June 24, 2021

US: Accused of being drunk on Bench, Miami-Dade Judge suspended with pay

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By Samantha Joseph, Daily Business Review Miami-Dade County Court Judge Jacqueline Schwartz was suspended Tuesday [19] after she was accused of being intoxicated in court and starting a drunken confrontation with staff and police at a Miami restaurant. For now, the suspension is with pay, but the Florida Supreme Court will determine later whether to withhold […]

US Supreme Court strikes Florida death-sentence procedure

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By Tony Mauro, The National Law Journal The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Florida’s death sentencing system, ruling that it improperly gives judges, rather than juries, the power to decide that a defendant’s punishment should be death rather than life in prison. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the 8-1 decision in Hurst v. Florida, invoking […]