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August 13, 2019
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The Florida Bar News | Article | August 13, 2019
An open forum on how the new Marsy’s Law victims’ rights constitutional amendment will affect access to court records will be held by the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee at the Bar’s Fall Meeting. Marsy’s Law, among other provisions, allows crime victims to opt to keep information that could identify them out of public and court records. Clerks of court have said the amendment is proving problematic for them because it is not in one of the 23 categories they are automatically allowed to redact under Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420, which governs public access to court records and sets out procedures and parameters for protecting confidential information in court records. The Florida Clerks of Court & Comptrollers asked the Supreme Court for guidance and the court in turn asked the RJAC to look into the issue.
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The Florida Bar News | Article | August 12, 2019
Nominations are now being accepted for reporters to attend the 30th Annual Florida Bar Reporters’ Workshop, which will be held in Tallahassee on October 28 and 29. This intensive two-day course is designed for 24 print, online, TV, and radio journalists new to the courts and legal beats or new to Florida. The workshop is presented by The Florida Bar Media & Communications Law Committee.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Article | August 12, 2019
Some Broward County leaders want to tighten regulations that have allowed people to buy guns without background checks or waiting periods. Twenty years ago, Broward County implemented background checks and a five-day waiting period for people to buy guns, but the regulations haven’t been enforced at gun shows because of a state law that could have local officials removed from office, fined or sued if they moved ahead with their own gun regulations. A Florida judge paved the way for change in July. He ruled portions of the state law unconstitutional, overturning the stiff penalties and also giving counties a way to implement background checks and waiting periods that were allowed under the state Constitution. Now, Broward Commissioner Steve Geller wants the County Attorney’s Office to begin crafting new county regulations while the court ruling is appealed.
Miami Herald | Article | August 12, 2019
Miami-Dade is scrapping plans to keep party labels off the ballot next year for the clerk of court election, and will require partisan contests for sheriff and other newly elected offices if Florida law doesn’t change by 2024. The county’s top lawyer wrote last week that a recent decision by the Florida Supreme Court forces Miami-Dade to hold partisan primaries for the 2020 clerk election. That ruling will also require partisan primaries for sheriff, tax collector and elections supervisor once those posts shift from appointed to elected by 2024, as required by a new amendment to the Florida Constitution.
WLRN | Article | August 13, 2019
Florida nurse anesthetists have come out in strong support of a new law meant to curb opioid abuse and slammed doctors for “questioning” the logistics of how to inform patients about opioid alternatives. Johanna Newman, president of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, sent a letter to Department of Health Secretary Scott Rivkees last week noting that her association pushed for the new law (HB 451) and worked with the Florida Medical Association and other groups during this year’s legislative session about concerns they had. Ultimately, she said in the letter to Rivkees, the FMA supported the bill. “We find it curious that the FMA is now questioning the law given their support during the 2019 legislative process,” she wrote.
Civil Justice Issues
NBC News | Article | August 12, 2019
FBI agents raided Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean on Monday [Aug. 12] in a vivid display that the probe into his alleged sex trafficking ring is continuing despite his death. The search was directed by the Epstein task force led by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, the officials said. The raid was launched two days after Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. He was pronounced dead at a lower Manhattan hospital.
The Florida Bar | Article | August 13, 2019
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