FL State Sen. Jeff Brandes files electronic device privacy protection bill

Florida state senator Jeff Brandes (R), has filed SB 1256, which would require a warrant for the search of the content, information, and communications of cellular phones, portable electronic communication devices, and microphone-enabled household devices (i.e. Amazon’s Echo, Google Home devices, etc.). The intent of the legislation is to protect your privacy regarding these devices…

2017 Florida bills propose a variety of criminal justice reforms

2017 Florida bills propose a variety of criminal justice reforms. A Florida Senate Bill (SB 290) sponsored by Criminal Justice and Darryl Rouson (D) proposes ending mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses, allowing judges to depart from the 118 mandatory minimum sentences under Florida law [CS/HB 641 is a similar House bill]. The bill would exclude…

U.S. Supreme Court: “Three Strikes” Law is “unconstitutional” and violation of due process

The case is Johnson versus United States. U.S. Supreme Court rules (8 to 1) to strike “Three Strikes” Law as “unconstitutional “ and a violation of due process and “unconstitutionally vague.” Justice Alito was the sole dissenting opinion. The main holding: Imposing an increased sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act’s residual clause violates due…