Crime rate continues to drop with every bi-annual report according to the FLDE

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Officials have boasted the lowest crime rate in Broward County in 44 years. According to the FDLE, its getting even lower. According to the departments latest report, crime has declined in Broward County and additional 7.5 percent from last yeart. This has led many criminal defense lawyers to ask just how bad crime in Florida really was four and a half centuries ago.

Types of crime at a reported all time low are violent offenses and sex-crimes. Like a bad grade on an otherwise straight A report card is the undeniable fact, however that there were about 70 plus murders in Broward County over the past year and a half.

Only 70? …awesome.

-I am not sure if that is to be considered low. The article in the Sun Sentinel seemed to be boasting. Personally, I am skeptical of the numbers having practiced criminal defense almost daily in the Broward County Courthouse over the last 18 years. There seemed to be a large number of violent offenders being arraigned in the felony courts on a regular basis from what I can remember. I should know, I represented some of them.

What a surprise. I guess if the statistics are even remotely accurate, our Broward County residents must have finally gotten the message. That being;  Broward is tough on crime.

Very tough.

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Inappropriate jury selection practices: Getting jurors to like you.

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William Moore on Jury Selection Practices

 

 

Seeking Favor Unethical or even an Improper Criminal Litigation Tactic?

Almost two decades ago, during my first criminal jury trial as a prosecutor, I was met with an opposing defense attorney who immediately started talking about how she used to be a teacher with the Broward County school board. It was immediately apparent that her conversation was directed at a member of the presumptive panel who had previously explained during the Judges preliminary questioning that education was her life’s work.

I objected swiftly and defense counsel was quickly redirected by the court. Unfortunately, I knew that even in those brief moments of my adversary’s identifying with Juror number three, that she had managed to build a foundation of commonality and shared purpose with at least one potential juror who may have been charged with finding fact in the case that I was prosecuting.

The act was intentional yet un-egregious. Meaning it wouldn’t have warranted reprimand by the court.

It was tactical.

I eventually removed the Juror via one of my six preemptive strikes. Unfortunately, in much the same mild manner, my opposition had subtly let most of the jurors know that she was just like them during her questioning.

Over the last 15 years as a lawyer who defends people, I have also looked for subtle ways to relate to jurors.

“Mr. So and So, you stated earlier that you work in web development,” are you a site designer or an SEO?

(suddenly a look of shock in that potential jurors face that me, a lawyer on the case was speaking tech!)

Suddenly we are two people that “get” one another. I have glorified his chosen career and better yet I can’t go on talking about HTML or Search Engines because its inappropriate and prohibited under our rules… Meaning, it won’t be revealed that I know very little about computers or programming other than there are developers and there are SEOs.

152 Cannabis Plants Confiscated by Broward County Police in Grow House Bust

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On Tuesday August 19, 2014 Broward sheriff’s deputies reported confiscating $150,000 worth cannabis plants from a home in Oakland Park Florida. Prior to a search warrant granted earlier that morning police reported finding and removing 152 cannabis plants ranging from seedlings to 5 feet high plants. As of right now the investigation is still underway. … Read more152 Cannabis Plants Confiscated by Broward County Police in Grow House Bust

More Deputies Suspended Pursuant to Rothstein investigation

Broward County Scott Rothstein Investigation

According to Local 10 News, two more BSO deputies have been suspended in the ongoing Scott Rothstein investigation.

According to Local 10 News, two more BSO deputies have been suspended in the ongoing Scott Rothstein investigation. The officers in question are currently paid pending the suspension.

The reasons for the suspension are not yet known according to criminal defense lawyer William Moore. Nothing has been told to either Lieutenant Frank Ballante or Sargent Matthew Baldwin.
-I’m suspended with pay but I have not been informed what the allegations (are),- claims Ballante an almost 30 year veteran with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The high ranking officers were told little more than the suspension was due to ‘conduct unbecoming’.

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