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Florida Lawmakers Push FBI to Name Counties Hacked by Russia

Members of Florida’s congressional delegation said Thursday it was unacceptable that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security will not publicly identify the two counties where Russian hackers gained access to voter databases before the 2016 election. A bipartisan group of lawmakers said after a classified FBI briefing that they were told the county names but were not allowed Continue Reading...

Palm Beach County-Based Broadcaster is Russian Foreign Agent: Judge

A federal judge has ruled a Florida-based broadcasting company that provides Russian programs to a Washington radio station must register as an agent of a foreign government. The Justice Department said in a news release Tuesday that RM Broadcasting of Jupiter, Florida, was essentially providing publicity for Russia through an agreement with state-run Rossiya Segodnya. That entity’s “Sputnik” programming is Continue Reading...

Florida Solitary Confinement Policy Excessive, Cruel: Suit

The Florida Department of Corrections is being sued over its use of solitary confinement in a complaint filed Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which alleges the state’s isolation techniques are cruel and can cause permanent damage. The suit claims Florida uses solitary confinement at more than twice the national average rate and sometimes isolates prisoners from human contact for years, Continue Reading...

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Will Sign Controversial Felons’ Voting Measure

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he will sign a controversial measure that would require repayment of financial obligations before felons’ voting rights are restored. “I’ll sign it,” DeSantis said while at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to discuss environmental issues from the legislative session that ended Saturday. “The (constitutional) amendment says, if you read Continue Reading...

Spirit Airlines needs to pay for anti-Semitic actions toward Jewish family, lawyer says

Yisroel Sternberg and Chana Beck, who are Orthodox Jews, were flying with their three children from New York to Fort Lauderdale. It was supposed to be a fun family vacation, but they claim Spirit Airlines employees’ anti-Semitism turned it into a nightmare.  In a civil rights and defamation federal lawsuit filed Thursday in the Southern District of Florida against the airline, a passenger reported hearing a flight attendant using an anti-Semitic insult to Continue Reading...

Hialeah Man Sentenced for West Virginia Bank Fraud

A Florida man has been sentenced to five months in prison for stealing personal information from bank customers to make purchases. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Roger Ernesto Ballester Caser of Hialeah, Florida was sentenced last week in federal court in Wheeling on one count of using an unauthorized access device. He also was ordered to pay more than $11,000 in restitution. Continue Reading...

Miami Personal Injury Attorney Suspended After Withholding Settlements From Clients

Sure, there’s probably more to it, but the basics of personal injury law seem pretty straightforward: negotiate with insurance companies, work out a settlement, turn over the check to your clients. But according to the Florida Bar, one Miami attorney forgot to do the last part. Disciplinary documents say Raul Enrique Garcia on numerous occasions misused his clients’ settlement funds, stashing them Continue Reading...

Broward and Miami-Dade Teachers Won’t Carry Guns Even if DeSantis Signs Controversial Bill

Against the wishes of pretty much everyone involved in education, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature this week passed a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom. The deeply controversial move, which was approved after hours of debate that sometimes brought lawmakers to tears, would ostensibly make schools safer in the wake of last year’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Continue Reading...

Florida Legislature Passes Pro-ICE Sanctuary-City Ban Despite Civil-Rights Outcry

Florida’s elected leaders last night made good on what was basically Gov. Ron DeSantis’ central campaign promise — to deport more immigrants. Last night, the Legislature finally passed SB 168, the much-criticized “sanctuary city” ban, which forces municipalities to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and hold ICE detainees in local jails. Importantly, every city in Florida already does this. Continue Reading...

Miami Plastic Surgeon Takes Action Against Patients Who Left Negative Online Reviews

Nicole George saved up money for three years to have a “mommy makeover.” She used online reviews to help find a plastic surgeon. “It’s good to know from the patients themselves what their experience was,” George said. “Ratings are very important.” The mother from the Fort Myers area is now questioning the accuracy of those online reviews. Positive reviews led Continue Reading...