Court amends family forms

first_img June 1, 2003 Regular News Court amends family forms The Florida Supreme Court has changed several family law forms and approved four new forms on domestic violence issues.Ruling May 15, the court approved changes to the forms to conform with changes the legislature made in 2002 to F.S. §§ 741.28, 741.30, 741.31, and 784.046. Those alterations affected the definition of domestic violence,and repeat domestic violence, and created a cause of action for dating violence.The court published the proposed amended forms and the new forms in the December 15, 2002, Bar News and received five comments. The court approved several of the recommended changes.The changes affect Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms 12.980(a)-(n) and four new forms. Three of those new forms deal with petitions for injunctions or final judgment for dating violence and the fourth is a show cause affidavit for violating a final judgment injunction in domestic, repeat, or dating violence cases.Changes approved by the court include:• Including the 10 statutory factors a judge uses to determine if a petitioner has reasonable cause to fear domestic violence on instructions for form 12.980(b).• Amending form 12.980(c)(1) to note under the statute that domestic violence hearings must be recorded, but it is optional to record hearings for repeat or dating violence.• Amending forms 12.980(d)(1) and (2) to clarify that the court has jurisdiction over the respondent when the temporary injunction is served.The complete text of the decision and the amendment forms can be viewed on the court’s Web site at The case is Amendments to Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms — Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence and Dating Violence Forms, case no. SC02-2445.center_img Court amends family formslast_img read more

White House releases sexual assault prevention guidelines

first_imgOn Monday, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a new set of guidelines detailing the responsibilities of colleges and universities to address the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.The report coincided with the White House’s launch of, a website dedicated to providing straightforward information about and support for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses.The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault also released its recommendations Tuesday concerning steps colleges and universities can take to address the issue.“We know the majority of rapes are committed by a small number of perpetrators, and we know that both schools and law enforcement struggle to investigate and adjudicate these crimes,” Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole said in a press conference.Included in the task force reports were proposals that schools conduct “climate surveys” to evaluate the prevalence of sexual assaults on campus and test students’ awareness about the issue. The report also requests that colleges promote bystander intervention.The task force plans to release a public service announcement to help encourage men to advocate sexual assault prevention. According to the report, the PSA will feature President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and celebrity actors.Francesca Bessey, a junior majoring in international relations and a rape survivor, said the surveys could be helpful in debunking misconceptions of the prevalence of sexual assault on campuses, but government PSAs might reinforce stereotypes and make light of the issue.“I think that the surveys will be a helpful reality check for college and university administration that has been telling concerned students that this is not as big of a deal as it actually is,” Bessey said. “[But] a helpful government PSA — I’ll believe it when I see it.”Still, Bessey said the amount of national attention directed toward the issue of sexual assault in recent years has increased the legitimacy of student advocacy efforts on campuses and that the task force recommendations are a step in the right direction.“The nature of the recommendations surprised me in a good way and seemed to have responded largely to the grievances that have been being raised by sexual assault [awareness] activists on campuses,” Bessey said.Last May, USC gained national attention when 16 students and alumni submitted a Title IX complaint to the Office for Civil Rights regarding the university’s treatment of sexual assault victims and errors in its reporting and adjudication process.In September 2013, the university hired a Title IX investigator with the primary responsibility of investigating cases of sexual assault and following up with survivors throughout the reporting process. That same month, the USC Department of Public Safety released its Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. The report made adjustments for forcible sex offenses, not noted in the previous year’s report.The changes were made as part of the university’s effort to increase compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which requires college campuses to document three calendar years of campus crime statistics.In March, Ainsley Carry, vice provost for Student Affairs, released a statement about the university’s efforts to work with student organizations to increase awareness of sexual assault and provide resources for victims.In a statement to the Daily Trojan, Carry said the university is continually reviewing existing policies and he and his colleagues are in the process of reviewing the task force report.“We will review these documents and analyze our policies and practices accordingly … and we will use this opportunity to emphasize our support of students’ rights under Title IX,” Carry wrote in an email.Kaya Masler, executive co-director of the USC Women’s Assembly and a member of the Safer Campus Initiative, a group within the Women’s Assembly, said she knows individuals who contributed to the task force report and she is pleased with the recommendations but hopes that additional details will be provided about possible sanctions for perpetrators of sexual assault.Masler has worked with administrators to improve the reporting and adjudication process, but administrators often rely on student organizations to focus on peer prevention and awareness and bystander education“Although we do our best, we are also full time students without the ability to ensure that other students attend our events,” Masler said. “This leaves the majority of the student population undereducated about consent, and that’s really dangerous.”Bessey maintains the White House’s efforts are a step in the right direction, but it is difficult to determine whether or not they can be successfully implemented on campus and lead to effective reform.“Right now these recommendations are fantastic but they don’t have any teeth without laws behind them,” Bessey said. “Furthermore, without means of enforcing those laws, even the current laws that we have that deal with these issues — the most significant being Title IX and the Clery Act — we can see on our own campus how slow that process comes about and how much schools don’t seem to necessarily fear retribution from these issues,” Bessey said.last_img read more

L.A. Rams’ Fearsome Foursome member Lundy is dead at 71

first_img“He really was the stabilizing force, Mr. Consistency,” Olsen said. “He was an incredibly important part of that equation.” Lundy was the first black football player to receive a scholarship at Purdue, the school said. He led Richmond High School to unbeaten football seasons in 1952 and 1953 and to the state’s Final Four in basketball in 1953. He was selected to the 1959 Pro Bowl team and led the Rams in sacks, an unofficial statistic in those days, in 1961. A knee injury he sustained in 1967 led to his retirement from football. Funeral arrangements were pending. Lundy spent his entire 13-year career with the Rams (1957-69). He teamed with Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones – both Pro Football Hall of Famers – and Roosevelt Grier to form a mighty defensive line. In 1968, the defense featuring the four set an NFL record for the fewest yards allowed during a 14-game season. Olsen called Lundy, 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, the anchor of the line. Broncos running back dies: Damien Nash, a backup running back for the Denver Broncos, collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in St. Louis, his agent, David Canter, said. Nash was 24. Circumstances surrounding his death weren’t immediately available. Signed as a free agent in August, Nash played in threegames for the Broncos last season and finished with 18 carries for 66 yards. He started as a rookie in 2005 with Tennessee, which drafted him in the fifth round. The death was the second to strike the Broncos in less than two months. Cornerback Darrent Williams, 24, was shot and killed Jan. 1 while riding in a limousine after leaving a nightclub in Denver, just hours after the Broncos’ season ended. Also: Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney voided his contract, and potentially lucrative free-agent options could make it difficult for the team to re-sign its top pass rusher. … Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens needs more surgery on his injured right ring finger and might not be 100 percent until training camp. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Lamar Lundy, a member of the Fearsome Foursome defensive line for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s, died Saturday. He was 71. He died after a long illness in his hometown of Richmond, Ind., the Community Family Funeral Home said. last_img read more