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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.

November 27, 2019

  1. The Florida Bar

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JNC SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR TO FILL TWO JUSTICE VACANCIES

    The Florida Bar | Article | November 27, 2019

    The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications to fill the vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court created by the resignations of Justice Barbara Lagoa and Justice Robert Luck to assume federal judicial office.  At least one of the justices appointed to fill these two vacancies must be a resident of Florida’s Third Appellate District at the time of appointment. The judicial application may be obtained from the Governor’s Judicial Nominations website at:  https://www.flgov.com/judicial-and-judicial-nominating-commission-information/.

  2. The Florida Bar

    SUPREME COURT JNC EXTENDS APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR CCCRC VACANCIES

    The Florida Bar | Article | November 27, 2019

    The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting additional applications for Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth districts. These appointments by Gov. Ron DeSantis are to fill vacancies created by the conclusion of the four-year terms of the current regional counsels.  The application deadline for Regional Counsel is extended to December 24. The application can be found on The Florida Bar’s website.

  3. Legal Discipline

    BOCA, BOYNTON LAWYERS DISCIPLINED BY FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

    Palm Beach Post | Article | November 26, 2019

    A Boca Raton lawyer has been disbarred and a Boynton Beach attorney has been suspended from practicing law by the Florida Supreme Court. The two Palm Beach County lawyers were among 22 statewide who were disciplined last month, according to The Florida Bar. Of those, six were disbarred, records show.

  4. Judiciary

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT URGED TO DECIDE CONSERVATION AMENDMENT DISPUTE

    Orlando Weekly | Article | November 26, 2019

    Five years after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment aimed at land and water conservation, environmentalists on Monday [Nov. 25] filed a brief asking justices to decide a long-running dispute that centers on how state lawmakers carried out the 2014 constitutional amendment. The environmentalists took the case to the Supreme Court after the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with lawmakers in September. Attorneys for Florida Defenders of the Environment argued that the appeal court’s interpretation “defeats the intent of the Florida voters who approved the amendment for inclusion in the Florida Constitution.”

  5. Criminal Justice

    JUDGE CLEARS MIAMI REGGAE DJ WHO FATALLY SHOT MAN SUSPECTED OF RAPING HIS GIRLFRIEND

    Miami Herald | Article | November 26, 2019

    Earlier this month Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler threw out the murder charge against Pete Campbell, ruling he acted in self-defense. Campbell shot John King, who was accused of raping Campbell’s girlfriend but was never arrested. The judge cleared Campbell, who spent several years in jail awaiting trial for fleeing the scene, under Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. Judge Pooler’s order noted that Campbell’s fear was reasonable that King came to his place of employment with the intent to kill or do great bodily harm.

  6. Judiciary

    JUSTICES WON’T HEAR BROWARD CLERK’S FUNDING CASE. HERE’S WHAT IT MEANS FOR LAWYERS

    Law.com | Article | November 26, 2019

    Broward County Clerk of Court Brenda Forman appealed the dismissal of a lawsuit by the First District Court of Appeal that alleged her office was unconstitutionally underfunded.  The Florida Supreme Court rejected jurisdiction in the case that challenged the Florida Department of Revenue and the Florida Department of Financial Service’s distribution methods, saying it will not accept any motions for rehearing.

  7. Criminal Justice

    FLORIDA JUDGE: CHARGES AGAINST MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING CHILD MAY BE DROPPED DUE TO DETECTIVE’S LIES

    WPTV | Article | November 21, 2019

    A man accused of molesting a child and possessing child pornography could go free after Circuit Judge William Burgess III found former Pinellas County Sheriff’s detective Michael Alvarez lied to obtain a search warrant in the case. James Rybicki was arrested following a 2016 search of his home where detectives found videos of him inappropriately touching a child.

  8. Criminal Justice

    MIAMI MONEY MANAGER PLEADS GUILTY IN $1.2 BILLION VENEZUELAN LAUNDERING SCHEME

    Miami Herald | Article | November 27, 2019

    Miami investment manager Gustavo Hernandez Frieri pleaded guilty Tuesday [Nov. 26] before U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams in Miami federal court to participating in a $1.2 billion money-laundering ring run by wealthy Venezuelan businessmen with political connections to the socialist government. Some of the embezzled funds were eventually invested in Miami-area luxury real estate.

  9. Civil Justice

    PASCO DEPUTY FIRED OVER ACCIDENTAL GUN SHOT TO APPEAL DISMISSAL

    WUSF | Article | November 26, 2019

    Cpl. Jonathan Cross of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office asked a career service appeal board to hear his explanation of why he shouldn’t have been fired. A date for that hearing has not yet been set. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco fired Cross when after a nearly six-month investigation, concluding, partly based on video surveillance, that Cross negligently fidgeted with his service pistol and caused it to fire inside a middle school cafeteria. The pistol, a 9mm Sig Sauer P320, is the subject of complaints and lawsuits nationwide that it can misfire.

  10. Legislative

    STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL PRESSES FLORIDA SUPREME COURT TO STOP CITIES FROM BANNING STYROFOAM

    Orlando Weekly | Article | November 27, 2019

    Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office Tuesday [Nov. 26] urged the Florida Supreme Court to reject an appeal in a battle about the city of Coral Gables’ attempt to ban the use of Styrofoam food containers. Coral Gables took the dispute to the Supreme Court after the 3rd District Court of Appeal in August upheld the constitutionality of state laws that blocked a 2016 city ordinance targeting Styrofoam. Lawmakers have filed bills (SB 182 and HB 6043) for the upcoming 2020 legislative session that would allow local governments to regulate Styrofoam.

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