The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 3, 1997 · Page 37
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 37

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, December 3, 1997
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68 THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 w s c State looks at ways to trim time spent on abuse cases sake of meeting a quota. If family visits are necessary, then the investigators had better go see whether children are safe. "We want to make sure children are safe," Horton said. The supervisors assured him they were conducting proper reviews because many feared prosecution. Within the last six years, DCF investigators and supervisors have been charged under state law for falsifying records and failing to take proper steps in 1,195 to 1,261. Ed Horton, DCF administrator for Palm Beach County, met with supervisors Tuesday to develop ways to streamline investigations. Clerks will assist in interviews by calling neighbors, relatives and others, Horton said. Aides will take youngsters who need to be removed from their homes to shelters. The changes should give investigators more time to work active cases while closing old ones, he said. Horton also stressed that he didn't want cases closed for the ; By William Cooper Jr. ; Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ; WEST PALM BEACH In future investigations, state clerks ! and aides will help conduct inter-', views and transport children, ac-; cording to a plan to reduce child : abuse cases open longer than state p law allows. ; By lightening investigators' ; workloads, the state Department of Children and Families hopes to stop a steady increase in Palm Beach County cases open longer than 45 days. Since November, pending cases rose 13 percent, going from Spectacular Holiday Entertainment! New Special Effects, New Lighting and More... make Miami City Ballet's production of the traditional George BctUtm bine's Hie Nutcracker1" more spectacular than ever... with a cast of over 100, breathtaking sets and costumes, a full orchestra, and spellbinding , dancing by international stars. Don't miss this smashing show! ft. 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Richard Vespucci of Palm Beach Gardens was disbarred after he accepted a retainer fee and failed to take any significant action on the case. ' By Kristin Vaughan ' Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The Florida Bar has disciplined five Palm Beach County lawyers for offenses ranging from fraud to failing to competently represent a client. Alexander N. Grief of Boca Raton was disbarred a year after being convicted of filing false immigration documents while operating an immigration consulting business in several states, including Florida. He was sentenced to three years' probation and drug rehabilitation, and fined $3,000. Kathleen Ann Paparella of West Palm Beach was reprimanded for misconduct after her husband bought two tickets to a Republican fund-raiser. 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Martin Co. attorney says ending suit no violation OCtEDO? to Rdj HI MsSSsjS s s ,i Mil fflfflrWiiw not direct Oldehoff to drop the suit and were surprised to find out he had dismissed it without telling them. "We did not direct that action," said Melzer, one of three commissioners who favored filing the suit. "I understood from (Oldehoff) that was something the lawyers can do if they come to that point in the litigation." The lawsuit was filed Oct. 8 one day after commissioners voted 3-2 to pursue the issue in circuit court as well as through the administrative process. Wilcox called Oldehoff s decision to drop the court fight "a lawyer's tactic" and not a decision for commissioners to make. But Martin Reeder, attorney for pie Post, said case law requires decisions to end suits to be made by the government body not the agency's attorney and during public meetings that have been advertised. The Post sued the county in February after discovering commissioners had settled several lawsuits involving more than $2 million in closed-door executive sessions. As part of the settle II s By Pat Moore Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Martin County Attorney Gary Oldehoff dropped a lawsuit against the city of Stuart on Monday without permission from the county commission, and without a public hearing. . The hearing is required by a court order that resolved a Sunshine Law suit this year with The Palm Beach Post. Oldehoff, who became county attorney after The Post's suit ended in April, said he did not believe a public vote was necessary to drop the suit that sought to keep the city from annexing hundreds of acres of land. "I had direction from the county commissioners to challenge the annexation and this was part of my following up on that direction," he said. Oldehoff dropped the suit a week after Circuit Judge Charles Smith denied the county's request to delay the court action until after the administrative hearings were concluded. "It was a decision I made that we could present the same case in (the Department of Administrative Hearings) and did not need the other case in circuit court," he said. Oldehoff initially told a reporter Monday that commissioners gave him direction at a Nov. 4 closed-door executive session to dismiss the court action, though they took no vote. 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