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By Times staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 9, 2002

Inverness man accused of shooting into car

INVERNESS -- A 23-year-old Inverness man has been arrested on charges of shooting into a car carrying three people. Brian James Hanes was arrested Monday on one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to an arrest report prepared by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was dispatched to 121 N Florida Ave. after shots were reported in the area. One of the complainants said they thought they saw the driver of a white Chrysler shoot into a blue Pontiac while driving on U.S. 41. No one was injured.

The victims identified Hanes as their attacker, although Hanes denied the accusation. He was being held Tuesday at the Citrus County Jail on $31,000 bail.

Florida Bar clears lawyer in dispute with judge

INVERNESS -- The Florida Bar has cleared defense attorney Jim Cummins of wrongdoing in a dispute with Circuit Judge Barbara Gurrola that resulted in her voluntarily stepping down from the criminal bench.

A complaint was filed against Cummins after the October quarrel over billing. Gurrola, who now presides over family court, accused the attorney of overcharging the government for his court-appointed attorney's fees. But the Bar ruled Cummins was doing nothing wrong.

"The evidence did not support a finding that you intentionally tried to mislead the court," the short statement from the Florida Bar said. "Likewise, the evidence did not support a determination that you acted unethically in regard to filing the motions to recuse the judge on behalf of your clients."

Cummins, who is currently serving a 90-day suspension after he was found guilty of sloppy legal work, said he doesn't know who filed the complaint against him but he's not surprised by the Bar's ruling.

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