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11:38 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

The stack of amicus briefs filed as of April 9 reached past the knee of NPR legal affairs intern Anthony Palmer. The briefs cost, on average, an estimated $25,000 to $50,000.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 9:25 am

This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the-court briefs — 148 of them, according to the court, beating the previous record of 136 in the 2013 Obamacare case.

These briefs, known formally by their Latin name, amicus briefs, are filed by groups, individuals, and governments that have an interest in the outcome.

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9:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

FBI Report: Florida Affected By Flawed FBI Hair Analysis Testimony

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:54 am

 

According to an FBI report released this week, almost all of the FBI’s experts who conducted microscopic hair analysis gave flawed testimony in criminal trials.

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Law & Order
7:40 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Body Cameras Bills To Soon Get House Vote; Anti-Speed Trap Bill Heads To Governor

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:42 pm

Florida lawmakers passed a series of bills affecting law enforcement agencies this week, and at least two are headed to the Governor’s desk for approval.

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2:40 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Supreme Court Reduces Death Sentence for Tampa Cop's Killer

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the death sentence for Humberto Delgado Jr., who killed a Tampa police officer in 2009, should be reduced to life without parole.
Credit Florida Dept. of Corrections

UPDATED 4/23 at 2:40 p.m.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor released this statement in response to the Florida Supreme Court reducing the death sentence for Humberto Delgado Jr. to life without parole for killing police Cpl. Mike Roberts in 2009:

"We respect the justice system and those who have to make tough decisions. 

Regardless of the conclusion, it doesn't bring Mike back and it doesn't relieve the pain that his wife, son and his TPD family feel. His life sentence will still ensure he is held accountable for his actions."

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Law & Order
5:39 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Senators Want To Extend Statute Of Limitations For Rape, But Not As Far As House

Danielle Sullivan

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:17 pm

Florida appears primed to extend the statute of limitations for rape charges.  The proposal is headed for the Senate floor, less than a week after passing the House unanimously.

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5:39 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Body Cameras Bill Heading To House Floor

Rep. Shevrin Jones speaking before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:02 pm

A bill requiring law enforcement agencies to have set guidelines in place when using body cameras is now heading to the House floor. It differs from a measure creating a public records exemption for the recordings.

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9:26 am
Wed April 15, 2015

House Prison Reform Package Heads To Floor, Will Include More Changes

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 6:39 pm

The House’s prison reform package is now heading to the floor, after passing its last committee Tuesday. But, even though the measure went through more changes, some say the bill—that still differs from its Senate counterpart—is now heading in the wrong direction.

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Law & Order
9:23 am
Tue April 14, 2015

After Unanimous Senate Support, Anti-Speed Trap Bill Could Soon Get House Vote

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 6:17 pm

A bill blocking all law enforcement agencies—including local—from establishing traffic ticket quotas could be close to hitting the Governor’s desk, if it soon passes the House.

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9:43 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Despite Dem Opposition, Gun Evacuation Bill Heading To Governor's Desk

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 12:19 am

A bill allowing people to carry a gun without a concealed carry permit during a declared emergency evacuation is now heading to Governor Rick Scott.

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Law & Order
8:15 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Making Retirement For Police Dogs Less Ruff

Sen. Joseph Abruzzo wants to set up a retirement plan for police dogs.

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 8:53 am

They take bullets for their partners, work overtime for no pay and don’t get benefits. But as Jim Ash reports, that would change under a proposal by a House Democrat to set up a retirement plan for police dogs.

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Law & Order
10:51 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Fla. Prison Chief Jones On KKK Murder Plot: DOC Employees Involved Will Be Fired

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 8:21 pm

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones says she intends to fire the correctional officers involved in the murder plot of a former black inmate.

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9:34 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Two Guns On Campus Bills Heading To House Floor

Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota)

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:26 pm

Two bills that will allow concealed weapons throughout Florida’s public school system are headed for the House floor.  But Nick Evans reports their prospects for final passage are very different.  

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10:41 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Florida Senate Passes Omnibus Prison Reform Package

Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) is the author of the Senate's prison reform bill.

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:30 pm

The Florida Senate has passed an omnibus prison reform package aimed at revamping Florida’s troubled prison system.

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Law & Order
10:40 am
Thu April 2, 2015

House, Senate Criminal Justice Budget Chairs Focus On Troubled Prison System

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 6:42 pm

Both chambers of the Florida Legislature laid out their criminal justice budgets Wednesday. The House and Senate spending plans are similar—driven by a goal of helping Florida’s troubled prison system.

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10:38 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Florida Near The Top In The Number Of Hate Groups

Southern Poverty Law Center "The Year In Hate and Extremism" Report.

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:52 am

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports there are currently 784 hate groups nationwide. Those groups can be anything from Ku Klux Klan to neo-Nazis to black separatists and anti-LGBT groups. All of them are listed in the SPLC's The Year In Hate and Extremism report.

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