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June 21, 2022
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The Florida Bar | Article | June 21, 2022
Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a measure designed to crack down on what Attorney General Ashley Moody calls “organized retail crime.” Under the measure, a perpetrator who steals 10 or more items from at least two different locations within a 30-day period could face a third-degree felony charge. Stealing 20 or more items will be deemed a second-degree felony.
News Service of Florida | Article | June 20, 2022
Attorneys for the state of Florida and online-industry groups plan to go to the U.S. Supreme Court in a battle over a 2021 law that would crack down on social-media giants such as Facebook and Twitter, according to new court filings. The filings effectively seek to put proceedings on hold in a federal district court and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals while the case goes to the Supreme Court. The new filings came after a three-judge panel of the appeals court on May 23 upheld most of a preliminary injunction that U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued last year blocking the law. Judge Hinkle and the appellate panel ruled that the law violated First Amendment rights.
Tampa Bay Business Journal | Article | June 20, 2022
Kolter Urban, one of Tampa Bay’s most prolific condominium developers, has filed a legal petition against the city of Tampa, accusing staff of withholding public records and demanding the issuance of a demolition permit so it can proceed with a 55-story tower in the central business district. The city’s historic preservation committee on May 17 voted in favor of an emergency action to stop the demolition of 520 N. Tampa St., which is one portion of a block where Kolter Urban plans to build. The vote came after Dennis Fernandez, the city’s architectural review and historic preservation manager, sought the emergency order.
Gainesville Sun | Article | June 20, 2022
Alachua County judges are set for the upcoming midterm election, though most candidates will breeze back into office since no opponents filed to challenge them. Only the Eighth Judicial Circuit seat 12 is up for grabs this election cycle. It is currently held by Eighth Circuit Court Judge Monica J. Brasington, who is not running for reelection and has ruled on many Gainesville and Alachua County issues during her tenure. The candidates for the chair are Sean Brewer, Starlin AuBroncee Martin, Nathan Skop and Dan Weisman.
Florida Politics | Article | June 20, 2022
For the first time in three years, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg plans to increase starting salaries for assistant prosecutors; however, he is not sure how far the $7,000-a-year salary increase will go toward attracting more applicants. It’s becoming an urgent matter in his office, and in Miami-Dade County’s office as well. The situation reflects the challenge South Florida has in attracting candidates willing to work as Assistant State Attorneys. The same salary levels apply throughout the state even though South Florida not only has some of the highest rents in the country, but also the fastest rates of rent increases.
Criminal Justice Issues
Sun Sentinel | Column | June 21, 2022
Criminal defense attorney and former Broward prosecutor Gerard S. Williams writes: “The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country on earth at 639 per 100,000 citizens. . . Why is the U.S. such an outlier? One major reason: minimum mandatory sentencing laws, both state and federal. . . We choose the most experienced and accomplished attorneys to be our judges, but minimum mandatory laws take basic legal discretion away from them and transfer it to ambitious prosecutors. Judges are powerless to circumvent these sentencing laws, even when common sense and basic considerations of justice cry out for it.”
The Florida Bar | Tech Tip | June 21, 2022
Dropbox cloud storage helps you sync files across devices, keeping them safe and accessible when you need them. By default, Dropbox syncs all your folders, including large media files and personal files, using Smart Sync. But Selective Sync can help save space on your Dropbox-linked devices by allowing you to choose which folders you want to download or sync.