Legal Briefs on June 27, 2018
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- Question: George Zimmerman is facing stalking charges. He is accused of sending dozens of threats via phone, texts, voice mail, and email messages to a private investigator working on a documentary about the death of Trayvon Martin. This private investigator said he was so scared because Zimmerman allegedly threatened the man’s family and he’s had safe houses and everything because of these threats. How does the law see stalking? What kind of trouble could Zimmerman really be in with these charges?
- Answer: This is a criminal charge. If you do it more than once it’s a pattern of conduct and he could sue for the threats.
- Question: In these electronic communications he’s left an electronic trail. If they contain threatening language, is that why they are criminal charges?
- Answer: It will be hard to prove. It will depend on many variables. For example, if they are both being aggressive towards each other or if this is a one-sided dialogue, etc.
- Question: Can an employer say they will pay you for jury duty but when you go to the court house due to a Summons, and not get sat on a jury then not pay you?
- Answer: Unless it is in a contract, they normally are not obligated to pay you for jury duty. It is a verbal contract however; the argument is over $100-$200. You are taking a risk with Florida being a right to work state and your complaint may jeopardize your job.
- Question: Is it something you can bring to H.R.?
- Answer: Yes, you can submit a complaint.
- Question: An appeals court rejected a request to quickly send the major medical marijuana case to the FL supreme court. The plaintiffs had appealed saying they wanted it certified and sent directly to the FL supreme court. They’re kind of by passing the First District Court of Appeals. The appeals court ruled and rejected the request to certify the case to the supreme court. Why are they trying to get this hurried so quickly?
- Answer: To save time. They don’t want the case to be tied up for a long period of time.
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