CURRENT NEWS--->>>>County Employee Gets Jail Time For Stupidity-A Broward County employee spent several hours trapped inside an inmate holding cell at the new main courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale last Wednesday after she mistakenly walked through the wrong door and couldn’t get out.------Body Cameras Bill Signed by Governor Rick Scott-Recently, a bill signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott, now requires Florida police departments that have their officers use body cameras establish policies and procedures for the proper use, maintenance and storage of the cameras and the data they record.------DETECTIVES ARREST SPIDERMAN ROBBER & ACCOMPLICE-Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested 19-year-old Chestlie Saintmelus, and 20-year-old Trenard Young for a series of robberies including the April 12 armed robbery at the 7-Eleven at 12 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.------BURGLARY OAKLAND PARK RESTAURANT-Around 5:55 a.m. May 18, the burglar smashed his way into Thai Spice at 1514 E. Commercial Blvd. in Oakland Park.------Woman in Scripted Robbery Attempt Dania Walgreens Arrested-Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives with the Violence Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response (VIPER) Unit found Joyce Shore this afternoon in a drug store parking lot in Hollywood.------CUSTOMERS CAUGHT IN CROSSFIRE ARMED ROBBERY-Security video shows an armed robbery takeover of Cash Inn Pawn Shop in West Park by two unidentified men.------Child Pornography-Child Exploitation---Broward Lawyer David Rothenberg To Pay Child Pornography Victims $142,600 Judge Rules-He was sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison.----Earlier this month a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale also ordered David Rothenberg to pay a total of $142,600 in restitution to nine of the children who appeared in the disturbing digital images.------DETECTIVES LOOKING FOR MAN WHO SHOT-KIDNAPPED WOMAN IN OAKLAND PARK-Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a 34-year-old man who shot and kidnapped his girlfriend from an Oakland Park hotel last week. Bruce Leroy Williams is wanted on a warrant for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Williams, who is also known as “Pig,” is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs roughly 220 lbs. He may be driving a 2016 silver Hyundai Tucson SUV with an Illinois tag of R364796. Williams’ last known address is in Deerfield Beach.-----May 12, 2017: Broward sheriff’s deputies arrested Pamela Stigger, a 33 actress who also works as a middle school teacher. Police claim that they caught her in the act with a 15 year old boy. The two were found at 2 a.m. parked in her car, and he was without his pants.------Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Arrested After Allegedly Falsifying Records During Shift-Oreth Smith was arrested Tuesday March 28, 2017, following an investigation that also showed he falsified inmate head count records at the Broward County Jail. The 35-year-old deputy is charged with official misconduct and introducing contraband into the jail.------Police Searching For Van That Struck Teen In Pompano Hit & Run-----The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about the crash to call Detective Michael Wiley at 954-321-4840 or Broward County Crime Stoppers, at 954-493-8477 or online, at browardcrimestoppers.org------After complaints of thefts during searches, Miami police Officer Jose R. Acosta was arrested, according to the Miami Police Department on charges of armed burglary of conveyance and armed grand theft.------Who is Mr. Johnnie Scott, And what is His Story?- A single father with three children,-he was falsely accused of several serious felonies,-over two years in jail,-lost custody of his children and pretty much everything he owned-found not guilty by jury trial in the spring of 2015--Read his story here------

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THAT IPAD DOES NOT COME WITH YOUR HAPPY MEAL

THAT IPAD DOES NOT COME WITH YOUR HAPPY MEAL-Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are trying to identify a woman who walked into a McDonald’s restaurant to buy a happy meal and walked out with the meal and an iPad.

The distasteful theft took place around 7:15 p.m. on June 12 in Deerfield Beach. The woman, who arrived in a white SUV, walked up to the counter and placed her order. She stepped away to use the bathroom.

Meanwhile, another customer stepped up to the counter and put down his iPad and a sweater while he placed his order. The man grabbed his sweater and walked over to the soda machine to fill his cup leaving the iPad behind.

He was standing by the soda machine waiting for his food when the woman approached the counter to grab her happy meal. As she walked away, the iPad caught her eye.

Though the owner of the tablet was standing a couple of feet away from his iPad, he didn’t notice when the woman looked around, grabbed the device and walked away.

The suspect arrived alone, but she is seen leaving with a young girl who had been inside the McDonald’s with another lady.

Anyone who can identify the thief, the young girl or the woman accompanying the young girl is asked to call BSO Detective Chris Caldwell at 954-480-4287. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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THIEVES VIOLENTLY ROB FEMALE VICTIM

THIEVES VIOLENTLY ROB FEMALE VICTIM

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Detectives are searching for the individuals who robbed a woman as she placed her groceries in her trunk, and then viciously kicked at the victim when she tried to stop them.

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At about 5:30 p.m. July 29, a 61-year-old woman was preoccupied placing her groceries into her car in the Walmart parking lot at 4700 S. Flamingo Road in Cooper City. The victim caught the eye of a group of thieves in a dark car.

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The thieves pulled up near the victim’s car. A male with long dreadlocks jumped out, grabbed the victim’s purse and jumped back into the back seat of the car. The victim ran after the thief and grabbed the purse, preventing his escape.

In order to break the victim’s grip, the thief kicked the woman several times in the chest, causing her to fall back onto the pavement. The victim sustained injuries to her chest and elbows and received treatment at Memorial West Hospital.

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About an hour after the violent theft, a male was captured by security cameras at the Walmart, at 3001 North State Road 7 in Lauderdale Lakes, attempting to use the victim’s stolen credit card to purchase a PlayStation. The suspect wore a blue striped hoodie, a white undershirt and camouflage pants. 

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Anyone who has information is asked to contact BSO Detective Mark Copley at 954-321-4738. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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BEARDED THIEF TAKES CUSTOMER’S WALLET WHILE WAITING IN LINE

BEARDED THIEF TAKES CUSTOMER’S WALLET WHILE WAITING IN LINE

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BEARDED THIEF TAKES CUSTOMER’S WALLET WHILE WAITING IN LINE-The victim had his wallet stolen while waiting in line at an Oakland Park convenience store. Now, Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are releasing surveillance video of the theft in the hopes that the loathsome suspect can be identified.

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Around 4 p.m. July 7, the victim put his wallet and merchandise on the counter as he waited to pay at the Mobil gas station at 901 W. Oakland Park Blvd. When it was his turn, the victim grabbed his would-be purchases but left behind his slim wallet. That’s when the suspect, who was standing behind him, swiped the wallet.

Detectives say as the victim and other customers looked for his wallet, the callous thief stood by unmoved. The suspect even remained in the store to buy a sports drink. The victim later found out that two unauthorized transactions were made with his missing debit card.

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In the video, the suspect’s distinctive tattoos can be seen on the right side of his body. He was wearing a sleeveless blue Nike T-shirt, gray shorts and light-colored sneakers. He sported sunglasses, a bald head and a long blackish beard. The suspect left the store, by motorcycle, and headed west on West Oakland Park Boulevard.

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Anyone who has information is asked to contact BSO Detective Robert Sokol at 954-202-3144. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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Armed Robber Takes Cash & Cigarettes

Armed Robber Takes Cash & Cigarettes

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Armed Robber Takes Cash & Cigarettes-An armed robber walked into a Dania Beach gas station and immediately went to work. With a gun in hand, he ordered the clerk to open the cash register, snatched the cash and cash drawer and then paused to select a pack of smokes. Once he found the cigarettes he wanted, he fled into a waiting white Buick Rendezvous.

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Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are hoping newly released surveillance video will help ID the suspect.

The armed robbery happened around 5 a.m. July 23 at Chevron gas station, 2080 Griffin Road. In the video, the suspect is wearing a long-sleeve black top, loose-fitting black shorts and a pair of distinctive black and white sneakers. At one point during the robbery, his light-colored boxers can be seen. The crook’s face is covered with a black cloth and shades. He’s about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs roughly 150 pounds.

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The suspect and his driver sped off in the later-model SUV, which has a sunroof, rack and gold trim. The SUV’s left light was broken. It was seen heading east toward I-95.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Armando Enrique at 954-321-4200. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR STALKING BROWARD JUDGES

MAN ARRESTED FOR STALKING BROWARD JUDGES

MAN ARRESTED FOR STALKING BROWARD JUDGES-Last week Broward Sheriff Deputies arrested a Fort Lauderdale man, for “stalking and harassing” several Broward County judges according to authorities.

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Deputies arrested Todd Edward Watson and charged him with fifteen misdemeanor counts of “stalking-harassing” a county official. 

Mr. Watson has accused the judges of some serious criminal acts relating to a previous 2009 criminal conviction for:

Driving Under The Influence and Possession of Oxycodone.

He was later re-arrested and the charge was changed to Trafficking Oxycodone 28g><30k.

In Florida, if you don’t have a prescription, simple possession of certain controlled substances can end up with you being charged with the weight, not the number of pills you have.

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The mainstream media is doing what they normally do, sensationalizing the story to sell advertising calling him a “convicted drug trafficker”, portraying him to be a lot worse than the truth of the situation.

Mr. Watson contacted South Florida Corruption in early April with his story.

Among some of his claims are that after his conviction, in which he entered into a plea bargain and was sentenced to six years, he was brought back to court after a short time in prison, and re-sentenced to 25 years.

He said this was done illegally, and filed his own appeal on that matter.

Apparently it was not done legally, because the 4th District Court of Appeals agreed with him, and reinstated the original six year sentence.

He was now free to leave prison because at the time the 4th DCA reinstated the original six year sentence, he had been there now for eight years. This is part of where his anger  is coming from.

After being released Mr. Watson called several Broward judges and voiced his “opinion” about his case. He recorded these calls and published several videos of those calls on YouTube. He then contacted us at South Florida Corruption and several other websites and asked us to publish them too.

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In these videos, Mr. Watson never threatens anyone with violence. He doesn’t say he’ll hurt anyone. The worst thing he says is that he wants to see them all die in prison. 

As you listen to these calls keep in mind it is not a “crime” to make untrue statements about someone. if the statements are not true, that is what’s called a “Tort”. A civil matter where the only remedy is a civil lawsuit, not jail.

Yes, most of these calls are made to sitting judges. But we would remind everyone that in Florida judges are elected officials. If you were to call your state legislature or any of your elected officials and just stated your displeasure with some of their actions, would you think you could be arrested?

The judges snap their fingers, The sheriff’s office jumps, and the guy is arrested

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We personally know a few people, and are sure some of you do also, that had some ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, calling and leaving much worse messages as this guy did. One woman was stalked for nine months by her ex-boyfriend who left almost eighty very threatening voice mails. Saying thing like he’ll set the car on fire, burn down the place she was living at, people are going to be wearing concrete vests. among them.

When these people called the police they got responses like, “oh, that’s free speech, he hasn’t broken the law YET”, In other words, they did nothing and claimed not to be able to.

But in Broward County, the most disciplined county in the state by the Florida Judicial Qualification Commission, (JQC), and the Florida Supreme Court, the judges snap their fingers, the sheriff’s office jumps, and the guy is arrested.

If you were to call, say Marco Rubio’s office and leave a message like:

You a**-hole, I didn’t like the way you voted in congress last week. I feel like you put the constitution on the end of a flag pole and rammed it up my a**. I want to see you die in prison.

Do you think the Secret Service would be showing up at your door? Probably not because you made no specific threat. Part of an elected officials job is to listen to their constituent’s “opinions”.

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The only time the judges in Broward care about what voters think is when they’re up for re-election

Mr. Watson is charged with fifteen misdemeanor counts and his bonds total $100,000.

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One hundred thousand dollars for misdemeanors that do not even involve any “physical” actions, only speech. He made about seventeen calls he videoed and uploaded, and he’s charged with fifteen counts. Coincidence?

He may have made other calls that only the police and state attorney know about and have recordings of, the case is to new for anything to be in the court records yet. But if all they have are the recordings that match the videos he uploaded, than they might have a hard time convicting him.

Another interesting thing about this case is-Watson was arrested July 18th. The very next day the office of the public defender filed a motion with the court to be removed from the case.???

What? They’re trying to make the guy go through this without a lawyer? What are these people trying to pull? A misdemeanor like he is charged with carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in the county jail, and or a maximum $1000.00 fine.

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A sheriff’s deputy stated to us that they are trying to get YouTube to take the videos down. Good luck with that one. Looks like some people don’t want the public to hear them.

We are publishing his videos on our YouTube Channel, in the interest of justice, information and free speech. We have previous permission to publish these videos, and Mr. Watson both created and uploaded the videos to his you tube channel and according to YouTube, he is the legal copyright holder.

Don’t forget, there is a judicial election next year in Broward County., and we vote in August, not November. We back no candidate, we say vote them all out every time!

 

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TEENS WITH TIME TO WASTE WREAK HAVOC ON PUBLIC RESOURCES

TEENS WITH TIME TO WASTE WREAK HAVOC ON PUBLIC RESOURCES

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TEENS WITH TIME TO WASTE WREAK HAVOC ON PUBLIC RESOURCES-Deputies are searching for a squad of young men wasting time by setting off a fire alarm at a Deerfield Beach hotel, the result of which is a waste of public resources and a heightened risk to public safety.

At 12:33 a.m. June 14, four young males entered the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, located at 2096 N.E. Second Street. Security cameras captured the rowdy crew entering through the lobby and roaming around the hotel, seemingly aimless, for several minutes.

They made their way to the rear of the hotel and exited through panic bar exit doors. As the group exited, one of the unidentified males stepped back inside and intentionally pulled the fire alarm. The hotel was evacuated, and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene.

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The male who triggered the alarm is described as a teenager, possibly Hispanic, 140 lbs., approximately 5 foot 9 inches, with a medium complexion and tightly-curled brown hair. He wore a yellow T-shirt, black shorts and sandals.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Detective Andrew Gianino at 954-571-4597. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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ARMED ROBBER DOES A NUMBER ON STORE TAKES CASH AND LOTTO TICKETS

ARMED ROBBER DOES A NUMBER ON STORE TAKES CASH AND LOTTO TICKETS

ARMED ROBBER DOES A NUMBER ON STORE TAKES CASH AND LOTTO TICKETS-Just after midnight Thursday, a male walked into a North Lauderdale convenience store and left with cash and lottery tickets. Broward Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives are releasing surveillance video of the incident in the hopes that someone can identify the culprit.

Military Uniform Supply - Military & Tactical GearIt was about 12:10 a.m. July 13, when the suspect first entered the Mobil gas station store at 7100 Kimberly Blvd. He asked for a pack of cigarettes, and as the clerk handed the cigarettes to the robber, the clerk was met with a gun. The armed robber demanded that the employee empty the register till and give him the roll of scratch-off lotto tickets.

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The suspect is described as being about 6 feet tall and having a stocky build. He wore a baseball cap, black hoodie and pants. He had his hands so full with the bag of cash and the lottery tickets that he stuffed the gun into the front of his pants.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Detective Mohammad Razi at 954-321-4547. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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BRAZEN ARMED ROBBERS

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BRAZEN ARMED ROBBERS-It took two armed robbers less than one minute to terrorize two victims and get away with a significant amount of cash from a neighborhood convenience store. Now detectives are releasing a video of the harrowing crime in the hope that the public can help identify the two armed men.

Just after 10:30 p.m. June 27, two armed men entered Los Paisas Groceries, located at 1851 S. State Road 7 in Unincorporated Broward County, through a back door.

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The first robber walked behind the counter. He brandished his gun at the clerk and pushed him aside.

He grabbed all the cash as well as a box filled with several months’ worth of transactions receipts.

The second man moved quickly toward the front door. He set his sights on stopping a customer from fleeing. He pointed a gun, possibly a TEC-9, at the customer who initially tried to bat the gun away and run out the front door.

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The robber grabbed the victim by the back of his shirt, dragged him back in and threw him to the ground. All the while, he pointed his gun at the victim.

The suspects fled in a white car, possibly a Toyota Camry. The first suspect wore black pants, a black jacket, a gray hoodie, a face mask and gloves. He was approximately 5 foot 9 inches tall with a heavy build. The second suspect wore black jeans, a white T-shirt, a gray hoodie, a face mask and gloves. He was about 5 foot 10 inches tall and had a thin frame.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Detective Armando Enrique at 954-321-4270. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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SUSPECT BEATS ELDERLY MAN IN FRONT OF CHILD

SUSPECT BEATS ELDERLY MAN IN FRONT OF CHILD

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Victim: Anthony DePaul, male, 68, Dania Beach (HOSPITALIZED)

SUSPECT BEATS ELDERLY MAN IN FRONT OF CHILD-A 68-year-old man is in critical condition after being beaten on the Fourth of July outside a Walgreens in Dania Beach.

Around 7:30 p.m., the victim parks near the entrance of the Walgreens located at 202 S. Federal Highway in Dania Beach.

As the victim approaches the front door he exchanges words with a man walking in accompanied by a young boy. It appears as though the suspect tells the young boy to step to a side and proceeds to punch the elderly man several times, knocking him back onto the ground.

The suspect then flees the scene in a red/copper, two-door sedan, possibly a Pontiac. The vehicle has a sunroof and tinted windows.

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Witnesses rushed over to where the victim lay unconscious and called for help. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported DePaul to an area hospital where he remains in critical condition. He suffered a broken jaw and has bleeding in the brain.

The suspect is described as a male with long dreadlocks. He’s seen on video wearing a blue shirt with jean shorts and white sneakers.

In addition to information about the suspect, detectives want to speak to the witnesses seen leaving the store at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Violent Crimes Detective Kasia Wlodarczyk at 954-321-4291. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.browardcrimestoppers.org/. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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State Attorney Aramis Ayala Abusing Office

State Attorney Aramis Ayala Abusing Office

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State Attorney Aramis Ayala Abusing Office

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State Attorney Aramis Ayala Abusing Office-Last Wednesday The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments from attorney’s for Florida’s Governor Rick Scott and Orange-Osceola Prosecutor Aramis Ayala.

Aramis Ayala, the state attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, announced in March that she doesn’t plan to seek the death penalty in any cases her office prosecutes. In April, she filed cases against the governor in Florida’s Supreme Court and at the federal level.

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The issue at hand is whether or not the governor had the authority to reassign capitol murder cases from prosecutor Ayala, to 5th Circuit State Attorney Brad King.

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Governor Scott and Orange Osceola Prosecutor Aramis Ayala

Governor Scott called on State Attorney Ayala to recuse herself immediately from prosecuting the Markeith Loyd case after she refused to consider the death penalty in his case.

State Attorney Ayala refused to recuse herself and Governor Scott removed her from the case and reassigned it to the 5th Circuit’s State Attorney Brad King.

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Loyd faces 11 counts, including murder and firearm charges, for allegedly killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon and Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton. Lloyd’s arrest followed an extensive manhunt and chase that resulted in the death of another deputy.

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In the Florida Supreme Court last Wednesday, the justices appearing to be agitated, spent most of the time firing their questions at Ayala’s attorney, Roy Austin.

Ayala claims that Gov. Rick Scott violated state law when he transferred twenty-four murder cases to another prosecutor, 5th Circuit State Attorney Brad King, and she wants the court to return the cases to her office.

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No such authority exists,” Ayala’s attorney, Roy Austin, told justices in a full courtroom, calling the cases “stolen.”

 

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Justice, C. Alan Lawson, questioned the assertion by Austin that Ayala is not challenging the law that Scott cited for his actions.

The statute says he (the Governor) can do this,” said justice Lawson.

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Justice Fred Lewis began the questioning with the statement “I don’t see how this is prosecutorial discretion, when you have a state officer saying she is not going to follow the law.

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Chief Justice Jorge Labarga said if Ayala’s position is correct that “we could end up with a situation where in the state of Florida, one circuit with the death penalty, one circuit without it, all over the place.” “How is that proper?” he further states, “Why do we need a legislature, if we have that?”

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Justice Charles Canady, a former state legislator, took issue with Ayala’s “absolutist” position, and noted that a governor can suspend a state attorney for misfeasance.

Why couldn’t this be viewed as an instance of misfeasance?” Canady asked.

Roy Austin argued that state attorneys should have the right to do what voters in their circuit want.

The fact is she never told voters of her intentions to not seek the ultimate penalty. Like a lot of liberal politicians, she purports to know what voters want better than they themselves do. Seems she was worried if she informed voters of her intentions, she would have lost the election and would not have been able to carry out her well organized and thought out plan to subjugate the Florida legislature.

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Justice Barbara Pariente pointed out that if Ayala’s position is that she disagrees with the death penalty, “she didn’t run on that platform” in her campaign.

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Florida Solicitor General Amit Agarwal, represented governor Scott. He said state law clearly gives the governor the power to take action against any state attorney for any “good and sufficient reason that the ends of justice would be best served.” he said,  said Ayala’s “blanket policy” nullifies a law enacted by the Legislature.

Capital punishment has been in limbo in Florida for the last 18 months. The US Supreme Court ruled in January 2016 that the state’s death penalty process was unconstitutional, and the state’s Supreme court ruled against a proposed fix to that law late last year.

On Tuesday March 14th, 2017, the governor signed a new death penalty bill, which had rare bipartisan support to stand up to those legal challenges.

The Senate unanimously passed SB 280. The next day the Florida House approved it, 112-3.

Florida will now require a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed, rather than just a simple majority vote.

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In fact, after her March announcement, an investigation by WFTV in Orlando by Field Sutton shows she probably had this planned before the election, and never said so to voters.

Channel 9’s Field Sutton pored through hundreds of pages of communications from the state attorney’s office.

9 Investigates found out Ayala took advice from justice reform groups beginning on January 09th, and continuing through the March 16 announcement.

According to WFTV Orlando, Miriam Krinsky, executive director of an organization called Fair and Just Prosecution, sent a message to Ayala trying to connect her with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.

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Krinsky described Ayala in the emails as someone “looking for smart thinking around changing paradigms and — most immediately — thinking through death penalty strategies.”

Krinsky also set up a connection between Ayala and Rob Smith of Harvard Law’s Fair Punishment Project, telling Ayala, “I think it would be valuable…to chat as soon as possible [with Smith] about the death penalty issues.”

During this time, Stephanie Faucher, at the anti-death penalty 8th Amendment Project was sending what she called “messaging maps” to Ayala.

The documents included talking points like “the death penalty traps victims’ families in a decades-long cycle of uncertainty, court hearings and waiting,” which bore a striking resemblance to a portion of Ayala’s final announcement speech, according to the 9 investigative report.

According to 9 Investigates, through at least February 20th, Ayala’s office was still using a generic public statement that talked about continuing to seek the death penalty after receiving additional guidance on its implementation following various judicial and legislative decisions.

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During January and February, Krinsky continued sending lengthy notes to Ayala that were filled with advice like “it is important to not say anything that will create push back or counter pressure before you are ready to make an announcement, while also being careful to not say anything that could be viewed as counter to what you later end up rolling out.

For her attorney to argue in front of the court that she has a responsibility to the voters of her circuit, while hiding this from them until well after the election, in our opinion, not only borders on possible prosecutorial misconduct, but also a possible fraud on the voters there.

Maybe the voters there should consider a recall election as it appears they were robbed of making an informed decision. Most politicians lie but this seems to go far beyond that.

A prosecutors first duty is to the court. Not even voters have the right to decide which statutes should, or should not be enforced. After keeping her hidden agenda from voters, she now claims to know what the voters in her circuit really want?

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This was obviously a well planned and organized attempt by state attorney Aramis Ayala and a few outside organizations to subjugate, or “Hi-Jack” the Florida Legislature for their own personal beliefs.

Even when voters make it perfectly clear what they want, seems that some politicians still just don’t get it. They think they know better than us (voters) and even try to tell us it’s what we want or it’s the “right” thing to do.

For the record, we at South Florida Corruption are against the death penalty, except in the most extreme of circumstances. We did read the links to both the Fair Punishment Project, and the anti-death penalty 8th Amendment Project , and agree with a lot of what they say.

It’s their methodology we disagree with. To deceive the voters of Florida, in our opinion, then purport to know what they want, is unforgivable. If you don’t agree with the law, there is a thing called the Legislature.

Take note also that none of these organizations are actually in Florida.

The people of the state of Florida, as a whole, have decided there is to be a death penalty here. For any county, or a handful for that matter, to try to subjugate the Florida legislature with this kind of stunt is outrageous.

After watching the arguments and the responses from the justices, it’s our guess the court will see through these cheap stunt, and will side with the governor.

Ayala, a Democrat, was elected last November as state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties in the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

She’s the first African-American state attorney in Florida’s 172 years of statehood.

Florida Solicitor General Amit Agarwal argued that “Intelligent people of good will, can indeed disagree about the death penalty. But no one individual………….can make that decision.”

Markeith Loyd is accused of some pretty horrific crimes. Not only is he accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, when faced with capture he shot a police officer and, with plenty of time to get away, stood over her and executed the deputy. If anyone thinks that the people of Florida would not be demanding the “ultimate penalty” if he were white, please think again.

We ask our enforcement officers to put their lives on the line for us every day. When one is murdered in such a terrible way, it’s our duty as Floridians to demand the “ultimate penalty” and tell the nation,

“This is not to be done here, and it WILL NOT be tolerated.”

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