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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 11, 2022

  1. The Florida Bar

    FORMER JUDGES WHO IMPROPERLY LOBBY COULD BE SUBJECT TO $10,000 FINES

    The Florida Bar | Article | January 11, 2022

    Florida lawmakers are poised this year to pass a measure that would implement part of a 2018 constitutional amendment that bars judges and justices from lobbying for six years after leaving the bench. The measure, PCB PIE 22-02, would implement a portion of Amendment 12, a government ethics measure proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission that voters approved by a 79% margin in 2018. The portion that applies to justices and judges takes effect Dec. 31, 2022. The 60-day legislative session convenes today [Jan. 11]

  2. Legal Discipline

    FLA. JUSTICES NIX DISBARMENT APPEAL BY ATTY IN NFL PLAYER PLOT

    Law360 | Article | January 10, 2022

    The Florida Supreme Court on Monday [Jan. 10] tossed a case by attorney Phillip Timothy Howard, accused of taking an NFL player’s life savings, seeking to avoid disbarment over a pair of consolidated disciplinary cases against him over his professional conduct in other matters. The short order said Howard’s challenge was dismissed because of Howard’s “failure to file a complaint initial brief on the merits and transcripts in accordance” with the Bar rules and the state high court’s earlier order.

  3. Legislative

    SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE BACKS BILL STRENGTHENING DRUG DISTRIBUTION PENALTIES

    Florida Politics | Article | January 10, 2022

    A Senate bill, (SB 190), that strengthens drug distribution penalties passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 7-3 Monday [Jan. 10]. A similar bill has already gained traction in House committees. The bill would give drug dealers stiffer punishments if they’re caught selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of an abuse treatment center. The proposal also broadens a prosecutor’s ability to enhance penalties against a drug dealer if the sale of a narcotic leads to the fatal overdose of a consumer.

  4. Civil Justice

    FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES SUE FOR RIGHT TO COMMERCIAL DEALS

    Sun Sentinel | Article | January 10, 2022

    Student-athletes should be free to get paid to endorse local and national businesses that are willing to pay for it, according to a lawsuit filed Monday [Jan. 10] in Miami. Miami lawyer John H. Ruiz is suing on behalf of two Miami students who say they’ve had to turn down endorsement deals because the rules of the Florida High School Athletic Association prohibit them.

  5. Criminal Justice

    STATE PRISON STAFFING SHORTAGE COSTING COUNTIES MILLIONS

    ABC Action News | Article | January 10, 2022

    County jail is the entry point to the criminal justice system, where someone who is charged with a crime is booked into jail, posts bond or awaits trial. County jail populations in Florida climbed 12.5 percent during the 12 month period ending Sept. 30th. One reason… after a defendant stood trial, was convicted and was ready to go to state prison, the state didn’t have room for them. The state slowed down accepting new inmates because of a severe staffing shortage, with nearly 30 percent of correction officer positions unfilled.

  6. Criminal Justice

    JACKSONVILLE FORENSIC ARTIST SAYS CRIME SCENES IN MINIATURE GIVE JURIES ‘A SENSE AND FEEL FOR WHAT HAPPENED’

    Florida Times Union | Article | January 11, 2022

    In the basement of the 4th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, Jim McMillan converts the tragic works of criminals into neat, orderly displays so jurors can understand how they came to be. McMillan said he could sculpt a head out of clay, and “that’s how my work with the State Attorney’s Office in presenting evidence for trials started.” The Sheriff’s Office allowed him to do sculpting for prosecutors when he had time during his 16-year sketch artist role there.

  7. Legal Profession

    JBA: ORGANIZATION BENEFITING ATTORNEYS SINCE 1897

    Jacksonville Daily Record | Article | January 11, 2022

    The Jacksonville Bar Association (JBA) was established in 1897 and incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Florida in 1971. The articles of incorporation state the purpose of the corporation include maintaining the honor and dignity of the legal profession, promoting improvements in the law and promoting professional ethics. The JBA of 2022 still does all that, but also offers services that can help its members grow the business side of their law practice as well as opportunities for leadership and community service.

  8. Obituary

    OCALA FEDERAL JUDGE WILLIAM TERRELL HODGES DIES AT 87. NIXON APPOINTEE SERVED 50 YEARS

    Ocala Star Banner | Article | January 10, 2022

    U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges, who last month celebrated his 50th anniversary as a federal judge, died on Jan. 4, 2022. He was 87. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1956 and received his juris doctor two years later, also from UF. Hodges was in private practice at a Tampa law firm for 13 years before becoming a district judge. President Richard Nixon nominated him for the position on Dec. 8, 1971, and the Senate confirmed him three days later. Hodges attained senior status in 1999 and maintained a full docket until 2015.

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