Mark Rubin on WOKV: Charges still not determined against pre-teen suspected of murder

By Anneliese Delgado

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. — 

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested a 12-year-old boy for allegedly killing a homeless man.

Police said Sharron Sherman Townsend fatally shot Thomas Zona Trent, 54, behind a strip mall off 103rd Street at the end of June. 

WOKV’s legal analyst Mark Rubin said there is a long road ahead before the trial begins.

Mark Rubin on WOKV: Local veteran at odds with HOA over American flag

By Paris Carerra

A local veteran is fighting to keep his home all because he wants to proudly display the American flag in his front yard.

Larry Murphree says the homeowners association at the Sweetwater community where he lives has fined him eight thousand dollars and threatened to place a lien on his home all because he wanted to proudly display a flag in his front yard.

Florida Prosecutor: Illegal Internet cafes have deep Jacksonville roots

By Stephanie Brown

Jacksonville, FL — 

A warning from statewide law enforcement and prosecution.

“If you open up, we will be looking at you and initiating investigations to go after you,” says Florida Department of Law Enforcement Assistant Commissioner Jim Madden.

Florida Supreme Court lifts cap on medical malpractice damages

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Our Supreme Court (Florida) finally ruled, after two long years waiting, what we have been advocating on behalf of our clients since this fundamentally unfair law was passed back in 2003 under Gov. Bush.

The high court dismantled all of the lies that were used to pull the wool over our eyes -- that there was a "crisis" due to huge verdicts and frivolous cases being filed, that doctors were leaving the state because their premiums were too high, that caps on damages would bring down insurance rates. All these myths have now been legally and officially debunked. They were never true, but insurance companies, medical associations and big business lobbyists used their financial power to get our lawmakers to go along.

Before this law was declared unconstitutional, it was a better result for doctors and hospitals when victims of medical malpractice died rather than survive. That is plain WRONG.  

Real people die when hospital emergency rooms ignore signs of stroke, heart problems, internal bleeding, bowel obstructions and other signs of serious life-threatening conditions. It happens all too often when hospital workers are over-worked, under paid, unqualified, or other cost-cutting leads to the absence of caring medical professionals to care for the critically ill.

The survivors of medical malpractice victims can now finally get full compensation for what doctors and hospitals have forever taken away  - the love and companionship of our husbands and wives, of our mothers, fathers and children.

The perfect jury: Jacksonville legal experts talk about the Dunn trial's jurors

By Derek Gilliam Tue, Feb 4, 2014 @ 9:16 pm | updated Wed, Feb 5, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

Legal experts say jury selection is an inexact science.

Attorneys dig into a potential juror’s history looking for signs of bias or prejudice in the jury pool. Some rely on historical stereotypes in judging how a juror will rule. But some say this could be a pitfall. Others look for individual traits and try to peer into a potential juror’s mind.

Mark Rubin: WOKV's legal expert weighs in on Holmes' case

By Gene Wexler

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — 

James Holmes - the suspect in the recent Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting - is charged with 142 counts related to murder or attempted murder.

He faces two first-degree murder charges for each of the 12 people killed and two attempted first-degree murder charges for every one of the 58 injured in the July 20 shooting.

“Undoubtedly, the government will be going for the death penalty in this case,” said Mark Rubin, WOKV’s legal analyst and an attorney at Rubin & Rubin in Jacksonville.

Mark Rubin on WOKV: Is praying around a flag pole unconstitutional?

By Alyssa Spirato

For over two decades, people have been allowed to pray around a flag pole. But that could soon be changing for Clay County Schools.

Pastor Ron Baker has been leading weekly prayer outside Clay Hill Elementary for years.

“I don’t think prayer is an evil thing. I don’t think it’s an unnecessary or an unnatural thing. I think most of the families and most of the students would appreciate knowing that they’re being prayed for. That’s strictly all were doing,” says Baker.

But the “Freedom from Religion Foundation” sent a letter to the district asking them to stop, saying it stands against prayer on schools, and is unconstitutional.

 “Our schools are here to teach, not to indoctrinate. And we need to keep children away from predators who trespass on the school for their own agenda,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President of the foundation.  

WOKV received the legal response sent by the School board attorney Tuesday afternoon. In the response, it stated the practice actually violated the US Constitution.

WOKV spoke with legal analyst Mark Rubin on the subject. He says what he’s about to say is probably not what all listeners want to hear.