Rick Scott signs death penalty fix into law

Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Monday requiring a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed. Lawmakers passed

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In mock court, UF law students argue case echoing infamous FSU ‘Jane Doe’ lawsuit

The black-robed justices who filed solemnly into a courtroom at the University of Florida law school Thursday morning were not

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Official sides with Georgia over Florida in water lawsuit

A judicial official sided with Georgia in a decades-long dispute over water rights with Florida on Tuesday, recommending that the

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SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch and ‘over-criminalization’

President Donald Trump’s nomination of  Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, sparked a

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Donald Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. This photo provided by the 10th U.S.

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Charles Canady may be off Donald Trump’s Supreme Court wish list

The Above The Law legal website is “handicapping Donald Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist” – and Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles

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Joe Henderson: Separation of powers there to keep legislators from running amok

Politicians have long been outraged – OUTRAGED, I tell you – about so-called “activist judges” who make them follow that

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Retiring Justice gives final voice of reason on Florida’s death penalty

There are some things that only lawyers can explain. This is one of them. But I defy them to make

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After Asay decision, anti-death penalty advocates call for commutations

The state’s leading death penalty opposition group is calling for more than 200 Florida death row inmates to have their

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Joe Henderson: Hillary Clinton, Citizens United and ‘never-ending’ thirst for cash

One of the themes of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency has been her opposition to Citizens United. From the

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Martin Dyckman: Donald Trump pick Charles Canady could bring ‘dog whistles’ to SCOTUS

Martin Dyckman What sort of Supreme Court justices would Donald Trump appoint? For an insight, consider the case of Kathy

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Mark Coats: Time to stop fighting school choice

Mark Coats W.E.B. Dubois once said, “To stimulate wildly weak and untrained minds is to play with mighty fires.” I

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Bob Sparks: Even Florida’s non-partisan congressional maps are deemed unfair

The end of the process for redrawing Florida’s congressional districts is in sight. It may be one cycle late, but

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Martin Dyckman: Why Florida’s death-sentencing law is likely in trouble

It can be perilous to predict the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case by the questions justices ask during

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Vern Buchanan: Time to end the filibuster

The U.S. Senate’s refusal to debate or vote on the Iran nuclear agreement is a national embarrassment. The culprit is

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Bob Sparks: Some Republicans backing the wrong horse in Kim Davis

Most anyone remotely paying attention to current affairs recognizes the name of Kim Davis. Some would relish picking her out

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Shari Anker: Battle to save 2 preserve state parks teaches statewide lessons

The story of the Port St. Lucie Crosstown Parkway Bridge tells how we lose Florida’s  natural beauty, resources, and ecosystems,

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Barry Jason Mauer: How do you make a society wise?

It’s a chicken-egg problem: Which comes first, the wise society or the wise citizenry? A wise society looks after the

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Martin Dyckman: A good friend, an inspiring teacher passes on

Florida lost one of its oldest and best citizens when Elston Edward “Steve” Roady, a professor emeritus of political science

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Dan Peterson: Improving Your Private Property? Check with the EPA

There’s a surprise coming to Florida property owners at the end of August, one wrapped in the federal government’s signature

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Jac Wilder VerSteeg: If Hillary’s got to go, go now

Bill Clinton’s drive for political self-preservation is legendary and, I think, one of the most damaging successful impulses in modern

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Terri Susan Fine: I question whether we have learned ‘citizenship’ in our generation

About a year ago a dear friend gave me a copy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Devil in the Grove:

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