Hallandale freezes payments for city development, jobs programs citing waste & fraud

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach City Manager Roger Carlton has ordered what could be a multi-million dollar freeze on all payments under two city jobs and business development programs, saying they “have lost their way.”

Report: Hallandale commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in pattern of misconduct”

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A preliminary report by the Broward Inspector General’s Office says Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in a pattern of misconduct” when he “failed to disclose payments” made to him and other family members by a community group which Sanders voted to give thousands of dollars in city grants and other funding.

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Former Chief Justice Wells failed to file required financial disclosure forms

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org When former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Wells retired in March 2009 he did not file final financial disclosure forms required by state law and judicial canons. He belatedly did so this week after Broward Bulldog inquired about that omission. Supreme Court justices, like lower court judges and other […]

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Ex-Supreme Court chief justice approves ballot petition, gets hired by firm allied with its sponsor

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Weeks after casting the deciding vote to approve a controversial ballot petition in December 2008, former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Wells joined a law firm aligned with the petition’s sponsor. The high court’s 4-3 ruling gave life to a push by developers and statewide business interests – led […]

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Lobbyists, landowners seek a yummy slice of courthouse pie

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org As Broward’s courthouse task force steamrolls ahead with its $328 million building plan for a new downtown government high-rise, it will have to do so without Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein. Finkelstein has resigned, claiming the task force established to assess the need for a new courthouse has morphed into a […]

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Fort Lauderdale church’s big expansion plans rile neighbors

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Three years ago, Fort Lauderdale’s First Presbyterian Church lost a fight with neighbors to build $25-million family center, parking garage and other facilities in the city’s historic Colee Hammock district. The defeat, however, wasn’t a knockout. The church goes back to the city’s planning and zoning board April 21 with a […]

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Broward-based boss of Jamaica’s brutal Shower Posse dies; politically connected drug gang lives on

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Vivian Blake’s peaceful death in a Kingston, Jamaica hospital bed March 21 is a grim contrast to his life steeped in violence – much of it in South Florida. Blake, formerly of Miramar, was a founder of the “Shower Posse,” a politically connected drug gang that got its name from the […]

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Conflict of interest shuts down lobbyist Ron Book’s work for bail industry

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Flagged by Broward officials for a conflict of interest, county lobbyist Ron Book has agreed to stop pushing for a new state law that county officials say would seriously undermine Broward’s pretrial intervention program and cost local taxpayers millions. The new law is being sought by another of Book’s clients, the […]

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Florida justices forbid falsifying criminal court records, abolish secret dockets

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Following up on a decision three years ago that barred judges and court clerks from hiding civil court cases from public view, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the same ban on secrecy also applies to criminal cases. Also on Thursday, the justices wrote new rules forbidding the falsification of […]

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Contractors, campaign contributions and questions about Broward’s big money runway expansion project

By Dan Christensen As Broward commissioners prepare to publicly debate the merits of a proposed new ethics code, a county contractor is accusing county officials of unfairly playing politics when handing out multimillion-dollar contracts. CH2M Hill, the international engineering giant, says it ran into a buzz saw last year when it sought the lucrative job […]

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Lawyers, accountants seek big fees in Rothstein bankruptcy

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Attorneys and accountants for the court trustee in the messy bankruptcy of scamster Scott Rothstein’s collapsed law firm have asked a judge to authorize nearly $2.2 million in fees for less than three months’ work. The biggest slice of that plump pie – more than $1.2 million – was billed by […]

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Satz, Finkelstein fight yields change at the courthouse

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org The smoke has cleared in the recent public dustup between State Attorney Michael Satz and Public Defender Howard Finkelstein over the quality of justice in Broward County. Neither man has changed his mind. Finkelstein still contends Satz favors the influential and the police over the average citizen when it comes to […]

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