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Bar investigates First DCA JNC actions

first_imgBar investigates First DCA JNC actions Florida Bar President Herman Russomanno has appointed a three-member panel to investigate a complaint filed against a member of the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. After action at the Bar Board of Governors October 13 meeting, the interim chair for the First DCA Judicial Nominating Commission found a complaint, filed by the Jacksonville Justice Coalition, legally sufficient and forwarded it to the Bar Named as chair of the committee was former Supreme Court Justice and former Chief Judge of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Joseph Hatchett. He will be joined on the panel by former Bar President John W. Frost II and Ava Doppelt, a former president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Mark E. Kaplan, a Tallahassee attorney, was selected by the commission as the interim chair to review the complaint after Chair Cristina Martinez and Vice Chair Larry Sellers recused themselves because of conflicts. After determining legal sufficiency, Kaplan had the option to recommend the JNC investigate, the JNC and the Bar jointly investigate, or the Bar investigate by itself. He recommended the latter. The Bar, under JNC procedural rules, could be involved in the investigation because it appointed the member — Jacksonville attorney Elizabeth White — whose conduct was questioned. The committee members will report their findings and recommendations to the board or to the Executive Committee. The issue stems from the commission’s interview of candidates in September for two vacancies on the First DCA. Applicant Scott D. Makar was asked by White about details of his divorce. Makar wrote a letter afterwards complaining about the questions and saying the unproven allegations raised were answered in the divorce court file, but that information was not presented to commission members. White has disputed whether the additional information answered all the questions. Makar did not seek an investigation, but his complaints prompted Ted M. Hires, Sr., president of the Justice Coalition, to request the inquiry under Section IX of the Uniform Rules of Procedure of Judicial Nominating Commissions. Under the JNC rules, the finding of sufficiency does not mean there was any improper action. The rule provides that “a complaint is sufficient if the chair determines that it contains allegations which if proven would be a violation of these rules or reflect discredit on the judicial selection process.” Despite the controversy surrounding the First DCA JNC, Russomanno told the board the JNC process does an outstanding job of selecting judicial nominees. “The judicial nominating commissions in this state do a wonderful job and The Florida Bar is proud of what it does in this process,” he said. He added the JNC Institute sponsored by the Bar does a good job of training the JNC members who attend. “I just wanted the board to know we believe so strongly in this process,” Russomanno concluded. “We will look into this incident, and we believe a recommendation will be made.” Bar investigates First DCA JNC actions November 1, 2000 Regular Newslast_img read more


Gold Coast family secures dream home in snappy deal

first_img Clean lines in the designer kitchen.The property has continued to attract plenty of local and interstate interest post-sale, with 20 groups coming through the open home last Saturday.“They were all pretty disappointed that it’s under contract,” Ms Henley-Smith said. “It’s a very unique design.” The unique design made a strong first impression at 20 Park Avenue, Broadbeach Waters.The offer, which was just below the asking price of $2.195 million, was accepted — before any other potential buyers even had a chance to pick up the phone. Gold Coast’s top 3 relocation hot spots An outdoor area at 20 Park Avenue, Broadbeach Waters.Ms Henley-Smith said the buyers were instantly impressed by the unique design of the home and the land size, which measures 771sq m.“The home is still on the newish side and it’s on a big block with room for all the kids,” she said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMORE NEWS: Versace-inspired mansion for salecenter_img The stunning home sold within hours.When you know, you know as they say, and that was certainly the case for one Gold Coast family who secured their dream home hours after the property was put to market. The Miami family was the first to inspect the designer home at 20 Park Ave, Broadbeach Waters and made an offer of $2.1 million hours later. A striking entrance area.“They were the first buyers who came through before the property really had the chance to even hit the internet,” said agent Brooke Henley-Smith of John Reid Real Estate Broadbeach Waters, who handled the sale.“By the time the sellers came in that afternoon and everything was signed off, it wasn’t even 24 hours. It was a done deal.”last_img read more