IRA membership trial halted over alleged garda telephone recordings

first_imgNewsIRA membership trial halted over alleged garda telephone recordingsBy Staff Reporter – March 26, 2014 1107 WhatsApp Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Print Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] Limerick men charged with the alleged membership of an illegal organisation, namely the IRA, have had their trial halted at the Special Criminal Court amid the latest development in the Garda phone recording saga. Following an application for disclosure made before the three judge non jury court, the trial of Thomas McMahon, 32, with an address at Ros Fearna, Murroe and Noel Noonan, 35, of North Claughaun Road, Garryowen was halted as evidence was due outlining that both are alleged members of the IRA, On February 7, 2013, both men were arrested in County Tipperary during an operation where Gardai were investigating dissident republicans.The legal teams for both accused men asked the court for disclosure from An Garda Siochana as to whether or not conversations their clients had with lawyers were recorded. Defence counsels, Isobel Kennedy SC and Anthony Sammon SC, outlined that the accused men had phone conversations with solicitors before garda interviews. Tara Burns SC, prosecution counsel for the State said that Gardai knew nothing, at the time, about what has since emerged. The matter was adjourned until later this week for clarification on whether or not recordings were made. Linkedin Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Facebookcenter_img Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick TAGSdissident republicansIRAMusic LimerickSpecial Criminal Court Previous articleSpecialist garda unit needed to tackle gun crimeNext articleApology too late as Collins calls for Shatter to step down Staff Reporter #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Email New Music: 40Hurtzlast_img read more

17th Circuit Board Candidates Platform Statements

first_img17th Circuit Board Candidates Platform Statements I am seeking election to the Board of Governors because I think it is vitally important to the integrity of The Florida Bar to have a board of qualified individuals that is reflective of the Bar and the community at large. I believe the experience that I have gained over nearly 20 years of practice and the multitude of leadership positions that I have held give me unique insight into the diverse issues and interests we must address in order to make The Florida Bar the “Big Tent” of inclusion.As lawyers we are facing significant challenges to the absolute foundation of our profession: state and national legislative initiatives impacting the practice of law and each citizen’s access to the court; efforts to weaken the Bar’s self-regulation; the widespread perception and in too many cases the reality of an erosion of professionalism within our ranks and with the public at large; political efforts designed to attack the independence and funding of our judiciary; and the obvious and long overdue need to diversify the board both racially and in gender. There is no doubt that I have the skills to meet the challenges and the obligations bestowed upon the Board of Governors. Most important, I deal with all of these issues daily in developing and maintaining my private practice.In order for The Florida Bar to reach its greatest potential, it must serve a true purpose in the professional lives of each member. The most important purpose the Bar serves is maintaining professionalism, integrity, and a spirit of inclusion. Inclusion must encompass large firms and solo practices, established lawyers and those that are just finding their way, and women and men of all demographics, ages, and races. Our priority should be making sure that our joint effort leaves the next generation of lawyers a profession as strong as ever.In all of my professional and civic endeavors I strive to provide focus and dedication to the organization’s mission. If elected to the Board of Governors, I will commit to those responsibilities with the same balanced approach striving to solve the critical issues in the best interests of all members of the Bar who are dedicated to “the principles of duty and service to the public.”I would be honored to have your support and look forward to serving you on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Ballots will be mailed on April 1 in a special election to replace 17th Circuit Board of Governors member Henry Latimer, who was killed in a car crash earlier this year.Four candidates have filed, and their platform statements are below.Lawyers in the 17th Circuit will have the option of voting online or via paper ballot, and instructions will be in the ballots they receive in the mail. All ballots must be received no later than midnight April 21. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the top two vote getters will be in a runoff, and those ballots will be mailed around May 1.Allison K. Bethel I am Keith Grumer, and I am running for The Florida Bar Board of Governors seat vacated after Henry Latimer’s unfortunate death. All of the candidates seeking the seat are highly qualified and recognize the responsibility of assuming Mr. Latimer’s place. The Bar will be fortunate to have any of their contributions.My experience stems from 20 years as a business litigator in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties. My firm’s diverse practice draws us into trials, both jury and non-jury, in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. This intense view of the judicial system at work offers a unique perspective of the court system, the people who operate it, the “civilians” who seek justice from it, and the witnesses drawn into its tempest.In drafting my platform, I recalled a movie, which expressed then why I wanted to become a lawyer, and today why I seek to be a member of the Board of Governors. While sitting for LSATs 25 years ago, “And Justice for All” was the courtroom drama du jour, but Al Pacino’s message still resonates the truth: The whole system is out of order. The judicial system is a bureaucracy run by well-intentioned individuals, stressed by the demands of the day, the pressures of the job, and their own agendas. All of us need to be conscious of the ever-growing frustration that our society experiences when they encounter our system, and the disappointment, and sometimes anger, the encounter can engender.As the father of three daughters, my toughest advocacy often occurs at home. But my greatest challenge is explaining to my children how formidable and risky the judicial system can be, how haphazard events can cascade into life altering consequences, and how great a challenge it is to accomplish justice. I remind them that we are fortunate to live in a society where there is a system, which strives for such lofty goals, and they see how much hard work it takes to achieve it.As a member of the Board of Governors, my goal would be to remind members of the judicial system of the power they have, the impact of their roles on peoples’ lives, and their capacity and obligation to make a difference. Each person needs to leave our system believing they have been heard, and it is that perception of fairness that sustains us. Eugene K. Pettis I find myself in the uncomfortable position of seeking election to Henry Latimer’s seat on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. He was a great man, and I hope that I can live up to the example that Henry set for all of us. I don’t have a resume because I have worked for myself for 15 of my 16 years as a Bar member. I am not running for this seat for the purpose of any self-aggrandizement, so I find myself in the unusual position of telling you all why I am qualified to serve. I hold a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from FAU in Boca Raton, and I graduated from Nova Law in 1988 after interning in the 17th Circuit Public Defender’s Office. I have practiced trial law in small firm and solo practice in the 17th Circuit for my entire career.I’m involved with the Bar and various trial lawyer’s organizations because it’s the right thing to do. It’s time to give something back to the profession. I have served as a chair of Bar Grievance Committee 17D, and I currently serve on the Bar’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. I am the immediate past president of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association, where I have been an officer for years. I have served several terms as a director of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and I’ve spent some time in Tallahassee lobbying the legislature almost every session for the last 10 years, observing the machinations of state government (and it’s not pretty).I’m AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and I’ve been recertified by The Florida Bar as a civil trial lawyer. I am running for this seat on The Florida Bar Board of Governors because I can contribute valuable rank-and-file experience to our governing body. Bench and Bar should be defended from the repeated assaults on the independence of the judiciary which have lately come from the governor, the legislature, and the federal government. Lawyers’ interests in that regard are best represented by a Bar governed by folks that represent the great majority of practitioners across the state. I know what it’s like to run a practice, run a business, and balance the needs of a family and a professional life at the same time. If you select me to represent the members of the Bar, that’s what I will do, and I will justify your trust. Bradley Winston Keith Grumer April 1, 2005 Regular News I am running for the seat on the Board of Governors made vacant by the untimely death of my beloved friend and mentor, Henry Latimer. If elected, I hope to continue Henry’s legacy of service, professionalism, and excellence.I received my undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1980 and my law degree from the University of Florida in 1984. While in law school, I received the university’s Best Oral Advocate Award, Best Brief Award, Outstanding Member Award, Presidential Recognition Award, and was inducted into the Order of Barristers.I enjoy being a lawyer and have been active in bar associations all of my professional life, serving as president of a statewide bar association (1997-1998) and an officer and director of voluntary bars in West Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade counties (1984-1996). I am past chair of The Florida Bar’s Equal Opportunities Law Section (2001) and former board member of state FAWL. I am currently a member of several Bar committees and the Broward County Bar Association. These years of local and statewide service enable me to begin my term as your representative with a good understanding of the issues facing our profession.Likewise, my experience in government and private practice would bring a unique and useful perspective to the board. I have served as the director of Civil Rights for the Attorney General’s Office since 2000. In that capacity, I have litigated precedent setting cases throughout the state and written and successfully lobbied for historic changes to Florida’s Civil Rights Act. Prior to entering government service, I was in private practice, specializing in civil litigation, first with Cone, Wagner, et. al., in West Palm Beach (1984-1989) and then with Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale (1990-1996). When I joined the Attorney General’s Office in 1996, I was senior trial counsel in our eminent domain division for two years. I am AV rated. No other candidate has this depth of legal experience.My background demonstrates an ability to work across practice and political lines to build the consensus necessary for effectuating constructive change. Our similarities are bigger than our differences. All lawyers suffer when the independence of the judiciary is threatened, the court system is inadequately funded, or when the integrity of the profession is challenged by negative public perception. I want to help the Bar protect the core values of our profession and make the Bar more effective for us all. 17th Circuit Board Candidates Platform Statementslast_img read more

The share the love campaign

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Famed anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”This quote captures the spirit of the credit union movement; and it is out of this spirit of charity and goodwill that the Share the Love campaign was born.Share the Love is a collaboration between CU Solutions Group, its member rewards program, Love My Credit Union Rewards, and the Credit Union National Association. The campaign celebrates “paying it forward” through random acts of kindness – and it’s starting to gain momentum in a big way.The SparkThe spark that would inspire the launch of Share the Love started with a local credit union in Romulus, Mich. The team at Public Service Credit Union decided to give back in their neighborhood through spontaneous and unexpected gestures of kindness.Starting out at a local gas station, in the midst of a cold, snowy Michigan winter, the folks at Public Service CU greeted motorists by filling up their gas tank and topping off their windshield washer fluid. Then they decided to pass out doughnuts to the workers who were braving the cold and plowing the snow-covered streets. Public Service CU didn’t stop there. continue reading »last_img read more

4 ways to earn trust; 5 ways to keep it

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Earning the trust of your colleagues, your members and others in your professional and personal life is one thing, but being able to hang onto that trust is something else altogether.Competence, reliability, honesty and consistency form the basis for trust, writes Lolly Daskal on her Lead from Within blog. Trust is the foundation of any business. You can’t build a successful company without it. And likewise, you must be able to retain trust in order to grow and succeed. We’ve seen what happens when a company breaks that trust. (Need I remind of Wells Fargo’s recent actions, which broke the trust of many of their customers and employees?) continue reading »last_img read more