House moves closing argument bill, measure stalls in the Senate May 1, 2004 Regular News House moves closing argument bill, measure stalls in the Senate Defense attorneys in criminal trials may lose their sandwich— that’s what some representatives and attorneys call the strategic advantage of having the first and last word in a criminal trial’s closing arguments.In the middle of the debate is the sponsor, Rep. Carol Green, R-Ft. Myers, who said to the House, “This is a simple and straightforward bill,” at its third reading where it passed 86 to 21 on March 29.However, if this bill is likened to a sandwich, then it has given many Democratic legislators heartburn. At its second reading, Christopher Smith, D-Ft. Lauderdale, said that the Florida Constitution states that it is a due procedural right for the defense to go last, and asked Green, “Are you asking the House to change the constitution?”Green: “It’s debatable, and it will take two-thirds vote to make this happen.”At issue is whether this is a substantive or procedural matter. Smith asked whether passing this bill would be “legislatively overrunning the Supreme Court case of Week v. Florida ?” Green answered that this is a substantive matter, and the legislature has the “right to regulate.”“Why now?” and “What’s wrong with the system now?” were just a couple of questions that surfaced at the first reading, and then resurfaced at the second reading of this bill.If it passes, the bill would repeal Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.250, that allows for the defense to maintain open and closing arguments as long as no other witnesses, or other evidence, other than the defendant’s testimony, is introduced in a criminal trial.But prosecutors must stave off their hunger for the defense’s sandwich for the time-being, because the bill has yet to be heard in Senate. In addition, the proposed bill has a companion, SB 2422, but the Senate has referred it to the Judiciary and the Criminal Justice committees.
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A record-breaking number of students attended rush events for sororities and fraternities during fall rush this year, with a potential new member class of 1,046 women rushing sororities.The nine sororities participating in rush were encouraged to offer more bids this year as a result of the large class, which broke the previous record of 953, USC Panhellenic President Megan Lambert said. Houses offered 737 bids this semester, with about 70 to 90 pledges in each sorority’s class.Roughly 300 students dropped out of Panhellenic’s rush and some students were not offered bids. Lambert said this happens every year, however.“There’s no guarantee that women will be matched up with a chapter, unfortunately,” Lambert said.USC Interfraternity Council President Michael Madden said official rush numbers will not be released until next week after IFC’s secondary rush ends. Madden said that, on average, more students attended rush events each night. Potential new members were asked to sign in to IFC’s computer system at each house they visited during rush events.“Every single day we were getting 50 more check-ins than what we had last year and the years prior,” Madden said.During house tours Sunday, for example, 1,054 potential new members signed in compared to 1021 students last year, Madden said.About 400 students received bids from fraternities, but more bids will be offered during IFC’s secondary rush, Madden said. Secondary rush will be held at The Lab on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.Despite the logistical challenges created by the increased number of students during the rush process, Lambert said she saw the bigger rush class as a positive change overall.“We are thrilled that there are so many women looking to join the Panhellenic community, and we can’t wait to welcome our new members,” she said.