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Big Bag of Cocaine Flies into Motorist’s Car

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

Imagine that you’re driving along, enjoying your 40 oz beer, when, suddenly, a big fat bag of cocaine manages to fly through your open window. Just as that happens, a police officer pulls you over. It may sound like it’s made up, but that’s exactly what happened to local motorist Zak Joseph. He says… Read More »

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Federal Investigation Leads to 29 Being Charged

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

A federal investigation in Tallahassee has led to 29 people being brought up on charges, including one federal official, in a corruption case after a months-long investigation. The investigation uncovered “widespread public corruption” according to federal authorities over farm money that has allegedly been misused. Federal authorities say that scheme defrauded taxpayers of nearly… Read More »

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Bank Robber Demands $1,100 from Teller

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

You’ve probably heard about this one on social media or local news. A 73-year-old Boca Raton man was recently charged with bank robbery, but the details are even stranger than the man’s age. According to police, the 73-year-old asked for $1,100 and when the teller counted out and handed him $2,000, he told her… Read More »

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Second Man Guilty in Hate Crime Against Guatemalan Immigrants

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

Jesse Harris recently pleaded guilty for his involvement in the fatal 2015 beating of a Guatemalan-American Onesimo Marcelino. He is the last of three men who were accused of the crime. Harris pleaded guilty to aggravated battery while committing evidence of prejudice. Essentially, this is an aggravating factor that is applied to criminal cases… Read More »

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Jury Deliberates in Restaurant Murder Case

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

A robbery gone wrong. That’s how Rafael Rodriguez lost his life. Three armed men entered Josephine’s Italian Restaurant donning masks and carrying guns. They ordered everyone to the floor where they robbed them. This was in 2013. Now, six years later, one man is on trial for the murder of Rodriguez, a popular bartender… Read More »

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Jury Hung in Podiatrist Rape Lawsuit

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

Podiatrist Scott Strolla is requesting a juror be interviewed after they returned a verdict of guilty in only the least serious charge against the doctor. Strolla was accused of two counts of sexual battery and a third of video voyeurism. The jury agreed that he was guilty of video voyeurism, but hung on the… Read More »

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Florida Man Jailed for Oversleeping, Missing Jury Duty

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

A Florida man was sentenced to 10 days in jail after he failed to show up for jury duty. The man claimed that he simply overslept, but the court was unsympathetic. The man overslept by at least two hours and failed to notify the court. The judge found him in criminal contempt, imposed a… Read More »

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Did Fraudulent Weight Loss Nurse Hire a Hitman from Florida Jail?

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

Jesse Lopez was already facing charges for operating an unlicensed weight loss clinic. However, police say that while she was incarcerated, she also placed a hit on her husband, Daniel Lopez, who she believed would act as the star witness for the prosecution. She then struck up a conversation with another inmate and decided… Read More »

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Were In-Laws Involved in Law Professor’s Murder?

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

Prosecutors described a sordid plot in which the former in-laws of Tallahassee law professor Daniel Merkel conspired to hire a hitman to kill him. The hit was successful. The murder, which occurred in 2014, was one that excited the imaginations of armchair detectives and legal scholars alike. Just why would anyone want to murder… Read More »

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West Palm Beach Developer Embroiled in Scheme to Defraud

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

West Palm Beach developer, Robert V. Matthews, was accused by the Security and Exchange Commission of intentionally defrauding foreign investors. According to the SEC, Matthews attempted to elicit funds for a redevelopment project in West Palm Beach that was never completed. Matthews has since been charged with felony wire fraud and more. The SEC… Read More »

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