Morning Juice: Perp Walk Coming for Rothstein Cohorts; Heat Playoff Run Gone in a Flash

Let's see what's in the headlines this morning in South Florida:

  • Six weeks after she was beaten nearly to death at a Deerfield Beach school bus stop, 15-year-old Josie Lou Ratley has been released from the hospital. She now heads to a rehabilitation facility to get physical therapy and speech therapy. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Charlie Crist is widely expected to declare tomorrow that he'll run as an independent in the race for the U.S. Senate. [Miami Herald]
  • Scott Rothstein confidant Debra Villegas has been charged with money laundering in connection with the Fort Lauderdale attorney's massive Ponzi scheme. She is the "first of many," according to Bob Norman, who says that roughly 20 other associates in Rothstein's firm will be hit with similar felony charges. [Daily Pulp]

  • The parents of Scott Wilson, the 23-year-old who was struck and killed by Wellington polo mogul John Goodman early on the morning of February 12, will file wrongful death suits this morning. [Palm Beach Post]
  • The Heat was unceremoniously dismissed from the NBA Playoffs last night, losing in Game 5 to the Celtics 96-86. So begins the season of free agency. [ESPN]
  • SunFest began last night and, as promised, the West Palm Beach Police officers launched their protest over what they say is the city's stinginess toward public safety. [WPTV-5]

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