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  • Assistant Public Defender Drew Atria retires

    Assistant Public Defender Drew Atria retires
    He was a fixture at the Broward County courthouse in Fort Lauderdale and known to viewers of bond court proceedings that are live streamed on SunSentinel.com every day. Assistant Public Defender Drew Atria retired Friday, after 28 years serving indigent...
  • Broward judge rebuffs demand he remove himself from massive caseload

    Broward judge rebuffs demand he remove himself from massive caseload
    Prosecutors have called for a recently elected Broward circuit judge to remove himself from nearly 1,000 criminal cases because he showed favoritism to a defense lawyer. But Friday, the judge refused. The State Attorney's Office said Judge John Contini...
  • Cops' racist messages could imperil criminal cases, attorneys say

    Cops' racist messages could imperil criminal cases, attorneys say
    In a deepening scandal over racist texts and a video shared by former Fort Lauderdale police officers, the Broward Public Defender said he would seek the dismissal of at least 56 pending criminal cases in which four officers were involved. "If the State...
  • Governor to choose from six lawyers to replace former Judge Gisele Pollack

    Governor to choose from six lawyers to replace former Judge Gisele Pollack
    Broward's Judicial Nominating Commission sent the names of six lawyers for Gov. Rick Scott to consider to replace former Broward County Judge Gisele Pollack. The commission, which consists of nine members, met with 18 candidates on Tuesday and...
  • Defense attorneys primary victims in case of files purged by Hollywood police

    Defense attorneys primary victims in case of files purged by Hollywood police
    Defense attorneys, a Pembroke Pines police officer and a reporter were among the victims of a public records debacle at the Hollywood Police Department that resulted from two high-ranking officers deleting Internal Affairs files. Assistant Police...
  • Hallandale Beach seeks better relations between public, police

    Hallandale Beach seeks better relations between public, police
    A town hall meeting might not be enough to dispel a community's distrust of police. But it's a good start, city officials say. "Nationally we know what's going on," Hallandale Beach Chief Dwayne Flournoy said Thursday night during a forum aimed at...
  • Hallandale seeks bridge between police, minorities

    Hallandale seeks bridge between police, minorities
    — This city will not be another Ferguson, police officials here say. To help forge trust within the minority community, Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy plans to hold a series of town hall meetings where people can ask questions about police conduct...
  • Alguacil promete investigación tras video en que policía arrastra por el piso a una incapacitada

    Alguacil promete investigación tras video en que policía arrastra por el piso a una incapacitada
    Un veterano oficial de la oficina del Alguacil de Broward (BSO) que arrastró a una mujer con discapacidad mental a lo largo de un pasillo de la corte desde la cadena que ataba sus pies, fue puesto en asignación restringida. Christopher Johnson, quien...
  • Hallandale hosts forum Thursday to hear concerns about police

    Hallandale hosts forum Thursday to hear concerns about police
    City Commissioner Anthony Sanders says he's no cop hater. But he knows people who are. It's those folks the city hopes to reach with its first police forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Center, 410 SE Third St. "We know what's...
  • Mayo: Disturbing cop videos a slap to decency

    Mayo: Disturbing cop videos a slap to decency
    A Fort Lauderdale cop slaps a homeless man seated on the ground. A Broward Sheriff's courthouse deputy drags a mentally ill woman by her ankle shackles through a hallway. Taken together, it's a pretty horrific one-two combo. In my mind, it is bad policing...
  • Broward deputy drags cuffed woman through courthouse hallway by her feet

    Broward deputy drags cuffed woman through courthouse hallway by her feet
    A veteran Broward Sheriff's deputy who dragged a mentally incompetent woman through a courthouse hallway by the shackles around her ankles is now on restricted duty. Christopher Johnson, who joined the department in 1988, will not have contact with...