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Morning Juice: Justice at a Snail's Pace

On the day that Obama has chosen for his health-care miracle, let's look at what's happening on this rain-spattered peninsula.

  • Opening arguments today in the trial of the week: Toby and Kerstin Fenn, accused of first-degree murder in the death of Elly Lorey -- Kerstin's 89-year-old mother, who had Alzheimer's and whose emaciated corpse was found in the couple's Boca Raton home four years ago. The Palm Beach Post's Susan Spencer-Wendel will post updates on her Twitter page, here.
  • Broward's first U.S. senator, George LeMieux, isn't answering questions by Jim DeFede about his law firm's role in getting visas for foreign workers who were hired to work on the St. Regis in Bal Harbor. [CBS4]
  • New evidence indicates that another man's DNA is linked to the 1983 murder in Miramar of Ada Cox Jankowski, for which Anthony Caravella was convicted. But though a Broward judge signed the release order yesterday, there wasn't a child welfare services worker available to give him an evaluation, meaning he has had to wait till today for his freedom. It's been 26 years -- what's one more night of unjust imprisonment? [Miami Herald] For more on how police and prosecutors teamed up for this disaster, check out this post on Pulp.
  • FPL has hit the public meeting circuit to convince South Floridians it deserves $67 million for more nuclear power plants at Turkey Point. Um, good luck with that. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel led a narrow commission majority to approve financing the CRA's $6 million purchase of the Helen Wilkes Hotel site downtown near the Intracoastal, despite concerns about whether that investment came at the expense of more needy sections of the city like the South End. [Palm Beach Post]

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Thomas Francis

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