FOR THE VICTIMS

While what the New York Times has deemed “(t)he fast-moving national reckoning over sexual harassment in the workplace” continues unabated in the high-profile professions, many are wondering when shoes will begin to drop in other fields.  After all, there are powerful people who have done bad things in all walks of life, even if they aren’t as rich or glamorous as the folks in New York, Los Angeles, or Washington.  And their victims, of course, are just as important as the long-suffering who work in media, national politics, or the arts.

Here’s the point.  The Broward County court system is no stranger to scandal and corruption.  A former Sheriff went to prison, judges have committed dangerous crimes and other detestable acts, and a chief judge a long time ago was himself accused of sexual harassment.  Is it not reasonable to therefore wonder over the past few decades if some of the powerful who are still employed or work in the courthouse, or have retired or left otherwise undetected, were sexually abusive or inappropriate?  Is it possible there have been settlements, compromises, or cover-ups over the years?  And isn’t the integrity and sanctity of the justice system more important than a television show or movie, while acknowledging that all victims everywhere deserve compassion and justice?

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138 thoughts on “FOR THE VICTIMS”

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    Every man should treat EVERY woman as they would THEIR Mother Wife or Daughter PERIOD.
    NO Exceptiond

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      Someone should give this advice Jay Spechler. How could his wife Mindy Shrago let this happen? Worse they are the first family of our children’s museum.

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    Time to find out why Spechler really was considered such a threat or danger he was banned from the Courthouse by Tobin?

    Why did Spechler not defend himself before the JQC while he was a Judge? Judges make mistakes and hang in to take their licks from the JQC . How bad could it have been for Spechler to cut and run so fast?

    Would love to hear Lisa Trachman’s take?

    Why did Lisa resign so suddenly?

    Did Bob Trachman really kick Spechler’s ass at Dutko’s Christmas Party?

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      Old story, it has been rumor around the courthouse for years. The rumor is that Sprinks got caught grabbing ass on Judge Trachman at the Dutko’s holiday party. Trachman had words and shoved Sprinks. Zeidiwg asked Sprinks to leave and he got mouthy with him. Who knows if true?

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      Judge Von Teffs was a great Judge and inspiration to women everywhere. She made a mistake getting involved with someone who turned into a monster and made life miserable for her, Mr. Trachman and Scarlett. Scarlett and her mom live happily in the western part of the country, away from this place. Leave them be.

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    Help! Treats are nice but who doubles the bond and puts a Nebbia on a koo koo for cocoa puffs voo doo case? If I can’t figure out this Nebbia paperwork fast he’s going to kill me again.

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    The problem isn’t just the secrets that need to come out, the problem is also that known sexual harassers were continually promoted despite their bad behavior. Consider the man who constantly made sexually inappropriate remarks to every female colleague he worked with at the SAO for over a decade then somehow ended up a misdemeanor supervisor training 25 year old baby lawyers that could say nothing about his inappropriateness. Do you really think Satz and Marcus had never been told about his disgusting conduct?

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        The above is not about Tony Loe, though Satz and Marcus are aware of Tony’s relationship with a certain young female attorney that likes to spend 7 hours a day in his office. Anyone who works or worked at the SAO knows who the above is about because he was open about making sexually explicit comments to every female, including to supervisors who did nothing about it. And forget about the 25 year old baby lawyers. How about the even younger interns subjected to his behavior.

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    Don’t bother reporting sexual harassment in the clerk’s office. Not only will they (management and HR) do nothing about it, but they’ll later go ahead and promote the perp, into positions he’s not qualified for! Twice!

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      Considering the Clerk herself was a victim when she was hit on by her predecessor and subsequent husband, nothing at the Clerk’s office can be considered shocking.

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      WELCOME TO BROWARD WHERE ITS ROTTEN TO THE CORE OF GOVERNMENT. OUR COURT SYSTEM IS EVEN WORSE.
      START WITH THE BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION WHERE THEY HAVE ALLOWED YOUNG AT ART TO KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN DESPITE VERY DISTURBING QUESTIONS REMAINING.
      JUST HOW MUCH TAXPAYERS MONEY HAS BEEN WAISTED TO DATE AND TO WHOM HAS THE MONEY ACTUALLY GONE.
      BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

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      The thread is about inappropriate sexual contacts, an Ex Judge who is in portrait painted with his topless daughter on his lap is very relevant. The above poster is right, why is the County Commission and others looking away at these people who run our children’s museum.

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        Jews: Sexually Perverted — and Remaking Society in Their Image

        Just as Jews tend to remake the societies they invade into mirrors of the multiracial, multicultural cesspools in which they evolved, they also instinctively attempt to mold their host societies to match the high levels of sex perversion naturally present among Jews.

        They are clearly infecting us with their own long-term psychosexual illnesses, which are today illustrated by such repulsive manifestations as Yuval Topper — “born female [and who] underwent a sex reassignment surgery to become male, discovered that he’s gay, married a gay man, and … became the first Israeli transgender man to conceive and give birth to a baby” — and the “the all-transgender, all-Jewish, folk punk band called Schmekel.”

        From the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Jewish author justifies what I believe is biological, instinctive behavior in “scriptural” terms.

        What we are witnessing here is a type of evolutionary competition in which a species or subspecies (in this case, Jews) modifies its current environment to more closely resemble one in which it has thrived (multiculturalism, multiracialism, pervasive sex perversion) but in which its competitors (Whites) cannot thrive and are weakened. Jews do not all necessarily do this consciously (though many are intelligent enough to see this pattern in themselves, I am sure). But that they are doing it is, in my view, indisputable.

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      Let’s hope so, then maybe Satz will pay his trial attorneys what they’re worth instead of wasting money on useless non-lawyers…oh wait, all his trial attorneys got tired of waiting and quit already.

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    Political considerations always trump petty internal disparity when you’ve been around a long time and intend on taking it as a badge of honor banner to the inevitable hereafter.

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    JQC and Claudia Robinson agree to 30 day suspension without pay. Stipulation and findings sent to Supreme Court. SC17-2093

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    Why was this covered up? Discredit the child victim, justice?

    Lauderdale police major and the difficulty of coming forward

    By Francisco Alvarado, FloridaBulldog.org

    Fort Lauderdale Police Maj. Eric Brogna
    FORT LAUDERDALE POLICE MAJ. ERIC BROGNA

    One evening in mid-summer 2010, the 13-year-old niece of Fort Lauderdale Police Maj. Eric Brogna fell asleep in the bedroom of his six-year-old daughter, whom she was babysitting.

    Around 2:30 a.m., male hands pressing on her breasts jolted the adolescent girl awake. She quickly shifted her body and saw the silhouette of a tall man. “I turned on the TV because I was like freaked out,” the girl recalled three years later during a police interview. “So then I just stayed up the rest of the night.”

    She identified Brogna, who was the only male in the house that night, as her attacker, according to an Aug. 29, 2013 sworn statement the teen gave to Detective Jeff Payne of the Coral Springs Police special victims unit.

    “He touched me inappropriately,” she said.

    Even though Detective Payne believed the teenager was telling the truth, the Broward State Attorney’s Office declined in October 2013 to prosecute Brogna for lewd and lascivious behavior, citing a lack of physical evidence.

    Last year, Fort Lauderdale police internal affairs investigators probed Brogna for alleged conduct unbecoming a police officer. But after Brogna denied under oath any wrongdoing and accused his ex-wife, the girl’s aunt, of lying to get back at him, the charge was not sustained.

    The city’s Citizens Police Review Board, whose members included several current and former police officers, later accepted that finding despite hearing from the girl’s aunt that the family had “text messages, emails and photographs that contradicted the officer’s statements” and had not been given “an opportunity to provide this evidence,” according to the board’s April 2014 meeting minutes.

    Brogna, who heads the department’s administrative support division, did not return two phone messages and emails seeking comment. His boss, Police Chief Frank Adderley declined to comment, as did Brogna’s ex-wife Lynn Michelle Brogna and her two sisters, including the victim’s mother.

    DIFFICULT FOR VICTIMS TO COME FORWARD

    The criminal and internal affairs investigative files in Brogna’s case illustrate how uncomfortable it is for victims of sex crimes to come forward.

    Consider the case of Fort Lauderdale Detective Tim Shields, who is still with the department. On July 7, 2004, two women accused him of exposing himself and demanding sex from one of them, according to the minutes of a 2005 meeting of the Citizens Police Review Board and a 2006 Sun-Sentinel article.

    Shields denied the allegations even though a tracking device in his cruiser revealed he was at their house that day for 28 minutes. He claimed he was reading a magazine while conducting surveillance of a stolen car, but investigators turned up evidence that Shields wasn’t part of the surveillance detail.

    Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley
    FORT LAUDERDALE POLICE CHIEF FRANK ADDERLEY

    Broward prosecutors nevertheless cited insufficient evidence in declining to file criminal charges against him. Internal affairs investigators also cleared Shields in January 2005 of a conduct-becoming charge, recommending a one-day suspension for not telling dispatchers he’d gone back on duty at the time of the alleged incident.

    The review board, however, was troubled by the case and issued an opinion that the unbecoming conduct charge against Shields should have been sustained. “It doesn’t make any sense to me,” said then-board member Ted Fling, questioning Shields’ story. “It’s just insane.”

    Further, the board found that Internal Affairs detectives had violated the city disciplinary code by withholding the Shields case from it, the city manager and the public for nearly a year – long enough that its outcome, and Shields’ light punishment, could not be changed.

    The case against Brogna traveled along a similar path. His family troubles began shortly before the alleged groping incident in 2010.

    Lynne Brogna was married to Maj. Brogna at the time. Her twin sister, Dana Calvo, her other sister Jodi Hansen and their mother Linda Robinson later provided sworn statements that they caught Brogna masturbating at the dining room table after Thanksgiving dinner in 2009.

    According to her Aug. 30, 2013 sworn statement to Detective Payne, Robinson said: “I looked under the table, and he was masturbating and you could see the top of his penis.”

    On Oct. 10, 2013, Calvo relayed a similar account to Detective Payne: “I could see right under the table and he had his penis out. And I could see he had it in his hands.”

    When contacted by FloridaBulldog.org, Calvo and her twin Dana did not want to comment, stating they wished to move on from the ugliest chapter in their lives. They said Robinson and Hansen also did not want to talk about it.

    WIFE CONFRONTS HUSBAND

    Lynne Brogna told Coral Springs and Fort Lauderdale police she confronted her then-husband after being informed of the incident. She said in her Aug. 29, 2013 statement to Detective Payne that Brogna blamed his behavior on a combination of medications he was taking and beer he consumed during and after the holiday dinner. Lynne Brogna also retold her account to Internal Affairs investigators on Jan. 17, 2014.

    Lynne Brogna told investigators their marriage quickly fell apart after her niece told her mom and her about what she said had happened in 2010. In both of her sworn statements, Lynne Brogna claimed her husband never denied groping the girl.

    “Of course he cried and he begged,” Lynne Brogna said during her interview with Internal Affairs detectives last year. “I told him he needed to move out and told him he needed to get help.”

    Lynne Brogna and her relatives said fear, shock and embarrassment prevented them from immediately reporting him to law enforcement. They also told investigators that Brogna agreed to seek counseling if they didn’t report him.

    “There are a lot of reasons I didn’t,” Lynne told IA investigators. “I didn’t want to be embarrassed. I didn’t want my kids to be embarrassed.”

    Hansen, the victim’s mother, said she initially wanted to turn Brogna in as soon as she found out, according to her Aug. 29, 2013 sworn statement to Detective Payne. “Shame on me, I waited,” Hansen said. “I was thinking about my sister and my nieces. I didn’t want them to have to deal with any burdens.”

    Part of her also wanted to protect Brogna, Hansen conceded. “I was also thinking of my brother-in-law,” she said. “He’s a police officer. I didn’t want him to have any consequences. Maybe I could just quiet things down and pretend it didn’t happen, but it did.”

    By the time Brogna’s ex-wife and her family finally decided to file a police report, the divorce had been finalized and he had remarried. Brogna also told Payne and internal affairs investigators that her ex-husband lied to her about getting therapy and not drinking alcohol.

    DELAYS IN REPORTING ABUSE

    Delays in reporting sexual abuse are common due to embarrassment or fear.

    “It can take decades for some people to come forward,” said Jeff Dion, deputy director with the Washington D.C.-based National Center for Victims of Crime. “Victims feel no one will believe them especially when the perpetrator is someone in the family.”

    Still, while Detective Payne believed the now 18-year-old victim, he informed her mother that the delay was a problem.

    “The biggest thing that’s gonna raise a flag for everyone is why a three-year delay in reporting,” Payne told Hansen, according to her Aug. 29, 2013 sworn statement.

    Indeed, Brogna’s Fort Lauderdale defense attorney Mitchell Polay called the timing of the allegations against his client “highly suspect,” according to Payne’s narrative report.

    Polay provided Kristin Kanner, then the Broward assistant state prosecutor assigned to the case, with text messages and witnesses that purportedly supported Brogna’s claim that his ex-wife and her family were making up stories to get back at him.

    However, in her Oct. 31, 2013 closeout memo, written as she was leaving to take a new job as director of the state’s Sexually Violent Predator Program, Kanner wrote that Brogna “had to walk around the bed to [the victim’s] side of the room, so it couldn’t have been an accidental brushing while he was checking on his daughter (which is the first defense).”

    Still, Kanner identified several difficulties with the case, specifically noting that any admissions Brogna made to Lynne would be subject to marital privilege. The prosecutor also cited Polay’s argument that Brogna’s former wife was motivated by jealousy over his recent nuptials.

    “Again, another hard to surmount defense hurdle,” Kanner opined. “There is no physical evidence and no admissible admissions of any kind,” she added. “As such, there is no reasonable likelihood of conviction.”

    BROGNA VEHEMENTLY DENIES WRONGDOING

    The internal affairs probe, completed on March 31, 2014, was even more favorable to Brogna. Unlike the criminal case, he provided a sworn statement for IA investigators.

    Brogna vehemently denied masturbating in the presence of his in-laws as well as fondling his then-niece’s breasts. Brogna claimed the allegations were part of his ex-wife’s “methodology and an attempt to control him.”

    “It was a blackmail tool that she attempted to tell me how I was gonna live my life,” Brogna said. “And I lived like that for three years until I couldn’t live with it anymore.”

    Lynne Brogna told IA investigators that she had proof Brogna was being untruthful. “It’s all in text messages,” she said in her sworn statement. “He can lie all he wants.”

    Backing Brogna up were Chief Adderley and Thomas Harrington, an assistant chief under Adderley who joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 2013.

    An Internal Affairs summary report says that on March 11, 2014, Harrington told investigators, “Brogna expressed his belief that his ex-wife was trying to make his life miserable by making some allegation about him touching his ex-wife’s niece.”

    Adderley recalled the same day Brogna telling him that Lynne had sent him text messages threatening to file a “criminal allegation against him if he did not sever his relationship with Eric’s now wife.” The chief said he advised Brogna to file an incident report with the Coral Springs Police that Lynne was trying to extort him.

    Adderley declined through a spokesman to talk about his statement or say why he gave Brogna personal advice about how to handle the situation.

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      Philandering Frank Adderley giving Brogna personal advice about how to handle the situation.

      If the 13 year old filed a false report charge her.

      2011 Florida Statutes
      Title XLVI
      CRIMES
      Chapter 836
      DEFAMATION; LIBEL; THREATENING LETTERS AND SIMILAR OFFENSES
      Entire Chapter
      SECTION 05
      Threats extortion.
      836.05 Threats; extortion.—Whoever, either verbally or by a written or printed communication, maliciously threatens to accuse another of any crime or offense, or by such communication maliciously threatens an injury to the person, property or reputation of another, or maliciously threatens to expose another to disgrace, or to expose any secret affecting another, or to impute any deformity or lack of chastity to another, with intent thereby to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatsoever, or with intent to compel the person so threatened, or any other person, to do any act or refrain from doing any act against his or her will, shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
      History.—s. 42, sub-ch. 3, ch. 1637, 1868; RS 2420; GS 3261; RGS 5092; CGL 7194; s. 1, ch. 57-254; s. 991, ch. 71-136; s. 1307, ch. 97-102.

      The 2017 Florida Statutes

      Title XLVI
      CRIMES
      Chapter 837
      PERJURY
      View Entire Chapter
      837.05 False reports to law enforcement authorities.—
      (1)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) or subsection (2), a person who knowingly gives false information to a law enforcement officer concerning the alleged commission of any crime, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
      (b) A person who commits a violation of paragraph (a) commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, if the person has previously been convicted of a violation of paragraph (a) and subparagraph 1. or subparagraph 2. applies:
      1. The information the person gave to the law enforcement officer was communicated orally and the officer’s account of that information is corroborated by:
      a. An audio recording or audio recording in a video of that information;
      b. A written or recorded statement made by the person who gave that information; or
      c. Another person who was present when that person gave that information to the officer and heard that information.
      2. The information the person gave to the law enforcement officer was communicated in writing.
      (2) A person who knowingly gives false information to a law enforcement officer concerning the alleged commission of a capital felony, commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
      History.—s. 57, ch. 74-383; s. 34, ch. 75-298; s. 206, ch. 91-224; s. 5, ch. 97-90; s. 1, ch. 2013-117.

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      The question is “Will his current wife allow Fort Lauderdale Police Major Eric Brogna to babysit one of her teenage nieces?”

      Major Eric Brogna admits the transgression of fondling his 13 year old niece blaming it on alcohol and controlled substance abuse to his wife at the time.

      Where are the stalwarts for justice for this 13 year old? Only 1 (ONE) news article exposed this predator, Florida Bulldog.

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/22/weinstein-aftermath-all-men-accused-sexual-misconduct/884778001/

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    FAT TURD AND SEILER SMILER DESERVE EACH OTHER
    BOTH SUCK BIG TIME
    NOW THEY ARE ON THE RECEIVING END AT LAST
    COULDNT HAPPEN TO A BIGGER BUNCH OF SUCKERS
    ID BE SURPRISED IF THE BAR EVER DID ANYTHING RIGHT
    BUT HES DONE AT ANY RATE
    SEILER SMILER WILL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER GO FETCH IT GIRL NOW
    IF I WERE ROBINSON ID BE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER ATTORNEY
    ONE WITHOUT PIG PRINTS ALL OVER HIM THIS TIME

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    Well, I think people have been pointing out David di Pietro as a disgusting gaslighting perverted voyeur, and Nina the pretending not to know accomplice, for quite some time and even posted a site here – a “Nova Law Spies” Google search takes you right there and if you set up an account and ask the right questions through the account you get about three hundred more pages of allegations and proof.

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            Trying to be funny? Or to stop people from reading it? I found it’s a legitimate site with at least thousands of people’s pages. I was interested, clicked, it works. Tried the time consuming Google search. Works, too. The site – Semi interesting.

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              Why would anyone respond with a thumbs down on someone asking what’s repetitive, what’s crap, and who are you? Do people think they’ll cover up reprehensible and illegal behavior by clicking on a button to show a thumb pointing down? The comments and thumbs down are really pointing to the truth.

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      What scum !
      These “professionals” hold down child victims for abusers.
      They use the court functions, to stifle parents from speaking out and reporting child abuses.

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        Judges offer Pedophiles Protection.

        A Christmas Poem for The Scourge of The Courts.

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          HELP !
          JUDGE COATES IS IN THE PEDO-POCKETS.

          THE 15TH CIRCUIT ALLOWS THE WEALTHY TO RAPE ME. PLEASE HELP.

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      Two thumbs down probably has their fingerprints all over this. It won’t keep the truth from getting out, and it won’t save anyone from at least one court case or prison if any of the allegations are true. Based on the character – or lack thereof – of the people involved as well as the provided information, I think the stated illegal behavior is true. I wouldn’t be surprised to find much more of the same behavior from the same people and many others with plenty to say.

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        If you’re referring to “David di Pietro, sexual predator, degenerate,” then I think you should have typed “at least one court case AND prison…”

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    THE TURD IS CURRENTLY IN CHARGE OF PARKING IN SEILER’S PARKING LOT AND VALET AT THE DOWNTOWNER.
    WORD IS HE IS NASTY AS HELL ON THE LOTS WHILE GIVING ORDERS WHERE CLIENTS & VISITORS PARK THEIR CARS

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    The Fix was in.

    CITIZENS POLICE REVIEW BOARD MEETING
    CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE
    CITY HALL 8TH FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
    100 NORTH ANDREWS AVENUE
    FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA 33301
    April 14, 2014 – 6:00 P.M.
    1/2014 – 12/2014
    Cumulative Attendance
    Board Members Attendance P A
    Marc Dickerman, Chair P 3 0
    Det. Nina Justice, Vice Chair P 3 0
    Kevin Borwick A 1 1
    Ted Fling P 1 2
    Lt. Steve Greenlaw P 3 0, Scott Rothein Esq (disbarred) timekeeper
    Sgt. Adam Solomon P 3 0
    Kenneth Staab P 1 2
    Maxine Streeter P 3 0
    Roosevelt Walters P 3 0
    It was noted that a quorum was present for the meeting.
    Staff
    Capt. Doug MacDougall, Internal Affairs, Fort Lauderdale Police Department
    Sgt. Frank Vetancourt, Internal Affairs, Fort Lauderdale Police Department
    Sgt. Edgar Cruz, Internal Affairs, Fort Lauderdale Police Department
    Sgt. David Cortes, Internal Affairs, Fort Lauderdale Police Department
    Chief of Police Franklin Adderley, Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Scott W Rothstein Esq. (disbarred) Personal Police Chief.
    Brad Weissman, Assistant City Attorney
    J. Opperlee, Recording Secretary, Prototype, Inc.
    Guests
    Dana Calvo
    Peter Calvo
    Jodi Henson
    Joseph Robinson
    Communications to City Commission
    None.
    A. Roll Call
    Chair Dickerman called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
    B. Approve minutes from February 11, 2014
    Citizens Police Review Board
    April 14, 2014
    Page 2

    Motion made by Mr. Walters, seconded by Det. Justice, to approve. In a voice vote, the
    motion passed unanimously.
    C. General Information

    It was noted that the City Manager had received the Board’s recommendations
    regarding Cases IA 13-083 and IA 13-106 and took no exception to them.
    D. Review the following Internal Affairs investigation
    Complainant: Lynne Michelle Brogna, Dana Calvo, Jodi Hansen,
    Linda Robinson & (two juveniles)
    (IA Case 13-110)
    Allegation: 1) Conduct unbecoming a police officer / department
    Employee
    Officer: Eric Brogna
    Disposition: 1) Not Sustained
    A motion was made by Ms. Streeter to not accept the Department’s finding that the
    conduct was not sustained. The motion died for lack of second.
    Ms. Streeter explained that she felt the disposition of the case should be exonerated or
    Unfounded rather than Not Sustained.
    There being no questions from the Board at this time, Chair Dickerman opened the
    public hearing.
    Joseph Robinson, private citizen, stated that the case was originally filed with the Coral
    Springs Police Department and had gone to the State Attorney’s Office, which had
    decided against prosecution and passed the case on to Internal Affairs. Mr. Robinson
    concluded that he was certain an incident had occurred, although he had not witnessed
    any of the alleged actions.
    Jodi Henson, private citizen, advised that she was the mother of the alleged victim. She
    stated that the incident had involved unwanted touching or fondling, and that the
    relationship between herself and the Officer was not hostile at the time of the incident.
    Ms. Henson concluded that the incident had not been reported for three years because
    the Officer had agreed to seek counseling.
    Dana Calvo, private citizen, stated she was the aunt of the alleged victim. She
    explained that the family had attempted to hold the Officer accountable by having him
    seek therapy rather than reporting the incident; however, she asserted that there should
    be no time frame when wrongdoing occurs. She added that the family had only been
    Citizens Police Review Board
    April 14, 2014
    Page 3
    informed of the case’s outcome the previous week, and had not been notified of
    tonight’s Board meeting in a timely manner.
    Ms. Calvo noted that the victim’s family had text messages, emails, and photographs
    that contradicted the Officer’s statements regarding his relationship with the family. She
    concluded that the Officer had never directly denied the allegation.
    Vice Chair Justice explained that the Board’s decision must be based on the evidence
    presented to them, and asked why the evidence to which Ms. Calvo referred had never
    been presented to the Coral Springs Police Department. Ms. Calvo said there had never
    been an opportunity to provide this evidence or refute any of the Officer’s statements.
    She advised that this evidence would have shown that the Officer had an amicable
    relationship with the alleged victim’s family.
    Lt. Greenlaw requested further explanation of the various time frames for incidents that
    witnesses had described. Ms. Calvo replied that these incidents had never been
    formally documented. Lt. Greenlaw explained the Board’s responsibilities, which were
    related only to administrative review of the incident and did not allow them to add or
    detract from the documentation provided to the Coral Springs Police Department.
    It was clarified that the Internal Affairs investigation had been required to be completed
    within 180 days. There is no set time frame in which a complainant can expect his or
    her case to come before the Board. Capt. MacDougall concluded that the Department
    may consider notifying complainants by telephone as well as by letter.
    The Board discussed the case further, noting that the lack of physical evidence and the
    length of time between the occurrence and reporting of the alleged incident would have
    made it difficult for Internal Affairs to arrive at a finding of Sustained. Lt. Greenlaw
    described some of the reasons the allegation had been Not Sustained, emphasizing the
    lack of physical evidence provided. Sgt. Solomon noted that there was little possibility
    that a criminal case would have resulted in a conviction due to this lack of evidence,
    regardless of the seriousness of the allegation or the individual’s position as an Officer.
    Ms. Calvo cited the length of the investigation by the State Attorney’s Office as
    indicative that there was sufficient evidence to advance the case.
    Linda Robinson, private citizen, stated she is the mother of Ms. Henson and Ms. Calvo.
    She advised that the case had not been reported at an earlier time because the Officer
    had said he would seek help if no charges were filed.
    Mr. Staab agreed that the time frame in which the victim’s family was able to review
    information in the case was limited. Lt. Greenlaw noted that the Officer had not opted to
    provide a statement to the investigator of the criminal case, but had given a statement
    to Internal Affairs for their review. Ms. Henson asserted that the Officer’s statement and
    responses to the allegations were not truthful.
    Citizens Police Review Board
    April 14, 2014
    Page 4
    Mr. Fling stated that the Board should not be acting as investigators or questioning
    Internal Affairs reports provided to them. He felt they should “stop harassing the
    Internal Affairs people.”
    Motion made by Vice Chair Justice, seconded by Mr. Walters, to accept the findings of
    Internal Affairs in Case 13-110, Major Eric Brogna, as Not Sustained on the charges of
    Conduct unbecoming of a Police Officer/Department Employee. In a voice vote, the
    motion passed 7-1 (Ms. Streeter dissenting).
    There being no further business to come before the Board at this time, the meeting was
    adjourned at 7:03 p.m.
    Any written public comments made 48 hours prior to the meeting regarding items
    discussed during the proceedings have been attached hereto.
    [Minutes prepared by K. McGuire, Prototype, Inc.]

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    TURD IS SCROUNGING FOR SLOP AT THE BACK DOOR OF THE DOWNTOWNER , A PLACE HE USE TO MEET CANDIDATES TO GIVE THEM CORRUPT ADVICE. SAW HIM EATING A LEFTOVER BAG OF POTATO CHIPS. SAD

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    Hey Jack Seiler

    WIFE CONFRONTS HUSBAND

    Lynne Brogna told Coral Springs and Fort Lauderdale police she confronted her then-husband after being informed of the incident. She said in her Aug. 29, 2013 statement to Detective Payne that Brogna blamed his behavior on a combination of medications he was taking and beer he consumed during and after the holiday dinner. Lynne Brogna also retold her account to Internal Affairs investigators on Jan. 17, 2014.

    Lynne Brogna told investigators their marriage quickly fell apart after her niece told her mom and her about what she said had happened in 2010. In both of her sworn statements, Lynne Brogna claimed her husband never denied groping the girl.

    “Of course he cried and he begged,” Lynne Brogna said during her interview with Internal Affairs detectives last year. “I told him he needed to move out and told him he needed to get help.”

    Lynne Brogna and her relatives said fear, shock and embarrassment prevented them from immediately reporting him to law enforcement. They also told investigators that Brogna agreed to seek counseling if they didn’t report him.

    “There are a lot of reasons I didn’t,” Lynne told IA investigators. “I didn’t want to be embarrassed. I didn’t want my kids to be embarrassed.”

    Hansen, the victim’s mother, said she initially wanted to turn Brogna in as soon as she found out, according to her Aug. 29, 2013 sworn statement to Detective Payne. “Shame on me, I waited,” Hansen said. “I was thinking about my sister and my nieces. I didn’t want them to have to deal with any burdens.”

    Part of her also wanted to protect Brogna, Hansen conceded. “I was also thinking of my brother-in-law,” she said. “He’s a police officer. I didn’t want him to have any consequences. Maybe I could just quiet things down and pretend it didn’t happen, but it did.”

    By the time Brogna’s ex-wife and her family finally decided to file a police report, the divorce had been finalized and he had remarried. Brogna also told Payne and internal affairs investigators that her ex-husband lied to her about getting therapy and not drinking alcohol.

    DELAYS IN REPORTING ABUSE

    Delays in reporting sexual abuse are common due to embarrassment or fear.

    “It can take decades for some people to come forward,” said Jeff Dion, deputy director with the Washington D.C.-based National Center for Victims of Crime. “Victims feel no one will believe them especially when the perpetrator is someone in the family.”

    Still, while Detective Payne believed the now 18-year-old victim, he informed her mother that the delay was a problem.

    “The biggest thing that’s gonna raise a flag for everyone is why a three-year delay in reporting,” Payne told Hansen, according to her Aug. 29, 2013 sworn statement.

    Indeed, Brogna’s Fort Lauderdale defense attorney Mitchell Polay called the timing of the allegations against his client “highly suspect,” according to Payne’s narrative report.

    Polay provided Kristin Kanner, then the Broward assistant state prosecutor assigned to the case, with text messages and witnesses that purportedly supported Brogna’s claim that his ex-wife and her family were making up stories to get back at him.

    However, in her Oct. 31, 2013 closeout memo, written as she was leaving to take a new job as director of the state’s Sexually Violent Predator Program, Kanner wrote that Brogna “had to walk around the bed to [the victim’s] side of the room, so it couldn’t have been an accidental brushing while he was checking on his daughter (which is the first defense).”

    Still, Kanner identified several difficulties with the case, specifically noting that any admissions Brogna made to Lynne would be subject to marital privilege. The prosecutor also cited Polay’s argument that Brogna’s former wife was motivated by jealousy over his recent nuptials.

    “Again, another hard to surmount defense hurdle,” Kanner opined. “There is no physical evidence and no admissible admissions of any kind,” she added. “As such, there is no reasonable likelihood of conviction.”

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    Broward JUDGE ROBINSON after it was EXPOSED that she was giving a substantial number of court appointed arbitration cases to the POLITICAL OPERATIVE MICHAEL AHEARN who helped get her elected is now, after initially receiving a 3 month suspension by the Judicial Qualifications Committee, a mear tap on the wrist, is now facing a much bigger problem ! The dirty little secret is just about to bust wide open.

    ALL BROWARD JUDGES SHOULD UNDERGO AUDITS TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THIS PAY TO PLAY PRACTICE

    SOME VERY INTETESTING RESULTS ARE ABOUT TO COME TO LIGHT

    THE LIGHT OF SCRUTINY THAT ALL BROWARD JUDGES FEAR IF THEY WANT TO STAY ON THE PUBLIC PAYROLL

    CASH MY CHECK BROWARD JUDGES ARE LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDERS ABOUT NOW

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        Alice is just a drone chasing rabbits,
        Teresa’s The Red Queen.who spawn
        The PEDO-GATE KEEPER Matrix.

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            They don’t call Kristin Tolbert a court contractor for nothing. I know how it is, as I sit on The Florida Bar;’s 17th. Circuit’s Grievance Committee (A) as chair.

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          Heard Teresa is going to run for PD … that’s the last thing we need. Keuthan was scab mother enough.

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            She’s looking to fleece any public trough she can wiggle her her corrupt ass into, and she’ll office her own little shop of horrors.

            “”P.D.”” will take on a whole new meaning.

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              She’s a Black Widow.
              She’ll place demons in key positions.
              She’s psychopath.
              And the incumbent staff will need to adjust to become a lower dimension of her demonic deeds.

              Teresa is a sure sign that end times are near.
              C-Revelations.
              This doc explains Teresa Williams epistemology.
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gg7fyYH0e8

              Sadly, every lawyer needs to see this doc.

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                I agree. Teresa is likely a Fish Head.

                My ex was a psychopath and for years I blamed him for destroying my life and ruining ALL of my relationships, isolating me, destroying my life, etc but I realized that psychopaths only go for a certain type of person. This type is selfless, will sacrifice their own needs for others, critical of themselves, hard on themselves, low self esteem etc.

                This type is easy to control and psychopaths take great pleasure in controlling. This is the type that people are often praised for being, it is the role of the martyr, the role of the humble servant, but it is not an all holy loving attitude that we imagine it to be. Being unkind to yourself is no better than being unkind to others. To be able to share your love (without co-dependency and toxic behaviors) you MUST love yourself and treat yourself with respect and stand up for yourself. Like really does attract like.

                By being a doormat and being cruel to yourself and by not putting your needs first you will attract someone who is cruel to others and put their own desires first. They fit together like two pieces to a puzzle, so similar with only the slightest flip of differences…I played the victim role and felt sorry for myself and that’s how I defined myself, but once you decide that you’re not a victim and that you CHOSE to be weak and you LET the other person control and destroy you rise above these sorts of soul draining relationships and realize that your destiny is always and was always in your own hands whether you realized it or not.

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              The Fink’s con-man Gordo will have competition where fish-heads will rule.
              Keuthan soon to leave thank God. She’ll have all the time she needs to mooch hubby’s laptop now after the hard-drive is put back together.

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    Please Help Me!
    I’m being sold over and over by The Florida Bar’s UN-ethical members.

    Its your tax dollars, and membership fees doing this to me.

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      Get used to it. We report to no one and routinely dismiss you complaints because we are in charge and do this “service” “at the pleasure of the Supreme Court”–go read you state constitution–so don’t go looking for them to do anything. We might have lost Tom Hall who took care of this for us by tampering with the mail and complaints while Justice Quince was CJ to prevent S. Ct Judges from “receiving information against judges and lawyers misconduct” that mandated they take appropriate action, but we are allowed to, and we are training the current Clerk on how we operate. So give it up and shut up before you make too much noise we have to find some other way to silence you.

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        No state law can abridge federally protected rights.

        1. The 1st. 6th/14th Amendment was here before 1959.

        2. We are a nation of laws, and not people.

        3. The people of the Great State of Florida never had a referendum on the confiscation of due process from The People.

        4. The people of the Great State of Florida never had a referendum on the confiscation of due process from The People. Just to give those “rights to a special group of “privately funded fraternal org.

        5. The Three (3) branches of gov. were supposed to be separate.

        6. In the Obama admin era, we have 200% members of a Bar Assoc in the WH. Exec branch.

        7. 90% member of the bar are in each legislative branch.

        8. And the judiciary through private mandate, must be a member of the Bar @ 100%.

        Hence, I practice law without a lic. and see all who follow the FL Bar membership guidelines, both, Criminals and Cowards who aid criminals by virtue of acknowledgements.

        Don’t spend money for your own regulation.
        UPL is a Slick Gimmick.

        My 6th choice of council is the guy at the 7-11.
        My choice is a federally protected right.

        So, fuck The Florida Bar…. As they are only there, because they are acknowledged by the cowardly who don’t understand The 6th.

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    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE CIRCUITS FAMILY DIVISION’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS AND RITUALS.

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      Aturd never thought his financial windfall would come to light, depending on the corruption that totally surrounds judges in Broward County instead that operates in the dark.

      As long as crooked judges get away with almost every dirty trick known to the politically motivated, Broward remains a Judicial Cesspool just like it’s been run for years.

      Start removing these Crooked Broward Judges from the bench and revoke their Bar Licenses and you’ll end the Corruption.

      It’s simple. Clean out the Grease trap that is and remains the Broward Judiciary.

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    THE TURD’S GAME IS OVER
    AS BAD AS SOME OF THESE BROWARD JUDGES NEED THE JOBS, NONE OF THEM AS DUMB AS THEY ARE WILL EVER USE THE TURD AGAIN

    AUDIT ALL BROWARD JUDGES TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF PAY TO PLAY ACTIVITIES

    END BROWARD JUDICIAL CORRUPTION

    REMOVE JUDGE ROBINSON FROM OFFICE

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      I agree. Does the court admin have the case styles that can be correlated ? Can you up load a list here?

      Some of these judges are scum. And the contractors shills.

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      BACDL is utterly useless unless you count kissing Judicial butt an accomplishment. Where it could be a powerful tool for good and Justice, it has fallen far short of any useful aim. That’s the main reason I don’t waste my time attending meetings.

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    Robinson is indicative of the political rot that is at the very core of our judiciary. Pay to Play has always been a big problem with Broward judges. Her excuses are unacceptable even by the low standards of judges in this circuit.
    I can only hope the Florida Supreme Court sees thru the charade that is going on here and actually does something about it. I don’t have too much faith in the Judicial Qualifications Committee to do what this situation calls for.

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      Don’t vote for Teresa Williams unless you want more of the same. I must say though, she’s a great Confidential Informant.
      Outside our her nefarious deeds, she’s as useless as tits on a bull. Sort of flaky. But good for CI’ing on her clients.

      Robinson is just another turd bobbing around in the zest pool .
      Why? Because local lawyers have been castrated
      by the Florida Bar, and its fictional collective.

      My sons are Gen. Z’s, and I think they’re going ix things.

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    ATURD ON NOTICE. THE LAST OF THE APPOINTMENT SUCKERS. ROBINSON NEEDS TO PACK HER BAGS TOO. ALL EYES ARE ON BROWARD JUDGES. TIMES ARE CHANGING AND THE SCAM JUDGES HAVE USED TO SUCK AT THE PUBLIC TROUGH ARE COMING TO AN END.
    RUN AGAINST ALL INCUMBENT BROWARD JUDGES. CLEAN OUT JUDICIAL CORRUPTION.
    THE DECK IS BEING RESHUFFLED. INCUMBENT JUDGES RUN TO RETAIN SEATS AT A DISADVANTAGE. EAZY PICKENS.

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    Broward judges will do almost anything to get to the bench and pay those back that helped them get there. They live up to their reputations.Broward continues to have the worst judges in the state. Need cases ? Work on a Broward judge’s campaign and reap the benefits. The gravey train is alive and worth money on the bench in Broward. A real grab bag.

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    Talk about a political gravy train.

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