Debra LaFave, Fla. teacher convicted of sex with student, appeals to end sentence early

Debra Lafave
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Debra Lafave
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(CBS/AP) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Debra LaFave, a former Florida teacher who was convicted in 2005 of having sex with a student, made a request to the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to be taken off probation.

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LaFave pleaded guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 14-year old boy. An appellate court reversed a trial judge's decision in August 2012 to end LaFave's 10-year non-prison sentence four years early. LaFave appealed to the Supreme Court in October and Thursday she asked the justices to let her remain off probation until they rule.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal asked the high court to review its decision as a question of great public importance. The panel acknowledged the state had no right under Florida law to appeal the trial judge's decision but cited common law to reverse it.