Howard Kusnick (left).Howard Kusnick -- a former lawyer at Scott Rothstein's now-defunct law firm and associate to his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme -- was sentenced today to two years in federal prison.Kusnick is now the second person in the current round of Rothstein-related indictments to receive ... More >>
Florida Department of Law EnforcementFrank LawrenceConvicted sex offender and kiddie porn collector Frank Lawrence was sentenced to eight years in prison today, stemming from charges that came about when a Palm Beach County librarian caught him checking out some naked dudes on the net and printin ... More >>
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 >>
Broward Sheriff's OfficeRobert JonesA 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
prwatch.orgAs 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 >>
Ryan LeVinBriton-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 >>
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 >>
Scott W. RothsteinThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Ryan LeVinBrit-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 >>
Scott Rothstein: Looking for his get-out-of-jail-free cardIt 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 >>
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 >>
Steve GonotSteve 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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Tiny Davis When I read the stories about the botched death by lethal injection of Angel Nieves Diaz on Death Row, I can't help but recall the truly horrific state-sanctioned deaths that have occurred in Florida. You know, like the times that the electric chair, ghoulishly called 'Old Sparky,' set t ... More >>
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