Rebecca Sedwick’s mother to pursue law changes

Tricia Norman, mother of Rebecca Ann Sedwick

  By Arelis Hernández, Orlando Sentinel -- The mother of a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide after months of alleged cyberbullying plans to pursue changes to state and federal law, as well as civil lawsuits against her daughter's bullies, she and her lawyer said today. Matt Morgan, an attorney for the mother of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, promised a "crusade" against bullying during a press conference today in Orlando. … [Read more...]

Spike Lee Asks Florida Judge To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Zimmerman Address Tweet

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Spike Lee has asked a federal judge to throw out lawsuit filed by a Florida couple who say the movie director mistakenly retweeted their address as the home of George Zimmerman. Lee's attorneys filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Elaine and David McClain. The director's attorneys argued the lawsuit should be tossed out since the couple reached a $10,000 settlement with Lee last year. "The court should dismiss this case because plaintiffs have already settled the claim of negligence," Lee's attorneys said. The McClains contend the settlement only covered damages through the March 2012 settlement date and didn't include suffering that occurred afterward, including the aftermath last July of Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The McClains received death threats and had to move out of their home … [Read more...]

Florida sheriff says state association ‘unequivocally’ supports the ‘stand your ground’ law

Florida’s "stand your ground" law has been controversial both statewide and nationally since the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. But Florida legislators show no sign of backing away from it. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee rejected a repeal of the law during a five-hour meeting Nov. 7, 2013. The hearing was led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, who had previously vowed not to change "one damn comma" of the law. … [Read more...]

In Florida death penalty cases, judges determine fate

ORLANDO — Unlike most other states with capital punishment, Florida juries don’t have the last word in trials when it comes to capital punishment. Instead, jurors in this state render what are called advisory decisions over whether certain convicted murderers should be sentenced to death. Judges are instructed to give jury recommendations great weight, but judges – not juries –ultimately decide what punishment to impose. Only two other states with the death penalty – Alabama and Delaware –permit judges to override jury decisions. Last week, jury candidates in the Dontae Morris case were told they were faced with a serious possibility – recommending another human being be put to death. But they also were told the ultimate decision will rest with Circuit Judge William … [Read more...]

ParkerVision Wins Lawsuit Against Qualcomm

  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has found Qualcomm guilty of direct and indirect infringement of ParkerVision patents. That same jury also found ParkerVision's patents valid in light of the alleged prior art references identified by Qualcomm during the course of the trial. The trial, which commenced on Oct. 7, is being held in two phases. The first phase, which addressed invalidity and direct and indirect infringement, ended with the jury finding in ParkerVision's favour. The second phase will commence immediately with the same jury and will determine the scope of damages awarded and whether Qualcomm is also guilty of willful patent infringement. With a finding of willful patent infringement, a judge has the authority to enhance damages awarded by the jury by up to three times. … [Read more...]