Crist names Kise his top legal adviser

Published November 23, 2006

Former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise will be the top legal adviser to Charlie Crist. "Chris is a remarkable lawyer who has served the people of Florida with great distinction," Gov.-elect Crist said in a statement announcing the decision Wednesday. "I am pleased he has accepted the call to return to public service in my administration." A partner in Foley & Lardner, Kise, 41, is deputy executive director of the Crist transition effort. Before joining the law firm, Kise served more than three years under then-Attorney General Crist as Florida's solicitor general, the state's top litigator. Kise led major cases against Tenet Healthcare and AT&T Corp., both of which resulted in settlements for the state, and he defended constitutional challenges to the lobbyist gift ban and compensation disclosure law and Florida's Parental Notification of Abortion Act.

Feds won't pursue noose incidents

A federal prosecutor declined Wednesday to prosecute anyone in two cases where nooses were placed on the equipment of black firefighters in Jacksonville. U.S. Attorney Paul Perez, in a letter to Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, said it was impossible to determine if one of the cases was "a hate crime or a hoax." In the other case, Perez said "we do not believe there is a reasonable probability of obtaining a conviction." The incidents occurred in 2005.

Two men accused in child porn case

Videos and photographs of at least four teenage boys performing sexual acts with adults were found in the home of a man arrested on child pornography charges, police said Wednesday. The images were found in the home of Wizard Knight Pendleton, 43, of Mandarin, police told the Florida Times-Union. Pendleton was charged with possession of child pornography. Another man who allegedly appeared in the videos, Duane Andrew Adams, 33, of Atlantic Beach, was charged with use of a child in a sexual performance.