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Florida Alimony Reform Will Have to Wait Until Next Year

Florida’s legislative session has drawn to a close without any significant reform to alimony laws.  There were proposals to make significant changes to how alimony is awarded in divorce cases but they died in committee. Republican Sen. Gayle Harrell filed SB 1596 on March 1st, hoping to create a fair and balanced approach at determining […]

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Military Vets in a Catch-22 Over Marijuana Use and Employment

Veterans who have legally obtained medical marijuana prescriptions to deal with chronic pain and other ailments related to military service face a real quandary when it comes to seeking employment.  No one will hire them. U.S. veterans who use medical marijuana  say they face losing job training or other benefits even though it’s legal in

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Eighth Amendment Another Constitutional Protection

The 8th Amendment to the the US Constitution is another important provision for those facing criminal charges.  It states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”  It serves as a safeguard that the “punishment should fit the crime” and that incarceration before adjudication of guilt or

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More Rights Afforded to Alleged Criminals and Why That’s Important

I started with the 4th Amendment earlier this week.  There is another important amendment that guarantees rights in cases where one stands accused of a crime. The Fifth Amendment creates a number of rights relevant to both criminal and civil legal proceedings.  In criminal cases, the Fifth Amendment guarantees the right to a grand jury,

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Prosecutors Appeal Exclusion of Video Evidence in NFL Owner’s Sex Sting Case

Last Monday’s ruling by Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser was a huge victory for Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft who was one of dozens of spa patrons allegedly caught on camera receiving illicit massages at the spa in January. He and other defendants pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from the footage and other

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Pinellas Opens Up on Treatment Rather Than Jail for Drug Users

Most people who are arrested for drug use or possession in Pinellas County wind up in the county jail facing criminal charges.  While incarcerated, they receive no treatment and often recidivize upon release. Pinellas County Commission Kathleen Peters wants that to change. Beginning July 1, Pinellas County will have access to 10 beds for individuals suffering

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