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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.

Feb. 21, 2014

--Legal Profession--

THE LAW WON -- Business Observer, http://www.businessobserverfl.com, Feb. 21, 2014.
Fowler White Boggs law firm CEO Rhea Law has many accomplishments, beyond running a 94-attorney firm with five offices in Florida, including leadership roles in economic development, Super Bowl committees and the University of South Florida board of directors. She’s pocketed numerous awards, both for her legal work and philanthropic efforts. Law also is a sought after speaker on women in business panels and a mentor to many young women leaders. Law recently spoke with the Business Observer about some issues and topics important to woman business leaders.

--Judiciary--

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT WARNS OF WIDESPREAD INTERNATIONAL EMAIL AND PHONE SCAMS ABOUT FLORIDA LEGAL ISSUES -- Supreme Court of Florida, http://www.floridasupremecourt.org, Feb. 20, 2014.
Several Email and phone scams now are widespread around the world, falsely claiming that the intended victims have court cases or other legal issues pending in Florida and must pay money or hand over private information. Anyone receiving a “notice” of this type should not respond until further investigation. They also should not open any links in the emails, which may contain computer viruses or stealth programs to steal personal information for possible identity theft. Concerns about any contact or phone call allegedly from a Florida state court can be addressed to the Florida Supreme Court at supremecourt@flcourts.org.

LOCAL JUDGES AMONG CANDIDATES FOR DAYTONA BEACH APPEAL COURT -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, Feb. 21, 2014. [Also: DAYTONA CHIEF JUDGE AMONG APPLICANTS FOR APPEALS COURT -- Daytona Beach News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com, Feb. 21, 2014.]
Several judges and lawyers from Central Florida are among the candidates being interviewed for a vacant seat on the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach. The Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission named 12 candidates for the vacancy, who they will interview next month for nomination to Gov. Rick Scott. Among those who will be interviewed are Seminole-Brevard Chief Judge John M. Harris and Chief Judge Terence R. Perkins. Sanford-based Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler is also among the candidates, as are Orange circuit judges Heather Rodriguez and Lisa Munyon.

--Criminal Justice Issues--

APPEALS COURT REJECTS SUIT AGAINST PAUL MERHIGE'S PARENTS IN THANKSGIVING KILLING -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com, Feb. 20, 2014.
The Fourth District Court of Appeal Wednesday [Feb. 19] dismissed a suit brought by the survivors of the 2009 Thanksgiving Day family massacre in Jupiter who were seeking damages from the parents of the shooter. Paul Merhige, who is mentally ill, opened fire on his relatives during a holiday celebration at the home of Jim and Muriel Sitton. The suit claims that Paul Merhige’s parents, Michael and Carole Merhige, were responsible for the tragedy because they had invited him to the celebration knowing he was dangerous. The suit was thrown out by Judge Meenu Sasser in March 2012. The survivors then took the case to the 4th District Court of Appeal, but that court upheld Sasser’s rulings and said Paul’s parents could not be held legally responsible for his acts.

--Other--

MICHAEL JOSEPH KEANE -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com, Feb. 21, 2014.
Michael Joseph Keane passed away on Feb. 19, after complications from an illness. Keane attended Stetson University College of Law where he graduated magna cum laude in 1978 and served as editor-in-chief of the Stetson Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Ben F. Overton, justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Keane returned to St. Petersburg in 1980 to begin a long and highly distinguished legal career and he was a founding partner in the law firm Keane, Reese, Vesely & Gerdes, P.A.

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[Revised: 02-24-2014]