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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.

November 23, 2021

  1. The Florida Bar

    ‘OUR NEEDS AREN’T SPECIAL, THEY’RE HUMAN’

    The Florida Bar | Article | November 23, 2021

    Haley Moss, who is an ex officio member of the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, also is autistic appeared at the Nov. 19 CLE, “Empowering Neurodiverse Professionals through Mentoring,” sponsored by The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism. Committee Vice Chair Jason Berger questioned Moss about her experiences and observations. The free CLE carries one hour of credit and shortly will be available for free viewing on the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism webpage.

  2. Judiciary

    FEDERAL JUDGE HALTS SPORTS BETTING IN FLORIDA BY VOIDING SEMINOLE COMPACT

    Orlando Sentinel | Article | November 23, 2021

    District Judge Dabney Friedrich late Monday [Nov. 22] has put online sports gambling in Florida on hold, ruling that a deal between the Seminole Tribe and the state is illegal under U.S. law. Friedrich decided that the $2.5 billion deal known as a compact violates the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which requires that any state-sanctioned gambling must occur on tribal land.

  3. Judiciary

    FLORIDA CLEARS GROVELAND FOUR OF 1949 RAPE OF WHITE WOMAN BY TERRY SPENCER ASSOCIATED

    Miami Herald | Article | November 23, 2021

    At the request of state attorney Bill Gladson, Administrative Judge Heidi Davis Monday [Nov. 22] dismissed the indictments of Ernest Thomas and Samuel Shepherd, who were fatally shot by law enforcement, and set aside the convictions and sentences of Charles Greenlee and Walter Irvin. The men known as the Groveland Four, who ranged from 16 to 26 at the time, were accused of raping a woman in the central Florida town of Groveland in 1949.

  4. Criminal Justice

    MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTING TO EXTORT MILLIONS FROM GAETZ FAMILY PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD

    Northwest Florida Daily News | Article | November 22, 2021

    Niceville businessman Stephen Alford has pleaded guilty in federal court to attempting to extort money from the wealthy family of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. Alford, who had entered a not guilty plea Oct. 1, changed that plea at the Monday [Nov. 22] hearing in Pensacola before U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Timothy. He pleaded guilty to one of the three counts of wire fraud he was originally charged with.

  5. Judiciary

    APPEALS COURT ORDERS RECUSAL OF JUDGE PRESIDING OVER 1986 CITRUS COUNTY CASE

    Citrus County Chronicle | Article | November 22, 2021

    An appeals court ordered the recusal of Citrus County Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard from presiding over Marc Mediate’s resentencing for a woman’s abduction and sexual abuse from 1986. Judges with the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal filed an opinion Friday [Nov. 19] finding Howard had already decided how to punish 53-year-old Mediate before considering required evidence about the nature of the crime Mediate committed when he was 17.

  6. Criminal Justice

    FORMER INMATE MARRIES IMPRISONED PARTNER IN UNAUTHORIZED WEDDING IN FLORIDA

    WUFT | Article | November 22, 2021

    Former inmate Chrissy Shorter and her convicted fiancé Noel Arnold in Coleman Federal Correctional Institution exchanged vows Sunday [Nov. 21] night in an unauthorized wedding ceremony over a phone call, moving their plans ahead by one day over concerns that the Justice Department might try to interfere. Shorter and Arnold spent more than seven months – including filing a federal lawsuit that is still pending – trying to compel Coleman’s warden, Kathy Lang, and unit manager, R. Jimenez, to permit an in-person ceremony. Their marriage request was denied, and questions about why went largely unanswered.

  7. Judiciary

    FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RICKY POLSTON IS ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

    Jackson County Floridian | Article | November 22, 2021

    Ricky Polston, Florida Supreme Court Justice, is Chipola College’s 2021 Alumnus of the Year. Polston also was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Leroy Collins Distinguished Alumni Program sponsored by the Association of Florida Colleges. “I will always be grateful for the opportunity to attend Chipola and for the excellent foundational education that I received there, Polston says. A native of Graceville, Polston graduated from Chipola in 1975 with an A.A. degree. In 1986, Polston obtained a J.D. with high honors from Florida State College of Law.

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