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July 13, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | July 13, 2020
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on the Trial Lawyers Section new executive council, the Unlicensed Practice of Law Standing Committee’s notice of filing a proposed advisory opinion, voluntary bars educating members and comments on the proposed IOTA Rule Amendments. The Florida Bar Foundation and the Florida Civil Legal Aid Association filed a joint recommendation with the Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Distribution of IOTA Funds on July 10. The recommendation differs considerably from a preliminary amendment and specifies that the Foundation “shall serve as the designated IOTA fund administrator and shall monitor and receive IOTA funds from eligible institutions and distribute IOTA funds consistent with the obligations and directives in this rule and orders of the Florida Supreme Court.”
Daily Business Review | Article | July 10, 2020
A Leon Circuit Court Zoom hearing challenging Leon County’s COVID-19 mask order took an X-rated turn Friday [July 10] morning when hackers infiltrated with bursts of music with sexual language then began streaming porn. The intrusion lasted about two minutes and ended when the judicial assistant canceled the meeting and started a new one. Leon Circuit Judge John C. Cooper ultimately denied the plaintiff’s request for an emergency injunction against the masks.
Orlando Sentinel | Article | July 13, 2020
Brian Harvey was charged with first-degree murder in 2006 in the death of Lake Brantley High School student Mitch Weiner, who was killed during a drug deal-turned-robbery. Harvey didn’t kill Weiner, but he was in the car and, deputies alleged, participated in the robbery. Lisa Antonini, Harvey’s mother, is calling for criminal justice reform of the felony murder rule, which allows anyone involved in a felony that ends in a death to be charged with murder. Harvey is serving a 22-year sentence.
Pensacola News Journal | Article | July 11, 2020
On Thursday [July 9], the Society of the Criminal Defense Bar sent a letter to First Circuit Chief Judge John L. Miller asking him to return Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to “Phase 1” operations, a status in which courts would handle only essential cases and conduct most proceedings remotely because of the rise in COVID-19 cases. The court moved to Phase 2 in mid-June, after a period in late May when COVID-19 cases were declining across Florida.
Florida Politics | Article | July 11, 2020
A group of bar owners in Volusia County sued the governor and Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears this week. On Saturday [July 11] Gov. Ron DeSantis said that the “status quo” of bar closures would remain in place until the “positivity rate is down” for COVID-19 tests. The governor said the state plan allowed bars to reopen at reduced capacity in June, but that bars weren’t complying. Before closing bars again last month, DeSantis expressed irritation with establishments that did not follow his order.
PR Newswire | Article | July 13, 2020
On July 7, the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County ruled to preserve the housing needs of low- to moderate-income families in one of South Florida’s most historic yet distressed cities, Opa-locka. The plaintiff, Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), asked the court to recognize its non-profit right of first refusal to purchase the property in its partnership with the defendant, HK Aswan, LLC et al., to ensure Aswan Village Apartments in Opa-locka remain affordable and locally owned. In a case with broad implications for non-profit affordable housing developers across the nation, the court ruled unequivocally in favor of OLCDC.
Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | July 13, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed attorney Chanda Rogers, a partner with Faltemier Rogers in Fernandina Beach, to the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Rogers replaces commission member Jennifer Shoaf Richardson, who was not reappointed, for a term that expires July 1, 2024. DeSantis reappointed Patrick Kilbane, of Jacksonville Beach, for a term ending July 1, 2024, and reappointed Robert Harris, of Jacksonville, through June 2024.
Historic City News | Article | July 10, 2020
The Florida Bar, the state’s guardian for the integrity of the legal profession, announced that the Florida Supreme Court, in orders issued from May 22 to June 26, 2020, disciplined 26 attorneys, disbarring two, revoking the license of 12, suspending nine and reprimanding three. Three attorneys were also given probation.