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May 15, 2019
WJXT News4JAX | Article | May 10, 2019
After being appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in January, Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Lagoa was formally sworn into office May 10 during a ceremony that included a courtroom filled with friends and colleagues. Lagoa, the first Cuban-American woman on the court, has been serving as a justice since the appointment. The Supreme Court, however, typically holds formal investiture ceremonies months after justices take office. DeSantis early this year also appointed justices Robert Luck and Carlos Muniz. A joint investiture ceremony for them is scheduled Sept. 24.
Criminal Justice Issues
Lakeland Ledger | Article | May 14, 2019
The head of Florida’s prison system last month told a top federal immigration official he would like to launch a pilot program that would deputize state correctional officers as immigration agents to “identify and process criminal aliens.” If approved, Florida would become the fourth state to launch such a program at a state-run prison. State Corrections Secretary Mark Inch wants to start the program at the Northwest Florida Reception Center in the Washington County community of Chipley.
Law.com | Article | May 12, 2019
Historically, lawyers and others in the profession have not openly discussed mental health challenges, and resources have not been readily available. Institutions have been left without ideas on how to improve their work environment — or worse, without the motivation to do so. Law.com and its affiliate ALM publications are embarking on a major, yearlong endeavor to more deeply cover stress, depression, addiction and other mental health issues affecting the legal profession.
FORMER SHERIFF SCOTT ISRAEL HAS QUESTIONS FOR THE GOVERNOR WHO SUSPENDED HIM. BUT HE WON’T GET TO ASK THEM.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Article | May 14, 2019
Scott Israel’s attorneys wanted Gov. Ron DeSantis to testify about why he suspended Israel as Broward sheriff, but the president of the Florida Senate has blocked the move. Israel’s attorneys included DeSantis in a lengthy witness list filed May 10 for a hearing in June before a special master considering the case on behalf of the Florida Senate. Witnesses who aren’t questioned in advance through depositions or don’t agree to appear at the hearing before Special Master Dudley Goodlette could be subpoenaed by Senate President Bill Galvano. Galvano rejected Israel’s attempt to compel the governor to testify.
Health News Florida | Article | May 14, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis could soon sign legislation that creates a statewide registry for pimps and johns in an effort to crack down on human trafficking. But Florida officials are not stopping there. With their eyes on the Super Bowl and WrestleMania, both of which the state will host in 2020, officials are looking for new ways to ensure victims are not trafficked for sex or labor. “As I always say, every issue does not necessarily need a law if people are willing to take on these issues voluntarily,” Attorney General Ashley Moody, who chairs the statewide Council on Human Trafficking, said May 10 at a meeting of the panel.
American Bar Association | Article | May 07, 2019
Seven legal tech companies are the first to join a new partnership between the American Bar Association and the Legal Services Corporation to provide free technology products and services to legal aid offices helping low-income Americans. Called Legal Tech for a Change, the project is spearheaded by the ABA Center for Innovation, the association’s 2016 initiative to create more accessible, efficient and effective legal services.
Tallahassee Democrat | Column | May 14, 2019
Guest columnist Peter Barsoom, the founder of a Colorado-based edibles marijuana company, writes: “The demand of Florida voters is clear. For far too long, patients have stood by waiting for regulators to implement the 2016 Medicinal Marijuana Constitutional Amendment . . . Lawsuits and regulatory red tape have bogged the program down and patients awaiting access to medicinal marijuana continue to suffer . . . I applaud (Gov. Ron) DeSantis, (Agriculture Commissioner Nikki) Fried and members of the Legislature for tackling this important issue, and I urge them to stay the course providing tens of thousands of Floridians with the medical relief they need.”