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Law Firm Lobbyists Convince Florida Legislature, Governor to Pass Claims Bill to Help Former Foster Child Raped by Foster Father

Lobbyists and attorney advocates from the Fort Lauderdale law firm Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate, P.A. successfully convince the Florida Legislature and Governor Charlie Crist to pass a claims bill to help  a former foster child raped by her foster father.

According to the Naples Daily News, Gov. Charlie Crist has signed a bill that will release $1.2 million to the guardian of a mentally retarded woman who had a baby after being raped as a teen by her foster father in Immokalee.

The claims bill Crist signed Thursday afternoon was approved by the Legislature and releases the remainder of a $1.3 million settlement by the state Department of Children and Families to Darlene Achille, the guardian for her sister, Pierreisna, 26, and her 9-year-old daughter.

“The next step is obviously getting the money,” said attorney Richard Filson of Sarasota, who filed the lawsuit in 2002. “I talked to Pierreisna and she is very happy. … They’re living in a small apartment. It’s good news to them.”

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