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March 16, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | March 13, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | March 16, 2020
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar news articles on a bill to send county appeals to District Courts of Appeal, judgment and decrees interest rate and jury trial suspensions. Chief Justice Charles Canady on March 13 suspended jury trials throughout the State Courts System in the interest of public health. Clerks of court and trial court administrators will implement the administrative order and notify those called for jury service. Currently, the suspension of jury trials extends to March 27.
Tampa Bay Times | Article | March 13, 2020
Florida’s chief justice on Friday [March 13] ordered most face-to-face judicial proceedings involving juries to be suspended for a minimum of two weeks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The order from Chief Justice Charles Canady came hours after local courts in the Tampa Bay area postponed all jury trials that were set to begin next week. Canady’s order went further, suspending all grand jury proceedings, jury selection, and criminal and civil trials in the state. Canady also authorized the chief judges in each of the state’s judicial circuits to establish procedures to conduct court proceedings remotely.
Space Coast Daily | Article | March 16, 2020
Attorney General Ashley Moody is thanking state lawmakers for passing legislation to curb the teen-vaping epidemic by raising the smoking and vaping age to 21 and limiting products marketed toward children. The Florida Senate passed SB 810 late Thursday [March 12]. The legislation now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis’s desk for his signature.
New York Times | Article | March 16, 2020
In 2018, Florida voters passed what became the largest expansion of American voting rights in decades, a state constitutional amendment that allowed most ex-felons to vote in elections. Within weeks of the amendment’s passage, Florida’s Republican-led Legislature moved to limit it. Last year, the state government passed a law that required former felons to pay all fees from their cases — even the costs accrued to have a public defender — before they voted.
WUFT | Article | March 13, 2020
Over the final days of the 2020 legislative session, senators were pushing bills — sponsored by lawmakers from both parties – that would re-examine the way courts handle drug trafficking offenses, reduce the length of mandatory minimum sentences and improve programs to help prisoners make a smoother transition once they were released. But some of the companion bills were never heard in the House, stranded in subcommittees that didn’t meet during the final weeks of the legislative session.
Tech Gen Z | Article | March 16, 2020
Recently, more than 3,000 U.S. employees serving as Facebook content auditors at the Indian outsourcing giant Cognizant launched a class-action lawsuit against Facebook. The plaintiffs demand $5 million in economic compensation for the damage viewing content ranging from hate speech to juvenile sexual exploitation that has caused psychological trauma and PTSD for the content auditors. Plaintiffs Debrina Garrett and Clifford Jerry filed a revised class-action suit on March 7 and demanded a trial by jury. The plaintiffs included online auditors in Florida and Arizona.