Ritter, Lieberman, and Keechl during the power days.I know that we have been accused of queening it up too much, you, me, and [Ilene] Lieberman, the three queens on the County Commission. But I can't really think of anybody I would rather queen it up with than you. -- Stacy Ritter to Ken ... More >>
When ineffective governments lack the strength or wherewithal to act, there is only one thing left for them to do. They issue reports. After Rick Scott is sworn in as governor tomorrow, grand jury starter Crist will have more time to partyI can't say that the statewide gran ... More >>
Ynot with son Max just days prior to his death UPDATED: The SAO just announced that it has filed charges in the case of graffiti artist Jonathan "Ynot" Corso. The release: The Broward State Attorney's Office has charged Reynaldo Rodriguez, 32, with vehicular homicide in ... More >>
Bruce and Shawn Chait paid off a who's who of Broward County public officials to get government approvals for their controversial housing development on two golf courses in Tamarac. The father-and-son team bought since-imprisoned Broward County Commissioner Joe Eggelletion a golf ... More >>
UPDATE: This just in: The jury is deadlocked in the Leyritz trial. They're apparently ready to call it a hung jury, but Judge Marc Gold is trying to get them back in there to try again. That's right, we're looking at a probable 'nother go-round. Call it: Leyritz Trial II, The Sta ... More >>
mikesatz.comDanny PryorLet's say you really, really don't like somebody in a position of power. What do you do? Send letters? Pass on some dirt to New Times (yes, please)? Testify to the county commission? Deliver dog poo?Well, if your specialty happens to be creating domain names and building hu ... More >>
C. StilesEveryone has heard some of the startling statistics about the scourge of pain clinics in South Florida: that a new clinic opens here every three days, that doctors in Broward alone dispense nearly 10 million Oxycodone pills a year, that more than half of the illegal prescription pills in ... More >>
The local headlines this Monday morning:Hollywood's charter review committee has drafted a list of ethics reforms that would try to prevent incidents like the one that got former commissioner Keith Wasserstrom thrown in jail. But those reforms still need the support of the city seven commissioner ... More >>
The Broward School District admits it's overbuilt classrooms, but oops! It overbuilt in the wrong areas. So some are jam-packed while others are desolated. And yet as the Sun-Sentinel's Kathy Bushouse reports, the state isn't eager to help the district go on another building binge. Maybe if it's ... More >>
-- How do we get all these shameless, grandstanding state reps? Adam Hasner, Nan Rich, it just gets so tiresome. Now listen to this from Rep. Ari Porth, a Democrat from Coral Springs: "I'm ashamed that my county has the unenviable distinction of being the pill-mill capital of the Uni ... More >>
Retired Sun-Sentinel reporter Joe Kollin sent the Pulp this serious piece of righteousness about the state grand jury. I'm going to go ahead and call for it: Grand jurors should fire State Attorney Michael Satz as their "legal advisor" and hire an attorney who wants to do the job ... More >>
Catherine Maus is the chairwoman of Fort Lauderdale's Planning & Zoning Board. And that isn't right. Maus is perfectly smart enough and certainly seems of fine enough character to serve in such a capacity. In fact, I'm sure that she, as a lawyer, is a very valuable memb ... More >>
Yesterday, the Juice blog published one of the deceptive headlines from one of ex-Deerfield Beach Mayor's Al Capellini's newest propaganda rag, the Deerfield Beach Dispatch. In huge letters, the headline says, "Capellini Cleared." In small letters, between those words are the crucial ... More >>
Good news: our prosecutors are back to work full-time. Broward State Attorney Michael Satz informed his minions yesterday via e-mail -- which came across the Pulp transom -- that the payroll should be good to the end of the year, thanks to "fiscal restraints" and a ... More >>
I was bored so I thought I'd compile the list of all the people at the State Attorney's Office who make $100,000 or more. In light of the recent pay cuts and furloughs, I thought it might be interesting. In all, 27 of Michael Satz's 487 employees have reached triple digits, with a quartet of trusted ... More >>
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-- Dan Abbott's days should be numbered as city attorney. He fought like hell to keep Keith Wasserstrom from being charged, even making a special trip downtown to plead with prosecutors to go easy on him. He's claiming all over the TV news that he knew every aspect of the deal and believes Wasserstr ... More >>
Wasserstrom Hollywood City Commissioner Keith Wasserstrom has been indicted on several felony counts for his involvement with Schwing Bioset, a waste treatment company that does business with his city, according to several sources. The State Attorney's Office's investigation of Wasserstrom was ... More >>
-- This little ditty by the Palm Beach Post's Andrew Marra may be the worst news City Place has had. Not because a woman hanged herself out in the open. But because nobody even noticed until the afternoon. After the jump: McDonald's fighting obesity, Reinhard, Bigoney, Venezuelan ant-Semitism, a ... More >>
How to deal with a man holding up $2.4 billion in development: Kick his pooch.
"John Doe" Leader Smith It may have taken the recent spate of senseless killings to awaken the ancient art of deadline murder reporting in South Florida. The Miami Herald's David Ovalle, Nicholas Spangler and Evan S. Benn give a veritable tutorial on the craft in this morning's newspaper. They te ... More >>
Not much time this morning, so just a few South Florida media news gems to pass along: -- Scott Hiaasen's report on the continuing fallout of Arthur Teele Jr. A co-defendant in a criminal case is expected to go on trial soon and his lawyer, Richard Sharpstein, promises: "Even in death, we will vin ... More >>
Miami Herald crime writer Wanda DeMarzo tells us today about a "stunning" plea deal: The State Attorney's Office is dropping charges against Deputy Chris Thieman in the crime-reporting scandal in exchange for Thieman's testimony against higher-ups. Yeah, I suppose it's stunning. It also proves -- ag ... More >>
-- As the Miami Herald tells us in its web tease, a fellow shot his own cat's "head off" and had to go court. Then reporter Amy Sherman tells us all about the case of the murdered cat. First thought: anybody who has [lived with] a cat that is drifting into insanity and disease can relate with what t ... More >>
Singer (in wig) and Satz goon it up (former Herald staffer and current Satz flack Ron Ishoy is on far left) Our esteemed state attorney, Michael Satz, is on the cover of the Sun-Sentinel's Society section today. Apparently he's a honcho in the American Cancer Society, an indication that he might ac ... More >>
In the Miami Herald, Darran Simon had a wonderful story about a Sunrise cop who gave a Christian conservative group a good ol' fashioned hassle. The Florida Family Policy Council, led by the vile James Dobson, claims Sgt. Stephen Allen harassed them during a drive for signatures to support a gay mar ... More >>
Usually would save this for Monday, but today is a big day. Christian Zapata, one of fired deputy scapegoats in the BSO crime stats scandal, was acquitted. Between the two big dailies, the Sentinel's Tonya Alanez had the superior coverage on the jury's wise decision, highlighting defense attorney Al ... More >>
The Sun-Sentinel played catch-up to the Miami Herald this morning on the Ken Jenne sweepstakes and did a decent job of explaining the mystery $20,000 loan. Almost as good as the Herald, which maintained its ownership of the story. Interesting newspaper horserace aside, I am amazed by Jenne's cheap ... More >>
So you've probably seen the tempest in a teapot with Tom Fiedler. If not, read the comments in the post below. I'm going to do a little bit more reporting on this, but until then, let's move on to ... The DBR Beating a Subpoena Broward Circuit Judge Marc Gold proved himself a man of wisdom by qua ... More >>
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