Judge Steven Feren Hires Bogie; Is He the Next to Fall?

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Will the Tao high-rise be the downfall of Judge Feren?
OK, so there's scuttlebutt out there on JAABlog about Judge Steven Feren, the former mayor of Sunrise, having hired local corruption attorney David Bogenschutz to represent him. 

So why did Feren hire the go-to guy for for politicians in trouble with the law? Well, the truth is that rumors of a criminal investigation have been floating around Sunrise for many months. 

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​There's only one indication of what it may be about. Two years ago, I reported here about Feren's involvement with the Tao high-rise condo in his former city. As mayor, Feren not only backed the building of Tao but voted for the project's approval more than once. At the same time that he cheered for the ill-conceived project, Feren put down a monetary deposit on a unit for himself. 

So long as Feren didn't get a special deal on that unit, and I have no information that he did, that's almost surely legal. The problem came when the economy busted. 

The bottom fell out of the real estate market, and with it the value of the Tao condos plummeted. The project went into foreclosure and was turned over to the lender. Naturally, just about everyone who put down a deposit wanted out of Tao immediately. But they were out of luck -- the deposits were not returned. 

Not returned to anyone but the mayor of Sunrise, that is. Steve Feren was mysteriously returned his deposit. We know this because his current wife boasted about getting the deposit back at a City Hall meeting.

That was just before he left the mayoral position to take his judgeship in 2008. 

I reported all that at the time. The key question: Did Feren use the power of his office in any way to get his money back while all the little people got 
stiffed?  

Let's say a cop walks into a store and demands that he receive free or discounted goods because he's a police officer who protects the store and therefore deserves it. That, of course, is against the law. 

If a mayor tries to get a special favor from anyone and so much as mentions that, hey, I happen to be the mayor of this town, it's a violation of law. People simply cannot use their government positions to obtain favors. If politicians and other public officials were allowed to do such things, well, you can imagine how bad that would be. It's bad enough now when it's outlawed.

Did Feren use his position to get the deposit back from Tao? We don't know, but his hiring of Bogenshutz is not a good sign for him. Hopefully we'll be able to answer that question in full soon.

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Sofedup
Sofedup

Ferret and former school board member...two pigs in a poke

Guest
Guest

HELP SAVE AMERICA!!!

DON'T VOTE FOR LAWYERS!!!

SalinaGomz
SalinaGomz

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Can't Make This Stuff Up
Can't Make This Stuff Up

Which former School Board member, currently incarcerated in Federal prison, is a former sweetie of Feren's?

Hint: There was more than just food in her doggie bag.

Lawyer
Lawyer

Another Pol getting appointed to as Judge. Rick Scott was right in trying to end the JNC. It's all political. Once again look at who sits on the bench as a result of being in politics or having a spouse in politics. A judgeship is a cush job.

Anonymous
Anonymous

And then there's Sunrise's skybox at the BankAtlantic. Feren used that skybox as his personal property, bringing dates and friends and ordering tons of expensive food at virtually every hockey game and concert. Wasn't there a limit on gifts? And even if his ticket is somehow allowed (and it shouldn't be), what about the extra, the friends, did he pay for those? Why should Sunrise have a skybox at the arena, a county facility, anyway?

BrowardLawyer
BrowardLawyer

I represented several clients who got their deposits back after filing lawsuits. Feren, if he got his deposit back as reported, was not a singular insistence.

Dr Licky
Dr Licky

Day 2 of the Rick Scott and Jennifer Gottlieb suicide wait & hope. No news to report.

Pro Boner
Pro Boner

That's entrapment. No reasonable man could pass up a cheap blow job from that hottie, particularly in this economy.

Guest
Guest

Hate to sound like a skeptic here, but it's an all too familiar story. After careful investigation it has been found no crimininal wrong doing has occurred....(what do they always say when you see a video of police beating a suspect)Coupled with Bogenshultz as his Attorney, Feren will be in the clear. This being only a minor inconvenience for him. His only crime it will turn out is having a wife with a big mouth. Shameful! Does anyone doubt he's guilty as sin?

Christy
Christy

Can't wait to hear Nucky's response about this Photo.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Remenber judges were lawyers here we go again another one going down,lol there all no fn good bull ya

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

In addition to the TAO deal, let's remember WHEN Mayor Feren resigned. He did it in a manner so as to allow Wishner to not only take over as Mayor, (thwarting the rights of the citizens of Sunrise to ELECT a Mayor)...and also allowed, that should Wishner RUN for Mayor, and fail, that he would be allowed to "reclaim" his old Commission seat. Which is exactly what happened. Those shady deals were all made possible through the legal expertise of Sunrise City Attorney Stuart Michaelson. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Karma, baby, Karma.

Steve-O
Steve-O

Is Steven Feren among the judges that Rick Scott has been "fucking with"?

jad
jad

Totally Blonde -- the answer to your question about the statute of limitations may be that it has not expired. Broward lawyer might be able to give you a better perspective on a case that can be brought against Stacy Ritter or any other corrupt public officer or public employee.

The statute of limitations is located in sec. 775.15, F.S. However, when addressing the misdeeds of persons in office (or public employees), the time period is tolled for a period (giving a 2-year allowance to bring any charge against the corrupt officer or employee, after the person has left office or been dismissed or retired). Stacy Ritter was a State officer before becoming a county officer. I don’t know if the tolling of time would apply because her payments came from the State, although her contributions would be to the same pension/retirement fund (begun & ongoing under her person). She is probably reviewing the case law, as we speak, to see if charges can be brought for her past deeds as a member of the Florida Legislature.

Also, even if there would be a rule that the State office is a separate office than that of a county office, when applying sec. 775.15(12)(b), F.S., a very bright attorney might be able to work-in the Florida RICO act (of ch. 895, F.S.), proving that this particular officer’s actions have been of a continuing nature in all areas where she served. Broward lawyer -- can you chime in here?

Gentile Avenger
Gentile Avenger

Ewwwwww, gross. Those two used to swap genital fluids??? Yuckyyyyyyyyyy........

elected
elected

he was elected NOT appointed.

Eduardo Especial
Eduardo Especial

And giving Governor Skeletor the exclusive power to appoint judges without having to select from candidates chosen by the JNC is a better idea?

He Got Issues
He Got Issues

Parkland Man: You really need therapy. You cant even write a post without referencing your violent hate for lawyers. Seriously, you got issues. Try a new song.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Don't forget to mention Sheila Alu, she was part of that cute deal too. And she also helped Feren put his friend Michaelson in the $400,000 job in a no-bid deal (yes I know the entire amount didn't go to Michaelson; it was still an obscene amount of money to give Mr. Ilene Lieberman).

Michaelson, while city attorney, was also Feren's campaign treasurer.

And let's not forget in his final act of Sunrise's mayor he requested the commissioners award him a pay raise retroactive to the previous year:

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach....

I don't know what they have on him but Feren is one of the douchiest, nastiest, laziest, greediest politicians in Broward County. Hopefully they have a lot more on him than just getting his deposit back because his wife couldn't keep her mouth shut.

anonymous
anonymous

Hey Patti,

What do you think? Are they gonna be any arrests soon?

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Oh, I like the continuing corruption aspect of your comment...although I never did see totally blonde's question!!!

Parkland man
Parkland man

I got issues what are you kidding me it's everyday many times a day these scumbag lawyers get into trouble for cheating,lying,stealing,there a fn pack of lowlifes I'm just putting a little light on it,it don't matter if you listen to me or not,there nothing but scum,and I love to see them go to jail where they belong,if you don't like it call 411 pain.

He Got Issues
He Got Issues

No, you got issues. Obviously, a lawyer did something bad to you and now you are attacking all of them. Must have been really bad. Bet doctors are afraid to treat you with your anger issues.

anonymous
anonymous

We need Patti Lynn in some political position in this town. We need people like this when we get the corrupt guys out.

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