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Gubernatorial candidates consider broader marijuana laws

Gubernatorial candidates consider broader marijuana laws

The Trump administration recently warned about the potential for marijuana to lead to other drug use, but candidates for New Jersey governor are considering embracing efforts to authorize recreational use in the state. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s recent comment that marijuana is a possibly dangerous gateway drug comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is “definitely not a fan” of expanded use. Nonetheless, New Jersey’s Democratic-controlled Legislature plans to move forw…
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Law partners in Odebrecht, Panama Papers scandals get bail

A court in Panama on Friday ordered the release on bail of two partners at a law firm involved in last year’s “Panama Papers” scandal set off by the leak of thousands of documents related to offshore accounts. Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca Mora of the Mossack-Fonseca firm were arrested in February in connection with a bribery scandal involving Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras. The two are accused of money laundering for allegedly setting up offshore accounts to move bribes. The cour…
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Oklahoma governor looked into case as favor to sister-in-law

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin asked a member of her legal staff to look into the manslaughter case of a former Tulsa reserve deputy as a favor for her sister-in-law, newly released emails reveal. The governor’s office released 14 pages of emails this week showing Fallin’s discourse with sister-in-law Jane Vanfossen — a friend of the jailed officer Robert Bates’ daughter — and Jennifer Chance, her then-deputy general counsel, over the case, the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2occbP2 ) reported. The emails indicate Vanfossen had forwarded a plea of concern from Bate’s daughter to Fallin. “As a tax paying, law abiding citizens (sic) we have been thoroughly disappointed in the bias, influenced by a media with no ethical code, that appears in our court system,” Bates’ daughter Leslie McCrary wrote. “I won’t elaborate on the specifics but would ask for you to please review the statute that is keeping our Dad in jail …” An email from the governor noted Chance had researched the case and would contact Bates’ family. Chance later emailed Bates’ daughter and said the governor couldn’t intervene in the case, but advised that her father could have recourse regarding medical care and treatment under federal laws. In March, a Tulsa media report alleged Chance resigned as deputy general counsel after Fallin learned that Chance had recommended her husband, attorney Derek Chance, to the Bates family. Chance’s March 8 resignation letter states she left her post “to pursue other opportunities.” But the emails indicate Fallin was aware Derek Chance would represent Bates after receiving an email of gratitude in September 2016. “We hired Derek in June of 2016 and as of today this is where we are. Nowhere. UGH! Thank you again,” McCrary wrote. Spokesman Michael McNutt told the Tulsa World in a response to a question of Fallin’s interest in the case that the governor “treated this matter the same as similar requests that she receives by referring it to her general counsel’s office.” Bates was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Eric Harris in April 2015. Bates alleged he mistook his revolver for his Taser when Harris had tried to run away from a Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office undercover gun buy. Oops, you haven’t selected any newsletters. Please check the box next to one or more of our email newsletters and submit again. Oops, you didn’t provide a valid email address. Please double-check the email field and submit again.
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Criminals who use Bitcoin targeted under proposed Florida law

Criminals who deal in bitcoins in Florida could soon be busted for money laundering. Florida lawmakers are poised to pass a bill that will add “virtual currency” to the state’s money-laundering statute, a change hailed by law enforcement although frowned upon by some enthusiasts of bitcoins. The proposed law was crafted after a Miami judge tossed a criminal case against a Miami Beach man accused of selling $1,500 worth of bitcoins he believed was to be used to buy stolen credit-card numbe…
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Madrid opens world forum to seek solutions to urban violence

Madrid opens world forum to seek solutions to urban violence

Spain’s King Felipe VI has inaugurated a meeting of mayors and civic groups from across the world to discuss possible solutions to extremism and violence in cities. The three-day first World Forum on Urban Violence was proposed by the mayors of Madrid and Paris following the jihadi attacks in the French capital in 2015. Organizers said Wednesday that cities are the settings for many types of violence, including terrorism, gang and gender violence, and they need to find new ways to address these…
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Gunshot injuries occur primarily in Miami-Dade’s poor, black neighborhoods

“These findings offer evidence to support urgent, targeted community engagement and prevention strategies to reduce local firearm violence,” said Tanya L. Zakrison, M.D., M.H.Sc., M.P.H., assistant professor in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery and a surgeon at the Ryder Trauma Center at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Zakrison sponsored the study, “Geo-demographics of Gunshot Wound Injuries in Miami-Dade County, 2002-2012,” published recently in the journal BMC Public Health. Co-a…
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OAS chief says Venezuelan regime has blood on its hands for violence at protests

Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro condemned the Venezuelan government’s disregard for democracy and human rights in Miami on Wednesday as Venezuelans took to the streets in massive numbers and the Venezuelan ambassador faulted the OAS for violence associated with recent protests. Almagro’s remarks came shortly after a Venezuelan teenager shot in the head during anti-government protests died in an operating room. For the past two weeks, opposition and pro-governm…
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Legislature gives murder witnesses some protection by shielding their identity

Legislature gives murder witnesses some protection by shielding their identity

With overwhelming support from the Florida Senate on Thursday, a proposal that affords new protections for murder witnesses — heavily inspired by ongoing gun violence in Miami-Dade County — will go to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk and possibly become law. HB 111 passed the Senate by a 34-3 vote, similar to the near-unanimous show of support the bill received in the House late last month. Senators from Miami-Dade County called the bill “long overdue.” “I talk a lot about senseless violence …
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Panel OKs funding cut for domestic violence, assault victims

Panel OKs funding cut for domestic violence, assault victims

Money used on services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iowa would be reduced under a budget bill proposed Wednesday by Republicans, who argue federal funding will shield victims from the cuts aimed at people who staff the services. A GOP-led budget committee approved spending about $1.4 million less on victim assistance grants distributed through the Iowa Attorney General’s office. The spending bill, one of several, is expected to have more procedural votes over several d…
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Gang Alternative works with Miami police to prevent violence in the streets

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the violence in our community and that there are many organizations partnering with law enforcement to help make a difference in directing our youth to make good sound decisions, showing them that violence is not the answer. Today, I am going to share with you a program that is reaching out with a new approach, bringing the neighborhood together. Gang Alternative, a pro-family, character-building organization aimed at preventing gang violence in Miami, has p…
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British official: South Sudan violence is tribal genocide

South Sudan’s violent conflict is now genocide that is being perpetrated along tribal lines, a senior British official said, urging foreign leaders to do more to force the country’s government to end the conflict in which tens of thousands of people have been killed. Priti Patel, the U.K. secretary of state for international development, said in an interview late Wednesday that there are “massacres taking place, people’s throats being slit” amid what she called a “scorched earth policy” in the …
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North Miami Cop Arrested After Allegedly Slamming Wife's Head On Ground

North Miami Cop Arrested After Allegedly Slamming Wife’s Head On Ground

North Miami Cop Arrested After Allegedly Slamming Wife’s Head on Ground Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. The North Miami Police Department appears to be in disarray: In the past two years, the department failed a critical accreditation test and shot Charles Kinsey, an unarmed black man. After audio emerged last week of the department’s chief describing widespread dysfunction among his cops, …
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Fired gym employee who killed two managers had violent past

The gunman who shot and killed two managers at a Florida gym before turning the gun on himself had just been fired from the fitness center for workplace violence, police said Sunday. The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a statement Sunday that 33-year-old Abeku Wilson of Miami was let go from his job as a fitness trainer at the Equinox gym in Coral Gables on Saturday “due to work place violence and was escorted off the premises.” Shortly after his dismissal, Wilson returned to t…
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Miami police say gym gunman fired for workplace violence

The man who shot and killed two managers at a Florida gym before turning the gun on himself had just been fired from the fitness center for workplace violence, police said Sunday. The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a statement Sunday that 33-year-old Abeku Wilson of Miami was let go Saturday as a fitness trainer at the Equinox gym in Coral Gables “due to workplace violence and was escorted off the premises.” Authorities didn’t elaborate on what that violence involved. Sh…
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Discount deadline Apr. 15 for EcoAdventures Summer Camps

Discount deadline Apr. 15 for EcoAdventures Summer Camps

For outdoor-minded adventure-loving kids, the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is bringing back four exciting Miami EcoAdventures nature camps this summer that get them up-close to the wild side of county parks. A 10 percent Early Bird Enrollment discount is being offered through Apr. 15. Parents are encouraged to register their child/children early, as registration slots fill up quickly for these popular camps. To register, visit or call one of these area Miami EcoAdvent…
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Holiday Brush Fire Chars Nearly 5000+ Acres

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Low humidity and gusty winds are contributing to a meandering brush fire burning in Everglades Holiday Park. As of Friday afternoon, the Florida Forestry Service said the fire has chewed through nearly 5,500 acres but is 45 percent contained. It was a monumental effort as firefighters battled to save the nearly two dozen structures at Mack’s Fish Camp off Krome Avenue, which has been there since the 1930s. The owners of …
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Shifting message? After depicting coal, agency shows fishing

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is back to picturing the great outdoors on its internet home page after raising eyebrows with a prominent photo of a huge coal deposit in Wyoming. Some interpreted the image of the coal at Peabody’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine as a sign of the Trump administration’s support for coal. On Friday, the BLM changed its lead website photo to a fly fisherman on the North Platte River in Wyoming. The river flows 50 miles south of the coal in the previous photo. BLM o…
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Outdoors: Southwest Ohio offers fine fishing

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Vermont's campaign finance law survives legal challenge

Vermont’s campaign finance law survives legal challenge

A challenge to Vermont’s campaign finance laws has been struck down in federal court. Dean Corren, an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor, sued the state in Vermont’s federal district court for violating his First Amendment rights, alleging that a restriction on fundraising for publicly-financed candidates is unconstitutional. The court issued its decision Tuesday. The federal suit came amid a state-level case against Corren. During his campaign, Corren accepted public financing, whi…
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The Latest: Appeals court considers Mississippi LGBT law

The Latest on arguments over a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Attorneys for both sides are expressing confidence after a federal appeals court heard arguments about Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage. Three judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Monday in Lubbock, Texas. The Mississippi law would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny …
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Mississippi LGBT law being argued in federal appeals court

A lesbian couple from Mississippi traveled to Texas and spent their second wedding anniversary watching arguments in a court case that they believe could affect whether they face officially sanctioned discrimination in their home state. Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear said she and her wife, Susan Mangum, were married in California in 2015, a few weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The Mississippi Legislature in early 2016 passed a law that would let merchants and…
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ACLU: Washington not ensuring kids get adequate legal help

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is suing the state’s Office of Public Defense in an effort to get the state to do more to make sure children charged with crimes have good legal help. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Thurston County Superior Court, specifically challenges what the ACLU describes as the agency’s failure to protect juvenile defendants in Grays Harbor County on the Pacific coast, but the issues aren’t limited to Grays Harbor County, said Emily Chiang, the organization’…
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Ohio village's legal fees in traffic camera case total over $260K

Ohio village’s legal fees in traffic camera case total over $260K

NEW MIAMI, Ohio — A southwest Ohio village that had its traffic camera enforcement ruled unconstitutional in 2014 has spent more than $260,000 in legal fees the past four years defending that enforcement. Mixed clouds and sun this morning. Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 78F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.. Scattered thunderstorms this evening becoming more widespread overnight. Low 59F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. A Butler County ju…
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Iowa regulator’s confirmation delayed after AP report

The Iowa Senate delayed the confirmation of Geri Huser as the Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman after The Associated Press reported on her extensive private legal work, lawmakers said Wednesday. The Senate commerce committee had been scheduled Tuesday to consider Huser’s appointment by Gov. Terry Branstad for a second two-year term leading the board that regulates electric and gas utilities and reviews plans for pipelines. But hours before the meeting, the AP reported that Huser had maintained a …
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South Florida’s Legal Billing Rates Remain Stable; Smaller Firms Get More Than Half the Work

Monika Gonzalez Mesa writes about the business of law in Florida. Contact her at mgmesa@alm.com. On Twitter: @MonikaMesa1…
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Florida Bar Foundation focuses on determining self-representation numbers, pro bono needs

MIAMI — The Florida Bar Foundation hopes its Everyone Counts initiative will lead to answers on just how many pro bono attorneys are needed and just how many people are representing themselves in court. “There’s always talk about the need for pro bono attorneys, but how do we know there is a need, just because?” Ericka Garcia, the Foundation’s director of pro bono partnerships, told the Florida Record. “We wanted to have the data to back this up and help guide us to the next step.” …
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Benched legal analyst returns to Fox, stands by story

Fox News Channel legal analyst Andrew Napolitano returned to the air Wednesday, saying he stood by his claim about spying on President Donald Trump that got him benched by the network for more than a week. Napolitano had reported on Fox that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Trump, a story that quickly attracted notice because the president cited it in a news conference. Britain denied that it had done any such thing, and Fox news anchors Shepard Smi…
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Reach out — US isolationism a useless policy

Reach out — US isolationism a useless policy

The forces of populism and nationalism that surged during the presidential election have fed the misguided perception that Americans no longer are interested in thinking beyond our nation’s land and maritime borders. Fear of foreigners and international cooperation seems to be the new — or not-so-new — vogue. Unfortunately for American isolationists, it’s too late. Eso ya no está de moda. The United States and the vast majority of both developing and industrialized nations have become …
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Legal bills, court costs still rising in Miami developers’ jet-set lawsuit

It’s been three years since a jury came down with a verdict in a sordid lawsuit over a private jet once shared by two of Miami’s flashiest developers, but the legal dispute between Ugo Colombo and Craig Robins continues to grow — as does the money owed by Robins’ Dacra Development Corporation. On Thursday, Judge Michael Hanzman entered a final judgment stating that Dacra Development, an affiliate of Robins’ development corporation, owes Colombo and his CMC Group $1.5 million in legal …
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Prosecutor’s Decision Refuels Death Penalty Debate

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – It’s one of the more controversial topics not only in the state of Florida, but nationwide. Florida’s death penalty has been roiled by controversy for decades, marred in the past by botched executions — including one that resulted in the retirement of “Old Sparky” — and, more recently, by court rulings condemning the way defendants were sentenced to death. It’s been more than a year since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in a case…
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CCC to host 'Denim Day' for sexual assault awareness

CCC to host ‘Denim Day’ for sexual assault awareness

The worldwide day to wear jeans to bring awareness and speak out against sexual violence was discussed at the most recent Partners of Ottawa County, Inc. (POCI) meeting. Kimberly Barker kbarker@miaminewsrecord.com MIAMI— The Community Crisis Center (CCC) will be hosting “Denim Day” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 26 at Northeastern A&M College to share information about sexual violence. The worldwide day to wear jeans was discussed at the Partners of Ottawa County, Inc. (…
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