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A new tool has been rolled out across Florida’s entire court system that for the first time offers text and email alerts to people who want to track local criminal court cases.

Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

More than two years after elderly residents died following Hurricane Irma, an appeals court next week will take up a battle about whether the state should have revoked the license of a Broward County nursing home.

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After five years of stalled plans and proposals, Miami-Dade commissioners on Tuesday approved a development plan for a new civil courthouse downtown, ratifying a novel agreement that will let a developer build and operate the facility on Flagler Street for 30 years.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was in his element when he gave the opening speech last month at the national convention of the Federalist Society, the organization of conservative and libertarian lawyers.

Citing Federalist papers and 162-year-old U.S. Supreme Court cases, the Harvard-trained attorney made an articulate case against the branch of government he said felt “superior” to the others.

“I think judicial power is too robust right now,” DeSantis said. “And I think the checks upon it are just simply inadequate.”

Supreme Court Overturns Ruling In Patient Death

Dec 21, 2018

A divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against an anesthesiologist in a Miami-Dade County medical-malpractice case involving a woman who died while undergoing surgery in 2009 for a tumor in her skull.

Nancy Dahlberg / Miami Herald

Guests for Sundial Wednesday, Feb. 14 2018:

Senior counsel for the Fair Elections Legal Network, Jon Sherman, represented the plaintiffs in the landmark case Hand v. Scott that found Florida’s current process for restoring convicted felons’ voting rights unconstitutional. He spoke with us about the case and what the new path for restoring felons’ voting rights should be.

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

New rules on how legal challenges to newly drawn legislative districts would work cleared their first hurdle in the Florida House on Wednesday after the full Senate passed along its version of the same bill.

Will Convicted Felons Vote In Florida Soon?

Mar 6, 2017

Will convicted felons be allowed to vote again in Florida after completing their sentences?

That is the subject of a proposed constitutional amendment that could go to voters as early as the 2018 general election. Monday, the Florida Supreme Court reviewed the language of that amendment, moving it one step closer to the ballot.

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