Month: November 2018

accessory dwelling units: should they be legal to rent in Miami Beach?

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Could accessory dwelling units (ADUs) be making a comeback in Miami Beach? City Commissioner Ricky Arriola hopes so. He’s asked his colleagues to consider the idea as a means to help homeowners offset their expenses while creating more affordable living options for renters. According to the website Accessory Dwellings, “An accessory dwelling unit is a really simple and old idea: having a second small dwelling right on the same... [...]

For framing innocent black men, a Florida police chief gets three years in prison

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  Raimundo Atesiano, the former Biscayne Park police chief who directed his officers to frame innocent men for a series of unsolved burglaries, admitted he wanted to appease community leaders and polish the village’s property crimes record. Even in a small village of about 3,000 residents, the pressure was just too much, he said. “When I took the job, I was not prepared,” Atesiano told a federal judge on Tuesday. “I... [...]

Judge Steven Leifman receives Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health

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  The 2018 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health has been awarded by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to Judge Steven Leifman, an Associate Administrative Judge and chair of the board of the South Florida Behavioral Health Network. The ceremony took place at the Pierre Hotel in New York on Oct. 26 following the annual Brain and Behavior Research Foundation International Mental Health Research Symposium. Leifman... [...]

Federal Appeals Court Questions If Felons’ Rights Fight Is Moot

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After Floridians passed a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 election, a federal appeals court is questioning whether it needs to rule in a high-profile case about how Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet have handled requests to restore felons’ voting rights. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held a hearing in July in a long-running legal battle about whether the state’s rights-restoration process has violated the federal... [...]

Notorious Miami strip club Coco’s must pay $8.7 million for party that turned violent

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Coco’s, the legendary North Miami-Dade strip club that has played a role in many a fistfight, drug deal and shooting over the decades, must pay $8.7 million to a party promoter who suffered gunshot wounds during a melee just after Christmas 2011. A Miami-Dade jury this month ordered the club to pay damages to Christopher Nealy, who was shot three times and underwent seven surgeries to help save his life. Nealy was hit in the crossfire... [...]