*UPDATE* – SS: They were accused a decade ago of selling prescription diet pills over the internet. A judge just threw out the case
“According to Siegel, the prosecution tried to “goad” the defense into seeking a mistrial “from the moment this trial began” in mid-January, “for the purpose of gaining prosecutorial advantage” …
“This trial was an abomination,” said attorney Jim Lewis …
A sixth co-defendant, Dorothea Thompson Robinson, pleaded guilty and agreed to testify for the state. But when she took the stand, she said neither she nor her co-defendants had done anything wrong … “
Statewidegate ended badly today, at least for the State of Florida.
Andy Siegel dismissed all cases because of an egregious discovery violation, with jeopardy attached.
Michael Weinstein, who filed a Motion To Dismiss For Prosecutorial Misconduct, had this to say earlier today:
“The State hid the ball throughout the entire trial. Ultimately, their hand was caught in the cookie jar during their final witness. The Court found there was clear and blatant prosecutorial misconduct, and granted all of our motions to dismiss.“
The Sun Sentinel was present for the dismissal, and during Siegel’s reportedly strongly negative critique of the prosecution’s actions and performance. Hopefully a detailed article will publish later today.
Congratulations to lawyers Michael Weinstein, Jim Lewis, David Fry, Phyllis Cook, Michael McDonald, and Michael Tenzer for a job well done …
33 thoughts on “DISMISSED!”
Office of Statewide Prosecution is a mess.
I’LL TAKE THE JOB
SINCE DADDY RETIRED BUSINESS HAS BEEN A LITTLE SLOW
I’m sure the Sun Sentinel will have to check with Tooty before they can publish an article…
How many used to work for Satz?
Dale Cohen was so slow it was like he read with his fingers ! LOL
Despite the ruling, weren’t they guilty? I think so.
How much did the trial cost???
The investigation must have costed$$$$$!!!!!
Guilty for being black!!!
Why are they guilty – because they are black. Know your facts before you start thinking.
Statewide used to boast the best lawyers. It’s shite now. A step down from the SAO.
“When you pick a fight with a judge, ultimately, you are gonna lose. Not today, but five years from now, 10 years from now, six years from now. That judge is going to remember you, always, always.”
Unless the judge is a simple county court judge that will never get promoted and you never practice in county court. Lol 😂
Isn’t the statewide prosecutors office the same agency that prosecuted the guy for voting when he had a record.
I love you Andy Siegel for having the balls to call them out on the brazen behavior they exhibit everyday. Bravo. Cynthia Honick has earned this dismissal.
Damn I read that Motion and it got granted. I would have denied just because it read like 1st semester law student in legal writing/legal research. And Wieny is “top” attorney.
It appears Judge Siegel wanted this case gone.
Is anyone gonna tell us what the hidden ball/evidence was??? I need the juice!
Once hidden always hidden. All the time. Never a revelation as that would expose too many people.
This is the fundamental problem facing the Broward SAO Conviction Integrity Unit initially expected to be for show, only. Any exoneration necessarily exposes and reveals all the dishonest prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, malpractice and criminal conduct. That’s why it is underfunded and understaffed and very limited in perspective for review. And all you seasoned cowardly “pros,” know it.
It is one of only two such units in the state. It has two lawyers and has helped free people. What in the world is wrong with you. This case wasn’t even with the SAO you ignorant tool- it was with statewide. Please educate yourself before you spew nonsense
It must have been damming to defense if the work so hard to keep it hidden. Otherwise you know Lewis and Weinstein would be singing like birds.
Just looked at the docket… looks like the defense asked for a mistrial every day. How can you goad if it was asked for every day. Looks like defense was fishing for a reason to ask again…
Do others have frustrating situations with this ASA or agency? Like Judges or even Attorneys? If there’s none then so be it. It was an unfortunate day. However if there’s others. It could be a pattern. That would be something of concern.
Lead prosecutor? More like lead nutjob with a serious problem.
I’d tend to follow Jim Lewis’ lead on this one as he’s the only attorney involved in this case that has the experience to call it for what it is, an abomination.
Although almost any trial involving Honick could be considered an abomination! Lol
5 pm she done. Is there a banquet,?
Four decades on the Bench only to end up a punchline.