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Category: News & Announcements

Social Justice Movements and Social Media

August 23, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

How Twitter Played a Role in the Black Lives Matter Movement of 2020 Social justice movements have been a part of the human experience for decades. When people feel distressed or dissatisfied with a current law or global situation, groups of people have come together in face-to-face protests around the world. From the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and …

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Tallahassee Fails to Push Forward Bills to Protect Victims of Crimes

August 23, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

House Bill 1467: Employment Benefits and Accommodations for Crime Victims and Witnesses, and Senate Bill 1838: Employee Protections, are both criminal justice reform bills aimed at further protecting victims of crime. Lawmakers in Tallahassee are at the center of these bills, hoping their implementation will help “maintain human dignity while trying to improve mental health and strengthen rehabilitation.” However, those …

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Tallahassee Education Officials Fight Back against DeSantis’ Funding Threats

August 18, 2021 News & Announcements

The Order that Started it all Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on July 30 titled “Ensuring Parents’ Freedom to Choose – Masks in Schools”. The order was intended to “protect the fundamental right of parents to make health and educational decisions for their children,” by preventing school districts from imposing mask mandates for children at school. If the State …

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The Use of Facial Recognition Technology in Criminal Investigations

August 15, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Facial recognition and surveillance technology is being used throughout the nation during criminal investigations. The technology uses a photo of someone and compares it to photos in an existing database, hoping to find a match. But how this technology goes about gathering its photos has often left the public with an eerie feeling that they are constantly being watched. Volusia …

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What is Florida’s Anti-Transgender Sports Bill?

August 10, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

What Does the Bill Say? In late April, the Florida Senate adopted an anti-transgender House amendment to education-related Senate Bill 1028. This amendment works to “ban transgender youth from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity.” On June 1st, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law, making Florida the eighth state, all republican-led, to ban transgender girls …

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The Impact of Marsy’s Law on Police Accountability

August 10, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Cases of Deadly Force in Tallahassee Lead us to Wonder if Marsy’s Law can Negatively Impact Police Accountability What is Marsy’s Law? Marsy’s Law provides victims of crime constitutional rights that are equal to the rights given to criminal defendants. The law is named after Marsalee Nicholas, a college student in California who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. …

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What is Florida’s “Anti-Riot” Law?

August 9, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

In April, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s “anti-riot” bill into law through the Combating Public Disorder Act. The original bill was intended to expand on Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. This law, through Section 776.013 of the Florida Statutes, states that a person who is in a dwelling or residence in which the person has a right to be has …

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Can I Record the Police in Florida?

August 9, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Florida Law The legality of videotaping interactions with police has been an issue that many courts, including those in Florida, have grappled with in the new age of technology. Section 934.03 of the Florida Statutes states that the interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications is strictly prohibited. Specifically, the statute finds the anyone who does the following …

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What Dangers do Virtual Hearings Pose to Defendants?

August 9, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

An Important Question to ask as COVID-19 Resurgence Leads to Florida Defense Lawyers Pleading to Return to Virtual Hearings Nearly a week ago, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers voiced their concerns about the resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the state and called for courts to return to virtual hearings for legal proceedings that are deemed non-essential. The plea …

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