Criminal Justice

Florida - Parkland - Veredict
Parkland Shooter Avoids Death Penalty

Under Florida law, a death sentence requires a unanimous vote on at least one count. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer will formally issue the life sentences on Nov. 1.

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In Victory for Justice Dept., Court Lifts Hold on Mar-a-Lago Records

The ruling clears the way for investigators to continue scrutinizing the documents as they consider whether to bring criminal charges over the storage of top-secret records at Mar-a-Lago after Trump left the White House.

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Media to Ask Judge to Release Trump Search Warrant Affidavit

Many of the nation’s largest media companies will try to persuade a federal magistrate judge to make public the affidavit supporting the warrant that allowed FBI agents to search former President Trump’s Florida estate last week.

Poll - Hearings - Capitol Riot
‘Pure Insanity’: Top Takeaways From the Fifth Jan. 6th Hearing That Examined Trump’s Schemes to Manipulate the Department of Justice

“Just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the [Republican] congressmen,” former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue recalled the former president saying during a Dec. 27, 2020, meeting.

Puerto Rico - Florida - Gun control
This Is How Florida Is Contributing to Gun Violence in Puerto Rico

A report by Giffords Law Center found that the island has dramatically high rates of gun violence—four times higher than the national average in 2018.

How Florida’s Cash Bail System Hurts Communities of Color

In Florida, cash bail system critics see it as “criminalizing” poverty and bloating jail populations, as those who cannot pay bail can be stuck in jail awaiting trial, sometimes for months or years.

Florida Democrats Say DeSantis’ Anti-Protest Bill Is Racist

The bill has been widely denounced by Florida Democrats as a measure that “promises selective enforcement against people of color.”