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Senate Approves Proposed Constitutional Amendment Giving Scott Court-Packing Power

| April 4, 2014

The proposal, passed by the Senate in a 26-14 vote, would give the next governor the ability to pack the courts and is intended to give incumbent Gov. Rick Scott, who is seeking re-election, the ability to reshape the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida Supreme Court Orders Review of Lethal Injection Cocktail Ahead of Feb. 26 Execution

| February 7, 2014

Before the scheduled execution of inmate Paul Augustus Howell on Feb. 26, Justices have ordered a circuit court to hold an evidentiary hearing on whether substitution of the drug midazolam violates the constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment by the government.

With 132 Death Row Inmates Readied for Execution, Lawyers Contest Fast-Track Law Before Florida Justices

| February 4, 2014

More than 150 lawyers and Death Row inmates are challenging the so-called Timely Justice Act, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, intended to speed up executions. Lawyers argue it violates the constitutionally protected separation of powers as well as inmates’ rights to due process.

Supreme Court Clears Medical Marijuana Pot Proposal; Floridians Vote On It November 4

| January 27, 2014

In a significant victory for advocates of the initiative, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Monday ruled 4-3 that the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana passes legal muster and can now appear on the November election ballot, giving Floridians a direct say. Polls have shown a 3-to-1 majority of Floridians favoring legalization.

Double-Murder Charge Dropped as Stand Your Ground May Head for Supreme Court Review

| January 3, 2014

The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruling Thursday overturned a lower court’s second-degree murder conviction of Gabriel Mobley outside a Chili’s restaurant in Opa-Locka, and could once again put Florida’s first-in-the nation “stand your ground” law and its meaning before the Florida Supreme Court.

Medical Marijuana Tangles Up Florida Supreme Court Justices In Weeds of Words

| December 5, 2013

The idea of medical marijuana technically isn’t at issue in the case. Instead, Attorney General Pam Bondi, legislative leaders and medical, law enforcement and business groups argue that the ballot title and summary that would appear on the ballot could deceive voters about the scope of the amendment.

Florida Supreme Court Stays Execution, Raising Questions About Cruelty of Lethal Injection Cocktail

| November 19, 2013

A 5-2 Florida Supreme Court vote put the execution of convicted murderer Askari Abdullah Muhammad on hold Monday to consider claims that the three-drug cocktail used to put inmates to death could cause unnecessary suffering.

As High Court Takes On Medical Marijuana Proposal in Florida, Politics Muddy Merits

| November 14, 2013

The Florida Supreme Court will try to sort through the conflicting arguments between Attorney General Pam Bondi, who opposes legalization, and proponents of the measure. The court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5, a key step in deciding whether voters will get to have their say next fall.

Justices Skeptical of Red-Light Cameras as Supreme Court Hears Case Affecting Palm Coast

| November 7, 2013

With one insistent exception, Florida Supreme Court justices on Thursday strongly questioned the legality of city ordinances that permitted red-light traffic cameras that spread around Florida before 2010, when the state standardized those systems. Cities like Palm Coast may have to refund fines should the court rule against the local ordinances.

Attorney General Wants Florida Supreme Court To Bump Off Medical Marijuana Referendum

| October 25, 2013

In a filing required because the group pushing the initiative has triggered an automatic review by the high court, Bondi wrote that the ballot language could deceive voters about the extent of marijuana use that would be allowed, a claim the measure’s proponents reject.

XBox Murders Ringleader Victorino Closer to Execution as He Loses Supreme Court Appeal

| October 11, 2013

Troy Victorino lost his latest appear in a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court Thursday. He was convicted of six counts of first-degree murder and numerous other charges, including the abuse of a dead human body, and sentenced to death for the killings at a Deltona home in 2004.

Should Cops Have Power to Track You in Real Time Through Cell Phones? Court Will Decide.

| October 7, 2013

Grappling with privacy rights amid fast-changing technology, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in a challenge to police using “real-time” cell-phone information to track a suspect in a drug case.

Dispute Over Possibly Improper Rate Hikes Pits FPL’s 1% Against 99% of Customers

| September 20, 2013

The state Supreme Court took up a challenge Thursday to hundreds of millions of dollars in rate increases approved last year for Florida Power & Light ij an agreement one Justice said reflected the wishes of 1 percent of commercial users against the wishes of 99 percent of FPL’s remaining customers.

Florida Supreme Court’s New Term: Death Penalty, Utility Rates, Red-Light Cameras

| August 26, 2013

The court faces high-profile cases that deal with issues such as medical malpractice, red-light cameras, utility rates and the death penalty. In some of the cases, justices have already heard arguments and could rule any week. In others, the cases still are percolating and have not gone to arguments.

Supreme Court to Hear Red-Light Camera Challenge in Case That Will Affect Palm Coast

| August 22, 2013

The $1.7 million Palm Cast reaped in red-light camera fines between 2008 and 2010 may be at stake if the Florida Supreme Court rules such systems illegal after it hears the much-anticipated case on Oct. 8, with ramifications for numerous cities and counties across the state.

After Two Stays, Supreme Court Clears Marshall Lee Gore For Year’s Fourth Execution

| August 13, 2013

Rejecting arguments that he should avoid lethal injection because he is insane, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday approved the execution of Marshall lee Gore, convicted of killing two women in 1988 in Miami-Dade and Columbia counties.

It Ain’t Texas: Florida Supreme Court Reverses Two Death Sentences, Citing Mental Issues

| July 5, 2013

In two separate decisions that illustrate the fallibility of death sentences, the Florida Supreme Court this week overturned the death sentences of Michael Shellito, 37, and Ralston Davis, 28, ruling in both cases that the murderers’ mental state at the time of the killings should have played a larger role in theirs sentences.

Supreme Court Denies Gregory’s Death-Penalty Appeal for 2007 Murders in Flagler Beach

| June 30, 2013

William Gregory, now 30, was sentenced to death in 2011, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Skyler Dawn Meekins, then 17, and her boyfriend Daniel Arthur Dyer, then 22, as they slept, and Skyler’s 1-year-old daughter was in a nearby room.

Florida Supreme Court Rules Against Geico Auto Insurer in Unusual Victory for Consumers

| June 27, 2013

In a blow to the insurance industry, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-2 that Geico could not require a woman to give a statement under oath as a condition of receiving injury benefits after an auto accident.

In Florida Case, U.S. Supremes Strike Down Drug-Sniffing Cop Dogs Outside of Home

| March 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Florida v. Jardines is the second out of the state dealing with how search and seizure limits under the U.S. Constitution affect the ability of police to use sniffer dogs to find drugs.

Public Employees Lose as Florida Supreme Court Upholds 3% Pension Dip

| January 17, 2013

Last Updated: 12:55 p.m.
The Florida Supreme Court, in a much-anticipated but very divided 4-3 ruling, today sided with the Legislature, and against public employees, by upholding a 2011 law that requires all public employees to contribute 3 percent of their pay to the Florida Retirement System, a pension fund.

In a majority opinion by Justice Labarga, more »

City Thuggery: Florida Supreme Court Should Red-Light Spy-and-Snap Traffic Cameras

| December 30, 2012

Florida’s new law legalizing red-light cameras ensures that state coffers are on the take. But it does not address the fundamental problems with spy-and-snap cameras. There are innumerable reasons to ban them. There’s only one reason to keep them, and it’s a slimy one: money.

Red-Light Cameras’ Legality and Other Florida Supreme Court Cases to Watch in 2013

| December 28, 2012

Leaving behind months of political turbulence, the Florida Supreme Court in 2013 could decide a series of high-profile cases dealing with issues such as Palm Coast’s red-light cameras, the state pension system and medical-malpractice lawsuits.

Three Florida Supreme Court Justices Fire Back at Attempted Conservative Putsch

| October 9, 2012

Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince pushed back against a campaign to push them off the bench that has spread from a conservative grass-roots uprising to a denouncing of the three by the Republican Party of Florida. The justices spoke to an audience at the FSU College of Law comprised mostly of students.

Should You Keep Paying FPL and PEF For Nukes Plants that May Never Be Built?

| October 8, 2012

The up-front nuclear costs for plant construction have become highly controversial, at least in part because there is no guarantee that FPL and Progress will build the planned reactors and because projected costs have risen to over $40 billion for four reactors. The Supreme Court will decide the matter.

For Florida Justices, Two Lesbian Mothers, One Child, and a Question of Parenthood

| October 3, 2012

The case pits two former lesbian partners, one of whom provided an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other woman, who later gave birth. After the relationship ended, the woman who gave birth blocked her former partner from having parental rights.

Jose Godinez-Samperio, Undocumented Immigrant and Lawyer, Falters at Florida Court

| October 2, 2012

A skeptical Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday said it may be powerless to let Jose Godinez-Samperio, an undocumented immigrant, practice law in the state despite recent moves by the Obama administration to allow immigrants brought to the country as children pathway to permanent status in the United States.

Amendment 5 and the Battle to Remake, And Subdue, the Florida Supreme Court

| October 1, 2012

Amendment 5 would subject all Supreme Court nominations to confirmation by the Florida Senate and lower the bar for the Legislature to overturn court rules and would give lawmakers access to the records of judicial investigations.

Legality of State Workers’ 3% Retirement Tax Now Before Florida Supreme Court

| September 9, 2012

With hundreds of millions of dollars a year hinging on their decision, Florida Supreme Court justices Friday began deliberating about whether to uphold a 2011 law that requires government workers to chip in 3 percent of their pay to the state retirement system.

Undocumented Immigrant Is Not Disqualified from Practicing Law, Florida Bar Says

| August 8, 2012

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has found no “good moral character and fitness issues” that would disqualify Jose Manuel Godinez Samperio, an undocumented immigrant, from being admitted to practice law in Florida, but is still waiting for an opinion from the Florida Supreme Court before making a decision.

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