Criminal Law

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Florida Charges Children as Adults More Than Any Other State

    Children may be the future, but Florida is putting its future behind bars. A new report from the Human Rights Watch blasts the state for charging children as adults more than any other state in the nation, and says that far too often, the decision is arbitrary. Florida law allows prosecutors sole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Bill Would Ban Release of Mug Shots in Florida

    When you're arrested in Florida your mug shots gets splashed across the internet in a matter of days. That's because Florida police agencies and sheriff's departments release the photos online in compliance with Florida's progressive public record laws. Though, in recent years several commercial web ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Marissa Alexander, Florida Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for "Warning Shot," Granted New Trial

    Florida's strange legal code means you can kill a kid armed only with a bag of Skittles, claim self defense, and get off scot-free, but if you fire what you claim is a warning shot during a dispute with your abusive husband you get 20 years in jail. Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman sentenced t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Thousands of Floridians' Private Prescription Info Leaked From State's RX Database

    As part of Florida's efforts to crack down on pill mills, the state initiated an online database in 2009 that tracked the store prescribing and dispensing data for controlled substances. Well, according to the ACLU, the private medical data of more than 3,000 Floridians has now leaked from that da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Juror Italo Campagna Tried to Bribe Defendant's Family to Guarantee a Not Guilty Verdict

    ​While serving on the jury of a federal criminal trial, Italo Campagna tried to bribe the defendant's family for $20,000 to convince other jurors to deliver a not guilty verdict and keep the man out of jail. Instead, now Campagna likely faces a jury of his own.

  • News

    April 7, 2011
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    March 17, 2011
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    March 15, 2011

    No Clemency For Felons Means Southern Racism Is Back

    ​Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke explains why Rick Scott is helping the criminal justice system keep African-Americans down. Last week, Florida Gov. ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2011
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    March 8, 2011

    CBS and Sports Illustrated Lie About Athlete's Criminal Record

    ​Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke explains how the criminal justice system destroys young black men in Miami-Dade County.A couple of major news organizatio ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010
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    July 28, 2010

    Miami's Mentally Disabled Immigrants Abused by Court System, Report Says

    Inside the Krome Detention Center, mentally disabled inmates often go to court with no lawyers.​When Allison Kent met her new client at the Krome Detention Center -- a Haitian man she now calls Mike C. -- he had already been found incompetent in a criminal trial, and for good reason: Mike C. had a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Spence-Jones Arraigned, Supreme Court Lawyer Bruce Rogow Calls Indictment 'Hogwash'

    Michelle Spence-Jones did not enter a plea today on the latest bribery charges brought against her. Instead, she asked the court to dismiss them for being too vague. ​Two weeks ago, when she was arrested again for allegedly soliciting money from a local developer, readers responded in typically m ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010
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    November 4, 2009

    Ex-Judge Phil Davis Convicted on Fraud Charges

    Looks like Phil Davis is finally heading to the pen.​The ex-Miami judge, who wriggled out of jail time in a federal sting operation in the early '90s by admitting a raging cocaine habit, was found guilty of fraud today.Prosecutors built a case against Davis involving a non-profit he founded in 199 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Why Is the Cat Killer Arrest Affidavit Sealed, and Why Do CBS4 and the Herald Care So Much?

    The arrest affidavit detailing the cops' case against suspected cat killer Tyler Weinman remains sealed, and CBS4 and the Miami Herald are absolutely livid about it. So much so that the news partners requested a hearing today pressing prosecutors to unseal the documents. CBS4's Jim DeFede has ... More >>

  • News

    April 9, 2009

    Robin Hood Courts

    Public defenders turn to rich law firms for help.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Overworked, Underfunded Miami Public Defenders Turn To Rich Law Firms For Help

    Inside a stuffy, overcrowded Miami-Dade misdemeanor court, a 13-year-old boy clad in an orange jumpsuit watches in awe as his lawyer artfully demands that the judge toss evidence the prosecution has against the teenager. On most days, Ben Reiss of the prestigious Greenberg Traurig firm defends comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Mean Judge Reprimands Mean Judge

    ''Toothless, dead crack whore -- dead at age 19? Is that the destiny you're looking for?," is what Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Spencer Eig barked at a 15 year old defendant on Tuesday. The girl was in juvenile court after running away from a foster home where she claims she was abused.The chief juvenil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Juvenile Loves his Reefer

    And it just got him busted yesterday in Hicktown, Mississippi where Juvie was arrested for possession of marijuana. The arrest report was rather vague and stated that the former cash money rapper had "under an ounce" of weed on him. That could mean anything. We'll keep you posted if we here more on ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2007

    On the MMAP

    The key to understanding the new corruption charges? Look at the old ones.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2007

    Bush Administration Looks to Curtail More Gitmo Rights

    Last year Congress negated habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo detainees. Now the U.S. Department of Justice has requested that a DC appeals court limit civilian lawyers' access to Gitmo clients to three visits. The DOJ has also requested the right to read correspondence between lawyers and detainee ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of March 15, 2007

    "Your excellent article exposed the ugly truth."

  • News

    July 29, 2004

    Inspector Imperiled

    Incredibly, the job of one of the county's most successful and vigilant agents is on the line

  • News

    June 17, 2004

    Devil or Angel

    True or False:

    David Collins is Miami's leading bail bondsman.

    David Collins has lots of friends in law enforcement.

    David Collins says he's put his criminal past behind him.

  • News

    June 3, 2004

    Run-On Sentence

    Critics say draconian drug laws held over from the Eighties pack prisons, force plea deals, and hit one errant lawyer harder than the dealers he defended

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    May 17, 2001

    Best Cheap Eats

    TROY Community Academys Teen Cuisine program

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    April 6, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the issue of April 6, 2000

  • News

    March 30, 2000

    Orphans of the State

    For countless undocumented immigrant kids, America is not the land of puppies and Disney trips, but the land of neglect

  • News

    March 23, 2000

    Courting Disaster

    Judge Cindy Lederman, champion of justice and advocate extraordinaire, bends the rules on the bench

  • News

    February 26, 1998

    Shoot Out the Lights

    Gwendolyn Ramsey's run-in with police culminated in an emergency lobotomy. So where is she now? Behind bars.

  • News

    July 17, 1997

    Flunk Out

    Dade County's school district may have its own police department, but law enforcement experts say it doesn't come close to making the grade

  • News

    September 5, 1996
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    March 30, 1995

    This Is Not the USA

    He thought he was just doing his job and playing by the rules. Then he learned that the rules are very different in the sovereign nation of the Miccosukee.

  • News

    February 16, 1995

    No Butts?

    With state lawmakers renewing their threats to ban au naturel sunbathing, local nudists are undressing for battle

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    March 2, 1994
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    December 22, 1993

    Flunk Music

    The state's new certification test for law-enforcement personnel has just about everyone singing the blues

  • News

    December 1, 1993

    One Angry Man

    When Judge Tom Petersen, the very vocal conscience of Dade's juvenile court, gets a transfer, does he have any comment about it? Stupid question.

  • News

    October 27, 1993


    Raul Martinez is facing ten years in prison for public corruption. Hialeah voters want him to be their mayor anyway. What a town!

  • News

    April 14, 1993


    It alters perceptions and skews the ability to tell right from wrong. Ultimately, it results in a dysfunctional society. But it's not a drug. It's the War on Drugs.

  • News

    April 7, 1993

    The Case from Hell Part 5

    The most notorious child-custody battle in memory heads for its bitter end

  • News

    October 14, 1992

    The Hits Just Keep on Coming

    Another stroll on the beach. Another arrest. Another accusation of police brutality. The same two Miami Beach cops.

  • News

    September 16, 1992

    Jails R Us

    Is Janet Reno's proposal for a new Youthful Offender Court a long-needed innovation or a chance to place a statute of limitations on childhood?

  • News

    March 4, 1992
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    December 11, 1991

    The Strange Case of the Sealed Files

    J.C. Alvarez might have won the election battle if confidential information hadn't been leaked. That was last year. Now comes the legal battle.

  • News

    October 23, 1991
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    October 2, 1991

    Boing! Boing! Boing!

    Cutbacks in the state attorney's Worthless Check Division may have given carte blanche to aspiring check bouncers

  • News

    September 18, 1991
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    September 11, 1991
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