Mr. Cruce is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He received his Bachelors degree in business from the University of Florida in 1972. Following three years with a national underwriter he opened a title business in Clay County in 1976, focusing on residential and commercial properties.
In 1996, he elected to pursue a long-time desire to continue his education and began taking required courses to enter graduate school which he entered in 1998 at the University of North Florida. This experience encouraged him to pursue a second goal – to obtain a law degree. Entering Florida Coastal School of Law in Fall 2000, he was named to Dean’s List and received an Award of Excellence from the American Bankruptcy Institute. Following admission to the Florida Bar, he served as in-house counsel to a national settlement services company which he left to enter private practice serving residents of Duval and Clay Counties in the areas of bankruptcy, probate, and clearing title to real property.
Mr. Cruce is authorized to practice in Florida State Courts, United States Court, Middle District of Florida, and United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s troubled 5-year-old automatic fingerprint identification system (AFIS) is experiencing technical problems that are causing delays in investigations and arrests across the state. It has also cost far more to maintain than it did to design and build. A former engineer for Motorola, the company that built the system, has come forward and claimed the company delivered a product riddled with problems. His claims are documented in internal Motorola reports that he said were never shared with the FDLE. Documents reviewed by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting detail a series of costly maintenance requests and upgrades needed to keep the fingerprint system functioning properly. The documents also include internal Motorola reports recording accuracy issues with the fingerprint system. If true, in addition to delaying