TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 5, 2018
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has ruled that Florida’s system for restoring the voting rights of felons has potential for bias and violates the First and 14th Amendments, the ABA Journal reports. The current process endows the state’s governor with “unfettered discretion in restoring voting rights.” Nine people with felony records filed the federal case against Gov. Rick Scott. Walker’s decision contains a quote from Scott at a clemency hearing in which he told an applicant: “We can do whatever we want.”