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Lawyer suspended for misconduct in murder conviction appeal?

Richard Kuritz defended Rasheem Dubose in case of slain 8-year-old girl

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Well-known Jacksonville defense lawyer Richard Kuritz was suspended for 91-days by the Florida Bar Association for misconduct in the appeal of the murder conviction of Rasheem Dubose.

Dubose was convicted of first-degree murder in 2010 in the death of 8-year-old Dreshawna Davis. Dubose and his two brothers fired 29 shots into the Northwest Jacksonville home of Dreshawna's grandparents in July 2006, killing the girl.

Dubose was sentenced to death, and his brothers were each sentenced to life in prison.

After Dubose's conviction in 2010, one of the jurors approached Kuritz and said she’d been bullied into convicting Dubose by other jurors who’d used their cellphones to investigate the case.

There was a hearing on her allegations, which were found to be not credible.

The bar’s discipline committee cited Kuritz for failing to disclose that he had spoken to that juror regarding traffic citations and a civil suit while the Dubose appeal was pending.

Kuritz maintains he did disclose the contact up-front.