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Shock jock lawyers fight in court over alleged DUI setup

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Four lawyers. Two shock jocks. One flirtatious paralegal. A Florida judge will soon decide if three well-known Tampa attorneys tricked a rival lawyer into getting a DUI in an attempt to derail opposing counsel on a defamation case. The ethics trial began this week and it has riveted Tampa’s legal community with its salacious details of scheming and flirtation, of prior drunk driving arrests and extramarital affairs. On one side is the Florida Bar, which supports the version of events…

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Condo bill passes House Finance & Tax on party-line vote

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A bill to continue Great Recession-era relief to homebuilders and bulk buyers of bank-owned condominiums was approved in House Finance & Tax during a Monday afternoon meeting held specifically to consider the proposal. HB 791 sponsored by state Rep. George Moraitis –– the sole Republican among the Broward delegation — was the subject of a 45-minute debate period, mostly driven by concerns from the panel’s Democratic members over the rights of condo tenants, who they say are at risk under the current state…

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