Blog Posts in 2013

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Gallup Poll: Support for Death Penalty Hits 40-Year Low

Gallup poll data results released in recent months showed that support for the death penalty in the U.S. has reached its lowest point since 1972. The poll results were discussed in Reuters article ...
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29-Year-Old Ryan Ferguson Released After Wrongful Murder Conviction

Missouri – When 29-year-old Ryan Ferguson was expecting to receive a visit from his parents and his lawyer on the eve of Nov. 12, he didn't know that he was going to be released from prison ...
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Terminally Ill Inmate Released After 41 Years

Louisiana – After spending over 40 years in a Louisiana prison and having his claims of a wrongful murder conviction go unanswered, Herman Wallace is released so he can die among friends and ...
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Florida Banned Texting While Driving on October 1st

Beginning October 1, 2013, Florida followed a bunch of other states by banning texting while driving. While the state lacked funding to widely promote the new law, digital message boards along the ...
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Common Mistakes That Get You Pulled Over

We are all aware that we can get pulled over for blowing through a stop sign or driving with a broken tail light and that these can lead to getting ticketed. When we're ticketed for a broken tail ...
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Man Who Released Online Confession About Killing a Man Turns Himself In

Ohio – A 22-year-old man who allegedly struck and killed a 61-year-old veteran after a binge of heavy drinking shot a video pleading with viewers to never drink and drive. Matthew Cordle, 22, ...
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Chemist Accused of Faking Test Results May Have Affected up to 40,000 Cases

Boston – A year after discovering an explosive scandal at a drug lab, Massachusetts is still picking up the pieces. As of September, over 330 prison inmates had been released from custody and at ...
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Florida Teen Kaitlyn Hunt is Denied Bond After Violating Court Order

Vero Beach, Florida – In August, a Florida judge told gay Florida teen Kaitlyn Hunt enough with the texting after learning about the thousands of text messages, some of them explicit, that the ...
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Two Innocent Men Receive a $12.475M Settlement from the State

For 14 years Floyd Brown, a mentally disabled man, was kept locked up in a psychiatric hospital after being convicted of a murder he did not commit. The "evidence" in the original case, ...
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Seattle Police Educate Hempfest Attendees on New Marijuana Rules

Although voters approved ballot measure I-502 last November to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Washington, and official laws regulating recreational marijuana use in the state have ...
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Will Florida Make the Shift to More Lenient Drug Sentencing?

On Sunday, August 18, 2013, the Miami Herald published an article entitled, "Push for leniency in drug sentencing has been a hard sell in Florida." The Herald began by explaining how U.S. ...
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Racial Profiling Continues to Thrive in the U.S.

On August, 14, 2013, The New York Times published an article entitled, "Racial Profiling Lives On." The article began by pointing out how the historic ruling by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ...
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The Nation Moves to Curb Mandatory Drug Sentences

On Monday, August 12, 2013, Reuters reported on how the Obama administration had unveiled steps to address the longstanding unjust treatment of nonviolent drug offenders, aiming specifically to bypass ...
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On July 8th, Around 30,000 California Inmates Went On a Hunger Strike

At Taylor & Taylor, not only are we dedicated to our clients' rights, we are strong advocates on behalf of the rights of inmates in America's prisons. While people may make the wrong ...
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Clyde M. Taylor III is Set to Attend Habeas Corpus Seminar

The legal team at Taylor & Taylor Attorneys is pleased to announce that Attorney Clyde M. Taylor III will be attending the Eighteenth Annual National Federal Habeas Corpus Seminar in Cleveland, OH ...
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Do You Have the Right to Bear Arms Outside of the Home?

Ever since the verdict was announced at the conclusion of the George Zimmerman trial, the consistent flurry of media attention and outcries for stricter gun control have yet to subside. This is ...
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Stand Your Ground Law & The Zimmerman Case

Most people are aware of the recent discussion and debate over the Zimmerman and Treyvon Martin case. After many intense courtroom battles and national opinions, a verdict was finally reached. George ...
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Attorney Clyde Taylor to Serve as Scholarship Pageant Judge

St. Augustine's Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant will get a new type of judge this year, as Attorney Clyde Taylor III will be reviewing contestants. One of the goals of the pageant is to enrich the ...
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Understanding the Concept of "Restorative Justice"

Recently, there has been a lot of attention on the concept of restorative justice in Florida. Also known as "reparative justice," this alternative form of prosecuting crime has been ...
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18-Year-Old Florida Girl Faces Felony Charges for Dating Female Classmate

Florida – Jezebel, a general interest women's website published an article entitled, "Florida Girl Faces Felony for Dating Female Classmate." The article discussed how the ...
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Honor Student Facing Felony for Forgetting to Remove Shotgun from His Truck After Skeet Shooting Over Weekend

Johnston, NC – David "Cole" Withrow was arrested and charged with a felony for accidentally leaving his shotgun in his truck. When he realized his mistake he tried to do the right ...
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Taylor & Taylor Attorneys Attend FACDL Continuing Education Conference Concerning Death Penalty Laws

We, at Taylor & Taylor, believe that attending continuing education conferences and classes in order to stay abreast of current issues, and keep up with recent changes in the law, is part and ...
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Man Accused of Arson is Freed from Prison after 42 Years

After spending 42 years of his life in Arizona state prison, 59-year-old Louis Cuen Taylor plead no contest to a plea agreement that set aside his original conviction and credited him with time ...
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Facebook Threat May Get 15 Years in Prison

Last week, a Florida appeals court determined that posting a message on your personal Facebook page is equivalent to sending a written message, under the Florida law prohibiting sending written ...
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Taylor & Taylor Provides Donation to Silent Auction

We at Taylor & Taylor are proud to have acted as a sponsor for Osceola Elementary School's silent auction. The auction was held in collaboration with other fundraising events to raise money ...
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