Daily News Summary
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January 9, 2013
4 ESCAMBIA, SANTA ROSA OFFICIALS TAKE OFFICE TODAY -- Pensacola News Journal, http://www.pnj.com, Jan. 8, 2013.
In Escambia County, a 55-year era ends today [Jan. 8] as Pam Childers takes over as clerk of court, having defeated Ernie Lee Magaha. And in Santa Rosa, Don Spencer will replace Mary Johnson, whom he defeated after her 18 years as clerk, and her total of 52 years in the clerk's office. Tappie Villane will become Santa Rosa supervisor of elections, replacing another longtime office-holder, Ann Bodenstein, who retired. And Bruce Miller will take over for James Owens, whose four years as public defender for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties have been marred by controversy since his first day on the job.
NEW STATE ATTORNEY, PUBLIC DEFENDER SWORN IN -- Florida Today, http://www.floridatoday.com, Jan. 8, 2013. [Also: BREVARD PROSECUTOR, DEFENDER PLAN TO BUILD ON PREDECESSOR'S SUCCESSES -- Florida Today, Jan. 9, 2013].
Brevard-Seminole State Attorney Phil Archer took the oath of office this morning [Jan. 8] in a Brevard County courtroom and immediately swore in the staff of Assistant State Attorneys. The oath was administered to Archer by outgoing State Attorney Norm Wolfinger. The ceremony marked the end of Wolfinger's 28 years as state attorney in the two-county Eighteenth Judicial District and the end of Archer's 28 years as an assistant state attorney on Wolfinger's staff. In a separate ceremony, Blaise Trettis was to be sworn in as public defender. Both men will oversee their offices in the 18th judicial circuit, which includes Brevard and Seminole counties. Their offices are at the Viera government complex.
ANGELA COREY SWORN INTO SECOND TERM AS 4TH CIRCUIT STATE ATTORNEY -- Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com, Jan. 8, 2013.
State Attorney Angela Corey was sworn in to a second term Tuesday, heading into the pivotal stages of some of Florida’s highest-profile cases. Corey said her goals for the next four years included lowering the murder rate and getting more police on the streets. Corey, who drew no opposition for re-election, has remained broadly popular in the community while also serving as a lightning rod for criticism. Corey is attracting attention for her prosecution of George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford while serving on Neighborhood Watch. Corey was appointed to the case by Gov. Rick Scott after the local state attorney withdrew.
ARONBERG SWORN IN TODAY AS PALM BEACH COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.palmbeachpost.com, Jan. 8, 2013.
Circuit Judge Edward Fine administered the oath of office inside the courtroom on the 11th floor at the Palm Beach County Courthouse’s ceremonial courtroom. State Attorney Dave Aronberg took the oath with his hand resting on a Bible and a 100-year-old prayer book which belonged to his grandfather. The jovial atmosphere of the hour-long event belied the trouble which at times marked Aronberg’s path.
OVERTON CAST A LONG SHADOW OVER COURTS, HIS CHILDREN -- Tampa Tribune, http://www2.tbo.com , Jan. 9, 2013.
This story profiles deceased former Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben Overton.
STATE PANEL EYES 'STAND YOUR GROUND' -- Panama City News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com, Jan. 8, 2013.
This spring, . . . [the] "stand your ground" law will pass through the Criminal Justice Committee, which State Sen. Greg Evers chairs. But he is unsure the “stand your ground” bill will get committee time, the Baker Republican said Monday [Jan. 7]. The bill (SB136) was referred to the Criminal Justice Committee on Friday [Jan. 4] and, once reviewed, a determination will be made on whether it gets a hearing, Evers said. It also was referred to the Judiciary and Rules committees.
JAMES M. WALLACE JR. -- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com, Jan. 9, 2013.
Local attorney and businessman James M. Wallace Jr., 89, passed away suddenly at his home on Jan. 6. Mr. Wallace practiced law in Bradenton for 60 years, and had been involved in numerous leadership positions in civic organizations in Bradenton and surrounding communities. After the war, in 1952, Mr. Wallace moved to Bradenton and established a law practice on 12th Street West across from the Manatee County Courthouse, and subsequently moved to 420 Old Main Street, where he practiced up until the time of his death. He specialized in real estate transactions, probate, estates and trusts, and corporations, among other matters.