Legal Updates

CUBAN BASEBALL SMUGGLING The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Florida federal jury’s conviction of a baseball agent and an athletic trainer who prosecutors say made millions smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States, finding that there was enough evidence to support the convictions.

KEY WEST CRUISE SHIPS A U.S. district judge declined to block three proposed City of Key West charter amendments from appearing on the November ballot that would prohibit cruise ships from docking in the city’s port. The judge determined he did not have jurisdiction.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled a second round of oral arguments in a case regarding whether or not the state has properly carried out the 2016 constitutional amendment approving medical marijuana. At issue is whether the Legislature passed a “special” law, which is not allowed under Florida’s Constitution. A “special” law is one that benefits specific entities and is closed to other groups. The arguments are scheduled in October.

FSU HAZING DEATH The Florida Supreme Court has rejected the request of three former Florida State University fraternity brothers to be released from charges associated with the death of a pledge while attending an off-campus party. The three will now face hazing charges associated with the death.