Broward Sex Crime Prosecutor Gets Off
Broward Sex Crime Prosecutor Gets Off-Broward County Assistant State Attorney Stacey Honowitz will not face prosecution for stealing beauty products from an Aventura Publix.
Honowitz was given “A Notice to Appear” citation, a type of arrest, on September 15th by Aventura police after viewing a surveillance video with risk management employees showing the Broward prosecutor putting some beauty products into her purse, then failing to pay for them before leaving the store.
Security footage released by Aventura police shows Broward County Assistant State Attorney Stacey Honowitz browsing in a cosmetics aisle with her daughter at a Publix on Saturday September 15th, when she placed several items in her purse, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
She was later seen paying a cashier for about $130.00 in groceries and waiting in line to buy lottery tickets, but she was stopped from leaving the store with her daughter by a security guard and a store employee.
The employees at Publix called police to arrest Honowitz.
Honowitz was given “A Notice to Appear” citation, a type of arrest, her thumbprint was taken, and she was released with notice to appear in court.
Her attorney, Jayne Weintraub, claims the prosecutor “inadvertently did not pay” for the cosmetics when she paid for her groceries.
“This was a simple act of forgetfulness,” Weintraub said. “This is just like putting a case of water beneath your cart and forgetting to pay. She had absolutely no intent to commit a crime.”
Her attorney Weintraub said Honowitz “simply forgot” about the three items, lipstick, mascara and a face cream, when it came time to pay and didn’t leave the store after paying for her groceries.
Prosecutors Dropped The Case
On November 05th, Prosecutors dropped the case against the Assistant State Attorney, whose lawyer said the incident was just a misunderstanding.
According to her attorney, the case against Honowitz was dropped following a thorough review of video footage documenting the Broward prosecutor’s time in Publix on that day.
Her attorney pointed out that her client was standing next to a Publix employee when she dropped the cosmetics into her purse.
“She didn’t clandestinely hide anything that she was doing. She was on the phone, she was distracted, and when she went to pay, naturally she forgot to pay,” her attorney Weintraub said.
“This was a terrible mistake but this was not a crime. Stacey Honowitz would not commit a crime and did not commit a crime.”
The Broward prosecutor has been reinstated to her position, earning about $108,000 a year, following a suspension, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Did Honowitz Get Special Treatment?
We’ll have to approach this from two slightly different perspectives. The first one is viewing Ms. Honowitz as a private citizen, and a professional, (attorney).
From that perspective; she was offered what many first time offenders would have been offered. Pre-trial diversion, and the charges dropped.
Our sources tell us she had to watch a four hour online video about shoplifting.
Viewing this now from the other perspective; Ms. Honowitz as an attorney, (officer of the court), all attorneys are officers of the court, and as a Prosecutor/Law Enforcement Officer. Prosecutors are considered to be law Enforcement Officers in Florida.
Well, from what you can see in the police report, when police are arrested, they cover up a lot of information about them. Such as her fingerprint and signature.
Something else really got our attention. These two statements made by her attorney:
“the case against Honowitz was dropped following a thorough review of video footage documenting the Broward prosecutor’s time in Publix on that day.”
“her client was standing next to a Publix employee when she dropped the cosmetics into her purse.“
“She was on the phone, she was distracted“
Look At The Video AGAIN
Her attorney, Jayne Weintraub,claims-“her client was standing next to a Publix employee when she dropped the cosmetics into her purse.“
Looking at the video, we fail to see any Publix employee anywhere near Honowitz. There is a Publix cart an employee would use to stock shelves, but no employee is to be seen.
“She was on the phone, she was distracted“
She certainly doesn’t seem to be distracted. She is not talking on the phone, or texting. She is holding her phone in her left hand. It’s possible she was using one of those shopping list apps, but she definitely does not seem to be distracted.
A couple other things that deserve mentioning
Cases are suppose to be assigned to judges randomly.
The first judge assigned to the Honowitz case was newly appointed judge Raul A. Cuervo.
The case however was dismissed by retired, but active judge Martin Shapiro.
The other thing is when we tried to look up the court file at the Miami-Dade Clerk of the Court, we put in all the information but kept getting a “No File Found” response.
Then we noticed something. Of course we entered “FEMALE” for Honowitz, but if you look at the police report, they have her as a “MALE”.
This probably was not an error. Come on, they knew she was a woman, and it’s doubtful that was accidental. More than likely, in our opinion, this was one law enforcement officer, covering for another.
We told you what the end result of that was. Not being able to look up the court case. This is typical.
The corruption in South Florida never seems to cease.
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