Florida Legal News

Plaxico Burress Sued for Uninsured Rear Ender

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on December 23, 2008

FORT LAUDERDALE — The suspended New York Giants  wide receiver Plaxico Burress was sued last week in Florida’s Broward County Circuit Court for rear-ending a woman in May with his uninsured $140,000 Mercedes-Benz.

According to a document provided by the woman’s attorney, his car insurance had lapsed three days before the crash. A letter from Allstate says Burress neglected to pay his premiums.

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Detention lieutenant faces DUI charge

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on November 19, 2008

WINTER HAVEN – Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Polk County sheriff’s detention lieutenant on Tuesday and charged him with driving under the influence.

According to the affidavit, a Polk County sheriff’s sergeant on patrol observed a tan four-door Toyota weaving and hitting curbs, heading east on Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven around 1:20 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Ex-nurse gets house arrest for drug abuse, fraud

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on November 6, 2008

— A 50-year-old former nurse who was addicted to painkillers and falsified patient records to steal pills was sentenced to five years of house arrest for that and other crimes.

But Debra Archer Hauenstein of Golden Gate, who got hooked on drugs after an injury, may never finish her sentence: She’s in the terminal stages of breast cancer.

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Rep. Tim Mahoney’s wife files for divorce

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on October 23, 2008

PALM BEACH GARDENS – The wife of Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney filed for divorce Monday, a week after Mahoney admitted to “numerous” affairs. In divorce papers filed Monday by Stuart attorney Karen Steger in the North Palm Beach County Courthouse, Terry Mahoney says the couple’s marriage is “irretrievably broken.” The two married Dec. 31, 1984. Terry Mahoney also filed court documents stating her husband recently sold “jointly-owned real property,” moved the proceeds to an account in his name and “dissipated funds” from the account.

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A Daytona Beach man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to DUI manslaughter charges.

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on October 16, 2008

A Daytona Beach man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to DUI manslaughter charges.

Authorities said Brenton Black, 31, was driving a friend’s sport utility vehicle in June 2007 with a suspended license and a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit of .08. He collided with a pickup while driving through an intersection, and a woman who was riding in the truck died.

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Florida Courts Change Vocabulary of Custody Cases

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on October 1, 2008

TALLAHASSEE – Starting today, Florida courts will change the vocabulary of custody cases in an effort to change the outcome for the better.

The new divorce law is a war on words aimed at forcing a cease-fire in broken marriages where children are innocent casualties. Gone are the terms “custody,” “visitation” and “primary custodial parent” in how courts decide what’s best for children. In their stead are “parenting plan,” “time-sharing schedule” and noncontroversial labels for parents.

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Florida judge rules state ban on gay adoption unconstitutional

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on September 10, 2008

A Monroe Circuit Court judge has ruled Florida’s 31-year-old gay adoption ban unconstitutional in an order that allows an openly gay Key West foster parent to adopt a teenage boy he has raised since 2001.

Declaring the adoption to be in the boy’s “best interest”, circuit judge David J Audlin Jr, said the Florida law forbidding gays and lesbians from adopting children is contrary to the state constitution because it singles out a group for punishment.  Florida is one of only two states – including Mississippi – that forbid gay people from adopting children.

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E.S. Bankest receiver seeks $170M in damages from BDO

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on September 7, 2008

The receiver for E.S. Bankest is seeking a trial in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami on claims that BDO Seidman and two of its partners breached fiduciary duty in audits of the factoring company.

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Search For Missing Boater Turns From Rescue To Recovery

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on April 3, 2008

The search efforts for a man who disappeared after two boats collided on the St. Johns River switched from rescue to recovery after several hours on and in the water.

Authorities searched overnight for Tom Mosley after the recreational boat he was driving collided with another on the river late Sunday.A total of 12 people were aboard the two boats, four children in Mosley’s boat and three adults and four children in the other boat involved, when the two struck each other about 5:30 p.m. in the river near Colee Cove Road in St. Johns County.

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