Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others. —Ellen DeGeneres
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
– Leo Tolstoy
If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because five minutes at the fair, you’ll be going, “You know, we’re alright. We are dang near royalty.”
With the Unified Family Court System in Collier County, every family who has to use the court system should be assigned one of the three family law judges for all of their cases. Family Law cases include Domestic Violence Cases, Juvenile Delinquency Cases, Juvenile Dependency Cases, Child Support Cases, Paternity Cases, and Dissolution of Marriages. The three judges currently in the Family Law Division are Judge Mary C. Evans, Judge Joseph G. Foster and Judge Geoffrey Gentile.
The US Supreme Court ruled that when a dog alerts during a drug sniff, the government does not have to demonstrate dog’s performance in the field to support the police officer’s finding of probable cause to conduct the search. Florida Supreme Court wanted data showing the dogs “hits and misses” in the field in addition to dog training and certifications and officer training and certifications. The US Supreme Court essentially lowered the standard and is satisfied with the dog’s training and certifications.
The Federal government prosecutes woman who poisons husband’s girlfriend under a terrorism law intended to enforce an international treaty. US Supreme Court will decide if that is a proper use of the treaty. Interestingly the local state prosecutors refused to prosecute. Misuse of federal government authority?
The Florida Supreme Court yesterday found a statue intending to ban loud music in a vehicle unconstitutional. The statute had provided that if music was heard from a distance of 25 feet away, the driver of the car could be pulled over and given a traffic ticket. However, in many situations, the ticket would only be the beginning. After the stop for loud music law enforcement often proceed to conduct unrelated investigations such as the possible presence of drugs/weapons etc. The Court found the statute unconstitutional as a violation of a person’s right to freedom of expression.