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October 2013 Archives

Zombies Against Drunk Driving scares up publicity to fight DUI

You read that right -- a group of self-described “concerned, recently-deceased citizens” has founded a safety organization called Zombies Against Drunk Driving, or ZADD, that is “rising up against drunk driving.”

Real estate lawyer accused of Ponzi scheme in Florida, elsewhere

A shocking 49-count indictment was announced recently against a New York real estate attorney with ties to Florida. Prosecutors paint the 47-year-old woman as a Bernard Madoff-style Ponzi schemer who used the intrinsic trust supposedly bestowed upon the legal profession to bilk her friends and business associates through fraudulent real estate schemes.

Does a 15-year-old underage drinker qualify for civil diversion?

A 15-year-old student at Flagler Palm Coast High School was recently caught allegedly trying to bring a cup of alcohol on a school bus after drinking some of it at a bus stop. Luckily, a Flagler County deputy offered him a newly-available second chance.

Senate panel votes to clarify Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved several revisions to our “Stand Your Ground” law. Senate Bill 130 was passed by a bipartisan vote of 7 to 2 and can now forward in the Senate. So far, however, there is no companion bill in the House, although bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate that would repeal “Stand Your Ground” altogether.

Should we consider some banks recidivist white-collar criminals?

If there were a “three strikes” law for banks, JPMorgan Chase would have probably have been out long ago. In the last decade alone, the bank has forked over around $3 billion in fines, fees, forfeitures and other penalties to federal agencies. The allegations against JPMorgan have involved an array of front-page financial scandals:

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