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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.

May 28, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    FLORIDA LAWYERS INTRIGUED BY THE PROSPECT OF REMOTE JURY TRIALS

    The Florida Bar | Article | May 28, 2020

    The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on lawyer ads for Bar review, a donation by the Insurance Litigation Group and the prospect of remote jury trials. In a May 21 order, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady calls for a pilot program “to establish the framework and identify the logistics of trying cases remotely.” “We have to think outside the box, we can’t just hunker down,” said Criminal Law Section Chair Jennifer Zedalis, a University of Florida law professor. “Absolutely I give him credit.” But Zedalis is also concerned about a juror’s ability to gauge witness demeanor,and how courts will gauge a juror proficiency with videoconferencing platforms.

  2. Legislative

    DESANTIS ANNOUNCES PLAN TO APPEAL FELON VOTING RIGHTS RULING, PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS REMAIN CONFIDENT

    WUSF | Article | May 27, 2020

    Gov. Ron DeSantis says he will challenge Sunday’s [May 24] court ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle that clears the way for felons to vote before paying fines, fees, and restitution. The appeal will be sent to the 11th judicial circuit in Atlanta. Judge Hinkle determined a state law that would have required felons to pay any outstanding court fees and fines before they can register to vote is unconstitutional.

  3. Judiciary

    FEDERAL GRAND JURORS RETURN TO NORTH FLORIDA COURTHOUSES AFTER THREE MONTH CORONAVIRUS BREAK

    Tallahassee Democrat | Article | May 28, 2020

    Federal grand jurors who have been home during the coronavirus crisis are returning to work at courthouses across North Florida, presiding over some of the area’s biggest criminal investigations under strict safety protocols. The grand jurors last met March 3 in the Northern District of Florida. The district includes federal courthouses in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Panama City and Pensacola. U.S. Attorney Larry Keefe spoke with the grand jurors before they resumed their work and thanked them for their service. The grand jurors wore masks, rode on the elevator one at a time and were spaced about 20 feet apart from one another in the courtroom where they convened. Red dots marked their spaces on courtroom benches.

  4. Judiciary

    AUDIO GLITCHES, LOUSY WIFI, SHIRTLESS GUESTS: MIAMI ZOOM COURT EXPANDS DESPITE LIMITATIONS

    Miami Herald | Article | May 28, 2020

    Miami-Dade’s justice system is still grappling with how best to use online platforms in a way that gives a fair shake to victims and defendants alike. Despite the glitches and growing pains, Miami-Dade court officials have kept justice moving along. Last week, over trepidation from prosecutors, one judge began the county’s first Zoom probation-violation hearing — adding to a slew of self-defense hearings, bond hearings, arraignments, and plea deals already on the books.

  5. Judiciary

    A SALUTE TO BROWARD, PALM BEACH COURTS FOR KEEPING OPEN DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC | OPINION

    Sun Sentinel | Column | May 26, 2020

    Adriana Gonzalez, Palm Beach County Justice Association Board President writes: “The Palm Beach County Justice Association would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the efforts of our local Judiciary, staff members, and court administrators over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. . . As their advocates, we greatly appreciate the hard work that the Palm Beach and Broward County Bench continue to do every day to ensure our clients have their day in Court, through whatever technological means exist.”

  6. Civil Justice

    MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY CLEARED IN PARKLAND LAWSUIT

    WUSF | Article | May 27, 2020

    Ruling against Andrew Pollack and Shara Kaplan, parents of slain student Meadow Pollack, the Fourth District Court of Appeal Wednesday [May 27] upheld a lower-court decision to dismiss allegations against Henderson Behavioral Health, Inc., which periodically provided mental-health services to Nicholas Cruz from 2009 to 2016. Cruz is the accused shooter in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School High in February 2018, in which Meadow Pollack was killed.

  7. Civil Justice

    ONE-TIME BUSBOY CHALLENGES GOV. DESANTIS’ EMERGENCY POWERS IN PANDEMIC DISPUTE

    WUSF | Article | May 28, 2020

    William Abramson of Lantana filed a longshot lawsuit on May 5 over the governor’s authority to issue lockdown orders under Florida’s constitution and state laws. The Florida Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on the matter, has designated the lawsuit one of its high-profile cases. The governor’s lawyers urged the Supreme Court to dismiss the case or rule quickly for DeSantis, saying the state constitution and state law grants him broad authority to act for the benefit of Florida. Last year, the Supreme Court banned Abramson from practicing law for at least five years under a “disciplinary revocation,” which is tantamount to disbarment.

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