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Mar  29,  2012
By maryann
Watch Kevin Hayslett on ABC News today as he is interviewed on the Trayvon Martin killing. As reported by ABC News, Martin, 17, was walking to his father's fiancee's home in Sanford on February 26 when he was approached by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch member. Moments later, Zimmerman shot the teen, who was returning from a convenience store with candy and a can of tea. He was unarmed. Zimmerman told police he fired in self defense and has not been charged. Investigators said they had no evidence to challenge his story. In another development, ABC News reports that just seconds before he was shot to death, Martin was on his cell phone talking with a 16-year-old girl. In an exclusive interview, the girl, whose parents did not want her identified, said Martin told her someone was watching him and that he was trying to get away from the person. “He said this man was watching him. So he put his hoodie on. 'What are you following me for?' The man said 'what you doing around here? Then the man like, like pushed Trayvon cause his headset like fell," the girl said. After the phone went dead, the girl tried to call back, but here was no answer. In 911 recordings released last week, Zimmerman is heard on the phone with a dispatch operator just before the shooting. Zimmerman said he was following the teen. "Something's wrong with him. Yep. He's coming to check me out," Zimmerman told the dispatcher. "He's got something in his hands. I don't know what his deal is. Send officers over here." When Zimmerman said he was following the boy, the dispatcher told him, "We don't need you to do that." A few minutes later, someone who lives near the scene of the shooting called 911 to report a disturbance. In the background, screams for help could be heard. Trayvon's father said he believed the pleas for help were his son's last words. A voice analysis will be conducted in an effort to determine who was yelling for help. Late Monday, Federal prosecutors and the FBI announced they will investigate the shooting. Earlier Monday, Governor Rick Scott said the case has "caused significant concern within the Sanford community and the state" and asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to assist. Read more:
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Mar  15,  2012
By maryann
  On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, the Wall Street Journal included a special advertising supplement highlighting the top ranked law firms in Florida. We are proud to announce that Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. has been honored, once again, to be included as one of Florida's top ranked law firms. LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and The Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Daily Business Review and The National Law Journal compiled the list based upon firms with 10 or more lawyers who have a high percentage of AV Preeminent rated attorneys. This rating indicates the attorneys have been deemed by their peers to have demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability, and it is the highest rating available. We would like to thank all the attorneys and staff at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. for their continued aggressive, responsive and caring commitment to our clients which enables this firm to be part of a select group recognized for exceptional legal abilities and professional ethical standards.  
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Mar  12,  2012
By maryann
One of the most important things to do when getting a case ready for trial is...Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. If you don't prepare you will not be able to protect your client and you will not be successful at trial. First of all, your law firm must be prepared to fund the case. As stated by Gary Paul in the March 2012 edition of Trial, "No case is ever won by doing it on the cheap." From the moment we open a case for a new client, that case is being prepared for trial. It is best not to prepare a case for settlement, but to prepare it for trial from the beginning. That way if a case is settled, it is due to your trial preparation. One of the most powerful tools in preparation of a trial is the Mock Trial. At Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. we have a full courtroom built on our premises for the use of trial preparation for the benefit of our clients. This will provide critical information as to how how jurors may view a case. In order to provide an unbiased evaluation of the case we place ads, interview and hire at least 12 jurors for the mock trial. All the witnesses and trial experts and portrayed by the attorneys and staff. For trial preparation we hire experts to testify whenever required. All the exhibits are prepared and ready to use as if they would be in the actual trial. With the judge sitting at the bench, and the attorneys for the for both sides are ready, the opening statements begin. The jurors are prepared with their jury instruction and notebooks. The cameras in the courtoom from different angels take in the expressions of the juror as they take in every word. Witnesses and experts are brought in one at a time and questioned. Following the closing statements of the attorneys and the jury instructions read by the judge, the jurors are ready to be divided into two groups for deliberation. These groups go through all their notes as we listen to the them discuss the reasons for the decisions, just as they would in an actual deliberation. This is how we use the mock trial to show us how prospective jurors view a case and which arguments jurors find most persuasive. At Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., our staff and attorneys dedicate ourselves to being a success for our clients.
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