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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.

October 15, 2020

  1. The Florida Bar

    FLORIDA BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS SUCCESSFULLY ADMINISTERS REMOTE BAR EXAM

    The Florida Bar | Article | October 15, 2020

    The Florida Board of Bar Examiners announced today that it successfully administered the October 2020 Bar Examination to 3,137 examinees. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the board administered the examination to all applicants remotely for the first time on Oct. 13 and 14. Grades are scheduled to be posted on Nov. 20, 2020, on the Supreme Court of Florida’s website.

  2. Judiciary

    ‘I NEED TRIALS’: MIAMI-DADE JUDGE JENNIFER BAILEY IS PRIMED FOR CIVIL CASES IN PANDEMIC

    Daily Business Review | Article | October 14, 2020

    Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey is interviewed in the latest Holding Court series, which explores the variety of ways the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how the nation’s trial courts conduct their business and how individual jurists are adjusting to whatever the new normal is going to be. During the coronavirus pandemic, Bailey helped lead her court’s participation in Florida’s Remote Civil Jury Trial Pilot Program. The court in July conducted jury selection in a civil case via Zoom and proceeded with trials in person under social-distancing protocols.

  3. Judiciary

    FLORIDA COURT CITES ALCOHOL AS ‘DRUG’ WHILE BLOCKING LICENSE REINSTATEMENT

    Fox13News | Article | October 14, 2020

    In a case that focused heavily on whether alcohol should be considered a drug, the Second District Court of Appeal Wednesday [Oct. 14] backed a decision by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to deny reinstatement of a driver’s license to Richard Alan Chakrin who had been convicted of DUI manslaughter. Chakrin was released from prison in 2014 and, as allowed under state law, sought reinstatement of his driver’s license after a five-year period. Part of state law required him to be “drug-free” for at least five years before a hearing on the proposed license reinstatement. Chakrin admitted to drinking a beer about a week before his 2019 hearing.

  4. Judiciary

    JUDGE IN MARION COUNTY IN FIELD FOR APPEALS COURT SEAT

    Ocala Star Banner | Article | October 14, 2020

    Circuit Judge Anthony M. Tatti is one of 24 people who has applied to replace Judge Jamie Grosshans on the Fifth District Court of Appeal. The Judicial Nominating Commission will interview the candidates Nov. 9-10. A list of recommendations will be sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his consideration by Nov. 15.

  5. Judiciary

    APPEALS COURT RULES JUDGE UNFAIR, STRIKES DOWN OPIOID CASE SENTENCE, SENDS TO NEW JUDGE

    Daytona Beach News Journal | Article | October 08, 2020

    A Daytona Beach appeals court has struck down a sentence imposed by a St. Augustine judge in a drug case, saying Seventh Circuit Court Judge Howard Maltz had committed a “fundamental error” when he sentenced Maurice Martinez Smith to six years. The court ordered another judge to pass sentence. The opinion said Maltz was trying to address the opioid crisis as part of a policy in his courtroom of not accepting negotiated plea deals on cases involving heroin or opioids unless the defendant provided substantial help to law enforcement. That policy contributed to Smith’s sentencing. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge R. Lee Smith.

  6. Legal Profession

    LAW FIRM POWER STRUGGLES ARE NOW STARTING IN LAW SCHOOL

    Bloomberg Law | Article | October 15, 2020

    A group of law students from top schools said that last week they delivered to the headquarters of the Paul Weiss’ firm in New York City a letter signed by 600 lawyers in training who pledged not to work at the firm while it represents ExxonMobil. The pledge says the firm’s work enables the company’s “decades-long campaign of deception and misinformation that led us to this moment of climate crisis.” Law Students for Climate Accountability wants to reward law firms that do not represent companies it sees as contributing to climate change by creating a grading system for them.

  7. Judiciary

    PROPERTY TAX FIGHT GOES TO FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

    CBS 4 Miami | Article | October 13, 2020

    The Sarasota County property appraiser has gone to the Florida Supreme Court in a dispute about whether a resident was entitled to a full homestead property-tax exemption after renting two bedrooms to tenants. The move came after a panel of the Second District Court of Appeal in June rejected a decision by the property appraiser that homeowner Rod Rebholz was entitled to a homestead exemption on only 85 percent of the residence because bedrooms were rented out.

  8. Judiciary

    JUDGES IN CLAY COUNTY RECUSED FROM FORMER SHERIFF’S CRIMINAL CASE

    Florida Times-Union | Article | October 14, 2020

    The judge assigned to the criminal case against former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels recused himself from handling the trial to avoid a “conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety.” Administrative Judge Don Lester recused all other Circuit Court judges assigned to Clay County from involvement in the case as well. That includes Lester himself, whose Tuesday [Oct. 13] order now asks Fourth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Mark Mahon “to assign another circuit judge to hear any further proceedings in this matter.”

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