Trial starts in Fla. lottery winner slaying case

TAMARA LUSH -- TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection was underway on Tuesday in the trial of a Florida woman charged with swindling a lottery winner out of his money and then killing him. Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Abraham Shakespeare, a laborer who won a $30 million Florida Lottery jackpot in 2006. Read more: … [Read more...]

Florida Supreme Court rethinks rear-end collision lawsuits

TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- The second driver is not automatically solely at fault in rear-end collisions, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday as it resolved a pair of conflicting lower court decisions. The justices unanimously agreed that juries should be allowed to compare the negligence of each driver in a lawsuit regardless of who the plaintiff is and apportion blame accordingly. They upheld one appellate court ruling that came to the same conclusion in a Seminole County case and quashed another from Palm Beach County. The 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach had upheld a trial judge's decision that Maria Cevallos, the rear driver, was solely at fault. The high court's reversal of that decision will let Cevallos seek at least partial damages from the middle driver in a three-car rear end crash, Keri Ann Rideout. The defendant allegedly was on her cell … [Read more...]

Arye Corbett joins the Law Offices of Guy Fronstin

Arye Corbett

Arye Corbett has joined the Law Offices of Guy Fronstin in Boca Raton. Corbett started his career in the Palm Beach County Office of the Public Defender. As an Assistant Public Defender, he handled thousands of criminal cases and was designated as the Chief of the felony division. Corbett represented individuals charged with various crimes. After several years representing the indigent, Arye accepted an offer to join the private sector and began working at the prestigious Florida-based law Firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. There, he represented municipal and governmental entities that involved in personal injury litigation, complex commercial disputes and civil rights violations. In addition to being licensed to practice in all Florida State Courts and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Arye is also licensed to … [Read more...]

Fl. judge shields reporter from testifying in case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is rejecting a request by prosecutors to interview a reporter about a former aide to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. Circuit Judge Frank Sheffield on Wednesday ruled that The Florida Times-Union reporter Matt Dixon does not have to testify in the ongoing criminal case against Carletha Cole. Cole was arrested in 2011, accused of giving a Dixon a secret recording containing a conversation between Cole and Carroll's chief of staff. Prosecutors in October tried to subpoena Dixon but the newspaper went to court to fight the request. Sheffield ruled that the state attorney's office did not show that there was a compelling reason for Dixon to testify. The judge also said prosecutors have other ways to prove that Dixon received the recording without questioning him directly. Read … [Read more...]

Casey Anthony, Family Among Witnesses On Defamation Lawsuit

By David Lohr Casey Anthony, her parents and her brother are among the names on an updated witness list filed by Zenaida Gonzalez in her defamation lawsuit against Anthony. Gonzalez's legal team filed the new witness list Thursday. It contains the names of 24 witnesses, down from 90 names on an earlier witness list filed by the attorneys. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Gonzalez's attorneys had agreed to pare down their list after Anthony's lawyers complained the first one was too beefy. … [Read more...]