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Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer John M. Castellano Comments on Bomb threat to Publix

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I pity the criminal defense lawyer who takes on this “bomb” of a federal prosecution. Publix, the filthy-rich supermarket chain with a history of multi-million dollar discrimination lawsuit settlements with minorities and pregnant employees, was certainly thought to have the $50 million dollar ransom demanded by this wannabe bomber. Maybe it’s safer or certainly “healthier” to shop at Whole Foods? Check out colorful South Florida’s latest in daily news entertainment: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/crime/fl-publix-bomb-threats-20140312,0,1606317.story

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Costly Flawed System use in Florida, John M. Castellano comments on the Fingerprint screw up

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Whose “fingerprints” are on this 11 million dollar $crew up? Can you imagine, the experts at “Motorola” that manufacture a defective phone for every good one they make, are the same guys using their “automation” tools to “identify” your fingerprints? Think about it: If more mistake are made in this techie obsessed  “AFIS” — their coveted “automated fingerprint identification system,” whether in the “automated” “identification” of YOUR fingerprints or anyone else’s, then a serial rapist or killer and real bad ...
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Thoughts from John M. Castellano criminal defense lawyer on the Marissa Alexander case

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Marissa Alexander might go to prison for decades just for trying to save her own life, thanks to Florida’s infamous 10-20-life law, about as popular as Florida’s equally infamous stand your ground law. I’ve been a criminal defense lawyer for many years in Florida, and I can’t recall a case that cries out louder for the hope of lot more common sense and justice.

Why Floridians chose to reelect many of the clowns in the Florida Legislature who mandated this type of ...

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John M. Castellano Fort Lauderdale Criminal Lawyer discusses sensationalized Government prosecution

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This arrested General had better HOPE that his prosecution is moved to a civilian court and away from a “Courts Martial” or Military tribunal, for a couple of simple reasons: In the military tribunal, according to their own Uniform Code (“UCMJ”) of Military Justice” they only need two (2/3) thirds of the “jury” (other military officers!) to convict, whereas in civilian court, you need a “unanimous” verdict. And did you also know that the UCMJ allows the “jury” of military ...

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Miami Dui Lawyer John M. Castellano asked to weigh in on how this new arrest can affect teen age celebrity Justin Bieber

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“This troubled young man has bigger problems with his Miami arrest than the smaller misdemeanor charge of DUI — drag racing is a felony in Florida, and the assigned prosecutors might quickly do a ‘Change of Charge’ to upgrade this arrest to the felony; and the reason is quite simple: The legislature MADE ‘racing’ a felony in Florida — allowing for real prison time, because too many innocent people have died as a result of morons drag racing on our ...

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Predictable Policing, thoughts from Florida criminal defense lawyer John M. Castellano

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“Big Brother is large and in charge, as you might have “predicted,” NOW that police work has turned to the latest computer software programs for “predictable policing” or “policing probabilities.”

 

FYI:  http://www.officer.com/news/11292868/south-florida-police-play-the-odds-in-tracking-crime

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Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer John M. Castellano reveals disturbing truth about our criminal justice system

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“Brady” evidence; withholding by some prosecutors:

There is a cardinal rule unfortunately violated almost daily by too many prosecutors across the nation who fail to comply with the highest law of the land, the Unites State Supreme Court decision in the famous case of Brady v. Maryland.

Prosecutors are required by law to turn over to the defense lawyer *ANYTHING that arguably “tends to negate the guilt of the defendant,” ANYTHING “exculpatory” or tending to exonerate the defendant. Examples of this “Brady” ...

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Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer John M. Castellano revealing some more truth behind the curtain of our criminal justice system; raw truth behind the scenes

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Too many prosecutors play messianic figure when “representing” the interests of “their” victim in a case, apparently forgetting that the victim is NOT their “client.” A Florida prosecutor’s true client is that nebulous intangible called “the people of the State of Florida,” and not the victim.

When I was a prosecutor here in South Florida, I experienced, like all prosecutors, victims who refused to cooperate with “my” case against the defendant. A few of the uncooperative victims, as I recall, were ...

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Florida Home to Largest Prison Population, John M. Castellano Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Brendan Bannon for The New York Times     New York trails Florida in prison population too — not just general population, and not only New York, but California and Texas now too!

That’s right, Florida is #1 now in America for per capita prison population, no longer just the vacation capital and warm and fuzzy “Sunshine State.” Timely advice from your friendly ...

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John M. Castellano, Criminal Defense Lawyer Discusses Zimmerman’s Lawyer

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In today’s society, it seems as though there’s always someone gunning for you, especially when you’re on top.” — Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John Castellano, on Zimmerman’s lawyer O’ Mara.

That mean-spirited mentality, you know the one, “every time a friend succeeds, I die a little,” or “His success is my failure,” you’ve heard the cries of the discontent and the jealous. As for Zimmerman’s lawyer, maybe he did something wrong that requires investigating by the Florida Bar, I don’t ...

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