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Daily Scripts

December 14th, 2018 by Mike Vasilinda

Friday, December 14, 2018

Capitol News Service Feed
Friday, December 14, 2018
Closing Arguments
Edius 1
Sunday marks the 18th anniversary of a murder once thought to be an accident. Now, as Mike Vasilinda tells us, after a week long trial, the fate of the widow is in the hands of a twelve person jury.
Supers: Tallahassee
0:24-0:26 Nat Sot
0:32-0:37 Sot: Brian Winchester
Convicted Kidnapper
0:38-0:41 Mike Vasilinda Standup
0:42-0:51 Sot: Cheryl Williams
    Victims Mother
0:56-1:06 Sot: Ethan Way
Defense Attorney
1:11-1:17 Sot: Jon Fuchs
Prosecutor
Runs 1:28 
Anchor tag: Widow Denise Williams did not take the stand in her own defense. Her lawyers asked that she be found either guilty of innocent on the charges without the jury considering possible lesser offenses, which the judge characterized as a risky move. 
Closing Arguments Package Script:
31 year old Mike Williams was pushed from his boat, then shot point blank by his best friend during a duck hunting trip 18 years ago this Sunday.     
The best friend and widow married…then separated. When divorce papers were filed, he kidnapped her…he was arrested and is now serving 20 years.
In May this year, widow Denise Williams was arrested after the best friend cut a deal.
Nat sot: “Murder in the first degree.”
 with the state. Brian Winchester got immunity for implicating Denise in the murder.
Sot: Brian Winchester
Convicted Murderer
“Mr. Winchester, you’re a murderer, isn’t it true?”
“Yes sir.”
“Mr. Winchester, you’re a liar, isn’t it true?”
“Yes sir.”
Mike Vasilinda Standup:
“And if not for Mike Williams Mother, this case many never have gotten to trial.”
Sot: Cheryl Williams
Mother
“In fact you took lots of steps to initiate an investigation, did you not?”
“yes”
“Put up posters?”
“Yes”
“Wrote the Governor?”
“yes”
Winchester’s reliability was a major point in the trials closing arguments.
Sot: Ethan Way
Defense Attorney
“”There’re going to let me get away with this. And as icing on the cake, I get revenge on Denise Williams for turning me into the police.”
Prosecutors contend Denise wanted to be a rich widow rather than a poor divorcee.
Sot: Jon Fuchs
Prosecutor
“One point seven five million dollars that she is the beneficiary of.” 
Denise Williams faces life in prison on any of three counts of conspiracy, murder, and being an accessory after the fact.
 
 
Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis is butting heads with top lawmakers and Elections Supervisors over whether Amendment 4, which restores a felons right to vote after completing their sentence, is self implementing or not. As Jake Stofan tells us, a delay could prevent some felons from voting in two key mayoral races.
Supers:
0:15-0:21 Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis (From 10.19.2018)
(R) Florida
0:30-0:43 Jake Stofan
0:49-0:56 Senate President Bill Galvano
(R) Bradenton
1:02-1:06 Sen. Dennis Baxley
(R) Lady Lake
1:13-1:19 Mark Earley
Leon County Supervisor of Elections
Runs: 1:31
Anchor Tag
An estimated 1.4 million felons in the state are expected to have their voting rights restored as a result of Amendment 4.
Felons Voting PACKAGE
More than 5 million Florida voters approved Amendment 4 in November. 
It allows felons who have completed all terms of their sentence to vote, excluding murderers and sex criminals…
Governor-Elect DeSantis opposed automatic restoration throughout his campaign.
SOT Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis (From 10.19.2018)
(R) Florida
“I don’t want to be giving rights, restoring rights to people who have not proven that they can integrate back into society”
The Amendment takes effect January 8th, but DeSantis now says lawmakers need to pass implementing Legislation before felons can register. 
Jake
“Lawmakers don’t start theri session until early March, so Waiting for them to act would delay a felons’ ability to register by at least two months. The delay would potentially block those felons from voting in the Jacksonville and Tampa Mayoral races March.” 
Lawyers for Senate President Bill Galvano say  the Amendment is most likely self executing.
SOT Senate President Bill Galvano
(R) Bradenton
“It’s something that I want to take another look at, but if I had to err, I would err on the side of it being self executing.”
Senate Ethics and Elections Commiitte  Chair Dennis Baxley says some details need to be worked out. 
SOT Sen. Dennis Baxley
(R) Lady Lake
“If there’s any delay it may be just in the validation of eligibility.”
Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley says DeSantis’ comments wont stop him from registering felons right away .
SOT Mark Earley
Leon County Supervisor of Elections
“The only one that I know that could potentially stop us from doing our job as we see it would be a judge.”
Self implementing or not, the Legislature will likely h standardize how state agencies and elections officials to ensure felons are truly eligible to register.
Capitol News Service Feed
Friday, December 14, 2018
Felons Voting
Edius 1
Anchor Lead
Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis is butting heads with top lawmakers and Elections Supervisors over whether Amendment 4, which restores a felons right to vote after completing their sentence, is self implementing or not. As Jake Stofan tells us, a delay could prevent some felons from voting in two key mayoral races.
Supers:
0:00-0:19 Jake Stofan
0:25-0:31 Senate President Bill Galvano
(R) Bradenton
0:38-0:44 Mark Earley
Leon County Supervisor of Elections
0:44-0:56 Jake Stofan
Anchor Tag
An estimated 1.4 million felons in the state are expected to have their voting rights restored as a result of Amendment 4.
Felons Voting LOOK LIVE
Look Live In
“Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis says before felons can register to vote the Legislature needs to pass implementing language. Such a policy would effectively delay the amendment from taking effect by at least two months, preventing felons from weighing in on mayoral races in Jacksonville and Tampa.”
Lawyers for Senate President Bill Galvano say  the Amendment is most likely self executing.
SOT Senate President Bill Galvano
(R) Bradenton
“It’s something that I want to take another look at, but if I had to err, I would err on the side of it being self executing.”
Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley says DeSantis’ comments wont stop him from registering felons right away .
SOT Mark Earley
Leon County Supervisor of Elections
“The only one that I know that could potentially stop us from doing our job as we see it would be a judge.”
Look Live Out
“Self implementing or not, the Legislature will likely h standardize how state agencies and elections officials to ensure felons are truly eligible to register.”
 
 
 
Capitol News Service Feed
Friday, December 14, 2018
Closing Arguments
Edius 1
Sunday marks the 18th anniversary of a murder once thought to be an accident. Now, as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the fate of the widow is in the hands of a twelve person jury.
Supers:
0:00-0:13 Mike Vasilinda
0:27-0:32 Sot: Brian Winchester
Convicted Murderer
0:37-0:34 Cheryl Williams
Mother
0:45-0:54 Mike Vasilinda
Anchor tag: Prosecutors say the motive was 1.75 million dollars in life insurance and fears of losing custody of the couple’s only child.
Closing Arguments Look Live Script:
MV: 31 year old Mike Williams was pushed from his boat, then shot point blank in the face by his best friend. That was 18 years ago this Sunday during a duck hunting trip. It was also his sixth wedding anniversary.  
The best friend and widow married…then separated. When divorce papers were filed, he kidnapped her.
Nat sot: “Murder in the first degree.”
Brian Winchester got immunity for implicating Denise in the murder.
Sot: Brian Winchester
Convicted Murderer
“Mr. Winchester, you’re a murderer, isn’t it true?”
“Yes sir.”
“Mr. Winchester, you’re a liar, isn’t it true?”
“Yes sir.”
And if not for Mike Williams Mother, this case many never have gotten to trial.”
Sot: Cheryl Williams
Mother
“In fact you took lots of steps to initiate an investigation, did you not?”
“yes”
“Put up posters?”
“Yes”
“Wrote the Governor?”
“yes”
MV: “The jury got the case just before noon. Denise Williams could face life on each of three counts.”

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