criminal justice

Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo submitted a letter of resignation to the city. It's effective July 5th.
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The City of Tallassee will soon have a job opening for a new police chief. Mike DeLeo has submitted a letter of resignation effective July 5th. 

This is an image of Bill Shepherd, a lawyer in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach offices. He is the former statewide prosecutor of Florida.
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The Florida Supreme Court issued a surprise ruling in late May regarding expert witness testimony. 

Six years ago, the Florida Legislature adopted the Daubert standard for expert witnesses in court cases. But the state’s high court exercised its right to keep the Frye standard in place, which sets a lower threshold for what can be considered expert testimony.

The makeup of the Florida Supreme Court changed last January when three retiring justices were replaced with appointments made by Governor Ron DeSantis. The newly revamped court quickly decided to implement the tougher standards.

Bret Hartman / AP Images for Marsy'sLawForAll.org

Victims’ rights group, Marsy’s Law for Florida, is launching a social media campaign that it says will help explain 2018’s Amendment 6.

Florida State University Dan Markel
Florida State University College of Law

The Dan Markel murder trial remains set for June 3, after a Tallahassee judge denied the defense’s request to postpone the trial while ordering the prosecutor to turn over key evidence by Friday.

Former TPD Officer Vincent Crump 3/7/2018
Leon County Jail

A plea hearing for a former Tallahassee police officer has been delayed until July. Vincent Crump was twice tried on sexual battery charges and both ended in a mistrial. Crump was accused of raping a woman last February during a traffic stop. 

McNeil at the kick-off for his "All In" program (5/15/19)
Leon County Sheriff's Department / LCSO

Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil has rolled out the latest effort at reducing crime. McNeil says law enforcement isn’t the only way to keep communities safe and is partnering with other city and county departments and local organizations.

Lake City ARNP Matthew Melvin is facing multiple felony charges for soliciting a minor and sexual assault. He's been booked into the Columbia County Jail (5/14/19)
Columbia County Jail / Columbia County Sheriffs Department

A Lake City Nurse Practitioner has been arrested for solicitation of a minor. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Matthew Melvin has been booked into the Columbia County Jail.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Melvin worked as an advanced practice registered nurse at a Lake City clinic. The Department began investigating him on May 9TH after it received allegations Melvin sexually assaulted a male patient, who is a minor. Investigators say he touched the child and began sending sexual messages to the victim via Snapchat.

Andrew Gillum, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Florida, speaks during a campaign rally attended by Former President Barack Obama, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says John Morgan should put his money where his mouth is. Morgan recently called out Gillum for keeping some $3 million in his campaign account -- money Morgan says Gillum should use to pay the restitution fees for former felons to help them regain their right to vote.

Florida Prisons Sued Over Solitary Confinement Practices

May 8, 2019
A view of a hallway from a jail cell.
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Florida is an “outlier” in prison systems across the nation when it comes to the use of solitary confinement, according to a 90-page federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that alleges the state Department of Corrections is violating the constitutional rights of inmates.

Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks at a committee meeting.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

A Florida Bar investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has been forwarded to a grievance committee.

Sigfredo Garcia, 34, is being held at the Broward County Jail. He's charged with the 2014 murder of FSU Law Professor Dan Markel.
Broward Sheriff's Office

Leon Circuit Judge James Hankinson is expected to make a decision this week on whether to postpone the joint trial for the Dan Markel murder case.

Sen. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart)
Florida House of Representatives

Sharing someone else’s nude images on social media or through other “electronic means” will be a misdemeanor if Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a bill passed by the house and senate this week. The measure is part of an effort to curb harm done to victims of sexual cyber harassment.

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Partners across the state are recognizing May as National Foster Care Month in Florida. The state has about 5,400 licensed foster homes, and there’s a need for more. Now, two bills relating to child welfare have passed the Florida Legislature and are headed to the governor’s desk.

"Many of you know that I served for 20 years in the United States military, and I’ve learned a thing or two about moving,” said Rep. Spencer Roach (R-North Fort Myers), telling House members about moving 13 times and being deployed to various countries.

“That was my choice, and I at least had a chance to voice my preference during the assignment process," Roach said. "That is not the case in Florida for our 24-thousand children who are languishing in Florida’s foster care system. 60 percent of those children have been in the process for 12 months or longer.”

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The Florida House passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform package Monday. But major differences still exist between the Senate and House versions.

This building is surrounded by the type of barbed wire that makes it difficult to climb over a fence. (Undated image)
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Complaints about incarcerated women being denied basic hygiene products like pads and tampons has caught the attention of state lawmakers. Now Florida is poised to approve a bill making those products and others available to women at no cost.

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A provision in the Senate’s big criminal justice reform bill could make a big impact early on, if signed into law. That impact would come in the form of fewer people incarcerated, and significant savings for the state.

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J Pat Carter / AP

Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott is demanding the FBI turn over information about Russian hacking.

Police sirens
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A shooting suspect has been detained after a three hour standoff at a Tallahassee student apartment complex. 

florida mass violence public records
Terry Renna / AP

A bill exempting recordings of mass shootings from public record cleared the Senate Wednesday. The House version is headed to that chamber’s floor.

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Advocacy groups, formerly incarcerated people and those with family members who are serving time held a rally at the Capitol Wednesday. They came together to petition lawmakers for reforms to a criminal justice system they say is broken.

Savannah Parvu endured more than a decade of sexual abuse starting from when she was a child. Today, she's an advocate for survivors
Savanna Parvu / pintrist

Florida ranks among the top states for human trafficking and while there are no accurate figures as to the number of people involved in sex trafficking, experts say the state has a problem. But there are ways to mitigate it and the legislature appears keep on enacting most of them.

Jeff Binkley named the initiative after his daughter Maura, a victim of the Tallahassee yoga studio shooting in November.
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A new research initiative is looking at the intersection between gun violence and hate.

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The Big Bend Police Benevolent Association's board of directors is retracting the chapter president's call for an investigation into Tallahassee Police Department Chief Michael DeLeo. The move comes a day after the group requested a probe.

school safety
Shawn Mulcahy / WFSU

The Florida Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday its turning its sights to a new topic: public safety. It is bringing a coalition of leaders together to address school and workplace safety.

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft speaks to fans during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C.
Chuck Burton / Associated Press (AP)

Prostitution charges for the owner of the New England Patriots and the former CEO of Citibank are just the surface of an investigation into a human trafficking ring in Central and South Florida. The arrests of 25 men including the two businessmen is once again drawing attention to sex trafficking in massage parlors.

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