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November 23, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | November 23, 2020
The Supreme Court of Florida has released bar examination statistical information developed by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. These results apply to the October 2020 bar examination administered remotely on Oct. 13. This datum applies to only those persons sitting for the examination in Florida for the first time.
The Villages News | Article | November 22, 2020
Patrick Ian McLaughlin, an attorney from Weirsdale was arrested on a drunk driving charge after he was clocked driving 97 miles per hour. McLaughlin was traveling northbound on Interstate 75 in Wildwood when he was caught on radar traveling 27 mph above the speed limit. He lost his balance during field sobriety exercises and refused to provide a breath sample.
Tallahassee Democrat | Column | November 23, 2020
Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida writes: “All across America, there is a new priority properly being placed on significant reform in how police do their jobs in our country. . . Though there is much work still to be done, sustained public attention on these issues has resulted in meaningful progress. In the 23-county Northern District of Florida, I am glad to report that we have taken a key first step that will soon impact state and local law enforcement agencies across the region. . . These standards will be used to certify state and local law enforcement agencies in the district, from Pensacola to Gainesville.”
ELEVENTH CIRCUIT BLOCKS SOUTH FL PROHIBITIONS ON ‘CONVERSION THERAPY’ FOR MINORS AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Florida Phoenix | Article | November 20, 2020
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has barred enforcement of ordinances in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County forbidding therapists to conduct “conversion therapy” to help minors change their sexual orientation, citing the protections of the First Amendment. The court ruled, 2-1, that the ordinances attempt to ban counselors’ speech because the governments don’t like its content, and that that is not allowed under the U.S. Constitution.
Law360 | Article | November 23, 2020
A scattered but largely grim outlook for state court funding is beginning to take shape. With some judicial administrators already dealing with staggered budgets and new technology costs, experts and advocates say court leaders have their work cut out for them to convince budget analysts and lawmakers to pay for pandemic recovery efforts. Perhaps nowhere is the coming financial strain more apparent than in Florida, where legislators began gathering Tuesday [Nov. 17] in Tallahassee to face a historic $5.4 billion budget deficit over the next two years.
Orlando Sentinel | Article | November 22, 2020
“Many courts have been responsive to jurors who have said that they’re not comfortable with coming to court and doing jury duty and therefore offering deferrals simply because of concerns over COVID” Bill Raftery, a senior analyst with the National Center for State Courts said. On Friday [Nov. 20], federal officials announced that about two dozen U.S. district courts across the county have suspended jury trials and grand jury proceedings because of virus outbreaks and too few people showing up for jury duty.
Tallahassee Democrat | Article | November 23, 2020
In his first executive order of the pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis authorized state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees to declare a public health emergency. Under that order, and under state law cited in the order, Rivkees can order anyone who is deemed to be a “public health risk” to be vaccinated. Anyone who is unwilling to be vaccinated may be subject to quarantine, the law says. And if there is no practical way to quarantine that person, the State Health Officer “may use any means necessary to vaccinate or treat the individual.” That includes calling on law enforcement to help him carry out those duties.
Bloomberg Tax | Article | November 23, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic is expected to cause an increase in commercial real estate foreclosures. Lenders may find it difficult to get a court to appoint a receiver to maintain the value of the property regardless of language in the mortgage and loan documents. Florida has joined nine other states in adopting the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Act, which should make it easier to get a receiver appointed.