Board to hear decline in jury trials report, take up ad rules

first_imgBoard to hear decline in jury trials report, take up ad rules January 15, 2012 Regular News Board to hear decline in jury trials report, take up ad rulescenter_img A report on the decline of jury trials, a possible recommendation on a nonvoting seat for government lawyers, and legislative issues will top the Bar Board of Governors January 27 meeting in Tallahassee. The board also will consider a report on using “authority figures” such a police and judges in lawyer advertisements.The Committee to Study the Decline of Jury Trials submitted its report to the board last month (see story on page 1 of this News ). The report cited several pressures, financial and otherwise, for the falling number of jury trials in both state and federal courts.The committee warned that fewer trials means fewer citizens called for jury duty, which in turn leads to less public understanding about what the courts do. Among several recommendations are better funding for courts and a removal of any “penalty” for civil parties or criminal defendants who elect to go to trial instead of settling a case or accepting a plea bargain.Since last summer, The Program Evaluation Committee has been scrutinizing the possibility of having a nonvoting seat for a government lawyer on the board. The PEC recently discussed the issue with the Council of Sections, and PEC Chair Jay Cohen said last month that produced fresh input still being reviewed.The committee could have its recommendation ready by the January meeting.The January 27 meeting will come at the end of the third week of the 2012 legislative session beginning two months early to allow for reapportionment. The major issue for the Bar will be court funding. The Legislature in 2009 adopted a scheme to pay for the bulk of court funding through filing fees, particularly on foreclosure cases. But the drop in foreclosure filings — because of robo-signing and other paperwork problems — has eviscerated court funding in the past two fiscal years.Gov. Rick Scott has proposed returning the bulk of court funding to the state general fund, but legislative committees, as this News went to press, were still in the early stages of drawing up their budgets.Bar legislative consultants do not expect a repeat of last year, when the House of Representatives saw the introduction and passage on several court-related bills and constitutional amendments, including one to enlarge the Supreme Court to 10 members and split it into civil and criminal divisions. Another bill would have given the Legislature control over procedural rulemaking, while another would have removed the Bar from the process of selecting members for judicial nominating commissions and given the governor total control over naming all JNC members.The only measure that actually passed, though, was a constitutional amendment allowing Senate confirmation of the governor’s Supreme Court appointments and giving the House leadership greater access to Judicial Qualification records needed for impeachment inquiries. It also makes it easier for the Legislature to revoke court procedural rules. That amendment goes to voters in November.The board tackled two advertising issues during its executive session at its December meeting, and one of those will come back at the January gathering.One issue was an advertising appeal relating to a law firm’s plan to use an actor portraying a judge in an ad, with the actor judge recommending the law firm’s services. Bar staff and the Standing Committee on Advertising had rejected the ad, saying it was misleading because real-life judges can’t recommend or endorse law firms. The board decided to defer that matter until the Supreme Court acts on pending advertising rule amendments.While that case is pending, the Bar will not prosecute the law firm if it uses the ads, as long as:• The firm makes a more prominent display in the ad of the disclaimer that the “judge” is an actor.• The law firm stops running the ad after the Supreme Court acts on the advertising rule amendments and if the board determines that the ad violates the revised rules.The second issue involves the use of actors portraying police and other “authority figures,” such as nurses and paramedics, in legal ads. That had generally been allowed in ads as long as there was a disclaimer that the authority figure was an actor, not a real policeman, nurse, or paramedic.However, the Standing Committee on Advertising recently voted to recommend that actors portraying police no longer be allowed in ads. The committee noted that most police departments would prohibit such an endorsement.The board considered the recommendation during its executive session. It voted to direct staff to review pending advertising amendments to determine how the use of authority figures in lawyer advertisements is addressed. Staff was also directed to determine whether any changes to the proposed rules would be appropriate, with any proposed changes being presented to the board at the January meeting.On another matter, the board will appoint two lawyers for three-year terms to The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors.last_img read more

Sally Hayden Von Conta Art Exhibition July 5-26

first_imgFollowing fine art scholarship studies in Florida, Montana and Mexico, von Conta pursued graphic design studies in New York City. This culminated in a 25-year career in advertising as an art director in New York. Artist Sally Hayden von Conta. Courtesy/Historic Santa Fe Foundation HSFF News: Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF) is hosting Chasing the Heart, an exhibition of Sally Hayden von Conta’s plein air pastels July 5-26 with the opening 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 5 at HSFF’s El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road. Arriving in Santa Fe in 1986, von Conta quickly became established as an artist specializing in mixed media fine-art, and since 2001, she has been working in plein air pastels. She has exhibited at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Mo.; Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, Texas; and Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas, among other venues. Her one-person exhibitions include shows at Galeria de los Colorines, Mexico City, Mexico; Century Gallery, Santa Fe, in “Reflections in the Moment” and Leech Studio Gallery, Sarasota, Fla. Her plein air pastel paintings have been honored with numerous awards and included in many invitational group exhibitions. von Conta lives and paints in Santa Fe. ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONvon Conta’s newest exhibition features plein air pastels that she created in visually compelling and inspirational locations around New Mexico. These places bring her solace and often provide an expansive landscape for quiet examination. While she selects them for their visual appeal, the locations solicit more that an optical and cerebral reaction. She said she feels a sense of place that many experience in New Mexico – the warmth of its landscape, the history of the land, the recognition of the passing of time through the light and shadows, the evidence of the movements of the waters and winds – and manifests the feelings in vibrantly-colored paintings. She was led by her heart to New Mexico and her work captures this emotional connection to the grandeur of the vistas of the state. This exhibition features 16 recent plein air pastels by von Conta. For more information on the exhibition, contact Melanie McWhorter at 505.983.2567 or [email protected] ABOUT THE ARTIST A plein air pastel by Sally Hayden von Conta. Courtesy/Historic Santa Fe Foundation last_img read more

Wonga escapes criminal action over letters scandal

first_imgPolice will not bring any criminal charges against payday lender Wonga over the ‘fake firms’ scandal that has cost it millions of pounds.The company was ordered to pay £2.6m in compensation last summer to around 45,000 customers who had received letters apparently from law firms.Financial Conduct Authority investigators found letters were sent to customers under the names ‘Chainey, D’Amato & Shannon’ and ‘Barker and Lowe Legal Recoveries’. Neither firm existed.The matter was referred to the City of London Police, but its economic crime team today confirmed no further action will be taken.The police statement says: ‘The central allegations were that Wonga had deceived its customers by sending letters falsely purporting to be from lawyers with the aim of recovering outstanding debts from customers.‘After a thorough review of all the material gathered the City of London Police has concluded there is not sufficient evidence to progress a criminal investigation.’The issue came to light in 2012 when the Office of Fair Trading met with the City police force to consider an investigation into Wonga’s debt-collection practices. The decision taken at that time was the most appropriate course of action was for the OFT to continue its own investigation.In April 2014 the OFT closed and the FCA, which had taken on the regulatory responsibility regarding consumer credit, entered into discussions with Wonga and secured compensation for the customers affected.Once this matter was concluded the City of London Police agreed it was in the interests of the public to review further material that had been obtained both during the FCA discussions and after the original OFT referral in 2012 to assess whether a criminal investigation was now viable.By November, Wonga said 25,000 customers had been contacted, with the vast majority accepting the compensation offer.last_img read more

Johnson’s Praise For ‘Outstanding’ Paterson

first_imgThe summer signing has started City’s last three games, scoring in the home victories over QPR and Wolves before playing the killer ball at the end of a 31-pass move to assist Tammy Abraham’s goal at Blackburn Rovers.The renaissance of the 25-year-old comes after three months out of the starting line-up.“Pato has been in outstanding form in the last three games and it’s been a pleasure to watch him,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.“I said to him the other day the world is his oyster. If he plays like that, with his reaction to transition and his ability on the ball – and always getting into goalscoring positions – he could go all the way to the Premier League.“Something’s happened with him in the last six to eight weeks. He’s always been a technically good player, but he’s really had the bit between his teeth.“He actually got himself back in the team about four weeks before everyone saw him back in the team, but he got injured on the Friday.“He was devastated because he’d been working so hard. Through being as good as he was in training, you couldn’t turn a blind eye to him.“He’s a very, very good trainer when he’s at it. He was at it then and he’s at it at the moment.“I’ve been absolutely delighted with him over this period of not just two or three weeks, but eight to ten weeks when unfortunately he had that injury in the middle of it.”City could secure their Sky Bet Championship status when they host Barnsley at Ashton Gate tomorrow (3pm). Tickets are on general sale – call 0117 963 0600 or secure your seat online.last_img read more

CEO John Haddock leaves Betfred

first_img Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Share Industry news sources have reported that John Haddock has left as Chief Executive Officer of independent bookmaker Betfred.Haddock departs following thirty years’ service with the Manchester-based bookmaker, having served as CEO since August 2014  when he replaced Fred Done at the head of the company after years serving as managing director.As yet, Betfred governance has not disclosed any details regarding Haddock’s departure. However, industry news sources report that company governance felt a leadership change was needed in order to reverse corporate performance.The independent operator’s 2015 fiscal filing with UK Companies House (posted July 2016) reported operating losses of £76 million, as Betfred struggled with new UK gambling taxes, higher operational costs combined with lower betting margins.The Racing Post reports that Betfred founder and chairman Fred Done has taken over Haddock’s duties temporarily. Done commented on the departure of Haddock.“John Haddock has departed from the Betfred Group as CEO. I would like to thank John for his 30 years of loyal unblemished service and I wish him well for the future. For the time being I shall be assuming all of John’s duties.”A Betfred stalwart, Haddock’s thirty years’ service with the bookmaker had seen him take on numerous executive roles, being a key stakeholder in Betfred’s retail expansion taking the operators betting shop portfolio from 400 shops in 2014 to its present +1400 inventory. Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more

Homer Simpson inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

first_img Related FOX(NEW YORK) — The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, will feature a very familiar face during its Hall of Fame Classic Weekend on May 27: none other than Homer Jay Simpson.The Hall of Fame announced that to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the classic Simpsons episode “Homer at the Bat” — which had Mr. Burns staffing a company softball team with ringers including Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, José Canseco, Ken Griffey, Jr., Roger Clemens, Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith and Wade Boggs — Homer will be inducted into the hallowed hall.The episode not only ended with Homer winning the game with a run scored when he was drilled by a pitch, but it was chock-full of classic moments like Springfield’s Police Chief Wiggum arresting Sax for every unsolved crime in New York City, Bart and Lisa heckling Strawberry to tears, and Smith condemned to an eternity of falling through the wondrous Springfield Mystery Spot.It also featured Terry Cashman spoofing his own hit “Willie, Mickey, and the Duke (Talkin’ Baseball)” with the episode recapping “Talkin’ Softball.”The commemoration will feature the unveiling of memorabilia from the show, and a roundtable with Boggs and Smith, as well as the episode’s executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, and casting director Bonnie Pietila.“The Simpsons has left an impressive imprint on our culture as the longest-running American sitcom, and ‘Homer at the Bat’ remains as popular today as when the episode aired in 1992,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in a statement.“Baseball is recognized as our National Pastime due to its wide intersection with American culture over the last two centuries,” he added. “[And] The Simpsons is a perfect example of that connection to Americana.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more