JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
Anthony Alfieri, a professor at the University of Miami's School of Law, said Mathis has a difficult task ahead.
"He's going to have to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt, with hard evidence that his belief was reasonable at that time," said Alfieri. "The key analysis is not what he thought was criminal or fraudulent. The key for both the state attorney and for ultimately, the Florida Bar, is whether an objectively reasonable and prudent lawyer should have known better and that's the case he's going to have to make."