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Category: News & Announcements

Wendi Adelson Requests to Invoke the Fifth When Called to Testify, But What Does it Mean to “Invoke the Fifth”?

May 19, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Taking the Fifth and pleading the Fifth has been a part of our culture and media for a long time. However, invoking the Fifth isn’t as easy as just shouting “I plead the Fifth!” The following blog will describe what invoking the Fifth means and what it means for Wendi Adelson in the ongoing retrial of Katherine Magbanua for the …

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Florida Governor DeSantis Signed a Bill Banning Residential Protesting, What Does the Bill Actually Say and What Does This Mean for Floridians?

May 19, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

In recent news, we have seen people organize and protest outside of the Supreme Court Justice’s homes. However, protests in residential areas are not a new phenomenon. Last year, Edward Mathews, a resident of New Jersey, faced protestors outside his home after an argument with a neighbor went viral. In 2017, there were also protests outside of Vice President Mike …

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Mass Shooting in New York – Most Recent Hate Crime in the U.S.

May 17, 2022 News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

This past Saturday marked a horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The suspect was an 18-year-old man who supposedly held racist motives for driving over three hours to open fire on a local supermarket. Disturbing statements from the alleged shooter were supposedly filled with hate, directed specifically towards the Black community. In addition, the shooter had been studying previous …

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New Trial Begins for Dan Markel Murder Case

May 14, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

Dan Markel, a law professor at FSU, was shot and killed in his driveway in Betton Hills in July of 2014. Although it has been almost eight years since the murder, there was just a recent arrest made and an upcoming retrial. Prosecutors believe that the killing was a murder-for-hire plot, in which Sigfredo Garcia was the alleged shooter. Garcia …

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Former Magic Player Shot and Killed

May 12, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

A former NBA player has been shot and killed in Orlando on Monday, May 9th, 2022. Adreian Payne had been previously been a member of the Orlando Magic basketball team. On Monday night around 1 am, Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a shooting at a residence on Egret Shores Drive in Orlando. When they arrived at the …

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Florida Supreme Court Justice Retiring – How this Affects Florida and Criminal Defendants

May 5, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

After being appointed as a Supreme Court judge in 2016, Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson has announced that he will be retiring at the end of August 2022. Lawson had worked for 21 years as a judicial officer, which included serving as an Orlando circuit judge and a member of the 5th District Court of Appeal. Over the last …

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Leon County’s “Hidden in Plain Sight” Exhibition – Educating Parents on Potential Dangers in their Child’s Room

April 22, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

It is natural for parents to feel concerned about their children’s activities. This is intensified once kids reach the adolescent stage. Teenagers are known for testing the limits and trying new things—sometimes even things that are illegal. Leon County has a yearly program to try and build the bridge between parents and their children. Understanding the potential dangers that your …

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Incel Violence Against Women Reminds Floridians of the Need to Protect Women with an Expanded Hate Crime Statute

March 27, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

In October 2021, members of the Florida Hate Crime Coalition traveled to Tallahassee to show their support for Senate Bill 308, a bill that sought to expand hate crime protections in Florida. Its companion bill, House Bill 111, sought similar goals, specifically the addition of gender, gender identity, and physical disability to the hate crime statute. With these proposals dead …

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Recent Florida Supreme Court Case Answers Lingering Double Jeopardy Question

March 27, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

The Double Jeopardy Clause of the United States Constitution and Florida Constitution prohibits the government from prosecuting someone more than once for a crime that is the same or substantially the same. To read more about Double Jeopardy generally, visit our blog post here. The Case Generally On March 17, 2022, the Florida Supreme Court decided State v. Johnson. This …

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