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A Florida prosecutor who fought and lost a battle with the governor over her decision not to seek the death penalty said Friday that she will comply with a state Supreme Court decision and seek it in future cases if it is unanimously recommended by a panel of her assistant prosecutors.

Death Sentences Vacated In Double Murder

Sep 1, 2017
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In one in a series of similar rulings this year, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new sentencing proceeding for a Death Row inmate convicted of killing his former girlfriend and a man in 2007 in Flagler County.

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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Gov. Rick Scott in a high-profile dispute about whether he exceeded his authority by stripping Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala of death penalty cases.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Blood-Alcohol Battle

Aug 31, 2017
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The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in a legal battle about whether the state has adequate rules for testing blood-alcohol levels in suspected drunken-driving cases.

High-Profile DUI Case Sparks Battle Over Blood Tests

Aug 29, 2017
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Attorneys for a Palm Beach County millionaire convicted of DUI manslaughter will go before the Florida Supreme Court this week to challenge state rules for testing blood-alcohol levels in drunken-driving cases.

Medical Malpractice Dispute Heads to Supreme Court

Aug 25, 2017
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The estate of a woman who died while undergoing surgery for a tumor in her skull will ask the Florida Supreme Court to take up a lawsuit against an anesthesiologist who evaluated her before surgery.

While the state of Florida is set to execute the first person in more than a year and a half, 150 other Death Row inmates await new sentences.

The death penalty was put on hold in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Hurst v. Florida that the process applied for sentencing someone to death was unconstitutional. 

Dispute Continues Over Lethal Injection Drug

Aug 8, 2017
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A Death Row inmate scheduled to be executed this month continues to mount challenges to the state's newly adopted lethal-injection procedure — never before used in Florida or any other state — but Attorney General Pam Bondi's lawyers are urging the Florida Supreme Court to reject the latest attempt.

State Defends Use Of New Execution Drug

Aug 4, 2017
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Attorney General Pam Bondi's office Thursday asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject an appeal from Mark James Asay, a Death Row prisoner whose scheduled Aug. 24 execution would be the first in more than 18 months in the state.

Football Player Workers’ Comp Case Goes To Supreme Court

Aug 2, 2017
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A former Arena Football League player wants the Florida Supreme Court to take up a dispute about whether he should receive workers' compensation insurance benefits because of injuries suffered while trying to regain a roster spot with the Orlando Predators.

Justices Reject Challenge To Scott's Citrus Veto

Jul 14, 2017
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Despite clear frustrations of some justices, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to invalidate Gov. Rick Scott's veto of $37.4 million that lawmakers approved to compensate homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were cut down by the state more than a decade ago.

Supreme Court Agrees To Take Up Asbestos Dispute

Jul 13, 2017
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In a dispute that focuses heavily on expert witnesses, a divided Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case filed by a man who said he suffered mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos in cigarette filters and other products.

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Sarasota County could be on the hook for $300 million in medical bills for care that private hospitals gave to poor patients after a state Supreme Court ruling Thursday.

A Lee County circuit court judge said the state agriculture department needs to repay local residents for destroyed citrus trees, or explain why it refuses to pay. The Florida Department of Agriculture has less than 40 days to respond.

The Florida Supreme Court is ordering new sentencing hearings for four inmates currently on the state's death row.

The high court on Thursday threw out the sentences because a jury did not unanimously recommend the death penalty. Last year the court ruled death sentences have to be unanimous, which the court put in place in response to U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

 

The state court said anyone sentenced after a 2002 ruling could be eligible for a new sentence.

Justices Seem Skeptical Of Prosecutor’s Arguments On Death Penalty

Jun 29, 2017
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Florida Supreme Court justices appeared highly skeptical of a Central Florida state attorney’s assertion that prosecutors have absolute discretion in death-penalty cases during arguments Wednesday in a legal dispute between the prosecutor and Gov. Rick Scott.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott's power to strip a prosecutor of murder cases because she won't seek the death penalty will be tested before the state Supreme Court.

Scott Seeks To Scuttle Challenge To Citrus Money Veto

Jun 27, 2017
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Attorneys for Gov. Rick Scott argued Monday the Florida Supreme Court should reject a lawsuit challenging the governor’s veto of $37.4 million that would compensate homeowners for healthy citrus trees cut down by the state.

Medical Records Dispute Heads To Supreme Court

Jun 23, 2017
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A long-running battle about how much patients should be charged for copies of medical records has gone to the Florida Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Wants Quick Response On Citrus Veto

Jun 22, 2017
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The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday gave Gov. Rick Scott's administration until noon Monday to respond to a lawsuit challenging the governor's veto of $37.4 million intended to go to residents whose healthy citrus trees were cut down as the state tried to eradicate citrus-canker disease.

The US Supreme Court is refusing to take up a further challenge in Florida’s precedent setting capital case Hurst v. Florida.

Justices Reject Video Hearings In Baker Act Cases

May 12, 2017
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Pointing to the needs of “vulnerable citizens,” the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected judges holding videoconference hearings in cases about whether mentally ill people should be involuntarily committed to treatment facilities.

Ayala Lawyers Rip Governor Over Death Penalty Dispute

May 9, 2017

Lawyers for Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala fired back Monday against Gov. Rick Scott for shifting 23 death-penalty case to another prosecutor, describing his actions as “baldly political.”

Supreme Court Sets Arguments In Blood-Alcohol Case

Apr 24, 2017
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The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Aug. 30 in an appeal by a Palm Beach County millionaire in a high-profile case related to testing drivers' blood-alcohol levels after traffic accidents.

Justices Will Not Reconsider ‘Open Carry’ Ruling

Apr 14, 2017

A divided Florida Supreme Court said Thursday it will not reconsider a March ruling that upheld a longstanding state ban on people openly carrying firearms in public.

Justices Deal Blow To Tobacco Industry

Apr 10, 2017
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As cigarette makers continue facing a barrage of lawsuits in Florida, state Supreme Court justices this week rejected arguments by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company that federal law should shield it from liability.

Supreme Court Ruling Defines ‘Sexual Intercourse’

Mar 19, 2017
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In a case stemming from a law that requires HIV-infected people to inform potential sexual partners about the disease, the Florida Supreme Court this week said a legal definition of "sexual intercourse" goes beyond relations between men and women.

The Florida Supreme Court is considering three capital cases after oral arguments in the past week.  Meanwhile the House and Senate are moving ahead with death penalty fixes.

Justices Uphold Ban On Openly Carrying Guns

Mar 3, 2017
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Rejecting arguments by Second Amendment supporters, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a longstanding state ban on people openly carrying firearms in public.

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The Florida Supreme Court is upholding a lower court ruling that ordered a massive nuclear plant expansion to be redone to meet environmental and other concerns.

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