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Howard Finkelstein

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  • Judge Dale Ross has close political ties to Appraiser Lori Parrish, presides over her case

    Some people did a double-take when they read that Circuit Judge Dale Ross is presiding over a case involving the budget fight between Broward Property Appraiser Lori Parrish and the County Commission. Parrish stood in for Ross at a 2012 campaign forum...
  • Repeat teen burglars vex Fort Lauderdale

    Repeat teen burglars vex Fort Lauderdale
    With a juvenile justice system that emphasizes rehabilitation over incarceration, residents of some Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are tired of seeing the same teens break into homes again and again with little to fear if they are caught. "In the '80s or...
  • Broward courthouse parking rate 'really out of line'

     Broward courthouse parking rate 'really out of line'
    Sixty dollars could buy you a pair of new Levis. A family night at the movies. A tank of gas. A pair of running shoes. Or one day of parking at Broward County's courthouse garage in downtown Fort Lauderdale. At $8 an hour, parking in the "east garage"...
  • Hollywood police find untested rape kits in evidence room refrigerator

    Hollywood police find untested rape kits in evidence room refrigerator
    For years, 94 untested rape kits were left sitting in an evidence room refrigerator at the Hollywood Police Department. The kits, some dating back to 2005, are now in the spotlight as the department's top brass reviews what went wrong and why. The...
  • Sunrise police halt cocaine-selling operation

    Sunrise police halt cocaine-selling operation
    A money-making venture to lure out-of-town drug buyers into Sunrise to purchase cocaine from police has been halted as a result of a Sun Sentinel investigation. Mayor Michael Ryan, who supports the undercover stings, lay blame for ending the operation...
  • Caravella verdict draws U.S. Justice Department's attention

    Caravella verdict draws U.S. Justice Department's attention
    When jurors decided last week that two retired police officers should pay $7 million for framing a mentally challenged Broward teen for a murder that sent him to prison for close to 26 years, it set off a strong response. Dozens of Sun Sentinel readers...
  • Caravella case not deputy's first link to wrongful convictions

    Caravella case not deputy's first link to wrongful convictions
    When Anthony Caravella went to take a lie-detector test with Broward Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tony Fantigrassi in 1983, the mentally challenged 15-year-old was considered a witness to a homicide. Four hours later, he was a suspect. The teen had...
  • Mayo: Why wasn't Wasserman-Rubin judge tossed?

    The takeaway from Diana Wasserman-Rubin's misdemeanor plea deal: Crime pays, especially for politicians who abuse the public trust. Once again, Broward State Attorney Mike Satz comes up looking soft on political corruption. And just who is Miami-Dade...
  • Howard Finkelstein, chief public defender, Broward County

    Howard Finkelstein, chief public defender, Broward County
    Last week: This week the Palm Beach State Attorney's office joined prosecutors from big cities around the state in creating a DUI diversion program for first time offenders. The participants are punished almost the same as if they received a DUI...
  • About Howard Finkelstein

    About Howard Finkelstein
    Howard Finkelstein has been the elected Public Defender of Broward County since 2005.  He has practiced criminal law in both the private and the public sector. He was instrumental in the creation of both drug court and the nation's first mental health...
  • Hit-run killer Ryan LeVin allowed to travel

     
    Nothing like some good outrage for the holiday season. The cases involving notorious South Florida deadly drivers John Goodman and Ryan LeVin have provided plenty. When I heard that Goodman had been allowed to return to his Wellington mansion to......