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Judicial Ethics Findings Reversed

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Judicial Ethics Findings Reversed
A couple months back when Tampa Lawyer Beth Reineke was running to unseat Hillsborough Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Bergmann, the Hillsborough County Judicial Campaign Practices Committee found both had committed ethical violations on the campaign trail. Their alleged offenses? Bergmann had made the unverifiable claim that a majority of family law attorneys supported his candidacy, while Reineke said Bergmann was "just doing time" on the bench.
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Ethics , Politics , Judicial Branch , Hillsborough County | View Count: (1038)
Watchdog Group Accuses Judge Of Violating Ethics During Forum
A watchdog group claims a judge violated ethics rules when he talked about how many family law attorneys support him in the upcoming election. The Hillsborough County Judicial Campaign Practices Committee issued its opinion against Hillsborough Circuit Judge Charles Bergmann on Friday. The committee has no sanctioning power, but Chairman Tom Scarritt said it will pass its findings to the Florida Judicial Qualifications committee, which can bring charges with powerful sanctions. Ultimately, the ...
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Judicial Branch , Ethics , Politics , Hillsborough County | View Count: (1111)
Judicial Races, Already Pretty Clean, Get Another Shot Of Antiseptic
Compared to other political races, judicial elections are a crushing snooze. The candidates, having law degrees, are circumspect by nature, and a rigid code of conduct usually prevents even the wildest ones from saying much. Still, no election is without at least a whiff of controversy or display of dubious judgement. Enter the Hillsborough County Judicial Campaign Practices Committeeformed in April by the county bar in association with with the spur of Circuit Judge Kevin Carey.
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Judicial Policy , Politics , Ethics , Judicial Branch | View Count: (1761)
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Winning The War

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Winning The War
Tom Scarritt understands the consequence. His decision to accept a voluntary job as chairman of a newly formed watchdog group means he can no longer publicly support his favorite judicial candidates. That’s a sacrifice for this politically active Tampa lawyer who managed Hillsborough Circuit Judge Kevin Carey’s election campaign nearly two years ago and who has financially backed the bids of several other judicial candidates.
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Categories: Past Law Cases | Tags: Ethics , Judicial Policy , Politics , Judicial Branch , Hillsborough County | View Count: (1040)
FSU College of Law Mock Trial Team Presents Awards At Annual Banquet
The Mock Trial Team held its annual banquet April 4 at the Governor's Club in Tallahassee. Tampa trial attorney and FSU College of Law alumnus, Tom Scarritt, was the guest speaker. Scarritt discussed his law school experiences and the importance of alumni involvement for networking. "We have great alumni out there in the law field—don't be afraid to contact them and use them as you look toward finishing law school," he said. Scarritt then continued by entertaining guests with his best Professor...
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Categories: Articles | Tags: Awards , Community | View Count: (1159)
A jury found a doctor negligent and awarded a girl's family $11-million. But their fight continues to receive any money at all. It has been seven years since a doctor cut open Jessica Roud's brain. It's been five years since the little girl's father sued the surgeon who he said left her paralyzed and blind. It's been two years since the 11-year-old died.
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Categories: Articles | Tags: Lawsuit , Trial , Negligence | View Count: (1002)
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