Rights extended to homeless people in the City of Miami for years will now be taken away. A federal judge approved of a plan today that will scale back an agreement reached 16 years ago that had allowed homeless in downtown Miami to pitch tents, build fires in parks, and relieve themselves in public ... More >>
Miami-Dade Judge William Thomas almost made history as the first openly gay, black, male federal judge when President Obama nominated him for a position on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. His appointment however was derailed by Senator Marco Rubio. Officially Rubio, who had recomm ... More >>
If President Obama's nomination of William Thomas is confirmed, Thomas would become the first openly gay, black man to serve as a federal judge. Senator Marco Rubio, the man who first recommended Thomas to Obama, however, is now blocking the nomination over his concerns with Thomas's "temperament." ... More >>
Miami-Dade is perhaps a bit more free-spirited than most American beach towns by designating a small sliver of Haulover Beach for nude sunbathing, but for Thomas Wittbold that wasn't enough. Wittbold sued Miami-Dade County, alleging that not allowing him to be nude elsewhere in Haulover Park was inf ... More >>
Will Florida's path to legalizing same-sex marriage come through the courts? Equality Florida is currently seeking plaintiffs to join a suit that would challenge Florida's constitutional ban on any legal recognition of same-sex partner.
No one denies that John Errol Ferguson is insane. Ferguson's been having psychotic visions for more than four decades, and for years has firmly believed that he's the "Prince of God" who will ascend directly to the right hand of God when he dies. The last judge to consider his case conceded that he' ... More >>
Also read "New Voting Laws Could Take Out Obama This Fall."It's becoming a regular morning routine for Floridians: Roll out of bed, sip a cafecito, open the paper to read about the latest bananas Rick Scott law getting tossed out by a federal court. This morning's edition comes courtesy the U.S. Dis ... More >>
Back in 2007, the feds indicted a Miami doctor for allegedly writing bogus prescriptions for hydrocodone and other addictive medicines shipped across the country through an online pharmacy. The case was more than solid; in fact, prosecutors gathered more than 400,000 pages of records to bolster thei ... More >>
The latest shot has been fired in what may be Gov. Rick Scott's dumbest legal battle yet.Earlier this month a federal judge struck down the so-called "Docs vs. Glocks" law that Scott had signed into law last year. Now Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Health to appeal the decision. Keep in ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke takes on the Miami-Dade state attorney.Katherine Fernandez Rundle is no Janet Reno. Miami-Dade's top prosecutor, who is a Democra ... More >>
Another month, another one of Rick Scott's controversial laws struck down by a federal court. This time around it's a strange NRA-backed provision that banned doctors from asking patients about owning a gun. A Miami-based federal judge had already placed an injunction on the law, and last week struc ... More >>
In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court has upheld President Obama's health care mandate, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the surprising, deciding vote that the sweeping reform is constitutional. The ruling is a blow to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who spearheaded the first national court ch ... More >>
Florida cops, it seems, will do just about anything to find that marijuana plant growing in your closet. The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether Miami police violated the Constitution by routinely sniffing around suspected grow houses with drug-smelling dogs without first getting a search ... More >>
photo by Tim ElfrinkNaudimar Herrera, who was cleared of charges in the Liberty City Seven case. His co-defendants' appeal was denied.Next time someone argues that justice is the end result after a trip through American courts, here's the only rebuttal you need: "Liberty City Seven." The informan ... More >>
Who knew the Casey Anthony verdict would have implications on the United States' interpretation of the Geneva Conventions? According to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the failure of a Florida jury to convict Anthony proves the need to try terrorist suspects at military tribunals outsid ... More >>
Florida's particular method of sentencing prisoners to death has been deemed unconstitutional by Miami U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez today. The decision will not immediately strike down the law and didn't find the death penalty in and of itself unconstitutional. Though, it will guarantee conv ... More >>
A Federal Judge has ruled that Florida should have approved the request of a group looking to honor a group of rebels who waged war against the United States in the name of slavery. U.S. District Judge John Antoon II ruled the state's specialty license plate law unconstitution ... More >>
Vicki Lukis Fourteen years after New Times chronicled her free fall out of public office and into the slammer, Vicki Lukis has won her redemption. On Monday, federal Judge John Steele of the U.S. District Court in Lee County vacated her 1997 conviction on honest services fraud. Her case was a fas ... More >>
wikimedia commonsJack B. ThompsonJohn "Jack" B. Thompson, the Coral Gables attorney disbarred in 2008 for -- among other things -- sending swastikas, gay porn, and pictures of gavel-wielding kangaroos to the state supreme court, is now changing careers.Thompson, who once scrapped with Miami rap g ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke analyzes Elena Kagan's nomination to the highest court in the land. I'm happy to see that Barack Obama nominated El ... More >>
Cuban dissident journalist Omar Rodriguez Saludes was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to 27 years in prison simply for telling the truth. Today a U.S. federal judge ordered the government and communist party of Cuba to pay $27.5 million to Rodriguez Saludes's mother. "During hi ... More >>
Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate today. No big surprise there. Every member of the Democratic caucus, save for Ted Kennedy who remains ill and could not attend, voted for Sotomayor. That would include, of course, Bill Nelson.While only nine republicans offered their "yays," including ... More >>
Charlie Crist had been awkwardly mum on whether he would support the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Now that it's almost assured she'll get confirmed, he has finally decided to let everyone know that, no, he would not vote to confirm this lady. Here's his statement (via Nake ... More >>
The Senate's lone Hispanic Republican, Florida's Mel Martinez, says he'll vote for the Supreme Court's first Hispanic nominee. Martinez is the second Republican senator to announce his intent to vote for Sonia Sotomayor. (Olympia Snowe quickly become the third after Martinez's announcement.)Here's ... More >>
We all know Miami Police Chief John Timoney likes to get out of town every chance he gets, so he couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet Vice President Joe Biden and talk up President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. "She's done all right for herself. She's the quintessential America ... More >>
We all know Miami Police Chief John Timoney likes to get out of town every chance he gets, so he couldn't pass up a chance to meet Vice President Joe Biden and talk up President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. "She's done all right for herself. She's the quintessential American s ... More >>
Wing-nut Cuban-American criticizes first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
It's been a long time since we've heard from the folks at the Liberty Council, the religious right wing organization that played a huge role in Amendment Two -- the ban that threatens any recognition of homosexual commitment in Florida. Wonder what they're up to? Oh, doing everything in their power ... More >>
Maj. Tom Fleener was enjoying a quiet life as an assistant public defender in Wyoming when he was thrust into the greatest legal conundrum of our times.Courtesy Wikimedia CommonsFleener, an Army Reservist, became more and more outraged as he read about the military commissions set up in Guantanamo B ... More >>
Today there was a minor crane accident on NE 79th street. The crane tipped, but no one was hurt. It was fitting as Miami-Dade's controversial crane ordinance was also tipped over this week in a federal court. The county passed the law in March of last year, the same month a much more serious crane a ... More >>
Riptide was going to write you up a nice "The Florida Supreme Court for Dummies" post, but in its research found itself caught up in tangents. Our interest was spurred in part by yesterday's overturning of the gay adoption ban by a Miami judge (as well as by future Crist appointments). The issue wil ... More >>
His blog Justice Building keeps judges on their toes.
Why will the right-wing crusader likely lose his license? Swastikas are just the start.
The Biscayne Aquifer is pristine no more
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A half-century before the Tiger Woods era, black Miamians fought a losing battle to hit the links
In a high-stakes showdown, Miami hopes to put some muscle on its enfeebled Nuisance Abatement Board
Coral Gables officials send taxpayers' money to the lawyers in wheelbarrows. Guess they really don't like pretty red news racks.
A federal judge says yes to colorful newsracks