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July 02, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | July 02, 2020
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on a predicted uptick in monthly E-Filings, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section gearing up for mass evictions, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month and cancellation of in-person July Bar exams. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Florida Supreme Court, canceled the in-person General Bar Examination scheduled for July 28 and 29 in Tampa and Orlando. In its place, the board will administer an online bar examination on Aug.18.
Palm Beach Post | Article | July 01, 2020
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta granted Gov. Ron DeSantis an injunction Wednesday [July 1], putting on hold a judge’s ruling that had dramatically expanded the number of eligible voters in the state to include former felons unable to pay their court fines and fees. The court said its full panel of judges intends to consider DeSantis’s appeal but did not set a schedule for written briefs and oral arguments. The decision throws into turmoil the question of how many felons and which ones may be able to vote in Florida during the 2020 elections, with the Aug. 18 primaries only about six weeks away.
Tampa Bay Business Journal | Article | July 02, 2020
Five attorneys in the Tampa Bay area have been disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court, according to The Florida Bar. One was disbarred, one suspended, two received disciplinary revocation and another received public reprimand. Those attorneys are Anthony Gilbert Bossone of Palm Harbor, Robert Alexander Craven and Thomas Neil Fischgrund, both of St. Petersburg; and Steven Anthony Pellingra and David Drake Sharpe, both of Tampa. In total, the court disciplined 26 attorneys across the state.
PARENTS OF PARKLAND SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIM CAN SUE SECURITY GUARD FOR NEGLIGENCE, FLORIDA COURT RULES
Daily Business Review | Article | July 01, 2020
The Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday [July 1], to block dismissal of campus security guard Andrew Medina’s attempt to dodge liability for allegedly failing to call a “code red” after seeing Nikolas Cruz arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018. Moments after arriving, Cruz shot and killed 17 people. Andrew Pollack and Shara Kaplan sued on behalf of their daughter in April 2018, alleging her life could have been saved if Medina had immediately locked down the school, after seeing Cruz arrive in an Uber carrying a gun bag.
Jacksonville Daily Record | Column | July 02, 2020
Michael Fox Orr, Jacksonville Bar Association president-elect and Florida Bar Board of Governors member writes: “In the blink of an eye, COVID-19 crashed the world. It sequestered us in our homes, closed our businesses and eliminated one of our most sacred Constitutional rights: trial by jury. As Americans pull together to repair the damage, our legal community has turned to technology to restore the Constitution. Finding a way to conduct jury trials without placing participants’ health at risk is at the forefront. . . The 4th Judicial Circuit was one of those selected to test remote civil jury trials. Circuit Judge Bruce Anderson leads the pilot program in Jacksonville. This is an opportunity to make history and be on the front end of an evolving phenomena.”
Pensacola News Journal | Article | July 02, 2020
Local criminal trials are tentatively scheduled to resume in the next 30 days, but it could take a year or more to address a backlog of jury trials that has built up during the COVID-19 crisis. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of cases have bottle-necked during the pandemic. Going forward, courts will be working to manage the backlog while also tackling the crush of new cases, the constraints of social distancing and substantial budget cuts necessitated by a suppressed economy.