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Florida Welfare Drug Test Law Blocked:  A new Florida law that requires drug testing of welfare recipients has been blocked by a federal judge who believes that a Fourth Amendment challenge to the testing is likely to succeed according to this AP story. Judge Mary Scriven issued a temporary injunction Monday, which will remain in place while she hears a lawsuit brought by a 35-year-old Navy veteran who was denied welfare benefits when he refused to take the drug test.  "Drug testing welfare recipients is just a common-sense way to ensure that welfare dollars are used to help children and get parents back to work," said a spokesperson for Governor Rick Scott.  Twelve years ago Michigan passed a similar law which was challenged and eventually overturned by a Sixth Circuit ruling in Marchwinski v. Howard

Texas Murderer Seeks Execution Delay:  Henry Watkins Skinner, sentenced to death for the 1993 beating, strangulation and stabbing murders of his girlfriend and her two sons, has asked a federal court to delay his November 9 execution until a Texas court rules on his third request for DNA testing of items related to the killings.  AP writer Betsy Blaney reports that prosecutors oppose the delay arguing that Skinner's claim does not meet the standards required by law to support the testing.  Skinner was arrested three hours after the murderer, hiding in a closet a few blocks away.  He had the blood of two of the victims on his clothes and had left a trail of blood from the murder scene to his hiding place.  

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