Daily News Summary
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.
Dec. 12, 2012
FLORIDA JQC FILES - THEN DROPS - CHARGES AGAINST FORMER JUDGE ANA MARIA PANDO-- The Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Dec. 10, 2012.
State judicial investigators filed new charges against former Miami-Dade County Judge Ana Maria Pando and then promptly dismissed the case. The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission voluntarily dropped all the charges against Pando, who was defeated in an August election, in exchange for her agreeing to not run for office again. The additional charges were filed Nov. 26, and all charges dropped on Dec. 6, according to state records. Pando had been accused of violating several judicial canons after she wrote a letter, on her official letterhead, asking that a friend's business be reinstated by the state.
--Criminal Justice Issues--
JUDGE DENIES MOTION TO TAKE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN OFF GPS TRACKING-- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, Dec. 12, 2012. [Also: GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TO STAY ON 24-HOUR MONITOR-- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Dec. 12, 2012].
From the Orlando Sentinel: George Zimmerman must remain on GPS monitoring and stay in Seminole County as he continues to await trial, a judge ruled Tuesday [Dec. 11], rejecting the second-degree murder defendant's latest request for greater freedom. At a wide-ranging hearing, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson heard argument on an array of issues, including defense requests for greater access to evidence from state and federal investigations into the Feb. 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin. On the bond issue, the defense argued Zimmerman has been well-behaved. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued that the evidence also favors his client's freedom, that Zimmerman needs to travel to assist his defense, and that he is not safe in Seminole County, where he has received threats. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda argued it's money and publicity — not safety — that is the Zimmerman's team concern, and said Zimmerman is "safer if law enforcement knows exactly where he is."
KENNEDY LEGLER JR.-- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, http://www.legacy.com, Dec. 12, 2012. [Also: FORMER MAYOR LEGLER SERVED A CONSTRUCTIVE NINE YEARS-- Sarasota East County Observer, http://www.yourobserver.com/news, Dec. 12, 2012].
Kennedy Legler, Jr., respected lawyer and dedicated public servant to the Sarasota area, died on Sunday [Dec.9]. He was 89 years old. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati Law School, where he achieved high honors and the Order of the Coif, he served an officer in the U.S. Army-Air Force during World War II. After the war, he returned to his native Dayton, Ohio, where he practiced law for nearly 40 years. He retired to the Sarasota area and served as mayor of Longboat Key from 2000 to 2002. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1984.