Pam Bondi

Kelly Mathis, Attorney Convicted In Allied Veterans Case, Launches $50M Lawsuit

Mar 7, 2019
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Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court against officials of the Seminole County Sheriff's Department, former state Attorney General Pam Bondi and a member of her staff.

Former Attorney General Pam Bondi Joins Lobbying Firm

Jan 23, 2019
WUSF Public Media

After leaving office this month, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is joining the Ballard Partners lobbying firm.

Republicans running to replace term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi would continue with the state’s legal approach to defending a controversial process for restoring felons’ voting rights.

But Democrats seeking the state Cabinet post oppose Bondi’s handling of the legal battle and support a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters in November, would automatically restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences.

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State of Florida

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has issued a subpoena to Uber in search of information related to the ride-sharing company's alleged cover-up of a 2016 data breach.

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A lawyer for a death row inmate scheduled to be executed next month is accusing Attorney General Pam Bondi of hoodwinking him into agreeing to a delay in a U.S. Supreme Court review.

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TALLAHASSEE — Facing pressure to address drug overdoses across the state, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi rolled out plans Tuesday for a series of workshops and gave support for legislation focused on opioids and drug abuse.

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State of Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi offered little information Tuesday about her future or her discussions with President-elect Donald Trump, as she made one of her first appearances in Tallahassee since meeting with Trump last week in New York.

Pam Bondi
State of Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi rejected renewed assertions Tuesday that a $25,000 political contribution from current Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump influenced her office in 2013 to dismiss allegations that Floridians had been bilked by Trump University.

Our weekly Media Roundtable discusses the news of the week. Times-Union columnist Mark Woods joined host Melissa Ross along with WJCT’s John Burr and Lindsey Kilbride.

We also heard about this weekend’s Peace Concert memorialising the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and we learned about the documentary “Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices” being screened Monday night at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.     

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A group of black Jacksonville pastors are calling for Circuit Judge Mark Hulsey to be removed from the bench as he faces charges of making racist and sexist slurs, along with other misconduct.

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About 10,000 people packed Wednesday night’s Donald Trump rally at Jacksonville’s Veterans’ Memorial Arena.

Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Ron Littlepage, Florida Times-Union columnist; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; and A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer.

Topics include the Florida Ethics Commission into Public Defender Matt Shirk, the state attorney's race, and more.

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State of Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Florida taxpayers are on the hook for almost $500,000 in fees to lawyers who successfully challenged the state's prohibition against same-sex marriage.

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It all began with a tip in 2013 and ended with arrest warrants for 13 people connected with three Jacksonville Smoker's Video stores this week. The charges range from misdemeanors to manslaughter, for the 2015 death of Clay County 16-year-old Matthew Purdy.


JACKSONVILLE — Police raided three Smoker's Video stores Wednesday as part of a long-term investigation into synthetic drugs.

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Ryan Benk / WJCT News

After a resounding win in the Sunshine State, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is getting extra support from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Florida Attorney General's Office

For the second year in a row, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office has created a guide to help Floridians know the gifts they’re buying this year are safe.

The attorney general’s holiday shopping guide has tips on how to safely shop online, how to tell whether or not a charity is legitimate and how to stay within a budget. It also lists items that have been recalled by manufacturers during the past year due to health or safety concerns.

State of Florida

Florida Cabinet members agreed Tuesday to spend $7.8 million to conserve two large tracts of ranch land over objections from Gov. Rick Scott, who said he wanted a better deal on one of the parcels.

The debate stemmed, at least in part, from appraisals on the Central and Southwest Florida properties, which will continue to be used for ranching after state acquisition. Scott and Cabinet members received two appraised values for each.

Attorney General Pam Bondi put added pressure Wednesday on lawmakers to increase funding for crime labs as she detailed a massive backlog of untested rape kits across the state.

"Those need to be tested because, hidden in those estimated thousands of untested rape kits, we have the potential to solve cold cases and lock up sexual predators and make Florida the safest place to live and raise a family," Bondi said during a news conference at The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

Pam Bondi
State of Florida

Same-sex marriage is the law of the land, but the legal battle between Attorney General Pam Bondi and gay couples in Florida continues to drag on.

Lawyers for plaintiffs in a key Florida gay-marriage lawsuit asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reject Bondi's request to dismiss the case as moot. The plaintiffs want Tallahassee U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, who ruled last year that Florida's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, to issue a permanent injunction against the state.

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JFC Storm via Facebook

A Jacksonville youth soccer club got special recognition Tuesday morning from Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet.

The JFC Storm girls’ soccer team has won back-to-back national championships.

Pam Bondi
State of Florida

Jacksonville lawyers for same-sex couples who challenged Florida’s now-defunct gay-marriage ban are fighting to get the state to pay their legal fees.

The attorneys say the state owes them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

When a Florida judge ruled it’s unconstitutional to prevent same-sex couples from marrying, the state of Florida appealed. Jacksonville lawyer Elizabeth White was among those who fought back on behalf of several same-sex couples.

Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi is joining 44 other states in a fight against Robocall scams.

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Florida has joined a multi-state lawsuit against a new federal water-pollution rule.

Industry groups support the suit — which refers to the rule as a “significant overreach” by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that same-sex marriage must be allowed in all 50 states. Not much changes in Florida because a federal court struck down Florida’s same-sex marriage ban early this year.

But Jacksonville residents Aaron Talbot and Joel Adams say, even though they’re already married, today’s ruling is still meaningful.

“I guess the biggest thing is having your own government tell you that you are welcome in the country in which you were born and where you want to live,” Talbot said. “That, for me, is the biggest victory here.”

Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a lawsuit against four cancer charities and their operators for conning donors more than $187 million.

The charities include Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society.

Rick Scott
The Office of Governor Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Media organizations and open-government advocates are upping the pressure on Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet, filing a lawsuit that alleges the handling of the forced resignation of the state's top law-enforcement officer violated the Sunshine Law and calling for an independent investigation.

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Hundreds of same-sex couples married across Florida today, the first day their unions are recognized in the state. WJCT was at the Duval County Courthouse to report on the historic day.

Timm Purcell and Garlyn Purcell became the first same-sex couple to get married in Duval County in front of the courthouse.

Florida’s statewide ban on gay marriage ended just after midnight, and same-sex couples lined up to apply for marriage licenses before seven in the morning.

Bondi Asks Supreme Court To Keep Gay Marriage On Hold

Dec 16, 2014
Pam Bondi
State of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep in place a hold on gay marriage, which is set to begin in early January unless an extension of the state's ban is approved.

Florida will go to court over President Obama’s recent order granting additional protections to millions of undocumented immigrants.

Florida attorney General Pam Bondi announced Friday the state will join with Texas to sue the Obama Administration over what it describes as an overreach. The move is a response to President Obama’s executive order which allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.

In a statement, Bondi says the lawsuit is not about immigration, but about laws.