Woman released from prison in Florida 1-year-old's death
ORLANDO, Fla. — Amanda Brumfield, who was convicted but maintained her innocence in the 2008 death of her best friend’s 1-year-old toddler, has been released early from her 20-year prison sentence after a deal with prosecutors, according to the Innocence Project of Florida.The nonprofit, which seeks to exonerate wrongly convicted people, had recently asked the state Board of Executive Clemency to pardon Brumfield or commute her sentence, arguing she was wrongfully convicted of a crime disproven by medical and scientific evidence.Brumfield, who is the estranged daughter of Hollywood actor Billy...
In case of a presidential recount, Florida counties will keep images of all votes cast
MIAMI — If Florida steers into recount territory for the presidential election again this year, supervisors of elections in the state’s most populous counties, including Miami-Dade and Broward, have agreed to preserve the digital ballot images of all votes cast.The agreement, filed late Monday in Leon County Circuit Court, also will defer a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party and a national nonprofit group that advocates for elections security until after the November election. In the meantime, elections officials will save all ballot images obtained automatically from optical scanning machi...
Journalist who covered Trump in Tampa tests positive for COVID
BELLEAIR, Fla. — A member of the press who covered President Donald Trump’s trip to the Tampa Bay area Friday has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the White House Correspondents’ Association.The association’s president, Zeke Miller, a reporter for The Associated Press, wrote in a message to the group’s members Sunday about the member’s positive test.“We’ve already reached out to those who were in the pools with this individual, and the White House Medical Unit is conducting additional contact tracing and providing follow-on tests for those in the pools and potentially exposed,...
Florida adds 12,624 COVID-19 cases
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida announced another 12,624 cases of COVID-19 Monday, the second-highest daily total for a state now known as one of the world centers for the disease.The number of people hospitalized continued to rise, going from 7,511 Sunday to 8,072 on Monday, according to the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration.The new case total fell short of the record-shattering 15,300 cases announced Sunday, a figure that generated headlines across the United States and maintained Florida’s status as one of the states driving the disease’s resurgence.There were 35 additional death...
Florida still not reporting how many are hospitalized with COVID; DeSantis won't say why
MIAMI — Under pressure last week as COVID-19 hospitalizations soared in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said the state would start reporting daily hospitalization data for all 67 counties.DeSantis on Tuesday, however, refused to address the fact that the state has yet to make good on its promise when asked by a Miami Herald reporter.“Obviously not everything is presented in this report but just an unbelievable amount of data is available,” DeSantis said at an indoor news conference held at Florida’s 12th COVID-only nursing facility near Miami International Airport.He did not respond to a fo...