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A Punishment That Fits the Crime: FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles

A Punishment That Fits the Crime: FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles

By Stephanie Carroll Carson, Florida News Connection Today the Florida Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would bring the state in compliance after two Supreme Court decisions determined the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. It's too little, too late for inmates [...]

Patrick Gonzalez conviction upheld by Florida Supreme Court

Patrick Gonzalez conviction upheld by Florida Supreme Court

In a murder case that drew widespread attention, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday turned down an appeal by a Death Row inmate who was convicted of killing an Escambia County couple during a 2009 home-invasion robbery. Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr., and four other men entered the home of [...]

TaxWatch says reduced sentences will reap significant savings

TaxWatch says reduced sentences will reap significant savings

Florida could save significant corrections costs by reducing prison sentences for nonviolent offenders, according to data analysis in a new report from Florida TaxWatch. The report, Overcriminalization In Florida, calls for the state to review options to reduce the prison population through [...]

Over $120,000 Recovered in Narcotics Arrest (video)

Shortly before 6:00 this morning, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Narcotics Unit served a search warrant in the 4000 block of Marlane Drive. When Antonio Blackwell was located and detained in the residence, there was a white powdery substance on his arms and legs. The [...]

Pensacola makes American’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities list

Pensacola makes American’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities list

The city of Pensacola, not the MSA or Escambia, is ranked No. 6 on the most dangerous small cities in America. They looked at 234 cities with populations between 50,000 and 75,000. Then used the FBI's most recent crime data to rank them based on murders, violent crimes, and property crimes per [...]

Former Ole Miss student body president represented victim in high profile military assault case

Former Ole Miss student body president represented victim in high profile military assault case

As part of the plea deal, approved Monday by a military judge, the Army dropped the violence-related charges against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair in exchange for his admission of guilt on several other less-serious counts. Sinclair was charged with forcing an Army captain to perform oral sex on [...]

Weekend Buzz: PPD may have problem, Found Money and Smartest Answer

Weekend Buzz: PPD may have problem, Found Money and Smartest Answer

Courthouse rumblings Criminal defense lawyers are watching closely the case of Herchel Royals, who was arrested in July 2013 on drug charges. His case is one of those possibly impacted by the current FDLE lab investigation of a supervisor allegedly stealing drugs from the lab. Royals’ trial is [...]

The ethics side of FDLE rogue chemist case

The ethics side of FDLE rogue chemist case

On Thursday, I interviewed Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan on IN Your Head Radio. We talked about the ethical challenges of the FDLE investigation its chemist Joseph Graves after it was found that prescription drugs handled by the Pensacola Crime Lab had been substituted with over-the-counter [...]

Tampa TV station reports rogue chemist tried to cut a deal

Tampa TV station Fox 13 is reporting that FDLE Chemist Joseph Graves tried to negotiate with law enforcement before his arrest. He offered his full cooperation in exchange. He admitted to taking the drugs because he had a back problem. Read more.

Public Defender waits for info on specific cases impacted by Pensacola crime lab breach

Public Defender waits for info on specific cases impacted by Pensacola crime lab breach

Last week, criminal defense attorneys and public defenders were shocked by the arrest by Joseph Graves, a lab supervisor at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Pensacola crime lab. Graves was charged with grand theft, 12 counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and [...]

Sheriff Morgan says suspected chemist sat in on investigation strategy meetings

Sheriff Morgan says suspected chemist sat in on investigation strategy meetings

On IN Your Head Radio yesterday, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said the FLDE chemist James Graves who has been arrested for tampering with evidence and trafficking in drugs sat in on at least one strategy meeting for the investigation. Morgan shared how the investigation began when [...]

The case of the rogue chemist

The case of the rogue chemist

The full impact of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab supervisor who has been arrested on 12 counts of tampering with physical evidence and nine counts of drug trafficking is not yet fully known. Friends of Joseph "Joey" Graves are shocked that the quiet FSU grad who worked his [...]

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