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Florida Supreme Court asked to rule on same-sex marriage
August 28, 2014
The Florida Second District Court of Appeal on Wednesday issued an opinion calling upon the Florida Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The case involves a same-sex couple that married in Massachusetts in 2010 and subsequently relocated to Florida....... [more]

Federal judge rules Florida same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
August 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled Thursday that Florida's ban on same-sax marriage is unconstitutional and the state must recognize same-sex couples that were lawfully married in other states. The combined cases of Brenner v. Scott and Grimsley v. Scott inv....... [more]

Florida group asks judge to reject changes to congressional districts
August 19, 2014
A Florida coalition on Monday asked a judge to reject a newly proposed map of the state's congressional districts. The coalition, which includes the League of Women Voters of Florida, is suing to change the districts and called the new map "brazenly partisan." The map was passed by the Florida Legi....... [more]

FBI announces next steps in civil rights investigation in Missouri
August 16, 2014
The FBI, US Attorney General for the Eastern District of Missouri Richard G. Callahan and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Molly Moran on Friday released a statement announcing the next steps in the federal civil rights investigation into the recent killing of Michael....... [more]

Federal judge rules Florida workers' compensation law unconstitutional
August 15, 2014
The 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Miami on Wednesday ruled that Florida's workers' compensation law is unconstitutional. Prior to the ruling Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a response to the court's order to show cause, asking the court to rule the law as unconstitutional in the form o....... [more]

Texas oil drilling company files response to DEP lawsuit
August 7, 2014
Texas oil drilling company Dan A. Hughes Co. submitted legal responses Wednesday in response to a lawsuit, revoking their drilling permits in Collier County, commenced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The drilling company filed two motions in the Collier County Circuit C....... [more]

Hall v. Florida: Over Relying on a Single Source to Set a National Standard
July 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Schneider, Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 2015, explores criticisms of the DSM-5 after the US Supreme Court used it as the sole national standard to define intellectual disability in Hall v. Florida...In its 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, the US Supreme....... [more]

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]




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