The Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post recently explored the issue of posting mug shots online. For several Florida newspapers, mug shots draw a high volume of traffic to their websites. In fact, the booking blotter on the Palm Beach Post’s website generated about 52% of the 45.2 million page views in May.
However, some journalism watchdogs and ethicists worry that publishing mug shots doesn’t tell the whole story, since there are no follow-ups to the original post. In at least a quarter of all felony cases, the charges are never filed, are dropped, or the defendant is acquitted at trial, yet the daily blotter rarely (if ever) reports on this.
A few Florida defense lawyers are less concerned. Some see it as a chance to find prospective clients and point out that news shows like Law & Order have created a public fascination inthe criminal justice system. Others note that social networking sites like Facebook have already made people’s private lives public.
Publishing of mug shots on newspaper websites stirs debate, Miami Herald, June 28, 2009 (more…)
Earlier this week, Boca Raton’s City Council approved plans to add red-light cameras at 10 intersections in Boca Raton, plus install parking meters at the beach and Mizner Park. Many cities in Florida and around the country already have paid parking and red-light cameras to catch and fine those who run traffic lights.
Adding red-light cameras to several Boca Raton intersections is expected to generate an additional $1 million for the city at a time when council members are struggling to close an estimated $4 million budget gap for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
The council was divided on the issue, because some worried that fining drivers who run red lights would make the city appear less welcoming to visitors. Some also voiced concerns that the city might face lawsuits from Florida drivers involved in rear-end collisions.
Boca Raton approves red-light cameras, South Florida Sun Sentinel, June 23, 2009
More cash or more crashes? Boca Raton considers red-light cameras, parking fees to close $4 million budget gap, Palm Beach Post, June 23, 2009 (more…)
Hallandale, FL – Hallandale criminal lawyer Brian S. Leifert has learned that the city of Hallandale has announced that they will be conducting enhanced DUI patrols. Hallandale police officers will conduct DUI enforcement patrols this weekend, from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
Hallandale police on DUI patrol this weekend, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
If you have been charged with DUI in Hallandale, Broward County or anywhere in South Florida, call a Broward DUI lawyer at Leifert and Leifert for immediate assistance.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, violent crime decreased last year across the county, but it is on the rise in some South Florida cities.
Homicides went up six for a total of 18 in West Palm Beach, while the overall number of murders nationwide declined. West Palm Beach rapes also increased, though West Palm Beach’s population shrunk by around 2,600 people last year according to state statistics. A spokesman for the West Palm Beach police said that overall, crime was down 17 percent; despite increases in certain types of crimes, there were 193 fewer violent crimes last year.
In Fort Lauderdale, rape increased by 17 to a total of 73, while robbery rose 112 to a total of 848. The population in Fort Lauderdale remained roughly the same. Burglaries also increased in Fort Lauderdale. The FBI noted that with the economy in a slump, more people are turning to non-violent crimes like burglary or larceny.
FBI: Violent crime down nationally, up in some South Florida cities, South Florida Sun Sentinel, June 2, 2009 (more…)
Broward DUI Lawyer, Plantation, Florida – The City of Miramar is planning a DUI checkpoint for July 3rd and July 4th. This Broward DUI checkpoint will begin 8:00 p.m. on Friday July 3rd and will continue until 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4th. Members of the Miramar police department along with other officers from various law enforcement agencies throughout Broward County will be conducting DUI enforcement in the at the 2100 block of State Road Seven.
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