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Defense Claims Man Was Sleepwalking During Stabbing

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

This is not as strange as it sounds. For those who take sleeping pills such as Ambien, it’s distinctly possible that you can do things in your sleep that you are not consciously aware of. But what about murder? According to defense attorneys for Randy Allen Hermann Jr., Hermann had no idea that what… Read More »

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Murder Suspect Ruled Incompetent to Stand Trial

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

A Collier man was ruled incompetent to stand trial in early March. The man, Santiago Burbano is accused of killing Rubi Velasco, an 18-year-old from East Naples. According to police, Burbano entered the young woman’s apartment and cut her neck. Police found the young woman dead. Burbano was taken into custody as the main… Read More »

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Why the Robert Kraft Trial Should Have You Worried

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

As jokes about happy endings and Robert Kraft make their way over social media, Kraft has assembled a legal dream team that may, with any luck, get him off (no pun intended) on two counts of criminal misdemeanor solicitation. While the stakes are not incredibly high from a legal standpoint (Kraft will likely get… Read More »

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Jury finds Boca-area man not guilty in 2017 rape case

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

By Olivia Hitchcock The State Attorney’s Office argued that the woman couldn’t consent to the sexual encounter. WEST PALM BEACH — Last week, a jury found Jayson Acevedo not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in 2017. The four-day trial ended Thursday with the six-person jury clearing Acevedo of any criminal wrongdoing in the… Read More »

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Jury Hung in Officer Shooting of Autistic Man

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

A jury was hung over the fate of police officer Jonathan Aledda who is standing trial for the shooting of Arnaldo Rios, a severely autistic man. Rios had escaped from a MACTown treatment facility and was holding a silver toy truck when Aledda is said to have fired on the man. Aledda was charged… Read More »

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John Jonchuck Trial Begins

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

What kind of a person could throw their five-year-old daughter off of a bridge? That is precisely the question that a jury will be forced to answer once the criminal trial of John Jonchuck is underway. Jonchuck stands accused of throwing his daughter off a bridge to her death. Was he insane or is… Read More »

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Should the Court Be Allowed to Cull Jurors Based on Race?

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

A death penalty case (Flowers v. Mississippi) from Mississippi involved a prosecutor who appeared to use peremptory challenges to remove jurors from the pool based on race. The case involves murders that occurred in 1996 and has been tried six times with only one conviction resulting from it. That conviction was handed down from… Read More »

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Robert Kraft Says ‘No’ to Suspicious Plea Deal Offered by A.S.A.

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

Earlier this week, the A.S.A. prosecuting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa charges offered special pleas to all the johns who were charged with misdemeanor solicitation: If they admit that they would have been found guilty at trial, then the A.S.A. would drop all the charges. Kraft also would have been required to serve… Read More »

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Florida Man Receives New Trial on Appeal

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

Ashlyn Salomon was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of his neighbor, Jonathan Maciel. The appellate court, however, found two major errors in the case that tainted the verdict. They have required that the case be retried. The details of the shooting are somewhat strange. Salomon was on break from his… Read More »

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Jacksonville Men Exonerated After 43 Years in Prison

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

Clifford Williams and his nephew Nathan Myers were set free after Florida’s conviction integrity unit recommended their case be reviewed. The men spent 43 years behind bars after being convicted in 1976 of the murder of Jeanette Williams. The unit recommended a review of the case after attorneys for Williams and Myers failed to… Read More »

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