Legal Updates

FELON VOTING RIGHTS A unanimous panel of judges in the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a Florida law requiring felons to pay fines, fees and restitution before regaining the right to vote does not intentionally discriminate against low-income Black women, who are less likely to be able to pay. The law was upheld.

SANCTUARY CITY LAW Following a ruling by a federal judge that some provisions in the Florida’s 2019 sanctuary city law were unconstitutional, Attorney General Moody has filed notice that the State intends to appeal to the U.S. court of appeals. 

RIFLE AGE REQUIREMENT In June, a U.S. district court judge ruled that Florida’s law outlawing the sale of rifles and other long guns was constitutional and could remain in force. The National Rifle Association has appealed the decision to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A unique blend of groups, including gun control advocates and 16 additional states, have filed briefs with the court in support of Florida’s law.

YOUTUBE/TWITTER FIGHT Two South Florida federal judges have granted both YouTube’s and Twitter’s request to transfer former President Donald Trump’s censorship lawsuits against the tech companies to the Northern District of California. The judges found that clauses with the companies’ term of service are enforceable.