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January 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
A judge refused to send a drug offender to prison, saying the man would be a target for sexual assault because he is thin and white. Instead, Hillsborough County Judge Florence Foster placed Paul Hamill on two years of probation and ordered him to a treatment center for violating probation on a previous cocaine conviction.
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February 10, 2011 | By David G. Savage and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
For nearly two years, the "tea party" movement with its call for limited government has made inroads in the political arena, but a Florida judge's ruling last week declaring the health insurance mandate unconstitutional may be remembered as its moment of arrival in the courts. Another judge in Virginia had made a similar ruling, but U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's decision gave voice to the tea party's rallying cry that the Constitution put strict limits on the national government.
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December 6, 2000 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's still holding off on Cabinet announcements, and the title--for now--remains "governor." But George W. Bush made his way into the Texas Statehouse Tuesday with a wide smile and a trademark thumbs up, more and more secure in his belief that he soon will be called "president-elect." Exactly when that may be, however, is a call few are making these days--nearly a month since Americans went to the polls.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey and David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
A federal judge in Florida dealt President Obama's healthcare overhaul another legal blow Monday, ruling that the entire law is unconstitutional because of a requirement in the legislation that Americans get health insurance starting in 2014. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's widely anticipated decision goes beyond a separate ruling by a federal judge in Virginia who last year ruled only that the insurance mandate is unconstitutional. DOCUMENTS: Read Judge Vinson's summary judgment In separate lawsuits, two other federal courts have ruled that the law and its insurance mandate are permissible under the so-called Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
NEWS
January 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge in Miami offered five co-defendants in the Manuel A. Noriega cocaine smuggling case a chance for separate trials that could begin as early as Jan. 28. U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler said the co-defendants' rights to speedy trials could be jeopardized if they must wait until Noriega's attorneys are ready to try the case. In an order received by defense and government lawyers Monday, Hoeveler said he would hear motions on whether to hold separate trials at a hearing Jan.
NEWS
June 16, 1988
Florida Gov. Bob Martinez signed a bill into law that will require unmarried girls under 18 to obtain parental or judicial permission before getting abortions. The law also re-enacts regulations of the state's abortion clinics and allows the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services to revoke the license of any clinic that doesn't properly dispose of fetal remains.
NEWS
October 10, 1989 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA, Times Staff Writer
It was the federal judge who was on trial, and his supporters in the audience were decked out in T-shirts reading, "Not Guilty, So Says We All." Controversial New York minister Al Sharpton showed up before a waiting bank of cameras and denounced the proceedings as "an outrageous racist maneuver." Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan came to town and staged a rally for the defendant, charging that whites were gunning for black leaders. At the center of the storm, Alcee L.
NEWS
December 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
A federal judge refused Saturday to throw out about 2,400 overseas ballots, most of them cast by military personnel, that were received up to 10 days after the Nov. 7 election. The decision was immediately appealed to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, said Roger Bernstein, a lawyer representing six of 13 individual Democratic voters who brought the suit. He said a request had been made for oral argument Monday. Republican George W.
NEWS
December 10, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 10:34 a.m., the fax arrived from Marion County, horse country in central Florida: "We do NOT know how long this will take." Minutes later, there was another from Duval County, near the Georgia line: "This is tantamount to a guess." And one from Bradford County, near the college town of Gainesville: "We are in a bit of limbo." One by one, the messages--more than 100 pages from more than 30 of Florida's 67 counties--kept the fax machine humming Saturday at the Leon County Courthouse here.
NEWS
December 17, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A circuit court judge has struck down Florida's three-year-old hate crimes law--at least in his county--as unconstitutionally vague. The statute stiffens penalties for crimes motivated by bigotry. Pinellas County Circuit Judge Robert Beach granted a defense motion to dismiss the hate crime enhancement against five blacks accused of beating and taking jewelry from a 14-year-old white girl, who said that her attackers used racial slurs.
NEWS
August 31, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge upheld a Florida law banning gays and lesbians from adopting children, ruling Thursday that there is no proof that homosexuals are able to provide a stable family environment. The decision by U.S. District Judge Lawrence King left intact America's toughest legal prohibition against adoptions by homosexuals and ignited a firestorm of criticism.
SPORTS
June 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
A judge refused to release Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos Wednesday, agreeing with the NASCAR great's widow that making the pictures public would cause the family pain. "In this particular case, the release constitutes a serious invasion of the highest degree. There is no question it's harmful, it's unspeakable," Circuit Judge Joseph Will said. Will's decision was the latest victory for Teresa Earnhardt in her four-month battle to keep the autopsy photos out of the public realm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2001
Re "Guarantee the Independence of All Judges," by Abner Mikva and William S. Sessions, Commentary, March 12: Independence (from the political branches) is crucial to judicial impartiality. So is accountability (to a democratic citizenry). The federal model of presidential nomination, Senate confirmation and life tenure provides too little independence in appointment but too much independence (i.e., no accountability) thereafter. Fortunately a model exists to strike the right balance.
NEWS
January 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
A judge refused to send a drug offender to prison, saying the man would be a target for sexual assault because he is thin and white. Instead, Hillsborough County Judge Florence Foster placed Paul Hamill on two years of probation and ordered him to a treatment center for violating probation on a previous cocaine conviction.
NEWS
December 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
A federal judge refused Saturday to throw out about 2,400 overseas ballots, most of them cast by military personnel, that were received up to 10 days after the Nov. 7 election. The decision was immediately appealed to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, said Roger Bernstein, a lawyer representing six of 13 individual Democratic voters who brought the suit. He said a request had been made for oral argument Monday. Republican George W.
NEWS
December 10, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 10:34 a.m., the fax arrived from Marion County, horse country in central Florida: "We do NOT know how long this will take." Minutes later, there was another from Duval County, near the Georgia line: "This is tantamount to a guess." And one from Bradford County, near the college town of Gainesville: "We are in a bit of limbo." One by one, the messages--more than 100 pages from more than 30 of Florida's 67 counties--kept the fax machine humming Saturday at the Leon County Courthouse here.
NEWS
December 6, 2000 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's still holding off on Cabinet announcements, and the title--for now--remains "governor." But George W. Bush made his way into the Texas Statehouse Tuesday with a wide smile and a trademark thumbs up, more and more secure in his belief that he soon will be called "president-elect." Exactly when that may be, however, is a call few are making these days--nearly a month since Americans went to the polls.
NEWS
December 6, 2000 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
In his last-ditch appeal to the Florida Supreme Court today, Al Gore will argue that the only way to prove he is the actual winner in the state is to count the roughly 14,000 disputed ballots from Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, sources close to the vice president say. In his stinging ruling Monday, Leon County Circuit Judge N. Sanders Sauls said Gore had failed to demonstrate "a reasonable probability" that, even if further hand counts were ordered, the election result would be reversed.
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