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Florida Supreme Court Will have No
Black Justice For First Time in 36 Years

| November 30, 2018

None of the nine candidates from whom Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis will select three justices is black, although six of the original 59 applicants were African-Americans.

Divided Supreme Court Signs Off On Process to Replace Three Justices

| November 18, 2018

In a 4-3 decision, the court held that the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission was acting within its authority to conduct a process that resulted in 59 judges and lawyers applying to replace justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince.

Yes, Your Car Can Be A Weapon, Florida Supreme Court Rules, Altering ’95 Definition

| November 4, 2018

The Supreme Court made the somewhat-unusual move of backing away from a 1995 decision, which said a weapon must be “commonly understood to be an instrument for combat.”

Saying Scott ‘Exceeded His Authority,’ Supreme Court Rules Next Governor Will Appoint 3 Justices, Not Scott

| October 15, 2018

The winner of the Nov. 6 election between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum “has the sole authority” to fill the court vacancies, the court ruled.

Rick Scott Presses His Case For Making Midnight Appointments to Florida Supreme Court

| September 27, 2018

In a case that could alter the future of Florida’s highest court, Scott’s lawyers said the governor retains the power to select replacements for justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who are all leaving in January.

Zambrano Orders Judge Scott DuPont to Clear Out of His Offices In Flagler and Putnam

| February 23, 2018

Chief Judge Raul Zambrano’s order, delivered to DuPont by letter today, is as close to the firing of a judge short of a Supreme Court impeachment, and follows an investigation’s withering recommendation for removal.

Misconduct Charges Mount Against Flagler Judge Scott DuPont, Now Pointing To Courtroom Violations

| August 17, 2017

Seven new charges against Circuit Judge Scott DuPont bring the total to 12 and now point to disturbing allegations of violations against people appearing in court and lawyers.

Gov. Scott Defends Plan to Appoint Three Supreme Court Justices in Last Days In Office

| July 21, 2017

Those three members — justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince — are part of the court’s more-liberal majority, and some advocates are worried that Scott, a Republican, could tip the balance of power on the bench on his final day in office.

Felons Seeking to Regain Right To Vote Look to Constitutional Amendment

| March 6, 2017

The constitutional change, if approved, could open up voting rights for more than 700,000 Floridians, although fewer than 300,000 could be expected to apply, at least initially.

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Ban On Openly Carrying Guns in 4-2 Ruling

| March 3, 2017

Justices, in a 4-2 ruling, said the state law “regulates only one manner of bearing arms and does not impair the exercise of the fundamental right to bear arms.”

Eroding Florida’s Checks and Balances, One Bill at a Time

| December 31, 2016

A Florida Republican lawmaker’s proposal to give the Legislature the power to invalidate any court’s decision would upend centuries of precedent and make a mockery of a balance of powers, argues Ben Hogarth.

Striking at Balance of Powers, Florida Lawmaker Files Measures to Nullify Court Decisions

| December 28, 2016

Gonzalez’s bills are a reflection of the Legislature’s latest assault on judicial power. But taking aim at separation of powers considered fundamental, if not sacred, to American government may be more of a partisan than a realistic exercise.

Justice James E.C. Perry’s Last Dissent Denounces Florida’s Death Penalty

| December 23, 2016

Justice Justice James E.C. Perry in a blistering condemnation of the death penalty in general rendered a blistering analysis of the manner in which capital punishment is carried out in Florida.

3 Flagler Death Sentences Among More Than 200 Invalidated By Florida Supreme Court

| December 22, 2016

The invalidation of 55% of death sentences affect those of two Flagler double-murderers–William Gregory, of Flagler Beach, David Snelgrove of Palm Coast–and Cornelius Baker, who killed a woman in Flagler.

In Tilt to Right Gov. Scott Appoints Appeal Court Judge C. Alan Lawson to Supreme Court

| December 16, 2016

Lawson’s appointment to the Supreme Court reduces the influence of the liberal-leaning court majority, which has been made up of Perry, Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince.

Flagler Circuit Judge Scott DuPont Faces Charges of “Recklessly” Spreading Baseless Claims About Opponent

| December 1, 2016

Circuit Judge Scott DuPont may face serious disciplinary action from the Florida Supreme Court if the Judicial Qualifications Commission recommends it after finding probable cause that he violated ethical rules in his latest election campaign.

Nominating Commission Sends 3 Names to Scott for Next Supreme Court Appointment

| November 29, 2016

Fifth District Court of Appeal Chief Judge C. Alan Lawson, appellate Judge Wendy Berger and Orlando lawyer Dan Gerber made the final cut of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission.

Black and White: 11 Florida Supreme Court Applicants Contrast Starkly With Retiring James Perry

| November 23, 2016

The exit of the liberal Perry — one of five jurists who make up a liberal-leaning majority — gives Gov. Rick Scott his first opportunity to shape a bench that has repeatedly vexed the Republican chief executive and the GOP-dominated Legislature.

Gov. Scott’s Pick from Judges Applying to Replace Perry Will Shift Supreme Court Right

| November 14, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission plans to provide Scott a short list of six names, from 11 applicants, by Nov. 29, giving the governor plenty of time to make a decision before Justice James E.C. Perry’s resignation goes into effect Dec. 30.

Florida’s Death Penalty On Hold: Supreme Court Halts Trial Pending Legislative Change

| October 28, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday stopped a Clearwater judge from proceeding with a death penalty case, signaling that courts might not be able to move forward with capital trials until the Legislature changes a law that justices earlier this month struck down as unconstitutional.

Florida Supreme Court in Seminal Decision Rules Death Penalty Verdicts Must Be Unanimous

| October 14, 2016

The court’s 5-2 decision, which will immediately affect 40 inmates and many of the 385 others on death row, ends Florida’s status as an outlier state where non-unanimous death penalty recommendations were allowed.

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.

Justice Perry Will Retire, Giving Gov. Scott 1st Chance to Appoint a Conservative to High Court

| September 12, 2016

Perry is among five jurists who make up a liberal-leaning majority of the seven-member court, which has drawn the wrath of the Republican governor and the GOP-dominated Legislature.

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.

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.

Florida Justices Appear Skeptical in Challenge to Open-Carry Ban, Deferring to Legislature

| June 9, 2016

Justices Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince questioned how the current state law allowing citizens to receive concealed-weapons licenses to carry firearms suppresses gun ownership.

Florida Supreme Court Rules That City Utility’s Service Area Trumps Some County Authority

| May 23, 2016

While the case involved a local dispute on the Treasure Coast, it drew attention from counties and utilities across the state, which is carved into territories and includes myriad local franchise agreements.

License for Probable Cause: Justices Rule You May Be Pulled Over For Any Visible Tag Issue

| May 13, 2016

Florida Justices, in a 5-2 decision, rejected an appeal from a driver stopped by Orlando police because a tag light and wires were hanging over the license plate on a vehicle he was driving.

In a Blow to Business, Supreme Court Bans Workers Comp Limits on Attorney’s Fees

| April 28, 2016

The ruling stemmed from a case in which an attorney was awarded the equivalent of $1.53 an hour in successfully pursuing a claim for benefits for a worker injured in Miami.

Florida Justices Block 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Pending Review

| April 23, 2016

On a 5-2 vote, justices granted a stay of a lower court’s order allowing the 2015 law to take effect. The Supreme Court said it would keep the stay in place while it decides whether to review the decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal.

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