Late Friday, at 9:05 p.m., Miami-Dade Judge Beatrice Butchko dealt a serious blow to state prosecutors' case against a popular pastor in Miami's black community.
Although a well-placed source in the state attorney's office says the judge's
ruling is moot because if you read Scruggs' motion, he was not going to
use recordings because Smith had immunity when the interviews took place.
The judge reserved her harshest comments for Scruggs, a veteran prosecutor who cut his teeth in Miami's U.S. Attorney's Office sendingsome of the worst criminals in Miami-Dade County history to prison
More from Butchko:
You testified that you had this face-to-face meeting with the reporter to avoid, you know, a full disclosure of your boxes, and you directed him as to, I believe, what you thought was relevant. You wanted [Garcia-Roberts] in and out of there as quickly as possible, in my opinion.
Read the final minutes of Friday's court hearing below:
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