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2307 ABA Journal Florida articles.

Judge suggests lawyer who opposed extension may want to brush up on karma concepts
A federal magistrate judge in Miami is letting squabbling litigants know that their issues are less important than the COVID-19 pandemic.
Afternoon Briefs: Top Florida court hears case over ticket app; lawyer sentenced for involvement in prostitution

Florida Supreme Court to decide whether ticket app poses legal risk to customers

After a yearslong dispute, the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the Florida Bar’s lawsuit…

Ex-felons in Florida who can’t afford fees and fines are entitled to vote, 11th Circuit says
Ex-felons in Florida who can’t afford to pay outstanding fees and fines are entitled to vote under a state constitutional amendment restoring voting rights, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
6-year-old is held without mother’s consent under involuntary commitment law
A Florida mother says her 6-year-old daughter is traumatized after she was held without consent at a mental health facility following a temper tantrum at her school.
State supreme court disbars lawyer who used money from his trust account to run strip club
The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred a suspended lawyer who operated a strip club with money from his attorney trust account.
Judge reprimanded partly for telling defendant, ‘I do hope you do fight for your life ... every day’
A Florida judge has been reprimanded for her conduct in two cases, including her expressed hope that a defendant she was sentencing would have to fight for his life in prison.
Afternoon Briefs: 2-time SCOTUS litigant gets settlement; at-large judge elections upheld in voting rights case

Florida man wins $875K settlement after two trips to the Supreme Court

A Florida man who won twice in the U.S. Supreme Court will get an $875,000 settlement for his…

Overturning 2016 precedent, Florida top court says jury unanimity not needed for death penalty
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a 2016 decision and ruled that judges may impose the death penalty even when jurors do not unanimously recommend it.
Law office employee is accused of stabbing manager over accounting mistake
An employee of a law firm in Gainesville, Florida, has been charged with attempted murder for alleging stabbing the office manager over an accounting mistake.
Felons in Florida must pay all fees and fines before they can vote, state’s top court says
Felons in Florida have to pay fees, fines and restitution before their voting rights are restored, according to a Florida Supreme Court advisory opinion.
Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer can’t avoid pro bono appointment, AG Barr wants Apple to unlock gunman’s iPhones

Lawyer appointed to pro bono case can’t avoid representation, federal judge rules

A Connecticut lawyer appointed as pro bono counsel in a prisoner’s civil rights case doesn’t qualify for an…

Oops! Cops backtrack after touting big marijuana bust
Florida resident Aneudy Gonzalez is a free man after spending nearly a month in jail for hauling what was alleged to be more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana in a U-Haul.
ABA again says no to Florida Coastal’s nonprofit application and makes noncompliance finding
Florida Coastal School of Law is out of compliance with two sections of Standard 202, which deals with program resources, according to a public notice posted by the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
Fight over right of women to enter strip club turns into battle over local anti-bias protections
Two women who sued after they were barred from a strip club have sparked a court battle over the viability of local human rights ordinances in the state of Florida.
Mike Huckabee files bar complaint against lawyer for Twitter ridicule, including ‘beach thief’ nickname
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has filed a bar complaint against a Florida lawyer for suggesting in a tweet that his nickname should be “beach thief” and otherwise ridiculing him on Twitter.

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