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Category Archives: Criminal Defense


FBI Forensics vs. the Scientific Community

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

In many criminal trials, the foundation of the state’s case is forensic evidence. But what if that forensic evidence couldn’t be trusted? What would happen if DNA tests yielded inconsistent results? What if autopsies couldn’t reveal the cause of death? In 1994, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst reported concerns to the FBI that he found evidence… Read More »


R. Kelly in the News Again Amid Statutory Rape Allegations

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

Prompted by the release of the show Surviving R. Kelly, allegations of statutory rape are in the spotlight once again. R. Kelly has maintained his innocence throughout 25 years of indictments and lawsuits and has never been convicted of anything yet this has done little to quell the public’s belief that R. Kelly is… Read More »


Court Rules that Stand Your Ground Protections Apply to Cops as Well

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

Among stand your ground laws and other self-defense statutes, Florida’s is unique insofar as it makes it very difficult to prosecute a defendant who raises a stand your ground defense. Recent amendments to the law force the prosecution to prove that the defendant’s stand your ground defense is false. Beforehand, it was up to… Read More »


The State of Florida Executes Court Clerk’s Murderer

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

Which state has the largest death row population? The answer, contrary to what you might think, is California. California currently has 740 prisoners who are sitting on death row. As the most populous state, this makes a certain degree of sense. Florida comes in second with 353. If you think that Florida has more… Read More »


Texas has a Conviction Integrity Unit that Gave a Man Back His Life

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

Texas, while known throughout the country for having a hard-line approach to criminal justice, has something else going for it that a lot of other states don’t: A Conviction Integrity Unit. In fact, Dallas County had the first Conviction Integrity Unit anywhere in the country. In addition, Texas has a “Junk Science” law that… Read More »


Reality Star Punches Cop

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

For those wondering if it’s a good idea to punch a cop, the answer is most definitely ‘no’. Not only will they likely respond with force, but they will also charge you with several crimes at the same time. Below Deck reality star, Ross Inia learned this lesson in a fashion that many officers… Read More »


Police Officer Charged with Misdemeanor Battery

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

A video shows a police officer kicking a handcuffed teen in the face and then lowering his knee on the teen’s neck. Sargent Gustavo De Los Rios has been charged with misdemeanor battery while the individual he assaulted stands charged with battery on a police officer. The boy was stopped with his mother. He… Read More »


Widow Wants Fourth Trial

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

Authorities claim that Dalia Dippolito hired a hitman to whack her husband. She was convicted of attempted first-degree murder and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Thus far, she has served nine of those years. Dippolito’s second trial resulted in a mistrial, but her first trial returned a guilty verdict. However, that guilty verdict… Read More »


Is Florida Trying Too Many Children as Adults?

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

Most people have a basic sense of what being “charged as an adult” means. It’s literally when a juvenile is charged in an adult court of law and faces adult sentencing. Adults themselves are charged in criminal courts for their crimes while children are usually charged in family court to answer for theirs. However,… Read More »


Officers Sentenced for Role Pinning Crimes on Black Teenager

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

Officers Charlie Daboub and Raul Fernandez will see jail time for their role in pinning a string of burglaries on a black teenager. They had been offered reduced sentences for providing the FBI with information on their boss, Raimundo Atesiano, who pleaded guilty in September for his policy of keeping his department’s closure rate… Read More »

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