William Thomas

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Darrin P. Gayles Becomes First Openly Gay Black Federal Judge

    The United States now has its first openly gay black federal judge, and he's from South Florida. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles' nomination to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida was approved by the Senate today in a 97-0 vote. Gayles was nominated by P ... 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

    January 7, 2014

    Marco Rubio Officially Killed All Hope of First Openly Gay, Black Federal Judge

    Despite widespread local approval in the legal community and a surprising show of support from leaders of faith, Miami-Dade Judge William Thomas will not get a promotion to the federal level with a spot in U.S. District Court for the Southern District. Thomas would have been the first openly gay, bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Baptist Preacher to Protest Marco Rubio's Opposition to Confirmation of Openly Gay Judge

    If President Obama's nomination of William Thomas is confirmed, Thomas would become the first openly gay, black man to serve as a federal judge. Senator Marco Rubio, the man who first recommended Thomas to Obama, however, is now blocking the nomination over his concerns with Thomas's "temperament." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Is Marco Rubio Anti-Gay?

    Yesterday Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced his intention to nix the nomination of openly gay judge William Thomas to the federal judiciary, citing questions about the judges"judicial temperament." Rubio's flack, Brooke Sammon, told the Daily Business Review Thursday Rubio has "questions about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Michele Traverso Sentenced To Less Than a Year For Killing Cyclist; Carlos Bertonatti Still Awaiting Trial

    It's been a terrible week for Miami's bicycle activists. First, a judge sentenced Michele Traverso -- who killed cyclist Aaron Cohen last year on the Rickenbacker Causeway in a brutal hit-and-run -- to less than a year in jail, even though he'd been driving on a suspended license. Then, this morning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Gunplay Surrenders to Miami Police on Armed Robbery Charge, Appearing in Court Tomorrow

    Even though there's been an open, outstanding arrest warrant on his ass for the last six months, Maybach Music Group member Gunplay ain't sweating the small shit. You know, like an armed robbery charge. In fact, seven hours ago, the swastika-tatted rapper, aspiring escort service entrepreneur, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Judge Keeps Results Of Commission Race Secret Thanks to Banned Banker Ricardo Corona

    via Mega TVRicardo Corona​Want to know who will replace mayoral candidate Carlos Gimenez on the County Commission? Too bad! The results will be secret thanks to a bizarre ruling last night by a judge who wants more time to decide whether candidates had enough time to file for the race. Even strang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Pastor Spann Jail-Bound?

    Jacqueline Carini​We here at New Times love Pastor Vincent Spann, drill sergeant of a Liberty City recovering-addict boot camp and subject of our January feature story "Holy Hustler."  For all of his shortcomings -- most notably an allergic distaste for paying his bills -- he seems to be a tr ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2009

    Holy Hustler

    Pastor Vincent Spann will save Liberty City's soul one addict at a time — if he can stay out of jail.

  • News

    July 10, 2008

    Hialeah Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder

    He's behind bars for life.

  • Film

    September 14, 2000

    Loving the Alien

    Faith proves thicker than passion in Solomon and Gaenor

  • News

    December 15, 1993

    The High Cost of Low Bids

    The county needs contractors to do its construction work. The contractors need minority subcontractors to satisfy county regulations. And taxpayers need an explanation.