Broward PD Finkelstein says bond court judge Hurley must go; Chief judge says no

Broward County Court Judge John "Jay" Hurley Photo: NBC6 Miami

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
John “Jay” Hurley, a Broward County judge who’s gained a measure of online celebrity for his brand of televised justice, will keep his post in bond court despite a call for his removal by Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein.

Rick Scott and allegations of corporate spying and theft by a company he helped oversee

Rick Scott celebrates his Republican primary victory over Bill McCollum at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina on Aug. 24, 2010. One month earlier, Envestnet, a company where Scott was an investor and board member, settled civil charges of corporate espionage and theft.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Most Floridians know that before Rick Scott was governor he headed a hospital chain that paid $1.7 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges of healthcare fraud. Less known is the story of Scott’s involvement as an investor, director and paid consultant at another firm that settled civil claims of corporate spying and theft a month before Scott’s 2010 victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary propelled him towards the governor’s mansion.

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Audit: $1 million grant for Miami-Dade trade school wasted by mismanagement

Bay Point School in Miami-Dade County

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
A defunct youth offender program in Miami-Dade wasted a $1 million county grant building a vocational trade school that has sat empty for the last three years, according to a scathing audit by the Miami-Dade Inspector General.

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U.S. Supreme Court green lights 9/11 victims lawsuit against Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a bilateral meeting at Rawdat Khuraim in Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
In a decision largely unreported by the national media, the U.S. Supreme Court last week denied Saudi Arabia’s appeal that it be dropped as a defendant in a civil lawsuit alleging it bankrolled al Qaeda in the years before 9/11.

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Hollywood tenants pushed out for upscale housing sue for relocation assistance

Hollywood Circle's proposed 25-story housing and hotel project at Young Circle.

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Residents of a Hollywood apartment building say they are entitled to relocation assistance after they were forced out of their homes on short notice to make way for a city-sponsored, multi-million dollar redevelopment plan. The residents made the allegations in a class action lawsuit filed in Broward Circuit Court by Legal Aid Service of Broward County.

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New FBI records: A chilling find in a dumpster; 9/11 “person of interest” re-enters U.S.

FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
Freshly released, but heavily-censored FBI documents include tantalizing new information about events connected to the Sarasota Saudis who moved suddenly out of their home, leaving behind clothing, jewelry and cars, about two weeks before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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As more imported foods reach the dinner table, holes remain in FDA safety net

Overwhelmed by a rising tide of imported foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is able to inspect a tiny fraction of shipments due to budget constraints.

By Rick Schmitt
FairWarning
In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigated a seafood company in southern India that had been exporting tons of frozen yellow fin tuna to the United States. Tainted fish shipped by the company sickened 425 people in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

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Miami-Dade prosecutors, state agents investigate police chief, internal affairs officers

Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
Miami-Dade prosecutors and state law enforcement agents are investigating Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle’s alleged participation in an elaborate scheme to hide and destroy public records requested by an officer he terminated, BrowardBulldog.org has learned.

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Down the rabbit hole with the FBI: Saying 9/11 documents don’t exist when they do

9-11

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
In its only public statements about the Sarasota Saudis who suspiciously quit their home in a gated community in haste two weeks before 9/11 – leaving behind numerous personal belongings — the FBI has said it investigated, but found no connection to the 9/11 plot. Nearly three years later, however, the FBI has yet to back up its assertions.

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Broward commissioner’s dad wins VAB contract; Higher pay than AG, justices, judges

VAB members attend Monday's meeting. Commissioner Stacy Ritter, left, Mayor Barbara Sharief, Wendy S. Bodner with VAB counsel Monroe Kiar.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
With no debate, Broward’s Value Adjustment Board voted Monday to rehire the father of County Commissioner Martin David Kiar as its $225,000-a-year lawyer, without going out for competitive bids.

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Supreme Court justices earn quarter-million on the side; Read their disclosure reports

supremes

By Reity O’Brien
Center for Public Integrity
Between legalizing gay marriage and sparring over campaign finance limits, the U.S. Supreme Court kept busy — and made money — outside the marbled halls of One First Street last year.

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