Crosses

Pensacola, Florida’s maintenance of a 34-foot Latin cross in a city park does not violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, the Eleventh Circuit ruled. The circuit had affirmed a lower court’s decision ordering the removal of the cross but the Supreme Court vacated after determining that a 32-foot Latin cross on public land in Maryland was constitutional.

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Snapchat Threat

A Florida appeals court ruled against a defendant seeking to dismiss a charge of sending a written threat to kill or injure a child. The defendant sent a Snapchat photo to his North Marion High School classmate depicting a scoped AR-15 rifle with the caption, “Show and Tell @NM on Monday.” The picture was sent two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Warren, Buttigieg Sued for $265M Over Trayvon Martin Tweets

George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of murder after killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, filed a $265 million lawsuit against Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg over tweets they posted on what would have been Martin’s 25th birthday.

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Tourism Contracts

An appeals court in Florida reversed an order quashing subpoenas seeking a media company’s records showing its actual costs to produce celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s cooking show “Emeril’s Florida.” The information is sought as part of the Florida House of Representatives’ investigation into the integrity of certain tourism promotion contracts. 

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