Florida Lawmakers Target Texting, Talking While DrivingAnother bill has been filed for the 2019 legislative session that would allow law-enforcement officers to pull over motorists for texting or talking on hand-held cell phones while driving.
Split Rulings Continue On 'Stand Your Ground' ChangeAmid requests for the Florida Supreme Court to wade into the issue, a South Florida appeals court Wednesday ruled against a defendant in one in a series of cases about how to carry out a controversial 2017 change to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.
Tag Not Visible? You Can Be Charged For Obscuring It, Appeals Court RulesThe 3rd District Court of Appeals has ruled that a driver in Florida can face charges for obscuring the lettering on vehicle license tags with a frame.
State Budget, Rideshare Rules Among New Laws Starting SaturdayNew laws going into effect Saturday include ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber having to comply with statewide rules and teachers along with students being allowed to express their religious beliefs at public schools.
Justices Reject Video Hearings In `Baker Act' CasesThe Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected judges holding video conference hearings in cases about whether mentally ill people should be involuntarily committed to treatment facilities.
Obama Talks Reform In Criminal Justice System, What's To Come With just 15 days left in his presidency, President Barack Obama returned to his roots with Harvard Law Review penning an article about progress his administration made in reforming the criminal justice system and the challenges that remain for the next president.
New Florida Law Makes Life Insurers Track Down BeneficiariesA new Florida law is requiring life insurance companies to check to see if policy holders have died and then attempt to track down beneficiaries once they've passed.
Florida Gets Chunk From UPS Settlement A multi-million dollar settlement has been reached with UPS in a lawsuit claiming bad delivery practices.
Lawmakers Look To Curb Bear, Gator FeedingAs the state tries to reduce dangerous interactions between bears and humans, lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would change the penalties for feeding wildlife.
FIU Grant Will Train Lawyers Handling Capital CasesFlorida International University’s College of Law has received a $620,000 grant to help defense lawyers handling capital cases.
Florida Gov. Won't Explain Shakeup At State Police AgencyAs questions remain about why Governor Rick Scott shook up the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a new department leader was voted in on Tuesday.
Ruling May Chill School Districts Efforts To Challenge Charter School ConversionsA ruling against the Miami-Dade County Public School District was the first-ever ruling under Florida statutes, written specifically to prevent school districts from taking “unlawful reprisals” against employees who support charter school conversions.
Jury Finds Suspended Opa-locka Officer Guilty Of False Imprisonment, Tampering A jury found suspended Opa-locka police Sergeant German Bosque guilty of felony false imprisonment and tampering with a witness, but found him not guilty of battery.
Gov. Scott Signs Late Term Abortion Bill Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that would make abortions illegal at any point in a woman's pregnancy if her doctor determines that the fetus could survive outside the womb.
Florida Bar Calls For Diversity Improvement On Bench In an effort to increase diversity among judges, the Florida Bar Board of Governors has agreed on 10 recommendations for the state’s Governor.