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May 20, 2022
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The Florida Bar | Article | May 20, 2022
The Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar offers a host of free on-demand education programs, available at www.legalfuel.com/free-cle. LegalFuel Director Christine Bilbrey says the center currently offers 160 complimentary programs online that provide 188 hours of general CLE credit, including 33.5 hours of ethics, 98 hours of technology, 16 hours of mental-health awareness, and 39 certification credits. The LegalFuel Speaker Series consists of nine programs which account for 8.5 hours of general CLE credit; 2 hours of ethics; 1 hour of mental-health awareness; 1 hour of professionalism; and 2.5 hours of technology.
News Service of Florida | Article | May 19, 2022
On Thursday [May 19], the Florida Supreme Court ruled that 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge Barbara Hobbs should receive a 60-day suspension and pay a $30,000 fine after she acted as an attorney for her son following his arrest in a shooting incident. The Supreme Court unanimously approved the discipline for Judge Hobbs, who also will be required to appear before justices for a public reprimand and complete an employee management program. “Although we are not unsympathetic to Judge Hobbs’ family situation, her violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct demonstrate a failure of judgment and a lack of appropriate boundaries between her judicial office and her personal life that cannot be tolerated in members of our judiciary,” the ruling said.
News Service of Florida | Article | May 19, 2022
Pointing to a ruling in a California case, lawyers for the National Rifle Association this week urged the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down a Florida law prohibiting sales of rifles and other long guns to adults under age 21. A three-judge panel of the federal appellate court heard arguments in the Florida lawsuit, which the NRA filed after the Legislature passed the law in 2018. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker upheld the law in June, saying that he was following precedent in previous court decisions. Judge Walker, however, also described the case as falling “squarely in the middle of a constitutional no man’s land.” It remains unclear when the 11th Circuit will rule on the NRA’s appeal of Walker’s decision.
Palm Beach Post | Article | May 19, 2022
Attorneys for accused teen killer Semmie Williams are asking the 4th District Court of Appeal to allow key information about their client to be discussed in a secret hearing, setting the stage for a showdown over the public’s right to watch court proceedings. While courts have said the public has a “fundamental right” to watch court proceedings, it doesn’t trump a person’s right to receive a fair trial, Assistant Public Defender Christine Geraghty wrote in the appeal. Attorney Martin Reeder, who represents The Palm Beach Post, said such a ruling would set a dangerous precedent. The public and the press are an important check on judicial powers, he said.
Orlando Sentinel | Article | May 20, 2022
Orange County’s ban on retail pet sales, set to take effect on June 22, appears to have survived legislative and legal challenges to block it — so far. Commissioners voted to enact the ban, which forbids the sale of “any dog, cat or rabbit.” Osceola, Lake and Seminole counties also have banned retail pet sales. Attorney Amber Davis, representing three local pet stores, will argue to a judge Monday [May 23] that the ban is unconstitutional and will put the stores out of business.
Pensacola News Journal | Article | May 19, 2022
Pensacola may face the prospect of having to restore a Confederate monument after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled Monday [May 16] that the federal court did not have jurisdiction over the case when it ruled the groups that sued the city to block the removal of the monument lacked standing to file a lawsuit. Monday’s ruling stems from a lawsuit filed in state court by the Ladies Memorial Association, the Stephen Mallory Camp 1315 Sons of Confederate Veterans, Save Our Southern Heritage Florida Chapter against Pensacola after the City Council voted to remove the monument in July 2020. The city had the case removed to federal court where a federal judge ruled the groups lacked standing to sue the city over the monument. The result of Monday’s ruling means the legal battle will now have to play out in state court.