Law & Order

House Pulls Trigger On Gun Bills

Feb 3, 2016

Update:  The House passed both open carry and campus carry. But both bills face slim chances in the Senate.

Cary Michael Lambrix, convicted of the 1983 killings of two people, was scheduled to die by lethal injection in Florida on Feb. 11.

But on Jan. 12, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state's process for imposing the death penalty, and now the state Supreme Court has delayed Lambrix's execution until the courts can determine how to apply the high court's ruling.

House Panel To Take Up Death Penalty Proposal

Jan 31, 2016
Floridamemory.com

A House panel is slated to take up a death-penalty proposal Tuesday, three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Florida's death-penalty system giving judges --- not juries --- the power to impose death sentences is unconstitutional.

The 8-1 ruling in the Hurst v. Florida case was centered on what are known as "aggravating" circumstances that must be found before defendants can be sentenced to death. A 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in a case known as Ring v. Arizona, requires that determination of such aggravating circumstances be made by juries, not judges.

The Florida Senate passed a series of gun bills Thursday.

Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

UPDATE AT 6 P.M. Jan. 28:

Police said two St. Petersburg children, reported missing on Thursday afternoon, have been found.

Dorian and Frederick Sandhu, and their mother, Gigi Ulrich-Woodard, were located Thursday afternoon in Madison, near the Florida-Georgia border.

According to a press release from St. Petersburg Police , two utility workers were staying at a hotel in Madison. When they received the Amber Alert on their phones, they remembered seeing a gray Nissan Altima in the hotel parking lot.

Pool/Edmund D. Fountain / Tampa Bay Times


Florida may pay for burials of students whose remains were once on the grounds of the now shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

FSU Settles Lawsuit Over Jameis Winston Allegations

Jan 25, 2016

Florida State University announced Monday that it has agreed to pay almost $1 million to settle a lawsuit by a woman who accused the school's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback of sexual assault in a case that sparked a national conversation on athletics and rape.

Lawyers For Condemned Man Cite 'Tectonic Shift' in Death Penalty

Jan 23, 2016
State Archives of Florida

A U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Florida's death-penalty sentencing structure is a "tectonic shift" that should be applied retroactively to all inmates on Death Row, lawyers for a convicted murderer scheduled to be executed in February wrote in court documents filed Friday.

Lawyers for Cary Michael Lambrix, who has been on Death Row for more than three decades, have asked the Florida Supreme Court to halt his execution and allow a lower court to sort out whether the U.S. Supreme Court decision, in a case known as Hurst v. Florida, applies to Lambrix.

Loose Ends Remain After USF Issues Report on Dozier

Jan 22, 2016
Steve Cannon / AP Photo

University of South Florida researchers presented their final report on the Robert G. Dozier School for Boys to the state cabinet Thursday, and even though this closes one chapter in a lengthy saga, a number of loose ends remain.

Hundreds of thousands of Floridians are losing their licenses because they can’t afford their traffic fines. And courthouses across the state are cutting back hours and furloughing employees because of a massive budget deficit. Legislators are promising to solve both problems, but it won’t be easy.

Florida lawmakers want to put the brakes on what some call a thinly veiled money maker for municipal governments. A House panel greenlighted a plan Thursday to ban red light cameras.

USF Department of Anthropology

The Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle town of Marianna closed in 2011, after allegations by former inmates of decades of torture and abuse.

University of South Florida researchers have been working for years to identify dozens of remains found in unmarked graves on the site, and they've just released their final report.

Fl. Supreme Court Schedules Death Penalty Arguments

Jan 15, 2016
State Archives of Florida

The Florida Supreme Court has refused to grant a stay in an execution scheduled for next month but ordered oral arguments to hear about the potential impact of a seminal U.S. Supreme Court decision this week striking down the state's death penalty sentencing structure.

Brendan Fitterer / AP Photo

The widow of a Florida man shot and killed during an argument over texting during movie previews has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the theater, its developer and one of its employees.

Nicole Oulson seeks more than $15,000 and a jury trial. According to the lawsuit filed in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court in Dade City, she suffered physical, psychological and economic damage.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida's death sentencing system as unconstitutional on Tuesday, casting doubt on the status of all the state's death sentences.

Florida ranks second in the nation in the number of death row inmates, with 390 men and women currently awaiting execution.

A convicted serial killer is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday afternoon.

You may have seen the billboards by now: They have a photo of a guy in handcuffs with the caption "Don't Lie for the Other Guy." It's part of a media blitz of the Tampa Bay area as a consortium of law enforcement agencies attempt to battle illegal gun purchases.

Someone is impersonating police in Temple Terrace. Twice now, residents have opened their doors to individuals dressed in what appeared to be dark police uniforms, wearing badges and one of them carried a gun.

In the first case, it was a man and a woman, both White with dark hair. In the second case last week, a man with a badge in dark trousers and a dark shirt knocked on someone's door asking to speak to the homeowner.

  A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a tattoo parlor owner and against the city of Key West's attempt to block a new tattoo business from opening in the city's historic district.

The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that tattoos and tattooing are artistic expression, protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Cortnee Brantley is supposed to begin serving a sentence Monday for her role in a 2010 shooting that killed two Tampa Police officers. But before that could happen, Brantley was arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies Saturday for getting in a fight on the way home from a 'going away' party.

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