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The purpose of this summary provided by the Communications Department of The Florida Bar is to present media coverage that may be of interest to members. Opinions expressed in the articles are attributable solely to the authors. The Florida Bar does not adopt or endorse any opinions expressed below. For information on previous articles, please contact the publishing newspaper directly.

September 05, 2019

  1. Judiciary

    AMENDMENTS SEEK TO TIGHTEN THE RULES REGARDING JUDICIAL DISQUALIFICATION

    The Florida Bar News | Article | September 05, 2019

    Today the Daily News Summary highlights Florida Bar News stories on proposed amendments to judicial disqualification rules and news of the new members on the Bar’s Citizens Advisory Committee. The Board of Governors will consider changes to procedures for disqualifying trial judges. Proposed amendments to Rule 2.330 would add a reference to “general law” to existing grounds for disqualification; require that fear of impartiality be reasonable; prohibit using new or substitute counsel as grounds for disqualification; clarify the relationships that could form a basis for disqualification; and require motions to state the “precise date” when the facts constituting grounds for disqualification were discovered.

  2. Judiciary

    JUSTICES WILL NOT RECONSIDER EXPERT WITNESS ISSUE

    Florida Politics | Article | September 04, 2019

    The Florida Supreme Court on Friday [Aug. 30] denied requests that it reconsider a controversial May decision that revised standards for expert witnesses in lawsuits. The issue deals with long-debated standards for expert testimony, which can play a key role in complicated civil and criminal cases.  In May, the court changed direction and moved to the Daubert standard. In a June motion for rehearing, the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee of The Florida Bar pointed to the Supreme Court making the change without going through a typical process for setting rules.

  3. The Florida Bar

    FROM THE PRESIDENT: JBA IS PATHWAY TO INVOLVEMENT IN THE FLORIDA BAR

    Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | September 05, 2019

    Elizabeth Ferguson, president of the Jacksonville Bar Association, writes: “. . . I spend much of my time talking with members and potential members about all the ways the JBA can benefit attorneys practicing in the 4th Judicial Circuit. We offer CLEs, networking events, community outreach projects, practice-specific committees and social events. What you may not realize is that the JBA also offers something else: A pathway for attorneys to get involved on the state level.”

  4. Criminal Justice Issues

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT REJECTS FORMER ESCORT’S APPEAL IN MURDER-FOR-HIRE CASE

    WPEC | Article | September 05, 2019

    The Florida Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a former escort convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband. The court rejected without comment a request from Dalia Dippolito that it review her 2017 conviction and 16-year sentence for soliciting first-degree murder. Dippolito was recorded on video and audio in 2009 as she plotted to kill Michael Dippolito. Prosecutors believe she wanted control of the couple’s Palm Beach County town house and his savings.

  5. Civil Justice Issues

    ESTIMATED COST OF FLORIDA ASSAULT WEAPONS REGISTRY: $4 MILLION

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | September 04, 2019

    A panel of state economists on Tuesday [Sept. 3] estimated it would cost $4 million to build a registry to carry out a proposed constitutional amendment that targets possession of assault weapons, if Floridians approve the measure in November 2020. The ballot proposal, backed by the political committee Ban Assault Weapons NOW, would prohibit possession of assault weapons but would provide an exception for people who own the guns at the time the measure takes effect. Those people would be able to keep assault weapons if they register the guns with the state.

  6. Judiciary

    DETAILS MADE AVAILABLE ON 1ST DCA APPLICANTS

    Florida Politics | Article | September 05, 2019

    One of the candidates to be a new appellate judge in Tallahassee was involved in some of the first litigation over Everglades preservation. Another got a client off the hook for “an eight-figure sum.” Still another would check his grocery receipts to make sure he was rightly charged for every item, and never went over the speed limit. Those are just a few tidbits from the public comment file made available this week by the 1st District Court of Appeal’s Judicial Nominating Commission. Gov. Ron DeSantis will make appointments for two openings on the 15-member panel.

  7. Legal Discipline

    TAVARES ATTORNEY SENTENCED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE

    Daily Commercial | Article | September 05, 2019

    A Tavares divorce attorney who was arrested last year on charges of aggravated stalking and battery after reportedly going on a rampage and hitting his girlfriend in the face with a closed fist has pleaded no contest and been placed on probation. Barrett P. Burnette, 46, of Longwood, faces two years of community control probation for stalking with credible threat, a third-degree felony, and one year of regular probation for the misdemeanor battery charge. The Florida Supreme Court has ordered that his law license be suspended. The court has given him 30 days to close his practice so that he can wrap up cases with clients or refer them to another attorney.

  8. Other

    THE MARBUT REPORT: PICKERT SAYS CITY, FLORIDA ‘AHEAD OF THE CURVE’

    Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | September 05, 2019

    Attorney Alan Pickert, a partner at the Terrell Hogan law firm, is the Jacksonville Bar Association’s representative on the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He said after returning from the ABA’s national meeting Aug. 8-13 in San Francisco, there was a substantive takeaway from the hours of discussion and debate of issues facing the legal profession: “I think Jacksonville and Florida are ahead of the curve.”

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