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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 09, 2019

  1. The Florida Bar

    FLORIDA BAR OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR PRO BONO SERVICE AWARDS

    The Florida Bar News | Article | September 09, 2019

    Today the Daily News Summary highlights two Florida Bar News stories, focusing on the call for pro bono award nominations and the Trial Lawyer Section’s mock trial competition. The Florida Bar has issued a call for nominations for the annual pro bono service awards, which honor lawyers, judges, law firms and associations that have contributed extraordinary pro bono service. The deadline for most nominations is Oct. 24 (www.floridabar.org/ProBonoAwards). The 2020 ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30.

  2. Civil Justice Issues

    FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO JOIN PROBE INTO GOOGLE, OTHER TECH COMPANIES

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | September 09, 2019

    Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody will be in Washington today [Sept. 9] announcing a multi-state investigation into Google and other tech companies. During an afternoon news conference, attorneys general led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are expected to announce an anti-trust investigation, according to the Wall Street Journal.  It’s the second time in four days that Moody has joined Florida in bipartisan investigations into the nation’s largest tech companies, which have faced increasing scrutiny by the public and press the last few years. On Friday [Sept.6], New York’s attorney general announced that Florida had joined seven other states investigating “Facebook’s dominance in the industry and the potential anti-competitive conduct stemming from that dominance.”

  3. Civil Justice Issues

    FIRST AMENDMENT GROUP ASKS STATE ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE IF AIRPORT BOARD BROKE SUNSHINE LAWS

    Orlando Sentinel | Article | September 06, 2019

    The First Amendment Foundation on Friday [Sept. 6] requested State Attorney Aramis Ayala investigate whether any members of the public board that controls Orlando International Airport violated Florida’s Sunshine Law regarding a plan to hire new attorneys for the airport. Barbara Petersen, president of the foundation, told Ayala her request was prompted by Orlando Sentinel reports about the Aug. 28 meeting. “The only two no votes came from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, both of whom questioned whether there had been discussions among board members prior to the public meeting,” Petersen wrote.

  4. Legal Discipline

    LADY LAKE LAWYER DISBARRED DUE TO ‘PATTERN OF MISCONDUCT’

    Leesburg Daily Commercial | Article | September 07, 2019

    A Lady Lake lawyer, William J. Scheil, 40, has been disbarred after being arrested and charged with stealing and forging checks and possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Scheil was a personal injury and contract attorney who was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2011. On Jan. 7 of this year, he pleaded no contest to possession of cocaine, a third-degree felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

  5. Civil Justice Issues

    PROBLEM FOSTER KIDS COULD BE LOCKED UP IN ‘SECURE’ FACILITY UNDER NEW PLAN PUSHED BY TAMPA BAY CHILD WELFARE AGENCY

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | September 09, 2019

    Hillsborough County has struggled with older foster children refusing placements, according to Florida Department of Children and Families data. Many of those children, mostly teenagers, become “night-to-night” placements, a small group of roughly 20 kids that often end up sleeping in offices. The problem led to the state warning foster agency Eckerd Connects that it could lose its $83 million annual contract. Now leaders of the agency are pushing a controversial recommendation from the Hillsborough Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for a new law allowing children to be forced into placements — including a secure facility at a Tampa juvenile justice campus. The plan has outraged child welfare groups who say the state would essentially be locking up children and causing them more emotional harm.

  6. Criminal Justice Issues

    LAWSUIT AIMS TO END JUVENILE SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN FLORIDA

    WJHG | Article | September 06, 2019

    A federal lawsuit alleges Florida’s use of solitary confinement in juvenile justice facilities is unconstitutional. Roughly one out of three children sent into Florida’s juvenile justice system will spend time in solitary confinement, many on multiple occasions. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit alleges Florida’s use of solitary confinement for youth constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The suit was filed on behalf of three teenage detainees, two housed in Duval County and another in Volusia County. The DJJ declined to comment on this story, saying it does not comment on pending litigation. The SPLC also recently filed a lawsuit challenging the use of solitary confinement in adult prisons.

  7. Criminal Justice Issues

    HIGH-TECH EVIDENCE KEY IN MAJOR ALACHUA COUNTY CRIMINAL CASES

    Gainesville Sun | Article | September 07, 2019

    Pedro Bravo at least knew to turn off his cellphone when he was driving around with the body of his one-time friend, University of Florida student Christian Aguilar, in his car. That is, until he turned it on to activate the flashlight app to dispose of Aguilar’s body. With that move, the State Attorney’s Office had the evidence to put Bravo with the body. Bravo, a Santa Fe College student at the time, was convicted in August 2014 of murdering Aguilar. Increasingly, electronic evidence is a primary component of convicting suspects in serious crimes.

  8. Criminal Justice Issues

    MICHAEL DREJKA’S LAWYERS ASK FOR A NEW TRIAL

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | September 06, 2019

    Lawyers for Michael Drejka, convicted of manslaughter last month for shooting Markeis McGlockton in a 2018 parking lot dispute, have asked for a new trial. The motion relitigates many key points in the case, including the circumstances surrounding McGlockton’s shove of Drejka, which preceded Drejka training his gun on McGlockton. Among the concerns raised, defense lawyers said the jury was prejudiced when it heard testimony about a prior instance in which Drejka confronted a man, Richard Kelly, for parking a work truck in the very same handicapped spot.

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