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    May 13, 2014

    Seattle Man Facing Prison Time for Punking Florida Republicans With "Copycat" Voter Purge

    Remember when in the summer of 2012, just months before the presidential election, Gov. Rick Scott launched a purge of potentially ineligible voters? Thousands of Floridians -- including World War II veterans -- mistakenly received the threatening letters. The state spent hundreds of thousands of do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Rick Scott Still Wants to Drug-Test Poor People

    At this point, Gov. Rick Scott has turned into your embarrassing uncle who won't stop ranting at dinner about how the government should drug-test everyone, no matter how clearly you explain that such a plan definitely violates the Constitution. Except in this case, it's the federal court system tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Obama Tries Again With New Openly Gay, Black Judge Nominee in Miami

    Miami-Dade Judge William Thomas almost made history as the first openly gay, black, male federal judge when President Obama nominated him for a position on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. His appointment however was derailed by Senator Marco Rubio. Officially Rubio, who had recomm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Ben & Jerry's Sues Porn Company Over Dirty Ben & Cherry's Videos

    Ben & Jerry's, the ice cream company that likes to push the limits with its own unique sense of edgy humor has finally reached its own limit.The frozen treat manufacturer, known for its pop-culture-inspired ice cream names, is suing the producers of Ben & Cherry's adult DVDs, saying the "har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Hebrew National Not Kosher? Lawsuit Filed

    ConAgra Foods is being sued over claims that their Hebrew National brand of hot dogs and deli meats are not kosher.A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (Wallace et al v. ConAgra Foods Inc) alleges that the meat processing plant used by ConAgra, did not adhere to strict Ortho ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012

    Protest Stupid, Racist Laws

    The U.S. Supreme Court and President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Food Lies: Antwerp LLC Convicted of Felonious Misbranding

    Many of us gladly pay extra for organic produce, in the hopes that the pesticide-free fruits and vegetables are worth the extra money for their cleaner profiles and nutritional benefits. But can we really be sure that little sticker on the Mango is telling the truth?Key Biscayne-based Antwerp, LLC w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Innocent Man to Remain in Prison After Judge Wants More Paperwork

    A federal judge declined today to release a man from prison where he is serving a 24-year term on drug charges, despite the fact that prosecutors have agreed to drop the charges against him.Elroy Phillips will remain in federal prison in Miami while prosecutors and his defense attorney file a joint ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Daddy Yankee Sued In Miami By Promoter Who Says Canceled Tour Caused "Bleeding In His Eyes"

    ​Concert promoters and musicians sue each other all the damn time over everything from disputed fees to canceled dates to whether all the M&Ms in the dressing room were green as specifically noted in the rider. Never before has a promoter taken a legal fight quite as hard, though, as poor Dieg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Judge Grants Prisoner Chance to Present Evidence He Says Proves His Innocence

    Photo by Eric BartonPhillips, in prison in Kentucky, received the judge's ruling in the mail yesterday.​A South Florida man sentenced to decades in prison for a minor drug charge will finally get his chance in court to prove he didn't commit the crime.U.S. District Court Judge Joan A. Lenard issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Former Lee County Commissioner Vicki Lukis Is No Longer A Convicted Felon

    Vicki Lukis ​Fourteen years after New Times chronicled her free fall out of public office and into the slammer, Vicki Lukis has won her redemption. On Monday, federal Judge John Steele of the U.S. District Court in Lee County vacated her 1997 conviction on honest services fraud. Her case was a fas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Trailer Park Resident Sues WikiLeaks, Julian Assange for $150M in Miami Court

    ​Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are currently knee deep in a heap of legal concerns. And their latest, and most ridiculous, comes from a Florida man named David Pitchford who has sued the organization and its figurehead for emotional distress. Pitchford, who lists a Key West trailer park as his addr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore Appears in Miami Court This Afternoon (Updated)

    ​Colton Harris-Moore stole five airplanes, hot-wired boats and cars, flew a plane from Indiana to the Bahamas with no formal training, won almost 30,000 friends on Facebook, and had his life's movie rights optioned before he turned 20. The Barefoot Bandit, in short, is much cooler than you.Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Scott Rothstein Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

    Kim Rothstein and friend Stacie Weisman leaving the courthouse after the sentencing.​Unless you've been under a rock for the past few months, you should know that South Florida got stuck with its own mini-Madoff who goes by the name of Scott Rothstein. Yesterday, Rothstein was sentence by U.S. Dis ... More >>

  • News

    May 27, 2010
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    May 18, 2010

    Mark Lane is Much More Than An "83-Year-Old Jonestown Survivor"

    Stephen Jaffe, a publicist hired by author Gerald Posner, responded to El Jefe's recent comment about lawyer and author Mark Lane. The comment, which was reported across the country, referred to Lane as an "83-year-old Jonestown survivor." Obviously, he is much more than that., We stand corrected. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Liberty City Seven Member Sentenced to Six Years

    ​U.S. District Court Judge Joan Leonard handed out the first sentence to a member of the Liberty City Seven. Burson Augustin will serve six years in prison. Significantly less than the 30 years prosecutors wanted. Leonard believed he played only a minor role. Augustin was arrested in 2006, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Let the John Timoney Boot Party Commence!

    Whitney Roux​Well, that didn't take long. WSVN and the Miami Herald report John Timoney is hanging up his Miami Police uniform. He'll be gone by the beginning of the new year. Esquire once dubbed him "America's Best Cop." Miami New Times crowned him the nation's worst cop. But rest assured, T ... More >>

  • News

    July 16, 2009

    Dog Bites Man

    Miami Police canine units attack first, ask questions later.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Hialeah Boat Captain Gets 3 Years for Human Smuggling

    The young Hialeah boat captain caught transporting eight immigrants to Boynton Beach this past January will serve up to three years in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth A. Marra sentenced 28-year-old Jovel Dominguez-Hernandez to 36 months yesterday for human smuggling. The indictment notes ... More >>

  • News

    June 4, 2009

    Spies in the Magic City

    The Supreme Court will decide whether to reconsider conviction of the Cuban Five.

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Miami Federal Judges Mix Church and State

    Religion in a courthouse? Sounds like the Taliban, right? Or maybe the Inquisition? Hell no, it's just Miami -- a part of America where we don't seem to separate church and state. A new group, the Miami Catholic Lawyers Guild, is inviting the public to a mass Thursday by Miami Archbishop John Favalo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Timoney Loses, Freedom Wins, Taxpayers Pay

    Miami Police Chief John Timoney screwed up, and we taxpayers are just gonna keep paying and paying.Back in November 2003, the City of Miami shut down some protests against a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting being held here. The cops beat some protesters and illegally jailed others. Jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Club Madonna Owner Sues Miami Beach Over Alleged Extortion Scheme

    Miami Beach officials tried to extort $30,000 in legal fees out of a strip club owner in exchange for a liquor license -- so says Leroy Griffith, owner of Club Madonna. Griffith, whose club is the only nudie joint in SoBe, made his claims in a lawsuit filed against city officials last week in U.S. D ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Jack Thompson, 2 Live Crew's Greatest Nemesis, Disbarred

    Jack Thompson is the Coral Gables attorney who campaigned to have 2 Live Crew's dirty rap masterpiece As Nasty As They Wanna Be taken off the shelves in Florida due to obscenity. 2 Live Crew responded with a follow-up, titled Banned in the U.S.A. Well guess who's been banned now? Thompson was disb ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2008

    Jack Thompson Don't Know Jack

    Why will the right-wing crusader likely lose his license? Swastikas are just the start.

  • News

    March 13, 2008

    Ignored and Cheated

    Farm workers earn nada in America's green bean capital.

  • News

    November 8, 2007

    Could Che Guevara Be Cloned?

    Riptide investigates the odds of a new generation of revolutionaries

  • News

    August 30, 2007

    Butcher of the Andes

    A Peruvian soldier slaughters dozens, gets away with it, and heads for the subtropics

  • News

    January 25, 2007

    Cut and Run

    Hundreds of mostly poor investors taken for millions? Say it ain't so.

  • News

    November 9, 2006

    Letters from the Issue of November 9, 2006

    "Murder millions in Allahs name?"

  • Culture

    February 16, 2006

    Creativity in the Corporate Age

    When art imitates life a little too closely

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz

  • News

    November 16, 2000

    The Morning After the Night Before

    Three scenes from a botched election

  • Dining

    August 17, 2000

    Side Dish

    Patience no longer is just a virtue -- it's a valuable commodity

  • News

    March 30, 2000


    A Modest Proposal for Elian Gonzalez

  • News

    November 18, 1999

    The Assassin Next Door

    Chile's infamous undercover operative Armando Fernandez Larios has lived a quiet life in Miami. But his past is about to catch up with him.

  • News

    November 11, 1999


    Slippery eels

  • News

    October 28, 1999

    It's Payback Time

    Eleven years after the ACLU sued the City of Miami for harassing homeless citizens, the plaintiffs will get their cash

  • News

    September 23, 1999

    Waiting for Floyd

    New Times reporters hit the road to bring you all the prehurricane weirdness fit to print

  • News

    September 2, 1999


    Serious downplaying

  • News

    March 4, 1999

    In Pursuit of Willy and Sal, Part Two

    Having lost their case against the drug kingpins, federal prosecutors vowed to convict jury foreman Miguel Moya of bribery. Didn't quite work out that way.

  • News

    March 19, 1998
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    January 1, 1998

    Welcome to America. Now Go Home.

    Granted sweeping new powers by Congress, the INS is quickly earning a global reputation for cruel and capricious conduct at Miami International Airport

  • News

    January 2, 1997

    Juris Without Prudence

    What litigant is willing to take Madonna, the CIA, and Governor Chiles to court? It's Alfredo F. de Castro, Miami's one-man suit factory.

  • News

    August 29, 1996

    Give It Arrest

    The ACLU claims Dade County is using a temporary employment law to keep Hispanic day laborers off the job and in jail

  • News

    June 13, 1996

    Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'

    Outgoing U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey has a little farewell soiree, at which everyone remains fully clothed

  • News

    July 15, 1992

    Coral Gables Officials to See Red

    A federal judge says yes to colorful newsracks

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