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Federal Appeals Rejects Free-Speech Challenge to Relocation of Confederate Monument, Rules It is Government Speech

Confederate heritage supporters who sued the city of Lakeland, Florida for removing a Confederate monument, lost their free-speech challenge because a federal appeals court ruled that the monuments are a form of government speech, and as such, are immune from First Amendment review. 

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Twitter, DeSantis, Zuckerberg

Florida’s New Social Media Law Suffers from Serious Constitutional Flaws

A Florida law signed by Governor Ron DeSantis on May 24, 2021, that regulates what speech social media companies must allow and disallow suffers from serious constitutional problems.  It already has been challenged in federal court by NetChoice, a lobbying firm that represents Twitter, Facebook, and other online companies, and Computer & Communications Industry Association.   

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Florida Governor

Florida Governor Faces Two Lawsuits Challenging Anti-Protest Law

Since Florida Governor Ron. DeSantis signed the “Combating Public Disorder” act into law this past April, civil liberties groups across the country have questioned its constitutionality. Now, two separate groups have sought to challenge the law in federal court. 

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recording police

Florida Court Upholds Arrest of Mother Who Recorded Son’s Detention by Police

On May 5th, a split three-judge panel on the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida for the Fourth District upheld the arrest of Sharron Tasha Ford, who sued the city of Boynton Beach for violating her First Amendment right to record police.

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The Florida Supreme Court Just Made Accessing Court Records Much Easier

The state finally struck down a rule that media lawyers and court reporters say caused long delays in accessing court records. “It made me feel gratified and proud of the judicial system, because the justices value transparency and they took concrete steps to make sure Florida’s courts are open,” one lawyer told Courthouse News.

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Florida Works to Keep Official Meetings Accessible Amid COVID-19

Local officials in Florida experiment with digital technologies to ensure public access after the governor suspends law requiring in-person meetings.

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Parkland

Man Who “Trolled” Parkland Shooting Victims’ Families Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Fleury’s lawyers tried to dismiss the case ahead of his trial in October 2019, arguing that his comments, though noxious, were protected under the First Amendment. But U.S. District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz rejected their motion, writing that Fleury’s expression fell under a category of unprotected speech called true threats.

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Sticker Shock: Charges Dropped Against Man Arrested For “Obscene” Car Decal

A Florida man who was arrested for refusing to alter a car decal a deputy claimed was “obscene” will not […]

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