Wells: Courts are running well and meeting all challenges

first_imgWells: Courts are running well and meeting all challenges Senior Editor Despite a barrage of criticism of the court system, especially from state lawmakers, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Wells said he’s confident state courts are running well and meeting any and all challenges.And he told the audience at the annual Judicial Luncheon at The Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting that he welcomes the challenge of demonstrating that the justice system is doing its job. Wells also used the “State of the Judiciary” address to praise the Supreme Court’s staff, particularly for its smooth function during last year’s post-election legal wrangling which the chief justice referred to as “our pre-Christmas festivities.”Noting the theme of the annual meeting was judicial independence, Wells said, “My thought about judicial independence is it cannot be a public relations campaign. Judicial independence is not about us broadcasting or convincing the other branches of government that we have to be independent.“Judicial independence is something that we can have only if we deserve it by the fact that we deal with people’s problems as lawyers and judges in a competent, respectful, dignified manner, so we are entitled to their respect.”He also said he wasn’t bothered by criticism from lawmakers and others in the wake of the election cases. Attributing much of the credit to the court’s staff, Wells told the luncheon crowd, “In my judgment and from my vantage point, the state of the Florida judiciary. . . is excellent.”He said the court staff showed its quality in the high-pressure activities surrounding the election appeals.The clerk’s office performed exceptionally well, the chief justice said, putting in whatever hours were necessary.“If you call on them to perform a service, they’ll be there all night, and in fact one night during the election proceedings they were there all night, by virtue of the fact some papers were scheduled to arrive early in the evening and they didn’t get there until 3 a.m.,” Wells said.“They do it with uncommon courtesy and respect and I’m very proud of the work that [former clerk] Sid White did in building that staff and that [current clerk] Tom Hall came along and continued.”Court Marshal Wilson Barnes and his staff also faced difficult security challenges, with reporters camped out in front of the court and daily gatherings of protesters on both sides of the election appeals, Wells said. Yet the staff met the challenges effectively and with respect.He said he began to realize how intense the scrutiny would be when he returned from a trip November 11 and “the Japanese media had already established a bridgehead on the lawn of the court.”Wells also praised the effective operation of the State Courts Administrator’s Office, which he said was a tribute to long-time State Court Administrator Ken Palmer, who succumbed to cancer in April. Palmer’s budgetary expertise was widely acknowledged, he said, as was his success in bringing technology to all levels of the court system.“He’s roughly the equivalent of the Vince Lombardi of court administrators,” Wells said. “Ken literally wrote the book on how so many of these functions we take for granted are done.. . . “Because of his efforts, we were able to navigate the troubled waters of the legislative session.” July 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Justice Wells “I accept the burden that we have the opportunity to command and direct a third of the government and that we have to respect the roles of the other two branches, and we’ve got to work with them and we’ve got to demonstrate one client at a time. . . that we are worthy of the respect that we surely must have in order to make proper decisions,” Wells said. “I’m confident that we can carry and we are carrying that burden and that judicial independence is going to live because we are able to demonstrate that we are handling the judicial system and people’s legal matters in a respectful and competent way.” Wells: Courts are running well and meeting all challengeslast_img read more

Two-vehicle accident leads to fatality

first_imgDillsboro, IN—Late Saturday morning, Ripley County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident involving injuries located on east US 50 in Ripley County, west of Dillsboro.Arriving on scene officers found that Joseph Sandlin, 33, of Milan,  had been traveling west on US 50 operating a blue 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he collided with the rear of a white 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck, also traveling west on US 50, being operated by Jerry Palmer, 69,  of Milan Indiana.Palmer, the only occupant of the pickup truck, was not injured in the accident and was released at the scene.Sandlin, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and the only occupant of the motorcycle, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ripley County Coroner’s Office.last_img read more

Tevez set for Manchester City exit

first_img Indeed, Tevez’s status as one of City’s highest earners means that the deal in total is worth £27million, even though the South American only had a year remaining on his contract. Providing there are no unforeseen hitches, the transfer will bring to an end one of the most eventful Premier League careers. Signed by West Ham in 2006 despite being the subject of third party ownership, which is against Premier League rules, Tevez scored the goal that kept them up, only for the east Londoners to be hit with a massive £5.5million fine for infringing regulations. Tevez quickly moved on to Manchester United, where he won two Premier League titles and the Champions League. However, a deteriorating relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson meant Tevez had no hesitation in accepting a massive offer from City in 2009, triggering the memorable ‘Welcome to Manchester’ poster that infuriated United. The departure of manager Mark Hughes within six months of that deal being done was to have significant repercussions though as Tevez failed to connect with the Welshman’s replacement Roberto Mancini, whilst the striker’s advisor Kia Joorabchian had an equally poor relationship with former chief executive Garry Cook. Tevez was named skipper in 2010 and led City to an FA Cup final win over Stoke the following year, but simmering discontent erupted in Munich when Tevez opted not to warm-up during a Champions League defeat to Bayern. Mancini reacted furiously, stating after the match that Tevez would never play for the club again. Tevez was subsequently put on ‘gardening leave’ but with the anticipated January move not materialising, he returned to the club in February 2012. Amazingly, he earned his place back in Mancini’s side and was a factor in City ending their 44-year wait for the league championship. Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain met with his Juventus counterparts on Tuesday and after an agreement from new boss Manuel Pellegrini, it was decided Tevez should be allowed to end his controversial four-year stay at the Etihad Stadium. The player will undergo a medical on Wednesday, with personal terms also still to be agreed. Although Juventus will only be paying an initial nine million euro (£7.6million), a further six (£5.1million) could be payable if various clauses are met over the course of what it is understood will be a three-year contract. Carlos Tevez is expected to complete a £13.5million move to Juventus later this week.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Georgia kicks leading receiver Jeremiah Holloman off team after assault allegation

first_img Grambling State football player injured, brother killed in shooting The 6-2 Holloman caught 24 passed for 418 yards with five touchdowns last season and was the leading receiver among returning Georgia players. Although the incident was reported to university police earlier this month, the woman did not want to press charges.Georgia coach Kirby Smart told the AP, “We expect every member of our team to uphold the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia and Georgia football. It’s disappointing when this does not happen.” Related News The Georgia Bulldogs have dismissed junior wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman amid allegations he assaulted his girlfriend, the AP reports.According to the report, Holloman’s girlfriend claims the two argued on April 22, hours after the Bulldogs’ spring football game. The woman reported “being grabbed around the throat and punched in the face.” Oklahoma gets commitment from 5-star 2021 QB Brock Vandagrifflast_img read more