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April 8, 2014
P.K. JAMESON NAMED FLORIDA STATE COURTS ADMINISTRATOR -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, April 7, 2014.
State government attorney P.K. Jameson has been named the Florida State Courts Administrator. Jameson will assist the Supreme Court chief justice in his constitutional role as administrative head of the judicial branch of government. Jameson, 55, leaves the post of general counsel for the Florida Department of Financial Services, where she also served as the department's ethics officer. She will supervise a staff that provides direct support to about 1,000 state court judges and their staffs. She joins the Office of the State Courts Administrator on May 12 and will take over July 1, replacing longtime officeholder Elisabeth Goodner.
HARRY LEE ANSTEAD: GET BACK TO ASKEW'S NONPARTISAN JUDICIARY -- Tallahassee Democrat, Column, http://www.tallahassee.com, April 5, 2014.
Opinion column by Harry Lee Anstead, now retired, former justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Anstead writes about the loss of former Gov. Reubin Askew and what he calls his "courageous and wise leadership." He writes, "One of Florida’s most acclaimed journalists, Martin Dyckman, has urged Florida’s political leadership to restore integrity to the nonpartisan judicial merit selection system put in place by Askew . . . This system has been hailed as perhaps the greatest gift and legacy of Gov. Askew in his attempt to ensure the integrity of the branch of government intended to be nonpartisan and beyond the reach of partisan political influences . . . After all, can we not agree that the judicial branch of government should be nonpartisan? Gov. Askew certainly believed that, and he “put his money where his mouth is” when he gave up his exclusive authority to appoint judges in favor of a nonpartisan system. It now seems so long ago that such heroic acts actually took place. Who will step forward and assure that Askew’s legacy is honored and restored?"
DON'T ENACT INTOLERANCE INTO STATE LAW -- Miami Herald, Column, http://www.miamiherald.com, April 7, 2014.
Opinion column by Laila Abdelaziz, who works on legislative issues for Emerge USA, a non profit that advocates for civic engagement and related issues for the Muslim Arab and South Asian communities. For the fourth year in a row, Florida legislators are facing a bill on Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases. Abdelaziz writes that what is commonly known as the Anti-Foreign Law Bill "aims to prohibit Florida judges from applying foreign laws unless the relevant foreign law guarantees the “same” constitutional protections outlined by the U.S. and Florida constitutions. Bill sponsors have not been able cite any instances in Florida courts where a litigants’ rights have been denied due to the application of an odious foreign law . . . According to The Florida Bar International Law Section, the bills are “a significant departure from the applicable standard under Florida law.” . . . State legislators should stand strong against intolerance and firmly oppose both SB 386 in the Senate and HB 903 in the House once and for all."
THERE ARE FIVE REASONS TO DEFEAT THE STATE NURSING HOME BILL -- Pensacola News Journal, Column, http://www.pnj.com, April 7, 2014.
Opinion column by Brian Lee, executive director for Families for Better Care, based in Tallahassee. [Note: The opinion column incorrectly states that a "compromise deal" regarding a nursing home industry bill involves The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar has no legislative position on the subject.]
--Criminal Justice Issues--
CIVIL CITATIONS CAN KEEP JUVENILE OFFENDERS RECORDS CLEAN -- Fort Myers News-Press, http://www.news-press.com, April 7, 2014.
A meeting at Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers will focus on the increased use of civil citations instead of regular arrests for first-time juvenile offenders. Proponents of the civil citation program say it is not being used enough. A civil citation is offered in lieu of arrest to minors who commit misdemeanors. Each gets one chance to avoid a criminal record that can affect educational, professional or military life -- what amounts to a lifelong punishment for an offense such as trespassing or fighting at school. Authorized by Florida statute, juvenile civil citation programs can order up to 50 hours of community service and refer offenders to programs that, in addition to counseling, can include monitoring student's school progress and learning vocational skills, restitution and a letter of apology.
--Tech Tip Tuesday--
HOW TO ADD HOLIDAYS TO YOUR CALENDAR IN OUTLOOK 2013 -- The Florida Bar, http://www.floridabar.org, April 8, 2014.
Adding a particular country’s or religion’s holidays to your calendar is easy. For additional information on this tip and others, visit the Tech Tips page.