Florida Supreme Court

High-Profile DUI Case Sparks Battle Over Blood Tests

Aug 29, 2017

Attorneys for a Palm Beach County millionaire convicted of DUI manslaughter will go before the Florida Supreme Court this week to challenge state rules for testing blood-alcohol levels in drunken-driving cases.

Florida Department of Corrections

While the state of Florida is set to execute the first person in more than a year and a half, 150 other Death Row inmates await new sentences.

The death penalty was put on hold in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Hurst v. Florida that the process applied for sentencing someone to death was unconstitutional. 

Florida Supreme Court Won’t Block Asay’s Execution

Aug 15, 2017

Rejecting arguments about a new lethal-injection procedure, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday refused to block the scheduled Aug. 24 execution of Death Row inmate Mark James Asay.

Roberto Koltun / Miami Herald

Florida’s updated “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law is unconstitutional, a Miami judge ruled on Monday.

Residents in Lee and Broward Counties took Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Supreme Court this week. They’re trying to overturn Scott’s vetoes of state money owed to them after agriculture officials destroyed their healthy citrus trees. The homeowners also took the state’s agriculture commissioner to lower courts.

Supreme Court Wants Quick Response On Citrus Veto

Jun 22, 2017

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.

Homeowners Seek To Overturn Scott’s Citrus Veto

Jun 21, 2017

Homeowners and their lawyers asked the Florida Supreme Court late Tuesday to overturn Gov. Rick Scott's decision this month to veto $37.4 million intended for residents whose healthy citrus trees were cut down as the state tried to eradicate citrus-canker disease.

Appeals Court Deals Blow To Tobacco Companies

May 21, 2017

More than a decade after the Florida Supreme Court opened the floodgates for lawsuits against tobacco companies, an Atlanta-based appeals court this week rejected arguments that could have helped shield cigarette makers in legal battles about smoking-related illnesses and deaths.

The Florida Supreme Court will weigh in on red light cameras after the Legislature decided not to pull the plug.

Tobacco Companies Appeal $35M Sick Smoker Case

May 17, 2017

Two cigarette makers are asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a case in which an appeals court said a longtime smoker and his wife should receive $35 million because of “intentional” wrongdoing in the past by the tobacco industry.

Florida judges can’t use videoconferencing to involuntarily commit the mentally ill, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

WMFE

Florida’s highest court will wait to hear all arguments before deciding if the state’s governor had the right to take away cases from a prosecutor who says her office won’t seek the death penalty.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala had asked for an emergency ruling, but the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday denied that request for a temporary order pending a full review of the case by the court.

The justices said they would issue a decision after both sides had made all their arguments.

Florida Supreme Court Ruling Defines ‘Sexual Intercourse’

Mar 20, 2017
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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 House seems intent on bringing the state supreme court down a few pegs after a series of stinging courtroom defeats.  The saber-rattling intensified last week as lawmakers approved new reporting requirements.

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