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January 2016 Archives

Supreme Court finds Florida death penalty procedures unconstitutional

Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that Florida's death penalty sentencing procedures are in violation of constitutional rights. The court heard the case of 37-year old Timothy Hurst, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in in 1998.

Juvenile Justice Bill Moves Through Florida House

On December 1, 2015 the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee took a hard look at Florida's direct-file laws and their effects on the lives of juvenile offenders. In the last five years, 12,000 juvenile offenders have ended up in Florida's adult criminal justice system - 60 percent of them non-violent offenders.

New York City Settles Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit to the Tune of Millions

Robert Logan was recently awarded $3.75 million dollars from the city of New York stemming from a wrongful conviction lawsuit. Logan had been wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years for the 1997 shooting death of Sherwin Gibbons. Logan says he was threatened by police and coerced into signing a false statement. Logan's attorney, Harold Baker, said that his client was "absolutely ecstatic" at the news of the settlement.

Florida Supreme Court agrees to take up case challenging warrantless DUI breath tests

The Florida State Supreme Court will hear a case from Volusia County that challenges the constitutionality of warrantless DUI breath tests. More specifically, they are reviewing the right to prosecute citizens suspected of drunk driving who refuse to take breath tests.

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