James Cohn

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    July 21, 2014

    David Benjamin, Former BSO Deputy Connected to Scott Rothstein, Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison

    David Benjamin, the former Broward Sheriff's deputy accused of accepting more than $20,000 from convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, was sentenced to five years in federal prison in Fort Lauderdale federal court at a hearing on Monday morning. Federal prosecutors filed criminal conspiracy charg ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    West Palm Beach Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Selling Steroids and Drugs to Other Cops

    Former West Palm Beach Police Officer Dewitt McDonald pleaded guilty to selling illegal drugs to fellow police officers while on duty. According to the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, McDonald, 45, was running two separate businesses selling anabolic steroids a ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Scott Rothstein Deposition Sequel in the Works

    ​If Scott Rothstein's deposition in Miami last month left something to be desired, we've got good news -- the feds are planning the sequel.According to federal court documents filed last week, Herbert Stettin -- the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler bankruptcy trustee -- has requested another deposition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Scott Rothstein's Impending Deposition Will Not Be Videotaped Due to "Security Risk"

    Scott Rothstein, who can't be seen on film because of reasons that are "unusual in nature."​A deposition for Ponzi-schemer extraordinaire Scott Rothstein scheduled to be held in December will not be videotaped, a federal judge ruled earlier in the week.Rothstein is slated to be deposed on Dece ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Scott Rothstein's Return to South Florida Delayed

    ​U.S. District Judge James Cohn ruled this morning to delay Scott Rothstein's return to South Florida for a deposition in bankruptcy court, the Sun-Sentinel reports.Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office entered an objection to a ruling a few weeks ago from a U.S. bankruptcy judge ordering th ... 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 21, 2011

    Scott Rothstein Saga: "A Dozen to Two Dozen" to Be Charged in Next Round of Indictments

    ​When prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office filed an objection late last week for Ponzi-schemer Scott Rothstein to be deposed before creditors in a bankruptcy court, it gave one of the rare hints into where the feds are going in dismantling Rothstein's former associates.Prosecutors say they' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Scott Rothstein Saga: Feds Looking to Nab a Few More of the Ponzi-Schemer's Cohorts

    ​The feds have admitted that Ponzi-schemer extraordinaire Scott Rothstein has been singing like a bird, but now it's a bit too much.Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's office entered an objection to a ruling made by a U.S. bankruptcy judge ordering the return of Rothstein to Fort Lauderdale for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    The Judge And The Wiseguys

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    He Still Has His Yacht, Right?

    Lobbyist Russ Klenet better hope things are going well in D.C., because the situation on the home front has deteriorated rapidly. The yacht, "Symphony," owned by Klenet and Ginsburg​Last night, the Sunrise Commission voted him right out of his $60,000-ish contract with  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Scott Rothstein Can Now Help Prosecutors, but He Likely Won't Leave Prison Alive

    Photo by Christina MendenhallRosthein's lawyer, Marc Nurik, asked for 30 years. Rothstein got 50.​Now that Scott Rothstein has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for his billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, the question is whether he'll actually serve all of it. The answer is likely no, but his best-cas ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Florida Ethics Czar Asks for Leniency for Corrupt School Board Member

    Sun-Sentinel This shot by Mike Stocker should have won a Pulitzer.​The top ethics official in Florida penned a letter asking a federal judge to show leniency for former Broward County Board Member Beverly Gallagher, who has pleaded guilty to bribery and other federal charges that ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010
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    November 3, 2009

    On UBS Tax Cheat, Lauderdale Judge Not as Forgiving as Miami Judge

    Among the many recent misfortunes of Jeffrey Chernick, his tax fraud case landed in Fort Lauderdale U.S. District Court rather than in Miami. That put him at the mercy of Judge James I. Cohn, who on Friday sentenced Chernick to three months in prison, despite a similar defendant's having been spared ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    Iranian Night-Goggle Lady Has Words for Obama, Too

     Shahrzad Mir Gholikhan is a 31-year-old Iranian woman accused of trying to export night-vision goggles to Iran. This detail probably means she won't ever be a confidant of the Obamas, but that hasn't stopped Gholikhan from offering the First Couple her thoughts.Juice recently uncovered a lette ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Night-Vision Goggle Lady on Trial

    Today is the ninth day that Shahrzad Mir Gholikhan (pictured above), a 31-year-old Iranian woman, has stood in front of a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale wearing brown scrubs and white plastic government-issued flip-flops. In a move that has been described as bold, crazy, or both, the polite, petite ... More >>

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    Bombs for Babies

    Stephen Jordi planned to blow up abortion clinics. Does that make him a terrorist?

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    I, the Jury

    A look behind the curtain of one episode of judicial theater

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    November 28, 2002

    Twice Busted

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

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    A Pugilist in Pinstripes

    The 4th District Court of Appeals says Broward County prosecutor Alberto Milian is a menace in the courtroom. But he's just doing his job.

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    January 29, 1998

    Guilty by Reason of Insanity

    Henry Wallace insists he wasn't insane when he stabbed his landlord seventeen times. And he thanked his jury for agreeing with him.