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Joseph H. Saunders

Chinese Drywall Defects Affecting Southwest Florida Homes

During the housing boom of 2005-06, huge building contracts such as Lennar Homes and Aubuchon subcontracted their drywall needs to Chinese companies. It all looked good at the time. Prices were…

Joseph H. Saunders

Diocese of Venice Priest Removed for Priest Abuse Allegation

A Diocese of Venice Catholic priest has been removed from his post for allegations of sexual abuse. The Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph has been removed from active ministry because of allegations…

Joseph H. Saunders

New Abuse Case Involves Priest Who Worked in Florida

I filed another lawsuit this week against the former Rev. Richard Emerson and the Diocese of Gary. Previous lawsuits stem from Emerson’s tenure in Florida when he was a priest on loan from the…

Joseph H. Saunders

Venice Catholic Bishop Speaks Out on Amendment 2

On October 17, 2008 Bishop Frank Dewayne of the Catholic Diocese of Venice wrote a guest column in the Naples Daily News strongly supporting Amendment 2. Amendment 2 is on the Florida ballot this…

Joseph H. Saunders

Should Energy Drinks Carry Warning Labels?

We’ve all seen them in our supermarkets, grocery stores, and gas stations. They’re the super caffeinated drinks that some are using as a "pick me up" or a boost of energy prior to exercise or a…

Joseph H. Saunders

Diocese of Venice and Priest Abuse

While the Catholic Diocese of Venice has escaped the headlines that some dioceses have received regarding the Catholic priest sexual abuse of minors, the Diocese is not without its history in this…

Joseph H. Saunders

Catholic Diocese of Venice and the Elderly

There’s a troubling story in the Sarasota Herald Tribune today about the Diocese of Venice. No, this time it’s not about the sexual abuse of minors. Rather, it’s about the Diocese buying aparments…

Joseph H. Saunders

Judge Keeps Bradenton Man on Sex Registry

Apparently 23 year old Anthony J. Harris of Bradenton had met the state’s 4 criteria for having his name removed from the sex registry list. However, the judge didn’t see it that way especially when she learned that Harris had made false statements about engaging in sex with teenage girls. Judge Diana L. Moreland cited the need to keep the public safe outweighed Harris’ desire to have his name…

Joseph H. Saunders

Sarasota YMCA Foster Child Program Endangering Children?

According to a draft report from the State of Florida, the Sarasota YMCA is doing a poor job in their foster child program. The YMCA which contracts with the State of Florida Department of Children and Families, was criticized in the report for arrogance, defensiveness, and a retaliatory attitude toward those who criticize its programs. If true, this is disturbing news. The state run foster…

Joseph H. Saunders

Tampa Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student

A female special education teacher has been accused of having sex with a 15 year old male student. She was released from the Orient Road jail on $7,500 bail. This most recent arrest comes on the heels of a report citing the alarming prevalence of sexual abuse among teachers and their students. The study and the arrest highlight the fact that children are often abused by authority figures…