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Who's on the ballot? Appellate Judges & Supreme Court Justices

October 26, 2016 - 12:47

Election Day is not only used to select a new President of the United States. Along with selecting Senators and Congresspersons, Tuesday Nov. 8 gives people the opportunity to decide if Justices of the Florida State Supreme Court and the District Court of Appeals retain their positions. This year, three Florida Supreme Court Justices and four Fifth District Court of Appeals Judges are on the ballot in Hernando County.

SUPREME COURT REQUIRES UNANIMOUS JURIES IN DEATH SENTENCES

October 16, 2016 - 20:10

By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Florida Supreme Court Building by Bruin79

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 14, 2016.......... The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ruled that jury recommendations must be unanimous for the death penalty to be imposed, delivering a blow to prosecutors and the Legislature by striking down a new law aimed at fixing the state's death penalty scheme.

Friday's 5-2 ruling came in the case of Timothy Lee Hurst, whose appeal spawned a U.S. Supreme Court decision in January that found Florida's death-penalty sentencing process was unconstitutional because it gave too much power to judges, instead of juries.

JUDGE ORDERS EXTENSION OF VOTER-REGISTRATION DEADLINE

October 10, 2016 - 19:18

By BRANDON LARRABEE
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 10, 2016..........A federal judge ordered a one-day extension in Florida's voter registration deadline and seemed ready to consider a longer delay against the backdrops of the recovery from Hurricane Matthew and one of the most heated presidential races in decades.

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