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Justices reject resentencing in 1976 murder

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In a case stemming from the 1976 strangulation of a 13-year-old girl, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected arguments that a Death Row inmate should receive a new sentencing hearing. The arguments by attorneys for inmate James Ernest Hitchcock were rooted in a major 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling and subsequent Florida decisions that have led to requiring unanimous jury recommendations before defendants can be sentenced to death.

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Mike Huckabee’s mission: To keep the world from ‘spoiling’

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Now that he’s dispensed with the possibility of running for political office again, former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he just wants to be a cultural “preservative.” Huckabee – a Christian minister, former Arkansas governor and now Walton County resident – spoke to reporters before his appearance at Wednesday’s Legislative Prayer Breakfast in Tallahassee. Huckabee ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and 2016. His daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, now is deputy White House press secretary for President Donald Trump. Earlier…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.3.17 – Remembering Justice Perry’s words

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With Republicans in control of all branches of state government for what is approaching nearly two decades, one check on their levers of power has been the Florida Supreme Court, which has at times has served as a safeguard to what some would call the Legislature’s worst excesses, such as redistricting and the death penalty. Until last month, Gov. Rick Scott hadn’t been able to do a damn thing about the state’s highest court, but that changed when Justice James E.C. Perry was required to step…

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Red County follows up against Charlie Crist

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From Red County: Being a man of my word, here is the follow up to “Charlie Crist runs for cover.”  Let’s talk about the Barack Hussein Obama’s “porkulus” package. It is being reported here on Redcounty.com that former Governor Jeb Bush accepted billions of federal dollars more than Governor Crist has just accepted. This is true. But ask yourself? What was the state of our economy at the time? Governor Bush accepted the funds during a period of prosperity, and…

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Human Events: Would Charlie Crist Pick Up Where Arlen Specter Left Off?

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A must read article from Human Events editor John Gizzi begins with a provacative statement: “You guys will be wishing you had [Martinez] back after a year of Charlie in the Senate.” That’s what a prominent Florida Republican told me in March, as rumors mounted that the Sunshine State’s Gov. Charlie Crist would run for the seat of fellow Republican and retiring Sen. Mel Martinez. It is well-known that conservatives had a problem with Martinez, whose strong support of “comprehensive…

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