Zimmerman’s attorney apologizes for client’s apology to Trayvon Martin’s parents

By Becky Bratu, msnbc.com -- George Zimmerman’s attorney said Monday that his client’s apology to the family of Trayvon Martin was ill-timed given the family’s previous statements, and he’s sorry if they felt it was insincere. During his bond hearing last week, Zimmerman addressed Martin’s family directly, saying he was sorry for the loss of their son. Speaking on “CBS This Morning” Monday, attorney Mark O’Mara said he didn’t realize the family would feel the apology came at the wrong time. http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/23/11351669-zimmermans-attorney-apologizes-for-clients-apology-to-trayvon-martins-parents … [Read more...]

Weston’s Sen. Nan Rich plans Run for Governor

By ANTHONY MAN, Sun-Sentinel The presidential election is more than six months away, but the 2014 race for Florida governor is on. Hoping to make Rick Scott a one-term chief executive, state Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston – a liberal South Florida voice in Republican Tallahassee – said Wednesday she's seeking her party's gubernatorial nomination. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-04-18/news/fl-nan-rich-governor-20120418_1_rich-presidential-election-race-for-florida-governor … [Read more...]

New judge is named in Trayvon Martin case

By RENE STUTZMAN, Orlando Sentinel -- SANFORD, Fla. -- The new judge in the George Zimmerman murder case will be Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., who has been on the bench 15 years. The case passed to him Wednesday, but not before things got a bit complicated. It was originally assigned to Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler, but she recused herself Wednesday after Zimmerman's attorney asked her to step aside because of a possible conflict of interest: Her husband is the law partner of Mark NeJame, who has been hired to comment on the case for CNN. All criminal cases in Seminole County are assigned by chance, based on a rotation system. Next in that rotation was Circuit Judge John Galluzzo. He could not accept the case because he formerly practiced law with Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara. O'Mara also is the godfather of one of Galluzzo's four children. Read … [Read more...]

Port St. Lucie Man Indicted for Threatening E-mail Communications

US ATTORNEY'S OFFICE -- Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announced the April 12, 2012 indictment of defendant Skylar Ian Feuerstein, 19, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, on charges of making threatening communications in interstate and foreign commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 875(c), and making extortionate messages in interstate and foreign commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 875(d). The defendant appeared in federal court in Fort Pierce on Friday, April 13, 2012 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank J. Lynch, Jr. and was ordered detained pending trial. If convicted of the charges, Feuerstein faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of five years on the charges of making threatening messages and not more than two years on the … [Read more...]

Florida Law Firm That Fired Workers For Wearing Orange Cites Bullying

By SUSANNA KIM -- DEERFIELD BEACH -- The Florida law firm where workers said they were fired for wearing orange is defending itself, saying some workers were bullying a manager. Elizabeth R. Wellborn law firm in Deerfield Beach, Fla., said that it welcomes "the opportunity to present all the facts to the National Labor Relations Board" after eight of the workers fired from the law firm March 16 for wearing orange filed a federal complaint last week against their former employer, contesting the firing. Wellborn said that "any assertion that the firm disciplines people for what they wear, or simply for wearing orange shirts, is ludicrous and disingenuous" and "statements by the employees' attorney that her clients were protesting work conditions is a fabrication and contradicts earlier statements by employees that they had planned a group outing to a local bar and wanted to match … [Read more...]