Yearly Archives: 2015

Broward County Commission passes marijuana ordinance

Broward County Commission passes marijuana ordinanceFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –The Broward County Commission approved a marijuana ordinance Tuesday, as a public hearing was held to discuss options that could keep those caught with small amounts of marijuana from going to jail.Under the ordinance, which is similar to ordinances in Miami-Dade County and Key West, police officers will have the option of Continue Reading...

Man charged with impersonating officer during traffic stop

Man charged with impersonating officer during traffic stopFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –A South Florida man was charged with impersonating a police officer after authorities say a real officer rolled up on his traffic stop. Fort Lauderdale police say 35-year-old Michael Shutov was driving a white van early Saturday morning when he used red and blue lights to pull over a driver. Continue Reading...

California Adopts New Strict Digital Privacy Law

California Adopts New Strict Digital Privacy Law Law enforcement authorities in California will have to get a warrant from a judge most of the time to compel phone and Internet companies to turn over digital customer information. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the so-called California Electronic Communications Privacy Act on Thursday after the legislation passed both houses by wide margins. With Continue Reading...

Next FL “Stand Your Ground” Test: Ex-Cop Who Killed Theatergoer

Next FL “Stand Your Ground” Test: Ex-Cop Who Killed Theatergoer The next major test of Florida’s “stand your ground” law may come in January, when a hearing is scheduled in the case of retired Tampa police Capt. Curtis Reeves, who killed theater patron Chad Oulson last year, reports the St. Petersburg Times. Oulson loomed over the elderly man who had Continue Reading...

Fort Lauderdale passes law outlawing many from feeding homeless

Fort Lauderdale passes law outlawing many from feeding homelessFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –The city of Fort Lauderdale last week passed an ordinance that effectively outlaws several humanitarian groups from feeding the homeless in public with a penalty of up to 60 days in jail. The law kicked in Friday, setting up a potential showdown between those groups and police.Micah Harris is Continue Reading...

Couple wins $14.5 million in lawsuit over 2004 uninsured motorist crash on Interstate 95

Couple wins $14.5 million in lawsuit over 2004 uninsured motorist crash on Interstate 95MIAMI –A former chiropractor and his wife have won a $14.5 million jury verdict in a lawsuit filed over a 2004 car crash that involved a motorist with no insurance.Attorney Crane Johnstone says a Miami-Dade jury sided with David and Carrie Zucker, who claimed the insurance company Continue Reading...

When the Kids Are Away, Mom Gets to Play

When the Kids Are Away, Mom Gets to PlayAs a divorced mom, people somehow feel compelled to tell me how horrible it must be not to see my kids every day, and that they can’t imagine how I stand it. I have no idea how to respond — should I burst into tears? Should I announce, “You’re right! I’ll call Continue Reading...

Remember Mediation? I Do

Remember Mediation? I DoThis is an excerpt from my book, There’s Been A Change of Plans, A Memoir About Divorce, Dating and Delinquents in Midlife. It is available on Amazon.The day had come for my final meeting with my beloved divorce attorney, Madison Pierce. This would be when we would sit down and go over my financial settlement, which, frankly, Continue Reading...

Woman forced to travel 300 miles to abort dying fetus

Woman forced to travel 300 miles to abort dying fetusCOLUMBUS — An Ohio woman whose baby would have been stillborn was forced to travel 300 miles to Chicago because no Ohio abortion clinic would do the procedure, she said.Sheva Guy, 23, a doctoral student from Cincinnati, said her daughter was diagnosed with a fatal spinal abnormality when she went to Continue Reading...

Attorneys Gain $9.6M Award Against GEICO for Bad Faith in Fatal Crash

Attorneys Gain $9.6M Award Against GEICO for Bad Faith in Fatal CrashCase: James M. Harvey v. GEICO General Insurance Case no.: 50-2013-CA-017284 Description: Bad faith Filing date: Nov. 20, 2013 Verdict date: Oct. 23, 2015 Judge: Palm Beach Circuit Judge Cheryl Caracuzzo Plaintiffs attorneys: Fred Cunningham and Greg Yaffa, Cunningham Whalen & Gaspari, Palm Beach Gardens Defense attorneys: Richard Young, Continue Reading...
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