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Video Tapes as Evidence in Florida Criminal Cases

There is a very interesting body of law that is developing in Florida, and it owes itself to the over use of video cameras throughout the State. Video cameras are more and more “allegedly” capturing the acts of individuals, who are alleged to be committing criminal offenses. The cameras catching the acts can be mounted at red lights intersections, street corners, store fronts, governmental buildings and even on private homes. But what happens when the video is destroyed by the Prosecutor, Police Officer, Law Enforcement Officer or agency employed by the prosecuting government and the contents are still introduce by way of oral testimony to a jury? This is what the blog will answer. The facts that give way to these Constitutional problems are easy to imagine. Take for instances… […]

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Department of Children and Families Case Worker Accused of Falsifying Documents

Department of Children and Families Case Worker Accused of Falsifying Documents

The Florida Department of Children and Families is the state agency charged with the responsibility of protecting abused and neglected children, elderly, and the disabled. We often hear stories about DCF investigations involving child abuse or neglect, and how these children are taken away from their homes for fear of their safety or even their lives. As a community, we put our trust and faith into this organization to protect children from perilous situations. Unfortunately, the Florida DCF is receiving some heat as a case worker has been accused of falsifying documents and not fulfilling her duties. DCF Under Investiagtion According to WPTV News, Maria Clacher, 49, a case manager working for a state DCF subcontractor was arrested Monday on a felony charge. She has been accused of falsifying records… […]

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Goodman May Be Released After Appealing Conviction

Goodman May Be Released After Appealing Conviction

Many people have been following the John Goodman DUI Manslaughter case almost as avidly as they followed the Casey Anthony case. Goodman was convicted in March of killing 23-year-old Scott Wilson in a car crash, he trudged his way through an arduous court process leading to conviction and controversy. Then, Goodman’s defense lawyers made several claims that the conviction should be overturned because of jury misconduct. Now, after the hearing and questioning of the jury, the judge may release Goodman while he appeals his conviction. John Goodman Sentencing Goodman is scheduled to be sentenced today for a DUI Manslaughter conviction. Viewers can watch the sentencing hearing live when it begins. According to Florida law, Judge Colbath is actually able to release Goodman on bond after he has been sentenced –… […]

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Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Pill Mill Kingpin Ordered to Pay Victim’s Family Millions

Jeff George, often discussed in previous posts as a kingpin of pill mills, has finally been ordered to pay financial restitution to the family of 24-year-old Joey Bartolucci who died from overdosing on narcotics in 2009, supplied by the pill mills operated by the George brothers. Pill mills are pain clinics that often prescribed powerful narcotics like Oxycodone without discretion. These operations are under extreme scrutiny and heavy investigation because of the rising number of Oxycodone related overdose deaths. It is simply just too easy for addicts and drug dealers to get their hands on powerful prescription drugs. Jeff George Ordered to Pay Millions According to an article in WPTV News, Jeff George of Wellington, Fla., admitted to killing Joey Bartolucci nine months ago, by giving him access to massive… […]

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Grandparents in Sarasota Charged with Child Endangerment

Grandparents in Sarasota Charged with Child Endangerment

Two Sarasota grandparents have been arrested charged with child endangerment, the charges also involve alcohol. Many times, child abuse, child neglect, and child endangerment often involves alcohol or drug abuse. When authorities are called to confront a set of parents or guardians, it’s usually because a relative, teacher, or some sort of witness has personally seen the child’s parents abuse or neglect the child. Often times the abuse or neglect only happens with alcohol. This can be a very tricky situation because the parents or guardians feel they have not done anything wrong. Grandparents Charged with Child Endangerment According to an article in WPTV News, two Florida grandparents have been arrested after police say they hooked their granddaughter’s plastic toy car to their SUV and gave her a ride. A… […]

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Possible Animal Cruelty and A Bomb Threat

Animal Services is an organization given the responsibility to care for animals neglected or abused by their owners. It is often heart breaking to hear stories about animal service centers that are under investigations of animal cruelty. For animal lovers, it can be jarring to hear that an organization that is dedicated to helping defenseless animals is actually causing more harm than good. One man was outraged to hear that a dog had been euthanized way too soon – violating policy – and actually made several threatening phone calls to the Hernando County Animal Services, even making a bomb threat. Animal Cruelty in Hernando County Hernando County Commissioners are calling for an investigation into a situation that amplified into a bomb threat at the Hernando County Animal Services center. Zeus,… […]

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How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

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St. Lucie County Commissioner Arrested for Grand Theft

St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky has been arrested on grand theft charges. He posted a $2,500 bond Monday and is potentially facing time in prison if convicted. Grand theft is actually quite a common crime. Whether the act of theft is determined to be grand theft or petty theft determines on the value of the property or money stolen. If the money or value of the property stolen is greater than $300, it is considered grand theft with a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years or more. St. Lucie County Theft According to an article in WPTV News, St. Lucie County Commissioner Christ Dzadovsky was arrested on grand theft charges that do not relate to his position as commissioner. He posted a $2,500 bond Monday after allegedly turning… […]

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Division in the Stand Your Ground Law Forum in Fort Lauderdale

Division in the Stand Your Ground Law Forum in Fort Lauderdale

Senator Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale,invited members of the public to an open forum Wednesday to discuss their opinions and issues over the Stand Your Ground Law. The Stand Your Ground Law justifies a person in using deadly force when there is a reasonable belief of imminent threat. It is the main point of defense for shooter Zimmerman in the case of Trayvon Martin’s death on Feb. 23 – a case rivaling the media attention of Casey Anthony. The forum was a direct response to Gov. Rick Scott’s hesitance to form the task force he promised after the shooting. Division in the Crowd Over 100 members of the general public attended the forum in Fort Lauderdale highlighting a clear division in the public opinion over the law and whether it should… […]

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BSO Shoot Unarmed Black Male Without Cause

BSO Shoot Unarmed Black Male Without Cause

No, this story is not about Trayvon Martin. However, with all the media attention, publicity, and rallies surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting, other similar cases are garnering a little more attention than they normally would have. In Pompano Beach, an unarmed black male was napping in a vehicle when he was shot multiple times by Broward Sheriff’s deputies – one of which was a star on the reality TV show “Police Women of Broward County.” It an open investigation and although the story is still unclear, at the end of the day, an unarmed black male was shot by a police officer, giving the case some room in the media spotlight. Shooting in Broward County According to an article in WPTV News, Brandon Johnson, 21, says he was napping in… […]

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