Cops Can No Longer Track You Using Cell Phone Data, Florida Supreme Court Rules

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The Florida Supreme Court has ruled in favor of protecting a privacy right that many Floridians might not have even known they'd lost, and we have a convicted drug dealer to thank.

Police departments often use cell phone data and spying tools known as "stingrays" to track people's locations through their cell phone calls, often without obtaining a warrant first. Last week the Florida Supreme Court ruled that practice violated the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits illegal searches and seizures.

See also: Cell Phone Tracking: Miami Cops Know Where You Are

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Darrin P. Gayles Becomes First Openly Gay Black Federal Judge

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The United States now has its first openly gay black federal judge, and he's from South Florida. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles' nomination to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida was approved by the Senate today in a 97-0 vote.

Gayles was nominated by President Obama after another openly gay black local judges's nomination was singlehandedly held up by Marco Rubio, who had ironically recommended him the first place.

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DJ Laz Being Sued by Mother of Boat Accident Victim

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The mother of the victim of a fatal accident involving a boat being driven by DJ Laz has filed suit against the popular radio personality. Maricel Valdez is seeking damages following the death of her 23-year-old son Ernesto Hernandez that names Laz (real named Lazaro Mendez), Voli Spirits, Park Street Imports, and Plantation Boat Mart and Marina as defendants.

See also: DJ Laz Driving Boat That Killed Man Who Got Caught in Propeller

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Rick Scott's Drug-Testing Case

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Rick Scott has apparently never met a person he doesn't want to test for drugs. Whether welfare recipients or state employees, the governor has created quite the controversy throughout his first term by unleashing strict plans to drug-test Floridians -- only to see those plans challenged and derailed in court.

Well, today the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Scott's appeal of a lower court's decision that his plan to drug-test all state workers is unconstitutional.

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Jeff Herman, Miami Lawyer, Behind Bryan Singer Sex Abuse Lawsuit

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Miami-based lawyer Jeff Herman is the nation's leading attorney when it comes to handling high-profile sexual abuse lawsuits. He's taken on the archdioceses of both Miami and Denver, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, and now X-Men director Bryan Singer.

Just two days after winning a $5.25 million verdict for a victim of sexual abuse at the Downtown Miami Charter School last Tuesday, he announced a suit against Singer.

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Florida Charges Children as Adults More Than Any Other State

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Children may be the future, but Florida is putting its future behind bars. A new report from the Human Rights Watch blasts the state for charging children as adults more than any other state in the nation, and says that far too often, the decision is arbitrary.

Florida law allows prosecutors sole discretion over whether to charge a minor as an adult, and not even a judge can overturn the decision. The report claims this practice has led to an unusually large number of Florida's children being treated as adults in the criminal justice system.

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Ex-Gulliver Prep Headmaster Loses $80K Settlement Because Teen Daughter Bragged About It on Facebook

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Patrick Snay was headmaster at Gulliver Preparatory until 2010 when the school declined to renew his contract. He successfully sued for age discrimination and won $10,000 in back wages along with a nice $80,000 settlement. However the deal included a confidentiality agreement.

Unfortunately for Snay, he told his teenage daughter about the settlement and then she promptly bragged about it on Facebook. Now a court has ruled that the school no longer has to pay the $80,000.

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Lawyers Argued All About Justin Bieber's Penis in Miami Court Today

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A Miami-Dade judge tried to get the long and short of whether or not images of Justin Bieber's Bieber-hood should be released to the media today.

Lawyers for outlets including the Miami Herald, the Sun-Sentinel, the Associated Press, and CNN argued that under Florida law, surveillance footage of Justin Bieber in a Miami Beach police station last month following his DUI arrest should be made public. Bieber's attorneys however believe that because of Bieber's right to privacy certain portions of those tapes, including images of Bieber peeing into a cup for a drug test, should be withheld.

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Did Justin Bieber Get Special Treatment?

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Anyone who watched video of Justin Bieber's court appearance yesterday probably heard the judge note that it was the first case of the afternoon and Bieber's attorney then thanked the judge for "hearing us right away." There was little doubt Bieber received special treatment, but defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh was shocked at how fast the process worked for the troubled teen star. He notes on his blog that he's never heard of any other celebrity getting such treatment.

See also: Justin Bieber Arrested in Miami Beach on Charges of Drag Racing, Failing a Sobriety Test

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$100 Million Wrongful Death Suit Against Fontainebleau Owner Jeffrey Soffer Dropped

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A $100 million wrongful death lawsuit filed against Fontainebleau Hotel owner and Elle Macpherson's husband, Jeffrey Soffer, has been dropped.

The suit, filed by the widow of Soffer's longtime friend, attorney Lance Valdez, claimed Soffer was responsible for the 2012 helicopter crash that killed Valdez.

See also: Miley Cyrus, Dubai Royalty Abandon Fontainebleau; Soffer Family Moves Back In

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