Criminal Sentencing and Punishment

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Manuel Valle's Execution Gets the Go-Ahead From Circuit Court Judge

    Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle, now sheduled to die on September 1.​Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola cleared one more roadblock to the lethal juicing of South Florida cop killer Manuel Valle.After a hearing ordered by the Florida Supreme Court to decide the effectiven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Miramar Man Sentenced for DUI Manslaughter; Apparently Didn't Have the Cash to Avoid Prison

    Broward Sheriff's OfficeRobert Jones​A 33-year-old Miramar man was sentenced today to ten years up the river for drunkenly mowing over and killing a motorcyclist in 2009.Robert Jones pleaded guilty a few weeks ago to killing 43-year-old Eric Maron while he was drunk-driving his fiancée's daughter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Maker of Drug Used in Florida Lethal Injections Asked Rick Scott Not to Kill People With It

    Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle, the subject of the current lethal-injection controversy in Florida.​Florida hasn't tested out the new lethal-injection drug it has planned to start using, but letters to Gov. Rick Scott from the drugmaker's president -- sent before Scott signed off on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Manuel Valle, South Florida Cop Killer, Has Execution Delayed by Florida Supreme Court

    Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle, now sheduled to die on September 1.​The first jailhouse coup de grâce approved by Gov. Rick Scott has been delayed by the Florida Supreme Court.Manuel Valle -- convicted of killing a Coral Gables cop in 1978 -- was scheduled to be executed on August ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Rick Scott and Cabinet's Decision for Ex-Con Voting Hurdles Seems Bogus, Study Implies​As much as Gov. Rick Scott likes to make the rules, it looks like his Cabinet's idea for making new hurdles for ex-convicts to have their civil rights restored was pulled out of their collective asses, according to implications from a recent study by the Florida Parole Commission.The s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Ryan LeVin Gets Eight Months in Illinois Prison

    Ryan LeVin​Briton-killing douchebag Ryan LeVin will spend the next eight months up the river, according to the Chicago Tribune.When LeVin decided to go to Florida to face charges related to killing two men in Fort Lauderdale with his Porsche 911 Turbo, he didn't tell authorities in Illinois that h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Rick Scott Signs Off on First Lethal Juicing for South Florida Cop Killer

    Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle is scheduled to die on August 2.​Gov. Rick Scott has approved the first jailhouse coup de grace of his governorship, the Miami Herald reports.Manuel Valle -- convicted of killing a Coral Gables cop in 1978 -- is scheduled to be executed on August 2.Acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Scott Rothstein Saga: Debra Villegas Goes to Prison; Four Enter Guilty Pleas

    Scott W. Rothstein​The gifts of prison sentences keep coming, thanks to Scott Rothstein.Debra Villegas, the second in command for Rothstein's gigantic Ponzi scheme, surrendered to her new home at a minimum-security federal prison last week to begin her ten-year sentence.Villegas, now 44, pleaded g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Famous Death Row Last Meals

    He'll have the steak and eggs.​It seems a little strange that America treats criminals as well as it does.Yes, we lock them up in prisons with other burly men (or women) and let them out of their cells infrequently. And yes, there is the chance that they will be raped, shanked, or beaten to a pulp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Krazy Locos Ruffians Combine for 237 Years Up the River

    PBSOJonathan Gonzalez, leader of Krazy Locos.​Six members of Krazy Locos -- a Lake Worth-based gang -- were sentenced to prison time yesterday for a few crimes.By "few," we mean the U.S. Department of Justice's Southern District Office says the gang has engaged in murder, weapons trafficking, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Ryan LeVin Headed to the Slammer

    Ryan LeVin​Brit-killing dunce Ryan LeVin is headed up the river for a bit, although unrelated to making roadkill out of two men with his Porsche.LeVin is scheduled to turn himself over to the cops in Chicago this morning due to a parole violation related to pummeling three other people with his ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Scott Rothstein Saga: Federal Prosecutors File Motion To Reduce 50-Year Prison Sentence

    Scott Rothstein: Looking for his get-out-of-jail-free card​It turns out Fort Lauderdale's king Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein won't rot away in prison for 50 years after all.Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence LaVecchio filed a motion today to reduce Rothstein's prison sentence, although how much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Florida Board of Medicine Allows Convicted Rapist To Keep Practicing As A Doctor

    Florida Sexual Offenders and PredatorsMark Seldes, convicted rapist, M.D.​Apparently being a convicted rapist and practicing medicine have nothing to do with each other. At least that's what the Florida Board of Medicine decided.That's why 43-year-old Mark Seldes can continue to practice medicine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Steve Gonot, Former Deerfield Beach Commissioner, Denied New Trial

    Steve Gonot​Steve Gonot, the former Deerfield Beach Commissioner convicted in May of stealing campaign funds and misconduct charges, was denied a new trial this morning.Broward County Circuit Judge Barbara McCarthy denied Gonot's request, and maintained the scheduled sentencing for June 20.Gon ... More >>

  • News

    April 7, 2011
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    October 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Attorney Files Complaint for Hollywood Cop Shot in Head

    Hernandez, on his feet a year after the shooting.​The wheels of justice often turn at an agonizingly slow pace. Two years after 29-year-old BSO officer Maury Hernandez was shot in the head by a felon on parole, his lawyer, Lance Block, sent the first formal complaint and two discovery requests to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Inmate Dies in Broward Jail

    No name, no age, no cause of death. All that Broward Sheriff's Office is reporting for the moment is that their deputies found an inmate dead in his cell at the main jail in Fort Lauderdale, around 7 p.m. The inmate had been in the cell alone. Here's the release. Stay tuned for more details, which w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    The Infamous Holland Correction

    Okay, I say a couple nice things about departed Sun-Sentinel reporter John Holland and the knives start flying. The Holland haters bring up an eight-year-old correction which one commenter calls "the longest and most embarrassing front-page retraction in the Sun-Sentinel's history." I remember that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Boca Private Prison Operator Feelin' Heat from West Texas

    Not the riot in Pecos, but this is what one looks like. Perhaps the only thing harder to contain than a prison riot is the embarrassment that comes after a prison riot. But still. Boca Raton-based Geo Group has done a ham-handed job spinning the riot that broke out Saturday at a prison it owns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Florida Inmates to Enjoy the Great Indoors

    100,000 is one of those magic numbers. It's the summit of a classic Eighties game show. It's a milestone that reminds you to get that car tuned up. And if you're a state whose prison population has just reached that number, it means you're running out of room in the Big House, which in Florida's cas ... More >>

  • News

    December 18, 2008
  • News

    February 21, 2008

    Just Say Uncle

    The DEA's "Twin Oceans" hooked a big fish, but can they reel it in?

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2007
  • News

    June 14, 2007

    Onstage Culeros

    It´s about the haughtiness of the band

  • News

    June 7, 2007

    Court Jesters

    Dale Ross steps down as Broward County´s chief judge, but will anything really change?

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2006
  • News

    June 8, 2006

    From Gitmo With Love

    The elephant in Guantanamo's living room gets 4,200 calories a day and a Koran.

  • News

    January 12, 2006

    Muscles, Murder, and a Messiah, Part 2

    Gil Fernandez Jr. could be responsible for as many as nine murders. If he's truly repentant, his former prosecutor says, he needs to confess his sins.

  • News

    October 20, 2005

    He Dunnit (No, He Dunnit!)

    Michael Ray Roberts has avoided serious prison time by ratting out his partners. So far.

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    Various Artists

    The Very Best of Death Row (Tha Row)

  • News

    August 19, 2004

    An Imperfect Murder

    The sordid tale of a cunning Marielito, an ambitious ATF agent, and a dead mobster in Lighthouse Point

  • Film

    June 3, 2004

    The Unlikely Lambs

    Carandiru reveals the human side of Brazilian prisoners, then leads us to their slaughter

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Crazy to Kill

    In October 2002, they finally led Aileen Wuornos to where she wanted to go: the death chamber

  • News

    January 15, 2004

    Too Dumb to Die

    Kevin Moore's case raises questions about executing the mentally disabled

  • Film

    August 21, 2003

    Habitat for Inhumanity

    The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland

  • News

    May 8, 2003

    Death Road

    A 62-year-old convict was killed while working outside the slammer. BSO ain't talking about it.

  • News

    December 26, 2002

    Barred For Life

    The process for restoring the civil rights of felons in Florida works perfectly -- if not restoring their rights is the goal

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Twice Busted

    A Pompano man and his family bum-rush a judge on sentencing day

  • News

    May 23, 2002

    A Family Affair

    Wackenhut Corp.'s days as a South Florida firm are over, but its legacy lives on

  • Arts and Entertainment

    May 16, 2002

    Best Intention Gone Bad

    The Chili Pepper's Plea

  • Film

    September 13, 2001

    Dirty Work

    A tale of prison gardeners is this summer's sweetest feel-good comedy

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    A Sorry Excuse

    Ken Jenne's department helped convict the wrong man. Why won't he and Jeb Bush admit it?

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    A Single Hair

    After a severely flawed trial, Michael Rivera was convicted of killing a little girl. New DNA evidence may help him.

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    A Devilish Deal

    A high-profile judge long ago made a deal that freed the area's most heinous killer

  • News

    September 21, 2000

    Crowded Cage

    Welcome to Broward's juvenile detention center, where inmates are wild, toilets are clogged, and employees are grousing

  • News

    July 6, 2000


    Bob Norman sends the Broward County School Board bureaucrats scurrying

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Love Behind Bars

    When Albert Tacher met Dina Mora, he knew it was love. The problem? She was a prisoner, and he was a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy.

  • News

    May 4, 2000

    The Unforgiven

    Bryant Troville served out his sentence for his sexually violent acts. His prospects for freedom? Not good.

  • Film

    February 24, 2000

    Dead Head

    Mr. Death

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