Civil rights group calls for prosecutor’s firing over “crack hoes” posting on Facebook

The Florida Civil Rights Association is demanding to know if blacks and Latinos can still find justice at the Orange County Courthouse.

The Florida Civil Rights Association is demanding to know if blacks and Latinos can still find justice at the Orange County Courthouse.


ORLANDO — It started with a series of postings on a popular social media site, that exploded into controversy with a Mother’s Day posting about “crack hoes.”
On May 11, Kenneth Lewis wrote on his Facebook page, “Happy Mother’s Day to all the crack hoes out there. It’s never too late to turn it around, tie your tubes, clean up your life and make a difference to someone out there that deserves a better mother.”
The fact that Lewis wrote and published this on the social media site got even more controversial when it became known that he is a prosecutor in the Office of the State Attorney, 9th Judicial Court.
It was also widely noted that his boss, State Attorney Jeff Ashton, is a Democrat. Continue reading

From tougher child porn penalties to aid for the homeless, new laws are on the way in Florida.

A new law passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott prohibits future construction projects built near environmentally sensitive areas from getting insurance from the state-run Citizens Property Insurance.

A new law passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott prohibits future construction projects built near environmentally sensitive areas from getting insurance from the state-run Citizens Property Insurance.

TALLAHASSEE — If you’re disgusted by child pornography, think more should be done for the homeless, and worry about bullying, chances are you’re going to be pleased with the actions of the state Legislature in this past legislative session.
In addition to adopting a budget for the next fiscal year, lawmakers also passed a slew of new measures, and earlier today, Gov. Rick Scott signed 36 of those bills into law.
The laws will impact a wide variety of Floridians, from homeowners who get their property insurance from the state to the homeless.
Among the many bills passed and signed is one that allows Florida residents who are getting or renewing their motor vehicle registration or driver license to make a voluntary contribution of $1 as they’re doing it. That money would be given to agencies that assist the homeless.
It will now be a third-degree felony for an adult to knowingly distribute any material considered “harmful” to a minor, or post similar materials on public and private school property. Continue reading

Activists call for investigation into Florida election.

Civil rights activists want a federal investigation into the way Florida conducted the 2012 presidential election. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ORLANDO — Targeting a state election that a lot of civil rights activists claimed was aimed at surpressing turnout among minorities, the Florida Civil Rights Association is asking the federal government to launch an investigation into how the state of Florida conducted the presidential election last month.
And the federal government appears to be listening.
On Thursday, the association based in Orlando announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has contacted the organization about the federal complaint filed with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last month. It calls for a federal investigation into November’s presidential Election in the Sunshine State, which activists called a “debacle that unfairly targets African Americans and Hispanics for discrimination.”
The complaint filed with the Justice Department, said the association’s president, J. Willie David III, addresses claims of voter suppression efforts against blacks and Hispanics. Continue reading

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