See court ruling on public campaign financing law; watch video of teen at Pasco jail
The 11th District Court of Appeal in Atlanta reversed a Florida court Friday and agreed to Republican Rick Scott's request for a prelliminary injunction halting Florida's public financing law, saying that the provision that allows his opponent to get an excess subsidy of taxpayer dollars violates his 1st Amendment rights.
Writing for the three-judge panel, Circuit Judge William H. Pryor said they agreed with Scott's argument that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Davis v. Federal Election Commission "requires us to subject the excess spending subsidy to strict scrutiny. We conclude that even if the subsidy encourages participation in the public financing system and indirectly prevents corruption or the appearance of corruption, the excess spending subsidy is not the least restrictive means of doing so.
A security specialist for private security contractor Wackenhut is arrested on a charge of felony child abuse after hitting a 13-year-old boy on the back of the head while booking him into Pasco County's Juvenilke Assessment Center in Land O'Lakes. Watch video from the Pasco Sheriff's Department.