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December 06, 2019
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The Florida Bar | Article | December 06, 2019
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News stories on Former Chief Justice Peggy Quince, honorees at the Lee County Pro Bono luncheon, the Public Good annual fundraiser, a mentoring academy hosted by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and maintenance on the e-filing portal. The e-filing portal will be unavailable Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 12 a.m. Eastern time, for upgrades and maintenance. It’s estimated the portal will be down for five hours.
Tallahassee Democrat | Article | December 05, 2019
The Tallahassee City Commission on Wednesday night [Dec. 4] moved forward on an ordinance that would ban the practice of conversion therapy in Tallahassee. Twenty-two other Florida counties and municipalities – including Alachua, Broward and Palm Beach Counties and the cities of Key West, Miami and Tampa – have put similar ordinances in place. Two bills have been filed for the 2020 Legislative Session that would prohibit conversion therapy for minors.
Fox 35 | Article | December 05, 2019
Alachua County has gone to the Florida Supreme Court in a dispute about whether Sheriff Sadie Darnell could transfer money within her budget without approval from the Alachua County Commission. Attorneys for the county have filed an initial notice asking the Supreme Court to resolve the dispute after the 1st District Court of Appeal backed Darnell in September.
Florida Keys News | Article | December 04, 2019
Colleen Dunne, an assistant state attorney in Monroe County, has admitted to Florida Bar ethics violations and faces a year suspension of her law license related to an attempted murder case that sent a retired Miami Beach police captain to prison for shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend. Dunne is accused of improperly withholding from defense attorneys information about three jailhouse telephone conversations that the former police captain, William Thomas Skinner, had with his son on the day of the shooting, June 1, 2009.
WEAR TV | Article | December 05, 2019
A Tallahassee judge ruled Wednesday [Dec. 4] in a lawsuit between the State of Florida and the Santa Rosa Bay Bridge Authority’s Garcon Point Bridge bondholders, represented by UMB Bank, that the state is obligated to allow the bondholders to raise toll rates to make headway in a more than $100 million debt on the bridge. Bondholders plan to raise the base toll to $5 per axle for non-Sunpass users, $4 with a Sunpass. The Florida Department of Transportation estimates that more than 2 million vehicles crossed the bridge in 2018. The bondholders are also suing the state for the years they wanted to raise the tolls but were blocked by the state.
BARRED FROM TESTIFYING ELSEWHERE, STATE ATTORNEY WON’T ADD HENDRY LAWMAN TO RANKS OF THE DISCREDITED
Ft. Myers News Press | Article | December 06, 2019
Deemed not credible and barred from testifying in the 10th Judicial Circuit, Michael Rowan was placed on a Brady List, a tool state attorney’s offices use to keep track of law enforcement personnel with credibility issues, before his termination as the Avon Park police chief in 2011. Months later he was hired at the Clewiston Police Department and the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. His appearances in court resumed as prosecutors in the 20th Judicial Circuit were unaware of his past indiscretions.
Miami New Times | Article | December 05, 2019
Roberto Arturo Perez pleaded guilty to bank robbery and attempted bank robbery in June 2017 and a judge sentenced Perez to 46 months in prison in part because he made a death threat during the robbery. Perez appealed. He argued that the court was wrong to increase his sentence for a death threat he didn’t make. A panel of judges of the 11th Circuit District Court of Appeal agreed. The appellate judges found that Perez’s “polite” words and actions didn’t instill a reasonable fear of death and that Perez’s robberies were of the “less bad variety.”
WUSF | Article | December 04, 2019
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and state Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windermere, plan to hold a news conference Tuesday [Dec. 10] in the Capitol to call for exoneration of the four now-deceased black men — Earnest Thomas, Samuel Shepherd, Charles Greenlee and Walter Irvin — accused in 1949 of raping a white woman in Lake County. The exoneration would be an official statement that the four men didn’t do the crime in addition to the pardons granted in January by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state Cabinet.