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Blog Posts in July, 2013

  • Possible Defense against the Intoxilyzer 8000

    Pursuant to Florida's Implied Consent Law (Florida Statute Section 316.1932) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) regulations, in DUI cases in Florida all breath testing must be done on one of two instruments manufactured by CMI, Inc., based in Owensboro, Kentucky: either CMI's Intoxilyzer 5000 or its Intoxilyzer 8000. Fla. Admins. Code R. 11D-8.003. For a breath test to be ...
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  • Was Jury Selection an important part in Zimmerman's not guilty verdict?

    On July 13, 2013 George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Following the nationally publicized trial, much media attention focused on the fact that the six person jury was all female and mostly white. Five of the six jurors were white. On July 17, 2013 USA Today reported that the jury consultant instrumental in helping Mr. Zimmerman's defense team pick the jury ...
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  • Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Found to be Unconstitutional

    On June 26, 2013 the United States Supreme Court held the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied recognition of same-sex marriages in all federal statutes, "unconstitutional as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution." United States v. Windsor , No. 12-307, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 4921, * 47 (June 26, 2013). DOMA potentially affected the ...
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  • Zimmerman Trial & the Stand Your Ground Law

    George Zimmerman is currently on trial in Seminole County, Florida, in a nationally publicized case for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Mr. Zimmerman was charged on April 11, 2012 with second degree murder . The charges arose from an incident on February 26, 2012 in which Mr. Zimmerman fatally shot Mr. Martin. During interviews with police, Mr. Zimmerman asserted that he shot Mr. Martin in ...
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