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August 2013 Archives

Tampa bomb maker faces federal charges

It's worth pointing out that not all crimes begin with nefarious intentions. In many cases, defendants accused of causing harm are shocked to find themselves facing criminal charges. It's the job of a criminal defense attorney to accurately and convincingly present a client's case in court so the defendant is treated fairly.

Is the Florida psychic case fraud, a business dispute or racism?

Federal prosecutors have indicted a Fort Lauderdale psychic advisor on 15 counts of conspiracy, fraud, money laundering and tax offenses, even after two prior attempts to charge her were rejected by federal magistrates and criticized as "shameful" and "slipshod." Prosecutors were forced to drop several federal charges and reduce the alleged financial losses -- and the remaining case could be tainted by the main complainant's close ties to police and a reasonable claim of anti-Roma bias.

Defense attorney calls for unrestricted review of Tampa DUI cases

If you've been following the news here in Tampa recently, you've no doubt heard about the shakeup in the Tampa Police Department's DUI unit. After the suspicious DUI arrest of a lawyer involved in the high-profile libel case between shock jocks Todd 'MJ' Schnitt and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem in the midst of trial -- and another apparently targeted at a noted Cuban trade advocate -- the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office launched an investigation.

2 Florida mayors, 2 lobbyists accused of extortion in FBI sting

Is public corruption rampant in Florida's small towns? The FBI seems to think so, considering that it has been investigating Florida mayors and lobbyists for two years after receiving a single, confidential tip. This week, that FBI sting operation resulted in two South Florida mayors and two lobbyists being charged with conspiracy to commit extortion in their official roles after they allegedly accepted kickbacks in return for shepherding supposedly fraudulent federal grant applications through the system and lying about it.

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