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Nov. 1, 2013


CIRCUIT JUDGE CRITICIZES DUVAL SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR VIOLENCE -- Florida Times-Union (requires subscription),, Nov. 1, 2013. [Also: GUEST COLUMN: CIRCUIT JUDGE HENRY DAVIS EXPLAINS REASONS FOR JAILING GIRLS -- Florida Times-Union (requires subscription), Column,, Oct. 31, 2013.]
“The Duval County Schools are unable to protect non-violent and reasonably well behaved children from the violent and disruptive children who attend our public schools,” wrote Circuit Judge Henry Davis in a Oct. 25 letter to the Times-Union’s opinion page. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said Wednesday [Oct. 30] that Davis means well, but the judge’s perspective is based on the narrow experience of seeing the area’s most troubled youth in his court. Davis told the Times-Union a constant stream of cases in his courtroom where “innocent children and School Board employees are often injured by violent children” prompted him to write the letter. Vitti said he has invited Davis to participate in a task force to review the code of conduct and to find ways to strengthen the district’s disciplinary efforts.

LOCAL JUDGE WANTS MORE BENCH TIME -- Florida Keys News,, Nov. 1, 2013.
Longtime Florida Keys incumbent circuit Judge Mark Jones announced Thursday [Oct. 31] he is running for re-election. "It has been an honor and privilege to serve as a judge for the past 17 years," Jones said in a release. Jones was first elected in 1996. During that 17-year run, he has presided over some of the most high-profile criminal cases in Monroe County, including nearly all the murder cases in the Lower Keys in the last five years. Jones will face another familiar face at the Key West courthouse, former Monroe County Chief Assistant State Attorney Donald Barrett. 

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SUPREME COURT DISCIPLINES 29 ATTORNEYS -- The Florida Bar News,, Oct. 31, 2013. [Also: ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE: 13 IN SOUTH FLORIDA ARE PUNISHED -- South Florida Business Journal (requires subscription),, Nov. 1, 2013.]
The Florida Bar, the state's guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announces that the Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 29 attorneys; disbarring two, revoking the licenses of two, suspending 18 and publicly reprimanding seven. Four attorneys received more than one form of discipline. Three were placed on probation and one was ordered to pay restitution.

HENRY "HANK" ADORNO WANTS LAW LICENSE BACK -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription),, Nov. 1, 2013.
Three years and a day after being suspended by the Florida Supreme Court, former Coral Gables attorney Henry "Hank" Adorno asked the court to reinstate his law license. Adorno, former managing partner of Adorno & Yoss, was suspended for three years starting Oct. 28, 2010, for mishandling a class action settlement with the city of Miami. In a petition filed Tuesday [Oct. 29] by his attorney and former partner George Yoss, Adorno claims he has fulfilled all the requirements of rehabilitation, including paying costs, notifying clients of the suspension and "evidence of unimpeachable character and moral standing in the community." Financial information was filed under seal about his income, restitution to former clients, financial obligations and creditors.

KELLY MATHIS SUSPENDED BY SUPREME COURT -- Jacksonville Daily Record,, Oct. 31, 2013.
The Florida Supreme Court has suspended Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis from practicing law, after being convicted of 103 counts in the Allied Veterans of the World gambling case. The case will now be assigned to a "referee" who will make a recommendation on Mathis' future. "Generally on a felony conviction, there's a presumption of disbarment and the respondent has to come in and mitigate that down," Jim Watson, chief branch discipline counsel for The Florida Bar, said. Either side may appeal the disciplinary decision, he said, but the attorney's suspension remains in effect through the appeal. Mitch Stone, Mathis' criminal defense attorney, is appealing the conviction. 

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[Revised: 11-04-2013]