Florida Supreme Court

A bitter feud over Florida's largest private school voucher program ended Wednesday when the state Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit challenging a program used by nearly 98,000 school children.

TALLAHASSEE — In what might have been his last word on the issue as a member of the Florida Supreme Court, Justice James E.C. Perry on Thursday rendered a blistering analysis of the manner in which the death penalty is carried out in Florida.

Court Opens Door To New Death Penalty Hearings

Dec 23, 2016

In a pair of major rulings about the state's embattled death penalty, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for about half of the state's Death Row inmates to seek new sentencing proceedings based on a seminal U.S. Supreme Court decision early this year.

Miami Herald File

Some of the nearly 400 prisoners waiting on Florida’s Death Row will not be allowed a re-sentencing under new death penalty laws, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The 6-1 ruling in a death sentence appeal by Mark James Asay says that Death Row inmates are not entitled to a re-sentencing unless their case was finalized after the 2002 ruling in Ring vs. Arizona, which required juries to find aggravating factors to impose the death penalty.

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TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Rick Scott appointed C. Alan Lawson to be Florida’s next justice of the Supreme Court Friday, choosing a conservative appellate judge to leave the governor’s mark on a moderate court that has been responsible for some of sharpest defeats of his political career.

Justices Reject Death Row Inmate’s Appeal

Dec 16, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected an appeal by a Death Row inmate sentenced to death for shooting and robbing a man lured from a gay bar.

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The Florida Supreme Court will have a vacancy when Justice James E.C. Perry retires Dec. 30. That means Gov. Rick Scott will name a new justice to the seven-member court in the coming weeks.

It’s Scott’s first time appointing a justice to the state’s highest court.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is mulling three names to replace outgoing state Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.  The nominees are three conservative jurists from the Orlando area.

Fl High Court Hopefuls Pitch Conservative Credentials

Nov 25, 2016

The 11 candidates hoping to join the Florida Supreme Court present a stark contrast to Justice James E.C. Perry, who is stepping down after seven years on the court due to a constitutionally mandated retirement.

The exit of Perry --- one of five jurists who make up a liberal-leaning majority --- gives Gov. Rick Scott his first opportunity to shape a bench that has repeatedly vexed the Republican chief executive and the GOP-dominated Legislature.

Mental Health At Core Of Florida Bar Admission Case

Nov 15, 2016

A board that oversees admissions to The Florida Bar is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an attorney who alleges he has faced unfair scrutiny because he is a recovering alcoholic who suffers from depression.

State Argues That Death Penalty Case Should Proceed

Nov 15, 2016

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office is arguing that a Pinellas County judge should be allowed to move forward in a death penalty case, even though the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a state capital-sentencing law is unconstitutional because it does not require unanimous jury verdicts for the sentence to be imposed.

Florida’s judicial nominating commission is moving forward with all eleven applicants to replace state Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.

Florida Supreme Court is weighing whether to reinstate a hold on the state’s 24 hour abortion wait law.  The court heard arguments in the case Tuesday.

Supreme Court Stops Death Penalty Case

Oct 30, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday stopped a Clearwater judge from proceeding with a death penalty case, signaling that courts might not be able to move forward with capital trials until the Legislature changes a law that justices earlier this month struck down as unconstitutional.

Florida Justices Will Quickly Take Up Baker Act Case

Oct 28, 2016
WMFE

Pointing to a need for "expedited consideration," the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to take up a dispute about whether judges should be allowed to hold hearings by videoconference in cases involving the involuntary commitment of mentally ill people under the state's "Baker Act."

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