First District Court of Appeals

Florida's First District Court of Appeal
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A Florida appeals court has upheld a 55 year jail sentence for a man convicted of three felonies as a juvenile.

Hillsborough Community College

A Florida appeals court is weighing the constitutionality of rules making it harder for state college professors to get what amounts to tenure. A faculty union argued today before Tallahassee’s First District Court of Appeal that the State Board of Education lacks authority to change tenure rules so drastically.  

College professors are fighting what United Faculty of Florida Executive Director Ed Mitchell calls "Draconian" changes to the requirements for earning continuing contracts; those are the state college version of tenure.

colonnaded courthouse atrium
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When Florida built a courthouse for the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee two years ago, the architect’s plan for the $50 million building included miles of African Mahogany paneling, high-end light fixtures, and hundreds of framed historic photographs to hang on the walls. But, even after most of the lavish details survived an intense audit, the commissioned photographs remain in storage, as two government departments battle over whether the state should pay the art gallery’s $360,000 bill.