4th Judicial Circuit

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams (left) and State Attorney Melissa Nelson (right).
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A Jacksonville defense attorney says Northeast Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit is more lenient when prosecuting crimes if the perpetrator is a police or corrections officer.

Duval County Courthouse
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The public is being asked to weigh in on potential replacements for Judge David Gooding, who is retiring from Northeast Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit.

Three people holding signs that read "Kalil Resign Now", "Florida Bar Investigate" and "Justice For All" out in front of the courthouse, next to the street.
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Protestors from Jacksonville’s NAACP and the Northside Coalition circled the Duval County Courthouse in their cars with horns blaring on Tuesday, calling for recently elected Circuit Judge Michael Kalil to resign.

Republican Party of Duval County

Voters trying to choose Northeast Florida judges might find it helpful to know which U.S. Supreme Court justices the candidates identify with most when it comes to constitutional philosphy. 

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State attorney-elect Melissa Nelson said Monday the office needs to collaborate with the community to ensure laws are enforced in a fair and equitable manner.

State attorney-elect Melissa Nelson ousted incumbent Angela Corey in a landslide last month. On Monday she joined Melissa Ross to talk about the transition and what we can expect from her office when she takes over in January. We also heard from Dr. Nima Aghaebrahim from Baptist Health about recent progress in the treatment of aneurysms. Jon Heymann, CEO of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, talked about programs available to local youth and the Timucuan Parks Foundation told us about a fundraiser to mark the centennial of the National Parks Service. 


Angela Corey’s state attorney’s office is defending itself against accusations it’s too quick to seek the death penalty in Duval County.

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Updated at 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 23

Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit, which includes Duval County, is among a handful nationwide that sentence the majority of criminals to die. That’s according to a report out Tuesday titled “Too Broken to Fix” from Harvard University researchers.