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Winners & Losers 6/7/12

Winners

idgroup
The 33rd Annual Telly Awards has recognized branding firm idgroup with a Silver Telly, its highest honor, and three Bronze Telly awards. The company won the top prize for an online video series entitled “Live. Reach. Explore. Achieve.” which was produced for the University of Southern Mississippi. idgroup has received a total of six Telly Awards in two consecutive years – including a Bronze People’s Choice award for local TV.

League of Women Voters of Florida
The group scored a victory when U.S. Judge Robert L. Hinkle blocked enforcement of key provisions of Florida’s election law that placed restrictions on voter registration drives. The League, Rock the Vote, and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund filed a lawsuit in December challenging the restrictions. In his opinion, Judge Hinkle wrote, “Together speech and voting are constitutional rights of special significance; they are the rights most protective of all others.”

IMS Expert Services
The provider of experts and consultants for top law firms and Fortune 1000 companies has been named by the National Law Journal the “Expert Witness Provider for 2012.” The award is a result of the journal’s readership expressing their preferences across more than 50 categories of legal services.

Losers

George Zimmerman
The man who killed teen Trayvon Martin last February is back in jail. Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered him back in jail after learning that Zimmerman and his wife Shelly had allegedly tried to hide from the court the more than $135,000 in cash they had amassed in donated legal funds.

Rick Scott
Florida’s governor had his secretary of state directed Florida elections supervisors to purge their voter rolls. The supervisors were provided a list of names developed by comparing the voting files with data from the state motor vehicle administration. Over 58 percent of the names in question were Hispanic. When the Justice Department challenged the legality of the purge, the general counsel for the supervisors’ state association’s sent a memo to the 67 supervisors telling them to stop processing the list. Oops.

Barack Obama
A weak jobs report dealt an unforeseen blow to the President’s re-election bid. The report showed the U.S. economy added just 69,000 jobs in May as the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent from April’s 8.1 percent. There is plenty of time for a rebound, but it doesn’t take much to tip the scales in a tight race.