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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.

December 03, 2019

  1. The Florida Bar

    SUPREME COURT ASKS FOR 10 NEW TRIAL COURT JUDGESHIPS

    The Florida Bar | Article | December 03, 2019

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News stories on county court jurisdictional changes, W. George Allen and the need for new trial court judgeships.  The Supreme Court is calling for two new circuit judgeships in the Ninth Circuit and one each in the First and Fourteenth circuits as well as four new county judgeships in Hillsborough County. In its annual certification opinion released Nov. 27, the court also called for new county judgeships in Orange and Lee counties.

  2. Judiciary

    THE ELIÁN DRAMA 20 YEARS AFTER: MIAMI JUDGE REMEMBERS THE ‘HARDEST DECISION’

    WLRN | Article | November 25, 2019

    Twenty years ago, on Thanksgiving Day, a five-year-old Cuban boy named Elián González was found floating on an inner tube in the Atlantic off Fort Lauderdale. For the next seven months, Elián was the focus of a bizarre tug-of-war between his father in Cuba and his Cuban exile relatives in Miami who wanted to keep Elián in the United States. Miami family court Judge Jennifer Bailey helped end the drama by refusing the Miami relatives custody of the child. Bailey is still a Miami-Dade circuit court judge and she recounts that stressful episode.

  3. Judiciary

    FLORIDA JUDGE TO HOLD HEARING ABOUT HOW TO CARRY OUT NEW UNDERGROUND POWER LINES LAW

    Pensacola News Journal | Article | December 03, 2019

    Administrative Law Judge James H. Peterson III scheduled a Dec. 20 hearing in a dispute about how to carry out a new law that is expected to lead to more underground power lines in Florida, and higher costs for utility customers. The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents customers, is challenging a Nov. 5 decision by regulators to approve proposed rules stemming from the law, which the Legislature passed this spring. The Public Service Commission last week filed a document denying the allegations and arguing that the Office of Public Counsel does not have legal standing to pursue the challenge.

  4. Civil Justice

    LONG GUN BUYING AGE LAWSUIT SET FOR OCTOBER COURT DATE

    WFLA | Article | December 02, 2019

    Tallahassee Chief Federal Judge Mark Walker for the Northern District of Florida has scheduled a trial for Oct. 19 2020, to hear the suit brought by the National Rifle Association, against the law that raised the age for buying rifles and shotgun to 21 in the wake of the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in which 17 people were killed.  He also set a mediation conference for June 3 to give both sides the chance to head off a trial.

  5. Civil Justice

    SARASOTA PUTS FLORIDA ON NOTICE: RATIFY EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

    Sarasota Herald Tribune | Article | December 03, 2019

    Florida is one of the last states needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Thirty-eight states are needed, and Illinois became the 37th last May.  Sarasota just became the fourth local government to put pressure on state lawmakers.  St. Petersburg, Tampa, Holmes Beach and Hillsborough County have approved resolutions in support of the ERA. State legislators have repeatedly introduced the amendment since 2003. However, it has not reached the full House or Senate.

  6. Criminal Justice Issues

    STUDENT ARRESTED FOR AIRDROPPING THREATS TO SHOOT UP LEON HIGH SCHOOL

    WTXL | Article | December 03, 2019

    A Leon High School student is behind bars after authorities say she admitted to AirDropping a message to other students threatening to shoot up the school. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was notified of a threat at Leon High School in Tallahassee on Nov.5. The threat was initially AirDropped by an unknown person identifying themselves as “School Shooter.”  Investigators were able to match the information gathered with a student identification number that belonged to 18-year-old Ariana Goldwire, who was arrested and is being charged with sending a written threat to conduct a mass shooting.

  7. Civil Justice

    OIL TYCOON’S DIVORCE COULD SHED LIGHT IN ‘OPAQUE’ AREA OF FLORIDA LAW

    Law.com | Article | December 02, 2019

    A Florida appellate court’s reversal of a $38 million judgment against an oil company executive has raised questions about jurisdiction, federal prosecutions and how to remedy an alleged breach under an agreement that doesn’t specify damages. The case depends on whether family court was the right venue for a multimillion-dollar post-judgment fight, and if the ex-wife would have to turn to the civil court to file a claim over an alleged breach of an agreement that didn’t spell out a formula for penalizing noncompliance.

  8. Tech Tip

    HOW TO USE CHROME’S BUILT-IN VIRUS SCANNER

    The Florida Bar | Article | December 03, 2019

    Google Chrome offers a built-in antivirus scanner that comes with the browser. You can enable the antivirus scanner to search your device for programs that might be harmful.  Find out how to run Chrome’s Antivirus Scanner in this week’s Tech Tip.

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