Loyal gym goers were totally shocked early one morning in late February when DEA agents raided local Miami gym, Iron Addicts, in a steroid ring bust. The Federal agents stormed the gym and pushed aside gym goers, used sledgehammers to knock down walls in the second floor offices above the gym, and confiscated some of the gym equipment. Richard Rodriguez, part owner of Iron Addicts was arrested and charged with being the head of a $10 million international steroid production and distribution ring, run primarily out of the second story office on top of the popular Miami gym.
Florida's legacy of harsh criminal sentencing is under the microscope lately as the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee concluded recently that too much state taxpayer money is being spent on people who have committed minor criminal offenses. The committee voted unanimously for SB 290, which ends minimum mandatory sentences for non-violent crimes. Liberal and conservative advocates have been pushing to reform Florida's historically harsh mandatory minimums for non-violent crimes for some time now, as these types of statutes have bogged down the judicial system and crowded prisons around the state.
Florida court cases involving the death penalty have been in a state of limbo since January 2016 when the United States Supreme Court ruled that the state's death penalty sentencing law was unconstitutional due to the fact that it gave too much power to judges with regards to sentencing. Since that ruling, capital punishment cases around the state have been on hold, as the state legislature and state Supreme Court have been working to establish a constitutional standard for capital punishment in the state of Florida. However, recently the Florida Supreme Court made a surprising ruling regarding current cases.
White Collar Crime is a term that commonplace in news outlets across the globe. These criminal acts include such offenses as embezzlement, bribery, money laundering, racketeering, and other financial crimes related to financial or property gain. It can also include the avoidance of a loss of finances or property and other deceptive acts from businesses and government professionals.
It's not uncommon for narcotics to be found at sea with drug distribution operations occurring in conjunction with fishermen. Typically, Fishermen are found to be transporting narcotics as "drug mules," however a recent event in Florida was somewhat different.
The Amazon Echo home assistants are capable of reciting the latest news and ordering you a transport, but can the famous "Alexa" also be helpful in cracking a case? According to Amazon, the Echo generally records mere snippets of conversation when triggered by the wake word, "Alexa." The question remains are those tiny bits of conversation useful and are they legally accessible?
In an odd case of fraud usually reserved for the silver screen, $3.6 million was stolen from a Miami Beach City Hall bank account over six months. The city named a couple of suspects that they believe may have been involved in the scandal; however, it is inconclusive as to who syphoned the money from the account. Though two longstanding employees resigned just after the discovery, they were not deemed suspects in the situation.
On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Florida's Amendment 2, commonly referred to as the medical marijuana amendment, went into effect after voters approved the change in November. While regulations are still not clearly defined-including whether or not smokeable marijuana will be allowed-what we do know is that the new law opens the window for the usage of cannabis for a wider array of medical conditions. The Florida Legislature and Department of Health is still working out the details, but here is what we do know.
Last year, Miami-Dade Police Office, Jonathan Lang was arrested from firing shots at a Corrections Officer's, Georgina Illa, vehicle. The incident left a bullet hole in the car and happened after Illa cut him off when they were on Florida's Turnpike in July 2014.
Dalia Dippolito's criminal defense attorneys will continue to argue police misconduct for the forthcoming the third trial for the allegations of trying to hire a hit-man to kill her then-husband, Michael Dippolito in 2009. The tactic used during the second trial was also police misconduct, causing a hung jury. Of six jurors, three were persuaded enough to cause a mistrial.