Jim DeFede

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DeFede: Wasserstrom Doesn’t Get It

When former Hollywood City Commissioner Keith Wasserstrom called me out of the blue several weeks ago, I have to admit, I didn’t immediately recognize the name. There have been so many politicians Broward convicted of wrongdoing in recent years it’s hard to keep track of them all.


CBS4) Suspended Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito enters Miami City Hall ahead of the commission meeting that will decide his future.

Things Become Surreal At Exposito Hearing

The Miami Commission meeting over the future of suspended Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito was showing no signs of getting closer to a conclusion Friday afternoon when things became even more surreal than people were expecting.


(Source: MIami-Dade Corrections)

S. Fla Porn Star Accused Of Animal Cruelty Under House Arrest

A judge Thursday ruled that Miami’s now infamous Santeria practicing porn star will be allowed out of jail and placed on house arrest as he awaits trial on 22 counts of animal cruelty.


(Source: MIami-Dade Corrections)

Animal Cruelty Suspect Also A South Florida Porn Legend

Raul Armenteros should be a Carl Hiaasen character.


(Source: CBS4) Julio Robaina speaks to supporters after winning a place in the runoff election which will select a new Miami-Dade mayor

I-Team: Examining Robaina’s Record in Hialeah

At every campaign appearance, Julio Robaina touts his record as Hialeah mayor, reminding voters he did not raise property or business taxes in the city.


Officer Roger Castillo and Officer Amanda Haworth

I-Team: A Hero’s Tale – Inside A Deadly Police Shootout

Running toward the gunfire, Miami Dade Police Detective Oscar Plasencia turned the corner of a Liberty City duplex and found himself only a few yards from Johnny Simms – a wanted fugitive who had just shot and killed Plasencia’s two partners, Amanda Haworth and Roger Castillo.

CBS Miami–05/17/2011


Charter Changes Spotlighted

To pay them or not to pay them, that is the question. Or at least that is the central question to the first charter amendment that Miami Dade voters will have an opportunity to decide on May 24.



I-Team: Alvarez Seeks Answers In Transit Affair

Amid mounting criticism, Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez faced more questions Thursday about twelve transit employees who have allegedly been campaigning for him on county time.


Robert Meyers

Miami-Dade Ethics Commission Boss Resigns

Robert Meyers, the embattled executive director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics who was accused of engaging in a questionable “personal relationship” with an aide, resigned Tuesday.