26, Mar 2015 - UPDATE 2-Florida man sentenced for helping baseball star Puig flee Cuba
(Adds comment from lawyer) By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, March 6 (Reuters) - A Florida man who pleaded guilty to helping smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig out of Cuba was sentenced to one month in prison followed by five months of house arrest, a federal judge ruled on Friday. Gilberto Suarez received $2.5 million sometime after Puig, now 24, arrived in the United States in 2012 and ...
26, Mar 2015 - Florida man sentenced for helping baseball star Puig flee Cuba
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida man who pleaded guilty to helping smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig out of Cuba was sentenced to one month in prison followed by five months of house arrest, a federal judge ruled on Friday. Gilberto Suarez received $2.5 million sometime after Puig, now 24, arrived in the United States in 2012 and signed a seven-year, $42 million ...
25, Mar 2015 - $100M settlement for hundreds in Florida tobacco lawsuits
MIAMI (AP) — A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses in Florida federal court.
25, Mar 2015 - Miami, FL Obama Nominates Barzee Flores To Florida Federal Judgeship
A former Miami-Dade circuit judge has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the federal bench in South Florida.
25, Mar 2015 - Miami, FL Hearing begins on whether to reinstate former Miami Lakes mayor
A former South Florida mayor cleared of federal corruption charges could soon get his old job back. Michael Pizzi filed a lawsuit in January, claiming that he should be reinstated as mayor of Miami Lakes to serve out the remainder of his term through November 2016. Attorneys for Pizzi and current Mayor Wayne Slaton argued their positions in court Wednesday. "The voters elected Mayor Slaton to ...
25, Mar 2015 - Off the wire
BASEBALL Chemist sentenced A chemist working out of his suburban South Florida garage was sentenced Wednesday in Miami to 18 months in prison for supplying banned performance-enhancing substances to a clinic whose customers included professional baseball players such as New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
25, Mar 2015 - Manatee, FL 5 Things to Know in Florida for March 17
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. EX-MIAMI PITCHING COACH PLEADS GUILTY IN STEROID PROBE A former University of Miami pitching coach pleaded guilty Monday to reduced misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to probation for his actions arising from the baseball ...
25, Mar 2015 - $100M settlement reached with 3 tobacco companies for hundreds of people in Florida lawsuits
MIAMI - A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses in Florida federal court.
25, Mar 2015 - Florida smokers win $100 million in tobacco lawsuit
MIAMI (AP) — A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses in Florida federal court. The tentative agreement announced Wednesday involves R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. The deal resolves about 400 cases pending before a federal judge in ...
25, Mar 2015 - Miami-dade, FL In Miami-Dade County public schools, black girls get punished more than boys, study says
When news that a police officer handcuffed a 6-year-old girl by her biceps, because her wrists were too small, the nation was outraged. A police officer escorted her to the police station in the back of a patrol car, the police report said. Little Desre'e Watson's crime: A 20-minute tantrum at her school in central Florida. The kindergartener's charges: Battery on a school official, disruption ...
25, Mar 2015 - Miami, FL President Obama to visit South Florida
President Barack Obama will arrive in South Florida later Wednesday. Obama is expected to speak at an immigration town hall meeting at Florida International University. He will answer questions from both audience members and social media users about his recently announced executive actions on immigration and their impact on the Hispanic community. Those actions, announced last year, would defer ...
24, Mar 2015 - Fort Lauderdale, FL Authorities: Canadian man planned to fly to SA to have sex with teen boy
Authorities say a Canadian man has pleaded guilty to charges that he traveled to Florida to have sex with someone he believed was an underage boy. Rene Roberge of Sherbrooke, Quebec, pleaded guilty to four counts Monday during a federal court hearing in Miami. Two of the counts include mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years. The 47-year-old man is scheduled to be sentenced June 4. Authorities ...
24, Mar 2015 - U.S. court asked to weigh fate of captive killer whale in Florida
Animal activists seeking to free Lolita, a killer whale in captivity in Florida for more than four decades, asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to reconsider a lawsuit claiming regulators have been "rubber-stamping" an aquarium’s license to keep her. Lolita's living conditions at the Miami Seaquarium, her home since her capture in 1970 off the northern Pacific Coast, is the subject of a ...
24, Mar 2015 - Miami, FL Reyes Law Group in Plantation, Florida Selected as a Finalist for Law Firm of the Year in the Leade
Lifestyle Media Group created the Leaders in Law Awards to honor South Florida’s Leaders in Law and celebrate the lawyers, law firms and corporate counsel that exemplify the highest standards in the legal profession. (PRWeb February 25, 2015) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/ReyesLawGroup02-24-2015/LawFirmoftheYearFinalist/prweb12532759.htm
24, Mar 2015 - Miami, FL Prosecutors may face limits in cases involving kids
State lawmakers are trying to change course after years of "tough-on-crime" policies have made Florida the national leader in trying children as adults.
23, Mar 2015 - Bay, FL Culture of brutality flourished at Florida Panhandle prison
By Julie K. Brown Miami Herald Few people knew the depths of terror, misery and pain inflicted upon Florida's state prison inmates more profoundly than Capt. James Kirkland.
12, Oct 2014 - Miami, FL Florida Gays Anticipate Trip To Altar
Gay rights activists in Florida believe the United States Supreme Court on Monday sealed the deal for same sex marriage in the state.
12, Oct 2014 - Miami, FL Florida officials appeal gay-marriage rulings
The motion argues the sole legal issue is the constitutional validity of the state ban and any changes should come from voters, not the courts. Florida voters approved the ban in 2008.
12, Oct 2014 - Five Imprisoned For Roles In Florida Cargo Theft Ring
Five people have been sent to federal prison for their roles in a South Florida-based cargo theft ring that targeted cold medicine and baby formula.
12, Oct 2014 - Miami-dade, FL Jimmy Sabatino orchestrates final con from behind bars
A career con man, who has spent much of his adult life behind bars for running scams from Miami to London, has been sentenced to five years in state prison, but not before orchestrating one final swindle. Jimmy Sabatino was sentenced Wednesday in a Miami-Dade County courtroom for scamming hotels throughout South Florida, racking up thousands of dollars in bills that he never paid. Not anymore. A ...
12, Oct 2014 - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appeals gay marriage rulings
MIAMI — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed appeals late Friday on several rulings overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.
12, Oct 2014 - 5 imprisoned for roles in Florida cargo theft ring
MIAMI (AP) — Five people have been sent to federal prison for their roles in a South Florida-based cargo theft ring that targeted cold medicine and baby formula.
11, Oct 2014 - Gay marriage ruling puts pressure on Fla. Attorney General Pam Bondi
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is being asked to drop her appeals in several ongoing lawsuits challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. The request was made Monday by groups opposed to the ban after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions. Judges in four Florida counties -- Palm Beach, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward and a U.S ...
10, Oct 2014 - Miami-dade, FL Man accused in $270,000 Medicaid fraud
A 60-year-old man is accused of defrauding Medicaid of more than $270,000 in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, according to Florida's Attorney General.
10, Oct 2014 - Toronto-Dominion Bank executive charged for role in $1 billion scheme
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former Toronto-Dominion Bank executive was charged in south Florida federal court with six counts wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a $1 billion Florida Ponzi scheme on Friday, according to court documents. Frank Spinosa, 53, faces 20 years in prison and a $1.25 million in fines, prosecutors said in a statement. He was ...
10, Oct 2014 - FYI Miami: September 25, 2014
NUCLEAR PROJECT ‘FEASIBLE’ : Despite skepticism from attorneys for consumer and business groups, Florida Power & Light’s long-term plan to build two nuclear reactors in Miami-Dade remains feasible, staff of the state Public Service Commission said in a recommendation this week that will go to the commission Oct. 2 for approval.
09, Oct 2014 - Convicted terror plotter faces longer prison term
MIAMI — Convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla is going before a Florida federal judge to face a longer prison term after a federal appeals court ruled his original sentence was too lenient. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke was to impose the new sentence at a hearing Tuesday. She originally gave Padilla more than 17 years behind bars for his 2007 convictions on charges of supporting al-Qaida ...
08, Oct 2014 - Gainesville, FL Judge denies Pedro Bravo a new trial
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A judge denied a new trial for a Miami man convicted of murdering a University of Florida student in a fit of jealous rage.
08, Oct 2014 - Florida prison system fires 32 guards after inmate deaths: Miami Herald
(Reuters) - The secretary of Florida's prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of the recent scrutiny given to inmate deaths across the state during recent years, the Miami Herald newspaper reported.
08, Oct 2014 - Gainesville, FL Judge denies Bravo new trial after new statement by lawyer for jailhouse informant
A judge denied a new trial for a Miami man convicted of murdering a University of Florida student in a fit of jealous rage.
08, Oct 2014 - Miami-dade, FL Trial begins for Florida mayor accused of corruption
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Former Homestead, Florida, Mayor Steven Bateman went on trial in Monday on charges he illegally held a $125-an-hour consulting job while serving in office and used his position to fast-track construction deals. Bateman, 59, arrested in August 2013, was charged with two felony counts of illegal compensation and three misdemeanors for allegedly breaking Miami ...
08, Oct 2014 - Gilchrist, FL Florida man admitted slaughtering family in chilling 911 call
Miami (AFP) - A Florida man who shot dead his daughter and six grandchildren calmly admitted his crimes in a chilling 911 call before killing himself, but a motive for the slaughter may never be known, police said Tuesday.
08, Oct 2014 - Levy, FL First Choice Reporting and Network Reporting to become First Choice Network Reporting
Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, First Choice Reporting & Video Services, one of the largest court reporting firms in Florida, has announced it has merged with Miami-based court reporting firm, Network Reporting. The two privately held companies officially completed the merger September 15th, 2014. (PRWeb September 17, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09 ...
04, Apr 2014 - U.S. federal judge sentences Florida pill mill doctors
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced a South Florida doctor to more than six years in prison on a money-laundering conviction related to prescriptions she wrote for thousands of painkillers to addicts and drug dealers. A jury in July 2013 acquitted Dr. Cynthia Cadet, 43, a retired U.S. Air Force major, and Joseph Castronuovo, 74, on charges that their roles ...
04, Apr 2014 - State Supreme Court Rules Man Can Be Held Liable For Tomahawk Chop
In a case that involved a man getting hit in the head with a tomahawk, a divided Florida Supreme Court has ruled that another man involved in an altercation outside a Miami-Dade County bar could be held liable.
04, Apr 2014 - Florida arrests fugitive from Kansas from 1977
Gabrielle Levy March. 14 (UPI) -- A man who escaped a Kansas military prison in 1977 was arrested Thursday when he showed up to work in Florida.
04, Apr 2014 - Miami, FL Bieber could get new trial date at hearing on U.S. charges
A new trial date could be set for Justin Bieber in the Florida case charging him with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver's license.
04, Apr 2014 - Kansas military fugitive arrested in South Florida 37 years later
Deerfield Beach, Fla. — One of the U.S. Army's 15 Most Wanted fugitives who escaped from military prison in Fort Leavenworth 37 years ago has been captured in South Florida, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
04, Apr 2014 - Miami, FL Bieber gets May 5 trial date on U.S. charges
A May 5 trial date was set Tuesday for Justin Bieber in the Florida case charging him with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver’s license.
04, Apr 2014 - Miami, FL Bieber gets May 5 trial date on US charges including driving under the influence
MIAMI - A May 5 trial date was set Tuesday for Justin Bieber in the Florida case charging him with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver's license. Prosecutor Daniel Diaz-Balart also said at a brief hearing that no plea offer has been made for the 20-year-old pop singer, who has pleaded not guilty. Bieber's attorney, Roy Black, also said there was no plea ...
04, Apr 2014 - Washington, FL U.S. flies Italian executive to Florida in first bid-rigging extradition
The United States has extradited a former executive of an Italian marine hose manufacturer to face price-fixing charges in what the Justice Department said was its first extradition on antitrust charges. Romano Pisciotti, a former executive with Italy's Parker ITR SRL, was extradited from Germany and arrived in Miami on Thursday to face a single count of rigging bids and allocating market share ...