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Category: News & Announcements

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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Supreme Court Allows Law enforcement to Conduct Warrantless Video Surveillance

March 10, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Supreme Court Allows Law enforcement to Conduct Warrantless Video Surveillance Amicus briefs filed by the Institute of Free Speech, the Institute for Justice, the Cato Institute and Rutherford Institute, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the American Islamic Congress and Muslim Public Affairs Council urged the Supreme Court to grant the petition for certiorari in the case of United States v. …

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Commissioners of Leon County Vote Against Ordinance Focused on Regulating Homelessness

March 10, 2022 News & Announcements

Commissioners of Leon County Vote Against Ordinance Focused on Regulating Homelessness On January 25, 2022, Leon County Commissioners voted against Leon County Ordinance No. 22 drafted by Commissioners Carolyn Cummings, Bill Proctor, Brian Welch, and Rick Minor that sought to address issues connected to homelessness such as homeless camps and solicitation. Although the drafters said the intent of the ordinance …

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New Abortion Bill Passes in Florida

March 9, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

The Florida legislature has passed another bill that targets delicate cultural issues. After several bills proposed about limiting LGBTQ+ rights and information taught in schools, this bill is another added to the list that is receiving mixed reviews from both Republicans and Democrats. This specific bill focuses on the topic of abortion. Governor Ron DeSantis is endorsing a Republican-backed bill …

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