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October 04, 2019
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The Florida Bar | Article | October 04, 2019
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News stories on Justice Susan Harrell Black and an Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellowship which will expand the impact of the Veterans Law Institute at Stetson University College of Law by assisting veterans with removing barriers to benefits through outreach, education, and representation. EJW fellowships, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig and The Florida Bar Foundation, have been facilitating opportunities for law students and lawyers to engage in public service for more than 30 years. The organization’s vision is to create a community of lawyers committed to public service who can fulfill the nation’s promise of equal justice for all.
WUSF | Article | October 04, 2019
With his execution scheduled for Nov. 7, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal from a Death Row inmate convicted in the 1985 murder of a 14-year-old girl in Pinellas County. Justices unanimously ruled against James Dailey, who raised a series of arguments, including that there had been “newly discovered evidence” in the case. The arguments at the Supreme Court involved issues such as evidence that Dailey’s attorneys contended discredited a jail inmate who testified against Dailey. But the Supreme Court questioned why Dailey hadn’t raised the issues before.
Law.com | Article | October 03, 2019
Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal has blocked an attempt by New York law firm Parker Waichman to collect a $4.2 million contingency fee from a tobacco verdict, after an attorney left partway through the case and took the client with him. The case made it clear: A firm is entitled to the full contingency fee for general partners who leave and take clients with them, but not if the departing attorneys are limited partners or associates. And the ruling created important case law for attorneys leaving their employers.
Palm Beach Post | Article | October 03, 2019
Sunday [Sept. 29], a man broke into a Lake Worth Beach home and raped a teenager in her bed. Within two days, Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities had a DNA hit from the rape kit. The man was arrested thanks to a July 1 enactment of a bill that allows judges to sign off on arrest warrants based on a DNA match alone. Judges still can make investigators test another DNA sample before agreeing to sign an arrest warrant, but that it’s no longer required.
Broward Palm Beach New Times | Article | October 03, 2019
State Rep. Bobby DuBose, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, this week filed a House bill that would remove the provision of the Victims of Wrongful Incarceration Compensation Act, which bars compensation for people with prior felony convictions. The bill won’t be retroactive. When the act was signed into law in 2008, wrongfully imprisoned people with any previous felony convictions were exempt from compensation. In 2017, the Florida Legislature unanimously passed a bill that amended the act to exclude those convicted of only violent felonies or multiple nonviolent felonies.
Law.com | Article | October 02, 2019
The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday morning [Oct. 2] for and against disbarment for Fort Lauderdale attorney Stephen Rakusin, accused of filing a frivolous lawsuit based on false claims by a former judge. Court-appointed referee Palm Beach County Court Judge Paul Damico has recommended that Rakusin lose his law license. Rakusin’s attorney argued that The Florida Bar filed its complaint outside the statute of limitations. The court has yet to rule.