June 15, 2003 Disciplinary Actions

first_imgJune 15, 2003 Disciplinary Actions T he Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended 11 attorneys, disbarred three, and reprimanded one. Alberto Victor Batista, P.O. Box 524617, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following an April 17 court opinion. ( Admitted to practice : 1988) Batista violated rules regulating The Florida Bar in two unrelated matters. In one case, Batista failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, and to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. In another matter, Batista failed to provide competent representation to a client. (Case no. SC00-2219) John M. Cacciatore, 1790 Hwy. A1A, Ste. 202, Satellite Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following an April 4 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1986) Cacciatore failed to comply with the terms of his probation from case no. SC94822. (Case no. SC02-2005) Robert Ian Claire, 1900 N.W. Corporate Blvd., Ste. 300W, Boca Raton, suspended from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a March 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1984) Claire willfully misappropriated client funds. (Case no. SC03-457) Mygnon Champion Evans, 1418 Edgewater Beach Drive, Lakeland, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following a January 23 court order. Upon her reinstatement, Evans shall commence serving a two-year probation. ( Admitted to practice : 1981) In unrelated matters, Evans failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client and to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. In another matter in which she was hired on a contingency fee basis, she failed to use a written contingency fee contract or provide her clients with a statement of clients’ rights. (Case no. SC01-107) Mark Frantz, P.O. Box 941985, Atlanta, Ga., disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following an April 3 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1983) On January 31, 1996, Frantz was adjudicated guilty of one count of felony bribery by the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. He was sentenced to 33 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Frantz was disbarred from the Georgia State Bar, effective September 13, 1999. (Case no. SC92003) Barbara W. Kamali, 111 N.E. 1st St., Ste. 605, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective May 21, following a March 27 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1990) In several unrelated matters, Kamali failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client. She also failed to keep clients reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. (Case nos. SC02-2432 and SC03-326) George Paul Kickliter, P.O. Box 17326, Clearwater, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective 30 days following a March 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1979) Kickliter charged a clearly excessive fee and failed to promptly deliver funds to a client in an estate case. He also failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information, and to respond in writing to an official inquiry into his conduct. (Case no. SC02-1394) Jeffrey David Knowlton, 500 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a March 13 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1973) Knowlton failed to enter into a rehabilitation contract with Florida Lawyer’s Assistance, Inc., which was a condition of his court ordered probation in case no. SC00-1794. (Case no. SC01-2869) Douglas Scott Lyons, 325 N. Calhoun St., Tallahassee, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a February 13 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1970) Lyons failed to comply with The Florida Bar rules regulating trust accounts and to comply with his responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants. (Case no. SC02-1577) Michael Joseph Murphy, 34605 S.W. 187th Court, Homestead, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a March 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1978) Murphy pled guilty to knowingly and willfully devising a scheme to defraud in December 2002. He was sentenced to six months home detention and three years probation in February 2003. (Case no. SC03-430) Wayne Thomas Phillips, 2744 Summerdale Drive, Clearwater, suspended from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following an April 2 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1974) Phillips failed to provide settlement proceeds to a client in an estate matter. He also failed to comply with a subpoena requiring the production of trust account records related to the representation of a client. (Case no. SC03-503) Thomas L. Romeo, 3111 Stirling Road, Ft. Lauderdale, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following an April 17 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1994) Romeo broke several rules regulating The Florida Bar during his representation of a client in two related lawsuits, an employment discrimination suit and a workers’ compensation case. Romeo collected a prohibited or clearly excessive fee; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; failed to promptly notify the client upon receiving funds in which the client had an interest; and failed to keep the client reasonably informed about the status of a matter. Romeo also failed to maintain minimum trust accounting records and follow minimum trust accounting procedures. (Case no. SC02-1767) Gerald Augustus Tavares, 9 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following an April 4 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1969) Tavares failed to comply with the terms of his probation required in case no. SC00-849. (Case no. SC02-2145) Nathaniel W. Tindall, 205 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ste. 103, Tampa, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective May 1, following a March 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1974) Tindall made statements that he knew to be false or with reckless disregard as to their truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, mediator or arbitrator. (Case no. SC02-1282) Gary Wood Tinsley, P.O. Box 2322, Tallahassee, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following an April 17 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1984) Tinsley intentionally misappropriated funds from his trust account and misappropriated funds from his mother’s trusts while acting as trustee. He also failed to comply with The Florida Bar rules regulating trust accounts. (Case no. SC02-2283) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline. June 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Ex-defense minister Ishiba is people’s choice for next Japan PM: Polls

first_imgFormer Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba is the most popular choice among the public to be the next prime minister, media opinion polls showed, as the race kicks off to succeed Shinzo Abe after his abrupt resignation last week.Ishiba has about 34% of the public’s support, more than double the 14% for Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the second-most popular choice, a weekend Kyodo News survey showed.A Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll showed Ishiba with 28% support, followed by current Defense Minister Taro Kono with 15%. Suga came in fourth place with 11%, the poll showed. The surveys highlight a split between public opinion and internal Liberal Democratic Party politics.Suga – a longtime lieutenant of Abe’s in a key supporting role – is expected to get the backing of the faction led by LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai and of other major factions, local media reported, putting him in a favorable position.That would make it an uphill battle for Ishiba, a vocal Abe critic who unsuccessfully challenged the out-going premier in the last LDP leadership race in 2018 and is considered less popular within the party.Another potential candidate, LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida, came in last place in both of the public opinion surveys. Abe’s resignation announcement on Friday, citing the worsening of a chronic illness, set the stage for the party leadership election, which public broadcaster NHK said was likely to place around Sept. 13 to 15.The LDP president is virtually assured of being prime minister because of the party’s majority in the lower house of parliament.Brad Glosserman, deputy director of the Center for Rule-Making Strategies at Tama University, said Suga was the safe bet in terms of internal LDP dynamics, but might not be ideal come election time. A general election must be held by late October 2021.”He doesn’t seem to have either the charisma or the vision to push Japan in a new direction. He seems to be the eternal Number Two – he delivers on promises made by his boss,” said Glosserman. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Charlie Brewer injury update: Baylor quarterback leaves Sugar Bowl with neck injury

first_imgBaylor quarterback Charlie Brewer, who has suffered multiple concussions this season, left Wednesday’s Sugar Bowl game against Georgia after taking another hit to the head.In the fourth quarter, Brewer scrambled from the pocket and ran out of bounds before being popped by defensive lineman Travon Walker late. His head appeared to bounce off the turf as he went down. He stayed on the turf for some time, and was eventually carted off the field. Brewer, a junior, entered the Sugar Bowl having experienced concussion-like symptoms that limited his practice time in December. He was knocked out of the Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma on Dec. 7.Brewer threw for a touchdown and ran for another on Wednesday before his injury. He amassed 32 touchdowns this season to help Baylor achieve its best season since 2014.(This story has been updated). Baylor QB Charlie Brewer out of the ball game after this hit pic.twitter.com/GWBtRy9Ktf— CFB Home (@CFBHome) January 2, 2020MORE: Oregon shows Playoff potential in Rose Bowl winAccording to multiple reports postgame, Baylor coach Matt Rhule said Brewer’s neck was the issue, that he passed all tests on it from the Bears’ medical staff and that he didn’t exhibit any issues with the head. That said, he is still being monitored.last_img read more