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Criminal Law Section to distribute handbook on closing arguments

first_img Section Chair Harvey Sepler presents the handbook to Chief Justice Wells. Chair Harvey Sepler told the Bar Board of Governors last month that the section has been working on the handbook since last year and will also hold CLE courses for affected attorneys. Aside from public defenders and prosecutors, Sepler said the handbook will be distributed to attorney general offices, and all trial and district court of appeal judges. Criminal Law Section to distribute handbook on closing arguments Criminal Law Section to distribute handbook on closing arguments The Criminal Law Section will soon begin distributing a handbook to every prosecutor and public defender in the state on how to avoid mistakes in closing arguments that lead to reversals by appellate courts. The section is also working with the Bar’s Center for Professionalism to offer seminars for every felony prosecutor and public defender in the state. The section got involved in the project, he said, after appellate judges complained about the number of cases that had to be overturned because of errors in closing arguments.He praised West Palm Beach attorney and former section chair Douglas Duncan for spearheading the closing argument project.The second area of recent activity for the section was helping the legislature on bills affecting the criminal justice system. Sepler said the section rarely takes a position, but instead seeks to use its unique position of representing prosecutors, defenders, judges, and law professors to provide technical assistance.“We figure that our section is in the best position to be able to educate legislators on what this proposal means to individual judges and attorneys around the state,” he said. “We try to present a fair picture that if this bill is enacted, what it means to our members and the public.”To speed its response time, the section this year set up small panels representing all segments of the section to review various bills, Sepler said. And the section’s reluctance to take positions on most bills enhances its credibility when it does decide to act, he added.The third major area of section activity is working to continue strengthening its annual prosecutor/public defender training program.Sepler said the section is continuing to work to fund an endowment to guarantee the program’s fiscal soundness in perpetuity.The highly praised program, which began in 1979, takes new public defenders and prosecutors and puts them through an intensive week-long trial training program.“We go through every critical aspect of the trials,” Sepler said. “We even bring barristers over from England so they can contribute information on how that system handles cases.”The program, which is named for the late University of Florida law professor and long-time section member Gerald Bennett, pays all expenses for participating attorneys, he added. June 15, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more

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What’s on the horizon for credit unions and credit cards?

first_imgLoyalty programs are undergoing changes on all fronts. American Express announced a new mobile app that will allow membership rewards to be used at the POS, presumably at a devalued exchange rate. Starbucks changed their long-standing rewards program by issuing “stars” based on dollar spend, rather than the number of transactions, causing some consternation among Frappuccino and Oprah Chai aficionados. The way credit and debit card issuers who offer loyalty programs view rewards is also coming under scrutiny.Loyalty programs offered by issuers have existed since the 1980’s, with the primary goal to keep one issuer’s card at the “top of wallet” over other cards. Every time you reach in your wallet, you have a choice of which card to use for that transaction – your credit union wants you to choose their cards, and offering points per dollar spent, which can later be used to purchase gifts, travel, or in some cases, cash back, is the incentive offered to you to use their card.However, mobile apps, Apple/Samsung/Android Pay, and online wallets, have radically changed the dynamics or staying “top of wallet”, since you no longer pull out your physical wallet and make a choice at the POS. Instead, you enter card credentials when you first set up your wallet, and the first card you load becomes the default. The incentive to stay “top of wallet” needs to change to incentive to stay “top of phone”, with the overall goal still the same – choose one issuer’s card over another when making a transaction.Loyalty programs have always been about incenting consumer behavior. Credit unions need to rethink what behaviors they are trying to incent. For example, offering points for loading a card into Apple Pay is a start, but that doesn’t mean that the card is now the default. Offering bonus points for three transactions over $25 is a more assured way to cause the behavior change – hopefully the cardholder has made the credit union card the new default. continue reading » 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Lakers stage spirited comeback, but fall to Bucks in overtime

first_imgOn top of all that, Walton lost the remainder of his starting backcourt before halftime. A furious Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was ejected with 2:22 left in the second quarter after he had to be held back by Walton and teammates during a timeout.Caldwell-Pope was upset over a non-call on a breakaway layup. His premature departure left the Lakers even more short-handed, and forced Hart, in his first game back after breaking his hand late last month in Miami, into extra duty.“That wasn’t how we planned it,” Hart said.Hart finished with 13 points and 13 boards in 35 minutes after missing the previous 14 games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhat built up to that final meaningful shot was a mash-up of hodgepodge lineups and defense that Walton said “was as bad as” the Lakers had played all year giving way to a lock-down effort from unfamiliar heroes.Heroes, after all, come in all shapes and sizes, wearing unexpected jersey numbers.So it was Ivica Zubac, Alex Caruso, Kuzma, Tyler Ennis and Channing Frye on the floor as the Lakers (33-42) used a 29-9 run to tie the score at 104 after trailing 95-75 with 2:08 left in the third quarter. A group that had certainly never shared the court together this season, and one that serves as a testament to just how much an NBA team can morph over the six grueling months of an NBA season.“They were huge for us,” teammate Josh Hart said. “They were out there having fun, playing together, getting stops, getting out in transition and playing to our strengths.”Or, as Walton put it: “That group had success because they were all playing for each other. … Because of that they were able to compete against one of the better teams in our league.” Once the Lakers had evened the score, that group gave way to more traditional closers: Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram, who in just his second game back after missing 14 games with a groin strain started at point guard in place of Lonzo Ball, himself sidelined by a knee contusion.Before leaving the game in overtime with yet another injury – this time a neck contusion and possible concussion – Ingram tallied 12 points and six assists to go with five turnovers. He also missed three free throws in the final three minutes of regulation, helping the Bucks force overtime.Initial concussion tests on Ingram came back negative, but he will be reevaluated on Saturday.Eric Bledsoe poured in a game-high 39 points for the Bucks (41-35), including the first nine points of overtime, giving the appearance once again that Milwaukee had slammed the door on the Lakers. However, the hosts answered with nine straight, including a pair of free throws by Randle with 49.8 seconds left, to pull within 121-120. PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks over Tyler Zeller #44 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (6) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Josh Hart (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Friday, March 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks take a shot as he is fouled by Brook Lopez #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives on Tyler Ennis #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks takes a shot over Josh Hart #5, Alex Caruso #4 and Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers watches play against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks over Tyler Zeller #44 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Joe Prunty of the Milwaukee Bucks watches play during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Eric Bledsoe #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks scores in front of Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbbles up court during the first half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks scores in front of Julius Randle #30 and Brook Lopez #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Bucks’ Sterling Brown attempts a shot in front of Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks over Los Angeles Lakers forward Josh Hart (5) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Friday, March 30, 2018. The Bucks won in overtime 124-122. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks is fouled by Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Josh Hart #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after his foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Marshall Plumlee #40 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to his foul during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) dunks over the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, March 30, 2018. The Bucks won in overtime 124-122. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Milwaukee Bucks head coach Joe Prunty greets guard Brandon Jennings (11) coming off the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Friday, March 30, 2018. The Bucks won in overtime 124-122. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown (23) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, March 30, 2018. The Bucks won in overtime, 124-122. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton talks with referee David Guthrie during the overtime period of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Los Angeles Friday, March 30, 2018. The Bucks won in overtime 124-122. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks over Tyler Zeller #44 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 20LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 30: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks over Tyler Zeller #44 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Down 20 with two minutes to go on Friday, the Lakers had little left to play for. The roster was decimated by injuries and one unanticipated premature dismissal.But before their spirited rally fell short – or rather long and wide – at the end of a 126-124 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Lakers showed just how unpredictable, how rousing and beautiful, the game they play can be at the least predictable times.“What we took away from it,” Coach Luke Walton said, “is in the NBA you’re never out of it. … Possession by possession, you always have a chance in this league.”The Lakers had a chance right up until Kyle Kuzma, who finished with a team-high 27-points, misfired on the potential game-winning 3-pointer with just under three seconds left in overtime. That miss essentially sealed the Lakers’ 42nd loss, ensuring a fifth consecutive losing season. After All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a 3-point try over Kuzma, Hart grabbed his 13th rebound and the Lakers raced the other way.Walton opted to hold on to his final timeout – a strategy he would employ on the Lakers’ final shot – and Randle barreled into the lane only to miss a shot over Tyler Zeller.It was perhaps the Lakers’ best chance to steal the win. The possession that resulted in Kuzma’s missed 3-point attempt was more frantic and disorganized. The Lakers needed only a two to tie, a fact Walton reminded Kuzma of after his off-balance long ball missed so badly.Perhaps no other night this season has Walton’s creativity been so greatly tested when it came to formulating lineups. The Lakers were already without Ball, as well as three of their back-of-the-bench players – Travis Wear, Thomas Bryant and Gary Payton II were already in Oklahoma City with the South Bay Lakers for the first game of the G-League playoffs.Related Articles Lakers’ Luke Walton, Bucks’ Joe Prunty share unique path to NBA coaching careers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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