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Florida jury spares life of man who killed law professor

Oct. 15, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury took a half hour Tuesday to spare the life of a man they convicted last week in the slaying of a Florida State University law professor who was gunned down in his garage. Instead, a Leon County judge sentenced Sigfredo Garcia to spend the rest of his life in prison...

Jury finds man guilty of murder of Florida law professor

Oct. 11, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A jury found a Florida man guilty of first-degree murder Friday but deadlocked on a second defendant in the killing of a Florida State University law professor whose contentious child custody battle framed the two-week courtroom drama. Prosecutors welcomed the murder conviction...

Florida jury ponders fate of 2 in law professor's slaying

Oct. 10, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury on Thursday began deliberating the fates of a man and woman facing murder charges in the killing of a Florida State University law professor who was entangled in a messy divorce and bitter child custody battle when he was gunned down five years ago in his garage....

Federal judge weighs felon voting rights in Florida

Oct. 8, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge urged voter advocates and Florida officials Tuesday to resolve their dispute over the rights of felons to regain the vote, as he decides whether to temporarily block a state law requiring ex-prisoners to settle outstanding fines and other legal obligations before...

Federal judge hears case to restore vote to Florida felons

Oct. 7, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether Florida lawmakers exceeded their authority by requiring former felons to pay fines and settle other legal debts as a condition of regaining their right to vote. The case is one of several ongoing legal battles that underscore Florida's...

NC State, Florida State meet seeking consistency, QB answers

Sep. 27, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State and North Carolina State are searching for consistency on offense, which starts with their quarterbacks. The Seminoles (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have had red-hot starts, scoring 21 points in the first quarter against both Boise State and Louisville. "If...

Prosecutors make case in law professor murder-for-hire trial

Sep. 26, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors built their case Thursday against a man and woman who they say helped carry out a murder-for-hire plot that killed a Florida law professor embroiled in a messy divorce and custody battle. On the trial's opening day, prosecutors and defense attorneys presented Leon...

Anxious and wary, voters buckle up for impeachment ride

Sep. 26, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

EXTON, Pa. (AP) — Evie Burt has long thought Donald Trump deserved to be impeached, even before the allegations that the president tried to squeeze a foreign leader for damaging information about a political opponent. But that doesn't mean Burt, a 23-year-old independent in this wealthy Philadelphia...

Louisville, Florida State look to get back on track in ACC

Sep. 20, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State and Louisville are programs rich in football tradition. The Seminoles won a third national title in 2013, while the Cardinals were led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Lamar Jackson in 2016. But both have recently fallen on hard times. Louisville didn't win a...

Former Florida lieutenant governor to lead hemp trade group

Sep. 19, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Gov. Rick Scott's lieutenant governor has been tapped as the first president of the Hemp Industries Association of Florida. The association's official website says former Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera's new position will be officially announced during a Thursday event in...