George Zimmerman has been arrested in Orlando after an apparent domestic incident at a residence. Zimmerman was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office about 1 p.m. today, authorities said. The Sheriff's Office stated it will release the 911 call and the police report as soon as they becom ... More >>
Jurors did not hear of Gerard Lopes Belmonte's alleged rape of his step mother, Natalie Belmonte, during the first day of trial. The prosecution is arguing that this led to Lopes murdering Belmonte, to cover up the sex crime. But that changed Thursday, when Natalie's sister, Michaela Teixeira took ... More >>
George Zimmerman's jury has been told by a judge that it may consider the lesser of charge of manslaughter, in addition to the second-degree murder charge he's already facing. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson made the ruling on Thursday. So now Zimmerman's jurors have three options to go with when they h ... More >>
Anderson Cooper of CNN wants to see him next week. Last week it was Piers Morgan. "Everybody wants the exclusive," said Rod Vereen, following a community briefing on the George Zimmerman murder trial in Miami yesterday. His client, 19-year-old Miami resident Rachel Jeantel, testified last month as ... More >>
Two charges down, two more to go -- that's the tally for Casey Anthony the horrible human being Florida mother woman who wiggled her way out of murder charges related to the death of her 2-year-old daughter. Today an appeals court tossed out two of Anthony's remaining convictions, charges for lying ... More >>
Doctors Cynthia Cadet and Joseph Castronuovo were charged last year, along with 30 others, in participating in the George brothers' South Florida pill-mill scheme that dished out millions of pain pills to patients from as far away as Ohio. So far, almost all of those people -- including both Christo ... More >>
UPDATE, 11:45: Documents show Santeramo allegedly steered BTU funds to the political campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Alex Sink.Original post, 10:59:Prosecutors announced last November that they were investigating Patrick Santeramo, who was then president of the Broward Teachers Union. Now, the ... More >>
He rode into the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office promising to fight corruption, but in Riviera Beach, Michael McAuliffe failed spectacularly.Three years ago, McAuliffe charged three Riviera cops with felonies ranging from official misconduct to tipping off a murder suspect about an impending arre ... More >>
Lisa Pembleton doesn't drink. Neither do her friends. "I don't hang out with those kind of people," she said on the witness stand in a West Palm Beach courtroom today. Her sobriety is just one of many stark differences between Pembleton, a horse trainer and student of the equestrian sport of dres ... More >>
Two years ago, Lawrence Hunt told police he killed his lover, Calvin Williams, because he feared Williams was about to rape him and give him HIV. If the case had gone to trial, family and friends of both men would have been dragged through a public airing of intimate secrets. Did the 41-year ... More >>
Amid the dissemination of the transcripts from Scott Rothstein's deposition in Miami, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department has released a statement claiming none of the department's employees will be facing charges -- that it knows of.Rothstein was asked about his associations with organized cri ... More >>
Montimere came clean after posing as Jerry Joseph.Guerdwich Montimere, the former Dillard High School basketball player who moved to Texas when he was 22 and reinvented himself as a 16-year-old, came clean in the legal sense yesterday.He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a child - ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsIt's sex-scandal o'clock in Congress.Miramar's Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings faces a House ethics investigation after he was allegedly a little too hands-on with a former female staffer.Winsome Packer -- who worked on the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation chaired by Ha ... More >>
Broward Sheriff's OfficeAlbury BurrowsIt turns out publicly lambasting a detective from your own department about criminal accusations may not be the best idea before that detective is found guilty.Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti might have to learn that the hard way, since Albury Burrows -- a ... More >>
Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato made her name as a Mafia fighter. As a former prosecutor and cop, she has both presided over, tried, and investigated high-profile mob cases. John "Johnny Meatballs" Piteo is oft-convicted bookmaker with suspected organized crime ties who has done two str ... More >>
Margate political powerhouse and consummate deal maker Jack Tobin, who died Tuesday at the age of 69, will be laid to rest Friday. He's remembered with near reverence by many who knew him, even those who also knew the rather unseemly nature of his long political career as a state legislator, Ma ... More >>
Well, the state's Education Commissioner is sending an inspector general down to Broward County to look at the dysfunctional and corrupt embattled school board. Let's hope they find a way to clean house. Notter and JenJen bask in all their successThe state is involved thanks to the grand ... More >>
John Bowman and Charles HarperWhen Charles Harper pleaded guilty to stalking his former foster dad, Broward Circuit Judge John Bowman, he gave up any chance of appeal and received a permanent mark on his adult criminal record. As part of a plea deal reached with the state, Harper has to apologize ... More >>
Schneider is accused of forging her supervisor's signature on official documents."We have a little dysfunction in the chain of command in Riviera Beach," defense attorney Steve Sessa told a jury in Palm Beach Circuit Court yesterday. "Because of that dysfunction, that's why we're here."Sessa was ... More >>
PBSOSchneider has pleaded not guilty to all charges.One of the central questions in the criminal case against Riviera Beach Detective Lee Ann Schneider is whether her dozens of alleged forgeries on official documents jeopardized any of the cases she was handling. Was she acting maliciously, or ju ... More >>
PBSOSchneider was charged with forging Galligan's signature.The FBI and the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office have been investigating an overtime scam at the Riviera Beach police department for nearly two years. Yet the highest ranking officer at the heart of the scandal, Sgt. Pat Galligan, has ... More >>
John Fry is facing John Howes in a runoff for a Broward County Judge right now, but ten years ago, that must have seemed like an impossibility. He had lost his job as a Margate cop and was facing criminal charges for, as the Miami Herald put it at the time, participating in an arrest ... More >>
Tony Villegas' trial is on hold.Tony Villegas arrived in Broward County Court this morning looking weary after more than two years in jail, his thin face hidden by a scruffy brown beard. He sat quietly, cuffed hands in his lap, wearing a black-and-white striped shirt that set him apart from the d ... More >>
This is a Dodge Magnum similar to the one that Laderic Brown is accused of stealing.Laderic Brown has only been an adult for 23 months, but he already has a dozen criminal cases in Palm Beach County courts -- and that doesn't include the charges of home invasion, kidnapping, ramming a police crui ... More >>
Facebook.comScott Wilson, 23, drowned in a canal after Goodman's Bentley crashed into his car.As polo mogul John Goodman faces vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter charges for the Wellington car accident that led to the death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson, many wonder if he'll receive special le ... More >>
Noon today was the deadline for filing to be on Florida ballots, leading to some last-minute jockeying in the Broward judicial races. Broward Circuit Court Judge Lee Seidman -- facing three challengers in his reelection bid -- opted out of that race. But he didn't do so to run against Judge Susan Le ... More >>
A quick look at what's making news around here:A Palm Beach County jury gave a not-guilty verdict to Allison Dinsmore, the 27-year-old teacher from Boynton Beach tried on felony animal-cruelty charges after leaving her two cats home alone, where they starved to death. [Palm Beach Post]The bodies ... More >>
FlickrDid Allen Stanford's local employees try to cover up his crime?The first criminal trial in the Stanford Financial Group fraud is under way, and it ain't pretty for the local branch. In opening remarks of a trial that began Monday in Miami, prosecutors told the jury that Thomas Raffanello an ... More >>
A multijurisdictional murder case started, it appears, when Broward sheriff's deputies responded to a Crimestoppers tip that a red Mazda truck left at the Greyhound bus stop in Fort Lauderdale was involved in a murder. The truck was registered to 76-year-old Tommy Lee Kellum of Lake City, Florida. A ... More >>
If you haven't read Judge Ana Gardiner's transcript, you should. It says more about Broward County corruption than anything I could ever write. And it's clear that Gardiner has lied under oath and should be investigated and ultimately criminally charged for doing so. The Florida Supr ... More >>
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Corruption-busting lawyer Bruce Udolf wants to be Broward sheriff. After the Ken Jenne experience, though, are voters too suspicious of lawyers turned cops?
Gardiner's only defense was an off-the-wall cease-and-desist letter
Again and again, local claims of abuse point to one priest, the Rev. Neil Doherty, and the Catholic archdiocese that protected him
Inside the "Rejuvenation Centers" at the heart of the nation's largest illegal steroid and HGH operation
Sure, Paul Brandreth talks like a wiseguy. But is he a cold-blooded killer?
The DEA's "Twin Oceans" hooked a big fish, but can they reel it in?
Maharaj went from the high life to a life sentence — 20 years so far for a crime he may not have committed
A questionable DUI prosecution has attorneys kvetching in cyberspace.
The Luckiest Perps
Richard Scheff still can't get the story of the Frank Lee Smith case straight -- and he doesn't seem to care
The state need not look far when investigating the murder of a Broward deputy. But it will have to look deep.
Jeff Wright brings out the best in people
More than four years after a Delray Beach cop gave him a body full of bruises and a face full of pepper spray, a local doctor is still seeking justice
Former criminal-in-training Percy Campbell reclaimed his life and now illuminates a better way to handle hard-core juvenile delinquency
Henry Wallace insists he wasn't insane when he stabbed his landlord seventeen times. And he thanked his jury for agreeing with him.