Police use of DNA leads to backlash, changes to big database

U.S. 06/07/19, 15:49

After California detectives used a popular online DNA database to track down a suspect in the decades-old Golden State Killer slayings, other police agencies quickly adopted the same technique.Since that case was cracked last year, at least 50 other killings and rapes have been solved nationwide by using partial DNA ...

Judge reduces bond for former deputy in Parkland shooting

U.S. 06/06/19, 13:17

A judge reduced bail on Thursday for a former Florida deputy charged with 11 criminal counts after failing to confront the gunman in the Parkland school massacre. Scot Peterson was expected to be released later in the day.Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer set bond at $39,500 for Peterson, down from the ...

Prosecutors want Florida massacre suspect’s medical records

U.S. 05/28/19, 00:20

Prosecutors are seeking mental health and medical records of the former student charged with last year's Florida school massacre.Prosecutors will ask Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Tuesday to order a psychologist and an orthopedic clinic turn over Nikolas Cruz's records.Psychologist Daniel Mauer treated Cruz before the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at ...

Family tradition: Chargers’ Bosa switches to familiar No. 97

Football 05/25/19, 01:52

Joey Bosa is hoping to return to form with the Los Angeles Chargers wearing a new, yet familiar, number.The defensive end has switched from No. 99 to 97. Bosa wore that number at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Ohio State.It is also a significant number ...

Florida school shooting defendant due back in court

U.S. 05/21/19, 00:06

The defendant charged with killing 17 people in last year's Florida school shooting is due back in court.A status hearing is scheduled Tuesday for 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz in the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz could get the death penalty if convicted.The hearing will likely focus ...

Florida prepares for influx of immigrants from Mexico border

U.S. 05/16/19, 16:48

Officials in South Florida say they are frantically preparing for an influx of immigrants being sent by the federal government as the number camped along the U.S. Mexico border grows rapidly. Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen said Thursday that officials in his community and neighboring Palm Beach County were alerted by ...

Pitched battle: Kraft attorneys fire back at prosecutors

Football 05/08/19, 17:39

The rivalry between Robert Kraft's New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins appears tame compared to the heated contempt expressed between Florida prosecutors and Kraft's defense attorneys in his misdemeanor prostitution solicitation case.One day after prosecutors accused attorneys Alex Spiro and William Burck of lying in court, the duo fired ...

Beckham’s MLS team plans to sign players this summer

Soccer 05/08/19, 12:07

The expansion MLS team owned in part by David Beckham plans to start signing players this summer and will select its first coach later this year.Inter Miami CF, which says it will begin play in March 2020 and that an 18,000-seat stadium in Fort Lauderdale will be ready by then, ...

Prosecutors accuse Kraft’s lawyers of lying in court

Football 05/07/19, 16:20

Two of Patriots owner Robert Kraft's defense attorneys are being accused of lying by prosecutors in his solicitation of prostitution case.The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office filed a motion Tuesday asking that attorneys Alex Spiro and William Burck be held in contempt.Prosecutors say Spiro falsely accused Jupiter police officer ...

Judge: Public defender must represent massacre defendant

U.S. 05/03/19, 16:07

A public defender must continue representing the former student charged in last year's Florida high school massacre, a judge ruled Friday, saying it's unlikely that Nikolas Cruz will actually receive a large inheritance left by his late mother.Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer rejected a request from Broward County public defenders to ...

Ex-Florida deputy says he acted properly during massacre

U.S. 05/02/19, 17:58

The then-Florida sheriff's deputy assigned to protect the high school where 17 died in last year's massacre has filed a rebuttal to a commission's conclusion that he was "derelict in his duty," saying the findings were "biased" and not supported by evidence. Former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson said in a ...

Judge: Massacre suspect’s attorneys can’t summon counselors

U.S. 05/02/19, 12:06

Attorneys for the former student charged with last year's Florida high school massacre won't get to secretly subpoena his former mental health counselors.Judge Elizabeth Scherer in an order posted Thursday ruled Nikolas Cruz's public defenders under Florida law can't force counselors who treated him before the shooting to be interviewed ...

Massacre defendant’s attorneys want judge to remove them

U.S. 05/01/19, 00:21

The public defenders representing the former student charged with the Florida high school massacre are set to ask a judge to remove them from the case.The Broward County Public Defender's Office will ask Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Wednesday to order Nikolas Cruz to hire a private attorney with the $432,000 ...

Public defender wants to drop Florida massacre suspect

U.S. 04/24/19, 16:13

The public defenders representing the young man charged in the Parkland school massacre are asking to withdraw from the case, saying the defendant will soon receive nearly a half-million dollars and will no longer qualify for free legal representation.The Broward County Public Defender's Office filed a notice Wednesdaym saying Nikolas ...

Customers videotaped at Kraft-connected spa sue authorities

Sports 04/22/19, 14:49

Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex.The lawsuit by 31 John and Jane Does alleges that Palm ...

Cruz attorneys want to question his mental counselors alone

U.S. 04/18/19, 00:09

Attorneys for the suspect in last year's Florida school massacre will ask a judge to let them question his former mental health counselors without prosecutors present.Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz are scheduled Thursday to ask Judge Elizabeth Scherer for permission to question the counselors without notifying prosecutors or allowing their attendance. ...

Prosecutors: Robert Kraft massage videos should be released

Sports 04/17/19, 15:21

Prosecutors told a court Wednesday they plan to release undercover video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly receiving sex acts at a Florida massage parlor, but it will likely be up to a judge when or if it's released.Palm Beach County prosecutors filed a notice in ...

26 victims of Parkland shooting sue school board, sheriff

U.S. 04/10/19, 10:27

Survivors and family members of the slain victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, had plans Wednesday to sue the school district, the sheriff's office, a deputy and a school monitor, claiming their negligence allowed the massacre to happen.Lawyers for the victims planned to file the lawsuits in state ...

School shooting suspect ordered to attend pretrial hearings

U.S. 04/05/19, 11:32

A judge ordered the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre to attend his pretrial hearings after his attorneys refused to let her question him.Attorneys for Nikolas Cruz say he has agreed to skip the hearings because his presence draws television coverage that emotionally damages survivors of the Feb. ...

Judge rejects lawsuit from sheriff fired in Florida shooting

U.S. 04/04/19, 16:25

A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Florida sheriff whom Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended after accusing him of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting.Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes ruled that DeSantis' executive order removing Scott Israel from his position as Broward County sheriff was consistent with ...

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