Month: March 2020

As coronavirus breaches Florida juvenile justice staff, even judges kept in the dark

When a boy from Fort Lauderdale’s juvenile lockup appeared in court wearing a protective mask and exhibiting symptoms of the flu, judges and public defenders wanted to know what precautions, if any, Florida juvenile justice administrators were taking to ensure that youthful offenders have not been exposed to the deadly coronavirus. In what has become…

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Private, public defense lawyers race a common enemy: the coronavirus

By Noreen Marcus, Miami criminal defense lawyer Edward Shohat and Gordon Weekes, the No. 2 public defender for Broward County, have something in common. Both are racing against time on behalf of a client–in Weekes’s case, many clients. Their fast-moving foe is the coronavirus, the invisible monster that threatens millions of Americans with COVID-19…

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