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Category Archives: Criminal Law

Increased Damage Caps on Governmental Wrongdoing in Florida

ShareTweet The State of Florida can now be liable for up to $200,000 per person and $300,000 per tort claim, effective Oct. 1, 2011. That’s up from the $100,000 and $200,000 caps that had been in existence for lawsuits against the state, its agencies or political subdivisions. While the increase is welcome news to victims […]

Are Drug Charges in Florida Really Unconstitutional?

ShareTweet Cases throughout Florida may end up coming unraveled if judges take note of what courts in Miami and Manatee County have done recently with drug cases that have been ruled unconstitutional, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. Cases of drug possession and drug sales may be dropped after Judge Mary Scriven, of the U.S. Middle District […]

Casey Anthony Trial: What the @#$! and Now What?

ShareTweet With the recent announcement of a not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony trial, many onlookers are left to wonder how and why a case that seemed like a slam dunk could result in Casey Anthony walking free. The backlash was seen not only in emotional crowds outside the courtroom, and across various broadcast […]

Supreme Court Rules No Life Sentences for Florida Juveniles

In the 6-3 majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the Eighth Amendment, which bans cruel and unusual punishment, forbids such sentences. The state must give youths “some meaningful opportunity to obtain release based on demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation,” Justice Kennedy wrote.


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