St. Petersburg Times
Pasco officials appeal ruling on land acquisition ordinance
Pasco County officials have appealed a federal judge's ruling that struck down an ordinance allowing officials to make developers hand over property for future roads in exchange for a permit.
Wed May 22, 2013
Court Rules Miami-Dade Mass Murderer Competent, Can Be Executed
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a 65-page ruling that upheld a determination by the Florida Supreme Court that John Ferguson, 65, could be executed.
Government Runs Its Record to 4-0 in Compelling Production of Records of Offshore Bank Accounts
On February 7, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit joined "the three of our sister circuits that have considered the same issue here about foreign financial account records and conclude that the subpoenaed records fall within the Required Records Exception." In other words, taxpayers in the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh ... (more)
Tue May 21, 2013
Appeals Court Strikes Fraud Sentence for Lack of Proof by Government
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently ruled on an issue lying at the intersection of fraud conspiracies and the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines: the government's separate burden of proof against each co-defendant when multiple plea bargains are entered.
The Miami Herald
Court rejects appeal of Fla. mass killer Ferguson
A federal appeals court has rejected claims by convicted Florida killer John Errol Ferguson that he should not be executed because he is mentally incompetent.
Mon May 20, 2013
Manatee school board starts attorney hiring process
The Manatee County School Board has issued a request for qualifications as it seeks to hire a school board attorney to provide it with legal advice, the district said in a news release.
Sat May 18, 2013
Obama NLRB appointments declared unconstitutional by another appeals court
Another federal appeals court has ruled that President Obama's so-called " recess appointments " to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional because the Senate was not in recess at the time: "We hold that the Recess of the Senate in the Recess Appointments Clause refers to only intersession breaks." So ruled the majority of a ... (more)
Fri May 17, 2013
The Miami Herald
Kosher prison food lawsuit goes forward
Bruce Rich didn't fare so well in the Florida justice system in 1999, when a Miami-Dade County jury found him guilty of murdering his parents and a judge sentenced him to life in prison.
Thu May 16, 2013
The Times of Israel
US appeals court: Jewish inmate can sue for kosher meals
A federal appeals court has ruled that a Jewish inmate in Florida can sue the state Department of Corrections for kosher meals.
Tue May 14, 2013
Lawyers Weekly USA
Plaintiffs had capacity to sue U.S. for flight controller's negligence
The mother and adult daughter of the victim of an airplane crash had the capacity to sue the federal government for the alleged negligence of a flight controller, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing a dismissal.
Tue. 3:04pm: Child enticement case appealed
The case of a 21-year-old local man accused of a misdemeanor child enticement allegation for asking two young girls to follow him into a nearby woods last summer is being appealed to the 11th District Court of Appeals.
The Miami Herald
Court reinstates Fla. inmate kosher meals lawsuit
A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit filed by a Jewish prison inmate claiming the Florida Department of Corrections violated his rights by refusing to serve kosher meals.
Mon May 13, 2013
National Review Online
This Day in Liberal Judicial Activisma "May 13
Nominated a few months later by President Clinton to the Eleventh Circuit, Barkett concedes at her confirmation hearing that she "should not have done that." But, hey, activism happens-when, that is, reckless judges like Barkett are involved.
Fri May 10, 2013
George Zimmerman Seeks Anonymous Jury
Lawyers for George Zimmerman today filed a motion asking the jury in his upcoming trial over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin be anonymous.
Thu May 09, 2013
Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider: Federal court defends judicial conference at Georgia resort
Even as automatic budget cuts force various federal agencies to cut spending, a group of federal judges from the Atlanta-based Eleventh Circuit went ahead with their 2013 Judicial Conference last week, spending several days - and maybe several hundred thousand dollars - at a golf resort and spa in Savannah, Georgia.
Birmingham lawyer emerges as serious candiate for top Jeffco attorney
A Maynard, Cooper & Gale lawyer has emerged as a serious candidate for the Jefferson County attorney position, al.com has learned.
Tue May 07, 2013
Judge denies new trial for Ala. death row inmate
A judge has denied a request for a new trial from an Alabama death row inmate convicted of killing a Mobile police officer.
Federal appeals court blocks Florida law barring contracts with Cuba, Syria businesses
The law was challenged [JURIST report] last year by Odebrecht Construction [corporate website, in Portuguese], a Brazilian company that would be affected by the legislation.
A 'Perfect Storm' in Georgia
A Georgia inmate named Warren Hill, who came within forty minutes of a lethal injection in February, is in legal limbo this week.
Mon May 06, 2013
WINK-TV Fort Myers
Court OKs ruling blocking Fla. Cuba contracts law
A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling blocking enforcement of a Florida law that banned companies from bidding on state and local government contracts if they also do business in Cuba and Syria.