NCAA Appeal Struck Down in Tallahassee

Staff Report TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court refused to hear the NCAAs appeal that documents related to an academic fraud case are not public record. The NCAA has contended it is not subject to Floridas public records law.The public records case started back in 2009 when several media outlets filed a lawsuit to obtain a document related to Florida States academic fraud case. The NCAA denied access to its correspondence with Florida State, citing that the document was only available through a secure Web site and therefore not public However, because the document was a communication with a state agency, a judge found it was subject to Florida public records law. The NCAA must also pay the legal fees of the media outlets, the Supreme Court ruled. … [Read more...]

Heads’ ‘Road To Nowhere’ Ends in Tampa

Staff Report TAMPA -- Talking Heads front man David Byrne has filed a $1 million lawsuit against Gov. Charlie Crist for the unlicensed use of the bands 1985 hit Road To Nowhere in campaign ads. Crist allegedly used the song in ads against Marco Rubio that ran on his Web site and over YouTube last January. In papers filed in Tampa federal court, Byrne said the unpermitted use constitutes copyright infringement and also implies he is supporting whatever Crist stands for. … [Read more...]

Experience A Good Bet for New Law Grads

WIRE REPORT In a competitive job market, real-world experience trumps book smarts for newly minted lawyers, a new survey from legal staffing firm Robert Half Legal suggests. More than four in 10 (44 percent) of lawyers interviewed cited training or experience in a high-demand practice area as the most marketable attribute for law school graduates. Law school or class ranking came in second, with 19 percent of the response. The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service specializing in lawyers, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 100 lawyers at law firms with 20 or more employees and 100 corporate lawyers at companies with 1,000 or more employees in the United States. Lawyers were asked, "In your opinion, which one of the following criteria makes … [Read more...]

Lou Frey's Observations on China

By Lou Frey I have recently returned from a trip to China sponsored by the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) and the China Association for International Friendly Contact (CAIFC). The recent 11-day trip included meetings with * Chinese businessmen * the Chinese Institute for International Studies (Dr. Liu Youfa - Vice President) * the Deputy Governor of the Peoples Bank of China (Dr. Zhu Min), * students at Qinghua, Xi'an International Studies and Shanghai universities * the Ministry of Commerce (Wang Chao, Assistant Minister) * the National Peoples Congress Standing Committee (Lu Yongxiang - Vice Chairman) * the American Chamber of Commerce in China * the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Vice Minister Cui Tiankai) * the Deputy Mayor of Xi'an (Qian Yinan), * leaders of the Xi'an Hi-Tech Park * various hi-tech companies, including Applied Material (Gong Zou, General Manager) * … [Read more...]

Anthony Prosecutors Cite Reasons for Death Penalty

STAFF REPORT ORLANDO, Fla. -- Prosecutors have released reasons they are pursuing the death penalty in the case against Casey Anthony, charged in thehomicide of her daughter Caylee Anthony. In a document released Thursday, five subsections of 921.141 enable prosecutors to claim there: -- The capital felony was committed while Caylee was being subjected to child abuse, so the defendant, prosecutors say was engaged in the commission of a crime -- The crime was heinous, atrocious or cruel -- The capital felony was a homicide and was committed in a cold, calculated, and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification -- The victim was younger than 12 -- The victim was vulnerable or the defendant had familial custody. … [Read more...]