Did Justices Up for Retention Invent New Workers’ Compensation Law Out of Thin Air?

By: ERIC GIUNTA |Sunshine State News -- Three Florida Supreme Court justices are up for retention on the November ballot, and Sunshine State News is the only source that is examining their judicial record. In this latest installment, we explore a landmark ruling affecting workers' compensation claims. Although Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy Quince are insisting that voters should ignore their rulings when they head to the polls and consider only whether these justices have ever committed a crime, their critics and other legal scholars say otherwise: it is absolutely relevant to their retention that voters consider whether these justices are interpreting relevant law according to its original public meaning, or whether they are activists who ignore the law and impose their own personal moral philosophy on cases that come before … [Read more...]

Florida State Ranked Nation’s 12th Best Value Law School

TALLAHASSEE — The National Jurist magazine has ranked Florida State University College of Law the 12th best value law school in the nation. The ranking, published in The National Jurist’s September 2012 issue, weighs important student outcomes – bar passage rate and employment rate – against tuition, cost of living and indebtedness. According to The National Jurist, the rankings are “designed to find the law schools where graduates have the best chance of passing the bar and getting a legal job, without taking on a ton of debt.” Florida State is the only law school in Florida ranked in the top 20. http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Florida-State-Ranked-Nations-12th-Best-Value-Law-School-168000976.html … [Read more...]

Jury recommends death for Delmer Smith

By Lee Williams BRADENTON - After all they discovered about Delmer Smith last week — how he used a cast-iron sewing machine to smash Kathleen Briles' head, how he tortured an elderly woman, and how he showed no remorse — a Manatee County jury took only 29 minutes Tuesday to recommend that Smith be put to death. Smith, 41, never took the stand to ask the jury to spare his life during an emotional daylong sentencing hearing, and he did not react when the sentence recommendation was made. http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120814/ARTICLE/120819843 … [Read more...]

Lessons from LinkedIn’s Split with Twitter

Use each platform to its advantage -- by SEO Law Firm -- At the end of June, Ryan Roslansky, Head of Content Products at LinkedIn, announced a social media separation. Twitter users will no longer be able to display their Tweets automatically on LinkedIn. Since 2009, users have been able to sync their Twitter and LinkedIn accounts so that anything shared on Twitter would simultaneously post to LinkedIn. Now, users will have to post updates individually to each network. Of course, speculation abounds about the motives for the move on LinkedIn’s part. Shortly before LinkedIn’s announcement, Twitter revealed on its development blog that it would be reigning in third party developer use of its platform and taking more control over how third parties can use Twitter. LinkedIn may have bristled at the new restrictions, and some are calling the split a social media … [Read more...]

George Zimmerman’s cousin accuses him of sexual molestation

ORLANDO, FLA. George Zimmerman, who is charged in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, was accused by his female cousin of sexually molesting her for a decade beginning when she was 6 years old, according to new documents made public on Monday by prosecutors. The name of the relative was deleted from an audio tape version of her witness statement that was released to the media. Identified only as Witness No. 9, she would be about age 27 now. Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, confirmed the woman was the former neighborhood watch volunteer's cousin. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0716/George-Zimmerman-s-cousin-accuses-him-of-sexual-molestation-video … [Read more...]