Defense lawyer, accused of unprofessional conduct, moves to remove judge from Cooper City molestation cases.

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A Cooper City baseball coach accused of molesting two of his underage players is asking an appeals court to remove the Broward judge who has been assigned to the cases.
David Solomon, 47, faces life in prison if convicted of multiple counts of sexual battery on a child and lewd or lascivious molestation.
In a series of hearings before Broward Circuit Judge Lisa Porter, defense lawyer Eric Schwartzreich has accused prosecutor Patyl Oflazian of witness coaching and asked that his client, who is in custody, be allowed to wear civilian clothing instead of a jail uniform at routine hearings because it is a high-profile case that has attracted media attention.
Clients who are in custody are usually dressed in civilian clothing only when appearing before jurors.

Judge (Jay) Hurley to leave first appearance court.

UPDATE:  Judge "Jay" Hurley Said "  I have been in the same position handling 150-200 cases per day. I am ready for a change. The chief judge let me make my own call on this. I will start presiding over criminal jury trials soon. I am looking forward to a slower less hectic pace"

Judge Hurley has  handled more than 200k cases in almost eight years

Judge Jose Izquierdo will be going to dependency and Judge Michael Davis will be going to first appearance court.
Judge (Jay) Hurley has requested a criminal division so he will be assuming a county criminal division.”

"Ban the Box" Ordinance Under Consideration in Broward County

 Broward County may soon join other governments across the country and "ban the box." The phrase refers to removing the checkbox on employment applications that ask if the person has a criminal record.  
"This is one area where the County can show leadership in terms of how we deal with folks who might have had some issues in the past who now want to live a full life and be productive.  There are 70 million Americans who have had some issues with the law whether it be arrest or conviction," said Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness who brought the issue forward.  
"We are lucky we have a progressive County Administrator, a progressive County Commission and a staff that is alert to the difficulties that people have gone through in the past," said Mayor Marty Kiar.
The proposed ordinance, if passed, would mean that Broward County government would not inquire about an applicant's criminal history and would not ask for authorization to conduct a criminal background check, until the person selected as a finalist for the job.  
"I think this is a good measure.  This ordinance, if passed, means a person will never be asked about their background.  I support this and I hope my fellow commissioners support this as well," said Commissioner Mark Bogen, who co-sponsored the proposed ordinance.  
"I think the box needs to be banned on the front end.  I have no issue with that whatsoever.  I believe in second and third chances and evening the playing field.  But at some point in time there is a background check and that's not eliminated from here," said Commissioner Lois Wexler. "I would like to work on the language of this though, to ensure that the background check occurs before the very end of the process."
"I do think the simplest way to do this is to ban the box and require a background check on every applicant. That's a very simple solution," said Commissioner Beam Furr.   
The proposal also means that Broward County would not advertise positions with a statement that an individual with a criminal record may not apply for a position, or that the County prohibits people with a criminal record from applying for a job. If an applicant is a finalist for a position and a background check reveals a criminal history, the person would be given an opportunity to respond and offer mitigating circumstances. 
The "Ban the Box" ordinance would not apply if in conflict with federal or state law and some positions would be exempt from the new hiring practice. 
Members of the public who wish to voice their opinions on the proposed ordinance can do so on June 14th at 2 p.m. at the Broward Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 422 in Fort Lauderdale.



The Broward Sheriff’s Office and Miami-Dade Police Department will jointly co-host the 31st National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community.

The three-day conference, sponsored by Attorney General Pam Bondi in conjunction with the Florida Consortium of Urban League Affiliates and Derrick Brooks Charities, will present a variety of related activities between May 25 and May 27 at the Hyatt Regency Miami hotel.
Sheriff Scott Israel will provide remarks at a luncheon scheduled between noon and 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27. BSO is also sponsoring a session on Gang Prevention and Identification for teens and chaperones between 8:30 and 10 Friday morning.
The conference allows law enforcement officers, faith-based and community leaders, local and state government professionals and educators to come together to share ideas and discuss crime prevention strategies. One of the major focuses of the program is finding alternatives to violence among young people.
For a full schedule and detailed information about the conference, please visit

Gov. Scott Ceremonially Signs Legislation to Help Floridians Affected by Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Today, Governor Rick Scott ceremonially signed Senate Bill 12 which creates a coordinated system of care to better help state agencies and local organizations work together to best treat Floridians affected by mental illness and substance abuse. This legislation will also help ensure individuals have every opportunity to receive services and support regardless of how they enter the behavioral healthcare system.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am honored to ceremonially sign this important legislation today during Mental Health Awareness Month, and I look forward to seeing these changes implemented in our behavioral healthcare system. We need to do all we can to support the individuals and their families who are affected by mental illness and substance abuse, and this legislation is a great step forward to achieving that goal. I would like to thank bill sponsor Senator Rene Garcia, Senator Bill Galvano, Senator Jeremy Ring, Representative Gayle Harrell, Representative Kathleen Peters and every legislator who supported this significant bill.”

Last year, Governor Scott also signed two executive orders to create pilot programs in three Florida counties to help determine how to better deliver mental health treatment services to those who need it most. These pilot programs are focused on providing treatment in communities instead of institutions, and help address the fragmented system of care across the state. The executive orders also created a collaborative partnership between the Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration to implement best management practices to improve mental health services in Florida. 

Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll said, “Governor Rick Scott and our partners in the Legislature have made a tremendous commitment to mental health and substance abuse services in Florida. The passing of this important bill will make services more accessible for individuals in crisis and help develop a more coordinated approach in delivering those services. Ensuring that individuals and families have access to the help they need is crucial to the mission of the department.”

Senator Rene Garcia said, "This legislation is a landmark for those Floridians dealing with psychiatric illness and substance use disorders, for the healthy and robust public discussion, engaging all stakeholders that led to its crafting and passage. For far too long, people struggling with these diseases have remained hidden in the shadows of stigma and prejudice. This legislation shines a light on an epidemic public health issue, and provides a path forward. SB 12 creates the structure for an integrated and efficient system of behavioral healthcare that will, when fully implemented, provide effective access to necessary treatment across the state.”

Senator Bill Galvano said, “This bill creates strong partnerships across multiple agencies and organizations to make sure our entire state is working together to help those who are affected by mental illness and substance abuse. I am honored to have played a role in passing this important Legislation and I appreciate the support of my fellow Legislative members and Governor Scott.”

Senator Jeremy Ring said, “SB 12 shows that we are committed to helping the Floridians and their families who suffer from mental health and substance abuse. I am thankful to Governor Scott and my fellow Legislators for making this issue a priority in our state.”

Representative Gayle Harrell said, “I appreciate the work of Governor Scott and the Legislature to pass this significant legislation and enhance treatments for Floridians affected by mental health and substance abuse. We will continue to fight on behalf of the individuals and families who most deserve our care and support.”

Representative Kathleen Peters said, “I am thankful for Governor Scott signing SB 12, which creates a comprehensive plan for delivering behavior health services to the Floridians who need it most. This is the first step to ensuring Floridians suffering from mental illness or substance addiction can improve health, and professional and personal relationships while growing towards their full potential.”

"Speak Frankly" Lunch With Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and special guest Former Congressman Barney Frank

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and special guest

Former Congressman Barney Frank

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

12:00 p.m.

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Do You Have A Couch to spare

FDP field organizers are arriving and need a place to stay. We have organizers that arrive Sat May 21st and would hate to have them homeless 
Our immediate need is West Broward (Weston are if possible) and North Broward. (Deerfield, Coconut Creek, Pompano )
​Please also let me know if you also have space for the future with dates and location  
Please respond to me asap if you can help
Thanks  Ron Mills 954-394-4980

Happy Hour for Hillary Wednesday, May 4th, 5 - 7 pm

HappHoufor Hillary
Join us for some fun at
Date: Wednesday, May 4th5 - 7 pm
Location: 2449 Wilton Dr.
Wilton Manors, FL
While at Happy Hour, please sign up to volunteer at the Stonewall event - to recruit voters and future volunteers for Hillary

Date: June 18, 2016
Contact Ken Evans