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      Supreme Court Case Could Result in Change in Florida’s Death-Penalty Laws

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      Florida, Delaware and Alabama are the only states that do not require a unanimous jury decision when sentencing someone to death.  A U.S. Supreme Court case with a ruling expected in 2016, however, could change Florida’s death penalty procedure. Timothy Hurst, a man currently on Death Row for murder, is appealing his death sentence. Jurors…

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      How to Handle Your No Contact Order and Your Domestic Violence Charge

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       When there is a no contact order placed against you, it is an extremely difficult time. Here are some frequently asked questions and helpful answers for you. If you are ever unsure about anything, contact your attorney and ask for his/her advice. There is a no contact order in place against me, what does that…

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      Definitions of Commonly Used Terms in Criminal Law

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      Acquittal – A release, absolution, or discharge of an obligation or liability. Commonly in criminal law, this can happen when a jury finds a defendant not guilty of a criminal charge. Adjudication – Giving or pronouncing a judgment or decree; the judgment given. This term is common used when a judge finds and adjudicates a…

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      Policing for Profit

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      Civil forfeiture laws allow police to seize your property, sell it and use the money to fund agency budgets. This means your car, cash, real estate or other property can be taken from you even if you are not convicted or charged with a crime. I’m sure you are wondering how your property can be taken from you if…

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      Financial or White Collar Crimes

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      White collar crimes involve deceiving individuals, organizations or companies of their money. This type of crime is non-violent and usually occurs when a person in a position of trust abuses his/her power. Some examples of white collar crimes include, but are not limited to: Fraud Money laundering Electronic or cyber crime Bribery and corruption Embezzlement Blackmail Forgery Tax Evasion Although these…

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      Bail in America: A Tool of Coercion

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      The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution explicitly states that “excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed.” However, bail in America has evolved in such a way that it has become less of a tool for keeping people out of jail and more of a tool to coerce low-income defendants to enter…

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      Central Florida Law Enforcement Agency Interested in Buying Hacking Team Technology

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      Wikileaks, a website that posts original documents from anonymous sources, has recently leaked e-mails between the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and the Italian company Hacking Team that show the MBI’s desire to purchase spyware technology that would enable the agency to infiltrate phones and computers. The MBI is a multi-agency task force in Orlando…

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      Drug Trafficking Mandatory Minimums

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      When it comes to drug trafficking charges, a person does not have to actually sell a drug in order to break Florida’s drug trafficking laws. Different drugs carry a different minimum mandatory prison sentence based on the weight of the drug. For example, possession of 1 gram or more of LSD can result in a…

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      Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide

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      The United States Supreme Court jurisprudence has evolved over the last fifteen years. On June 26, 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruled a state cannot ban same-sex sexual activity. On June 26, 2013 in United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that…

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