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.
June 6, 2014
FORT MYERS LAW FIRM CELEBRATES TWO 90TH BIRTHDAYS -- Fort Myers News-Press, http://www.news-press.com, June 6, 2014.
James Franklin Jr. turned 90 Wednesday [June 4], an occasion celebrated on the second floor of the five-story building in Fort Myers that now houses the 148-employee Henderson Franklin law firm, where James Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps for 44 years. His father, James Franklin Sr., and fellow University of Florida law school graduate Robert Abner Henderson Jr. started the law firm in 1924, the same year the younger Franklin was born. Colleagues and friends crowded around Franklin to wish him well as he shared memories of a younger Southwest Florida. Even though he’s now retired, Franklin remains a force at the firm. He still keeps regular hours and an office, but instead of serving clients, he mentors and advises the 59 attorneys who work there.
KREIDER NAMED TO FILL CIRCUIT JUDGE SLOT -- Gainesville Sun, http://www.gainesville.com, June 6, 2014.
Alachua County Judge David P. Kreider has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fill a circuit judge vacancy created by the retirement of Ysleta W. McDonald. Kreider, 47, will serve until 2016, when the post will be up for election. Kreider was appointed an Alachua County court judge in 2010 and presided over civil traffic, county civil, criminal traffic, misdemeanor and small claims cases. He also worked as an acting circuit court judge covering civil, family and felony events as needed. In this capacity, Kreider also presided over an entire Family Law division in Alachua County during a circuit judge vacancy.
JUDGE DISTURBED THAT TWITTER, FACEBOOK DISTRACTS JURORS -- Palm Beach Post (requires subscription), http://www.palmbeachpost.com, June 5, 2014.
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Janis Brustares Keyser said she was disturbed by evidence that jurors were tweeting and posting comments on Facebook during a trial and added she needed more information before hauling them back to court for interviews. Keyser told attorneys to return to court at 11 a.m. Friday. It is a novel legal dilemma and Keyser said there is little case law to guide her. Attorney Spencer Kuvin said comments he discovered online after an auto negligence trial showed that the jurors violated court orders not to express their views about the trial via social media. The issue of jurors using social media during trials has long concerned judges and attorneys. Specific instructions are read to alert jurors that such communication is prohibited. Despite the warnings, in two recent cases jurors have been accused of misconduct for posting their thoughts about trials online.
--Lawyer Ethics/Legal Discipline--
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DISBARS FORMER BROWARD JUDGE ANA GARDINER -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-sentinel.com, June 5, 2014. [Also: ANA GARDINER DISBARRED FOR TEXTING PROSECUTOR WHILE ON THE BENCH -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, June 5, 2014.]
The Florida Supreme Court accepted The Florida Bar's recommendation to kick Ana Gardiner out of the legal profession permanently for having a "personal and emotional relationship" with a prosecutor who was trying a death penalty case in front of her in 2007. Gardiner, who resigned from the Broward Circuit Court bench in 2010 after serving for 11 years, has 30 days to close out her Fort Lauderdale law practice. Last year, the court handed down a two-year suspension to the prosecutor, Howard Scheinberg, who is now working as a paralegal in a private firm in Fort Lauderdale. Their relationship, which was not romantic, took place while Scheinberg was prosecuting Omar Loureiro, who was accused of fatally stabbing James Lentry.
JUDGE WON'T DISMISS DISCIPLINE CASE AGAINST JEREMY ALTERS -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription), http://www.dailybusinessreview.com, June 5, 2014.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Marcia Caballero, The Florida Bar's referee, on Thursday [June 5] refused to dismiss a disciplinary case against prominent Miami plaintiffs lawyer Jeremy Alters and scheduled the trial Nov. 5. Caballero ruled "a genuine issue of fact" warrants a trial. Alters' attorneys argued the Bar committed prosecutorial misconduct, violated confidentiality rules and concealed evidence in its case against him. This is a continuation of a 2-year-old case against Alters for alleged trust account violations.
CARL EDWIN RUDE JR. -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, June 6, 2014.
Army-retired Vietnam War veteran and Tallahassee attorney Carl Edwin Rude Jr. passed away June 1. Col. Rude attended Davidson College and then graduated from Florida State University College of Law. He was a practicing attorney for more than 40 years and served the Tallahassee Bar as past-president, treasurer and director.