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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
FREE SPEECH, NORTH OF THE BORDER
BREAKING: EX MIAMI BEACH POLICE OFFICER "FUNNY FACE" DERICK KUILAN, HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS FSP. MIAMI HERALD STORY IS HERE
BREAKING: KEN KUKEC ARRESTED IN KEYS FOR POSSESSION OF COCAINE. KEY'S NET HAS THE STORY HERE.
BREAKING MIRANDA RE-SENTENCES ALEX MICHAELS-
In a hearing that appeared to many observers to be more contentious than the outcome, Judge Miranda sentenced Alex Michaels to an adjudication, six months probation, 50 community service hours, and 2 hours of CLE in an ethics course.
Query: The case was on remand from the 3rd DCA. One of two counts of contempt were vacated, as was the original sentence of two days. Did Miranda have authority to increase the sentence, and was this an increased sentence? Take our new poll.
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
FREE SPEECH, NORTH OF THE BORDER .................
My Mother's Day Facebook post:
"Happy Mothers day to all the crack hoes out there. It's never too late to tie your tubes, clean up your life and make (a) difference to someone out there that deserves a better mother."
My Facebook post after reading about a 19 year old home invasion suspect who was met with brut force by the residents of the home:
"They should have shot him in the head, anyone that invades another home, in a violent manner should be executed on the spot."
My Facebook post made in the midst of the Donald Sterling controversy:
"Join me in supporting free speech and the right to have your own private opinions kept that way (regardless if you agree with them). Join me in changing your FaceBook profile photo to one of DONALD STERLING!!!."
And finally, my "fast food" Facebook post showing a photo of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonya Sotomayor:
"Reason enough why no country should ever engage in the practice of Affirmative Action again. This could be the result. Where would she be if she didn't hit the quota lottery? Here's a hint. "Would you like to supersize that sir?"
Those four posts are not mine. They are the posts from Assistant State's Attorney Kenneth Lewis, one of the top prosecutor's in the Orange County (Orlando) State Attorney's Office.
Elected State Attorney Jeff Ashton, (Ashton was the lead prosecutor in the 2011 Casey Anthony trial), in response to the backlash that the posts created has stated: "I am not going to punish someone for what is clearly political speech."
WFTV's coverage can be found here.
Contrast that to what has been going on in Broweird County recently. No, it's not what you think - there were no citing's of a Broward County Judge getting arrested this week.
Instead, this time the focus is on the Public Defender's Office; specifically on two Assistant Public Defenders' and one elected PD named "Help Me Howard" Finklestein.
In case you missed it last week, three Israeli teenagers were murdered and in the coverage that followed it was reported that Palestinians were celebrating about the kidnapping and murder of the three teen-age boys. Someone posted on their FB page about the celebrations.
APD Gary Sheres and APD Bruce Raticoff both commented on the article about the Palestinian's celebration. The comments stated that Palestinians are "filthy swine'' and "cockroaches.''
Sheres wrote: "They are filthy swine they don't eat. Their ignorance to the world bewilders the dumbest people I have ever met."
Raticoff added: "That's why the Palestinian people are considered the cockroaches of the world. Reprehensible and despicable with utter disregard for civility and humanity. Burn them to the ground."
The Sun Sentinel's coverage can be found here.
Today, after meeting with both attorneys, Finklestein's response was swift and strong. In the words of Donald Trump, "YOU'RE FIRED".
New Times coverage of the firings can be found here.
So, who was right?
CAPTAIN OUT ........