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Update 5:25 pm:

A Florida man who was awarded millions of dollars for being wrongfully jailed is now facing charges of attempted first degree murder. The Tallahassee Police Department arrested Alan Crotzer Monday night.

Crotzer was originally sentenced to 130 years in prison, but after serving 24 and a half years, he left prison a free man in 2006.

Several progressive groups are saying Florida lawmakers are being manipulated by the conservative-leaning American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. They released a report on Thursday that says ALEC enables corporate influence over state law by receiving funding from several industries and inviting corporate lobbyists to meet with state legislators at its annual conventions. But ALEC says the report is a distorted attack by liberal activists.

“Failure to follow procedural rules” is what it took for a long-standing battle, over the constitutionality of a prison privatization plan, to come to an end.  That’s what a Florida appellate court stated Tuesday when a rejected a request by Attorney General Pam Bondi to overturn a lower court’s ruling, which blocked the plan.

“A gross misuse" of power. That’s how a lawyer described the Florida Legislature's plan to privatize about 30 South Florida prisons  in a Tallahassee appeals court on Wednesday. And because of a looming deadline, that plan will likely die before the legal challenge against it is resolved.

A new gun law signed by Governor Rick Scott last year has earned him and the Florida Legislature the 21st annual Jefferson “Muzzle” award. As Sascha Cordner reports, a free speech group located in Virginia says it is recognizing the state officials for their role in violating residents’ First amendment rights.

Capital Report: 1-11-12

Jan 11, 2012

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