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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.

January 12, 2021

  1. The Florida Bar

    PUBLIC DEFENDERS TAKE ISSUE WITH PUNISHMENT TASK FORCE REPORT

    The Florida Bar | Article | January 12, 2021

    A task force report on Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code failed to consider mass incarceration costs and racial and geographical disparities in Florida sentencing and to fully consider the history that led to the Criminal Punishment Code in 1998, according to a response from the Florida Public Defenders Association. The association, which represents 19 of the state’s 20 public defenders, released its response to the Criminal Punishment Code Task Force’s June report and sent it to Gov. Ron DeSantis, Senate President Wilton Simpson, House Speaker Chris Sprowls, and Attorney General Ashley Moody, who was also chair of the task force.

  2. Judiciary

    SUPREME COURT WON’T HEAR ENVIRONMENTALIST’S APPEAL OF $4.4 MILLION JUDGMENT FOR SPEAKING OUT

    Florida Phoenix | Article | January 11, 2021

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [Jan. 11] refused to hear a Florida case involving the rights of citizens to publicly criticize developers. The decision upholds a $4.4-million judgment against environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla in Martin County. Hurchalla spent seven years fighting the lawsuit brought against her by Lake Point Restoration, a rock mining company. Lake Point accused Hurchalla of making false statements that influenced county officials and damaged the proposed development.

  3. Civil Justice

    PHONE SCAM APPEARING TO COME FROM LEE COUNTY CLERK OF COURT’S OFFICE THREATENS LAWSUIT

    Fort Myers News-Press | Article | January 12, 2021

    The Lee County Clerk of Court’s office issued a warning Tuesday [Jan. 12] about a phone scam threatening victims of an impending lawsuit against them. Lee County Clerk Linda Doggett said the calls appear to come from the Clerk’s office number 239-533-5000, but the numbers are spoofed. The scammers leave a case number and claim to have legal documents that require signatures. Anybody who receives a call appearing to come from the Clerk’s office about a lawsuit should report the scam to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Unit.

     

  4. Judiciary

    BUT IS IT A SHAM? SOUTH FLORIDA RULING EXPLAINS WHEN JUDGES SHOULD STRIKE PLEADINGS

    Daily Business Review | Article | January 11, 2021

    An employment discrimination lawsuit dismissed for being a fraud on the court secured a second chance at the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which reminded trial judges Wednesday [Jan.6] to only label pleadings bogus in extreme scenarios. The panel explained that although Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.150 allows trial judges to strike pleadings as a sham, it’s an extreme measure that is ”disfavored by the law.”

  5. Civil Justice

    FORMER PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR SUING FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICT

    Bradenton Herald | Article | January 12, 2021

    In a lawsuit filed Jan. 4 in federal court in Orlando, Mary Williams, a former high school principal, seeks more than $30,000 in damages in a suit against the Seminole County school district. The lawsuit argues the district discriminated against Williams because of her disability, which is her alcohol addiction, failed to abide by the federal Family Medical Leave Act and wrongly tried to dictate the treatment Williams would receive. Williams, named principal of the year for Seminole County while at Hagerty High School in 2018, was informed less than a year later that she would not be rehired for the 2019-2020 school year.

  6. Legal Profession

    MEET CABA’S NEW PRESIDENT: DAX BELLO

    Daily Business Review | Article | January 11, 2021

    A. Dax Bello, a partner at Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain in Miami, has been named the new president of the Cuban American Bar Association and has big plans for the future of the organization. Those who mentored Dax, including Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, said the new bar president has what it takes to excel in the role. CABA is a nonprofit voluntary bar association that has focused on issues affecting the Cuban American community.

  7. Judiciary

    COMMISSIONERS ASKED TO CONSIDER RENAMING THE PINELLAS COUNTY JUDICIAL COMPLEX

    WFLA | Article | January 11, 2021

    Last week, Florida Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls requested that the Pinellas County Commission consider renaming the Pinellas County Judicial Center after former State Attorney Bernie McCabe. Pinellas Clerk of Court Ken Burke supports the change. The letter to commissioners is also signed by Burke, Bruce Bartlett, the acting state attorney, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino. Some defense attorneys question the message sent to their clients of naming a building after a prosecutor

  8. Tech Tip

    HOW TO RECYCLE OLD ELECTRONICS

    The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | January 12, 2021

    Here are ways to dispose of outdated, defunct or dysfunctional electronic goods that can contain toxic substances, such as lead, mercury, and cadmium.  Best Buy offers one of the most comprehensive consumer goods and electronics recycling programs. Amazon’s trade-in program credits your Amazon account up to $200 for just about any kind of electronic device. You can also look at Call2Recyclye for drop-off options on cell phones and batteries and TIA E-cycling, which offers a clickable map along with other local recycling options.

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