Critical ruling in cases against Cristian Fernandez due Tuesday

Cooper can rely on prior case law to help as a guide, but her job is to focus on the evidence presented in the cases before her, said Rod Sullivan, a constitutional law professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law.

“Everything in her ruling has to be based on her factual findings,” Sullivan said. “She has to make specific findings concerning the development of his level of intelligence at the age of 12, the amount he was actually free to cooperate or not with police” and other factors.