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Aug  29,  2011
By maryann
Terri Cromley, the Managing Partner of the Bradenton office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.
, brought the following health services to our attention for the benefit of her clients: The Sarasota County Health Department’s Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 16 sites around the county during September, as posted in Your Observer, by Kurt Schultheis, the City Editor, on August 26, 2011. The services offered at these regularly established sites include diabetes education and screening, blood pressure tests, pregnancy testing, HIV and tuberculosis testing, adult immunizations and health education. The staff also assists individuals who lack medical insurance and do not have a health care provider to find a medical home for ongoing health care. No appointment is needed. Some services are free, including HIV rapid testing, with results in 20 minutes. Other services are provided on a sliding-fee scale based on income. A registered nurse is available at all sites. The following is a schedule of dates and locations for the mobile unit in Sarasota: • Monday, Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m.-noon: Selby Goodwill Jobs Center, 1781 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way • Monday, Sept. 19, 1-3 p.m.: Newtown Estates Park, 2800 Newtown Blvd. • Thursdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Salvation Army, 1400 10th St. • Monday, Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon: Sarasota Housing Authority, 1912 N. Orange Ave. • Mondays, Sept. 12 and 26, 1-3 p.m.: Arizona Multi-Services Center, 3900 N. Washington Blvd. • Monday, Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m.-noon: McCown Tower, 1300 Blvd. of the Arts For more information and for other locations the services will be available around the county, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000, or visit to view the calendar or to submit a special event request. Anyone without computer access can visit a health kiosk at any of the eight Sarasota County libraries or at any Senior Friendship Center.   246CNM53HFFV
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Aug  23,  2011
By maryann
Will our Social Security Disability system be pushed to the brink of insolvency? Will the trust fund that supports Social Security disability run out of money by 2017? In Washington, Stephen Ohlemach reported that laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system. To learn more about the applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can't find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs; and how the stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants, please click here:
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Aug  17,  2011
By maryann
On July 29, 2011, TheFederal Judge Mary Scriven St. Petersburg Times reported that "A federal judge has declared Florida's drug law unconstitutional, potentially throwing thousands of criminal cases into jeopardy." U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven of Orlando issued a ruling Wednesday that struck down the state's Drug Abuse Prevention and Control law, saying it violates due process because it doesn't require that prosecutors prove that a person knew he or she possessed illegal drugs. Lawmakers amended the law in 2002, becoming the only state in the nation to get rid of "guilty knowledge," also called mens rea. "Not surprisingly, Florida stands alone in its express elimination of mens rea as an element of a drug offense," Scriven wrote in her order. "Other states have rejected such a draconian and unreasonable construction of the law that would criminalize the 'unknowing' possession of a controlled substance." Local defense lawyers said Scriven's ruling has been a long time coming. And they said the impact could be huge. Many said they intend to file motions to dismiss their drug cases by citing the judge's order. "It has one of the largest potential effects on criminal law in the past decade," said St. Petersburg lawyer Jeff Brown. "Were talking hundreds of thousands of drug cases." It was unclear Thursday how prosecutors may respond to defense motions that cite Scriven's ruling. Pinellas-Pasco Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett said he had not read the ruling, and prosecutors in Hillsborough County could not be reached for comment. Scriven's ruling came in the case of Mackle Vincent Shelton, 33, who was convicted in 2005 of drug charges in Osceola County. Shelton, currently serving 18 years in prison for delivery of cocaine and other charges, filed a case in federal court on the grounds that a jury wasn't required to consider intent when it decided his case. That's because lawmakers' changes to the law three years earlier had eliminated the requirement that prosecutors prove that the defendant intended to commit the crime. "It takes the presumption of innocence and throws it in the garbage can," said Tampa lawyer James Felman, Shelton's attorney. In essence, Felman and other defense attorneys said, the law shifted the burden of proof to the defense. Scriven's ruling aims to shift it back to prosecutors. "The ruling brings us in line with the rest of the country," said St. Petersburg defense lawyer Bob Heyman, who is a former prosecutor. "The state should have the burden of proof." As news of the ruling spread through the legal community on Thursday, defense lawyers said they are preparing to file motions to dismiss their drug cases. Brown, who also teaches at Stetson Law School, said he has about 25 such cases. He predicted the courts will see a flood of motions.  
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