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The Florida Supreme Court should order a third draft of the state's congressional districts to fully eliminate illegal gerrymandering, attorneys for groups that have challenged the map argued Wednesday.

But lawyers for the Legislature said Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis acted appropriately last year when he upheld lawmakers' second version of the map, drawn after Lewis found that political consultants managed to "taint the redistricting process and the resulting map with improper partisan intent" the first time around.

Court Backs Jacksonville In Property-Rights Battle Over Fire Station

Feb 27, 2015
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In a property-rights case that could ultimately go to the Florida Supreme Court, a divided appeals court ruled Thursday that Jacksonville does not have to compensate owners of a riverfront lot who say construction of a fire station caused the lot's value to plummet.

Bill Would Clear Way For Recordings In Sexual-Abuse Cases

Dec 23, 2014
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Moving quickly after the Florida Supreme Court ordered a new trial for a man convicted of sexually abusing his stepdaughter, a state lawmaker Friday filed a bill that would allow secretly recorded conversations to be used as evidence in such cases.

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  Lawyers for the Legislature told the Florida Supreme Court in a brief filed late Friday that part of a state ban on political gerrymandering violates the U.S. Constitution.

The filing is the latest chapter in a long-running battle over whether lawmakers rigged congressional districts during the 2012 redistricting process to benefit Republicans. Voting-rights organizations argue that the maps were influenced by politics, contrary to an amendment to the Florida Constitution approved by voters in 2010.

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TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court unsealed documents and a transcript from this summer's trial over congressional districts.

The court on Tuesday posted online 538 pages related to redistricting that had belonged to Republican consultants. The consultants had fought for months to prevent them from becoming public.

One constitutional amendment proposal on the November ballot could affect Florida politics and policies for decades to come, but it hasn’t gotten much attention. Still, Amendment Three  could give a future governor the power to change the balance of the Florida Supreme Court.

The Florida Supreme Court won't consider the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban in order to settle a same-sex divorce case.

The high court said Friday the 2nd District Court of Appeal first should rule on the case, in which a lesbian couple married in Massachusetts and is now seeking a divorce in Florida.

A lower court judge ruled that the couple couldn't get divorced in Florida because the state's constitution doesn't recognize gay marriage.

Florida's highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

A majority of judges with the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to "great public importance."

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida media organizations, including The Associated Press, are asking the state Supreme Court to make public documents used in the state's redistricting trial.

Tropical Depression One, Jorge Labarga, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles are in the headlines today.

Rep. Charles McBurney, Nippers Beach Grille, and the World Cup are in the headlines today.

Redistricting, the U.S. Supreme Court, and Blake Bortles are in the headlines today.

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Overturning an appellate court ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a Tallahassee judge to allow a GOP consultant's documents to be considered in a trial about the Legislature's 2012 redistricting effort, a move one justice called "unprecedented."

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is allowing the use of key evidence in an ongoing trial to determine whether state legislators broke the law when drawing up new political maps.

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Many were taken by surprise recently when Duval County Chief Judge Donald Moran announced his resignation — just one day before his term in office expired.

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