Blog Posts in 2014

70-Year Old Murder Case Re-Opened & Overturned

In 1944, George Stinney Jr. became the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 20 th century. Stinney was just 14 years old when he was found guilty of murder in South Carolina. Although at the ...
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Under What Circumstances Can the Police Break Down My Door?

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows the American people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. The ultimate goal of ...
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Waldo Police Force Disbanded after Ticketing Scandal

The police department in Waldo, Florida, is to be disbanded. The City Council voted on Tuesday, September 30 th, to remove the law enforcement office in response to rising expenses and a recently ...
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Families of Inmates Burdened by Prison Banking

Most inmates rely on family for financial support during their incarceration. Funds often go to basic supplies, including toothpaste and clothing. With the rise of prison banking companies, sending ...
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Second Thoughts After a Plea in Florida

Many people that have been sentenced have second thoughts after entering a guilty or no contest plea. Most often, accused persons accept plea bargains from the State because at the time they believed ...
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Supreme Court Reverses Florida's IQ-Related Death Penalty Law

Late last month, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court issued in a ruling in the case of Hall v. State of Florida, according to a Washington Post report. The narrow five judge majority struck down a ...
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New York Court Stenographer Goes Rogue

The New York Post recently reported that a New York City court reporter has potentially compromised 30 cases—including a number of convictions—because he "went rogue" and opted ...
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Florida Highway Patrol Educates Drivers About "Move Over" Law

At the beginning of 2014, the Florida Highway Patrol launched a month-long initiative to educate drivers about the state's "Move Over" law. The director of the Florida Highway Patrol ...
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Clyde M. Taylor, Jr. Attends "Death is Different" Seminar in Orlando

When the death penalty could be imposed upon a defendant, the criminal lawyer who represents them carries a heavy burden and often has many challenges to overcome. The skills with which the case is ...
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Justice Summit Met in Central Florida

The third annual Justice Summit was recently held in Central Florida and attended by law enforcement officials, court administrators, judges and attorneys, as well as various professionals that were ...
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Blanket Drug Testing for Florida Welfare Applicants Deemed Unconstitutional

In late 2013, a federal judge ruled that a Florida law requiring welfare applicants to undergo drug testing violated their constitutional right to be protected from unreasonable searches. Passed in ...
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How Would Legal Medical Marijuana Work in Florida?

The arguments surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana have heated up after the Florida Supreme Court recently ruled to let voters decide on the issue in the upcoming November elections. A ...
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The Stand Your Ground Law and the Use of Deadly Force

Our state's Stand Your Ground law specifically allows residents to use deadly force if they have a reasonable fear for their safety or the safety of their loved ones. The law operates on the basis ...
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Decline of the Death Penalty in the U.S.

The climate surrounding the death penalty in the United States has been seeing some changes, according to a recent CNN article. According to the news story, death penalty executions in the U.S. have ...
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December 6th Marks the 80th Anniversary of the End of Prohibition

It was back in 1917 when Congress voted to enact the 18th Amendment to the Constitution thus prohibiting "the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors." At the time the ...
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Family Asks Obama to Grant Non-Violent Drug Offender Relief from Life Sentence

The New York Times recently released a video documentary about a man, Jesse Webster, who has already served 18 years of his life sentence for a non-violent drug conviction. It was the Webster's ...
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The History and Future of the Three Strikes Laws

When an individual is convicted of committing a crime he or she will be sentenced in accordance with the severity of the crime. Individuals who commit violent crimes, particularly those involving ...
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DNA Helps Exonerate Innocent Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder

One of the most frightening scenarios an individual can imagine after losing a loved one in a senseless criminal act, is being convicted of causing his or her death. It is an unfortunate truth that ...
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