Mark Rubin on WOKV: No rush on Harrell porn charges

So how will the case against against Jarred Harrell play out?

WOKV Legal Analyst Mark Rubin says it's still too early to say how Harrell's arrest on 29 counts of child porn possession will affect the Somer Thompson murder case.  And Rubin says Harrell's lawyer will likely try to shield his client.  "I would assume that this individual is represented by counsel, and if the attorney is doing a good job, then he's not going to let the state interrogate him (Harrell) now that it's known that he's a person of interest in the Somer Thompson case," said Rubin. 

Rubin thinks the child porn case probably won't go to trial for a year or so, especially if there is believed to be some connection to the murder, as investigators will look to use that time to get some leverage in the case.

Continuing to court Cuba

Local chamber officials meet with representatives

By Bruce I. Friedland
Times-Union staff writer, 

WASHINGTON -- They're not dreaming of Che Guevara or importing revolution. For members of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, a shipload of Cuban cigars would suffice.

In Washington as part of the chamber's annual lobbying trip, members of the chamber's international trade committee took time out of their schedule Tuesday to meet Cuba's unofficial representative in the United States.

Software company cries foul

Program identified as a hackers tool

By Simon Barker-Benfield
Times-Union business writer, 

By now, 8-month-old Jacksonville-based UltraAccess Networks Inc., expected to be laughing all the way to the bank.

UltraAccess, owned by 27-year-old computer consultant Judd Spence, has been selling for $15 a software product called NetBus that can be used to manage other software from a distance.

But big software companies have blackballed the upstart product as a hackers tool and effectively blocked its access to customers, says UltraAccess' lawyer.

Complaint claims bias in U.S. Open selections

By Chase Goodbread
Times-Union sports writer

William Washington, who announced early last week that he will organize a picket of the U.S. Open because he believes his son, Mashiska, was passed over for a 1998 U.S. Open wild card because he is black, has taken his stand a step farther.

Washington's attorney, Ellis Rubin, said he has filed a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

''The complaint is in,'' Rubin said. ''The next step is an EEOC investigation. What comes out of that investigation will be very important to our goals.''

Family raises questions about cemetery's actions

By David Bauerlein
Times-Union staff writer, 

The state is investigating complaints that a Jacksonville cemetery has buried the dead in plots that also were sold to other people.

The state Comptroller's Office, which oversees the licensing of cemeteries, is scrutinizing Restlawn Memorial Park after receiving several complaints, said Len Loving, director of the Northeast Florida region of the comptroller.