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Category: Legal Update

From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. I am checking on whether you believe the sheriff can stop notifying our newspaper of press conferences and remove us from the list of organizations that receive press releases. We have further learned that the sheriff will no longer provide comment to the newspaper. How can we push back on this new policy? A.…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. There have been attempts by the local sheriff’s office to deny requests to view body camera footage citing an “active criminal investigation.” Is there any support you can provide to push back on that? A. Yes, here is some research from an FAF intern that cites some case law that may be helpful. The…
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Nominations Open For The Parker Thomson Awards For Outstanding Legal Journalism In Florida And The Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are now open for 2024 The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida and the Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award. Submit nominations before the April 30, 2024 entry deadline. The first-place award recipients for The Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida will receive a cash prize of $500, a plaque and travel…
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Legislative (2024 Session; Final Wrap-Up) and Marsy’s Law Update

The Regular Session began January 9 and ended at 2:25 pm March 8. Here’s the latest on the bills we followed: Defamation (HB 757 by Rep. Andrade, R. Pensacola; SB 1086 by Sen. Garcia, R. Miami; SB 1780 by Sen. Brodeur, R. Lake Mary) These are scaled down versions of last year’s bills. The bills…
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Legislative (2024 Session; Week Eight) and Marsy’s Law Update

The Regular Session began January 9 and ends March 8. Here’s the latest on the bills we are following:   Defamation (HB 757 by Rep. Andrade, R. Pensacola; SB 1086 by Sen. Garcia, R. Miami; SB 1780 by Sen. Brodeur, R. Lake Mary) These are scaled-down versions of last year’s bills. The bills change the…
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Legislative (2024 Session; Week Six) and Marsy’s Law Update

The Regular Session began January 9 and ends March 8. Here are some of the bills we have been following: Defamation (HB 757 by Rep. Andrade, R. Pensacola; SB 1086 by Sen. Garcia, R. Miami; SB 1780 by Sen. Brodeur, R. Lake Mary) These are scaled down versions of last year’s bill. The bills change…
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Legislative (2024 Session; Week Four) and Marsy’s Law Update

The Regular Session began January 9. Here are some of the bills we have been following: Defamation (HB 757 by Rep. Andrade, R. Pensacola; SB 1086 by Sen. Garcia, R. Miami; SB 1780 by Sen. Brodeur, R. Lake Mary)  These are scaled down versions of last year’s bill. The House bill changes the venue provisions,…
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Legislative (2024 Session; Week Two) and Marsy’s Law Update

The Regular Session began January 9. Here are some of the bills we have been following: Defamation (HB 757 by Rep. Andrade, R. Pensacola; SB 1086 by Sen. Garcia, R. Miami; SB 1780 by Sen. Brodeur, R. Lake Mary) These are scaled down versions of last year’s bill. The House bill changes the venue provisions,…
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Legislative (2024 Session; Week One) and Marsy’s Law Update

The Regular Session begins January 9.  Interim committees have been meeting over the last couple of months and bills are being filed and heard in committee. Here are some of the bills we have been following: Defamation (HB 757 by Rep. Andrade, R. Pensacola; SB 1086 by Sen. Garcia, R. Miami)  These are scaled down…
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Meet FPA Legislative Intern John Freeman

John Freeman is an undergraduate student at La Salle University studying mass media and journalism as a communication major. Freeman currently serves as the sports editor for The La Salle Collegian, a reporter for La Salle TV, and is a member of La Salle’s pre-law program as well. Freeman’s passion for law grew as his…
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