Hi kids, ready to kick the day into high gear?
Here's a potpourri of South Florida legal news to get you
1. Terence Connor, dog neighbor, gets his case dismissed:
“This case was dropped after the woman who owned the dogs asked that we drop the . . . case,” a spokesman for the state attorney told the website randompixels. “She indicated that she did not wish to proceed further and felt that this matter was basically a misunderstanding between neighbors that had gotten out of hand.I'm sure you're not the only one!
“Since she would have to play an essential role in any prosecution, we followed her wishes and dropped the case.”
Beatriz Llorente, Connor’s lawyer, declined to comment about the reasons for the latest development.
Said Connor’s alleged victim, University of Miami student Andrea Lopez: “I just wanted it to go away!”
2. Speaking of labor law, there are a lot of cases out there nowadays.
Oh hail, I just want to say hi to Kelly Amritt!
3. Ervin Gonzalez happens.
4. Florida's efforts to purge voters are a crock of #$$I:
When Miami attorney Lida Rodriguez-Taseff reached out to potential clients to challenge Governor Rick Scott's purge of noncitizens from Florida's election rolls, she says she found the opposition had gotten to them first.Thank you Lida!
She asked Miami-Dade County resident Maria Bustamante to join the litigation. Bustamante had been named on a statewide voter purge list even though she was a naturalized U.S. citizen from Colombia.
Bustamante, who became a citizen in 2006 and voted in 2008, wanted nothing to do with any lawsuit. She was afraid of being targeted after receiving a telephone call informing her she was ineligible to vote.
"The people on the list got calls," Rodriguez-Taseff said. "I talked to several people on the list who got calls from people who said, 'You are on this list. You are not allowed to vote.' They said, 'Yes I am," and they said, 'No you're not, fax me your papers.' Can you imagine?"
Grass roots groups, such as Texas-based True the Vote -- which supports the noncitizen voter purge -- denied targeting people over the phone.
Rodriguez-Taseff, a partner at Duane Morris in Miami, is affiliated with four nonpartisan civil rights groups battling what many voting rights activists and Democrats believe is an unprecedented effort to suppress the vote across the nation in a presidential election year.
5. No surprise, but Rick Scott wants to get rid of some pesky Florida Supreme Court Justices:
Last year, with the tacit approval of Scott, Republican Speaker of the House Dean Cannon tried to dilute the power of the Florida Supreme Court by splitting it into two divisions. He also proposed increasing the minimum percentages of “yes” votes required for justices to remain on the bench under the current judicial merit retention system.And how is your morning?
Both the split and the vote-percentage increase attempts failed. But a right-wing Florida non-profit corporation named Restore Justice 2012 has popped up in Orlando with an agenda that would suit Scott just fine — a campaign to oust moderate Florida Supreme Court Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince in their upcoming November 2012 retention vote for what it terms their continual pattern of “judicial activism.”