In the County Courts

first_img July 1, 2003 Judge Peggy Gehl Regular News Nonlawyer judge rules in Holmes County for 25 years Broward CountyThe Conference of County Court Judges is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of service of Holmes County Judge Robert Earl Brown, a disappearing breed of Florida’s nonattorney judges serving the citizens of the 14th Judicial Circuit.Our Florida judicial history would be deficient of its richness and color without the inclusion of the original 34 nonattorney judges grandfathered in at the implementation of Article V in 1973. In 1972, an amendment to Article V established our present two-tier trial court system, providing that all judges must be attorneys except county judges in counties with populations less than 40,000. This small-county exception to the requirement of law school graduation and Bar admission was later removed totally by the legislature. Some may not even know that these dedicated public servants filled a judicial void for decades in small counties where there were no lawyers who wanted to dedicate their careers to judicial service; or possibly, in some small counties, no lawyers resided at all.The Great Depression was in full swing in 1932 in the land of cotton, peanuts, hogs, and corn, when Robert Earl Brown was born in tiny Caryville to Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Ross Brown. Both his parents were Florida natives, but both sets of grandparents migrated to Florida from South Carolina via Alabama and Georgia in the late 1800s. Less than 20 miles south of the Alabama border, Caryville, with a population less than 1,000, was a tiny log and sawmill town where steamboats carried cotton up the Choctawhatchee River to the cotton gin in Geneva, Alabama, only a few miles north of Florida’s border. Barges floated logs to the sawmills. There were two doctors in the tiny town, along with a telephone/telegraph company, a hotel, a grocery, and one school, Holmes County High School, housing all 12 grades. Before serving as sheriff of Holmes County, Jessie Brown was the engineer for the log train for 30 years. Upon retirement, Brown moved his family just 15 miles northeast to tiny Bonifay, where he helped his brother, Lon, then the Holmes County sheriff, in law enforcement. After eight years, Jessie Brown ran for the office of sheriff himself and was elected.Eight years later, when little Bobby was in the third grade, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. The three small Brown children moved with their mother to Tampa where she could receive the most advanced treatment of the day in 1940. After a year, it became difficult for her to care for the children while undergoing this rigorous treatment. The decision was made to return the children to Bonifay where Sheriff Brown, assisted in the motherly chores by his 12-year-old daughter, raised the family in an apartment in the jail. Delightfully, two years later his mother returned home cured.Early law enforcement experiences with his family—his father, his uncle, his grandfather, and his great grandfather, ignited Judge Brown’s keen interest in running for sheriff. When he was in his early 20s, he ran for Holmes County sheriff but was defeated. The citizens felt he was too young. However, his love and support of law enforcement did not end there. Judge Brown completed the 320-hour Florida Police Standards training course required by the state, and recently retired as a lieutenant with more than 30 years of faithful, dedicated service to the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary, with honors.After his political defeat for sheriff, and for the next 20 years, (excepting four years in the Navy during the Korean War), Judge Brown worked in his family-owned business, Brown Packing House Meat, a meat processing company, and Brown Ice Company, while he and his wife, raised their family. In the early ’70s, a close friend, Cletus Andrews, talked him into running for judge. He was elected in 1972 by defeating the incumbent, Judge Louis K. Hutchinson.“I ran and I won. That did it.I knew I wanted to be a judge forever,” Judge Brown said.But Judge Hutchinson was not quite finished with his judicial career, and vied to regain his judicial seat. He successfully defeated Judge Brown in the 1975 election, only to die in office in 1981. Judge Brown had experienced the love and satisfaction which comes from public service, and took advantage of this unexpected vacancy. He ran against and defeated an attorney, Harvey Besler, in 1982, and has been re-elected every term since.“I’ve spent a lifetime working and raising a family right here in Holmes County,” he said. “I love Holmes County and I want to continue working for the people here.”Pursuant to mandate by the Florida Supreme Court, all nonattorney judges were required to complete judicial training at the University of Florida College of Law. The three-year course contained the same curriculum as a law degree. Until completed, judges were required to attend classes in Gainesville all summer plus one week per month, in addition to preparing and studying at home between each class session. Judge Brown completed his legal training at the University of Florida and followed it with a National College State Judiciary course at the University of Nevada in 1977.Complimenting the nonattorney judges as students, UF College of Law Professor Walter Weyrauch wrote then Florida Chief Judge Ben Overton in 1977: “Teaching the nonlawyer county judges was an extraordinary and refreshing experience. They were colorful persons who demand and deserve respect. The class discussions were intense and in many respects different and perhaps superior to what I am used to from law students. They also had a vivid interest in the matters under discussion, and did not display any of the signs of boredom familiar to any law teacher in the U.S. who teaches second- and third-year students.”The professor added: “[T]he experience was stimulating and forced me to re-examine some of the preconceptions I had about the participation of nonlawyer judges in legal processes. Perhaps it should be remembered in this context that our founding fathers, in so far as they were lawyers, had only “read the law” according to Blackstone, or, as Thomas Jefferson and Chief Justice John Marshall of the United States Supreme Court, had taken a few months classes of law under George Wythe at William and Mary, the only college in the country at that time where any law was taught. There were no bar examinations. Yet the opinions of Mr. Chief Justice Marshall, in depth of legal analysis and lasting significance, easily outdistance much of contemporary legal writing. Nobody could seriously contend that the early American lawyers were less qualified than contemporary lawyers, or even our county judges after their special training, because they had no law degrees and bar examinations.”Judge Brown will shortly retire from the bench he has served so well the past two-plus decades. He and his wife, Ada Clara, an accomplished instructor of marketing and business management at Washington-Holmes Technical College in Chipley, share a wonderful marriage, eight children, 17 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. They enjoy their time together fishing, swimming, walking, dancing, and vacations at their cabin in North Carolina.“In the 29 years I have taught, my main goal has been to help at least one person to become a better person and to gain employment in a profession they enjoy,” Mrs. Brown recently said. The recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award, the Washington County Teacher of the Year, and the Florida Marketing Educator of the Year, finds her true blessings in the names of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.The Browns are active in their church, the First Baptist Church in Bonifay, and as Judge Brown declares: “I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife. We both love the Lord and try to spread this love through this huge family of ours.”There are only four remaining nonattorney judges serving Florida constituents today, and two of them serve in the 14th Judicial Circuit. Judge Brown, along with Judge Woody Hatcher of Jackson County, are the lone survivors in this large circuit made up of six counties. Judge Wetzel Blair in the Third Judicial Circuit represents Madison County, and Judge Colie Nichols in the First Judicial Circuit represents Santa Rosa County.The Conference of County Court Judges has enjoyed the service of Judge Brown as the circuit representative of the 14th Judicial Circuit on the board of directors the past 13 years. In the County Courtslast_img read more

CFO Focus: Robust employment propels the current economy

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In my October market outlook, I incorrectly projected that the U.S. economy would be entering recession by December. While manufacturing and business investment have continued to slow consistently, our robust employment picture continues to lead us forward.Indeed, the November jobs report was solid across the board. It featured a large payroll increase, better-than-expected wage increases, a lower unemployment rate and a higher workforce participation rate. Simply put, it was a great report. Moreover, since economic growth is now being powered predominantly by consumer spending, a great employment report is a good sign.However, I continue to believe that further economic expansion rests precariously on a great deal of leverage for consumers, business and the federal government. According to the St. Louis Fed, total public debt sits at 103.2% of gross domestic product as of June 30. . Because we know the federal budget deficit has increased since the end of the second quarter and consumer and business borrowing remains robust, the ratio is probably higher as we come to the end of 2019. High leverage means that relatively small downturn can have much larger negative effects.last_img read more

3 Brentwood Teens Accused of Rape

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three teenagers have been arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in the trio’s hometown of Brentwood over the weekend, according to Suffolk County authorities and news reports.Bryan Larios, 18, and two 17-year-old suspects, Jose Cornejo and Joel Escobar, were arrested Friday for first-degree rape and robbery, police and court records show. Cornejo was additionally charged with first-degree sexual abuse and resisting arrest.The robbery occurred at Brentwood Middle School on Hilltop Drive at 6:15 p.m. Friday, according to police records. They robbed a male who was with the woman before they allegedly raped her in the woods at the nearby Brentwood Country Club, where she was later found by golfers.Prosecutors identified the suspects as gang members, Newsday reported.A judge ordered all three suspects held without bail. They are due back in court Wednesday.last_img read more

Tenet Blu-Ray, Digital Release Date Set for December — but Not in India

first_imgTenet will be available on Blu-ray and digital storefronts in December, Warner Bros. has announced. The exact dates are December 14 in the UK, December 15 in the US, and December 16 in Australia. This doesn’t include India as it only applies to markets where the Christopher Nolan film released theatrically in August or September. Tenet still doesn’t have a theatrical release date in India, though the epic time-bending espionage movie is expected to premiere in the country before the end of the year. It might even happen in November, now that Maharashtra (the state with the highest number of screens) has given the go ahead for cinemas to reopen.Christopher Nolan Is Making a Mistake With Tenet- Advertisement – Of course, there’s no way to stop you from buying Tenet digitally on an international store. Imported Blu-rays are also regularly available on Amazon and Flipkart. Warner Bros. will open Tenet Blu-ray and digital pre-orders on November 10. In the US, the UK, and Australia, Tenet will be available digitally on Amazon Video, Apple TV (formerly iTunes Store), DirecTV, Google Play Movies / YouTube Movies, FandangoNOW, Fetch TV, Microsoft Store, Rakuten TV, Redbox, Sky Store, Talk Talk TV, Telstra TV, and Vudu, depending on whichever are available in your region. On disc, Tenet will be on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.Shot largely with IMAX cameras, Tenet will be available in 2.20:1 aspect ratio with some scenes in 1.78:1 at native 4K (2160p) resolution. There’s no Dolby Atmos track on the Tenet Blu-ray, which is in keeping with Nolan’s preference for lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. There’s no support for Dolby Vision HDR too, but you do get HDR10, for what it’s worth. Tenet 4K UHD Blu-ray will come with three discs: one for the Tenet 4K HDR version, one for the full-HD version, and the third for extras. Warner Bros. has announced just one feature as yet — “Looking at the World in a New Way: The Making of Tenet, an hour-long exploration of the development and production of the film as told by the cast and crew.”Tenet is out on Blu-ray and digital December 14 in the UK, December 15 in the US, and December 16 in Australia. Warner Bros. India operates with a two-month window between theatrical and Blu-ray, so don’t expect Tenet to be officially available on disc and digital before January 2021.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this’ – Thomas Partey sends message to fans as he speaks out on Arsenal move

first_imgThe 27-year-old will link up with his new team-mates when he returns from international duty with Ghana, and admitted he has been taken aback by the love he has received from fans over his move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 by Metro Partey is delighted to be joining Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Thomas Partey has thanked Arsenal fans for their overwhelmingly positive reaction to him making the switch to the Emirates Stadium and says it’s a ‘great feeling’ to be part of the Gunners family.The midfielder completed a deadline day move from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal as the north London club activated his £45 million release clause.Partey was Mikel Arteta’s priority transfer target this summer and arrives with a wealth of experience having spent five seasons in Atletico’s first team. Skip Ad PLAY ‘Hello, Gunners, thanks so much for the love, for the messages I’ve received,’ Partey said in a message on Arsenal’s Twitter account.‘I can’t wait to be part of you guys, I can’t wait to join team.‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this. Read More Read More Video Settings deadline day move to West Ham Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 5:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.5kShares Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected About Connatix V67539 Top articlescenter_img Read More Read More 1 min. story Skip The midfielder will wear the No.18 shirt (Picture: Getty Images)‘Thanks so much to everyone for the love, I feel so grateful and so amazed to be part of you.‘I can’t wait to join you guys and don’t forget, no Thomas, no Partey.’Arteta was keen to add Partey as he felt his side were a little short in the middle of the park, and speaking to the club’s official website, the Spanish boss praised the midfielder’s character and technical abilities. ‘We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it,’ Arteta told the club’s official website.‘We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short.‘I have a few things in mind that I want to start to train with the team and [Partey’s signing] is going to give us a little bit more adaptability and more balance in defending and attacking transitions and the way we have to set up certain structures to attack better in certain moments of the game.’MORE: Edu explains why Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira wanted to leave ArsenalMORE: Edu reveals how Arsenal’s owners reacted to Thomas Partey transfer moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page SPONSORED Coming Next Full Screen Advertisement / Comment Read More ‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this’ – Thomas Partey sends message to fans as he speaks out on Arsenal move Advertisementlast_img read more

2016-2017 Wellington High School football schedule released:

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The 2016-17 Wellington High School Football Schedule was just created. This will be our schedule next fall: Week #1 —  Clearwater, home. Week #2 — El Dorado, away.Week #3 — Rose Hill, away.Week #4 — Andale, home.Week #5 — Collegiate, away. Week #6 — Scott City, home.Week #7 — Winfield, home.Week #8 — Mulvane, away.Week #9 — Ulysses, away.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more