Federal judge temporarily strikes down anti-riot law touted by Florida Gov. DeSantis
Ron DeSantis in April 2021. - Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge partially blocked enforcement of Florida’s new anti-riot law Thursday, saying it is too vague and could lead to selective enforcement by police and the arrest of innocent people exercising their right to free speech. The law’s “new definition of ‘riot’ both fails to put Floridians of ordinary intelligence on notice of what acts it criminalizes, and encourages arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement, making this provision vague to the point of unconstitutionality,” U.S. District Judge Mark Walker of Tallahassee wrote in a 90-page ruling. Walker’s order is a ...