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Trial Lawyers Section hosts ‘law school’ for teachers

By Rodrigo Paredes | March 1, 2018

By Jim Ash, The Florida Bar News Democracy thrives on the dynamic tension between co-equal branches of government. But some legal scholars are worried that appreciation for the bedrock principle is being threatened by political polarization, shrinking attention spans, or apathy. Advocates say education — especially about the little-understood judiciary — is a potential solution. […]

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Daisy Baez pleads guilty to perjury after falsifying address to establish residency

By Rodrigo Paredes | November 8, 2017

MIAMI – A disgraced former South Florida lawmaker has pleaded guilty to perjury as part of a plea deal that will keep her from serving any prison time. The Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office said Wednesday that former state Rep. Daisy Baez pleaded guilty to the criminal charge. Prosecutors said Baez changed her voter registration […]

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Miami Beach Commissioner resigns ahead of pleading no contest to criminal charge

By Rodrigo Paredes | October 24, 2017

  MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco has officially resigned ahead of pleading no contest to a criminal charge. Grieco left a Miami-Dade courtroom, Tuesday, no longer a commissioner and under probation for a year. “Today represents proof of the complexities of Florida’s campaign finance laws,” said Ben Kuehne, Grieco’s attorney. […]

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Cuban migrants who climbed lighthouse claim they’ve been mistreated on Coast Guard cutter

By Rodrigo Paredes | June 30, 2016

MIAMI – A group of Cuban migrants who made it to the American Shoal lighthouse near Sugarloaf Key last month claim they have been mistreated on a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, where they have been staying since May 20. A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the 24 migrants must return to Cuba, because the lighthouse […]

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Jury deliberations begin in Pat Santeramo trial

By Rodrigo Paredes | January 19, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A jury began deliberating Tuesday in the trial of former Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo. Santeramo, who was responsible for the union’s $6 million budget, is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the union. “Mr Santeramo was in on the scheme and, in fact, he came up […]

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