Former Judges Defend ‘Grim Reaper’ Lawyer In COVID War With Ron DeSantis

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“The requirement that lawyers be strong advocates are pillars of our democracy,” wrote attorney Daniel Uhlfelder, a former Florida state Supreme Court justice.

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two former high ranking Florida Judges stand for a lawyer who Presented as Grim Reaper On the beaches last summer for criticizing the GOP government. Ron DeSantis‘ handling of COVID-19 And even sued DeSantis to force the state to close beaches.

When a lower court ruled against the lawyer, Daniel Uhlfelder, he appealed. But then the conservative First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee referred them Florida Bar for Discipline, earlier this year appeared to retaliate after dismissing his appeal, and later speaking to the press, ordered that he Investigated for misconduct and contempt of court.

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Former Judge R. Fred Lewis, who served on the Florida state Supreme Court for more than 20 years, filed an affidavit earlier this week defending Uhlfelder in the bar association’s ongoing investigation. He wrote that the lawyer Every right to sue – and appeal.

“When a citizen believes that the Governor is in breach of his constitutional duty to preserve the life and welfare of his citizens, he has the right to bring that claim to a court of general jurisdiction, and “If the lower court believes it cannot hear it but encourages an appeal, the Floridian has the right to appeal that decision,” Lewis wrote.

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“It is my view that legal action, freedom of attorney and the need for lawyers to be strong advocates pillars of our democracy,” Lewis said.

Prior to the appeal, Chief Justice Robert Benton of the First District Court of Appeal also filed an affidavit on Uhlfelder’s behalf, calling “the independence of the judiciary … the key to preserving our liberty, and [the] Freedom of consultation essential to our adversarial system.”

Meanwhile, an editorial in the Orlando Sentinel this week said the appeals court “is persecuted for sending the message to Uhlfelder that here in Florida, you don’t mess with this governor

Uhlfelder first began stalking Florida beaches as grim reapers in May 2020, as the state began to reopen early in the coronavirus pandemic.

On Twitter on Thursday, he appeared pleased to be called in as governor.main pain“In the Sentinel op-ed and posted a chart of Florida’s skyrocketing COVID-19 deaths.

State hit close to total 51,000 deaths from COVID on Monday. At least 2,400 Floridians died in the first two weeks of September.

However, the cases have started decreasing in the state, with 9,760 reported on Thursday. This put the seven-day average at 11,816 cases, the lowest since July 22. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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