By Dialogo June 29, 2009 United Nations, 26 June (EFE).- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out in favor of tougher laws to put an end to the cultivation, production, and trafficking of illicit drugs, as well as an increase in aid to the developing countries most vulnerable to this problem. Ban delivered this message as part of the celebration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, at the same time that he pointed out that this year marks the centenary of the first meetings intended to put an end to this problem, those of the Opium Commission in Shanghai (China), at a time when drug abuse and trafficking were at epidemic levels in the Asian country. The U.N. head indicated that “drug abuse can be prevented, treated, and controlled,” at the same time that he asked the multilateral organization’s member states to incorporate drug treatment into their public health programs. He also urged the full implementation of the U.N. conventions against transnational organized crime and against corruption, since they are instruments that can help to prevent and control crimes related to drug trafficking, something that “is posing a serious security threat in many parts of the world.” Ban also referred to the fact that increased aid to the countries most vulnerable to drug trafficking, including the strengthening of their laws, will help them to improve stability and achieve the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDG). At the beginning of the week, the director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Antonio María Costa, presented the institution’s World Drug Report in Washington and indicated in this regard that international efforts against the production and trafficking of illegal drugs “are paying off.” He added that the global market for cocaine, 50 billion dollars in size, “is undergoing seismic shifts,” since “purity levels and seizures (in main consumer countries) are down, prices are up, and consumption patterns are in flux.” Costa indicated that this helps to explain the “gruesome upsurge” of violence in countries like Mexico, while in Central America the cartels “are fighting for a shrinking market.” He also highlighted the fact that in Colombia, which produces half of the world’s cocaine, cultivation (of coca leaf) decreased 18 percent, and production (of the drug) fell a dramatic 28 percent since 2007.
By Dialogo October 25, 2011 Peru and Guatemala agreed to exchange information about the anti-drug fight and drug trafficking in the region, Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Menocal announced on October 22, in Lima. “We have achieved significant progress with Peru on security. We agreed to engage in a fluid exchange of information and experiences in the fight against drug trafficking,” Menocal told Peruvian state news agency Andina. During the week, the Guatemalan minister visited Peruvian Interior minister Óscar Valdés, the Justice minister Francisco Eguiguren, and anti-drug czar Ricardo Soberón. “A fundamental thing on which we ministers agree, both Guatemalans and Peruvians, is that the issue of drug trafficking should not be viewed from one country’s perspective, but rather has to be viewed as a regional phenomenon,” Menocal stressed. The Guatemalan Interior minister announced that he had invited Peru to be part of the Security Commission of the Central American Integration System, in order to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in the region. He also noted that his country is interested in working with Peru immediately, since both nations have common challenges in the area of the fight against organized crime. Guatemala is a transit country for illicit drug trafficking and faces a problem of violence and insecurity due to the growing presence of gangs recruited by Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas. Peru, for its part, is one of the world’s leading producers of cocaine and coca, and Mexican cartels are disputing control of the drug trade with local gangs.
By Dialogo November 28, 2012 Marinos estadounidenses participan en una clasificaciÃ³n de armas ligeras a bordo de la fragata USS Underwood, en el mar Caribe, el 10 de octubre. La nave fue enviada a AmÃ©rica del Sur, AmÃ©rica Central y el Caribe para apoyar la OperaciÃ³n Martillo y Mar del Sur 2012. La OperaciÃ³n Martillo es un esfuerzo conjunto, entre organismos y multinacional de colaboraciÃ³n para impedir el acceso aÃ©reo y marÃtimo a organizaciones criminales transnacionales a las regiones litorales del istmo centroamericano. (CortesÃa Stuart Phillips, especialista en ComunicaciÃ³n Masiva de Segunda Clase de la Marina de Estados Unidos) Un helicÃ³ptero ligero antisubmarino Seahawk de la Armada estadounidense asignado al EscuadrÃ³n Antisubmarino 48 despega de la cubierta de vuelo de la fragata USS Underwood, en el Mar Caribe, el 22 de octubre. La nave fue enviada a AmÃ©rica del Sur, AmÃ©rica Central y el Caribe para apoyar la OperaciÃ³n Martillo y Mar del Sur 2012. La OperaciÃ³n Martillo es una misiÃ³n internacional que reÃºne a paÃses del Hemisferio Occidental y de Europa en un esfuerzo por limitar las rutas de trÃ¡fico ilÃcito en ambas costas del istmo centroamericano. (CortesÃa Frank J. Pikul, especialista en ComunicaciÃ³n Masiva de Tercera Clase de la Marina de Estados Unidos) Michael Bates, jefe maestro del Comando de la Armada estadounidense, asignado a la fragata de misiles guiados USS Underwood, dirige a los marinos del Underwood y a los guardacostas, asignados al Destacamento del Orden PÃºblico 107, mientras se trasladan en una lancha para recuperar 49 paquetes de narcÃ³ticos arrojados al mar por una lancha rÃ¡pida el 3 de agosto, como parte de la OperaciÃ³n Martillo. (CortesÃa Frank J. Pikul, especialista en ComunicaciÃ³n Masiva de Tercera Clase de la Marina de Estados Unidos) Paquetes de narcÃ³ticos avaluados en mÃ¡s de US$93 millones son custodiados en la fragata USS Nicholas en Mayport, Florida, el 17 de julio. MÃ¡s de cuatro toneladas de cocaÃna y 122,47 kilogramos de marihuana fueron confiscados durante los 175 dÃas de despliegue del buque como apoyo a la OperaciÃ³n Martillo, una misiÃ³n internacional que reÃºne a paÃses del Hemisferio Occidental y paÃses europeos en un esfuerzo por limitar rutas de trÃ¡fico ilÃcito en ambas costas del istmo centroamericano. (CortesÃa capitÃ¡n de Corbeta de la Armada Estadounidense Corey Barker)
MS-13 was the focus during Operation Avalanche’s first phase because of the gang’s involvement in several violent criminal enterprises, which include extorting local businesses and transportation workers, such as taxi and bus drivers. The extortions rob hundreds of thousands of lempiras from hard-working people. MS-13, which is also being targeted along with members of the Barrio 18 gang, also partners with international narco-trafficking groups. For example, MS-13 members help transport cocaine north to Mexico and the United States. They also own businesses that launder illicit drug money, law enforcement investigations have shown. Romero is not the first municipal authority suspected of working with a criminal group. In October, police detained the town leader of the municipality of Sulaco, in Yoro department, who allegedly led a violent criminal group. In June, FUSINA captured Ramón Sarmiento, who was then the municipal head of Juticalpa, capital of Olancho department, for his alleged involvement in the illegal possession of weapons and ammunition. On March 9th, law enforcement authorities captured a town leader, Jairón Chinchilla, in a house in San Fernando, Ocotepeque department. Authorities suspect he led a band of hitmen by the name of “Los Carrillos.” It is very important how in recent years the U.S. has been supporting with personnel and donations, such as the Cesna 201 airplane, to be able to fight these criminal groups. We have to watch over the heavens of America and Latin American. From the air with eagle eyes. Which is the symbol God left to have as a model of courage and beauty.In difficult times let us take the eagle as a role model he is always above the storms and from there visualize all the surrounding area. It is very important to report on how corrupt some authorities become, when money comes easily. With no regard for the consequences We have to keep watch over the Latin American and American skiesâ€¦from the air with eagle eyes. Which is the symbol left by God to have as an example of courage and beauty. The joint forces conducted simultaneous raids in the nation’s capital of Tegucigalpa and in its neighboring towns of Talanga and Valle de Ángeles, as well as in San Pedro Sula and Villanueva in the northern department of Cortés. Authorities seized about $9 million — roughly 200 million lempiras — during Operation Avalanche’s initial phase, according to Ricardo Castro, head of the ATIC. By Dialogo March 15, 2016 “They are a complex criminal organization with abundant resources that permit them to invest in several industries,” explained Military Justice Lieutenant Colonel Santos Nolasco, a FUSINA spokesman. “They owned a chemical laboratory in which we found drug-making precursors, so it is evident that they were expanding the scope of their operations.” Continuing operation In addition to the arrests, law enforcement authorities and service members seized assets allegedly owned by the MS-13, including several homes; an apartment building; a commercial center; a medical clinic; a transportation company; a car junkyard; and a barber shop. At some of the properties, authorities seized two dozen police uniforms, about 20 firearms, including handguns and rifles, and bullet-proof vests. A few days later, authorities seized a soccer sports center they suspect was operated by gang members. Smith made his remarks in April 2015, when U.S. authorities designated three of the gang’s alleged high-ranking leaders – Salvadorans José Luís Mendoza Figueroa, Eduardo Erazo Nolasco, and Élmer Canales Rivera – for their suspected involvement in transnational criminal organizations. The sanctions freeze their assets in the United States and generally prohibit all U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with them. MS-13 began as a street gang and has evolved into a highly-sophisticated criminal organization. “Even college students are members of this gang, as we have seen,” Lt. Col. Nolasco stated. “The gang has permeated different areas and is operating with the involvement of people you would not expect.” “These structures are very complex and we haven’t even touched a tenth of what they are,” Pacheco stated. “This is a gang with a nationwide presence. (Operation) Avalanche took place in San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, and in surrounding areas , but there are other cities we will cover.” Rooting out corruption Honduran security forces captured 15 alleged members or associates of the violent gang known as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) on February 23rd as part of the first of three phases of Operation Avalanche, a mission led by the elite National Inter-Agency Security Force (FUSINA) to dismantle violent street gangs with a particular focus on MS-13. Seven hundred members of the Armed Forces, including FUSINA, the Military Police, the National Police, the Technical Agency of Criminal Investigation (ATIC for its Spanish acronym), and the Anti-Drug Trafficking Office participated in the sweep. Law enforcement authorities in the United States, an important partner nation, agree that MS-13 is an international threat. “MS-13 ranks among the most dangerous and rapidly expanding criminal gangs worldwide, and poses a direct threat to communities across the United States and throughout Central America,” said John E. Smith, Acting Director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. International threat Two former authorities from the municipality of Talanga, in Francisco Morazán department, were among the suspects arrested on February 23rd: Jorge Neftaly Romero, the former municipal government leader, and Álvaro Ernesto García Calderon, former police commissioner. Honduran authorities had removed García Calderón from his post after he had failed a series of tests as part of the depuration process, which is used to root out officials suspected of corruption. “This is a big psychological blow [against MS-13] – they were not expecting such a forceful response from the state,” Honduran Security Minister Julián Pacheco told the Honduran newspaper El Heraldo. “We have hit the leadership structures, the heads of this mafia. The operation will continue through 2016 and 2017 until we are done with it.”
By Ricardo Guanipa D’erizans / Diálogo April 03, 2020 The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), a United Nations (U.N.) body, confirmed in its latest annual report the existence of the so-called Cartel of the Suns, a criminal narcotrafficking network led by Venezuela’s top military officials with the regime’s support.It is the first time that the INCB has presented evidence of the influence of the narcotrafficking mafia, led by members of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB, in Spanish) and senior government officials.“There are indications that in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela the criminal groups have succeeded in infiltrating the government security forces, forming an informal network known as the ‘Cartel of the Suns’ to facilitate the passage of illicit drugs into and out the country,” the INCB said in its 2019 report, published on February 27, 2020.According to the INCB, the Venezuelan cartel was able to ship large amounts of illicit drugs from Colombia to the United States and Europe in recent years. The report added that aircraft loaded with cocaine leave Venezuela, stopping in Guatemala and Honduras on their way north.Although the Cartel of the Suns and the participation of FANB’s high command had been mentioned since the 1990s when Hugo Chávez came into power, the intergovernmental body’s acknowledgement of the cartel’s existence carries a certain weight.“There’s an antecedent to this report. Five years ago, the INCB issued a report saying that 60 percent of the cocaine shipped to Europe and the United States passed through Venezuela, without mentioning the perpetrators,” Diego Arria, a Venezuelan diplomat and former president of the U.N. Security Council, told Diálogo. “The fact that the U.N. said in this report that it’s the Armed Forces of Venezuela, a member of the United Nations, is something we cannot take lightly.”The U.S. government has reported for years on the criminal activities of service members who are believed to be part of the Cartel of the Suns, named after the sun-shaped insignias that Venezuelan generals wear on their shoulders.For example, in 2008, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned generals Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios, former head of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGIM, in Spanish), and Henry de Jesús Rangel Silva, former director of the institution that preceded the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN, in Spanish), on narcotrafficking charges. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted Néstor Luis Reverol Torres, current minister of Interior, Justice, and Peace and former commander of the Bolivarian National Guard, of taking part in an international conspiracy to distribute cocaine.Members of the regime were also identified. In 2018, the Department of the Treasury sanctioned Diosdado Cabello, second-in-command in the Chavista regime, for leveraging his “political position to engage in narcotrafficking, money laundering, state fraud, and other corrupt activities.” In 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) added Tarek el Aissami, former vice president of Venezuela, to its most wanted list for international narcotrafficking and money laundering.“When Hugo Chávez becomes president of Venezuela, he sees the FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] with a leftist political ideology based on communist Cuba, and he lets them in with large amounts of cocaine they can traffic through Venezuela, in partnership with high-ranking officials, military, and politicians, who are the ones approving it,” Jim Shedd, a retired agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who carried out parts of his duties in Colombia, told Diálogo. “They let [the drugs] go through Venezuela using planes and ships to transport cocaine bound for Europe and the United States.”According to research organization InSight Crime, specialized in security threats in Latin America and the Caribbean, Aruba — which is 12 miles from Venezuela — has also become an important point of transit for narcotrafficking. For example, on February 25, Aruban security forces seized more than a ton of cocaine from a ship with a Cameroonian flag, which was coming from Venezuela and destined for Greece. In October 2019, a tugboat flying the Samoan flag owned by a Venezuelan company was intercepted in Aruban waters with more than 2 tons of cocaine on board. The authorities also arrested its five Venezuelan crew members.“Not all Venezuelan service members are narcotraffickers, but the leadership is where you find the heads of the Cartel of the Suns,” said Arria.
September 15, 2001 Regular News NAPIL fellows come to the aid of the less fortunate NAPIL fellows come to the aid of the less fortunate Two women are working hard to help those less fortunate, thanks to a partnership between the National Association for Public Interest Law and The Florida Bar. In November 2000, 10 new lawyers embarked on year-long fellowships with community-based, nonprofit organizations throughout the state, with half of the funding provided by NAPIL. The Florida Bar, the Bar Foundation, and Greenberg Traurig (with help from Lowndes, Drosnick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, the Quantom Foundation, and other individual contributors), formed a partnership to provide matching funds — all totaling $880,000. Through its contributions last year, the Bar helped send Barbara Stallings, a 1999 graduate of Stetson University College of Law, and Laverne Largie, a 2000 graduate of Nova Southeastern University law school, to work at legal services programs in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, respectively. “I have visited with both of them and I’m really impressed with the results they’ve obtained in their projects,” said Paul Doyle, director of Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Programs at The Florida Bar Foundation. “They’re both highly motivated, intelligent, and promising lawyers. They really attacked their projects with a lot of vigor and insight. I think both of them are providing significant benefit not only to their clients, but also to their profession.” Stallings and Largie released their six-month reports recently, chronicling the halfway point in their fellowships. “I have grown personally and professionally,” Stallings said of her work with Bay Area Legal Services’ Relative Caregiver Advocacy Program. She estimates she has directly assisted 26 individual clients and their families, trained almost 150 people at seven separate events, and reached over 4,500 people in the community through educational materials she produced. “I think it’s remarkable what she’s doing, helping to place children with caring family members instead of in foster homes,” Doyle said. Despite her success, Stallings isn’t satisfied. . . yet. “Although I am very pleased with this accomplishment,” she said, “I would like to increase the number of clients that I am able to provide direct services.” And she’s already taken steps to do just that. Largie also has tasted success, through her work with the Broward Employment and Training Administration project of Legal Aid Services of Broward County — a welfare-to-work program that helps low-income residents get education and jobs to boost their standard of living. “The past six months have been a great, rewarding, learning, and growth experience for me,” she said. “My project has had a great impact on the surrounding community.” Doyle agreed Largie’s project is “a really critical project in terms of helping to make welfare reform work. She’s had a lot of success in making sure it works for the people involved.” Largie was able to provide direct non-litigation services (consultation, intake, and referrals) to more than 100 members of the community she serves. She reached an additional 284 people through community education and training, and more than 1,000 people have received educational materials she has produced. “I have learned to overcome obstacles, to fight for what I believe is just, and to never give up when it looks hopeless,” Largie said. “Professionally, I’ve learned a lot about public interest law, constitutional law, and have had experience filing suits against several agencies.” The women were asked to convey in their reports their most gratifying experiences as fellows. During the initial months of her fellowship, Stallings received a referral from the Bay Area Legal Volunteers Program involving nine children orphaned by their biological parents. The parents had died as a result of AIDS, and seven of the nine children were separated following the death of their parents. Stallings helped the children’s aunt and uncle, who opted to become the children’s primary caregivers, receive social and economic benefits needed to care for the children — two of whom are HIV-infected. “These experiences have enhanced my legal skills and my knowledge base regarding community resources,” she said. “As such, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous organizations and individuals and enhance my knowledge of relative caregiver issues, and to ensure my clients receive the support services that they desperately need and deserve.” Largie filed a suit on behalf of a single parent of four children who was denied education and training. The client was denied services because he had already obtained a bachelor’s degree, which Largie argued was a lack of due process. The organization had previously provided training to other degree-holders. A settlement agreement was reached as a result of Largie’s advocacy, and the client was awarded a training stipend and other support services to help him get through school. More importantly, according to Largie, due process procedures are being established for Broward County residents who encounter similar problems. “I have grown to truly love what I am doing,” she said. “I feel like I’m doing good work on behalf of my community and others.. . . I think that I’ve grown the most in my realization of client difficulties. I have been able to realize that it is extremely hard sometimes for my clients to be able to focus on an education when they have to also worry about things like food, domestic violence, evictions, clothing needs, and drug and alcohol abuse problems.”
Board approves new procedures for ethics opinions Senior Editor New procedures for handling ethics and advertising opinions have been given final approval by the Bar Board of Governors.The board also, at its recent Jacksonville meeting, asked the Professional Ethics Committee to prepare opinions on two issues, heard an ethics appeal, and acted on eight advertising appeals.The changes to The Florida Bar Procedures for Ruling on Questions of Ethics and The Florida Bar Procedures for issuing Advisory Opinions Relating to Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation have been extensively discussed at past meetings and were approved on the board’s consent agenda. The changes clarify that the board has the authority to issue its own opinions without going through the PEC. Board members have said they expect that authority to be rarely, if ever, used.Changes were made to the advertising rules to mirror procedures for ethics opinions and appeals.On the requested opinions, the PEC had asked the board to authorize it to prepare opinions in two areas. The PEC had been reviewing these questions prior to the change in procedure which requires the PEC to ask the board for authorization. One deals with a lawyer’s obligation to third parties who make claims on funds held in trust by the lawyer. The second deals with lawyer’s ethical obligations when approached by a represented client seeking a second opinion.A third issue was raised by a lawyer appealing a PEC action to the board. The lawyer asked about requiring indemnity from the client before releasing escrow monies from the lawyer’s trust account. The lawyer sued the client under the indemnity agreement and asked the PEC for advice when the client claimed the agreement was unethical.The PEC ruled that it couldn’t answer since the inquiry involved a past action rather than a prospective one, as required by Bar rules. The Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics recommended the board ratify that decision, but that the board also request an advisory opinion from the PEC on the issue posed by the inquiry as a subject of interest to a large number of Bar members.The board approved the BRCPE recommendation.The May meeting marked the first time the governors used a new advertising appeal procedure where ad appeals go to the board consent agenda as affirming SCA decisions. The board then automatically approves those unless either the BRCPE or any single board member requests it be discussed first.The board discussed two of the eight advertising appeals; the rest were automatically approved in the consent agenda.On one of the advertising cases, the board upheld the BRCPE action in saying a lawyer could use an image of the American flag in the background of Yellow Pages ad. The Standing Committee on Advertising had said that was not allowed because it was not objectively related to the need of potential clients for legal services.Board member Steve Chaykin said he was concerned about the exploitation of the flag and whether the Bar would be able to prohibit lawyers using the flags of other countries. But board member David Welch said the board had allowed flags in other types of ads and it should be allowed in this ad.In the second appeal, Chair Richard Tanner said the BRCPE voted that a lawyer could not use the Bar-approved logo for trial lawyer certification in a TV ad because it violated the rule which says a lawyer may not show any visual image other than the lawyer in front of a single solid color, a set of plain law books, or the lawyer’s own office. The rule on TV ads allows “safe harbor” information listed in another rule, which includes the board certification logo.In response to a question, Tanner said proposed rule changes would allow the image next year, but he said the committee felt it had to uphold the current rule. The BRCPE based its decision on statutory construction principles that a more specific provision controls a general provision in a rule. But board members, who voted to reverse the BRCPE action, said other rules encourage use of the logo and the board had the authority to interpret which portion of the rule controlled.Jacksonville attorney Jake Schickel, representing the Board of Legal Specialization and Education, agreed.“Commentary to the rule adopted in 1999 indicated the purposes of the rule were to prevent abuses and incorrect public assumptions,” he said. “We do not believe the intent of the rule is to preclude the use of the certification logo, which was approved by this board.”“It’s relatively hypocritical on our part to prevent this person from placing this certification logo in a television ad when we allow it in every other type of advertising under the rules,” board member Andrew Needle said. “All it requires is an interpretation that one part of the rule controls over another.”On other advertising appeals, the board upheld the Standing Committee on Advertising in finding that:• An unjustified expectation could be created in ads by using the language, “Trusted by Thousands,” “If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence turn to people you know and trust” and “We’ve worked as a team for over 25 years to help families pay medical bills, rebuild their lives and gain a sense of peace.”• An ad touting a law firm as pioneer in community association law, being known as the “condominium law firm,” and being recognized as a leader in that area of law was an improper characterization of the quality of services.• A Web site of a local bar’s real estate section must comply with the advertising rules because it contains contact information for the attorneys.• A direct mail solicitation from a criminal defense lawyer created unjustified expectations or made misleading statements with several claims, including that sealing a criminal record would prevent it from ever being disclosed, the attorney could persuade prosecutors not to file charges, the attorney could help the client avoid charges, and similar assertions.• An unjustified expectation was created by using the language, “This office can help clients comply with Medicaid eligibility requirements while preserving assets to the full extent under the law.” July 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board approves new procedures for ethics opinions
In Memoriam John T. Allen, Jr., Gulfport Admitted 1961; Died December 6, 2004 Karen Bauer, Mamaroneck, NY Admitted 1981; Died July 28, 2003 Gordon A. Duncan, Jr., Jacksonville Admitted 1949; Died November 27, 2004 Tamara Lowe Dworsky, Scottsdale, AZ Admitted 1979; Died November 23, 2004 Milton Feller, Miami Beach Admitted 1939; Died November 29, 2004 Stanley E. Israel, Hollywood Admitted 1969; Died August 19, 2004 Thomas Harvey Johnson, Tequesta Admitted 1953; Died December 7, 2004 Gregory Dennis Lerch, Longwood Admitted 1992; Died November 9, 2004 John F. Loverro, East Hampton, NY Admitted 1974; Died June 12, 2004 Dennis Charles McDevitt, Boca Raton Admitted 1994; Died October 25, 2004 Niki L. Martin, Placitas, NM Admitted 1987; Died September 11, 2004 Jon Alex Merkle, Hallandale Admitted 1999; Died September 20, 2004 Anthony V. Pace, Jr., Boynton Beach Admitted 1965; Died July 2, 2003 Jack W. Pierce, Tallahassee Admitted 1949; Died September 10, 2004 Bernard C. Pestcoe, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1964; Died October 24, 2004 Jeffery Philip Raffle, Coral Gables Admitted 1970; Died December 22, 2004 Norbert Herman Rascher, Longwood Admitted 1993; Died September 7, 2001 Gerald Arthur Schneider, Jacksonville Admitted 1970; Died December 1, 2003 Clarine F. Smissman, Orlando Admitted 1980; Died September 3, 2004 Richard Edward Scherling, Jr., Milton Admitted 1974; Died November 5, 2004 Robert B. Wallace, Hollywood Admitted 1956; Died October 4, 2003 In Memoriam April 15, 2005 In Memoriam
41 contested judicial races on the ballot Gary Blankenship Senior Editor and Theresa E. Davis Assistant Editor Three Supreme Court justices and 17 district court of appeal judges have filed for merit retention in the fall statewide judicial elections.In addition, there are 17 contested circuit judge races around the state, while 134 circuit judgeships were decided without an election. Most of those involved incumbents who filed for reelection and drew no opponents. There also are 24 contested county court races after the June 12 filing deadline, while 93 county judges — again, mostly incumbents — were elected or reelected without opposition.(Circuit court information came from the Secretary of State’s office. County judge race information came from the Supreme Court and a Web site and e-mail survey of county supervisors of elections offices.)Elections for contested trial court seats will be on the September 5 primary ballot, and any runoffs will be decided in the November 7 general election. The merit retention elections for the appellate bench will be on the November ballot.There will almost certainly be more contested trial court races this fall. The legislature approved 55 new judgeships this year; 35 circuit judgeships and 20 on the county bench. All will be elected and qualifying for those races is July 17-21. Traditionally, such open seats are more likely to draw contested elections than seats occupied by incumbents.It’s also the largest number of new judgeships created and filled by election since at least 1973, when the court system was overhuled.Here’s a list of those who will appear on the November merit retention ballot: • Supreme Court – Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente, Chief Justice-elect R. Fred Lewis, and Justice Peggy A. Quince.• First District Court of Appeal – Judges Edwin B. Browning, Jr., Bradford L. Thomas, and Peter D. Webster.• Second District Court of Appeal – Judges Darryl C. Casanueva, Charles A. Davis, Edward LaRose, E.J. Salcines, and Thomas E. Stringer, Sr.• Third District Court of Appeal – Judges Angel A. Cortinas, Leslie B. Rothenberg, and Richard J. Suarez.• Fourth District Court of Appeal – Judges Bobby W. Gunther, Fred A. Hazouri, Larry A. Klein, Barry J. Stone, and Carole Y. Taylor.• Fifth District Court of Appeal – Judge Emerson R. Thompson, Jr.Contested Circuit Races Here’s a list of contested circuit court races: • First Circuit – Group 15, Terry Ketchel, Dixie Dan Powell, Mike Schofield, and Michael T. Webster.• Fifth Circuit – Group 7, Michelle T. Morley and Scott Wynn.• Sixth Circuit – Group 9, Mary Handsel, Christine “Chris” Helinger, and Glenn Martin; Group 32, LeAnne Lake, Mark Schleben, and Pat Siracusa.• Eighth Circuit – Group 4, Stan Griffis, Stephen Pennypacker, and Lorraine H. Sherman.• Ninth Circuit – Group 5, Jenifer Davis, Mary Ann Etzler, and John Gray.• 11th Circuit – Group 25, Dennis J. Murphy and Josie Perez Velis; Group 65 Israel U. Reyes and Jeffrey D. Swartz.• 12th Circuit – Group 13, Lee E. Haworth and Susan Hartmann Swartz; Group 16, Donna Berlin and Franklin Roberts.• 13th Circuit – Group 25, Robert A. Foster, Jr., and Catherine Williams Real; Group 32, Cris Debock, Elizabeth (Betsy) Lynn Hapner, Bernard C. Silver, and Caroline Jeanne Tesche.• 15th Circuit – Group 13, Jerald S. Beer, David E. French, Kenneth D. Lemoine, and Art Wroble.• 17th Circuit – Group 6, Charles “Charlie” Kaplan and Kenneth David Padowitz.• 18th Circuit – Group 20, Samuel Bookhardt III, Charles G. Crawford, Patrice J. Pilate, and Frank David Zilaitis.• 20th Circuit – Group 9, Kim Levy and Margaret Ogilvie Steinbeck; Group 14, Miguel C. Fernandez III, Steve Holmes, and Bruce Kyle. Unopposed Circuit Races Elected or reelected without opposition to the circuit bench were: • First Circuit – Thomas T. Remington, Marci Levin Goodman, Kelvin Clyde Wells, Jack R. Heflin, and Linda L. Nobles.• Second Circuit – George Reynolds, Nikki Ann Clark, and Terry P. Lewis.• Third Circuit – E. Vernon Douglas, David W. Fina, and James Roy Bean.• Fourth Circuit – Brian J. Davis, Michael R. Weatherby, Robert M. Foster, Lawrence Page Haddock, E. McRae Mathis, Karen K. Cole, Peter L. Dearing, Hugh A. Carithers, Frederick B. Tygart, David C. Wiggins, and Charles W. Arnold, Jr.• Fifth Circuit – Patricia V. Thomas, Frances King, Hale R. Stancil, William G. Law, Jr., Daniel B. Merritt, Sr., and David B. Eddy.• Sixth Circuit – Lynn Tepper, Phillip J. Federico, Doug Baird, Dee Anna Farnell, Bill Webb, Richard Luce, Nelly N. Khouzam, Amy M. Williams, Joseph A. Bulone, David A. Demers, Nancy Monte Ley, and Frank Quesada.• Seventh Circuit – McFerrin Smith, John W. Watson III, J. Michael Traynor, Patrick G. Kennedy, Wendy W. Berger, and William A. Parsons.• Eighth Circuit – Robert P. Cates and Toby S. Monaco.• Ninth Circuit – Belvin Perry, Jr., Margaret T. Waller, Gail Adams, Marc Leslie Lubet, Jay P. Cohen, R. James Stroker, Theotis Bronson, Jose R. Rodriguez, Cynthia Z. MacKinnon, Bob Wattles, Bob Evans, and Stan W. Strickland.• 10th Circuit – Steven L. Selph, Charles B. Curry, James Michael Hunter, Marcus J. Ezelle, and Robert L. Dovel.• 11th Circuit – David C. Miller, Cindy S. Lederman, Lester Langer, David H. Young, Gisela Cardonne Ely, Mindy S. Glazer, Pedro P. Echarte, Jr., Maria M. Korvick, Ellen Sue Venzer, Arthur Rothenberg, Maxine Cohen Lando, Mark King Leban, Maria Espinosa Dennis, Cristina Pereyra-Shuminer, Maynard “Skip” Gross, Ellen L. Leesfield, Joel H. Brown, Victoria Platzer, and Stan Blake.• 12th Circuit – Charles E. Williams, Paul E. Logan, Becky A. Titus, and Janette Dunnigan.• 13th Circuit – Mark R. Wolfe, and Ronald N. Ficarrotta.• 14th Circuit – Richard H. Albritton and Glenn L. Hess.• 15th Circuit – Timothy McCarthy, Jack H. Cook, Moses Baker, Jr., Ronald V. Alvarez, Jonathan D. Gerber, Karen L. Martin, Stephen A. Rapp, Peter D. Blanc, Kathleen J. Kroll, Richard L. Oftedal, Catherine M. Brunson, Edward A. Garrison, and Robin Lee Rosenberg.• 16th Circuit – David J. Audlin, Jr.• 17th Circuit – Carol-Lisa Phillips, Robert Lance Andrews, Richard David Eade, Ronald J. Rothschild, Marcia Beach, Ana I. Gardiner, Dale Ross, Paul L. Backman, Ilona Maxine Holmes, Mark A. Speiser, Arthur M. Birken, Geoffrey D. Cohen, Robert A. Rosenberg, and Peter M. Weinstein.• 18th Circuit – Kerry I. Evander, Lisa Davidson, Debra Nelson, and Marlene M. Alva.• 19th Circuit – Sherwood Bauer, Jr., Paul B. Kanarek, Robert A. Hawley, and Robert E. Belanger.• 20th Circuit – J. Frank Porter, Cynthia A. Ellis, Frederick R. Hardt, James Hall Seals, R. Thomas Corbin, Franklin G. Baker. Contested County Races Here are county judge races that are contested: • Bay County – Group 2, Hoot Crawford, Elijah Smiley, and Shane R. Vann.• Gilchrist County – Group 1, David Miller “Duke” Lang and Edward “Ed” Philman.• Hamilton County – Group 1, Richard B. Davis, Donald K. Rudser, and Sonny Scaff.• Lafayette County – Group 1, Darren K. Jackson and Leenette W. McMillan.• Leon County – Group 3, Ronald “Ron” W. Flury, John D.C. Newton, and Lisa Raleigh.• Marion County – Group 2, Robert E. Landt and Sarah Ritterhoff Williams.• Miami-Dade County – Group 1, Patricia Marino-Pedraza and Shirlyon J. McWhorter; Group 3, Cecilia Armenteros-Chavez and Samuel Joseph “Sam” Slom; Group 4, Robin Faber and Ivan Hernandez; Group 9, Victoria del Pino and Joel Jacobi; Group 10, Sari Teichman Addicott and Ana Maria Pando; Group 11, Karen Mills Francis and Stephen T. Millian; Group 12, Juan F. Gonzalez and Steve Leifman; Group 14, Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer and Michael J. “Mike” Samuels; Group 27, Migna Sanchez-Llorens and Sheldon “Shelly” Schwartz; Group 39, George A. Alvarez and Bronwyn Catherine Miller; and Group 40, Don S. Cohn and Bonnie Lano Rippingille.• Nassau County – Group 1, Granville C. “Doc” Burgess, Clyde Davis, and Hugh “Mac” McCarthy.• Okeechobee County – Group 1, Shirley M. Brennan and Jerald D. “Jerry” Bryant.• Orange County – Group 6, Martha C. Adams, Bill Hancock, and Joe Johnson.• Palm Beach County – Group 2, Theodore S. Booras and Jane Frances Sullivan.• Polk County – Group 3, Rob Griffin and Steve Pincket.• Taylor County – Group 1, Stephen F “Buddy” Murphy and Angela M. Ball.• Volusia County – Group 5, Dawn Fields, Jonathon Glugover, Frank Roche, and Brian R. Toung. Unopposed County Races Here are county judge races that are uncontested: • Alachua County – Mary Day Coker.• Baker County – Joseph Williams.• Brevard County – Cathleen B. Clarke, Kenneth Friedland, and William McCluen.• Calhoun County – Kevin Grover.• Charlotte County – Peter A. Bell.• Citrus County – Patricia V. Thomas.• Collier County – Ramiro Manalich, Vincent Murphy, and Eugene Turner.• Duval County – Roberto Arias, Harold C. Arnold, Tyrie W. Boyer, Charles G. Cofer, Pauline M. Drayton, Emmet F. Ferguson III, James A. Ruth, Brent D. Shore, and Sharon Tanner.• Escambia County – Thomas E. Johnson, G.J. “Jim” Roark III, and Joyce H. Williams.• Flagler County – Sharon B. Atack.• Franklin County – Van Russell.• Gadsden County – Stewart E. Parsons.• Glades County – Jack Lundy.• Hardee County – Jeffrey J. McKibben.• Hendry County – James D. Sloan.• Hillsborough County – Thomas P. Barber, Gaston J. Fernandez, Walter R. Heinrich, Joelle Ann Ober, and Christine K. Vogel.• Indian River County – David Morgan and Joe Wild.• Jefferson County – Robert R. Plaines.• Lee County – Leigh Frizzell Hayes, James R. Adams, John Duryea, and Maria E. Gonzalez.• Leon County – Judith W. Hawkins and Augustus D. Aikens, Jr.• Liberty County – Kenneth L. Hosford.• Madison County – Wetzel Blair.• Marion County – John E. Futch.• Miami-Dade County – Mary Jo Francis, Luise Krieger Martin, Shelley J. Kravitz, Deborah White-Labora, Andrew “Andy” Hague, Linda Singer Stein, Darrin P. Gayles, Maria Ortiz, Catherine M. Pooler, Myriam Lehr, Robert Twombly, Caryn Canner Schwartz, Teretha Lundy Thomas, and Larry King.• Monroe County – Wayne M. Miller.• Okaloosa County – Patricia Grinsted.• Orange County – Antoinette Plogstedt, Leon B. Cheek III, and Wilfredo Martinez.• Osceola County – Carol Draper and Ronald A. Legendre.• Palm Beach County – Sandra Bosso-Pardo, Peter M. Evans, Nancy Perez, Nelson E. Bailey, and Donald W. Hafele.• Pasco County – William Sestak, Robert Cole, and Marc Salton.• Pinellas County – Henry J. Andringa, Donald E. Horrox, Myra Scott McNary, Walt Fullerton, and William H. Overton.• Polk County – Timothy Coon and Angela Jane Cowden.• Putnam County – Peter T. Miller.• Sarasota County – Judy Goldman.• Seminole County – Donald L. Marblestone, Mark E. Herr, and Carmine M. Bravo.• Sumter County – Thomas D. Skidmore.• Union County – David Reiman.• Volusia County – Belle Schumann, Peter F. Marshall, David Beck, and Steven deLaroche. 41 contested judicial races on the ballot Seventeen DCA judges file for retention and three S.C. justices to face the voters June 1, 2006 Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lincoln nominated in 12 Oscar categories.It’s that time of the year again. You know, when the Academy nominates a plethora of movies for Best Picture so the public can go out and spend 12 bucks—$15 for 3D!—at their local theater and support the movie industry.We’re onto you! (But we’ll gladly throw away some money anyway.)Even the most ardent movie fans probably haven’t heard of some of these films nominated in the prestigious category.But it does include notable films that have already garnered plenty of Oscar buzz for Best Picture. And they are: Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. (Full list of nominees below).Lincoln led the way with 12 nominations.For best actor (sorry, Actor in a Leading Role) the Academy nominated Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington.The ladies who shined the brightest this movie season and received nominations for Actress in a Leading Role were Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuella Riva, Quvenzhane Wallis and Naomi Watts.And if you’re interested, our pick for the Short Film (Live Action) category is Curfew. Don’t ask us why.As long as Wreck-It Ralph wins Animated Featured Film we’ll be happy.And if the Academy is listening, please give the nod to Amour. Our boss really likes the trailer.The full Oscars list (for the categories you care about):BEST PICTUREAmourArgoBeAsts of the southern WildDjAngo UnchAinedLes MisérABlesLife of PiLincolnSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark ThirtyACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBradley cooper — Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis — Lincoln Hugh Jackman — Les MiserablesJoaquin Phoenix — The MasterDenzel Washington — FlightACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLEJessica Chastain — Zero Dark ThirtyJennifer Lawrence — Silver Linings PlaybookEmmanuelle Riva — AmourQuvenzhane Wallis — Beasts of the Southern WildNaomi Watts — The ImpossibleDIRECTINGMichael Haneke — AmourBenh Zeitlin — Beasts of the Southern WildAng Lee — Life of PiSteven Spielberg — LincolnDavid O. Russell — Silver Linings PlaybookSOUND MIXINGArgoLes MiserablesLife of PiLincolnSkyfallClick here for the full list of nominees.