Entries by Public Defender 9th Circuit

Memorial Day Honor Flights Canceled Because of Coronavirus Crisis

Thousands of people who had planned to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C., this holiday weekend were forced to cancel this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. That includes veterans traveling with the nonprofit network Honor Flight, which recently suspended all trips at least until this fall. “Our veterans that travel with us are still […]

UCF Trauma Clinic Offers Virtual Series on Handling Stress

UCF RESTORES — a trauma clinic best known for helping veterans and first responders overcome PTSD — is offering an ongoing Facebook Live series starting Monday to help the public handle the stress of the current COVID-19 pandemic. “This is unprecedented in our lifetime — this kind of long-term, high-level stress,” said psychologist Deborah Beidel, […]

Public Defender Robert Wesley Hosts PD9’s Spring Training 2020

Last week, Robert Wesley, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, hosted PD9’s 2020 Spring Training in Orlando, Florida. Videos of the presentations can be viewed below. PTSD and Application in Criminal Court from an Expert’s Perspective – Dr. Ryan Hall The purpose of this lecture is to discuss concepts of PTSD and […]

Morgan & Morgan Firm Joins State Attorney, Public Defender to Launch Community Bail Fund

Attorneys with the Orlando-based law firm Morgan & Morgan joined Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Public Defender Robert Wesley Thursday to launch a nonprofit fund that would give bail money to low-income people who can’t afford to bond out of jail. Outside the Orange County Courthouse Thursday, Matt Morgan said his family will match […]

Miami Veteran Turned Notorious Molly Dealer Gets ‘Second’ Second Chance. Judge Cites PTSD

Normally in life, people get a second chance after screwing up only once. Jorge Ramon Hernandez got a “ ‘second’ second chance,” as a federal judge told him on Thursday, when she cut him a sweet break on his prison sentence. Twice convicted of importing and dealing the club-drug Molly, Hernandez was sent to prison […]

Florida Veterans Now Able to Receive Immediate Care from Anywhere via 24/7 Hotline, Video Chat

Florida veterans with immediate medical questions or concerns can now reach a professional for free, 24/7, through the Clinical Contact Center, a telephone hotline or video chat. The service is funded by the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network, or VISN 8, and available to all veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ website. Read more.

Study of Veterans Details Genetic Basis for Anxiety, Links Anxiety and Depression

Some of the variants associated with anxiety had previously been implicated as risk factors for bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. The new study further contributes the first convincing molecular explanation for why anxiety and depression often coexist. Read more.

Seminole Jail’s Innovative Addiction Treatment Program Aims to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Eva Viruet has been to rehab before. She’s also spent more nights in jail than she’d like to admit. But her time in Seminole County’s Accepting Change Through Treatment, or ACTT, program — a hybrid between inpatient drug rehabilitation and incarceration — has been something different. Read more.

Heather Fitzenhagen Files Bill to Help Locate Missing Veterans

State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen is pushing legislation aimed at helping law enforcement locate missing veterans. The Fort Myers Republican filed the legislation (HB 1051) Monday. The bill creates a voluntary “Camo Alert” registry which would maintain information regarding at-risk veterans. Read more.