Rachel Hoffman

Florida Senate

It’s been seven years since drug dealers murdered  23-year-old Rachel Hoffman while she worked undercover for the Tallahassee Police Department -- and her father says not enough has changed.  

Another Rachel's Law Debate

Jan 20, 2015

Another legislative battle is brewing over Rachel’s Law.

A pair of lawmakers want to strengthen the legislation named after a Florida State University student who was slain in a 2008 drug sting that went horribly wrong.

Twenty three-year-old Rachel Hoffman was working undercover for the Tallahassee Police Department when she was killed. Her grieving parents demanded reforms in the way police use confidential informants.

But the law was watered down after police complained they would lose their best tool for catching drug and other suspects.

Press conference
Florida Senate

Update 10:30 a.m. 9/15/14:

City of Tallahassee

Questionable judgment. Police Brutality. Favoritism and preferential treatment.

The  Tallahassee Police Department has faced those charges and others concerning how it handles cases. It's now facing an image crisis as it continues a sexual assault investigation involving Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, but questions about TPD's credibility have been circulating for years. 

The lawyer for Rachel Hoffman’s parents says the family can move on with their lives, now that Governor Rick Scott signed a claims bill compensating them for the loss of their child. As Sascha Cordner reports, they’ve spent the last four years fighting for their daughter, who was killed in an undercover drug sting gone wrong.

Lance Block is the attorney for Rachel Hoffman’s parents, Irving Hoffman and Marjorie Weiss. He says they’re grateful the Governor and the Legislature allowed them to have the $2.4 million dollars for the loss of their daughter.

This year, the Florida Legislature passed several claims bills to compensate individuals for injuries or losses suffered due to the negligence of the government. 10 of the bills are on the Governor’s desk, and another has already been signed. As Sascha Cordner reports, with about $40-million dollars in claims to sort through, the Governor says it’s not going to be an easy task.

A slew of bills are heading to Governor Rick Scott’s desk. As Sascha Cordner reports, that includes a bill that would compensate the parents of a girl who died in botched undercover drug sting in Tallahassee.

Democratic Representative John Patrick Julien says he thinks the Rachel Hoffman claims bill has a good chance of getting signed by the Governor: