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Yesterday the murderer of our client’s son was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Eric Ellington shot Julian Soler numerous times while in the process of carjacking Julian and his friend Kennia Duran at a gas station. Neither of the young people resisted, but Ellington killed Julian because “he didn’t look scared enough.” An accomplice yet to be tried killed Kennia. 3 years later the killer received his sentence.

We represented Julian’s mother Janine Diaz in a civil negligent security case against the business where the shootings took place. The Soler and Duran families have suffered the worst kind of loss imaginable, and have done so with dignity.

Now that Julian’s killer is going to prison for life, it begs the question: who wins by sending the killer away? One answer is that society does, because someone with so little regard for human life will no longer threaten the safety of the public. Another is that the families who lost their children do because there is some sense of justice. No, it will never bring back these two young people, whose lives were out in front of them. It will never erase the tears of Janine Soler that she has and will continue to shed when she thinks about her son.

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Resort torts continue in the cruise industry…

Not a Vacation CELEBRATION

The FBI is investigating a passenger reported missing from a Celebration Cruise Line ship, The Sun Sentinel reported. She was last seen in the ship’s casino around 1 a.m. and was reported missing by her boyfriend at 8 a.m. The ship was in international waters at the time, after leaving the Grand Bahamas Island port at 6 p.m. the night before. The card-swiping system that records passengers’ whereabouts indicated that she was last registered as being on board.

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Golf Ball.jpgAn attempted robbery on the Deerfield Country Club golf course has left a golfer dead. The Sun Sentinel reported that Lataurus Randall, a 35-year-old man, was playing golf with Melvin Philpart near the 17th hole around 6:30 p.m. when two masked man stepped out of the bushes and attempted to rob them. Mr. Randall was shot in the back. Mr. Philpart was not injured. Mr. Randall was rushed to North Broward Medical Center by Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue but died Friday morning.

A golf course expert was quoted in the Sentinel article saying that most carts and golfers are not on the course that late in the dark. But this was not the first shooting at a South Florida golf club, according to the article. In 2009, a man shot at a golfer and nearby homes of the Killian Greens Golf Club. In 2006, a shop employee at the Forest Oaks Golf Club in Palm Beach County was shot while closing the store. And in 1998, a 65-year-old man was shot and killed on the 16th hole of the Bayshore Golf Course in Miami Beach during a robbery attempt.

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Tourists at Miami Beach’s The Parisian Hotel on Collins Avenue were robbed at gunpoint inside their hotel room, reports The Miami Herald. The couple had returned to the hotel around midnight Sunday and found two men burglarizing their hotel room. The robbers took their personal belongings, cash, car keys, and their brown Dodge Avenger. Tipsters should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

The couple was lucky – this could have turned out much worse. Inadequate premises security is too often the culprit in personal injury cases that occur in tourist destinations. Inadequate security and premises liability lawsuits usually involve criminal assaults and violent crime due to negligent security, insufficient lighting, inadequate security equipment, inadequate security personnel, or other causes. The law governing these cases is derived from the general principle that those who own or possess property have a duty to protect users from accidental, negligent, and intentional acts of third parties.

ResortTorts are cases of civil liability for negligent or criminal acts that arise out of a resort, vacation or recreational setting. involve aspects of hotel and motel safety, cruise ship litigation, pleasure boating and jet ski incidents, amusement and theme park liability, aquatic, diving and swimming incidents, foreign travel and medical emergencies, gaming and casinos, aviation (commercial and general), rental car liability, moped, bicycle and motorcycle safety, buses and tour guides, travel industry liability for crime victims, and medical care provided to vacationers. ResortTorts can encompass a vast array of types of cases but they all have one thing in common: tourists, business travelers and locals alike are all exposed to risk while traveling, vacationing or engaging in resort or pleasure activities.