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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 »

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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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Epstein Victims File Civil Case Amid Weak Prosecution

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

Jeffrey Epstein, the hedge fund manager who rubbed elbows with Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, was accused of soliciting underage prostitutes to entertain him and his guests. Due in large part to enlisting the aid of criminal heavyweights like Alan Dershowitz, federal prosecutors offered him a sweetheart deal in which he pleaded guilty to… Read More »

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Stand Your Ground Clears Killer in Barbershop Shooting

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

Two men walk into a barbershop. No—this isn’t the beginning of a bad joke. Unfortunately, only one of them walked out. What happened? Robinson Furtelein had just finished getting his hair cut and went to the bathroom. Garry Garcon had just walked in. Without warning, gunshot fire erupted in the street causing those within… Read More »

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What Happens to Kids who Kill?

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

You’ve likely heard the phrase: “tried as an adult”. This happens often to teenagers who commit heinous crimes against either their parents or other children. As it happens, the youngest person ever to be sentenced to life in prison was Lionel Tate at the age of 13. He was convicted right here in Florida… Read More »

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Marlins Pitcher Goes Down in Sober House Fraud

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

Former Marlins pitcher, Justin Wayne, and his brother were charged with multiple counts of insurance fraud for their part in an insurance fraud scheme that involved sober living apartments. The pair were forced to repay insurance companies $3.8 million. While the brothers were not themselves the masterminds behind the scheme, their part was sufficient… 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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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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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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Are Innocent Defendants Pleading Guilty?

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

The system is fairly rigged. Those who are appointed attorneys by the court are not necessarily getting bad lawyers, but they’re not going to have access to the same resources that prosecution has. The prosecution has a blank check to work with. They have medical experts testifying on their behalf, ballistics specialists, specialists who… Read More »

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