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Tampa woman claims false arrest over warrant with wrong name, race

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A Tampa woman claims she was falsely arrested on a Virginia warrant, despite it having the wrong name and race. Pamela Elaine Orellana, a 49-year-old Tampa woman formerly known as Pamela Elaine Mullins, was arrested in Pinellas County in 1996 on a charge of performing a lewd and lascivious act in the presence of a minor under the age of 16. Mullins eventually pleaded “no contest.” Adjudication was withheld, but she was required to register as a sex offender. Since…

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Supreme Court allows lawsuit against doctor for patient’s suicide

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The Florida Supreme Court Thursday ruled that the husband of a Venice woman who committed suicide can sue her doctor for medical malpractice. The court sent the case back “with instructions to proceed to trial.” Robert Granicz had sued Dr. Joseph S. Chirillo Jr. after wife Jacqueline Granicz hung herself in the couple’s garage in October 2008, according to the opinion.  A trial judge dismissed the suit, saying Chirillo “did not have a legal duty to prevent Jacqueline’s suicide.” The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal later reversed…

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