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Florida Supreme Court denies Debra Lafave's bid to end probation

In a one-line order, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday denied a request by Debra Lafave to end her probation.

Last week, Lafave asked the state Supreme Court to take her off probation until the court decides if it will hear her case or until it makes a final ruling. The state filed its response this week, saying the probation would not do "irreparable harm" to Lafave.

"(Lafave) does not face incarceration," the response stated, "only a return to the probationary terms which she originally agreed upon."

Lafave, a former Greco Middle School teacher, made national headlines for having sex with a 14-year-old male student in 2004. She pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and in 2005 was sentenced to three years' house arrest and seven years' probation.

Her probation was terminated in 2011 in a controversial decision by a now-retired judge.

In August, the 2nd District Court of Appeal ordered that Lafave's probation be reinstated, primarily because of her plea deal. The court called the judge's decision "an abuse of judicial power resulting in a gross miscarriage of justice."

Florida Supreme Court denies Debra Lafave's bid to end probation 12/13/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 4:47pm]
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