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Speculation Surrounds Campaign Finance Reform

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Speculation Surrounds Campaign Finance Reform
Some Democrats saw campaign finance reform passed by the Legislature this year as helpful in their bid to defeat Gov. Rick Scott but, in fact, it could help Republicans more, campaign finance experts and Florida political figures say. Meanwhile, watchdogs who track money in politics differ sharply over whether the reform bill will do what its proponents claim — lessen the influence of special interest money in politics.
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Categories: Politics | Tags: Politics , Legislation , Ethics | View Count: (1093)
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Gifts, Ethics Law Discussed

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Gifts, Ethics Law Discussed
Once candidates are elected to office, they suddenly gain more friends who may try to influence their decisions with dinners, hunting trips, golf outings and other gifts, a state ethics officials warned Thursday. But Virlindia Doss, senior attorney for the Florida Commission on Ethics, had a stern warning for about 150 city and county government officials attending the Florida Ethics Conference and Attorney General's Sunshine Summit. ''If you like it, don't take it,'' she said. Doss outlined ...
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Politics , Ethics , Legislation | View Count: (905)
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Jury Committee Calls for 48 Reforms

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Jury Committee Calls for 48 Reforms
After hearing strong opposition from the Florida Trial Bar, the Florida Supreme Court began deliberating whether to adopt sweeping jury reforms as proposed last week by a statewide Jury Innovations Committee.
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Categories: Articles | Tags: Judicial Policy , Legislation , Jury | View Count: (980)
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Juror Power?

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Juror Power?
Aiming to make trials more jury friendly, committee suggests overhauling the way the state’s courts conduct business
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Categories: Articles | Tags: Legislation , Judicial Policy , Jury | View Count: (1051)
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Guarding Liberties While Fighting Terrorism

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Guarding Liberties While Fighting Terrorism
Eavesdropping on conversations between inmates and their lawyers. Sneak-and-peak warrants that allow secret searches, wiping out the chance to call a lawyer or watch while the police rummage. Secret databases of suspicious people with no clear guidelines of what names and information are included. Rounding up and detaining indefinitely more than 1,200 people, some on material witness warrants, some on immigration violations such as overstaying a visa, some detained even when an immigrat...
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Categories: Articles | Tags: Legislation , Civil Rights , Terrorism | View Count: (975)
New Case Protects Mayors and City Commissioners: The U.S. Supreme Court Extends Absolute Immunity To Local Legislators
In Bogan v. Janet Scott-Harris,1 the Mayor and the City Council of Fall River, Massachusetts, passed a bill that eliminated the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which was headed by Janet Scott-Harris, the first African American to work for the City. Janet Scott-Harris had been Fall River's first black administrator when she was hired in 1987 to head the DHHS. In 1990, Scott-Harris accused a long time City employee, Dorothy Biltcliffe, of repeatedly using racial slurs, including ca...
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Categories: Articles | Tags: Legislation , Daniel Bogan , Politics | View Count: (1215)
Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities: The Telltale Signs
In 1980, a Dade County Grand Jury investigated the quality of health care in Florida’s nursing homes. The results were shocking. Sixty percent of the nursing home facilities investigated were found to provide "unacceptable or consistently very poor care." In fact, the investigation described "health hazards and deficiencies in patient care that allegedly have been allowed to continue for years." The Grand Jury further concluded that the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services ("HRS") l...
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Categories: Articles | Tags: Nursing Home , Misconduct , Legislation | View Count: (1180)
Defending the Sovereign in Subsection 1983 Police Misconduct Cases:  An Overview
The number of cases involving civil rights litigation as a result of alleged police misconduct has grown exponentially within recent years. The plethora of case law arising from this surge of litigation has made civil rights one of the most rapidly expanding areas of the law. This article will provide a brief overview of the law concerning liability of a sovereign in police misconduct cases brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. subsection 1983. The vast number of issues raised in civil rights action...
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Categories: Articles | Tags: Police , Civil Rights , Misconduct , Legislation | View Count: (1180)
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