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November 25, 2020
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The Florida Bar | Article | November 25, 2020
In addition to extending their holiday greetings, Florida Bar leaders are urging members to monitor the COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage. “There is a wealth of information related to court operations, member resources, and medical information that would assist our members in coping with the challenges created by the pandemic,” said President-elect Michael Tanner. It also provides easy access to the Florida Lawyers Helpline (1-888-FL1-WELL).
Florida Phoenix | Article | November 24, 2020
After two defendants and a bailiff tested positive for COVID-19 during trials last week in Jacksonville, the president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mitch Stone warned that it’s proving nearly impossible to prevent the virus from spreading during in-person hearings. Stone and others want to postpone at least the “complicated” trials that require scores of witnesses, potential jurors, and court staff to gather in a courtroom for multiple days, elevating their risk of infection.
Daily Business Review | Article | November 24, 2020
In Miami, Chief U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore recently issued an administrative order to reconvene grand jury proceedings that have been on pause since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. “As the COVID-19 pandemic has been declared a national emergency, and given the rising number of confirmed cases in the Southern District of Florida, it is clear that the virus is not contained,” Moore stated. “Since the court can no longer delay grand jurors, and to reduce the possibility of exposing grand jurors to the virus, the clerk will provide meals for all grand jurors reporting for duty.”
CBS Local 4 | Article | November 24, 2020
The Florida Supreme Court has refused to take up a case about whether the city of Aventura’s red-light camera program violates state traffic laws. A driver who received a citation for failing to stop at a red light in 2014 filed the lawsuit, which focused on guidelines used by Aventura to decide whether to cite motorists based on camera images. The case went to the Supreme Court in September after the Third District Court of Appeal backed the city of Aventura in the dispute.
Florida Politics | Article | November 24, 2020
Pointing to a backlog of criminal cases during the coronavirus pandemic, state analysts say the number of inmates in Florida prisons has dropped — but is expected to snap back to more-normal levels in the coming years. In a report posted online Monday [Nov. 23], the prison system had 82,027 inmates at the end of October and the number is projected to go as low as 80,792 at the end of November. The number of inmates is forecast to be at 82,116 in June, the end of the state’s fiscal year. By comparison, the system had as many as 100,050 inmates in June 2015 and 95,626 inmates as recently as June 2019.
ABA Journal | Article | November 25, 2020
If you’re looking for bargains—either while quarantining or socially distancing—the ABA Journal presents their 2020 Gifts for Lawyers guide. This year’s gift guide gallery features a mix of practical, personal and techie gifts including work-from-home desk stands, lawyer-themed face masks, swag for Zoom conference calls and personalized photo puzzles.
And don’t forget to shop for Florida Bar shirts, caps, mugs, water bottles and many other items at www.floridabarswag.com!