Florida Supreme Court

Justices Reject Challenge To Scott's Citrus Veto

Jul 14, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

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
wp paarz / Flickr

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.

JMV0586 / FLICKR

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
JMV0586 / FLICKR

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.

JMV0586 / FLICKR

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
Amy Green/WMFE

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
Douglas R. Clifford / Tampa Bay Times

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
Wikimedia Commons

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
JMV0586 / FLICKR

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
p1 lawyer / Flickr

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
Wikimedia Commons

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
Steven Martin / Flickr

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
JMV0586 / FLICKR

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

Wikimedia Commons

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.

Death Penalty Cases Allowed To Move Forward

Feb 21, 2017
JMV0586 / FLICKR

In what was described as an "about-face" after a previous ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday ordered that death penalty cases can proceed, even with an unconstitutional law still on the books.

Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Waiting Period

Feb 17, 2017
JMV0586 / FLICKR

In another in a string of rulings siding with abortion-rights advocates, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a 2015 law that would have required women to wait 24 hours before having abortions.

Court Rejects Legal Fee Cap In Injured Boy Dispute

Feb 1, 2017
p1 lawyer / Flickr

In a case involving a boy severely injured at birth, a split Florida Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that lawmakers' decision to impose a $100,000 cap on attorneys' fees — a fraction of the costs incurred in a decade-long legal fight — was unconstitutional.

Justices Rule Medical Documents Must Be Disclosed

Feb 1, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

In a ruling that could have implications for medical-malpractice cases across the state, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday said a Jacksonville hospital system was required to provide records to a patient's family because of a 2004 constitutional amendment.

Supreme Court Backs Allstate On ‘PIP' Medical Fees

Jan 26, 2017
p1 lawyer / Flickr

In a defeat for medical providers, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Allstate Insurance Company in a dispute about fees paid to care for auto-accident victims.

Supreme Court Asked To Reconsider Medical Malpractice Case

Jan 10, 2017
JMV0586 / FLICKR

Pointing to potentially far-reaching effects, a physicians' group is asking the Florida Supreme Court to reconsider the rejection of an arbitration agreement in a medical-malpractice case.

Florida’s Supreme Court, according to some observers, may have provided a glimpse into the future of the state's death penalty statute. 

The justices giveth, and the justices taketh away. The court voted 5-2 Wednesday to forbid the state from imposing the death penalty in pending prosecutions, only to withdraw the order a few hours later. In the opinion, the court wrote that the entire death penalty law was unconstitutional, but the withdrawal came because of “human error.”

Florida Supreme Court Rescinds Death Penalty Ruling

Jan 5, 2017
Hello World Media / Flickr

In a highly unusual move that heightened confusion in an already-murky legal arena, the Florida Supreme Court quickly rescinded an order Wednesday that would have barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in capital cases.

Court Rejects Medical Malpractice Arbitration Agreement

Dec 23, 2016
JMV0586 / FLICKR

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an arbitration agreement in a medical-malpractice case involving an infant who was stillborn.

Court Opens Door To New Death Penalty Hearings

Dec 23, 2016
JMV0586 / FLICKR

In a pair of major rulings about the state's embattled death penalty, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for about half of the state's Death Row inmates to seek new sentencing proceedings based on a seminal U.S. Supreme Court decision early this year.

Pages