Daily News Summary
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Dec. 9, 2013
DIVORCE LAW FIRMS' SPECIALTY: TO SERVE MEN -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com , Dec. 7, 2013.
In a family court system that some say is tilted to favor women, attorney Kenny Leigh makes no apologies — he is in business to serve man. Leigh, who has six offices with 13 lawyers from Boca Raton to Jacksonville, said he started gearing his practice to men about 10 years ago, when he realized that women often were given the benefit of the doubt, at men's expense, when it came to divorce settlements, alimony and child custody arrangements. "In family law, men are not treated fairly," said Leigh, 43, who is based in Jacksonville. He criticized the court system for reducing many fathers to being "a visitor and a paycheck."
PUBLIC DEFENDERS GIVE CHILDREN BIKES FOR CHRISTMAS -- Pensacola News Journal, http://www.pnj.com , Dec. 7, 2013.
The employees of the Public Defender’s Office are used to delving into law books to help those in need, but this holiday season they’re assisting by going into their pocketbooks. Roughly 125 employees worked together to purchase 42 brand new bicycles for needy families this year. “It’s put a lot of smiles on a lot of people’s faces here, and we hope it will put smiles on kid’s faces on Christmas morning,” 1st Judicial Circuit Public Defender Bruce Miller said.
EDITORIAL: FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SHOULD APPROVE WORDING OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA AMENDMENT -- Tampa Bay Times, editorial, http://www.tampabay.com , Dec. 7, 2013. [Also: MANNIX ABOUT MANATEE: FLORIDIANS SHOULD VOTE ON MEDICIAL MARIJUANA ISSUE -- Bradenton Herald, column, http://www.bradenton.com, Dec. 8, 2013; WORDING COULD HALT MARIJUANA BILL -- Lakeland Ledger, http://www.theledger.com , Dec. 8, 2013.]The editorial states: "Supporters of medical marijuana have made a convincing argument that the Florida Supreme Court should allow a constitutional amendment on the November ballot so voters can decide the issue. During last week’s oral arguments, the justices focused on whether voters would be misled by the title and ballot summary into thinking that access to medical marijuana is more limited than the full text of the amendment allows. The title and ballot summary of the amendment are not misleading, and justices should approve the wording and allow the amendment to go on the ballot."
'POCKET CONSTITUTION' CARRIES RELIGIOUS MESSAGES TO STUDENTS -- Tampa Bay Times, http://www.tampabay.com , Dec. 7, 2013.
The articles discusses the philosophy of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, which produces a pocket-size pamphlet that has been given out with civic education programs in Florida.