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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...

Bill Cosby fighting $6.7 million lawyer bill

Bill Cosby is challenging an arbitration decision that mandated he pay nearly $7 million in fees to a law firm that represented him for nine months in 2015 and 2016, documents show. The final result of the arbitration was filed in January and upheld a $6.7 million bill Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan had charged Cosby — $4.3 million of Continue Reading...

Sunrise firefighter accused of illegally recording conversation with fire chief, police officer

SUNRISE, Fla. – A veteran Sunrise firefighter, who was also the union president, has been arrested, fired and banned from all city buildings, officials said. Frank Cagan, 51, had been on administrative leave. Eric Lachs, a spokesman for the city of Sunrise, confirmed Wednesday that Cagan was fired on Monday. He was arrested this week for allegedly illegally recording a conversation with Continue Reading...

The head of purchasing for Miami-Dade’s animal shelter ran a cagey scam, police say

The head of purchasing for Miami-Dade’s Animal Services department demanded kickbacks from a vendor and arranged for more than $100,000 of bogus purchase orders in order to siphon money away from the tax-funded agency, prosecutors said Monday. Michael Garateix, 38, is charged with four criminal counts, including theft over $100,000 and organized scheme to defraud. Investigators said he and a Continue Reading...

Former executive director accused of stealing money from Overtown charity

MIAMI – For nearly 50 years, the Overtown-based Transition Inc. charity has helped formerly incarcerated or homeless people get back on their feet. “They helped me find employment,” Freddie D. Clarke said. “They work with you, with your resume.” Transition estimates they helped place 1,000 people in jobs last year and thousands of others get help in other ways to get back on their Continue Reading...

Attorney, Judge Argue Over Parkland School Shooting Evidence

An attorney representing the suspect in last year’s Florida high school massacre and the judge overseeing the case got into a brief but heated argument Friday during an otherwise routine pretrial hearing over evidence. Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill accused Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer of misrepresenting her arguments during a hearing over whether prosecutors are turning over in a full Continue Reading...

Senate panel OKs compensation for the wrongfully convicted

INDIANAPOLIS: A measure advancing in the Indiana Senate would compensate residents found to have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee made minor revisions to the House-approved legislation Tuesday before voting 7-0 in favor of it. The measure now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for further analysis of its financial impact on the state. Continue Reading...

ICE Issued False Deportation Requests for 420 U.S. Citizens in Miami-Dade, ACLU Reports

Two American citizens who live in South Florida— Miamian Garland Creedle and Keys resident Peter Sean Brown — sued Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties after being wrongly held in jail and nearly deported thanks to mistaken paperwork from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Frighteningly, those two people are not alone. According to a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Continue Reading...