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“Power of a Parent” by Tania Alavi, Florida Defender, Winter 2018

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At a very young age I learned about the catastrophic results that occur when life, liberty, and property are taken away by those in power without any formal process. My family was from Iran and when the revolution broke out my great-uncle who was Commander in-Chief of the Islamic Republic... Read More

Kitten-tail snipper found not guilty of animal cruelty

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James Steele Reid, who testified, acknowledged to cutting the kitten tails but did so as he was going to claim them as his own. A jury found a man charged with five counts of animal cruelty last year not guilty on Thursday. At 7:01 p.m., a Marion County Sheriff’s Office... Read More

Man agrees to plea deal in crash that killed three

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The man believed to have been behind the wheel in a 2012 single-vehicle crash that left three young men dead and a fourth seriously injured after the speeding car struck a tree and split in half has been sentenced to five years of probation. The man believed to have been... Read More

List of Alachua County judicial candidates pared down to 15

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Alachua County Judge Candidates This list of names of attorneys being considered for two Alachua County judicial vacancies has been whittled to 15. The Eighth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission sent out letters Wednesday notifying half of the 30 applicants that they will be interviewed for the jobs, according to commission... Read More
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Jury opts for lesser charge

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OCALA - William Wilkus, 55, was acquitted on three capital sexual battery charges on a 5-year-old girl Thursday, but the jury found him guilty of lewd and lascivious conduct. “Obviously, the jury worked really hard for four hours . . . and reached a verdict based on the evidence of... Read More
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McNair found not guilty

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OCALA - Derrick McNair laid his head down on the table in front of him Friday after jurors declared him not guilty of murder. Both McNair and court spectators appeared stunned when Circuit Judge William T. Swigert read the verdict. Members of McNair’s family gasped and cried quietly, while friends... Read More

James Carlton convicted of 2nd-degree murder in death of Michael Nichols

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After four hours and 20 minutes of deliberations, a 12-member jury declined to find James Theral Carlton guilty of first-degree murder Friday afternoon. But it did find him guilty of the lesser offense of second-degree murder for the 2010 death of Michael Nichols. After four hours and 20 minutes of... Read More
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Ocala’s Christine Bird among 5 nominees for judicial vacancy

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A local attorney is one of five nominees under consideration to fill the upcoming vacancy for retiring Circuit Judge Jack Singbush’s seat. A local attorney is one of five nominees under consideration to fill the upcoming vacancy for retiring Circuit Judge Jack Singbush’s seat. Christine Bird, of the Ocala-based law... Read More

Interviews set for candidates vying for two open county judge seats.

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The list of attorneys being considered for two Alachua County Judge vacancies has been whittled down to 15. The 8th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission sent out letters Wednesday notifying half of the 30 applicants that they will be interviewed for the jobs, commission chairman Brian S. Kramer said. The list... Read More
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Fourteen apply for judicial vacancy

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The applicants are all vying for the opportunity to fill the judicial vacancy left by Judge Brian Lambert, who was appointed to the appellate bench by Gov. Rick Scott in late May. The list is in. Fourteen members of the local legal community submitted applications to the 5th Circuit Judicial... Read More