Month: April 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs 10 New Laws, Including Vaping, Police Dog Protection

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Floridians will have to keep their e-cigarettes on the shelf while in most enclosed workplaces starting this summer, under one of 10 new laws signed by Governor Ron DeSantis. The workplace ban on vapor-generating electronic devices (SB 7012), better known as “vaping,” implements part of a constitutional amendment that also asked voters to ban oil and gas drilling off Florida’s shorelines. The amendment drew support from more... [...]

Ex-South Florida Cop Nouman Raja Gets 25 Years for On-Duty Killing of Corey Jones

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Former Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja, the first Florida cop convicted for an on-duty killing since 1989, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for the death of Corey Jones. Raja fatally shot Jones, a 31-year-old local drummer, on the side of I-95 in October 2015. Raja's case seemed to be a slam-dunk for prosecutors, even in Florida, where it's typically next to impossible to convict cops for anything they do on-duty.... [...]

Florida Supreme Court Says FPL Can Charge Customers to Clean Up the Company’s Pollution

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Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station in South Miami-Dade has leaked saltwater into the Biscayne Aquifer, South Florida's main source of drinking water. But the Florida Supreme Court said yesterday in a unanimous ruling that FPL is allowed to make Florida residents pay to clean up the mess its equipment created. "Safeguarding the Biscayne Aquifer from future saline intrusion requires the cleanup of... [...]

Former Miami police officer acquitted in kicking case before it ever went to jury

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A former Miami police officer who was caught on camera trying to kick, but missing, a handcuffed suspect has been acquitted of wrongdoing before his case even went to a jury.  Miami-Dade County Judge Michael Barket said he had no choice but to end the trial because of a lack of evidence due to a Broward County judge's refusal to allow the alleged victim, David Suazo, to be transported to Miami-Dade court to testify against former... [...]

Florida Man Who Tossed Daughter Off Bridge Asks for New Trial

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A Florida man found guilty of first-degree murder for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge four years ago is asking for a new trial. John Jonchuck was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month, despite arguments from his attorneys that he was legally insane. No one disputed the 29-year-old Jonchuck dropped his daughter Phoebe 62 feet (18 meters) into Tampa Bay in January 2015, and that he had a long history of... [...]