On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 7:23 PM, Bay News 9, By Rick Elmhorst/Laurie Davison, Team Coverage released the story that the Polk County State Attorney's Office announced Monday that it was dropping 38 DUI cases investigated by the Lakeland Police Department.
Laurie Davison interviewed defense attorney Kevin Hayslett, a partner with the law offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., who is involved in one of the cases that was dismissed, who praised the state attorney’s actions.
"To the 38 people having their cases dismissed it is a huge deal,” Hayslett said. “And when we've got to rely on the truth and veracity of an officer to make an intelligent and truthful and honest arrest, and we find out that's not the case, the appropriate action needs to be taken."
The cases center around Sergeant Ray Lloyd and Officer David Nicholas Edds.
Bay News 9 reported that the officers involved in the cases have improperly filled out paperwork in DUI cases and have been untruthful. Another 10 DUI cases are also under review.
State attorney investigators interviewed the officers under oath about the paperwork issues and released the audio recordings of those interviews Monday.
In one instance, state attorney investigators believes that Sergeant Lloyd lied about being tipped off to their investigation by the head of LPD's Internal Affairs department, Lt. Hans Lehman.
Because the State Attorney's Office claims it can't vouch for the truthfulness of the officers it will no longer use their testimony in court. That means the DUI cases can't be prosecuted.
Both of the officers are on some form of administrative leave while the Lakeland Police Department continues its own investigation.
3 members of LPD advisory commission resign
Three more members of the newly formed Lakeland police advisory commission have resigned.
Anne Kerr, President of Florida Southern College, Kent Ingle, President of Southeastern University and Elaine Thompson, CEO of Lakeland Regional Health Systems all tendered their resignations from the once 15-member panel.
Mayor Gow Fields formed the commission following a sex scandal within the Lakeland Police Department.
The commission is tasked with finding a way to get police and citizens to speak up when they see something's wrong. Mayor Fields also wants the commission to examine LPD's policies and culture and wants the commission to come up with recommendations on how to restore public confidence in the agency.
Polk State College President Eileen Holden and Lakeland businessman Joe P. Ruthven both resigned Monday. They had been named co-chairs of the commission.
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We are proud to announce that Terri Cromley
, a partner in the firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.
, located at our Bradenton office
, will serve as the Vice President/President Elect of the Manatee Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL)
On July 1st, Judge Charles P. Sniffen installed the new Manatee FAWL Board for 2013-2014. Terri Cromley will serve as the Vice President/President Elect. Terri has served as a board member for many years.
This year Manatee FAWL has selected Feeding Empty Little Tummies (F.E.L.T.) as their charity to support throughout the year. F.E.L.T. is Manatee County’s original backpack program, to feed homeless children on weekends, when they often can go hungry. Terri is looking forward to working with the legal community and with F.E.L.T.
2011 marked the 60th Anniversary of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and many exciting plans are underway, such as scheduled programming and networking opportunities in North, Central and South Florida making it easier for members in all regions of the state to participate
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We are happy to announce that Jason L. Fox, Esquire
, a Partner in the firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.
, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Florida Workers' Advocates (FLA). The FWA is an association of attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers in Florida through legislative, amicus and local action.
Florida Workers' Advocates is an organization of civil justice attorneys representing injured workers
in Florida. Our member attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers. FWA serves as the primary advocate on a range of issues affecting injured workers and their families. FWA advocates that all injured workers be afforded:
- Fair and adequate lost wage benefits.
- Access to prompt, quality medical care.
- The unfettered right to retain an attorney.
- Access to re-education and rehabilitation benefits.
- Strong job-site safety laws and regulations.
- A good faith claims handling obligation for all employers and their insurance carriers.
- Fairness and justice.
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