On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court (FSC) declined to hear the so-called Shaw case, regarding a Hillsborough County lesbian couple who are seeking a divorce. The FSC explained that the Second District Court of Appeal must first rule on the case before directing it to the FSC.
In what has been a hot summer in the fight for marriage equality in the Sunshine State, the Second District Court of Appeal today asked the Florida Supreme Court (FSC) to decide whether the state's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. A clerk at the office of the Florida Supreme Court c ... More >>
In the midst of four different judges ruling that the ban on same-sex in Florida is unconstitutional, and attorney general Pam Bondi's blowback of those rulings, Broward County Commissioners have stepped up to show their support for same-sex marriage by passing a resolution on Tuesday. Along with t ... More >>
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to decide whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to sanction same-sex marriage. If her motion is successful, then the South Florida couples who are challenging the state's ban would not be heard in the ... More >>
It was only a matter of time, really. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that government meetings are allowed to open with prayer -- even though currently in this country, the vast majority of such prayers are geared toward Christianity. The case was prompted in Greece, NY, where ministers are of ... More >>
It looks like Gov. Rick Scott's crusade to randomly drug-test Florida's welfare recipients has finally come to an end after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a review of a lower court ruling that the policy was unconstitutional. Scott's quest to have welfare recipients urinate into a ... More >>
It looks like Gov. Rick Scott's crusade to randomly drug-test Florida's state workers has finally come to an end after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a review of a lower court ruling that the policy was unconstitutional. Scott's quest to have state workers urinate into a cup for a ... More >>
According to campaign-finance reports for November, lawyer and pro-medical marijuana advocate John Morgan has put more than $500 grand into the People United for Medical Marijuana campaign. All told, he's put in about $972,125, bringing this thing almost to a cool million. Meanwhile, United for Ca ... More >>
Florida is (again) scheduled to kill a man whom many say is too sick to die. John Errol Ferguson -- a 65-year-old paranoid schizophrenic who claims he is the "prince of God," has powers from the sun, and will be resurrected after death to foil a communist plot against America -- is scheduled to be ... More >>
One week following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling that Fane Lozman's houseboat wasn't, in fact, a boat, Lozman has one response: Yeah, that's great, but where's my money? Turns out winning a Supreme Court decision isn't quite like winning the lottery. And Fane Lozman -- who's had h ... More >>
Three years ago, the City of Riviera Beach destroyed multimillionaire Fane Lozman's home. At the time, city officials said Lozman's 60-foot, two-story floating home was not a vessel and therefore ordered it dismantled at the marina where it was docked. Work crews spent five days dismantling the h ... More >>
The good news: You can still get absolutely wasted at all your favorite Native American hangouts -- and there's nothing anyone can do to stop you. The bad news: All we had to do was sacrifice our society's guiding sense of accountability. Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court denied a ... More >>
A kooky South Florida story made the big time in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, as justices heard arguments in a case that will decide whether Fane Lozman's floating home -- targeted for removal from a marina by Riviera Beach and towed away by U.S. marshals -- was a building or a boat.Se ... More >>
In the race to break the news of the U.S. Supreme Court health-care ruling, several media outlets wrongly rushed out headlines declaring it had been struck down. But none botched the news with as much gusto as CNN.Full-sized screenshot of the mistake after the jump.
Sean Fisher lives the exciting yet often uncertain life of a treasure hunter. As vice president of Mel Fisher's Treasures, Fisher knows that his career choice is not always easy. Treasure hunters spend years scavenging the salty seas in hopes of finding hidden gems that could win them a fortune - ... More >>
Imagine you're at a high school pep rally: The football players are in their jerseys, the cheerleaders are yelling, and the students are getting ready for the school spirit contest. But first, a student is invited to the microphone to give an inspirational message."Let us pray," he says. Some of the ... More >>
Palm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeMug shot of Jakaris Taylor taken yesterday.Jakaris Taylor, one of up to 10 people who took part in a West Palm Beach gang rape of a 35-year-old woman in 2007, as well as the beating of both the woman and her 12-year-old son, was resentenced today to 60 years ... More >>
Florida Department of CorrectionsOba Chandler, scheduled to die in 12 days.Arguments before the Florida Supreme Court in the appeal of triple murderer Oba Chandler's death sentence that were scheduled for Wednesday have been canceled, according to a filing from the clerk's office released just mi ... More >>
Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle, sheduled to die tomorrow at 4 p.m.The execution of convicted South Florida cop killer Manuel Valle has been petitioned in the Florida Supreme Court yet again over issues with the new lethal injection drug, this time with the objection of a Northern I ... More >>
Well, that was quick. Less than an hour ago, the Florida Supreme Court released a ruling saying the court will not hear the latest petition over issues with the new lethal injection drug to be used in Manuel Valle's execution.Yesterday, Northern Irish neurologist Dr. David Nicholl asked the court ... More >>
Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle, scheduled to die on September 28.South Florida cop killer Manuel Valle's petition asking for a stay of execution was denied today by the Florida Supreme Court.His scheduled date with death remains September 28, 2011, at 4 p.m.Valle's lawyers filed th ... More >>
Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel ValleThe lawyers for South Florida cop killer Manuel Valle have filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court over clemency proceedings for Valle and have asked the court to stay Valle's scheduled execution... again.Valle, 61, has been given a date to die ... More >>
Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle, now sheduled to die on September 28.For the third time, convicted South Florida cop killer Manuel Valle has been given a date to die.This time, it's been scheduled for September 28, 2011, at 4 p.m. at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, according to ... More >>
Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle, now sheduled to die on September 1.Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola cleared one more roadblock to the lethal juicing of South Florida cop killer Manuel Valle.After a hearing ordered by the Florida Supreme Court to decide the effectiven ... More >>
irishcentral.comThis is what-caine?The case of cocaine delivery man Mackle Shelton -- who received an 18-year sentence for practicing his trade in 2005 -- sparked a federal judge to rule part of Florida's drug laws unconstitutional yesterday.Judge Mary S. Scriven of Federal District Court, in a 4 ... More >>
thegatewaypundit.comWestboro Baptist weirdos.It looks like the Westboro Baptist "Church" is interpreting State Rep. Pat Rooney's military funeral buffer-zone bill as an invitation.The Kansas crazies haven't placed it on their public schedule yet, but the Palm Beach Post reports the "Thank God for ... More >>
Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was dissed by Russell Pearce over Prop 200's dismissal.
On a day when voters are going to the polls to show their power, a Broward County Circuit judge has decided to take it away from them. Broward Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips has struck down term limits for Broward County commissioners as unconstitutional after voters went to the polls in ov ... More >>
Ault may be brain damaged, but he's still going to spend his life in prison.Howard Steven Ault has an abnormal brain. Defects in areas that process memories and emotions make him incapable of taking in data the way most people do -- common problems among fellow pedophiles. And so, his attorneys h ... More >>
Flickr: eschipulIn the months before yesterday's election, Broward candidates lined up behind campaign rainmakers who possessed extraordinary powers for rounding up votes. Of course, they would share these powers only if the price was right. Since incumbents could outraise their challengers, incu ... More >>
The hard part of being the independent in a three-way race is that you can't always play it down the middle politically. Likely Democratic candidate for Senate Kendrick Meek is trying to force Charlie Crist's hand: Does Crist support the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan or not?In his Washi ... More >>
Photo: WikipediaJustice John Paul StevensMake room in Broward for one more bowtie-wearing senior. Justice John Paul Stevens announced this morning his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court, just 11 days shy of his 90th birthday.As Juice reported in October, Stevens is a snowbird, migrating every ... More >>
Flickr: USA TODAY / H. Darr BeiserMaybe the Supreme Court needs to spend a day at the beach before they give their ruling.These are the nation's most eminent legal minds? Read this article in today's New York Times, about the U.S. Supreme Court's debate over whether to allow the state to claim be ... More >>
As was widely expected (and dreaded, in conservative quarters) the U.S. Senate gave its approval to Barack Obama's appointment for U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor. Florida's Sen. Mel Martinez was one of just nine Republicans to cast a vote in favor of the appointment. That's because he fell head ... More >>
Photo courtesy Official White House PhotostreamSotomayor and ObamaDuring the 2000 presidential campaign, Gov. George W. Bush vowed that if elected, he would nominate a Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. It certainly didn't hurt his popularity in Florida's Latin American community, and that was a race c ... More >>
As the economy goes further into the tank, there's at least one guy in Broward County whose business appears to be thriving like never before: David Bogenschutz, the go-to defense attorney for ethically challenged judges, indicted politicians, and just about anyone else with a high pr ... More >>
Why will the right-wing crusader likely lose his license? Swastikas are just the start.
Kevin Moore's case raises questions about executing the mentally disabled
The folks who are "reclaiming America for Christ" are pushing an agenda for a Taliban-like state where Scripture is law
Barry Seltzer's dismissal of Fred Shotz
Billy Elledge brutally raped and murdered a woman in Hollywood 25 years ago. He has sat in prison since then, evidence that Florida's death penalty isn't working.