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FAMU Seeks to Have Hazing Case Thrown Out

Updated: 09/12/2012 - Florida A&M University is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against the university by the family of a drum major who died last November after a hazing ritual. Monday's filing by the university said the lawsuit from the family of Robert Champion should be dismissed on several grounds.

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Some Florida Judges May See Term Limits

Posted: 09/06/2012 - Chief judges in the courts of appeal and judicial circuits may soon face term limits.The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments today about revising the rules for those chief judges.

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Pension Case Primed for Action

Updated: 09/05/2012 - The state and more than a half million employees and retirees will soon be one step closer to knowing if employees will continue to pay three percent of their salaries into the pension fund.

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Man Sentenced in Tallahassee Sex Sting

Posted: 08/29/2012 - Charles Keith Sumner, 56, of Thomasville, Georgia, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison today for using the internet to attempt to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity and for traveling in interstate commerce to engage in such illicit sexual activity.

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State Judge Rejects Teacher Evaluation Rule

Posted: 08/24/2012 - Siding with two teachers and a union, a state judge found Wednesday that Florida education officials did not properly carry out part of a 2011 law that has fueled a long-running controversy about linking teacher performance and pay.

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Man Pleads Guilty in Online Sextortion Plot Using 'Justin Bieber' Ruse

Updated: 08/24/2012 - Christopher Patrick Gunn, age 31, of Montgomery, Alabama, pled guilty today to producing child pornography in connection with an online sextortion scheme that spans the globe, U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced. This case is being investigated by the Montgomery field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the Prattville (Alabama) Police Department, the Walton County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department, the Biloxi (Mississippi) Police Department, and the Livingston Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff’s Office.

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Local Correctional Officer and Business Owner Found Guilty of Tax Fraud

Posted: 07/27/2012 - A former state correctional officer has been sentenced to 25 months in prison for her role in a scheme to file false federal income tax returns using the names and social security numbers of state prisoners. The officer, Kimberly Nakia Lewis, 32, of Sneads, and her co-defendant, Christopher Lamont Shorter, 34, of Quincy, Florida were sentenced yesterday afternoon in federal district court in Tallahassee.

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Six Panhandle Locals Sentenced to Federal Prison for Drug Conspiracy

Updated: 07/27/2012 - Six panhandle men were sentenced to federal prison terms in Tallahassee today by United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, because of their convictions for a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Six co-defendants were sentenced at earlier dates.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Arson of Abortion Clinic in Pensacola

Posted: 07/19/2012 - Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, of Pensacola, has entered a plea of guilty to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with the New Year’s Day arson that destroyed the American Family Planning Clinic in Pensacola, Florida.

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