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July 28, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | July 28, 2020
The Daily News Summary features Florida Bar News articles on the expiration of mortgage foreclosure moratoriums, Opioid Use Disorder Awareness Month, ABOTA Ft. Lauderdale working towards virtual jury trials, new judicial appointments to the Third DCA and Sixth Circuit Court, and Florida Bar President Foster-Morales’ Virtual Town Hall forums. Foster-Morales is embarking on a series of Virtual Town Hall events over the next two months where she will lead panels of Bar leaders, judges, and local voluntary bar leaders in forums in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits. Foster-Morales said she is focusing on rebuilding and listening to the membership and will forward any helpful ideas and concerns gleaned from the forums to the Bar’s COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force, which is studying the impact of the health crisis on Florida’s legal profession and will advise the Bar on how to best address key issues.
Palm Beach Post | Article | July 27, 2020
Palm Beach County Judge John Kastrenakes has ruled that the county’s mask mandate violates no constitutional rights. A group of Palm Beach County residents who oppose the mandate sought a temporary stop in enforcing it until a final decision could be reached. Judge Kastrenakes said county commissioners, who unanimously approved the measure last month, came to a “reasonable and logical conclusion” that requiring masks was the best decision to serve and protect their constituents during a health crisis.
Florida Politics | Article | July 27, 2020
Rep. Geraldine Thompson of Windemere has filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ May 26 appointment of Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Renetha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court claiming that the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission “exceeded the limits of its authority” by including Francis on a list of nominees because she failed to meet the minimum time requirement of 10 years as a member of the Florida Bar. Francis will not reach the mandated 10 years until Sept. 14.
News4Jax | Article | July 28, 2020
Judges Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck who formerly served on the Florida Supreme Court have refused to step aside from a voting-rights case that could determine whether hundreds of thousands of convicted felons are eligible to cast ballots in the November presidential election. Plaintiffs in the case and 10 Democratic U.S. senators argued that 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Lagoa and Luck should not take part in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appeal of a May ruling that said the state can’t deny the right to vote to felons who are unable to pay “legal financial obligations” associated with their convictions. But the Florida case and the federal legal challenge are entirely different Lagoa and Luck wrote on Monday [July 27].
Daily Business Review | Article | July 27, 2020
During Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Altfield’s Jan. 17 investiture, the Judicial Qualifications Commission claimed Miami-Dade Circuit Judge David C. Miller inappropriately confronted guests who had gathered in the courthouse lobby. Judge Miller threatened to hold them in contempt for being loud and interrupting the trial Miller was presiding over. JQC Chair Krista Marx wrote that Miller’s conduct, “including his inappropriate threat of contempt, plainly fell below the high standard of conduct required by the canons and this court.” Miller has admitted violating the canons and conceded his conduct was inappropriate, according to a stipulation he signed.
The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | July 28, 2020
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