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JUDGES--DISQUALIFICATION. "We hold that an allegation that a trial judge is a Facebook friend' with an attorney appearing before the judge, standing alone, does not constitute a legally sufficient basis for disqualification."
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CRIMINAL LAW--OFFENSE COMMITTED BY JUVENILE--SENTENCING. The Court held that three concurrent 1,000-year sentences for non-homicide offenses, committed when the defendant was a juvenile, did not violate the Eighth Amendment because the sentences included eligibility for parole. Florida's statutory parole process fulfills the requirement that juveniles be given a "meaningful opportunity" to be considered for release in their lifetime as the process includes initial and subsequent parole reviews based upon individualized considerations before the Florida Parole Commission that are subject to judicial review.
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TORTS--LIMITATION OF ACTIONS--TOLLING--MINORS' CLAIMS. Under section 95.051(1)(h), Florida Statutes, which provides that the statute of limitations is tolled by the minority or previously adjudicated incapacity of the person entitled to sue during any period of time in which a parent, guardian, or guardian ad litem does not exist, the statute of limitations for the minor plaintiffs' negligence claims was tolled during the period when the minors' grandparents had been given custody of the minors but before the grandparents were appointed as permanent guardians, and during the period when the minors were represented by a guardian ad litem in a dependency proceeding but not in the tort action in which the claim to be tolled is being litigated.
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