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Juror who showed up drunk in court wins appeal of jail term

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A Florida man who showed up drunk for jury selection shouldn’t have been sent to jail for it, the state’s supreme court ruled Thursday. The Florida Supreme Court found that Noel Plank of Tallahassee should not have been found guilty of direct criminal contempt by a judge in Leon County Court because some of his questionable conduct happened outside of the court and not in direct view of the judge. The court has ordered that Florida’s First District Court of…

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1st DCA overturns state prosecutors’ arson case against 11-year-old

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A trio of state appeals court judges on Wednesday overturned a lower court’s decision in the case against an 11-year-old boy who accidentally set fire to his father’s shed in 2014. In an opinion penned by Judge Clayton Roberts, the court found a motion to dismiss the case in Duval Circuit Court should have been granted, as state prosecutors failed to build a prima facie case for applying the crime of arson to the boy’s actions. While left in the care of…

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