Summit to focus on criminal justice system Summit to focus on criminal justice system Exploring ways to improve Florida’s criminal justice system without deference to any sacred cows is the goal of a new annual summit being planned by the Criminal Law Section.Section Chair Stephen Everhart, a Stetson University law professor, related the plans to the Board of Governors in August, and said the section hopes to attract state, national, and international experts.The idea for a summit grew out of his discussions with the late University of Florida College of Law Professor Gerald Bennett, Everhart said, who was also one of Everhart’s former instructors.“We wanted to get some of the best prosecutors, public defenders, judges, and academics from around the world and look at the criminal justice system and see how we can do it better, faster, and cheaper,” he said. “Should we have appointed prosecutors, as opposed to elected prosecutors? What about public defenders?“Why not abolish the Fifth Amendment, in conjunction with the abolition of the death penalty?”Other subjects, he said, would include looking at ways to improve law schools, including bringing in the best judges, prosecutors, and defenders as instructors, extending merit retention to state attorneys and public defenders if they are appointed, and examining plea bargaining.“After studying an issue, we might recommend that we make no changes, or we might agree to meet again and study the issue further,” Everhart wrote in his column for the section’s newsletter. “But the idea would be to consider everything.”The plan is to hold the summit in conjunction with the Bar’s June Annual Meeting, and Everhart said it will be called the Professor Gerald T. Bennett Memorial Criminal Justice Summit.He has named Statewide Prosecutor Melanie Hines, chair-elect of the section, and himself as co-chairs for the first summit, and Stetson law Prof. Bob Batey will be helping with the planning and production. It is planned for next June and will focus on plea bargaining.Everhart invited participation and input from the board. He can be contacted at Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. South, Gulfport 33707, or via e-mail at Everhart@law.stetson.edu. September 15, 2002 Regular News
Frankel’s jockey Tom Queally has paid a personal tribute to Sir Henry Cecil after the death of the Newmarket trainer at the age of 70. He told Racing UK: “Everybody in racing will be saddened to hear of his passing away. This is going to affect an awful lot of people. I’m gutted to hear it. His illness got the better of him – it’s a dreadful shame. “He was very easy to ride for. He was a great trainer and an even greater person. Everything he did was class – he was just class, everything about him. Every other trainer aspires to be like him and no other trainer will come close. “He had a great empathy with horses and was a people person as well. He made a serious business feel like fun – I’m sure any member of his staff will tell you the same. Simplicity wins, and he kept things simple. They don’t make people like him any more. He was a brilliant, brilliant trainer and a great man. We’ll never see another trainer like him again.” Mick Kinane rode several big-race winners for Cecil, including the 1993 Derby aboard Commander In Chief, and was fulsome in his praise. He told At The Races: “He was a lovely man to ride for and had a great way of making you feel at ease even when the stakes were high. The first time you win a big race you never forget and Commander In Chief was my first Derby. He was the second string on the day, but he wasn’t really, as he was unexposed. “His horses were always like the man himself, straightforward and easy to deal with, they were always very genuine and would do their utmost for you, just like he would. It was fitting the he ended up with a horse like Frankel when he faced his biggest battle himself. It was great he gave him so much pleasure. I’m sure he’ll be sorely missed.” An emotional Pat Eddery added: “He was a great trainer, he was a genius and I was very fortunate to have ridden for him. It’s just really sad. He was quite an easy person to get on with and trained some great horses. He’s gone through some bad times, came back and did it again. I just loved riding for him. His horses were amazing. It’s a very sad day.” Press Association The rider, first jockey for Cecil in recent years, was aboard Frankel for each of his 14 wins in an unbeaten career that brought so much pleasure to the legendary handler. “He really excelled with him (Frankel). He made all the right calls and all the right choices with him. He retired unbeaten and that was his (Cecil’s) jewel in the crown. Racing has lost a real gentleman,” said Queally.