| Dec 19, 2012
If you're thinking that last week's tragedy in Newtown, Conn., makes it likely that Congress will soon pass stricter federal gun laws, remember this: People thought the same thing in 2011, after a gunman shot into a Tucson crowd, killing six and...
| Jan 16, 2013
It's a tidy coincidence that Jackie Lacey, newly elected as Los Angeles County's first female and first African American district attorney, is a graduate of the city's Susan Miller Dorsey High School, named for L.A.'s first female schools superintendent....
| Sep 13, 2013
As the body was carried out of the house, retired Tavares lawyer Jerri Blair rose to her feet on the front porch to deliver one final salute as he passed by.
She snapped it off just the way former Circuit Judge Jerry T. Lockett liked it, so he'd know...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 6:18 PM
The criminal case against swimming pool contractor Ed Mara Sr. has been dismissed after he repaid a homeowner he was accused of ripping off.
But Mara isn't out of deep water yet. The state attorney general's office now is trying to put him in jail for...
| Aug 4, 2013
Only Jesse Jackson could turn me into a Rick Scott fan.
Yep, Jesse has done it. Rick Scott, you da man.
All because of what's happened since the George Zimmerman verdict, and the ensuing protests nationally, particularly the sit-in at the Capitol in...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Are you easily annoyed these days? Me too.
So, herewith, a brief sampling of the most annoying and shamelessly under-analyzed and under-reported incidents of recent weeks.
•Democratic silence as President Barack Obama follows and expands upon...
| Jul 28, 2013
A Pew Research Center poll taken last weekend showed a nation divided over the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, with 42 percent "dissatisfied" with the not guilty verdict, 39 percent "satisfied" and the remaining 19 percent saying they had no...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 12:00 PM
WASHINGTON — "No justice, no peace" chants the telegenic mob. In a civilized society, however, where the mob doesn't rule, justice is defined by the verdict that follows a fair trial. It's the best that humans can do.
And in the case of George...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:18 PM
A 4-year-old found a gun at his Pine Hills home and accidentally shot himself in the face.
A 16-year-old accidentally killed his 12-year-old brother in Lake Nona with a gun he found in his parents' bedroom drawer.
A 12-year-old brought two guns, one...
| Jul 21, 2013
I am proud to live in a country that has made as much racial progress as this one has in the past half-century. We still can do more.
I was pleased when I became a father to be able to prune the list of certain taboo places —swimming pools,...
| Jul 17, 2013
Joe Doyle was still a grad student at the University of Chicago in the late 1990s when he went to watch the proceedings in Cook County's juvenile court.
He sat there while inexperienced lawyers argued over the fate of young offenders, mostly young black...