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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.

August 05, 2022

  1. The Florida Bar

    JUDGE SASSO LEADS WAY IN ESTABLISHING THE NEW SIXTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

    The Florida Bar | Article | August 05, 2022

    Judge Meredith L. Sasso is leading the effort to implement the new law creating a Sixth District Court of Appeal that will be housed in Lakeland and realigns the jurisdictional boundaries of the existing First, Second, and Fifth appellate districts. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 7027 on June 2, which authorizes the creation of the first new state appellate court district since the Fifth DCA was created in 1979. The new court is scheduled to begin hearing cases January 1, 2023, and is comprised of the Ninth, 10th, and 20th circuits. In June, then-Chief Justice Charles Canady appointed Judge Sasso the interim chief administrative officer for the Sixth DCA. The Florida courts website, www.flcourts.org/6DCA, provides up-to-date information about the formation of the Sixth District Court of Appeal.

  2. Legal Discipline

    MIAMI ATTORNEY WHO REPRESENTS ASSAULT VICTIMS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL BATTERY

    News 6 South Florida | Article | August 04, 2022

    Miami attorney Adam Bair who defends sexual assault victims was arrested Thursday [Aug. 4] and charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment. A day after his arrest, Bair appeared before a Miami-Dade judge in court. Bair’s attorney said the encounter with the alleged victim in the case was consensual. The judge found probable cause on the charges and ordered him to stay away from the victim.

  3. Legal Profession

    DESANTIS APPOINTED THIS FEDERALIST SOCIETY JUDGE TO REPLACE SUSPENDED STATE ATTORNEY

    Miami Herald | Article | August 04, 2022

    Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday [Aug. 4] that he would be removing Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren, a twice-elected Democrat, appointing Hillsborough County Judge Susan Lopez as Warren’s replacement. With Warren’s removal, Lopez who was appointed to the bench by DeSantis in 2021, will immediately begin as the state attorney.

  4. Judiciary

    COURT UPHOLDS REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE MONUMENT IN NORTH FLORIDA

    News Service of Florida | Article | August 04, 2022

    A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal on Wednesday [Aug. 3] upheld a decision by the rural North Florida town of Madison to remove a Confederate monument from a park. The panel rejected a series of arguments by plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which included eight people whose ancestors were commemorated on a plaque on the monument that was erected in 1909 to honor Confederate soldiers. The plaintiffs argued, in part, that removing the monument would violate rights of free speech and free expression of religion.

  5. Criminal Justice

    TWO MEN INDICTED IN 1983 TAMPA MURDER THAT SENT WRONG MAN TO PRISON FOR 37 YEARS

    Tampa Bay Times | Article | August 04, 2022

    On Thursday [Aug. 4], Hillsborough prosecutors named Abron Scott and Amos Earl Robinson as the real killers in a decades old case for which the wrong man went to prison. Indictments against the pair came almost exactly two years after new DNA tests helped exonerate Robert DuBoise, who spent 37 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of the 1983 murder of Barbara Grams. The two men, who are both serving life sentences in state prison for a Pinellas County murder, were each charged Thursday with first-degree murder.

  6. Civil Justice

    DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS LACK OF ACCESSIBILITY FOR DEAF AND DISABLED PEOPLE IN FLORIDA JUSTICE SYSTEM

    Health News Florida | Article | August 04, 2022

    “Being Michelle,” a documentary about a deaf woman with autism who survived incarceration and abuse in north central Florida, highlights gaps in accessibility for deaf and disabled people in the justice system. Executive Producer Delbert Whetter said he believes the eponymous Michelle Ricks would never have ended up in prison if she’d had communication access from the start. While her experiences unfolded within north central Florida justice systems and Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, the filmmakers say this is a nationwide issue.

  7. Legal Profession

    PRO BONO: FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO HUMAN RIGHTS

    Jacksonville Daily Record | Column | August 04, 2022

    Jacksonville Area Legal Aid staff attorney David Sacks writes: “In July 2021, I received a Florida Bar email listing open jobs that included an attorney position at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. I applied and was offered a staff attorney position with the family law unit . . . I went from handling cases involving civil rights to working cases protecting human rights. Working at JALA presented the opportunity to practice law without the overriding concern of the costs of litigation. The expense of litigation frequently puts those who are not financially well off at the mercy of those who are. . . While there’s no guarantee of better results through trial, our clients do not have to compromise their goals due to lack of funds . . . The chance to really make a difference in someone’s life, a lofty goal during law school, but one which was buried with the practicalities of a solo law practice, makes working for someone else easy.”

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