Florida Supreme Court to Decide Drug Law’s Constitutionality

BROOKSVILLE — When Jimmy Brown saw it, he got goose bumps. The subject line on the legal document was so stunning, the Brooksville lawyer had to read it twice. On Wednesday, the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal issued an order asking the Florida Supreme Court immediately to resolve an issue that has sprung up in courtrooms statewide in recent months: whether Florida's Drug Abuse Prevention and Control law violates the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/florida-supreme-court-to-decide-drug-laws-constitutionality/1194430 … [Read more...]

Law School to Begin Work on Riverview Campus

BY MICHAEL SASSO RIVERVIEW -- A law school that prides itself on not being elitist recently broke ground in the area. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, which is based in Lansing, Mich., is planning its new campus at 9445 Camden Field Parkway, just off U.S. 301. School officials and the president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association attended a Sept. 20 news conference at the new campus. Where other law schools boast of prestige, Cooley Law touts its size as the nation's biggest law school, with 4,000 students spread out over four campuses in Michigan. http://www2.tbo.com/news/community-news/2011/sep/28/ssnewso10-law-school-to-begin-work-on-riverview-ca-ar-260714/ … [Read more...]

Bob Ward: Millionaire Found Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder

Developer convicted in 2009 shooting death of his wife By Anika Myers Palm, Orlando Sentinel Two years and three days after James Robert "Bob" Ward called 911 to report that he shot his wife, a six-member jury declared him responsible for her death. After the verdict was read this morning, Circuit Judge Jenifer Davis sent Ward, who had been out of jail on bond, to the Orange County Jail to await sentencing on Nov. 8. The jury's decision was justice for Ward's wife, Diane, prosecutor Robin Wilkinson said. "It says that out of anger, out of frustration, Mr. Ward pulled a gun and shot his wife in the face," she said. Lead defense attorney Kirk Kirkconnell said Bob Ward had been disappointed by the verdict but remains optimistic. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/os-bob-ward-trial-verdict-20110924,0,1142987.story … [Read more...]


Paul P. McMahon has joined Colin C. Cushnie and they have opened The Law Firm of Cushnie & McMahon, P. L., located in St. Lucie West. McMahon concentrates in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. … [Read more...]

Appeals Court Denies Scott 2nd Review on Depo of ousted prisons chief

by Dara Kam, Palm Beach Post The First District Court of Appeals rejected Gov. Rick Scott‘s request for a second review of a three-judge panel’s order yesterday that former corrections chief Ed Buss give a deposition in lawsuit over prison privatization. The appellate court ordered Buss’s testimony yesterday after temporarily halting it last week. The Florida Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents corrections workers, filed the lawsuit over the privatization of prisons in the southern portion of the state. Lawmakers included the privatization of the 18-county region from Manatee County to Indian River County south to the Florida Keys in proviso language inserted into the budget in the waning days of the session that ended in May. The union argued in the lawsuit that the privatization effort is unconstitutional because the must-pass budget is intended … [Read more...]