July 20, 2014
by Julie Deisher
A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally part ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge in Florida's Monroe County ruled Thursday that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in favor of same-sex couples who had challenged the voter-approved ban after they were denied a marriage license by the Monroe County clerk. In his ruling, ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California ...[read more]
July 11, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A Florida judge ruled Thursday that the state's 2012 congressional redistricting plan illegally favors Republicans. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ordered that two of the state's 27 districts be redrawn, which will likely affect neighboring districts as well. Lewis found that the 2012 plan ...[read more]
June 21, 2014
by G. Redd
Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday signed into law House Bill 89 of 2014, legalizing the threat of force in circumstances where actual force would be permitted as self-defense. The bill is commonly known as the "warning shot law" and was raised in response to the 2012 conviction of Marissa ...[read more]
June 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday signed a bill allowing a non-euphoric strain of marijuana to be used for the treatment of epilepsy, cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act garnered bipartisan support and was passed by the State Assembly this ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
05/27/2014: Supreme Court found Florida IQ cutoff for executions unconstitutional. 03/03/2014: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on death penalty for intellectually disabled. 05/02/2014: Obama expressed desire to ask AG Holder to investigate death penalty issues. 05/02/2014: UN urged death ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
On June 20, 2002 the Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia where it ruled sentencing intellectually disabled individuals to death is unconstitutional. The Court held such executions are a form of "cruel and unusual punishment," which is categorically prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The ...[read more]
June 10, 2014
by William Hibbitts
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill on Monday allowing undocumented students living in Florida to receive in-state college tuition rates. HB 851 will go into effect on July 1. Florida's House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 84-32 in May. Upon signing, Scott issued a ...[read more]
May 27, 2014
by Max Slater
The US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Florida law permitting the death penalty for criminal defendants whose IQ is greater than 70 violates the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution. The case, Hall v. Florida involved a defendant who was sentenced to death for killing a pregnant woman and ...[read more]

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