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Florida jury hands down $40 billion verdict against tobacco company
July 20, 2014
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 of....... [more]

Florida judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban
July 18, 2014
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, Ga....... [more]

Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws
July 17, 2014
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 an....... [more]

Guantanamo nurse refuses to force feed detainees
July 16, 2014
A nurse at the Guantanamo detention center has refused to participate in the force feeding of hunger striking inmates, UK human rights group Reprieve reported Tuesday. Word of the unidentified nurse's refusal came via a phone call from detainee Abu Wael Dhiab to his lawyer at Reprieve and was confir....... [more]

Florida judge rules 2012 redistricting illegal
July 11, 2014
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 violated....... [more]

Military judge steps down from USS Cole case
July 11, 2014
US Army Col. James Pohl on Thursday stepped down from the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. Pohl, the chief judge at the Guantanamo military court, stepped down in ord....... [more]

Florida legalizes 'warning shots' in self-defense
June 21, 2014
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 Alexa....... [more]

Florida governor approves limited legalization of medical marijuana
June 18, 2014
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 sprin....... [more]

Death Penalty and Intellectual Disabilities
June 17, 2014
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 p....... [more]

Hall v. Florida
June 17, 2014
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 Atkins....... [more]

Florida governor signs bill allowing in-state tuition for undocumented students
June 10, 2014
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 statement....... [more]




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