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Supreme Court to Review Role of Race in Jury Selection for Death Penalty Case

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jun. 02 2015

Alfred Lewis Fennie was arrested in September 1991 the day after a Tampa woman had been kidnapped, raped, and shot in the back of the head. She was white, he was black, and the trial was held in the community of Brooksville, where only two years prior a 19-year-old white man had died in a…
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Proposed Florida Law Aims to Reduce Juvenile Arrests

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
May. 01 2015

Bills being considered by the Florida Legislature would expand the use of citations for addressing juvenile misdemeanor offenses and would shorten the amount of time a juvenile would have to wait before his or her records are automatically expunged. Currently, there are two bills before the Legislature, one before the Senate and one before the…
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Supreme Court rules against police in drug-sniffing dog case

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Apr. 22 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion Tuesday ruling that police cannot extend a routine traffic stop in order to bring a drug-sniffing dog to investigate the car absent any reasonable suspicion that a crime other than the traffic offense is taking place. The decision is a victory for the right of people to…
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Florida Supreme Court tosses out life and lifelong sentences for juveniles

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Mar. 26 2015

The State’s highest court handed down four decisions last week ruling that certain Florida laws pertaining to sentencing were unconstitutional under precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court. The rulings have an impact on serious juvenile offenders. Two of the cases involve Miller v. Alabama, a U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court found that…
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Supreme Court to hear case on synthetic drugs

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Mar. 13 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled a case for oral argument over aspects of a federal law that regulates and prohibits synthetic drugs. The main question in the case is whether the government must prove the defendant knew or should have known the substances in question were an analogue of a controlled substance to convict…
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Sexting Offense May Be Readdressed in Coming Florida Legislative Session

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Mar. 02 2015

A law prohibiting minors from sending or possessing nude pictures may be readdressed in the new session of the Florida Legislature, which convenes Tuesday, March 3. The law, passed in 2011, has been questioned as potentially unenforceable.  Legislators are hoping to fix what could be a fatal flaw. The law made it an offense for a…
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Florida Legislature considering changes to law for BUI, domestic violence and expungement

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Feb. 04 2015

The Florida Legislature begins its regular session in less than a month, on March 2, and legislators have already started filing potential bills. Some of the proposed legislation pertains to different criminal matters, including boating under the influence, no contact orders for domestic violence cases, and expungement. Senate Bill 598 proposes that a boating under…
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