Two Former UM Organ Bank Employees Claim They Were "Karate Chopped" by Med School Vice Chair

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The midtown offices of the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency.
Professional arguments over the proper way to run an organ bank allegedly turned to amateur displays of karate at the University of Miami.

Two former employees of the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency, an organ bank run by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, are suing after they claim they were struck by Rafic Warwar, the vice chair of administration for the surgery department, in front of 50 people at a staff meeting in 2013.

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Ex-Gulliver Prep Student Gets Probation for Making Teen Sex Tape

Just a reminder to anyone under 18: all your scandalous selfies, snapchats of your private parts, and dirty videos caught on your laptop's webcam are technically child porn that could land you in a lot of trouble.

Just ask former Gulliver Preparatory swimmer Brice Kendall. Back when he was 16, he and his girlfriend apparently decided to film themselves bouncing, as the kids do nowadays. But when the pair broke up, Kendall decided to show the video to some of his friends.

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Haidar Zafar Sentenced to Six Years for Defrauding Heat Players

In Miami not even superstar athletes are immune from getting played by shady conmen.

Today, a judge sentenced Haidar Zafar to six years in prison for defrauding former Miami Heat players Mike Miller, James Jones, and Rashard Lewis out of $7.5 million. To add insult to injury, Zafar then used that money to buy Heat season tickets.

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Real Housewife of Miami Threatens to Sue Fellow Housewife Over Claims That Her Vagina Smelled

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Considering numerous Real Housewives have been in the news more for their legal battles than their television show, the latest development connected to the reality show only makes sense.

Joanna Krupa, one of the stars of Real Housewives of Miami, is suing Brandi Glanville of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, for making comments about her allegedly smelly lady parts.

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Miami-Dade Court Awards $191.4 Million in Seized Assets to Family of Colombian Man Killed in 1999

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The family of Carlos Octavio Caballero Cormane, a Colombian politician whose 1999 murder was believed to be carried out by coke smugglers and radical groups, has been awarded $191.4 million by a Miami-Dade judge.

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Ana María Polo: TV's New Judge

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It's Ana María Polo's blunt common sense that holds the show together.
In this week's Miami New Times, we profile 30 of the most interesting characters in town, with portraits of each from photographer Stian Roenning. See the entire Miami New Times People Issue here.

English-language daytime legal shows usually end in a monetary judgment and the robe-cloaked official dispensing his or her own form of folksy wisdom. Caso Cerrado, meanwhile, often winds up resembling an MMA fight between angry abuelas or an impromptu dance party.

Issues go beyond simple monetary disagreements and can include cases ranging from child custody and family disputes to immigration. Memorable guests have been a woman who identified as a vampire and wore surgically implanted horns, a vinyl-banana-hammock-clad go-go boy, and a mother of six with double-E breasts.

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Marissa Alexander, Mom Who Fired Warning Shot, Agrees to Plea Deal: Three Years in Jail

Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville mother had originally been sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to ward of her abusive ex-husband, has reached a new plea deal. She received a three-year sentence, of which the 1,030 days she already spent in jail will be counted towards. Meaning she could be a free woman in as little as 65 days.

However, the deal is an "open plea," and Alexander could still receive a five-year sentence for a second charge at a hearing in January.

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Judge Jacqueline Schwartz Boasts About Defeating "Nondescript Hispanic"

Judge Jacqueline Schwartz is a white lady who apparently thinks white ladies have a hard time getting elected in Miami-Dade despite having served as an elected county judge for the past 12 years.

After defeating Cuban-American challenger Frank Bocanegra, Schwartz was so proud of herself for being a victorious white lady that she issued a statement boasting about how she had defeated a "nondescript Hispanic."

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Cops Can No Longer Track You Using Cell Phone Data, Florida Supreme Court Rules

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled in favor of protecting a privacy right that many Floridians might not have even known they'd lost, and we have a convicted drug dealer to thank.

Police departments often use cell phone data and spying tools known as "stingrays" to track people's locations through their cell phone calls, often without obtaining a warrant first. Last week the Florida Supreme Court ruled that practice violated the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits illegal searches and seizures.

See also: Cell Phone Tracking: Miami Cops Know Where You Are

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Darrin P. Gayles Becomes First Openly Gay Black Federal Judge

The United States now has its first openly gay black federal judge, and he's from South Florida. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles' nomination to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida was approved by the Senate today in a 97-0 vote.

Gayles was nominated by President Obama after another openly gay black local judges's nomination was singlehandedly held up by Marco Rubio, who had ironically recommended him the first place.

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