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Trayvon Martin: Sanford officials, Rep. Corrine Brown meet with Justice officials in Washington
Rep. Corrine Brown, and Sanford city leaders, who met in Washington today with U.S. Department of Justicer epresentatives, said they were committed to finding answers surrounding the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. "I am not satisfied with how this case was handled," said Brown, D-Jacksonville, speaking on the grounds of Capitol Hill. She said the crime scene was not properly contained and that has eroded people's faith that justice would be done. "People need to feel the system is fair."
Former Stetson Student Avoids Trial for Stalking Professor
A former Stetson University student who was accused last year of stalking and threatening one of her professors has entered into a pre-trial intervention program, the State. Attorney's Office announced today.
Lawyer: Deal in Works for Stetson Student Charged in Threats
The lawyer for a former Stetson University student accused of sending written death threats to a professor said Tuesday he is working on a plea deal he hopes will keep her out of jail.
Orlando Doctor Acquitted of Federal Conspiracy Charge
An Orlando doctor accused of covering up payments to a friend and employee who was receiving disability benefits has been acquitted of conspiring to defraud the government.
Sanford Cop's Son gets Probation for Punching Homeless Man
A Sanford police lieutenant's son who was captured on video, sucker-punching a homeless man outside a bar, knocking him out, on Monday pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was placed on a year of probation.
Lake's Dr. Akram Ismail gets Probation in Alleged Murder-for-Hire Scheme
Dr. Akram Ismail, who was accused of hiring patients to kill, maim or sexually embarrass a professional rival avoided jail by pleading guilty to lesser crimes, but he still faces a fight to regain his state medical license.
Prosecutors' Conduct can Tip Justice Scales
The jurors who helped put Nino Lyons in jail for three years had every reason to think that he was a drug trafficker, and, until July, no reason to doubt that justice had been done... But the federal prosecutors handling the case did not let the jury hear all the facts.
Attorneys Spar in Gray Case - Hearing about gag order set for Friday
Attorneys for Quinn Gray, charged with helping fake her own kidnapping and trying to extort money from her husband, said on an early morning news show Tuesday that the kidnapping was real and their client was raped.
Police: Florida Wife Faked her own Abduction - Cops say it was actually a $50,000 extortion plot cooked up with her lover (With Video)
Prosecutors contend the strange case of 37-year-old Quinn Gray, who claims she was abducted and held for four days in hellish captivity, is a cleverly planned ruse. They claim her supposed abductor, a 25-year-old Bosnian immigrant, was actually her lover, and that the pair plotted to extort cash from Quinn's well-heeled husband, Reid."
Gray's Attorney: 'Illness Explains All' - Jasmin Osmanovic Appeared In Court Tuesday; Gray Didn't
"Quinn Gray may not have reacted the way you or I would react or someone else would've reacted, but she's alive today," said Rick Jancha, another of Gray's attorneys. "So however she did react, it was the appropriate thing she did at the time. "
Orlando Commissioner Daisy Lynum cleared in ethics case over son's traffic stop
Orlando Commissioner Daisy Lynum did nothing wrong when she called the police chief in the middle of the night as her son was being pulled over by a patrolman, the Florida Ethics Commission ruled Friday.
Lynum Cleared Of Ethics Violation Allegations
Orlando City Commissioner Daisy Lynum has been cleared of ethics violation allegations. She was investigated for calling the police chief in the middle of the night, because she believed officers had racially profiled her son in a traffic stop.
Commissioner Lynum exonerated for complaining about possible racial profiling
An Orlando city commissioner is found to have done nothing wrong the night she called the police chief when her son was stopped by a patrolman.
Commissioner's Call Could Cost Her $10,000 (with video)
One phone call could end up costing an Orlando city commissioner $10,000. A state ethics lawyer with the Attorney General's Office wants Commissioner Daisy Lynum to pay a fine for calling the chief of police after her son was pulled over by an officer.
Ethics lawyer: Lynum should be fined $10,000
A lawyer from the Florida Attorney General's Office says Orlando Commissioner Daisy Lynum is guilty of misusing her position and should be fined $10,000 by the Florida Ethics Commission.
Food Fight (pdf file)
The food fight over the concessions for Airside 3 (gates 30-59) at Orlando International Airport is being hashed out once again, nearly a year after it was thought to be settled
Johnson Takes Aim at Tone of Tanner's Report
A five-page State Attorney's Office report has raised Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson's ire. And it may be exposing some problems brewing between the sheriff and State Attorney John Tanner.
Mayor's ex-son-in-law linked to D.C. shooting
On Feb. 10, 2001, Tremayne Graham cruised in a limousine through Washington accompanied by an entourage of friends and fellow drug dealers: men with street names like X-Man, Soup and Playboy.
Taxpayers could foot legal bills in Lou Pearlman case
Though suspected of stealing millions from investors and lenders, Lou Pearlman could end up having taxpayers foot his legal bills as he defends himself against a charge of bank fraud.
Crime-busting teams can trip over one another, report says
Two federal crime-busting units planned for Central Florida could hinder efforts to stem local violence unless the incoming agents can avoid duplicating work or crossing their investigations.
Attorney post has few takers
Wanted: Veteran attorney to oversee important cases in 35 Florida counties. Job expected to last 18 months or so. Salary: $145,400.
Longtime Prosecutor Crossing Over
Rick Jancha, a veteran federal prosecutor who helped imprison drug traffickers, hit men and other outlaws for two decades, has no shame about his new line of work.
Former U.S. prosecutor now a defender
The doorbell rang. Rick Jancha jumped up and switched on the security cameras. Through the television monitors, he could see a man standing at the front door. He quickly ushered his wife to safety and called police.
Nowak's lawyer gains reputation as 'smart and aggressive'
Donald Lykkebak doesn't shy from high-profile cases. So it was no surprise to see him in court Tuesday representing Lisa Marie Nowak, the NASA astronaut accused of attempted murder.
Massive Drug Dealer Roundup Nets 30 Arrests
It was described as the biggest roundup of suspected drug dealers in the history of Brevard County. Investigators said simultaneously raids Wednesday landed 30 suspects.
10 arrested in Volusia cocaine bust
A Jamaican cocaine ring funneling drugs through cruise ships and cargo liners and into the DeLand area was dismantled Tuesday with 10 arrests and the seizure of drugs, firearms and cash, authorities said.
Area residents seek open circuit judgeship
A U.S. prosecutor and two county judges are among 19 candidates seeking the circuit judgeship vacated earlier this month by David Monaco after his appointment to the 5th District Court of Appeal by Gov. Jeb Bush.
Girlfriend of dealer to serve 24 years
The Daytona Beach drug dealer stood defiantly before a federal judge Tuesday, proclaiming her innocence and demanding the government provide for her children before she was sentenced to 24-plus years.
Four drug ring members sentenced
Four men who cooperated with authorities in their efforts to convict a high-level drug dealer were sentenced Tuesday in federal court for their roles in distributing cocaine and crack in the Daytona Beach area.
Magistrate wanted protection, witness says
An Orlando federal magistrate demanded protection after an anti-government group sent him documents accusing him of treason, an assistant U.S. attorney testified Tuesday.