Attorney General Moody's Week In Review

This week, I was honored to present a Back the Blue Award to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for making a special little boy’s dream come true. Jeremiah, who was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma before his fourth birthday, loves police officers and dreams of becoming a law enforcement officer one day. His dream recently became reality.

Manatee Sheriff Rick Wells made him an honorary deputy and MCSO deputies were on hand to welcome him to their law enforcement family. They taught Jeremiah how to train K-9s. The young deputy even learned K-9 commands, and was given a tour of the MCSO SWAT BearCat vehicle.

Deputies presented Jeremiah with an authentic badge and a bicycle to use out on patrol.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office went above and beyond their call of duty to help make Jeremiah's dream come true—touching the hearts of not only his family, but everyone in the community. I’m proud of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office’s efforts in building positive relationships with their community, and for lifting Jeremiah’s spirits during a very challenging time.

Help us recognize more examples of this level of service and commitment by sending in a nomination for the Back the Blue Award. To nominate a law enforcement officer, citizen or organization for an award, or for more information about my Back the Blue campaign, click here.

Since taking office, I have presented more than 35 Back the Blue Awards, and all our honorees are a key part of our mission to build a Stronger, Safer Florida.
Ashley Moody
Protecting Floridians
Attorney General Moody Highlights Senior Protection Resources for National Elder Law Month and National Older Americans Month


Attorney General Ashley Moody is highlighting senior protection resources, as May is National Elder Law Month and National Older Americans Month. More than five million seniors call Florida home, with many moving here to retire. Protecting seniors is an important focus for Attorney General Moody, and her office offers several resources to assist seniors who have been scammed, defrauded or exploited.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Our seniors deserve peace of mind and the ability to enjoy their retirement, free of worry that deceitful scammers will exploit them. Our office is dedicated to strengthening laws and bolstering efforts to protect seniors. As your Attorney General, I will always work to protect those who call Florida home.”
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Attorney General Moody Urges Congress to Pass the FIGHT Fentanyl Act to Help End the Opioid Crisis


Attorney General Ashley Moody is urging Congressional leaders to enact the Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting Fentanyl Act. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan filed the Act, HR 3269, on the U.S. House floor. The FIGHT Fentanyl Act will permanently add fentanyl-related compounds to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Currently, fentanyl analogues are only temporarily Schedule I controlled substances through Oct. 22. The FIGHT Fentanyl Act will permanently schedule fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs. A companion bill, SB 339, has been filed by Sens. Rob Portman and Joe Manchin.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I want to thank Representative Buchanan for filing this important legislation. It is so very important that we continue to fight the opioid epidemic claiming thousands of lives in our state. Permanently scheduling fentanyl-related substances as a Schedule I controlled substance would be an important step forward in this fight. As the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic may be contributing to an increase in the illicit use of fentanyl, we cannot wait any longer to take action—countless American lives are at stake.” More.


Attorney General Moody Holds Roundtable Discussion with Venezuelan Exiles Including Venezuelan Supreme Court Justices in Exile with Firsthand Knowledge of the Dangers of Court Packing


Ahead of the first meeting of President Joe Biden’s commission on packing the U.S. Supreme Court, Attorney General Ashley Moody is meeting with Venezuelan exiles, including Venezuelan Supreme Court Justices in exile, who fled the country to evade authoritarian rule. Attorney General Moody held a roundtable discussion in Miami on Tuesday, with 12 former Venezuelan judges, elected leaders and legal experts to discuss court packing.

The exiles told the Attorney General that court packing was a key component of the totalitarian takeover of Venezuela and has led to the imprisonment and torture of those speaking out against political corruption. President Biden’s Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, which will explore adding justices to SCOTUS, is scheduled to hold an inaugural meeting online Wednesday.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “We should not silence the voices of those political exiles forced to flee Venezuela under the threat of an authoritarian regime. Nor, should we fail to connect the dots from court packing in the early 2000s to the chaos and destruction we see today in this failing nation state.

“I am moved by what I heard from these brave exiles, many of them legal experts and Justices of the Venezuelan Supreme Court in exile, about how court packing helped unravel democracy and destroy their nation. I am calling on President Biden and every member of his Commission on the U.S. Supreme Court to meet face-to-face with Venezuelan exiles and those from other nations who saw democracy fade and socialism prevail after similar radical changes to their nations’ highest courts. Look them in the eyes and hear their stories. Then, study how court packing has elevated dictators and diminished freedom and prosperity in South American countries.” More.


Attorney General Moody Warns President Biden’s Court-Packing Commission of the Dangers Posed by Expanding SCOTUS

Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning President Joe Biden and members of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States about the dangers posed by court packing. According to reports, commissioners will consider adding justices to SCOTUS—a political maneuver known as court packing that has helped unravel democracy and elevate totalitarian regimes in South American nations. Ahead of the meeting, Attorney General Moody held a roundtable discussion with Venezuelan exiles, including Venezuelan Supreme Court Justices in exile, who fled the country to evade authoritarian rule supported by a politically-packed high court.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I will not stand idly by while President Biden and other radicals ignore the historical travesties of court packing and the resulting demise of economies, rule of law and freedoms in other nations. Those who have witnessed firsthand the destruction of democracies and rise of dictators from these extremist attacks on a nation’s highest court must be allowed to testify before the commission in person.

“Our freedom and American democracy may depend on these voices being heard and the careful, thorough examination of historical facts. That is also why I felt compelled to personally provide comments to President Biden and his commission that is considering taking our independent judicial system down a very dangerous road.” More.


Attorney General Moody Launches Statewide Partnership with Florida Tax Collectors to Help Fight Crime and Save Lives


Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a collaboration with the Florida Tax Collector’s Association to engage more Floridians on crucial statewide initiatives. Information and resources about important statewide crime fighting and prevention initiatives, including combating human trafficking and the opioid epidemic, avoiding scams and anonymously reporting crime, will be on display in Tax Collector offices across Florida. A delegation of North Florida Tax Collectors and Wyllie Hodges of First Coast Crime Stoppers joined Attorney General Moody at a news conference in Jacksonville to make the announcement.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I am so excited to join the Florida Tax Collector’s Association to help distribute important crime prevention information and resources to even more Floridians. Human trafficking, the opioid abuse and consumer scams affect the lives of Floridians on a daily basis and knowing how to properly respond to each of these unique situations is crucial and, in some instances, could help save a life. I am grateful to each of the Florida Tax Collector’s offices that will begin displaying information from our office to better engage and educate our communities on these issues that affect all Floridians.” More.
Events
This week, ahead of President Biden’s Commission on the U.S. Supreme Court initial meeting, Attorney General Ashley Moody held a roundtable discussion with Venezuelan exiles, including Venezuelan Supreme Court Justices in exile, who fled the country to evade authoritarian rule.



Attorney General Moody presenting the 2020 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Horlkins Saget in a virtual ceremony. Attorney General Moody congratulates Trooper Saget and all of the 2020 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year nominees.



Attorney General Moody announcing a new collaboration with the Florida Tax Collectors Association at a press conference in the Jacksonville Attorney General’s Office. This new partnership will ensure information and resources about important statewide crime-fighting and prevention initiatives, including combating human trafficking and the opioid epidemic, avoiding scams and anonymously reporting crime, will be on display in tax collector offices across Florida.


From left to right: Clay County Tax Collector Diane Hutchings, Alachua County Tax Collector John Power, Wylie Hodges of First Coast Crime Stoppers, Attorney General Moody, Nassau County Tax Collector John Drew, and Duval County Tax Collector Jim Overton


Attorney General Moody presenting a Back the Blue Award to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for their extraordinary efforts to build positive relationships with their community.