first_imgBriefs THE FLORIDA BAR CITIZENS FORUM, an advisory group to the Bar that meets three times per year, participated in a law-related education workshop presented by Justice Fred Lewis and FLREA Executive Director Annette Pitts on February 16 in Tallahassee. The Citizens Forum had advised the Bar in August to support an initiative to create awareness of the public’s lack of knowledge of the principles of democracy and to revitalize civics courses in schools. A Florida Bar poll later revealed that only 59 percent of Florida adults could correctly identify the three branches of government. President Alan Bookman is conducting editorial board visits around the state to discuss the poll and the status of civic education. The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau is also making presentations to community groups about the initiative.Bar Diversity Symposium set for April “A Progress Report on Diversity in Florida’s Legal Profession” will be the theme of The Florida Bar’s Annual Diversity Symposium at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando on April 28. The event will highlight actions taken by the Bar to promote diversity in the areas of education, employment, the judiciary, and in Bar leadership opportunities. Veteran civil rights attorney Fred Gray will be the keynote speaker. The symposium is open to all Bar members and a reception will precede the event April 27 at Zinfandel’s Restaurant at the Orlando Marriott Downtown beginning at 6 p.m. There is no registration fee for the symposium, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required by April 14. Online registration is available at A block of rooms has been reserved at the Orlando Marriott Downtown – (407) 843-6664 – for April 27 only. To receive the rate of $119, reservations must be made by April 14. Registrants should notify the hotel of assistive devices required for hotel accommodations. For more information contact Maria S. Johnson, member outreach coordinator, at [email protected] or (850) 561-5648. “There is no compelling reason for us to be doing this now, because this [doctrine] has only been used twice, including the current instance, in the history of our court. So what is the compelling reason for doing this now, especially when it comes so close on the heels of the Bush v. Holmes decision?. . . It’s deceitful in the fact that the average person reading this would have no clue as to the significant impact that this would have on the court system throughout the state of Florida.” – Rep. Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee April 1, 2006 Regular News “The added language [from the amendment to the bill approved by the committee] has made it as clear as mud to me. I don’t know how I could strictly construe anything here because I don’t know how it provides me with any guidance. I don’t have enough clarity on what those words mean. When I get into litigation with a contract, I can tell you it’s not the words that are there that are the problem. It’s the words that are left out, and I think we’ve left a lot of words out.” – Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa “This is absolutely about vouchers. It seems to me every time the Supreme Court does something the legislature doesn’t like, we decide we’re going to retaliate. This is more than retaliation; this is something that you’re going to put into the constitution to make one branch more powerful than another branch. This is a naked power grab by the legislature.” – Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach “We have a proud tradition of checks and balances.. . . This is going to be a system where we remove the checks and we simply create an imbalance and it doesn’t make sense to me why we’re doing it.. . . We’re ranting and raving about the courts overstepping their bounds and we’re doing the exact same thing from this side.” – Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach center_img “We’re just asking the people how to interpret the constitution. It’s not retaliatory or offensive to ask the people how to interpret the constitution.” – Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala “How can anyone say that the directive that the legislature create a free, uniform system of public education somehow meets the standards of limiting the legislature from coming up with new, bold, and creative ideas?. . . What we are doing is righting the ship. We are turning things back the way they should have been in the Bush v. Holmes decision.” – Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs THE FRED G. MINNIS, SR., BAR Association recently held its Third Annual Scholarship Awards banquet at Stetson University School of Law. More than 250 guests, members of the judiciary, and Bar leaders — including Florida Bar President Alan Bookman, left, — were in attendance. The guest speaker was Ft. Pierce lawyer Linnes Finney, right, president–elect of the National Bar Association, who expressed concerns over the declining numbers of black college and law school students and the need to increase the number of students applying to law school. The association’s diversity awards were presented to Pinellas Pasco Public Defender Bob Dillinger and Ruden McClosky. Scholarships were presented to Stetson students Royce Bluitt, Patice LaDell Holland, and Bridgette Sanders. Additional scholarships were given to high school students for their academic achievement and civic involvement, including Shauntiel Bennett, Sakira Hadley, and Sherman Willard Jones III. Jeannine S. Williams received the President’s Award for outstanding service to the organization. The Fred G. Minnis Bar is named for the first black lawyer to have a full-time practice in St. Petersburg. B riefs What They Said.. . “As I listen to you and read this, it appears to me your intent is not to attack the Supreme Court or undo the Bush v. Holmes case, but merely have a policy statement restoring the balance among the three branches of government.” – Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral last_img read more

Mahathir strengthens hand amid Malaysian political turmoil

first_img“He has total freedom to decide as he pleases,” said Ibrahim Suffian, director of pollster Merdeka.In one of his first acts as interim leader, Mahathir disbanded his entire cabinet late on Monday, opening up political negotiations to form another government.An official from Mahathir’s Bersatu party, which is trying to put together one alliance, said a group of senior members met with Mahathir on Tuesday.The Democratic Action Party (DAP), part of a rival pact, also said it wanted Mahathir to continue in office. Interviews with the KingUnder Malaysia’s constitution, any lawmaker who can command a majority in parliament can stake a claim to form a government, which must then be approved by the king.The palace said the king would hold individual interviews with all 222 elected members of the lower house of parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday, to assess who was likely to succeed.”For Malaysians, the trauma of uncertainty is hard to overstate,” the pro-establishment New Straits Times newspaper wrote in an editorial.The political crisis comes at a particularly bad time for the Malaysian economy, after growth fell to a decade low in the final quarter of last year. Mahathir had been scheduled to announce a stimulus package to deal with the coronavirus outbreak on Thursday.Malaysia’s stock market recovered slightly on Tuesday after falling to an eight-year low on Monday while the currency also rose after hitting a near six-month low.Mahathir and Anwar formed the Pakatan Harapan coalition to defeat the UMNO party and its Barisan Nasional alliance in 2018. Anwar was Mahathir’s deputy prime minister when he was arrested and jailed in the late 1990s for sodomy and corruption, charges that Anwar and his supporters maintain were aimed at ending his political career. “He is the person most likely to be the next prime minister,” said DAP parliamentarian Ong Kian Ming.Whatever the outcome of coalition talks, it will mark yet another realignment of politics just two years after Mahathir made a stunning political comeback to topple former leader Najib Razak and bring down the party that had ruled for six decades – and which he had once led.Mahathir, a former doctor, is credited with transforming Malaysia into an industrial nation from a rural farming backwater when he previously served as prime minister from 1981 to his retirement 2003. Topics :center_img Rival political factions competed to win favor with Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday after he plunged Malaysia into political turmoil by resigning as prime minister, reinforcing the likelihood his shock move will strengthen his power.Mahathir, who at 94 is the world’s oldest government leader, stepped down on Monday but was immediately named as interim prime minister by Malaysia’s king – a role that carries all the authority of a permanent leader.The move effectively broke apart an increasingly fragile and unpopular coalition Mahathir had formed with old rival Anwar Ibrahim, 72, to win government on an anti-corruption platform in 2018. It also potentially freed Mahathir from a pre-election promise to hand over the reins to Anwar before his term ends in 2023. “Just another day in the office,” Mahathir said in a post on his official Twitter account that was accompanied by a series of photos of him reading through paperwork at the prime ministerial desk.last_img read more


first_imgThe State has agreed to orders that it will pay most of the substantial legal costs of the unsuccessful challenge by Donegal woman Marie Fleming to Ireland’s laws on assisted suicide.Marie Fleming and husband TomThe 59-year-old, who was originally from Lifford, died last month after losing her landmark right-to-die case. The Supreme Court agreed to an application by Ms Fleming’s lawyers not to formally draw up the costs order until her estate has been constituted.RTE reports that the court agreed to affirm an order made by the High Court awarding Ms Fleming costs against the State of the High Court hearing.It also awarded Ms Fleming half of the costs of her Supreme Court appeal.Ms Fleming was in the final stages of Multiple Sclerosis when she began her court action seeking to be assisted in having a peaceful and dignified death at a time of her choice without the risk of prosecution for anyone who helped her.Last April, the seven-judge Supreme Court ruled the right to life under the Constitution “does not import a right to die” in what it described as this “very tragic case”.STATE AGREES TO PAY MOST OF LATE MARIE FLEMING’S COURT CASE COSTS was last modified: January 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:court caseLiffordMARIE FLEMINGlast_img read more