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  • 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...
  • Police become first responders in mental-health crisis

    The question was simple: What are some names we call people with mental illness? The cops in the classroom laughed nervously before answering: nut job, bananas, schizo, psycho, cuckoo, wacko, whackadoodle, Signal 20, crazy, loco, insane, batty,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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......
  • Investigación de programa de reality TV da lugar a publicación de lista de policías de Broward en problemas con la ley

    Investigación de programa de reality TV da lugar a publicación de lista de policías de Broward en problemas con la ley
    Una investigación relacionada con un programa de Reality TV de la oficina del jefe de la policía de Broward ha dado lugar a la publicación de la lista de un fiscal estatal con más de 100 agentes y ex agentes de policía, cuyos testimonios pueden ser...
  • Reality TV producers flirting with idea of more cop programs here

     
    UPDATE: The stars of ???Police Women of Broward County??? and ???Unleashed: K-9 Broward County??? are supposed to appear at the Publix at 5211 Sheridan Street in Hollywood from 10:30 a.m.. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, the Sheriff???s Office said. Lamberti...