Judicial lobby director steps down over flier
After 22 years, Scott Carruthers has resigned as executive director of the Florida Justice Association, the lobbying arm of the trial bar in Florida. The move comes in the wake of a controversial political flier that was financed with trial-bar money in a Jacksonville-area state Senate race. It linked President Barack Obama to the Black Panthers and intimidation of African-American voters. Carruthers strongly denounced the flier, but the damage was done and the backlash was fierce, from some leading trial lawyers and African-American legislators.
Woman nabs keys, leading to arrest
A murder suspect who left his car running in a Broward County street couldn't get away because a woman took the keys from the ignition. Now, 28-year-old Paul Gayle is being held at the Broward County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed burglary. Police say a woman walking her dog called 911 Tuesday, telling the dispatcher she heard screams from inside a home so she took the keys from the running car because she wanted police to check the vehicle.
A new chief for health care agency
Thomas Arnold is Florida's new secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration. Arnold, 60, replaces Holly Benson, who resigned earlier this month and is expected to run for the GOP nomination for attorney general. Arnold, who was the state Medicaid director with the agency for three years, had been Benson's chief of staff.