Mark NeJame 2003 News

Mark NeJame - Orlando's own Johnny Cochrank
Recently, we had the opportunity to meet with Mark NeJame, Central Florida's infamous criminal defense attorney.

The Owners; Power Quartet Calls Shots for Bars, Nightclubs
In the grid surrounding Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando, a few dozen bars and nightclubs compete for partygoers. But among the owners, four names consistently come up as power brokers in the competition.

Interview with Mark NeJame
Mark NeJame is truly a modern-day Renaissance man. He is regarded as one of the country’s most reputable criminal defense lawyers, and he is also an active member of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Downtown Strategic Transition Team.

Vows, then Wows
Giant butterflies greet the guests arriving for the NeJame-Arizola wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando on Saturday evening.

Man pleads to Lesser Crime in Blackmail Case: In return, he is assisting a state probe into Lou Pearlman's Web site business
A man convicted of blackmailing Orlando pop-music impresario Lou Pearlman is helping state officials investigate his intended victim's business empire.

Malicious Prosecution
At about 10 a.m. on Nov. 14, a federal SWAT team swarmed the 10,000-square foot, $3 million Isleworth mansion of Jesse Issa Maali, a 57-year-old, Palestinian-born entrepreneur who made a fortune selling T-shirts to tourists on I-Drive.

Judge Delays Gag Decision for Lawyers in Maali Case
A hearing to limit out-of-court comments by lawyers in the federal prosecution of gift-shop tycoon Jesse Maali ended Wednesday with a judge's promise to read up on the emotionally charged case before ruling.

Osceola Drug Bust Yields 70 Firearms
The link between guns and drug dealing hit a new benchmark for Central Florida this week when agents in Osceola County wrapped up an investigation that seized 70 firearms and more than 30,000 bullets. The arsenal belonged to a ring in St. Cloud that traded methamphetamine during the past year for pistols, assault rifles and shotguns, according to charges filed Tuesday in federal court in Orlando.

Judge Says Jesse Maali Isn't a Flight Risk
I-Drive businessman Jesse Maali, who is under federal indictment for money laundering and immigration violations, will not have to put up five million dollars cash to stay out of jail. A federal magistrate ruled that, despite questions over the legitimacy of two properties Maali used to secure a ten million dollar bond, he is not a risk to leave town.

Florida Arrest Renews Debate Over Muslim Charities - Entrepreneur's Donations Linked to Supporting Terrorism
Savvy entrepreneurs sprinkled souvenir shops along tourist-sated International Drive here like so many grains of salt, knowing that kiddies would tug their frazzled parents inside to load up on all manner of seashell statues, Mickey Mouse T-shirts and lacquered alligator jaws.

Former Aide Testifies Against Tycoon
The case against gift-shop magnate Jesse Maali advanced Tuesday when a former top aide publicly accused him of personally hiring foreign nationals to work illegally in Central Florida.