Like most people, you are probably familiar with some criminal laws within the United States. But if you find yourself in a position where you face accusations of committing a violent crime, you might have questions about what led to your situation, when your legal process will be over and how a court will determine your consequences.
An argument at a gas station escalated, and in a matter of moments a shove to the ground lead to a bullet in the chest. Sound like an overreaction? Well, that’s what Florida law aims to find out.
Last month, Uber driver Robert Westlake was driving down a dark, empty roadway in Polk County. Suddenly, an aggressive driver in a pick-up truck appeared in his rearview mirror. The driver tailgated Westlake for a minute, then swerved in front of the Uber and slammed on his brakes—forcing Westlake to stop.
In Florida, the state attorney had filed a petition challenging the governor's authority to reassign death penalty cases. The court recently ruled that the governor is within his rights to reassign the prosecution of death-penalty cases to a special prosecutor.