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 >>
City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones is looking for vindication at the expense of the city's top law enforcement official. According to a Feb. 14 letter her civil attorney sent Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Spence-Jones is preparing to sue the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office for allegedly violat ... More >>
Richard ScruggsThe public corruption unit at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is getting quite a makeover. Longtime unit chief Joe Centorino will soon depart to take on a new gig as executive director of the Miami-Dade ethics commission. And assistant state attorney Richard Scruggs is now w ... More >>
UPDATE: Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle stands by her decision to prosecute Michelle Spence-Jones for bribery, claiming the judge presiding over the suspended Miami city commissioner's trial screwed up the verdict's outcome. "We disagree with the judge's interpretation o ... More >>
Armando CodinaTalk about a hostile witness. Armando Codina, the developer at the heart of a criminal case against ex-Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, criticized prosecutor Richard Scruggs repeatedly on the stand today for "misleading" him. Prosecutors say the $12,500 Codina gave a charity at S ... More >>
Armando CodinaAs jury selection continues in the bribery and grand theft trial of suspended Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, the prosecution's main witness, prominent developer Armando Codina, gave new testimony that pokes holes in the state's case. Trial is set to begin next week.I ... More >>
Michelle Spence-Jones gets her day in court. The Michelle Spence-Jones public corruption saga is entering its final act. Her trial on grand theft and bribery charges begins today.Since her initial arrest in November 2009, days following her reelection to the Miami City Commission, Spence-Jones h ... More >>
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 revisits the ongoing saga of suspended Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones.Turns out Michelle Spence-Jones was telli ... More >>
Barbara Carey-Shuler, aka Ms. Oh-I-Guess-I-Did-Write-That-Letter.Last November, Barbara Carey-Shuler was the reason the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office charged then-Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones with grand theft of $50,000 in county grants that went to a now defunct family busi ... More >>
Even before she was arrested and suspended from office this past November 13, MichelleMichelle Spence-Jones does not need to be ashamed because she chooses to fight for her seat and her innocence. Spence-Jones let everyone know she would not go out without a fight. No one has forgotten how s ... More >>
A Miami-Dade jury has convicted Liberty City pastor Gaston Smith on one count of grandby C. StilesRev. Gaston Smith is going to prison theft for looting more than $10,000 in grant money intended to help the poor.Yesterday, Banana Republican caught the tail end of closing arguments by Smith's defe ... More >>
Late Friday, at 9:05 p.m., Miami-Dade Judge Beatrice Butchko dealt a serious blow to stateC. StilesGaston Smith's public corruption trial begins this week, but prosecutors won't be allowed to use incriminating recordings prosecutors' case against a popular pastor in Miami's black community.B ... More >>
Richard Scruggs is usually the guy asking people tough questions and getting witnesses to spill the beans. But today Miami-Dade's veteran public corruption prosecutor was on the receiving end of an intense grilling. And he was not enjoying himself.It went down inside the courtroom of Judge Beatrice ... More >>
The best part about suspended City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones's preordained re-election to her vacated seat is this: She'll be able to make another acceptance speech.Her defiant diatribe a few weeks ago -- when she took office moments before being cuffed and booked on grand theft ... More >>
Early this morning, in front of the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building at 1351 NW 12th Street, after reading from a prepared statement asserting her innocence, Michelle Spence-Jones grew testy with some of the Miami media horde chronicling her surrender to law enforcement officials.When WPLG's ... More >>
The leader of a church that's drawn presidential hopefuls and the devout is enveloped in scandal.
Alex IzaguirreWell, at least Antonio Junior can take solace in knowing he made a killing as a minority partner in several deals involving Miami-Dade taxpayer money. And even though he ratted out his political godmother -- ex-county Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler -- and some of his other poli ... More >>
Stephanie Teele asks a court to overturn the felony conviction of Miami's most famous suicide
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