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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 25, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    DCA AND CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE PAY LAGS COMPARED TO OTHER STATES

    The Florida Bar | Article | February 25, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on “diversity trailblazer” Donise Brown, past Florida Bar President, Greg Coleman, a warning about fraudulent annual convention hotel solicitations and district court and circuit court judge pay. The National Center for State Courts updated its Survey of Judicial Salaries in January 2020 showing Florida’s district court judge’s pay fell to 23rd among 42 jurisdictions that have intermediate appellate court judges. Florida circuit court judges pay dropped two places to 28th place.

  2. Criminal Justice

    U.S. SUPREME COURT WON’T REVIEW DALIA DIPPOLITO’S MURDER-FOR-HIRE CASE

    Sun Sentinel | Article | February 24, 2020

    On Monday [Feb. 24], the U.S. Supreme Court denied Dalia Dippolito’s petition, which asked justices to decide whether her defense — a disputed claim that she was set up by the police — should be presented for a jury’s consideration. The court didn’t give a reason for turning down the case. Dippolito was accused of hiring a police officer posing as a hitman to kill her newlywed husband.

  3. Civil Justice

    JACKSONVILLE VETERAN’S BATTLE AGAINST HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION OVER FLAG RIGHTS LANDS IN COURT

    Florida Times-Union | Article | February 24, 2020

    Larry Murphree, an Air Force veteran, first put a 12-inch-by-17-inch flag in a flowerpot by his front door in defiance of homeowners association rules in 2011. On Monday [Feb. 24], Murphree and the homeowners association each presented their case to Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Robert M. Dees, who won’t make a decision for at least another month while the two sides present their final arguments in writing.

  4. Criminal Justice

    MIAMI CORRECTIONS OFFICER CONVICTED OF BEATING INMATE WITH BROOMSTICK

    Miami New Times | Article | February 25, 2020

    Corrections officer Terrance Reynolds was arrested in December 2018 for violating inmates’ civil rights at the South Florida Reception Center, a men’s prison in Doral, when he beat an inmate with a broomstick. A federal jury failed to reach a verdict in his first trial in September 2019, but after a recent 14-day retrial, the 30-year-old former corrections officer was found guilty Friday [Feb. 21] of conspiracy but was acquitted on the deprivation of rights charges.

  5. Criminal Justice

    MULTIPLE CASES BY FORMER ORLANDO POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW

    WFTV | Article | February 24, 2020

    Nearly a dozen of Orlando Police Officer Jonathan Mills’ cases were the focus of a State Attorney’s office review after prosecutors had to drop charges against a suspected drug dealer. Prosecutors were made aware of inconsistencies in his reports and began reviewing other cases, and found that concerns have been raised about the officer telling the truth. Mills was named Officer of the Year in 2018.

  6. Legal Discipline

    NO DISBARMENT FOR BROWARD LAWYER WHO REPRESENTED JUDGE WATSON: BAR FILED TOO LATE

    Law.com | Article | February 19, 2020

    The Florida Supreme Court found it was too late for The Florida Bar to pursue allegations that Stephen Rakusin filed a frivolous lawsuit based on false claims by former Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson in 2009. After oral arguments, the high court sided with Rakusin’s attorney, Kevin Tynan, who pointed to a Florida Bar rule that says complainants should make allegations of misconduct ”within six years from the time the matter giving rise to the inquiry or complaint is discovered, or with due diligence, should have been discovered.” The grievance complaint wasn’t filed until 2016.

  7. Tech Tip

    Scan Documents From Your Phone

    The Florida Bar | Article | February 25, 2020

    Download the latest scanner app to your mobile phone so you can scan a document when you’re away from the office. Files are then saved as PDFs on your device so you can send them to anyone who needs them.

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