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50 years ago, a Florida case made history

March of this year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, the case that ruled a defendant who could not afford a lawyer was constitutionally entitled to have one provided by the state. But fifty years on, the right to counsel as set forth of Gideon is being undermined by budgetary woes at the state and local level.

50 years ago, a Florida case made history

March of this year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, the case that ruled a defendant who could not afford a lawyer was constitutionally entitled to have one provided by the state. But fifty years on, the right to counsel as set forth of Gideon is being undermined by budgetary woes at the state and local level.

Traffic stop leads to drug charges

Often a routine traffic stop will lead to more serious charges against a suspect. This was the case recently in a traffic stop in Florida. A Broward County man was pulled over for having dark tinted windows on his car, and ended up facing serious drug charges.

Traffic stop leads to drug charges

Often a routine traffic stop will lead to more serious charges against a suspect. This was the case recently in a traffic stop in Florida. A Broward County man was pulled over for having dark tinted windows on his car, and ended up facing serious drug charges.

Florida data shows unfairness of charging kids as adults

When a juvenile commits a crime it is often a case of immature judgment and peer pressure winning out over common sense. Most people, thankfully, grow out of their teenage years and can look back with some disbelief at the things they did as a high school student. But when kids who are accused of juvenile crimes are charged as adults, the consequences can be lifelong and life-altering.

Florida data shows unfairness of charging kids as adults

When a juvenile commits a crime it is often a case of immature judgment and peer pressure winning out over common sense. Most people, thankfully, grow out of their teenage years and can look back with some disbelief at the things they did as a high school student. But when kids who are accused of juvenile crimes are charged as adults, the consequences can be lifelong and life-altering.

Broward Deputy wins acquittal in felony theft trial

A suspended Broward Sheriff's Deputy, accused of not turning over cash seized in a drug sting operation, must be breathing a big sigh of relief. He was found not guilty of the most serious charges he faced: grand theft, evidence tampering and official misconduct. He was looking at serious consequences: had he been convicted on those charges, he could have received a sentence of up to 16 years in prison.

Broward Deputy wins acquittal in felony theft trial

A suspended Broward Sheriff's Deputy, accused of not turning over cash seized in a drug sting operation, must be breathing a big sigh of relief. He was found not guilty of the most serious charges he faced: grand theft, evidence tampering and official misconduct. He was looking at serious consequences: had he been convicted on those charges, he could have received a sentence of up to 16 years in prison.

Eleven charged with domestic violence on Valentine's Day

Every day people are accused of assaulting their spouses, family members or live-in partners in Broward County. Valentine's Day, which came and went in February, was no different. Eleven people were arrested or spent time in jail on that day based on allegations they of domestic violence.

Eleven charged with domestic violence on Valentine's Day

Every day people are accused of assaulting their spouses, family members or live-in partners in Broward County. Valentine's Day, which came and went in February, was no different. Eleven people were arrested or spent time in jail on that day based on allegations they of domestic violence.

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