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Miami Mans Wins Wrongful Arrest Lawsuit With Evidence from the 'The First 48' Show

The reality TV show The First 48 and the City of Miami got its own dose of reality earlier this month when a federal jury awarded $850,000 to 27-year-old Taiwan Smart for a wrongful arrest that was made as a part of the show.

Credibility of Bite Mark Evidence Called into Question

A recent series in the Washington Post analyzed some of the questions surrounding the subjective field of bite mark analysis in criminal court proceedings. The articles addressed the field itself, particularly the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) and its advocates.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Leaves Train Passenger Broke

In a surprising twist on what starts out like a classic American dream story, Joseph Rivers just became the most recent casualty in a practice known as civil asset forfeiture, which allows law enforcement officials to take money and property from citizens, even if they haven't been found guilty.

Supreme Court Rules that Police Can't Hold Suspects for Drug Sniffing Dogs

The Supreme Court recently made a ruling in the case of Rodriguez vs. United States of America that says police cannot detain a suspect at a traffic stop to wait for a drug-sniffing dog to arrive. The Nebraska case started as a routine traffic stop, but turned into a test of the parameters of the Fourth Amendment.

Baseball Agents Cleared of Wrongdoing in Biogenesis Probe

Baseball agents Sam and Seth Levinson, founders of the sports agency ACES, Inc. have just been cleared in an investigation by the Major League Baseball Players Association. It was determined that the agents did not have knowledge of steroid and other PED use by their clients at the Biogenesis clinic.

Six Indicted in Residential International Mortgage Fraud Scheme

In February four Miami residents and two Brazil residents were charged with international mortgage fraud. They are reportedly involved in fraudulent mortgage loans for residential properties in Miami-Dade in Palm Beach counties. From October 2005 to May 2007, the six individuals were allegedly involved in $9 million in fraudulent loans. Although charges were pressed in February, the case wasn't unsealed until Monday, April 6.

Psychiatrist Found Guilty as Medicare Fraud Convictions Continue

Psychiatrist Barry Kaplowitz was convicted by a jury yesterday in another case of Medicare fraud In South Florida. Kaplowoitz was on the payroll at Hollywood Pavilion, a Broward County psychiatric facility. The same jury also found Tiffany Foster, who had served in an administrative capacity at the same facility guilty. Hollywood Pavilion, has the subject of a prominent Medicare fraud case.

Police Officer in Miami Arrested for Misconduct

Miami-Dade police officer Joshua Zacarias was arrested on Tuesday, February 3 and charged with official misconduct. The charge stems for a hit-and-run accident that took place at the Miami Lakes district station. Zacarias originally reported that the damage was caused when someone vandalized his car with a key.

Internet Model Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Vehicular Homicide in Miami

Early in the morning of August 22, 2010, Lindsay Armada was headed home from a night of partying with friend at Downtown Miami's late-night hotspots, Nocturnal and Space. Armada was driving on the Palmetto Expressway when she tried to pass a car, but instead struck a curb and lost control of her car. State troopers reported that Armada then crashed into a tree on the side of the highway. The crash killed two of her passengers, Nicolas Garzon and Luis Suarez, and left the third passenger, Ashley Tellez, in a body cast for six months. A witness estimated that Armada was traveling at a speed of about 90 miles per hour.

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