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Eleventh Circuit Affirms Denial of Inmate’s Motion to Stay Execution

In Terrell v. Bryson, 807 F.3d 1276 (11th Cir. 2015), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of inmate Brian Terrell’s motion for a stay of execution. Terrell was sentenced to death for the murder of John Watson. Terrell argued that Georgia’s method of execution violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual […]

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Florida’s Firearm Owners Privacy Act Survives First and Fourth Amendment Challenge

In Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida, No. 12-14009, 2015 WL 8639875 (11th Cir. 2015), the Eleventh Circuit, on petition for rehearing, vacated its prior opinion in the same matter and substituted a new opinion in its place, reversing the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of several physicians and physician-advocacy groups and vacating […]

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Eleventh Circuit Affirms Florida Supreme Court’s Denial of Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

In Williamson v. Florida Department of Corrections, 805 F.3d 1009 (11th Cir. 2015), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the Florida Supreme Court’s denial of Dana Williamson’s petition for writ of habeas corpus.  Williamson was sentenced to death after the jury found him guilty for the murder of the Decker couple and their two-year-old son.  Three years […]

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Eleventh Circuit Finds EPA’s Interim Report Does Not Constitute a Determination Under the Clean Water Act

In Riverkeeper v. EPA, 806 F.3d 1079 (11th Cir. 2015), the Eleventh Circuit dismissed a lawsuit brought by several environmental groups, which challenged the interim decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to revoke Alabama’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting authority. The NPDES, established by the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § […]

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