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Monthly Archives: October 2018

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Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Framing Black Men

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

In a suburb just north of Miami, former police chief Raimundo Atesiano had a perfect clearance rate for burglaries. In order to secure that perfect clearance rate, however, Atesiano instructed his officers to pin crimes on black men. For far too long the ploy worked all too well and now the city of Miami,… Read More »

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Florida Student Arrested for Extorting Others with Nude Photos

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

The State of Florida accused UNF student, Jesse Martinez, of 15 counts of “sextortion” after he allegedly attempted to compel a man he met on Grindr to perform oral sex on him lest he expose sexually explicit photos of him. An undercover investigation led to his arrest after he had used different names on… Read More »

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Florida Judge’s Impartiality Questioned after Endorsements

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

An appeals court announced that it would bar Florida judge Brian Iten from presiding over four criminal trials. The announcement was made as reports came out that Iten had received endorsements from county sheriffs, chiefs of police, state attorneys, and others on the prosecutorial side of the criminal justice system. It’s difficult to tell… Read More »

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Florida Man Indicted on Cyberstalking Charge

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

They say that the classic romantic fairytale goes something like this: Boy meets girl Girl likes boy Boy messes up Girl hates boy Boy tries to make it up to girl Boy and girl fall back in love Happily ever after The classic romantic fairytale does not remotely resemble anything like this: Boy meets… Read More »

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The Petty Burglary that Led to a Life Sentence

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

In 2005, Christopher Dean was a man who had just been released on parole. He and a friend, Eric Flint, botched a burglary of a Florida home. The man whose home they burglarized ran down Flint with his SUV. By Florida statute, that counts as felony murder. Because Dean had been released on parole… Read More »

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Amendment 6: What it is and Why it Matters

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Recently, the Supreme Court took over the jurisdiction of a dispute centering around a victim’s rights referendum known as “Amendment 6.” Controversy erupted around whether or not the bill belongs on the ballot. Tallahassee Circuit Court Judge, Karen Gievers, yanked the bill from the ballot rendering a 12-page decision that basically accused the bill… Read More »

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Stand Your Ground Under Fire after Fatal Parking Lot Shooting

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

We’ve spoken a lot about stand-your-ground defenses on our blog and how the State of Florida employs stand your ground. A recent court ruling shifted the burden of proof to the prosecution in these cases. For many, this heralds a troubling era in which Floridians will be shooting one another over petty squabbles. After… Read More »

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Court Rules Seminole Heights Suspect is Competent to Stand Trial

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

The court determined that the accused Seminole Heights murderer, Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, was competent to stand trial just recently. In Florida, the standard for determining if a defendant is competent to stand trial is whether or not the defendant understands the charges against him and can participate in his own defense. The court… Read More »

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