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Aug. 20, 2013


ROSEMARY BARKETT LEAVING 11TH CIRCUIT, JOINING INTERNATIONAL COURT -- Daily Business Review (requires subscription),, Aug. 20, 2013.
Judge Rosemary Barkett will step down in September from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit after 20 years to join the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague in the Netherlands. The move by Barkett, a former Florida Supreme Court justice, would leave an opening for a judge from Florida on the Atlanta-based appellate court assigned to hear cases from Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Barkett served on the Fourth District Court of Appeal in 1984 and 1985 before she became the first woman on the state's high court and its first female chief justice. She was nominated to the federal appellate court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

The Civil Drug Court in Palm Beach County was founded in 1991 and is the brainchild of retired Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Edward Rodgers. It was the first of its kind in the nation and sends drug users to court-ordered treatment in hopes of steering them away from a life of crime. A circuit court judge volunteers his or her time, and, under what’s known as the Marchman Act, can order the addicts to obtain either residential or outpatient treatment. It hears 100 to 125 cases per year and it also offers treatment for those voluntarily seeking help. State Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, was on hand Saturday [Aug. 17] to learn more about how the program works — with the idea of making courts like this one happen in other places.


SCOTT IN NO RUSH TO PICK NEW LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR -- Tallahassee Democrat,, Aug. 20, 2013.
By The Associated Press. There are no signs that Gov. Rick Scott is anywhere close to naming a replacement for Jennifer Carroll since she abruptly resigned her job as Florida's lieutenant governor five months ago. Despite endless speculation in Tallahassee political circles, there appears to be no short list of candidates vying for Carroll's old job and no interviews under way. When asked about it recently, Scott said that his administration is "working on the criteria" that will be used to pick a new lieutenant governor. Scott's slow pace has opened him up to criticism from Democrats who contend that the Republican governor is neglecting his responsibility. Scott's ability to function without a lieutenant governor has raised questions about whether the job is needed.

--Criminal Justice Issues--

By The Associated Press. Gov. Rick Scott has pushed back the execution of former escort service owner Marshall Lee Gore. Scott set the new execution date for Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. The Florida Supreme Court ruled last week that Marshall Lee Gore was sane enough to be executed. Scott rescheduled Gore's execution for Sept. 10, but changed it Monday [Aug. 19] at the request of the attorney general. Gore was convicted in the 1988 slaying of Robyn Novick and the 1988 slaying of Susan Roark.


RICHARD DEARBORN DEBOEST -- Fort Myers News-Press,, Aug. 20, 2013.
Richard Dearborn DeBoest, age 81, passed away Aug. 8. He attended the University of Florida School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1960. DeBoest moved to Fort Myers in 1960 and joined the law firm of Allen &, Knudsen, (n/k/a DeBoest, Stockman, Decker, Hagan, Cheffer, & Webb-Martin), from which he retired in 2002. A past-president of the Lee County Bar Association, DeBoest was an accomplished attorney who helped pioneer condominium law in Florida and recorded the first Declaration of Condominium in Lee County in Nov. 1963. He was assistant civil defense director for Lee County.

WILLIAM L. "BILL" BISSI -- Tampa Bay Times,, Aug. 19, 2013.
William L "Bill" Bissi, 97, died Friday, Aug. 16. He received degrees from Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, and The George Washington University Law School. Bissi opened his disability advocacy firm in New Port Richey in 1983. He was founder, president, and an advocate for the disabled for 30 years.

EMIL CARL "MARK" MARQUARDT, JR. -- Tampa Bay Times,, Aug. 20, 2013.
Emil Carl Jr. "Mark" Marquardt, 72, died at his Belleair home on Aug. 17. Marquardt graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1962 and the Duke University Law School in 1965. After graduating, he was attorney for the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C. He joined the McMullen, Everett Law Firm in Clearwater in 1969, where he became a named partner. He remained with the firm, which is now Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen, P.A., for the remainder of his professional life, serving as its chairman from 2000-2003.

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[Revised: 08-21-2013]