Talbot "Sandy" DAlemberte celebrated his 80th birthday last week with a bash at the Florida State University College of Law, where he was dean and continues to teach.
His life story also includes serving as the university's president, as a Democratic state representative from 1966 to 1972, and as president of the American Bar Association. While in the Legislature, DAlemberte chaired the House Judiciary Committee that drafted and passed a major judicial-reform constitutional amendment in 1972.
Victims of human trafficking will soon have a legal path to expunge records of crimes they were forced to commit in Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed a pair of bills (HB 1325 and HB 1327) that take effect Jan. 1, creating a legal process for human-trafficking victims to get their criminal records expunged -- typically for prostitution charges.
The process would only apply to crimes committed while the victims were being forced, threatened or coerced.