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Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in January
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex marriage to begin in Florida when the stay expires after January 5. In August a US District Judge for the....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules Florida welfare drug test law unconstitutional
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that a Florida law mandating welfare applicants undergo drug tests before receiving benefits is unconstitutional. The law, which applied to all applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), was enacted in July 2011 an....... [more]

Federal judge blocks contraception mandate enforcement for Catholic college
October 29, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida on Tuesday issued a temporary ruling blocking the enforcement of the contraception mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act against a Florida Roman Catholic college. The order, which came in the form of a prelimina....... [more]

EXTRA: Stand Your Ground Laws and Implicit Bias
October 16, 2014
The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law in 2005, and....... [more]

Hall v. Florida with Taylor Gillan
October 7, 2014
JURIST PaperChaser Taylor Gillan discusses the landmark case of Hall v. Florida, and the implications it holds for the Eighth Amendment and the Death Penalty with host Genevieve Redd....... [more]

Federal judge resentences Padilla to 21 years
September 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday resentenced convicted terrorist Jose Padilla to 21 years in prison. Judge Marcia Cooke resentenced Padilla after the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in 2011 that Padilla's 17-year sentence was too l....... [more]

Military Firearms in Ferguson and Beyond: Arms Transfers to Civilian Law Enforcement Under the '1033 Program'
September 3, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, discusses the Department of Defense Excess Property Program?commonly known as the '1033 Program'?under scrutiny for the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and concludes that this will result in stricter d....... [more]

Florida Supreme Court asked to rule on same-sex marriage
August 28, 2014
The Florida Second District Court of Appeal on Wednesday issued an opinion calling upon the Florida Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The case involves a same-sex couple that married in Massachusetts in 2010 and subsequently relocated to Florida....... [more]

Federal judge rules Florida same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
August 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled Thursday that Florida's ban on same-sax marriage is unconstitutional and the state must recognize same-sex couples that were lawfully married in other states. The combined cases of Brenner v. Scott and Grimsley v. Scott inv....... [more]

Florida group asks judge to reject changes to congressional districts
August 19, 2014
A Florida coalition on Monday asked a judge to reject a newly proposed map of the state's congressional districts. The coalition, which includes the League of Women Voters of Florida, is suing to change the districts and called the new map "brazenly partisan." The map was passed by the Florida Legi....... [more]

FBI announces next steps in civil rights investigation in Missouri
August 16, 2014
The FBI, US Attorney General for the Eastern District of Missouri Richard G. Callahan and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Molly Moran on Friday released a statement announcing the next steps in the federal civil rights investigation into the recent killing of Michael....... [more]




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