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April 2016 Archives

Supreme Court hears arguments on warrantless DUI testing

On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over the legality of state laws in Minnesota and North Dakota that make it a separate crime when drivers who have been suspected of DUI refuse a blood, urine or breath test when police do not have a search warrant. Eleven other states have similar laws, although Florida makes it a separate misdemeanor only on a second or subsequent offense.

What can Obama do if the Senate refuses to consider Judge Garland for the Supreme Court?

Our system of government prides itself on checks and balances. One of these
particular checks is that the President checks the Supreme Court by appointing and confirming nominees, and the Senate checks the President by giving their "advice and consent." Recently, the Senate, controlled by Republicans, has made it known that they will refuse to give their "advice and consent" to President Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. Does the Senate have the right to halt Supreme Court nominations until a candidate of their liking comes before them? What exactly does "advice and consent" entail? 

Rick Scott Vetoes Alimony Bill

Big family law news this weekend! Governor Scott vetoed a contentious alimony and child custody bill yesterday. Of many changes to current divorce and alimony laws this bill would have forced the hands of judges to assign 50/50 time sharing of a minor child when it was not necessarily in the best interest of the child. In his veto letter Governor Scott said "when a divorce involves a minor child, the needs of the child must come before all others." We couldn't have said it better ourselves Governor!

7 people accused of drug trafficking conspiracy

Seven people in Florida were charged for various drug offenses on March 31 following an investigation that spanned eight months. According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the accused individuals were part of a large drug trafficking operation in Bonita Springs. One of the accused individuals, a 38-year-old man, is thought to be the leader of the alleged organization. Investigators say that he and a 36-year-old man acquired and distributed drugs but hired others to perform smaller transactions for them.

Obama's US Supreme Court Nominee

On March 16, 2016 President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left on the U.S. Supreme Court after Justice Antonin Scalia's death on February 13th. Justice Scalia is widely recognized as one of the most conservative members of the Court, and replacing his seat with a liberal or even moderate justice may shift the balance of the Court for the foreseeable future.