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News
2:26 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

FBI Report: Florida Affected By Flawed FBI Hair Analysis Testimony

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According to an FBI report released this week, almost all of the FBI’s experts who conducted microscopic hair analysis gave flawed testimony in criminal trials.

The error-filled testimony went on for more than two decades since 2000, according to the report, which is the largest post-conviction review in the history of the FBI.

The hair analysis was scientifically flawed, and in most cases bolstered prosecutors' cases against defendants, the report found. 

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Capital Punishment
12:41 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Low Bar For Florida Death Penalty Juries Triggers High Court Review

Lethal injection illustration by Lee Hulteng.
Credit Miami Herald

  The Supreme Court will examine Florida's capital punishment system in its next term, and legal experts believe Florida's death penalty itself may be in danger.

A solution could be in a legislative fix now moving slowly through the Capitol in Tallahassee. It's been passed by one Senate committee but the House is showing little interest in the companion bill.

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Criminal Law
8:50 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Supreme Court Extends Federal Ruling About Juvenile Sentencing

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The Florida Supreme Court has reached a groundbreaking decision about inmates who were sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole for crimes they committed while they were still kids.

The decision makes 2012's Miller v. Alabama apply retroactively. It was a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled mandatory life sentences without the opportunity for release were cruel and unusual.

For the past three years, 201 Florida inmates have been in a kind of limbo. They're inmates who were sentenced to life in prison without parole as juveniles before the Miller ruling.

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Politics
9:47 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Florida Roundup: Sensitivity In Classrooms

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  On the Florida Roundup, we talk to the area's journalists about the week's top stories.

2011 Memorial Day Weekend Shooting

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Politics
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Lawmaker Tells Story of Using Gun to Prevent Rape

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 11:03 am

When State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda went to college, she brought a gun with her. She didn't think she'd need it.

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News
10:36 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Police Will Face No Charges In 2011 Memorial Day Shooting On Miami Beach

In this screengrab taken from a YouTube video, Herisse’s car is shown speeding down a Miami Beach street Memorial Day weekend as officers surround it with guns drawn and fire.
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  Prosecutors will not charge the police officers who killed a motorist on South Beach in a hail of bullets after a chaotic chase during Memorial Day weekend four years ago.

In a long-awaited ruling on the controversial incident, the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office officially ruled Tuesday that the 12 officers were “legally justified” in killing Raymond Herisse after he plowed into several cars and nearly ran over several bicycle cops. Police bullets — over 100 were fired in all — also wounded four bystanders.

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News
11:47 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Miami To Pay Nearly $1 Million To Family Of Unarmed Man Killed By Police

Sheila McNeil holds a poster of her son Travis McNeil who was killed by Miami police officer Reynaldo Goyos.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The City of Miami voted today to pay nearly $1 million to the estate of an unarmed man who was shot and killed by a Miami police officer.

Miami Officer Reynaldo Goyos killed Travis McNeil, 28, during a traffic stop in Little Haiti four years ago.

During an internal affairs interview about the shooting, Goyos said that during the traffic stop McNeil reached toward his waistband area.

“At that time I said 'don’t do it,' gave him a loud verbal command: 'Don’t do it.' And at that time I saw a black object coming up,” he said in the interview.

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News
1:34 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Miami Transgender Community Mourns A Sister, Says "All Lives Matter"

Kristina Grant Infiniti was killed in the Miami-Dade home Feb 15. She became the sixth transgender woman of color killed in less than two months.
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In less than two months, at least seven transgender women have been killed across the country. Six of them were women of color. 

The most recent was Miami-Dade resident Kristina Grant Infiniti.

Infiniti, a make-up artist, hairstylist and performer known for her elaborate feather costumes, was found dead in her apartment on Feb.15. She was 46.

The circumstances surrounding her death are not yet clear. Miami-Dade police are investigating.

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Highway Graffiti
2:34 am
Mon February 16, 2015

South Florida's Graffiti Problem In The '90s Had An Emblem: "Crook Crome"

Crook and Crome's mural in 1999 done about two weeks before Crook's arrest.
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South Florida’s graffiti problem in the 1990’s had a poster child: Crook and Crome.

They had tags in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Crime
4:30 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Still Murder-Free, Key West Saw Crime Fall In 2014

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office provides local law enforcement for the Florida Keys outside of Key West.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

 While the Florida Keys may provide a fertile setting for crime fiction by the likes of Carl Hiaasen and James W. Hall, in reality the islands are getting safer, according to statistics from local law enforcement agencies.

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Feature
12:01 am
Fri January 23, 2015

North Miami Beach Community: Police Apology Not Enough

This bullet-riddled target sheet with mugshots of black men was found at Medley gun range.
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About a week after news broke that North Miami Beach police officers were using mugshots of black men for target practice, the city’s police chief J. Scott Dennis met quietly with a group of black residents to apologize in an emergency meeting.

“Listen you got to hear it from the heart. We’re sorry,” he said to about 40 people in the Washington Park Community Center. “My police department is sorry and I represent that department. We made a mistake.”

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News
5:22 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Users Are Posting Incriminating Content On Social Media

Content posted on Instagram is being used as evidence in criminal cases.
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The social media app Instagram claims 300 million users document their lives through uploaded daily worldwide. But not all of them use the app wisely, as some Miami Instagrammers have had their posts used against them as evidence in criminal cases.

One Miamian unknowingly published an act of voyeurism while another used the app to aid his criminal activity by uploading pictures of stolen goods for sale. 

But why do people turn to social media with incriminating content?

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Mugshots
11:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

North Miami Beach Police Chief: We Made A Mistake

Bullet riddled target sheet shows mugshot black men arrested by North Miami Beach police.
Credit NBC 6

The North Miami Beach Police Department has been using mugshots of young black men for target practice during sniper drills.

The practice drew international headlines after Valerie Deant recognized her brother’s mugshot on a bullet-riddled target sheet at a Medley gun range after North Miami Beach police left.

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Feature
1:32 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Black While Policing: A Miami Officer Shares His Experience

Major Delrish Moss with the City of Miami Police Department talks about being stereotyped as a black man and as a police officer.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Right now, there's a national discussion happening around race and how police treat black men. 

But what happens to that conversation when you pair being a black man with also being a police officer?

Miami Major Delrish Moss talks about his experiences — from being a high school student who cleaned floors at the Biscayne Federal Bank to now being a Miami Police Department officer.

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Crime
11:49 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Park Shooting Adds To List Of 2014 Miami-Dade Mass Shootings

Police are investigating a basketball court shooting in West Little River which left nine injured on Monday.
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Nine people were shot and wounded at West Little River Park while playing basketball Monday afternoon.

The shooter allegedly opened fire from the passenger seat of a Nissan Maxima, Miami-Dade County police said.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head and is in critical but stable condition. Police say the other eight victims were shot in their extremities and are expected to fully recover.

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