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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||9/30/2008 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Patricia Fawsett|
|Past post:||Middle District of Florida, Magistrate|
|Home State:||Atlanta, GA|
|Undergraduate:||Duke U., B.A., 1983|
|Law School:||Florida State U. Law, J.D., 1987|
Early life and education
Scriven started her legal career as a private practice licensed in the State of Florida from 1987 to 1997 and also served as an Associate professor for the Stetson University College of Law from 1996 to 1997.
Middle District of Florida, Magistrate
Middle District of Florida
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, Scriven was nominated by George W. Bush on July 10, 2008 to a seat vacated by Patricia Fawsett. Scriven was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 26, 2008 and received commission on September 30, 2008.
Welfare drug test case (2011)
*Lebron v. Wilkins 6:11-cv-01473-Orl-35DAB
On October 25, 2011, Judge Scriven issued a temporary block against a state law that requires mandatory drug tests for all state applicants to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The case was brought by the ACLU on behalf of a man, Luis Lebron, who sought welfare assistance for his family but refused to take the drug test.  See the full story here.
Florida drug law challenge (2011)
*Mackle Vincent Shelton v. Secretary, Department of Corrections, et. al. Case No. 6:07-cv-839-Orl-35-KRS
On July 27, 2011, Judge Scriven declared Florida's Drug Abuse Prevention and Control law unconstitutional after it was challenged for not including an intent requirement. According to the ruling, Florida is the only state to have eliminated the intent requirement from its drug laws, which means that in Florida a "person is guilty of a drug offense if he delivers a controlled substance without regard to whether he does so purposefully, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently," according to Judge Scriven. She went on to say, "Other states have rejected such a draconian and unreasonable construction of the law that would criminalize the ‘unknowing’ possession of a controlled substance," and found Florida’s drug law to be unconstitutional "on its face."
|Federal judicial offices|
|Middle District of Florida
Chief Judge: Anne Conway • Elizabeth Kovachevich • Steven Merryday • James Whittemore • John Steele • James S. Moody • Tim Corrigan • Virginia Covington • Marcia Howard • Mary Scriven • Sheri Chappell • Charlene Honeywell • Roy Bale Dalton, Jr.
Patricia Fawsett • George Young • Howell Melton • William Castagna • John Moore • William Hodges • George Sharp • Harvey Schlesinger • Susan Bucklew • Henry Adams • Richard Lazzara • John Antoon • Gregory Presnell •
|Magistrate judges||Thomas G. Wilson • Thomas McCoun, III • David A. Baker • Elizabeth Jenkins • Mark Pizzo • Karla Spaulding • Doug Frazier • Thomas Morris • Greg Kelley • James Klindt • Monte Richardson • Anthony E. Porcelli • Joel Toomey • Philip Lammens •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|