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Lawson named to the Florida Supreme CourtLawson named to the Florida Supreme Court

first_img Jan 01, 2017 Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Regular News Fifth DCA Chief Judge Alan Lawson, right, was appointed to the Supreme Court December 16 by Gov. Rick Scott.Alan Lawson has become the 86th justice of the Florida Supreme Court.Appointed by Gov. Rick Scott December 16, Lawson will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice James E.C. Perry. Prior to his appointment, Justice Lawson served as the chief judge of the Fifth District Court of Appeal. This is Gov. Scott’s first appointment to the Supreme Court and is effective December 31.“I am incredibly honored today to appoint Alan Lawson as the 86th justice to the Florida Supreme Court,” Scott said at a press conference in his office at the capitol in Tallahassee, adding Justice Lawson has devoted the past 20 years of his life to serving the state and he is confident the new justice will serve the Florida Supreme Court “with the utmost honor, integrity, and humility.”Lawson, standing with the governor and members of his family, said his appointment to the court is “a great honor and great privilege” and that he looks forward to serving the people Florida.Bar President Bill Schifino said Gov. Scott had three excellent candidates to consider.“On behalf of The Florida Bar, I applaud the governor, the judicial nominating commission, and the process, and very much look forward to working with soon-to-be Justice Lawson,” Schifino said. “He has demonstrated himself to be an excellent jurist and someone who has the best interest of all Floridians at heart.”Throughout his career, Gov. Scott said, Justice Lawson has focused on “defending the constitution, strictly adhering to the rule of law, and not legislating from the bench.”Gov. Scott said Lawson – who chairs the District Court of Appeal Budget Commission – is also someone who builds good relationships.Lawson said he considers all the current justices friends, but likens his judicial philosophy to that of Justice Charles Canady.“The way I approach statutory construction issues and constitutional issues matches closely with Justice Canady,” he said.“I will bring to the bench the respect, integrity, and experience upon which I have built my career,” Lawson said. “I look forward to working with my fellow associates on the court to uphold the constitution of the State of Florida and protect the future of our great state.”Scott said Lawson believes in the three branches of government and adheres to the roles the founders assigned each branch.Lawson said it is the court’s job to determine if laws are constitutional.“From the very beginning, that right of the branch also came with a promise that it would be exercised with judicial restraint; and there are a lot of precedents from the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court that detail what judicial restraint means and is not supposed to mean,” Lawson said. “I think those who are critical of opinions just think that judges or courts have moved away from what is clearly laid out in precedent.”When asked by reporters to give examples of when courts have overreached, Lawson declined.“It’s not ethical for judges to comment on issues that are likely to come before the Supreme Court and the kind of issues that have come recently before the Supreme Court could come again,” Lawson noted.“Throughout his career, Justice Lawson has been committed to a textualist approach to the law and I am confident he will continue to uphold the rule of law and protect the Constitution,” said Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Fredrick Lauten. Lawson served with Lauten on the Ninth Circuit bench before his appointment to the Fifth DCA.Justices Ricky Polston and Canady both applauded Scott’s appointment of Lawson in statements released by the governor’s office.“Justice Alan Lawson is a true leader and brings strong conservative principles and an understanding of the rule of law to the Florida Supreme Court,” Polston said.“Justice Lawson has spent his career in service to the people of Florida, and I am confident that he will continue to strongly uphold the rule of law and defend the Constitution,” Canady said.Lawson was Gov. Scott’s first appointment to the Supreme Court and Scott said he plans to appoint three more justices before he finishes his term. Justices Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince, and Fred Lewis will arrive at the mandatory retirement age for judges in early January 2019. There is a point of contention if Scott or his successor will make those appointments.Justice Lawson, 55, is originally from Tallahassee and received a bachelor of sciences from Clemson University in 1983 and a J.D. from Florida State University in 1987. He worked at Steel Hector & Davis, becoming a partner, from 1987 until 1995. For the next year, he was general counsel for a start-up apparel business, and then he took over a civil trial practice for an attorney who had become incapacitated. From mid-1997 until December 2001, he was an assistant county attorney for Orange County. He listed his practice as 100 percent civil, with 70 percent in state trial, 10 percent in federal trial, 10 percent in administrative, and 10 percent in state appeals. From 2002 through 2005, Lawson was a Ninth Circuit judge, appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush, and in 2006, Bush appointed him to the Fifth DCA, where he is now chief judge. He has been retained by voters twice.Lawson was also a finalist for the Supreme Court in 2009, when then Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Perry. He has taught at the Florida Judicial College, is a member of the Florida Courts Technology Commission, and has served in the Bar’s Appellate Practice Section and on the Criminal Rules of Procedure and Code and Rules of Evidence committees.The other two finalists were Fifth DCA Judge Wendy Berger and Dan Gerber, a partner at Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell in Orlando. Lawson named to the Florida Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Rocori Falls Short against Detroit Lakes in FargoRocori Falls Short against Detroit Lakes in Fargo

first_img 720p HD About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p) 1/1 360p The Rocori football team lost 29-28 at the Fargodome Thursday night.  Detroit Lakes went out to a 29-0 lead at halftime before Rocori can storming back in the 2nd half.  Rocori got on the board in the 2nd half with a Alex Austad 7-yard touchdown run.  The 2-point conversion failed and Rocori trailed 29-6.  Rocori scored next on a 3-yard touchdown run from Adam Dingman and the Spartans got the 2-point conversion to cut the lead to 29-14.Rocori got a pair of touchdown passes from Mac Mueller to Jake Huber in the 4th quarter but only converted the 2-point conversion try after the 2nd touchdown and come up short.  The TD passes to Huber covered 52 and 57 yards.center_img About Connatix V56892 1080p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Seth ToupalRocori’s season ends with a record of 6-4.  The Spartans were the defending Class 4A state champs.last_img read more

Muskegon Community College volleyball team barely misses a regional titleMuskegon Community College volleyball team barely misses a regional title

first_img Other $20.00$233.61 Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller $0.00 Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive Sports Illustrated Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Wo… Other Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN ENDS IN Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN $0.00 Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly $0.00 Other Shares Report a problem This item is… Other Inappropriate / Offensive $19.38 × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (1445) DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly (35309) Not relevant 0 × LocalSportsJournal.comThe Muskegon Community College volleyball team came within a single point of winning a regional championship on Sunday.But the Jayhawks couldn’t score that crucial point, and their season came to an end.MCC met archrival Grand Rapids Community College in the regional finals, which took place at MCC’’s Bartels-Rode Gymnasium.MCC, which had to fight out of the loser’s bracket after dropping its opening match of the tournament, beat GRCC 3-2. That forced a rematch, because the tournament had a double-elimination format.The Jayhawks won the first two sets, leaving them one victory away from the title. They lost the third and fourth set, setting up a decisive fifth set, with the teams playing up to 15 points.MCC reached 14 points, and had a chance to ice the match on five different occasions, but failed to score the clincher. That allowed GRCC to roar back and eventual take the set, match and regional championship 22-20.The Jayhawks, who finished the season 32-12, came into the finals with a 3-1 record in the tournament. They dropped their opener on Saturday to Schoolcraft College, then beat Oakland Community College, Ancilla College and are rematch with Schoolcraft to qualify for the finals against GRCC.Leaders for MCC on Sunday were Rachel Brown with 48 kills and 22 blocks, Lindsey Jacobs with 147 assists and seven service aces and Marissa Hassevoort with 60 digs. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Fox Sports Go Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY × Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN (832) Other Ads by Amazon Other Twelve Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller Not relevant Not relevant (8133) Displayed poorly Mail (32825) ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller NBC Sports Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Share (5153) Report a problem This item is… × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Shop Now Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $9.99 DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $14.99 Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly (3879) Bestseller (975) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Share FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Displayed poorly Not relevant × Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… ENDS IN × Inappropriate / Offensive $22.99 × DEAL OF THE DAY Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Citru… Other Not relevant Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

All roads lead to Boone for Sept. 7-12 Super NationalsAll roads lead to Boone for Sept. 7-12 Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Boone Speedway becomes the center of the dirt track racing universe for the Sept. 7-12 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Drivers from more than 20 states and Canada are already registered for IMCA’s centennial season Super Nationals. They’ll chase shares of a purse that exceeds $275,000 and more than $60,000 in contingency awards at the 33rd annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation.“We continue to pride ourselves on the total purse paid out and contingencies awarded to drivers at Super Nationals and rightfully so,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “We’re looking forward to celebrating our 100th year at Boone Speedway during the biggest and the best race of the season.”A very driver and fan-friendly format will be continued as racing begins at 2 p.m. each day of Super Nationals.The first champion of 2015 will be crowned on Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day. The Late Model feature is part of the Deery Brothers Summer Series. The entire Sport Compact program is on Tuesday, Sept. 8.Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod qualifying is Monday and Tuesday; Modified and Stock Car qualifying completes race programs the next three nights.The $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is on Friday, Sept. 11.Following last-chance events for the Modifieds and Stock Cars, the Saturday, Sept. 12 program boasts race of champions and main events for the Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds.The Modified champion earns a minimum of $2,000, plus another $100 for each of as many as 50 starts made during the weekly point season. That adds up to a potential $7,000 payday.The Late Model feature pays $3,000 to win, with another $1,500 possible in bonus money. The main event for Stock Cars pays $1,000 to win, along with a bonus of as much as $2,500.Northern SportMods race for $1,000 and Hobby Stocks for $600 to win, with another $1,250 in bonuses possible in each division. Sport Compacts vie for $250 to win, plus $5 for each of as many as 50 starts.Drivers can still call the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201 to pre-register.IMCA.TV will broadcast live from Boone Speedway throughout the week of Super Nationals, beginning with the 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 practice session.Daily broadcasts begin at 2 p.m. each day Monday through Saturday. Detailed pricing and other information is available at www.imca.tv.last_img read more

Prices up, sales downPrices up, sales down

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We expect more markets to see prices flatten or decline a bit in the second half of this year,” Marshall Prentice, DataQuick president, said in a statement. Only one of the six Southern California counties saw a double digit gain – San Bernardino, where the median increased 14 percent. For the entire region the median increased an annual 6 percent to $493,000. It increased 1.6 percent from May, the company said. Last month’s 6 percent annual increase in the median was the smallest since May 2000, when the $203,000 median rose 5.7 percent from $192,000 a year earlier. The report is more proof that the long anticipated price softening is firmly entrenched. DataQuick analyst John Karevoll thinks that prices will plateau in the fall. “I don’t know how negative they’ll go. They’ll probably wobble about the zero (appreciation) point,” he said. Also unclear is how long this price weakness will persist. “When the plateau starts to move again it’s even money if will head up or down,” Karevoll said. Last month consumers bought 29,237 new and resale houses and condominiums across the region, down an annual 17.5 percent. It’s the seventh consecutive annual decline. June’s total is the lowest for that month since 1999, when 29,076 homes sold. But it is still better than the average 26,608 sales dating back to 1988. And last June’s 35,454 sales were the strongest for the month. Sales increased 7.2 percent from May. The report also showed that: In Los Angeles County the median price increased an annual 8.8 percent and sales fell 14.6 percent to 10,248 transactions, about average for the month. In Ventura County the median price increased 7.4 percent to $627,000 and sales fell 32.3 percent to 1,155, just below the June average. DataQuick noted that the typical monthly mortgage payment that Southland buyers committed paying was $2,437 in June, up from $2,376 for the previous month, and up from $2,021 for June a year ago. When adjusted for inflation, current payments are about 8.4 percent above typical payments in the spring of 1989, the peak of the prior real estate cycle. And even though the market is softening, the company said that signs of distress have yet to take hold. Karevoll said that sales counts are settling to a more normal level. “We though it would have happened earlier. We’re still surprised that it happened as late as it did.” [email protected] (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The median price of a Southern California home edged up to a record level in June but by the slimmest margin in six years as sales hit a seven year low for the month, an industry tracker said today. And on a disquieting note, the median price of a house in San Diego County fell an annual 1 percent to $488,000. That’s the first year-over-year decline for that market in a decade. This kind of malaise could soon spread to other markets in the region, DataQuick said, although more price marks could be in the offing. Record price levels were also reached in three counties – Los Angeles ($517,000), Orange ($646,000) and Riverside ($422,000). last_img read more