Nicholas W. Mulick P.A. and practices land use, environmental and zoning law. Mulick, who has been a Florida Bar member since 1982, succeeds Edwin Scales, who was named to the Third District Court of Appeal.

--Legislature--

'GREAT FIRST STEP' FOR MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IN GUARDIANSHIPS -- Tampa Tribune, Column, http://www.tbo.com, May 14, 2014.
Written by Karen Rushing, Sarasota County's clerk of court and comptroller and the legislative chair for the Florida Court Clerks Comptrollers. "On behalf of the Florida Court Clerks Comptrollers Association, we would like to thank Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, for his exceptional work this legislative session to add additional scrutiny by clerks over guardianship audits. House Bill 635, sponsored by Brandes and Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, will provide a mechanism for auditors to identify or investigate potential fraud or exploitation of the state's billions of dollars in guardianship assets."

GUEST COLUMN: RESTORING JUSTICE TO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VICTIMS -- Northwest Florida Daily News, Column, http://www.nwfdailynews.com, May 14, 2014.
Column by Marcus J. Michles II, founding partner and principal attorney of the Michles & Booth law firm. He is also the prior chairman of the medical malpractice committee of the Florida Justice Association. "...Lawmakers’ doctor buddies continue to feed them dire opinions about physicians going out of business or offering fewer services to patients because of the astronomical cost of medical malpractice insurance caused by runaway juries. This story is far from the truth. Fortunately, the Florida Supreme Court didn’t buy it and ruled March 13 that Florida’s morally corrupt cap on wrongful death non-economic damages violates the state constitution’s equal-protection clause . . . The overwhelming majority of patients receive outstanding care from compassionate and dedicated professionals. This does not, and can never, make anyone less responsible for the full measure of damages when, and if, a mistake is made."

--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--

RUTH: 3 TAMPA LAWYERS LOOK SLEAZIER THAN SHOCK JOCK CLIENT -- Tampa Bay Times, Column, http://www.tampabay.com, May 14, 2014.
Columnist Daniel Ruth writes about three attorneys from the Tampa law firm of Adams & Diaco who are facing Florida Bar disciplinary proceedings into 19 charges of misconduct, unfairness to opposing counsel and disrupting the court.

--Criminal Justice Issues--

CONVICTED BARTOW MURDERER OF FOUR BACK IN COURT SEEKING NEW TRIAL -- The Ledger, http://www.theledger.com, May 14, 2014.
More than seven years after Nelson Serrano was convicted and condemned to death for the 1997 murders of four people at his former business in Bartow, he was back in court Monday [May 12], seeking a new trial on grounds of new DNA evidence and ineffective representation by his trial lawyers. After hearing testimony during the next two weeks, Circuit Judge Donald Jacobsen will decide whether a new trial is warranted. The Florida Supreme Court upheld Serrano's conviction and death sentence in March 2011. 

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[Revised: 05-15-2014]