THE FEREN FILES

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Steve Feren has had some allegations lodged against him recently, although both cases are now showing closed.  The filed documents and emails make for interesting reading, but Russell Thompson, Feren’s attorney, reached a little after 9:00 a.m. this morning in an effort to clarify the issues, declined comment …

UPDATE 11:30 AMRed Broward is the first media outlet to run with the Feren story … head over to redbroward.com for the details …

147 thoughts on “THE FEREN FILES”

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    Feren and his cousin…

    Spechler has his half nude daughter to pose half naked on his lap for a portrait…

    This needs an investigation

    Tick tock

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    Dear Buddy,
    I haven’t read your column in months (lost the app), but just had a whim to check it out now, since I’ve been up all night. And what is the lead article? Judge John Contini himself. So it seems like a good idea now to get some things off my chest, while I’m still around.
    In no particular order:
    1. The JQC complaint filed against me by “Chaz” Stevens, just weeks before my election, was thrown out by the JQC. So I guess my last mailing was accurate after
    all !!
    2. Mr Stevens is the one who violated a State rule, that prohibits publicizing/releasing the name of any Judge a complaint is filed against until a probable cause determination is made. But Mr. Stevens ran right to you, and you published a copy of it. Which you knew would hurt my campaign.
    And you accused “me” of desperation tactics????
    3. My opponent told the two newspapers two different things. That’s what I sent out, with the specific dates and pages for each newspaper. And all you could come up with was “who knows if the newspapers got the dates right?” That’s not just more of your decades old battle against me, that was a disservice to every resident of Broward.
    4. What a nasty campaign was run against me. Someone at the Urban League told me that my opponent’s worker was telling everyone that I hated Blacks ! I still have copies of the phony “Official Democratic Party Voter Guide, which listed my opponent as the party choice.!!! It is against The Rules Of Judicial Conduct for any candidate for Judge to be listed on a partisan political ballot—-especially a phony one. Ironically, my opponent was a registered Republicannat the time.
    4. Then there were the persistent rumors that I left work frequently to play poker in casinos. Never happened one time, and no one even had the nerve to say they saw me at one. But the smear continued.
    The truth of the matter, which you knew perfectly well from several conversations that we had, was that I was ill. I have had Crohn’s Disease since I was a child. I think you even did a story on it once, when I was hospitalized while I was Mayor of Sunrise, so the doctors could remove part of my intestines, for the second time. Like many others, everything I accomplished in my life was despite this illness. It began to flare up, and I was at the doctors or sick in bed when I was medically absent from the Courthouse.

    Buddy, after writing whatever you could to slam me, how come you never even mentioned the two major mishaps at the Courthouse by your favorite???
    Nothing until the JQC actually went out and filed a complaint on its own.

    And now we have the Supreme Court’s ruling. Another black day for the 17th Circuit. And one you directly contributed to with your biased reporting. Just what I was trying to avoid when I spent $30,000. of my own money at the end.
    I hope you’re happy with yourself.

    http://www.browardbeat.com/fla-supremes-judge-john-contini-to-get-reprimand/#comment-1590809

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    RUN AGAINST ALL BROWARD JUDGES WHENEVER THEY ARE UP

    THE BROWARD BENCH IS A MESS

    IF FEREN HADN’T BEEN CHALLENGED HE WOULD STILL BE SITTING IN JUDGEMENT

    ALL BROWARD JUDGES NEED OPPOSITION EVERY TIME

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      It’s a skank in Lil’t Ole Daddy’s lap ! Make no mistake. If she could get a date she would have done it. Saggy bits get leave you sittin alone on the barstool in the back. She ain’t no prize even at Daddy’s age ! Lol. It’s why she’s Daddy’s girl. Ugly pic.

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    LOOKS FAIRLY SIMPLE TO PROVE. DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO SHOW MONEY RECEIVED. AHEARN HAS PUT SO MANY AT STAKE.

    Elements of Florida Statute 104.071(b):
    1- A person supporting a candidate, or any candidate
    2- In order to aid or promote the election of such candidate in any election
    3- Directly or indirectly
    4- Give, or promise to give, pay, or loan any money or other thing of value to the owner, editor, publisher, or agent, of
    5- Any communications media, as well as newspapers
    6- To advocate or oppose through such media, any candidate in any election or any candidate for election
    7- And no such owner, editor, publisher, or agent shall give, solicit, or accept such payment or reward.

    Elements of Florida Statute 104.071(c):
    1- A person supporting a candidate, or any candidate
    2- In order to aid or promote the election of such candidate in any election
    3- Directly or indirectly
    4- Give, pay, expend, or contribute any money or thing of value for the furtherance of the candidacy of any other candidate.
    Elements of Florida Statute 104.071(d):
    1- A person supporting a candidate, or any candidate
    2- In order to aid or promote the election of such candidate in any election
    3- Directly or indirectly
    4- Furnish, give, or deliver to another person any money or other thing of value for any purpose prohibited by the election laws.

    Elements of Florida Statute 104.091(1):
    Any person who knowingly aids, abets, or advises the violation of this code shall be punished in like manner as the principal offender.

    Elements of Florida Statute 104.091(2):
    Any person who agrees, conspires, combines, or confederates with another person to commit a violation of this code shall be punished as if he or she had committed the violation.

    Elements of Florida Statute 104.091(3):
    Any person who knows of a felony violation of this code and gives any aid to the offender who has violated this code, with the intent that the offender avoid or escape detection, arrest, trial, or punishment, shall be punished as if he or she had committed the violation.

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      If proven, very serious consequences:

      Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, and from and after conviction shall be disqualified to hold office.

      Then the Civil claims follow…

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    The pattern is so unfortunately clear.

    While there are many Broward Judges who are ok, there is a disturbingly high percentage of them that end up in unethical, illegal, or moral quandries.

    Whether or not this former Judge has done anything wrong is irrelevant. This is only another indication that a disturbingly high percentage of Broward Judges say or do things that most citizens would not. Given their position over the lives of other human beings, all Broward Judges should be given psychological examinations, regular drug and alcohol testing, and risk assessment evaluations to determine if there is any potential for future embarrassing or destructive behavior that could impact the lives of honest citizens.

    Broward County must cure this pattern of destructive judicial behavior once and for all.

    Restore order and dignity to Broward now.

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      LOOKS LIKE MICHAEL AHEARN, MEGAN DONAHUE AND TOM LAUDER ARE FEELING SUCH A HOPELESS SENSE THAT A SITUATION IS GOING TO BE SO BAD FOR THEM AND THEIR CANDIDATES AS TO BE IMPOSSIBLE TO DEAL WITH SO THEY MUST DEFLECT THEIR WRONGDOINGS. THIS INVESTIGATION IS REALLY SERIOUS SO DON’T BLAME THEM FOR TRYING.

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      Or, conversely, pay people in such an important position a living wage so as to attract talented individuals to the bench in place of the bottom feeding lazy and often dysfunctional dregs the current 150 per annum buys.

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        These clowns are drastically overpaid for the very little they do. Broward judges have notoriously been lazy and are too busy making money on the side teaching, etc.
        Then you have Chief Judges like Whiney Weinstein that don’t have a caseload at all and do absolutely nothing but dodge questions surrounding many questions that continue to plague the Broward Judiciary.

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    AME                             STATE ID NO.   FBI NO.      DATE REQUESTED
    LAUDER, THOMAS M                 FL-02790911                   03/10/2017
    SEX  RACE  BIRTH DATE  HEIGHT  WEIGHT  EYES  HAIR  BIRTH PLACE  SKIN  DOC NO.
    M    W     02/12/1969  5’10”  195     BRO   BLK   FL                       
    –CONTINUED–

            SID  NUMBER:  2790911   PURPOSE CODE:P         PAGE:   2

    FINGERPRINT CLASS   SOCIAL SECURITY NO.    MISCELLANEOUS NO.      SCR/MRK/TAT
                        XXX-XX-2367                                             
    OCCUPATION                ADDRESS                        CITY/STATE           
    STUDENT                   141 MALLARD DR 17              TALLAHASSEE, FL      
    ——————————————————————————
    ARREST-   1    02/16/1989   OBTS NO.-0002367579                               
      ARREST AGENCY-FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY PD                       (FL0370600)
        AGENCY CASE-051321                            OFFENSE DATE-          
        CHARGE 001-HARASSING COMMUNICATION-                                       
                  PHONE CALLS                                                    
                  005 CNTS,                                    
    –CONTINUED–

            SID  NUMBER:  2790911   PURPOSE CODE:P         PAGE:   3

                  STATUTE/ORD-                           LEVEL-MISDEMEANOR        
    ———————-

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      Did candidate Michael Lynch (1) in order to aid or promote his election DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY (2) give, or promise to give, pay, or loan any money or other thing of value (3) to the owner, editor, publisher, or agent, of (4) ANY communications media, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RED BROWARD to (5) ADVOCATE OR OPPOSE through such media any candidate in any election or any candidate for election.

      Did Lynch think this enormous amount of work over the course of his campaign promoting his candidacy and opposing Inkeles was done by his delcared best friends Ahearn, Donahue and Lauder for free? Was it just a coincidence that Lauder and crew would happen to show up at BagelLand or wherever Lynch appeared to promote him? Was it just a coincidence that Lauder and crew would happen to show up and then publish negative internet videos and blogs about Inkeles? Just use your common sense. You be the judge.

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      How many SCAB judges sit in Broward? To answer the question, it’s a cesspool of corruption, incompetence and collusion.

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    Hither yet another prime example why each one needs an opponent at election time.
    Win or lose the election is a never ending headache for which the only cure is humility and respect for all those appearing before them.
    The voters and JNC will nearly always put forth the least qualified; tis those that are familiar with them to assure proper comportment to their dutiee by ensuring an opponent at election time.

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    The Public Defender’s Office worked non-stop to get Judge Feren off of their cases. Yet a misdemeanor defendant named Register has sat in the main jail for a month, on petty charges, unable to make a very low bond. Where is the PD in Judge Hurley’s division on this one. Judge Hurley and the PD should employ better management skills to avoid wasting so much tax payer money keeping someone like this in jail when there are so many alternatives. An ROR should have been entered within the first week after arrest. The PD needs to get to work. This is an embarrassment for them, the judge, and the system.

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    Do u actually expect anything better from the PDs office ? With the turnover knowbody knows anything anymore. The best attorneys have long since left and the supervisors are just hanging in there biding their time to retirement and the big score. Asking for any guidance from any of the supervisors get u nothing but fired or run out of the office and they wouldn’t know how to answer questions anyway because it’s been years since they’ve handled any cases themselves. More like they’ll do anything to avoid going to court themselves because they’d make fools of themselves and be exposed for what they really are. The above revelation doesn’t surprise anybody while clients sit in jail for years. It’s just the way it is. It’s why knowbody sticks around for long except the freeloading supervisors. Bad news but it’s the truth.

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    the sao is just as bad. so many people leave every month that satz has resorted to putting attorneys with 5 years experience in homicide. he needs to retire before he makes even more embarrassing decisions. cant keep doing things like 40 years ago mike.

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    Once the subpoenas are issued, the gig will be up. That will be the beginning of what is in store for all participants who utilized illegal psychological warfare, stalking and scare tactics, to earn a buck and hold office. Equally guilty are the immoral candidates who knowingly took part in this egregious behavior. Their philosophy of asking for forgiveness after they bully their way to victory is reprehensible. Let the subpoenas issue. Find the money trail, then punish those involved to the fullest extent of the law. Send a message that this conduct will not be tolerated. JQC, TFB, DIV OF ELECTIONS, SAO all need to get involved in this one. Broward County continues to set an example of bad behavior.

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    this one will go down on the lengthy list in the annals of TWISTED BROWARD JUDGES for certain.
    What is it that attracts miscreants, deviants and lawbreakers to become judges in BROWARD besides the fact they have no oversight, can be as lazy as they want, and can get away with most anything most of the time ? Of course it’s not the Chief Judge that serves as a shinning example of what judges should be like, because Weinstein is too busy chasing jelly doughnuts and seeking the next jellybean hunt where the candy is free and he can preside over this bunch of deviant slackers that sit as fellow judges in a place called the BROWARD JUDICIARY.
    Sounds like the newest addition to BROWARD’S JUDGE PANTHEON OF MISDEEDS has got some luv bundle problems that might include some psychological evals and a few swab tests!

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      Good stuff here. Gives a whole new meaning to kissing cousins by yet another former Broward judge who just wanted his share of affection! And these creeps sit in judgement of others being paid to do so by taxpayers?
      Got to hand it to him, work the system while in search for love has been a common thread among a lot of Broward judges.
      These so called judges are a very sad group of losers but they’ll suck the public trough dry for as long as they can and play for booty on the side. Lol. He got off pretty cheap. KIAs are offering some pretty good incentives.

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    APD GORDO has nothing else to do but comment on the toilets in the new courthouse ? Guess it’s true what’s being said. He needs to take a few cases to keep his mind occupied with something of relevance. Pathetic stuff. And he thinks he’s going to be the next PD as the Fink hands it off ? He better think again.

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    When interviewing ATurd as your potential campaign consultant, ask him to provide you a statement under oath that he has not in any of his past campaigns (1) in order to aid or promote an election DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY (2) give, or promise to give, pay, or loan any money or other thing of value (3) to the owner, editor, publisher, or agent, of (4) ANY communications media, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RED BROWARD to (5) ADVOCATE OR OPPOSE through such media any candidate in any election or any candidate for election.

    Ask him if he would let you to take a peak at his wife Megan Donahue’s business bank accounts known as Michael Ahearn Consulting aka South Florida Arbitrations, Inc., where Ahearn was supposed to deposit the $100K received from his candidates McCarthy, Lynch, Streeter and Duffy. Look for any payment to any owner, editor, publisher, or agent, of ANY communications media.

    Ask him why he had Lynch issue two checks to ADR, Inc., a corporation owned by Anthony and Deborah Rosato and dissolved in 2009, but its corporate address listed as Ahearn’s law office.

    Ask ATurd why he issued checks to fake entities known as MAC, GCDC, GCDC, Inc, MGA Consulting, to name a few, in violation of the Fictitous Name Statute.

    Ask him if he read and understood Chapter 104, Florida Statutes, dealing with the election laws.

    Ask him how Tom Lauder and or Dennis Shumate would know toappear at random, sometimes private, venues where his candidates would coincidentally appear.

    Ask him if he works with Tom Lauder (of course he will and must say “no”).

    Ask him if he had anything to do with the internet thrashing, stalking and scare tactics utilized against Lea Krauss and Judge Betsy Benson, who happened to be runnning against his candidates, Maxine Streeter and Adriana Alcade. BTW, ask him if he sent any text messages verifying that he was not happy about others supporting Krauss and Benson.

    Ask him if it was just a coincidence that Red Broward’s 2016 Endorsements, which Lauder conveniently erased from his blog, were the same judicial candidates he was supporting.

    Ask him if he violated Chapter 106 by paying a fine for another judge out of his business account and whether he read and understood Chapter 106, the Florida election laws.

    Ask him if he understands the fictitious name statute and whether he violated numerous times by having his wife Megan Donahue issue checks to over six non-existent fake entities.

    Ask him what was the specific arrangement he had with Tom Lauder for Red Broward to appear at BagelLand, Maquires (for at least two of the Turd’s planned fundraisers), Bill Scherer’s private home, and many more. In other words, how did Lauder know to go to these private events and why did Lauder do it?

    Ask candidate Michael Lynch what he thought when all of the above was taking place in his very own campaign. Ask him if he signed a Statement of Candidate and Oath as his Campaign Treasurer, verifying that he read, understood and printed out a copy of Chapters 104 and 106 of the Florida Statutes.

    These are all questions that will be asked of ATurd, Lynch, Donahue, Lauder and the other ATurd candidates as well as communications media that may have been compensated by ATurd or his wife Donahue after pooling over $90K of candidates money into a single account. (also an a violation of Chapters 104 and 106).

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        The JQC really needs to get involved in this scandal. Judges pooling money to make secret payments to the media to promote themselves and oppose their opposition. Scare tactics. Fake payments. These are serious election law violations that candidates were aware of. 104.071 is clear as day and the candidates all went along with it. This scandal needs to be exposed.

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      If I recall RedBroward filmed Judge Evans (many times) and Judge Dieptro doing speeches during the 2016 campaign.

      RedBroward also published Mike Satz and Sherif Israel doing speeches during the 2016 election. Tom seems to be an honest man who interviews many people. He was able to see over time who was rotten and who would be an asset to the community Maybe RedBroward and Ahearn are the winning combination and the golden ticket.

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        This is nothing more than Ahean and Donahue trying to deflect by attacking others. Your excuses and defenses are obvious and anticipated. Bring up Evans as a defense. Although totally irrelevant, it will be interesting to hear how and why you arranged the many filmings for gratis. It is great that Ahearn and Lauder have conceded that they work together. Now the only remaining question is whether the “winning duo” OR “golden ticket”: in order to aid or promote an election DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY did give, or promise to give, pay, or loan any money or other thing of value to the owner, editor, publisher, or agent, of ANY communications media = VIOLATION.

        If there is any indication of a thing of value was given or promised, then good luck. 104.071 is a statute to prevent the “golden ticket” that you brag about. Phone calls, texts, emails….keep working on the coverup. The facts are not going to change.

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        So the evidence will show there is nothing of value from Megan Donahue to Lauder? WOW. Lauder should be nominated as volunteer of the year. He can’t make rent payments, evicted a few days ago but donates his time to making this a better community. Can’t you come up with a better coverup story? Tick Tock Tick Tock

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            Time will tell won’t it. Guess he and his employees should all be nominated for Volunteers of the Year. They spend hundreds of hours helping the candidate’s ATurd supports and equal amount of time opposing candidates ATurd doesn’t support. Coincidence? Simple…ask Lynch.

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            He paid his rent, look at the case.
            The rent was being paid to the court clerk.
            Dispute over option to buy.

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      If I recall RedBroward filmed Judge Evans (many times) and Judge Dieptro doing speeches during the 2016 campaign.

      RedBroward also published Mike Satz and Sherif Israel doing speeches during the 2016 election. Tom seems to be an honest man who interviews many people. He was able to see over time who was rotten and who would be an asset to the community Maybe RedBroward and Ahearn are the winning combination and the golden ticket.

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      Please stop with this obsession. Every single thread about everything else you are posting about ahearn and Lauder. You post the same thing over and over again. Everyone read it. Just like the creepy picture of the ex Judge with his daughter (we have seen it a million times-it’s disgusting). Both parties take this feud elsewhere. Everyone is tired of the same things being said over and over. We get it- you think Mike and Tom work together- and we get it Spechler and his daughter have a creepy relationship. Please both sides. Just stop.

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        To quote Gekko from Wall Street 2

        “When he stops lying about me, I willl stop telling the truth about him”

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    Gathering all documentary evidence takes time. Although no encouragement is necessary, it nevertheless is appreciated.It will only be the tip of the Aturd. Once the train starts rolling, it won’t stop. Please be patient Aturd. You and those who were stupid enough to participate WILL get what is deserved. Megan Donahue will be the target. Will she try to protect her Turd?

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        Be careful what you wish for Turd, Donahue, Lynch and Lauder. Your wishes will not be denied. Be patient my ATurds. Your scum will surface soon enough. The evidence will be overwhelming. Work on your coverup. Start throwing each other under the bus. Texts, emails, phone records will all tie in this group…even tho they have erased the content. But, please be patient, there are many people interested in exposing the truth. Let’s remember who we are dealing with:

        LAUDER, THOMAS M FL-02790911 03/10/2017
        SEX RACE BIRTH DATE HEIGHT WEIGHT EYES HAIR BIRTH PLACE SKIN DOC NO.
        M W 02/12/1969 5’10” 195 BRO BLK FL
        –CONTINUED–

        SID NUMBER: 2790911 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 2

        FINGERPRINT CLASS SOCIAL SECURITY NO. MISCELLANEOUS NO. SCR/MRK/TAT
        XXX-XX-2367
        OCCUPATION ADDRESS CITY/STATE
        STUDENT 141 MALLARD DR 17 TALLAHASSEE, FL
        ——————————————————————————
        ARREST- 1 02/16/1989 OBTS NO.-0002367579
        ARREST AGENCY-FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY PD (FL0370600)
        AGENCY CASE-051321 OFFENSE DATE-
        CHARGE 001-HARASSING COMMUNICATION-
        PHONE CALLS
        005 CNTS,
        –CONTINUED–

        SID NUMBER: 2790911 PURPOSE CODE:P PAGE: 3

        STATUTE/ORD- LEVEL-MISDEMEANOR

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          The JQC should ask Lynch about his relationship with these low-lifes. The inquiry should focus on his knowledge and discussions about five “free???” internet television videos promoting his candidacy by RedBroward and the three vicious attacks by RedBroward on Doreen Inkeles, his opponent. Remeber, Lynch identifies Donahue and Ahearn as his best friends in the world at his robing and multiple photos with Lauder, Donahue and Ahearn at events, including Thanksgiving Dinner with them at the Ahearn/Donahue residence. Sleepless nights ahead….tick tock tick tock

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      -no encouragement is necessary

      Not only do we encourage you, we will help in ANY way we can.
      You seem to have checks made out to non ext. corps.
      Didn’t show the back but we are assuming they were cashed?

      JQC should get involved if you have that much evidence.

      Would also point out to you that the sheriff started a public corruption unit when he first took office.

      Seems the only ones they’ve arrested so far are his own deputies.

      Bet he’d love a chance to get someone outside his own agency.
      Felonies tend to make law enforcement want to get involved.
      Don’t care who does it at long as it gets done.

      Again, we’ll help in any way.

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    Remember seeing Satz mentioned, but not the sheriff.

    He’s probably still not happy with Satz after the Peter Peraza prosecution that seems to have been politically motivated.

    Speaking of which, does anyone know what’s going on with the prosecutions appeal in that case?

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    Does Judge Carlos Rodriguez really know the truth about Spechler, Beller and Beller’s ex wife’s role in getting Frieda to run? Could be time…

    Are there emails? (yakk, yakk yakk)

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      What kind of weirdos does Broward County have sitting on the bench as judges when they have such serious psychological problems such as this ?
      Feren isn’t the first and certainly not the weirdest, but these people don’t need to hold office.
      All Broward judges should get opposition ever time their terms are up to clean up this cesspool of psychos.
      The kind of judges we have could do nothing but improve.
      Kick these weirdos out of office and let them stay locked out of holding office.
      I notice this newest news hasn’t been picked up by the mainstream media. Not surprising really. The Scum Sentinel supports this kind of status quo chit hole.
      Wasn’t there another judge bowman not too long ago that was also implicated in similar creep show escapade? Nothing ever happened to him either.

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    Any person who violates any provision of this section from and after conviction shall be disqualified to hold office.

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    Speaking of Steve Feren, appeared before Honorable John Contini this morning, as I predicted, he’s a Prince & a pleasure. After 35 years of hanging around the old courthouse, does anyone else find it just somehow weird in the new courthouse? Illuminated dockets, spacious, very nice; but just somehow, unnatural (?). Smells new, not like an old saloon. Definite improvement, but the venerable 201 SE 6 St was home for a long time.

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    Plenty of our judges in Broward find the idea of working in an old saloon preferable to something else judging from the number of drunk judges that show up to work …
    Some things don’t change much regardless of the new digs.

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    Dear Turd, don’t try to pay Tom Lauder / Red Broward in cash in the future… could be a problem.

    31 U.S. Code § 5324 – Structuring transactions to evade reporting requirement prohibited.

    (a)Domestic Coin and Currency Transactions Involving Financial Institutions.—No person shall, for the purpose of evading the reporting requirements of section 5313(a) or 5325 or any regulation prescribed under any such section, the reporting or recordkeeping requirements imposed by any order issued under section 5326, or the recordkeeping requirements imposed by any regulation prescribed under section 21 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act or section 123 of Public Law 91–508—
    (1) cause or attempt to cause a domestic financial institution to fail to file a report required under section 5313(a) or 5325 or any regulation prescribed under any such section, to file a report or to maintain a record required by an order issued under section 5326, or to maintain a record required pursuant to any regulation prescribed under section 21 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act or section 123 of Public Law 91–508;
    (2) cause or attempt to cause a domestic financial institution to file a report required under section 5313(a) or 5325 or any regulation prescribed under any such section, to file a report or to maintain a record required by any order issued under section 5326, or to maintain a record required pursuant to any regulation prescribed under section 5326, or to maintain a record required pursuant to any regulation prescribed under section 21 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act or section 123 of Public Law 91–508, that contains a material omission or misstatement of fact; or
    (3) structure or assist in structuring, or attempt to structure or assist in structuring, any transaction with one or more domestic financial institutions.
    (b)Domestic Coin and Currency Transactions Involving Nonfinancial Trades or Businesses.—No person shall, for the purpose of evading the report requirements of section 5331 or any regulation prescribed under such section—
    (1) cause or attempt to cause a nonfinancial trade or business to fail to file a report required under section 5331 or any regulation prescribed under such section;
    (2) cause or attempt to cause a nonfinancial trade or business to file a report required under section 5331 or any regulation prescribed under such section that contains a material omission or misstatement of fact; or
    (3) structure or assist in structuring, or attempt to structure or assist in structuring, any transaction with 1 or more nonfinancial trades or businesses.
    (c)International Monetary Instrument Transactions.—No person shall, for the purpose of evading the reporting requirements of section 5316—
    (1) fail to file a report required by section 5316, or cause or attempt to cause a person to fail to file such a report;
    (2) file or cause or attempt to cause a person to file a report required under section 5316 that contains a material omission or misstatement of fact; or
    (3) structure or assist in structuring, or attempt to structure or assist in structuring, any importation or exportation of monetary instruments.
    (d) Criminal Penalty.—
    (1)In general.—
    Whoever violates this section shall be fined in accordance with title 18, United States Code, imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both.
    (2)Enhanced penalty for aggravated cases.—
    Whoever violates this section while violating another law of the United States or as part of a pattern of any illegal activity involving more than $100,000 in a 12-month period shall be fined twice the amount provided in subsection (b)(3) or (c)(3) (as the case may be) of section 3571 of title 18, United States Code, imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both.

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      Please get help for your obsession. This post is about Feren, the previous one was about appointments- you keep on posting the same thing over and over in every thread. OK ! WE GET IT! Everyone has read it. Please stop. Just for the sake of the blog. Please stop. Also whoever keeps responding with the picture of the former Judge and his daughter naked- please stop too. We have all seen the creepy picture, we don’t need to see it anymore. You guys are destroying this blog.

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          Both off the public dole are into dumpster diving now ! Lol
          Dale behind the Pompano Fashion Square and Sprinkles combing Young Circle for the next sucker.

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        Election law violations by candidates and campaign managers is extremely serious and will make headlines within the next few months. This blog moderates and protects those who may be guilty so don’t expect the story to be posted here.

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          Just stop it!! Please! Just post it when it happens. But stop the 20+ posts a day about what is going to happen. It’s really annoying.

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    Who’s the most reversed circuit judge before the Fourth District Court of Appeal?

    DBR by Samantha Joseph
    03/24/2017
    Despite what lawyers have whispered for years about controversial judges, no one really knew.
    But an independent analysis by the Daily Business Review shows that in 2016, the most reversed was Broward Circuit Judge Timothy Bailey, a well-respected and well-liked jurist that no one, including outspoken Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, criticized or expected to top the list.
    “He’s gracious, really charming and a pleasure to interact with,” Finkelstein said.
    But in a district where circuit judges averaged four reversals in 2016, Bailey’s tally reached 17, a Daily Business Review study of a year’s worth of appellate decisions revealed. The figure, boosted by appeals court rulings on two motions for reconsideration, was higher than the eight amassed by Broward Judge Lynn Rosenthal, who resigned in October amid an ethics probe following a DUI charge, and seven more than the total for former Judge Cynthia Imperato, who retired in early 2016 during disciplinary proceedings by the Florida Supreme Court. Challenges tend to become more frequent when a judge is under fire.
    It was also nearly 50 percent higher than the count for former Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry, once the target of a petition for removal from the bench. Destry’s rulings were the subject of 12 appellate decisions ordering reversals, including cases that made repeat appearances before the Fourth DCA for clarification.
    Bailey’s reversals topped the tallies for Broward Senior Judge Joel T. Lazarus, who had 14 appellate opinions reversing his rulings; Broward Judges Barbara McCarthy and John J. Murphy III, each with 13; and Palm Beach Senior Judge Howard H. Harrison, Broward Judge Jeffrey R. Levenson and retired Broward Judge Kathleen D. Ireland, who each had 12.
    Broward Judge Michael L. Gates and St. Lucie Circuit Judge William L. Roby rounded off the top 10 with 11 written reversals apiece.
    “As a trial judge I always heard anecdotal information about a certain judge being reversed more than the others,” Fourth DCA Chief Judge Cory Ciklin said. “But now that I’m on the inside looking out … I suppose there is a pattern, but it’s never jumped out at me.”
    That pattern isn’t easy to spot in a busy state appellate court that last year issued 832 written opinions and citations, highlighting a spate of unresolved issues — both civil and criminal — at the trial court level. It’s especially hazy amid 535 reversals issued for 135 judges from Broward to Okeechobee counties, and in high-dollar complex suits, like tobacco cases.
    Several factors, like appeals, cross appeals, motions for rehearing, requests for clarifications and other challenges from appellate proceedings skew the tally for judges like Murphy, who handles complex litigation. “Quite often a lot of money is at stake, so it’s not unusual for those cases to be appealed on a regular basis,” Broward Chief Judge Peter Weinstein said. “It’s just the nature of these kinds of cases.”
    By the Numbers
    The 832 opinions from the appellate court in 2016 included 473 civil cases with written dispositions, of which 334, or about 70 percent, were reversed. Among the matters being appealed were summary judgment rulings, questions relating to imputed income and calculating alimony, “inflammatory arguments” by plaintiffs counsel in tobacco cases and legal standing to bring foreclosure claims.
    Of 359 criminal cases disposed with written opinions or citations, the Fourth DCA reversed 201, or about 56 percent, largely on hearsay objections, calculating credit for jail time, evidence suppression or admissibility, witness credibility and sufficiency of evidence to support prosecutors’ claims.
    Click anywhere on the chart below.

    The reversed circuit judges did not respond to requests for comment, perhaps because the rules of judicial conduct prevent judges from commenting on pending litigation.
    Buried in the reversals were hints about troublesome issues, like the one leading to a new trial for defendant Kevin Osorio, convicted of drug-related charges before McCarthy.

    “While this court and others have repeated the recommendation that trial courts ought to refrain from directly declaring the expert status of a witness in front of the jury, we recognize this has been interpreted by some as merely a suggestion of judicial practice, and not a hard-and-fast rule,” Fourth DCA Judge Mark Klingensmith wrote for a unanimous panel ruling in the Osorio case. “Today we clarify that such practice is impermissible. Judges must not use their position of authority to establish or bolster the credibility of certain trial witnesses.”
    In October, the court provided another nugget in its reversal of McCarthy for summarily denying a timely motion for post-conviction relief without ordering a response from prosecutors and with no explanation or record attachments.
    “It is well settled that this is error,” an appellate panel ruled.
    In April, it ordered the acquittal of Abigail Damoah, convicted of vehicular homicide before McCarthy for a crash that killed her boyfriend. The appellate court found no evidence to support the conviction, despite a mandate to take a view most favorable to the state when weighing denials of motions for acquittal. “This was not a residential neighborhood; it was an exit ramp from an interstate highway. Damoah’s blood alcohol level was well below the legal limit. There was no evidence of other drugs in her system. There was no description of erratic driving conduct before the skid began. There was no evidence of inclement weather conditions,” panelists wrote in an April 19 ruling. “Because the ramp had recently been repaved, there were neither recommended speed signs nor warning signs about the curve in the exit ramp.”
    Real Estate Fallout
    Sufficiency of evidence played out on appeal in dozens of cases addressing the legal right to bring foreclosure suits—an issue that appeared to exasperate the appellate court. In its rulings on appellant Fallon Rahima Jallali’s challenge of decisions by Imperato and Palm Beach Senior Judge Barry Stone, the court noted it had “repeatedly” addressed legal standing.
    The issue increased the tally of reversals for foreclosure judges like Roby, Ireland and Lazarus, who adjudicated thousands of disputes in the wake of the last real estate market collapse.
    “They were heavily overwhelmed. They were inundated,” said real estate attorney David Haber. “They would do nothing but foreclosures all day long, and people would be shoving papers in front of their faces saying, ‘We own this; we own that.’ Then after some discovery, it turned out maybe they didn’t own it.”
    Data from the Office of the State Courts Administrator show Roby’s residential and commercial foreclosure docket was about three times larger than dockets in neighboring Martin and Indian River counties. The judge’s assignment included all St. Lucie County residential and commercial mortgage foreclosures, as well as all nonjury, nonforeclosure cases.
    “Residential foreclosure law was frequently evolving and changing,” St. Lucie Circuit spokesman Thomas A. Genung said. “Based upon the extremely high volume of cases heard by Judge Roby during that time period, it is plausible that a higher number of foreclosure cases heard by him may have been appealed, and similarly that there may have been a higher number of reversals.”
    In Broward, Ireland and Lazarus were among a small contingency of judges adjudicating thousands of foreclosures. Their division disposed nearly 6,000 cases last year, or about 494 per month, according to Broward case management data.
    “I tip my hat to trial judges every day because I see the action-packed docket they deal with,” said Ciklin, the Fourth DCA chief.
    As a trial judge, Ciklin said he spent about 20 days a month in courtrooms. In his current post, he hears argument about three days a month.
    “Just by definition appellate judges have the opportunity to take time and hopefully provide a correct analysis,” Ciklin said. “Trial judges really have a tough assignment because those folks are in the trenches.”

    http://m.dailybusinessreview.com/#/article/1202781944186/The-Most-Reversed-Judge-in-the-Fourth-DCA-May-Surprise-You?_almReferrer=https:%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

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      Lazarus was one of the most stupid, abstinent and clueless judges ever to sit on the bench in Broward or anywhere else.
      Besides squeezing the state of Florida for every shekel he could angle, downright stupidity was his only consistent trait . Just my opinion, but I call’em as I see them.

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      Bailey’s always been a bonehead. Like anybody cares what the Fink has to say about him. He’s no arbiter of competence. Wouldn’t know what it’s about. Ask him the last time he tried a case.

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    Courts must protect the press from government intimidation and from laws that effectively constitute a prior restraint on the publication of information. Moreover, without some protection for seeking out the news, freedom of the press can be eviscerated. However, the First Amendment, U.S. Const. amend. I, does not invalidate every incidental burdening of the press, nor does a reporter have a special privilege to invade the rights and liberties of others.

    There is no privilege, qualified, limited, or otherwise, which protects journalists from testifying as to their eyewitness observations of a relevant event in a subsequent court proceeding. The public has a right to every man’s evidence. Evidentiary privileges in litigation are not favored, and even those rooted in the constitution must give way in proper circumstances. Whatever their origins, the exceptions to the general duty to testify, to the demand for every man’s evidence are not lightly created nor expansively construed, for they are in derogation of the search for truth. The fact that journalists may be somewhat inconvenienced by having to appear in court or other related proceedings does not lessen their duty to testify. Ordinary citizens are not excused from testifying as to what they observe, and the First Amendment, U.S. Const. amend. I, is not interpreted to make journalists’ testimony privileged simply because they made their observations while on duty as a reporter.

    A qualified reporter’s privilege exists at least in those cases involving confidential information; but where a one seeks testimony or evidence, no such privilege exists to excuse reporters from testifying about their eyewitness observations or from providing physical material relevant to a crime.

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    The prevailing view is that the press is not free to publish with impunity everything and anything it desires to publish. Although it may deter or regulate what is said or published, the press may not circulate knowing or reckless falsehoods damaging to private reputation without subjecting itself to liability for damages, including punitive damages, or even criminal prosecution. . . . A newspaper or a journalist may also be punished for contempt of court, in appropriate circumstances. . . .

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      No need to concern yourself with that when it comes to judges and their escapades. The Scum Sentinel has for years overlooked or covered up by neglecting to report the outrageous behavior of Broward judges.
      Feren is no different. It goes back a long ways to Dale the Scale and Moe the Schmo, Gimme all you got Grossman, Billy Boy Backman , Leaking at the seams Lynch, Speckles the Clown, Pinch every penny Gehl, Ana in search of a banana Gardiner, Imperato the barfly, and the list goes on …
      Now Baby Lynch carries the torch. Lol. Lazarus the Lizzard is in a whole category by himself I’d have to agree.
      These public tit suckers will do anything to stay feeding at the public dole including some pretty nasty things. Hey, that’s the Broward Judiciary still. All you have to do is look at Weinstein and bubbies.

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    It might help if we had something in play besides a meet and plea policy by our public defenders to reduce incarceration rates. You know, like actually going to trial once in a while instead of complaining about your case count.

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    Find the writing errors
    PBSO investigate death of woman in suburban West Palm Beach
    WPTV Webteam
    3:04 PM, Mar 25, 2017
    8:35 AM, Mar 26, 2017

    Update:

    The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office arrested a man detectives believe called 911 after killing a 21-year-old woman in suburban West Palm Beach.

    Deputies booked Randy Herman, Jr., 24, into jail on late Saturday. He faces a charge of first degree murder. Investigators believe he killed Brooke Preston.

    Authorities have not said how the two knew one another, or how the woman died.

    The spokesperson said Herman called 911 at 9 a.m. Saturday. He told dispatchers, “Someone’s been murdered.” When dispatchers asked for more information, the sheriff’s office says Herman replied by saying, “I’m at Haverhill Park, just send the police, it was me, I’m sorry.”

    According to the sheriff’s office, deputies found Herman outside 813 Sarazen Drive with blood on his body and clothes. Inside the house, they found the body of Preston under a blanket. Paramedics declared her dead at the scene.

    When detectives questioned Herman he told them he and Preston where the only people at the house at the time of her death. He added, “He must have don’t it.”

    Herman is scheduled to face a judge Sunday morning at the jail courthouse for his first appearance.

    SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman in suburban West Palm Beach.

    PBSO dispatch received a 911 call at 9 a.m. from a male stating he was aware of a deceased person.

    Deputies made contact with the male in the area of Sarazen Drive and Snead Circle.

    The male directed deputies to a residence in the 800 block of Sarazen Drive.

    Deputies located the deceased woman.

    Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene to investigate.

    The male who called 911 was transported to the PBSO detective bureau to be interviewed further.

    Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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        She better try getting a job hauling garbage. That’s about all she’s qualified to do now. What a skank. She’s to old and ugly to work at Hooters ! Lol

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            It leaves Teresa Williams, claiming emails were not hers or Kelliher’s. Teresa said the emails sent were hacked.

            Kelliher went further and said, “by the Russians” lol.
            Not much of a future for the spent wench.

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    The worst part of the Feren saga is just how unhappy he must have been to pull what he did to his cousin for the want of some sex. Especially when he has all the medical conditions he has.
    This kind of behavior on behalf of judges in Broward is not unheard of.
    Mix that with all the prescription drugs most of them are scarfing down and the alcohol, you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
    Most of their marriages don’t last because their priorities are obviously all messed up. They’d rather give up the ghost than get off the public trough.
    It’s sad to realize just how many of them there are in the same boat.

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      We read the email, two points;

      First, I think your mistaken about a “want of some sex.”
      Sounds more like an emotional need.

      If he wanted sex, plenty of ways for that.

      We all have these emotions, appropriate or not. Cousin isn’t really that bad, second cousins can marry.

      It’s how we act on these emotions that matter. To just state those feelings’ is probably acceptable.

      Second point;

      Rape, threats like he allegedly made “intimidation”, stalking, etc…. are not about sex but about power and violence.

      Then add drugs, alcohol, most addicts are lonely even with lots of “friends”.

      Judge huh?
      Sounds more like a predator.
      How many accused had to deal with that part of him.

      We ALL need to try to end this crap in Broward.

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      It’s not the first or the last some of these pervert Broward judges have landed in the swamp of thinking they are above the law.
      Run against these pervs and put them back where they belong … nowhere where they can try to use their positions to get sex or anything else they can scrounge.

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    There sure have been some sicko pervs on the bench in Fort Liquordale. A bunch of deep south losers or even worse the douche bags that couldn’t cut it in NYC or whatever place they’re from where smart people hold the good jobs and beggars go slouching off elsewhere looking for handouts and crumbs. The ultimate conundrum is that both the corrupt/bought and sold on a daily basis Jnc and the bagel scarfing dementia suffering grandmas that vote in August primaries prop up goons that everyone else has to call Your Honor on a fairly even basis. Each method of putting a broke loser on the bench is just as bad as the other. Term limits is the only answer but that will happen when pigs fly and losers that can’t earn a decent salary by their own hand and brain power aren’t the ones controlling the levers in Tallahassee.

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    What happened with Elliot Lumpkin ? Are the rumors really true?
    Whatever the circumstances, I was sad to hear.

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      It’s just so common sensible; substitute a “drug” that never killed anyone to help abusers. Like meaningful gun control. How’s that workin’ for us?

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    DESTROY THE FALSE GODS OF LAW

    DESTROY THE LEGAL LIFE ESTATE

    TERM LIMITS FOR JUDGES

    END MEDIOCRITY AND SELF-SERVICE FROM THE DIAS

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    Couldn’t Judge Feren have just scrolled thru the personals of a dating site instead of threatening his non-kissing cousin with destructive threats of retaliation for taking his cheap gifts and then not putting out ? Lol. What a world unto itself, these Broward judges.

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      Do you blame her ? Lol. More like run like hell as far away from this guy as possible? What happened to the files on Feren ?

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    The June 2012 death of Darren Rainey, an inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution in South Florida, attracted national attention after other inmates claimed he was burned like “a boiled lobster” after about two hours in a shower that guards had modified to punish prisoners.
    A Florida prosecutor issued a 101-page report earlier this month that cleared guards of any wrongdoing in Rainey’s death. The prosecutor, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, called Rainey’s death an accident resulting from his schizophrenia and heart disease and from confinement in the shower room.
    But a trove of official documents reviewed by The Huffington Post indicates that some information from police, the prison and emergency services was not included in the prosecutor’s final report, which raises questions about the circumstances surrounding Rainey’s death. A review of the documents was permitted by a person with close access to the investigation who asked not to be identified sharing non-public information. 
    Numerous official photos taken of Rainey’s body several hours after he died were also reviewed by HuffPost. The images reveal extreme damage to his skin, with wounds over his entire body and significant sections of skin missing, exposing red and white tissue and, in some areas, what appear to be blood vessels. A medical examiner who has reviewed the Rainey autopsy and to whom HuffPost described the information contained in the records says the cause of death as stated doesn’t make sense. (HuffPost was not given permission to copy or share the actual documents.)
    Some of the information in the records HuffPost reviewed has been referenced in court records or the reporting of The Miami Herald’s Julie Brown, who has followed the case for years. Here’s what we found in comparing the information from the documents and photos to the prosecutor’s report.

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    The candidate and his or her campaign treasurer, in the case of a candidate, or the political committee chair and campaign treasurer of the committee, in the case of a political committee, shall certify as to the correctness of each report; and each person so certifying shall bear the responsibility for the accuracy and veracity of each report. Any campaign treasurer, candidate, or political committee chair who willfully certifies the correctness of any report while knowing that such report is incorrect, false, or incomplete commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

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    The campaign treasurer or deputy campaign treasurer of a candidate or political committee shall make expenditures from funds on deposit in the primary campaign depository only by means of a bank check drawn upon the campaign account of the candidate or political committee. The campaign account shall be separate from any personal or other account and shall be used only for the purpose of depositing contributions and making expenditures for the candidate or political committee.

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    Hard to say who is the bigger sucker, Broward County for giving Mindy Spechler chance upon chance to pay down the debt for her Taj Mahal aka Young at Art Museum only to get sued themselves or the donors to the museum whose money gets blown on litigation and back rent.

    Here is the full Motion to Dismiss by Broward County
    https://www.scribd.com/document/343319578/BrowardCountyMTD

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      Speckle’s opportunistic YAA suit did about as well as the one he filed after quitting as a county court judge and then suing to get his job back in hopes of crawling back on the public dole. Lol
      A bunch of jokers that the county should have dumped a long time ago.
      You can bet the gig is up for any future grabs.

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    I’ve been to this carnival called a museum. I’ve seen better art at the Flea Market. The sooner that junk house is closed down, the better. Why Broward has kept it open and paid these jokers anything is anybody’s guess. Bad move.

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      Chapter 104
      ELECTION CODE: VIOLATIONS; PENALTIES
      View Entire Chapter
      104.071 Remuneration by candidate for services, support, etc.; penalty.—
      (1) It is unlawful for any person supporting a candidate, or for any candidate, in order to aid or promote the nomination or election of such candidate in any election, directly or indirectly to:
      (a) Promise to appoint another person, promise to secure or aid in securing appointment, nomination or election of another person to any public or private position, or to any position of honor, trust, or emolument, except one who has publicly announced or defined what his or her choice or purpose in relation to any election in which he or she may be called to take part, if elected.
      (b) Give, or promise to give, pay, or loan, any money or other thing of value to the owner, editor, publisher, or agent, of any communication media, as well as newspapers, to advocate or oppose, through such media, any candidate for nomination in any election or any candidate for election, and no such owner, editor, or agent shall give, solicit, or accept such payment or reward. It shall likewise be unlawful for any owner, editor, publisher, or agent of any poll-taking or poll-publishing concern to advocate or oppose through such poll any candidate for nomination in any election or any candidate for election in return for the giving or promising to give, pay, or loan any money or other thing of value to said owner, editor, publisher, or agent of any poll-taking or poll-publishing concern.
      (c) Give, pay, expend, or contribute any money or thing of value for the furtherance of the candidacy of any other candidate.
      (d) Furnish, give, or deliver to another person any money or other thing of value for any purpose prohibited by the election laws.
      This subsection shall not prohibit a candidate from furnishing complimentary tickets to the candidate’s campaign fund raiser to other candidates.
      (2) A candidate may give his or her own personal or business funds to another candidate, so long as the contribution is not given in exchange for a promise or expectation that the recipient will directly or indirectly do anything to aid or promote the candidacy of the contributor which the recipient would not have otherwise done.
      (3) Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, and from and after conviction shall be disqualified to hold office.

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        How many times are you going to cut and paste the same law? Please stop. You have already done it a million times. WE ALL READ IT ALREADY!!!

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