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State Fights Ruling on Rights Restoration

April 4, 2018 - 5:30pm

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Wednesday continued battling a judge’s ruling that would require the state to overhaul the controversial process for restoring ex-felons’ voting rights, taking the case to a federal appeals court.

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office filed a notice of appeal at the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Also, it requested a stay of an order by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker that gave the state an April 26 deadline for making changes to the rights-restoration process.

'Stand Your Ground' Defense Shouldn't Work for Police Officers, Bondi's Office Tells High Court

March 28, 2018 - 5:30pm

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office this week urged the Florida Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that allowed a police officer to use the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law after being charged with manslaughter in an on-duty shooting.

Could Dismissed 'Holy Spirit' Juror Get Corrine Brown Off?

March 28, 2018 - 4:45pm
Corrine Brown

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s attempt to get out of federal prison hinges on an ex-juror who said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty of charges related to a charity scam.

Agencies to Pay Millions in Deaths, Injuries

March 26, 2018 - 5:45pm

In one case, a ladder flew off a state truck, leading to a fatal accident. In another, an infant died after a paperwork error at a county health clinic. In another, a foster child sexually assaulted another boy.

Supreme Court to Decide If Car Can Be Weapon

March 24, 2018 - 6:00am

In a case stemming from the death of a man after an altercation in a bar, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office Friday urged the Florida Supreme Court to uphold a ruling that a car can legally be considered a weapon.

Scott Signs Bill Targeting Opioid Addiction

March 19, 2018 - 12:45pm

Saying it is critical to “stop the addiction in the beginning,” Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a high-profile bill designed to prevent patients from getting hooked on powerful opioids.

Voters Support Making It Harder to Raise Taxes, Poll Says

March 14, 2018 - 9:30am
Richard Corcoran, Rick Scott and José Javier Rodríguez

Backed by Gov. Rick Scott and other Republican leaders, a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder for the Legislature to raise taxes and fees appears to have broad voter support, a new poll shows.

Ten Big Issues in the 2018 Legislative Session

March 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Florida House and Senate ended the 2018 legislative session Sunday by passing a budget and a tax-cut package for the upcoming year. The session became dominated in February by the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. That led to a massive debate about how to improve school safety and whether to revamp the state’s gun laws.

Botched Police Action Leads to Overturned Murder Conviction

March 7, 2018 - 1:30pm

A Manatee County murder conviction was overturned Wednesday because police interviewed the defendant in a hospital psychiatric ward without an attorney present.

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