In 1980, after Ethel Tiggs and Frankie Scarbrough were nearly killed by pit bulls, the City of Hollywood enacted the country’s first modern day pit bull law, requiring owners to register their dog and carry $25,000 in liability insurance. The Everglades Pit Bull Terrier Club hired Miami attorney David Cerf to fight the ordinance who said to city officials: “You should be more concerned about the increase in rapes in Hollywood instead of penalizing dog owners with discriminatory legislation.” The term later evolved into breed discriminatory legislation and is now used by Ledy VanKavage along with a “BDL” abbreviation.
In 1974, it appears the same David Cerf attempted to have a defendant examined by a “voodoo doctor or exorcist.” Circuit Court Judge Dan Satin denied Cerf’s motion.
Court Bedeviled by Call for Services of Voodoo Doctor.
The defendant, Harvey Lee Outler had been determined competent to stand trial for the murder of his common law wife, but the evaluating doctor said Outler believed he was under a curse. Cerf said Outler, 36, believed that Mable Young, 31, has used roots to put a curse on him. Police say Outler shot Mrs. Young in the face with a piston April 13. “Your honor, a voodo curse is just as deadly as a threat with a gun,” Cerf said.
In 1984, it appears the same David Cerf gets in trouble with the Florida Bar.
CERF v. STATE, 458 So.2d 1071 (Fla. 1984)
Supreme Court of Florida.
September 6, 1984.
Rehearing Denied December 6, 1984.
This is an appeal from an attorney disciplinary proceeding in circuit court pursuant to Fla.Bar Integr.Rule, art. XI, Rule 11.14. We have jurisdiction. Art. V, § 15, Fla. Const. We approve the disciplinary measure recommended by the circuit judge in his written judgment and report of disciplinary matter.