Court Weighs Officer’s Firing Over Marijuana Use

TALLAHASSEE — In what could be a first-of-its-kind case in Florida, a former state correctional officer is asking an appeals court to overturn his dismissal for using medical marijuana. Samuel Velez Ortiz, who was a sergeant for the Florida…

Fill-In Judge Named in Fight Over Appeals Court Candidates

TALLAHASSEE — A South Florida appellate judge will temporarily join the Florida Supreme Court to consider two cases challenging the eligibility of candidates to become judges on revamped state appeals courts. Supreme Court Chief Justice Carlos…

Court Refuses to Block School Board Speech Policy

TALLAHASSEE — A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by a chapter of the conservative group Moms for Liberty to block restrictions that the Brevard County School Board placed on public participation at board meetings. A panel of the 11th…

Court Sides with UF in Campus Shutdown Case

TALLAHASSEE — A divided appeals court Tuesday rejected a potential class-action lawsuit contending that the University of Florida should return fees to students because of a campus shutdown early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Subscribe to Florida Jolt…

Renner Takes Helm of State House

ALLAHASSEE — Rep. Sam Garrison described it as part of the “Renner myth.” When Paul Renner first ran for the state House in 2014 in a Jacksonville district, he lost by two votes in a Republican primary — 5,962 to 5,960. “I was there,” Garrison,…

Justices Served as References for Appeals Court Hopefuls

TALLAHASSEE — Two Florida Supreme Court justices face the possibility of disqualification from cases challenging the eligibility of candidates to become judges on revamped state appeals courts. Subscribe to Florida Jolt Newsletter! Justices…

Judge Backs State, Insurer on Lawsuit Change

TALLAHASSEE — With Florida property insurers trying to curb lawsuits, a Leon County circuit judge has refused to block a decision by Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier that could steer at least some disputes away from courtrooms. Judge Angela…

Appeals Court Candidates Challenged

TALLAHASSEE — With state appellate courts poised for an overhaul, five candidates to become judges — including a lawmaker and the chairman of the Florida Gaming Control Commission — face challenges to their eligibility. Subscribe to Florida Jolt…

Weekly Roundup: ‘People Have Delivered Their Verdict’

TALLAHASSEE — Republicans nationally went into Tuesday’s elections hoping for a red wave. It didn’t happen. But in Florida, Republicans didn’t simply deliver a red wave. They obliterated Democrats up and down the ballot, putting to rest any…

Lawsuit Targets Sewer Discharges in Manatee Deaths

TALLAHASSEE — After a record number of manatee deaths last year, an environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the state is violating the Endangered Species Act because of septic tanks and sewage-treatment plants discharging into…