Tag Archives: Florida

The Limited Liability of Mass Shootings in Florida

NICHOLAS RITORNATO—The victims and families of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that occurred on Valentine’s Day 2018 were recently dealt a severe blow by the Supreme Court of Florida. On Thursday, September 24, 2020, the Court handed down rulings in two cases, Barnett v. State and Guttenberg v. The School Board […]

Florida Law Makers Threaten the Restoration of Voting Rights: Is It Constitutional?

I. Introduction ANGEL SANCHEZ & ANNEKE DUNBAR-GRONKE—During the November 2018 elections, Floridians overwhelmingly voted to pass Amendment 4, which historically repealed the 150-year-old Jim-Crow era practice of permanently stripping voting rights from those with felony convictions. The Amendment’s passage ensured that all individuals with felony convictions in Florida, except those convicted of murder or a […]

The Criminalization of Homelessness in a Post-Pottinger World

AMELIA DAYNES—In February of this year, Judge Moreno of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida dissolved the Pottinger Agreement, a landmark consent decree that led the nation in establishing protection for people experiencing homelessness. The original Pottinger Agreement was reached in 1998, after ten years of litigation and negotiation between the […]

Faithful Execution of Florida Law, or of Florida Citizens?

SYDNEY FELDMAN—As State Attorney for Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit, Aramis Ayala is “the prosecuting officer of all trial courts in the [Ninth Circuit].” Fla. Const. art. V, § 17. In this capacity, Ayala is charged daily with making “tough choices as to which crimes to prosecute and which penalties to pursue in consideration of [her] […]

A Feud of Property and Procedure: A Planned Parenthood Affiliate’s Win in the Florida Supreme Court

LAURA CONNOR—On Thursday, February 23, an Orlando-area Planned Parenthood affiliate won a procedural victory in the Florida Supreme Court. The Court overturned two lower-court decisions that had temporarily blocked the Kissimmee Health Center, a Planned Parenthood affiliate, from providing abortions. The dispute, however, arose from property restrictions that were implemented over three decades ago. In […]