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January 13, 2022
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SENATE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE MOVES BILL TO ‘PROHIBIT DECEPTIVE PRACTICES’ WHEN INTERROGATING MINORS
The Florida Bar | Article | January 13, 2022
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted to make juvenile confessions inadmissible when an interrogator “engages in deception.” The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted 7-0 on Jan. 11 to approve SB 668 by Sen. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa. The measure would create a rebuttable presumption that a confession made by a minor in a custodial setting is inadmissible if the law enforcement officer uses some form of deception to obtain it. The measure faces hearings in the Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee and Rules before reaching the Senate floor.
CBS 4 | Article | January 12, 2022
Gainesville lawyer Raymond Brady will be honored on Jan. 20th at the Florida Supreme Court with the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award. The Florida Bar said, Brady has been a pro bono volunteer with Three Rivers Legal Services since the early 1990s as an advocate for the poor. The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award is the Supreme Court’s highest recognition of a private lawyer for pro bono service.
WJCT | Article | January 12, 2022
With the school board in Putnam County as the lead plaintiff, a class action lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of Florida school districts against McKinsey & Co. Inc. and its affiliates. The case alleges the global firm’s advice to opioid manufacturers harmed children and increased educational costs. The legal team includes attorney Wayne Hogan of Jacksonville, a key player in the state’s litigation against the tobacco industry two decades ago.
Tampa Bay Times | Column | January 13, 2022
Ken Burke, Pinellas County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller who led the Guardianship Improvement Task Force, writes: “There are glaring problems within the Florida guardianship system, and we must fix them. . . Last year, Clerks of Court and various stakeholder agencies and organizations with a direct interest or involvement with Florida’s guardianship system joined together to form the Guardianship Improvement Task Force to put forward recommendations for the Florida Legislature and Florida courts to consider as ways to improve the system. . . Without question, the most significant issue this task force discussed and agreed upon was a means to improve what data is available to document problems within the guardianship system in Florida.”
THE LEGAL MENTOR NETWORK LAUNCHES WITH THE GOAL OF HELPING BOTH MENTORS AND MENTEES GROW PROFESSIONALLY
Above The Law | Article | January 12, 2022
The Legal Mentor Network (LMN) launched in December 2021. The founding members are Perkins Coie partner Brian Potts, Chrystal Mauro, alongside DLA Piper’s Matt Schwartz and Lenora Ausbon-Odom. LMN’s mentors come from every sector in the legal profession, including private practice, in-house, nonprofit, and the government. To date, LMN has matched over 1,000 law students and newly-admitted attorneys with mentors in their preferred localities and fields of legal practice.
Citrus County Chronicle | Article | January 12, 2022
On Monday, Jan. 3, Citrus County Judge Bruce Carney took over the criminal traffic and misdemeanor dockets from County Judge Mark Yerman, who presided over the cases since he took office in 1993. Yerman will handle Mental Health Court, Drug Court and civil matters involving claims between $8,000 and $30,000 until he retires at the end of December when his six-year term finishes.
Lehigh Acres Citizen | Article | January 13, 2022
The Guardian ad Litem Foundation – 20th Judicial Circuit fulfilled just shy of 1,500 children’s needs during 2021, the highest the requests have ever been. The nonprofit organization helps kids in Southwest Florida navigate the court system who have fallen victim to abuse, neglect and abandonment and are adjusting to new homes and families.
News4Jax | Article | January 12, 2022
The attorneys for Hakeem Robinson — known as rapper Ksoo — recently filed a motion to disqualify the State Attorney’s Office. The motion accuses the state of targeting rappers who they say artistically sing about a lifestyle they may or may not be living. Robinson is currently in jail on two separate second-degree murder charges. He’s charged in the 2019 shooting death of 16-year-old Adrian Gainer and the 2020 shooting death of Charles McCormick. Robinson’s attorneys believe the State Attorney’s Office enlists people who are facing jail time to testify against suspects in exchange for a lesser sentence.