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Miami's Dirty Dozen 2017

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Kathy Fernandez Rundle: County and city prosecutors are some of the most powerful people in the criminal justice system. They choose who is charged with crimes. In Florida, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is apparently considered the “gold standard” for state prosecutors, which is sort of like taking pride in being the least-ugly orc in Sauron’s army. Rundle has been pretty awful since she took office 24 years ago, but this year, she took things to a new level, by covering for four state prison guards accused of boiling a schizophrenic, nonviolent prisoner to death in a jerry-rigged prison shower.
This year was a hell of a lot better than 2016. Alabama Democrat Doug Jones overcame a child molester to win a spot in the U.S. Senate. Harvey Weinstein and his misogynist colleagues from Hollywood to Miami are on the run. The stock market is surging. And the new Star Wars movie is actually good. But this is Miami, and evil is all round us. Political figures are corrupt. The power company takes our money and doesn’t do its job very well. Rappers, well, do what they do. To wrap up the year, New Times follows its annual tradition of naming the lowest of the low in South Florida. By the way, this publication has long lived by the rule that people can make this list only once. But in 2017, we made an exception. Can you guess for whom?