TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has ruled prison inmates cannot be required to pay court filing fees when appealing Parole Commission decisions on presumptive release dates.
The decision came in a case filed by one of Florida's most notorious criminals, Joseph "Crazy Joe" Spaziano, who is serving a life term for raping and murdering a 16-year-old Orlando girl.
It was one of two Supreme Court decisions that went against the Parole Commission on Thursday.
In the other case, the justices lifted a one-year time limit on filing challenges to parole revocations decisions.
That ruling came in the case of Willie F. Jones. He had been ordered back to prison based on a Broward County drug charge even though prosecutors had dismissed it.