Daily News Summary
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Oct. 16, 2013
BECKER & POLIAKOFF MERGES WITH ORLANDO AREA LAW FIRM -- South Florida Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com, Oct. 16, 2013.
Becker & Poliakoff is merging with Taylor & Carls of Altamonte Springs, strengthening Becker's position as one of the state's leading community association law firms. Becker has around 150 attorneys and lobbyists and is based in Hollywood near Fort Lauderdale. The Taylor firm lists 13 lawyers on its website and has offices near Tampa and in Palm Coast. The deal, which takes effect Dec. 1, is the latest in a record year for law firm mergers in the United States. Taylor & Carls’ attorneys and staff will relocate to Becker & Poliakoff’s Orlando office located in the downtown business district.
--Criminal Justice Issues--
MIAMI ATTORNEY TO CHALLENGE CRIMINAL ASSETS SEIZURES IN SUPREME COURT CASE -- Miami Herald, http://www.miamiherald.com, Oct. 16, 2013.
On Wednesday [Oct. 16], Miami criminal defense attorney Howard Srebnick will have the rare opportunity to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court that the tactic used by federal prosecutors of grabbing, with a judges nod, the assets of criminal defendants before trial violates the constitutional rights of defendants. The thrust of Srebnick's argument will be that with their assets frozen until a trial's outcome, defendants are effectively being stripped of the ability to hire the defense lawyer of their choice. The justices' ultimate opinion, in a South Florida white-collar criminal case, could potentially affect countless federal prosecutions nationwide.
FLA. EXECUTES MAN FOR ILLINOIS WOMAN'S 1986 MURDER -- Tampa Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com, Oct. 16, 2013. [Also: EXECUTION CARRIED OUT WITH NEW DRUG -- The Florida Current, http://www.thefloridacurrent.com, Oct. 16, 2013.
By The Associated Press. William Happ's sentence for strangling Angie Crowley 27 years ago was carried out Tuesday [Oct. 15] evening by chemical injection at Florida State Prison. Happ was the first person to be executed under a new mix of drugs Florida is using for lethal injections. It appeared Happ remained conscious longer and made more body movements after losing consciousness than other people executed recently by lethal injection under the old formula.
JENNIFER LYNN COFFEY -- Palm Beach Post, http://www.pbpost.com, Oct. 16, 2013.
Jennifer Lynn Coffey, 39, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12. An accomplished attorney, Coffey found her true passion in advocating for the educational rights and needs of special needs children.
WOODVILLE ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES NEW CIVICS MAGNET PROGRAM -- Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tallahassee.com, Oct. 15, 2013.
The school board voted earlier this year to create a new history and civics-based magnet program at the 157-year-old Woodville Elementary, the oldest public school in Leon County. Education officials and residents of the community joined students and faculty to cut the ribbon on the new program Friday [Oct. 11], in a ceremony that also marked the start of Founder’s Day Weekend, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the close-knit community in southeastern Leon County. Starting earlier this month, the students joined different clubs, or small groups that allow them to explore history based on their interests. The magnet programs also emphasizes learning through community service. Students have taken on projects like raising money for Habitat for Humanity and working with the local Humane Society.