‘I just couldn’t comment to that:’ Florida’s attorney general dodges question about DeSantis public record delays
The office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has “consistently sought to safeguard” Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine open meeting and public record laws, according to Moody’s own website.
Florida attorney general says abortion precedents ‘clearly erroneous’
As lawmakers consider barring abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office urged the Florida Supreme Court to reject more than three decades of legal precedents that have protected abortion rights in the state.
Florida clinics, doctors argue court should block 15-week abortion ban
Pointing to “long-established fundamental rights,” attorneys for abortion clinics and a physician argued in a 67-page brief Monday that the Florida Supreme Court should block a law that prevents abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Florida officials seek to move forward with law against funding for abortion providers
Pointing to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year to overturn Roe v. Wade, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on Wednesday asked a federal judge to scrap a 2016 ruling that prevented the state from cutting off public money to abortion providers for health services unrelated to abortion.
Florida Gov. DeSantis proposes new statewide criminal justice reform
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed implementing criminal justice reform efforts statewide Thursday, which include bolstering penalties for drug and sex crimes, easing restrictions on administering the death penalty and preventing the early release of offenders.
Florida Attorney General Moody wins reelection against Aramis Ayala
Florida’s attorney general is not just the state’s top prosecutor. The holder of the job also pledges to protect the interests of Floridians, whether that’s going after consumer fraud or price gouging, or taking part in national lawsuits against groups that take advantage of residents.
Florida appeals Stop WOKE Act workplace training decision
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody are appealing a federal judge’s ruling that blocked part of a new state law that placed restrictions on how race-related issues can be addressed in workplace training — a law DeSantis dubbed the “Stop WOKE Act.”
Your Florida Daily: The video camera was disguised as a fire alarm
A tourist is charged with hiding a video camera inside a beach park restroom, a Florida couple allegedly stole $8,000 from a senior under their care and Universal Orlando is in a legal battle with a Georgia-based theme park company over a plot of land.
Non-prosecution of low-level offenses dropped in Tampa following state attorney’s suspension, replacement
In a story published Aug. 21, 2022, The Associated Press reported on how the successor to suspended state attorney Andrew Warren in Tampa has dropped her predecessor’s practice of not prosecuting many misdemeanors.
Florida leader urges court to uphold ruling that blocks mask requirement on planes
State Attorney General Ashley Moody and other Republican politicians from across the country urged an appeals court this week to uphold a Florida federal judge’s ruling that blocked a mask requirement on airplanes and in other transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joel Greenberg stalking victim demands state to review former tax collector’s case
As Seminole County’s former tax collector awaits sentencing on federal charges including child sex trafficking and stalking a political rival, one of Joel Greenberg’s victims is demanding an outside review into how state and local authorities initially investigated the elected official.
‘If there is a valid reason, then tell me:’ DeSantis challenges CDC cruise line restrictions
Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion on Florida’s cruise industry Friday morning at Port Canaveral. DeSantis was joined by Attorney General Ashley Moody and Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault P.E., as well as several cruise industry leaders and owners of businesses that supply cruise lines. “If you look here at Port Canaveral, the second-leading cruise port behind Port Miami, it has reported an estimated loss of $86.7 million over the course of the pandemic. AdThe CDC issued the conditional sail order in October of last year, calling for a phased approach to resuming cruise ship operations. “We need some movement, some direction.”At the moment, the CDC’s conditional sail order is set to expire in November.
Felons can get voting rights back sooner under Florida’s new clemency plan
“Those who have had their voting rights restored under Amendment 4, it makes sense to also restore the other civil rights,” DeSantis said. Since taking office in 2019, Fried has pushed DeSantis and other clemency board members to make it easier for felons to have their rights restored. Wednesday’s action reversed five- and seven-year waiting periods imposed by the clemency board when it was made up of former Gov. Florida’s labyrinthine and lengthy clemency process has been assailed for decades as a system designed to keep Black people from voting. Under the old rules, restitution had to be paid in full before felons could apply to have their rights restored.
Attorney general in Daytona Beach highlighting emergency care for K9s legislation
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Attorney General Ashley Moody and other local leaders were in Daytona Beach Friday pushing legislation to protect police dogs injured in the line of duty. Whether overworked, attacked or injured, house bill 697 and senate bill 388 aim to get them help, fast. As Attorney General, I am dedicated to providing the best means of protection for all our law enforcement officers, including police K-9s. He said it’s another step to protect those dogs after another K9 law that was passed in 2019. The Senate bill passed committees on Thursday and will be heard on the Senate floor next week.
New initiative aims to increase reward for murder tips
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida’s attorney general met with local law enforcement leaders on Wednesday to announce an increase in award money for anonymous tips in murder cases. AdReward payouts are made through anonymous crime reporting organizations like Crimeline, which partners with local law enforcement agencies. “Anytime that we can have an increase reward, is only going to increase the amount of tips that we receive,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said. Moody said it would remain for the foreseeable future, but may be reevaluated down the road based on available funds. Anyone with information that can help law enforcement solve a crime is urged to call 1-800-423-TIPS (8477) or visit crimeline.org.
Florida Attorney General concerned about human trafficking ahead of Super Bowl
Florida’s top prosecutor is warning the public about human trafficking ahead of the Super Bowl. “With entertainment events such as the Super Bowl, there is an increase in human trafficking,” Moody said. In the week leading up to last year’s Super Bowl in Miami, authorities arrested 44 people and rescued 22 victims of human trafficking, according to Moody. Law enforcement also works with the hospitality industry, like hotel employees, about how to spot trafficking, according to Bakeman. You can also call the human trafficking hotline at (888) 373-7888.
State seeks to uphold pet ownership ban on Florida man who beat puppy to death
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The state on Wednesday filed a motion for a rehearing in a case involving a man who beat his puppy to death, which sparked public outrage and led to the creation of Ponce’s law. Archer told police that the puppy made a mess in the house and when he went to discipline him, the dog bit his hand. | Fla. child porn suspect had hidden bunker]Records show Archer admitted to throwing the puppy against a wall and punching the animal at least twice. The puppy died as a result of his injuries, and Archer was arrested on an aggravated animal cruelty charge. It also increased the severity ranking of an animal abuse-related crime, making it more likely that abusers will serve jail time.
Supreme Court refuses to reinstate death penalty for man convicted of murder in Orange County
Moody’s office contended that the January Supreme Court decision backing away from the 2016 ruling should lead to reinstating the original death sentences instead of holding new sentencing hearings. But the Supreme Court on Wednesday said orders granting resentencing could not be undone. The Florida Supreme Court in October 2016, in the Hurst v. State decision, interpreted and applied the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The state court required unanimous jury recommendations before death sentences could be imposed and dealt with a critical issue of jurors finding what are known as “aggravating factors” that can justify death sentences. The state Supreme Court subsequently said its decision in Hurst v. State should be applied retroactively to cases going back to 2002.
Florida establishes incentive program for recalled airbags for certain Honda and Acura cars
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody wants to make sure Honda and Acura drivers are not traveling with dangerous airbags. Moody said a multimillion-dollar resolution with Honda resulted in added safeguards put in place by Honda will prevent airbag safety risks in the future. Around 52,000 people in Florida will be able to participate in the incentive program, according to Moody. The attorney general said Honda and Acura owners of the Alpha Population vehicles are at an increased risk of catastrophic failure should the defective airbag not deploy. Anyone who wants to see if their vehicle is part of the program can call 1(888)-234-2138 or go to safercar.gov.
Deadline approaching to claim restitution from tech support scams
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The deadline is approaching to claim restitution from tech support scams. Victims who paid for computer tech support products or services over the phone with a credit card between March 1 of 2015 and July 1 of 2017 may be eligible to submit a claim. “Cash is available for consumers who were scammed by several phony tech support companies investigated by my office, but action must be taken before the fast-approaching deadline,” Moody said. Prosecutors said the investigation showed more than 100,000 people in the United States fell victim to tech support scams by more than a dozen companies. This is the 14th tech support scam to be shut down in six years.