Law and public safety

‘Rape loophole’: Florida bill raising penalty for sexual assault against intoxicated victims dying in Legislature

A bill with bipartisan support aimed at protecting college students by increasing penalties against those who sexually assault intoxicated victims is dying as Florida’s legislative session comes to a close. The measure would have raised the penalty for raping a woman who had become drunk at a bar while celebrating …

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Woman who murdered $30 million lottery winner backs bill to keep secret names of those hitting jackpot: ‘It puts a target on them’

A bill awaiting the governor’s signature that would temporarily keep secret the names of lottery winners in Florida has at least one unexpected supporter: the woman in prison for murdering the winner of a $30 million lottery payout. In a telephone interview from behind bars, Dorice Donegan “Dee Dee” Moore, …

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Gainesville High School student advocates to reduce teen violence

Although the number of juveniles arrested in Alachua County has decreased since 2019, community members are feeling the effects of teen violence. Law enforcement is finding alternative ways to address the issue as crimes involving firearms continue to rise, according to Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Art Forgey.  Joshua Franklin …

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