The Florida Justice Association (FJA) has recognized Jessie L. Harrell for her superior achievements in legal writing by honoring her with this year's S. Victor Tipton Award. The S. Victor Tipton Award is awarded for superior achievement in legal writing and is given in honor of S. Victor Tipton, Founder and Editor of the FJA's Journal®. For more on the FJA and Jessie's award recognition, click here. To view Jessie's awards video, click here.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari today in Charles, the case in which the Supreme Court of Florida declared the federal PSQIA did not preempt Amendment 7. Read more about the decision at the links below:
The U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari today in Crespo, the case in which the Supreme Court of Florida (FSC) declared void arbitration agreements that adopt the Florida Medical Malpractice Act, but fail to include all of the Act's arbitration provisions. The Crespo order can be found at the link below:
Creed & Gowdy Of Counsel, Gray Thomas, won a reversal of a summary denial of a motion for post-conviction relief in the Fifth District Court of Appeal on Friday, sending the case back to the circuit court for an evidentiary hearing. Gray represented the appellant, Corey Reynolds, who appealed the summary denial of his Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850 motion alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. Mr. Reynolds alleges that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to pursue an involuntary intoxication defense, and that counsel did not believe the involuntary intoxication defense existed in Florida as a matter of law. Read the opinion here.
Creed & Gowdy Of Counsel, Thomas A. Burns, won an appeal relating to the Stand Your Ground Statute in the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday. Thomas represented the petitioner, Ketan Kumar, in his appeal to determine whether an immunity determination pursuant to the Stand Your Ground law in a criminal proceeding controls in a civil proceeding. In the opinion, the Court resolved a split between the Florida Second and Third District Courts of Appeal by agreeing with Mr. Kumar's argument that the statute does not automatically confer immunity to a civil defendant who obtained immunity from prosecution in a criminal proceeding. Read the opinion here.
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