WFSU News Team
Fri January 11, 2013
ACLU, GOP Blame Each Other For Costly Legal Challenges To Fla. Law
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida says in the past two years, it has filed a historically high number of cases against the state. Two press releases Thursday, One from the ACLU of Florida and another from the Republican Party of Florida, tried to explain what is and isn’t wrong with the state laws being passed.
The ACLU of Florida filed eleven cases against the state for what they call unconstitutional legislation. The group’s executive director Howard Simon says all of the cases were necessary.
“You don’t have to be a lawyer to know that federal courts generally don’t hand down preliminary or permanent injunctions or declarations that something is unconstitutional when they’re dealing with something that is a frivolous case.” Simon said.
The Republican Party of Florida could not be reached for comment by the story’s deadline. The party’s press release did say the ACLU of Florida sued against initiatives most Floridians support.