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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.

February 12, 2020

  1. Judiciary

    APPEALS COURT TO WEIGH IN ON LAW THAT LISTED GOP CANDIDATES FIRST ON FLORIDA BALLOTS FOR 20 YEARS

    News 6 Orlando | Article | February 11, 2020

    A federal appeals court is scheduled Wednesday [Feb. 12] to hear arguments in a challenge to a decades-old Florida law requiring candidates who are in the same party as the governor to appear first on the ballot. In November, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker found the state law unconstitutional because it “imposes a discriminatory burden on plaintiffs’ voting rights.” Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration and national Republican groups, appealed Walker’s decision, and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Wednesday in Atlanta.

  2. Criminal Justice

    GUARDIAN FOR ELDERLY ARRESTED ON ABUSE, NEGLECT CHARGES

    Gainesville Sun | Article | February 11, 2020

    Rebecca Fierle-Santoian, 50, of Ocala, was charged with aggravated abuse of an elderly person and neglect of an elderly person in the death of the 74-year-old man in a Tampa hospital on May 13, 2019. Fierle-Santoian was arrested Monday [Feb. 10] on a Hillsborough County warrant and booked into the Marion County Jail. An investigation found she placed a do-not-resuscitate order on the elderly man despite him saying several times that he wanted to live and also insisted that the man’s feeding tube be capped despite warnings it would likely cause his death. Fierle-Santoian had been entrusted with 450 guardianships when she resigned amid a criminal investigation last summer.

  3. Judiciary

    JUDGE REPRIMANDED PARTLY FOR TELLING DEFENDANT, ‘I DO HOPE YOU DO FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE . . . EVERY DAY’

    ABA Journal | Article | February 10, 2020

    Judge Robin Lemonidis of Brevard County was reprimanded by The Florida Supreme Court on Feb. 5. Lemonidis is also required to participate in stress management counseling. The reprimand stems from Lemonidis’ conduct in two cases. In one case, Lemonidis expressed hope that a double-murder defendant would die or experience violence in prison. In the other case, Lemonidis displayed an “adversarial tone and demeanor” when speaking to a defendant and defense lawyer.

  4. Civil Justice

    STATE ASKS COURT TO CONTINUE BLOCKING FELONS FROM VOTING

    Fox 51 | Article | February 11, 2020

    Warning that allowing plaintiffs to vote would “inflict irreparable harm upon the state,” lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Tuesday [Feb. 11], to block felons from casting ballots until the court resolves a legal battle surrounding a law requiring felons to pay financial obligations, such as restitution, fees, and fines before they can vote. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in October that it is unconstitutional to deny the right to vote to felons who are “genuinely unable” to pay financial obligations

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