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Florida Justices Let Felon Carry Hunting Rifle, Saying Prohibition Doesn’t Apply to Antique Guns

| September 22, 2016

In a 5-2 decision, justices cleared Weeks on the gun-possession charge because state law treats antique firearms — and their replicas — different from other guns. The ruling said lawmakers exempted firearms manufactured in or before 1918 and their replicas from the prohibition on felons possessing guns.

Gov. Scott’s Office of Open Government Barricades Itself

| September 15, 2016

Florida once had one of the toughest sunshine laws in the country, and people were proud of that. But it’s no longer the case. Transparency has given way to talk–and barricades.

Why I Stand For The National Anthem

| September 10, 2016

There is outrage on the anniversary of 9/11: the outrage should be directed at those who have taken for granted the liberty and privilege of being a professional athlete by showing disrespect to our National Anthem by way of protest.

The National Anthem’s False Notes

| September 9, 2016

Blasphemous as it seems, Colin Kaepernick’s freedom to sit out the Star Spangled Banner is written in the anthem’s very words, though his tormentors are more disturbed by his message, which they would rather not hear.

The Reek of Hypocrisy Behind Federal Marijuana Laws

| August 30, 2016

In most cases, our laws treat chemicals as safe until proven dangerous. Marijuana, on the other hand, is being held to a higher standard. It’s not even that it’s considered dangerous until proven safe. The government says that they won’t lift regulations on it until it’s proven beneficial.

Appeals Court Sides With Florida Prisons in Public Records Dispute With Miami Herald

| August 29, 2016

The Florida prisons department was required to provide item-by-item legal explanations for its decisions to black out information on public records requested by the Herald — a process known as redacting the information.

Does Diversifying Police Forces
Reduce Tensions? Not Necessarily.

| August 28, 2016

Beyond diversity, hiring officers who know and understand the community, asking officers to build better relationships with neighborhoods they serve, reducing officers’ use of aggressive arrest tactics and increasing officer training is shown to be more effective than changing the color of the ranks.

Two Attorneys Disbarred Over “Unprecedented” DUI Set-Up of Opposing Lawyer in Big Case

| August 25, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court unanimously supported the disbarment of Robert D. Adams and Adam Robert Filthaut of Tampa for their role in setting up the drunken-driving arrest of an opposing lawyer during a high-profile case.

Florida Continues to Suppress Lethal-Injection Records in Face of Challenge by Death Row Inmates

| August 24, 2016

Lawyers for seven Death Row inmates and the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona in June filed a subpoena seeking years of records related to Florida’s triple-drug lethal injection protocol, including the types of drugs purchased, the strengths and amounts of the drugs, the expiration dates of the drugs and the names of suppliers.

Devil’s Gambit: Sacrificing All Else to Ensure Trump Picks for the Supreme Court

| August 23, 2016

To some Republicans, keeping Hillary Clinton from appointing new justices is worth letting everything else go to hell. The government, the country, maybe the world and certainly the court.

Masked Man Who Taunted Lamb at Sheriff’s Forum Is Unmasked as Whisenant Supporter

| August 9, 2016

Richard Rubin, a twice-arrested local resident and supporter of Mark Whisenant’s sheriff’s campaign, attempted to rattle candidate John Lamb Monday evening by riding masked and in camouflage and holding up a sign claiming Lamb and his family did not live in the county, a false claim.

My Mother, Stopped for Driving While Black

| August 7, 2016

The mistreatment of black people by police officers isn’t new, nor is it surprising, argues Milen Mehari. According to the Justice Department, black people are almost four times more likely than whites to experience the use of force during police encounters.

Racism Allegations Against Jacksonville Judge Hulsey Enter Case of Black Man on Death Row

| August 4, 2016

Other black defendants whose cases were overseen by Hulsey “are living with the fear that the proceedings were infected by racial prejudice,” but questions about Hulsey’s impartiality also affect “the public at large and all residents of Florida,” lawyer Martin McClain wrote.

Florida’s Only Openly Gay Lawmaker Describes a Rick Scott More Accepting of LGBT

| July 28, 2016

In the days after 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Gov. Rick Scott privately expressed some support for gay rights to the state’s only openly gay state lawmaker, David Richardson.

Appeals Court Upholds Red-Light Cameras But Urges Florida Supreme Court to Rule Decisively

| July 27, 2016

A court upheld Aventura’s program, which relies on police, not the private contractor, to make decisions about ticketing motorists. But the court wants the supreme court to decide the issue more finally.

In Bunnell, 100 Black Marchers Chant for “All Lives,” For Unity, But Also For Looking Inward

| July 17, 2016

The Black Lives Matter-themed march Sunday evening around Bunnell was itself a display of the harmony it called for, though it clearly didn not get participation from the county’s whiter surroundings.

Black Lives Matter. Period.

| July 16, 2016

Cops are owed all the appreciation and respect their profession commands. Blacks are owed their right to life. The two are not mutually exclusive, but certain differences matter, especially when they falsely paint cops as the victims and blacks as the aggressors.

Fershtay? Appeals Court Rules Florida May Not Halt Offering Kosher and Halal Meals to Prisoners

| July 15, 2016

Florida prison officials argued they had a right to stop offering kosher meals if they got too expensive. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said no in a unanimous decision.

Flagler Judge Gives Pot Plan a Lift, But Council And Whiff of Politics Again Delay Adoption

| July 14, 2016

The proposal would reduce the penalty for first-time possession of pot to a $250 fine rather than a criminal charge, but it’ll be at least another month before the proposal gets out of a council, if then, and heads for approval (or rejection) by local governments.

Citing “Public Policy Interests,” Florida Refusing to Disclose Information on Drugs Used in Lethal Injections

| July 14, 2016

Lawyers representing seven Arizona Death Row inmates want information about the drugs used in Florida’s lethal-injection procedure, but corrections officials are asking a judge to keep the documents secret.

At Flagler NAACP Town Hall, Matters of Black Lives, “The Talk,” and the Gap Between Community and Policing

| July 13, 2016

A town hall organized by Flagler’s NAACP branch, with several top officials from the sheriff’s office, took stock of the recent police killings of black men and the killing of five white police officers in Dallas by a black veteran sniper.

Challenge to Florida’s DUI Breath Test May Be Moot After U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

| July 13, 2016

A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court said a law similar to Florida’s, in Minnesota, allowing breath tests for DUI, does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches and seizures.

Proposal to De-Criminalize Pot Possession Again Teetering as Flagler Council Nears Verdict

| July 11, 2016

The Flagler Public Safety Coordinating Council decides Wednesday whether to recommend the de-criminalization proposal, but the reactions from palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach have been discouraging.

“I’m Putting My Faith In You,” Judge Tells Predator Granted Less Severe Probation Term

| July 6, 2016

Dorian Coppedge, 37, a Palm Coast resident designated a sex predator just last week, had been rendered homeless by a two-year sex-offender probation term, which Judge Matthew Foxman today agreed to alter to simple probation, thus possibly making Coppedge’s living arrangements less restrictive.

Data, Drones, Apps: Rush to Protect Privacy Raises Concerns Of Stifling Rights and Innovation

| July 4, 2016

As technology redefines the limits of privacy, some of the restrictions, such as those on drones and body cameras may infringe on free speech protections, and some may be smothering innovation.

The Stupidity of Race:
What My DNA Test Reveals

| July 3, 2016

Arab AND Jew? Greek? Italian? A DNA test unravels the ethnic origins of FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam–and underscores the absurdity of making assumptions about anyone’s race, color or so-called origins.

Palm Coast Offender Branded a Sexual Predator 5 Years After Prison, With No New Sex Crime

| July 1, 2016

The sheriff’s office announced Thursday that Dorian Buzz Coppedge, 37, a “sexual predator,” is now living in Flagler, yet he’s lived here five years. Only his designation changed, even though he committed no new sex crime.

Siding With Planned Parenthood, Federal Judge Blocks Florida’s New, Restrictive Abortion Law

| July 1, 2016

The law would have barred abortion providers from receiving public funds for other services and required a dramatic increase in inspections of abortion records by health officials.

From DCF to Pam Bondi, Nothing But Contempt for Florida’s Sunshine Law

| June 30, 2016

It’s been decades since Florida had an elected statewide official who paid much more than lip service to open government, and state and local agencies are taking advantage, showing more contempt than respect for the law, argues Florence Snyder.

New Report Doubles Estimate of Transgender People in U.S.; Florida’s Proportion Ranks 6th

| June 30, 2016

The estimate places Florida’s proportion of transgender people at almost 0.7 percent, for a total of 100,000 people, with the national proportion at 0.6 percent, for a total of 1.4 million.

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