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Court orders new trial for lawyer convicted in gambling ring

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An attorney convicted of leading a $300 million gambling ring that used a veterans charity as a front and led to the resignation of Florida’s lieutenant governor is getting a new trial. Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis deserves a new day in court after deciding the trial judge should have allowed Mathis’ legal team to call certain witnesses to bolster its defense. “Appellant argues, and we agree, that the trial court abused its discretion…

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Highest unemployment since labor statistics started

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From Whitney Ray: Florida’s unemployment rate is the highest it’s ever been since the state began keeping track of job statistics in 1970. 12.2 percent of Florida’s workforce, or more than a million 126-thousand people, are unemployed. As Whitney Ray tells us, as the jobless rate will continue to climb as state lawmakers scramble to create jobs. Four thousand people lined up at this Tampa job fair Thursday to compete for 800 jobs. Friday the search for work continued. Searcey…

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