In March, an illegal gambling ring run out of Internet cafes ensnared 57 people on racketeering charges and led to the downfall of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. Florida's legislators quickly jumped into the mess, rushing to pass a bill to outlaw online gambling cafes. Only problem? In their haste to ... More >>
A Miami-Dade County bureaucrat who evoked Jewish mob king Meyer Lansky's name to orchestrate shady deals ripped off taxpayers to the tune of $3 million in a decade. During an afternoon press conference yesterday, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle unveiled charges of racketeering, ... More >>
Ever since she beat two separate criminal cases against her last year, Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones has been quietly preparing for an epic take down of Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle -- the two politicians she blames for almost destroyi ... More >>
Say you're Miami-Dade's top prosecutor. On Aug. 14, you easily won reelection to your sixth term. But your campaign was embarrassed by the revelation that one of your trusted campaign consultants may have previously employed a woman criminally charged with absentee ballot fraud. As a result of your ... More >>
Read "Carlos Gimenez Collects Half-A-Million Bucks In First Round of Fundraising" and "Carlos Gimenez Has Raised Nearly Twice As Much As Challenger Joe Martinez."With one day left before the primary, we're going to miss the proliferation of groups with cryptic, yet patriotic, monikers spreading misi ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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 wants the feds to investigate the latest election fraud scandal in Miami-Dade.President Barack Obama needs to send the Justice De ... More >>
Also read: "Al Lorenzo Wins Elections, but Will His History Hurt the State Attorney's Latest Bid."Late yesterday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez sacked Al Lorenzo, the campaign consultant who's been by his side since he first ran for elected office eight years ago. The Miami Herald reports Gimenez ... More >>
In a case that's likely to follow incumbent County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle right up to Election Day, a Hialeah boletera -- or absentee ballot broker -- has been arrested and charged with illegally collecting ballots. Critics have long charged that boleteras ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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 takes on the Miami-Dade state attorney.Katherine Fernandez Rundle is no Janet Reno. Miami-Dade's top prosecutor, who is a Democra ... More >>
This guest column was written by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in response to Luther Campbell's criticisms.As Miami-Dade state attorney, I have always believed that my work in the fourth largest prosecutor's office in America has the potential to affect the lives of every one ... More >>
Remember when Chris Brown was accused of stealing a fan's iPhone on South Beach? Well, the investigation is still underway, and in what is almost a non-development, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle just released a statement saying that the case is still open.
Miche RattoThis week, Miami New Times profiled the ten hardest-hitting blogs that make life miserable for public officials in South Florida. At a time when the Miami Herald and other media outlets are shaving back coverage of civic and public affairs, bloggers are filling the void to investigate ... More >>
photo by Schuminweb via Wikimedia CommonsHealth care fraud is the hot ticket among Miami's white collar criminals these days, and prosecutors today say they've busted a ring that was recruiting school bus drivers to bilk the Miami-Dade Public School's insurance fund to the tune of at least $1 mil ... More >>
Chief Miguel Exposito's force was cleared in the shooting.On July 5 last year, Miami Police Officer Joseph Marin fired a single shot into the head of a 36-year-old, unarmed man named DeCarlos Moore during a traffic stop in Overtown. Moore's death touched off a firestorm that has escalated in past ... More >>
via Gran Felix HotelThe lobby of Frank Carollo's free hotel in Madrid. Not too shabby!Ever since Miami Beach officials were caught trying to strong-arm tickets from the New World Symphony, public patience has worn thin for politicos taking comped gifts. Last week, via crusading blogger Al Crespo ... More >>
Say this for Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito: With his seat warming to volcanic temperatures over a rash of police shootings and City Hall spats, he's not just sitting on his hands. He's already locked in a half-nelson with Mayor Tomas Regalado (whom he reported to the FBI a couple weeks ago), ... More >>
Miami-Dade's top cop is great at putting on a show for the local press corps. Flanked by her public corruption lieutenants and other law enforcers this past November 13, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle stood before a roomful of reporters to announce the arrest of then-Miami c ... More >>
Speaking to a jam-packed room of reporters, cops, and politicians yesterday, Mayor Tomas Regalado trumpeted eight corruption arrests as proof of his commitment to cleaning up city government. "For the first time ever in the City of Miami, we have an anti corruption department," Regalado crow ... More >>
If ever the Miami State Attorney's Office has prosecuted a lose-lose case, the ongoing trial of former judge Phil Davis is it. Getting a conviction might just make the prosecutor's office look negligent in its past dealings with the alleged fraud organizer.If Davis' sname sounds familiar, it's be ... More >>
via Me and Mr. HodgkinsHere's something we missed in the News Roundup. David Ranck, the Miami-Dade prosecutor who was involved in a bizarre physical altercation with a pizza delivery woman, has resigned. The delivery woman was having a hard time getting through security outside Ranck's gat ... More >>
Cash-strapped public defenders fire back at critics.
If you think budget cuts at your job suck (New Times is a considering a writing-by-candlelight, tent-office setup) try being a Miami-Dade public defender. Thanks to shrinking state court funds - down in 44 million in the past two years - these burnt-out servants of the poor, tired, huddl ... More >>
Justice in Motion minivan comes to the State Attorney’s Office
It's another Rundle vs. Milian showdown for the State Attorney job, getting messier as the finish nears
Political battles, toppled trees, and downtown denizens
It's nice to have wealthy and influential friends, especially when you need loads of campaign cash
Cocaine case no-actioned; pigeons are rats with wings
How a dinner companion of the state attorney took issue with "Talk of Our Town' columnist Joan Fleischman & the Herald, etc.
From the issue of October 25, 2001
State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle should have coasted to election victory. Instead she's dodging bullets from the police unions in the political fight of her life.
FIU and MDCC foundations draw new scrutiny from state investigators
The attorneys who represented Elian's Miami relatives may have a political future
Words that harm, words that, um, harm some more
The strange saga of a smooth-talking hit man, jealous secretaries, and a ruined prosecutor
A long-time aide. A few thousand dollars' worth of dubious insurance receipts. A cauldron of allegations. U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey has been . . . scalded
One thing is clear: Some county commissioners broke the law last December. Another thing isn't so clear: Will they ever be punished?
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