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.
July 15, 2013
--The Florida Bar--
WINTER PARK RESIDENT NAMED FLORIDA BAR YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION PRESIDENT -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, July 13, 2013.
Winter Park resident Melanie Griffin has been named the 2013-14 president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division. Griffin has been a member of the organization's Board of Governors and is an associate attorney at the law firm Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., in Orlando. Griffin received a bachelor's degree in business finance in 2003 and a Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration in 2006 from Florida State University.
CHARLIE'S COURT? CRIST COULD PICK ENTIRE SUPREME COURT IF HE WINS SECOND TERM -- The Florida Current, http://www.thefloridacurrent.com, July 13, 2013.
Should former Gov. Charlie Crist once again win election to the governor’s office in 2014, he will likely have four more appointments to the Florida Supreme Court. Including his four picks to the bench during his previous term from 2007 to 2011, that means all seven members of the court could be Crist appointees by the end of his second term. Florida judges face mandatory retirement after they turn 70 years old, but because of a provision in the state constitution, the prospect of an all-Crist bench is not clear-cut, and his current appointees to the high court could retire before current Gov. Rick Scott’s term runs out.
APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR 8TH CIRCUIT -- Gainesville Sun, http://www.gainesville.com, July 13, 2013.
Applicants for the vacant 8th Circuit Court judge seat to replace the retired Judge David Glant are being sought by the circuit's Judicial Nominating Commission. The original application and nine copies must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday [July 18]. After the application deadline, the nominating commission will contact applicants to be interviewed to confirm a time, date and location. Gov. Rick Scott will review the recommendations of the nominating commission and select the judge.
--Criminal Justice Issues--
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN NOT GUILTY IN MURDER OF TRAYVON MARTIN -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, July 14, 2013. [Also: BROWARD DEFENSE LAWYERS HAIL ZIMMERMAN VERDICT -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, July 14, 2013; CIVIL RIGHTS CASE VS. ZIMMERMAN WON'T BE SIMPLE -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, July 15, 2013. THOUSANDS PROTEST ZIMMERMAN VERDICT ACROSS U.S. -- Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com, July 15, 2013. ]
George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday [July 13] in the shooting death of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin after a wrenching five-week trial that provoked a national discussion around the thorny issues of race, profiling, self-defense laws and gun control. Defense lawyers in Broward County said Saturday that the jury really had no other choice than to acquit. The controversial case put prosecutors in a no-win situation, requiring them to overcome a claim of self-defense that was a sufficient cause for reasonable doubt, according to lawyers reached by the Sun-Sentinel after the verdict was read. Calls for the Justice Department to look into the case reverberated as soon as the acquittal was announced, but legal experts see major barriers to a federal prosecution. Thousands of demonstrators demanding "Justice for Trayvon" marched in major cities across the United States on Sunday [July 14] to protest the acquittal.
LENGTHY PRISON SENTENCES FOR JUVENILES UNDER SCRUTINY -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, July 14, 2013.
Florida justices are reconsidering the rules on the sentencing of juveniles for serious crimes. The 4th District Court of Appeal this month asked the Florida Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of lengthy sentences for teenage defendants on non-murder raps. The outcome of oral arguments scheduled for Sept. 17 ultimately could shorten the prison terms for numerous young felons from across the state. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that it is cruel and unusual punishment to give young criminals a life term with no chance for parole for crimes other than murder, but they did not specify an appropriate length of time for such sentences, apparently prompting the state appellate court questions.
--Civil Justice Issues--
MALPRACTICE LAWYERS SAY NEW STATE LAW VIOLATES PATIENT PRIVACY -- South Florida Sun Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, July 15, 2013.
According to a series of lawsuits filed across the state, patients looking to sue a doctor for malpractice in Florida could lose their privacy rights under a state law that took effect last week. The lawsuits challenge a Florida law that gives lawyers for a doctor accused of malpractice the right to interview other doctors who treated the same patient without the patient's presence, consent or knowledge, which constitutes a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, according to the lawsuits organized by The Florida Justice Association. Florida State Sen. Tom Lee said the plaintiffs are misinterpreting key parts of the law and neglecting others.