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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.

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.

Supreme Court to Decide if Fraud Defendant Can Have Access to Legally Obtained Assets

The Supreme Court is hearing a case on a defendant's rights to seized assets that may set new precedent on the subject. The case centers on Sila Luis, a Miami woman who was indicted in 2012 for Medicare fraud. The allegations against Luis claim that she and two co-defendants used bribes and false claims to defraud Medicare of $50 million dollars.

Florida lawmaker seek to change how juvenile cases end up in adult justice system

Florida lawmakers are joining advocates for juvenile justice and policy makers in expressing concern about how frequently the state's young offenders are funneled into the adult justice system with a proposed bill. House Bill 129 offers an alternative to give judges more oversight in which juvenile cases are tried in adult court, a power currently yielded largely by prosecutors.

Drunk Driver Precipitates Own Arrest Through Social Media

Excessive drinking and social media are often a recipe for poor decision making, but a Florida woman may have upped the ante on questionable decisions on Columbus Day weekend. Twenty three-year-old Whitney Beall was driving home in Lakeland when she was pulled over by police and subsequently arrested after failing a field sobriety test. Beall wasn't pulled over in a routine traffic stop or sobriety checkpoint, though. Authorities located her via her own declarations on social media.

Florida Death Sentence Rejected in Appeals Court Due to Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Ineffective assistance of counsel is a legal statute that gives persons convicted of a crime a chance to have their case reviewed. It is based on evidence that the defense attorney did a poor job of representation, which resulted in the conviction and/or sentencing. This was the argument that the attorneys of John Gary Hardwick Jr. used in an appeals case with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Florida Death Sentence Rejected in Appeals Court Due to Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Ineffective assistance of counsel is a legal statute that gives persons convicted of a crime a chance to have their case reviewed. It is based on evidence that the defense attorney did a poor job of representation, which resulted in the conviction and/or sentencing. This was the argument that the attorneys of John Gary Hardwick Jr. used in an appeals case with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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