Alan Dershowitz Once Said Rape Accuser Can't Be Trusted Because of Her "Fascination With Marijuana"

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Remember when Alan Dershowitz was just a defense attorney defending a filthy-rich client from accusations of pedophilia and pimping instead of being accused of such acts himself?

Well, back in 2006, when he was known just as a lawyer doing his job, Dershowitz tried to discredit one of the girls making rape accusations against millionaire Jeffrey Epstein by telling cops she mentions weed on her MySpace profile.

In a letter obtained by The Guardian, Dershowitz wrote to PBSO Detective Joseph Recarey in 2006 to deny that his investigators identified themselves as police when attempting to talk to the accuser, whose name was redacted but listed as "AH." And while he was at it, Dershowitz went on to inform the PBSO of some serious evidence he discovered.

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If a Kid Can Get 23 Years in Prison for Killing a Dog, What About Cops Who Kill Dogs?

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Police hold memorial services when their dogs die. But what about when they kill dogs?
A defense attorney has a question: If it's "justice" for his 16-year-old client to get 23 years in prison for shooting a retired police dog, what should happen to police officers who shoot civilian dogs?

The subject of our feature story this week is Ivins Rosier, a juvenile who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for shooting a retired police dog. The long sentence was a result of Rosier's getting tried as an adult, which made him eligible to be sentenced under Florida's 10-20-life law, which in this case required a minimum of 20 years for using a firearm during the commission of a robbery. The majority of his sentence was technically for the armed robbery, but most attention to his case and trial focused on the dog he allegedly shot -- and the actual act of shooting the dog is what made Rosier eligible for the 20-year minimum.

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Owner of Delray Beach Reptile Shop Arrested for Slapping Employees With Bearded Dragon

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A reptile store owner was arrested for slapping his employees with a bearded dragon lizard.

And you hate your boss when he gives you gruff about stuff.

According to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report, Benjamin Siegel, 40, owner of Ben Siegel Reptiles Inc. in Delray Beach, was arrested on battery and cruelty to animal charges on Friday after he allegedly hit some of his employees with a live lizard multiple times.

The report says the incident was caught on a store surveillance camera.

See also: Edward Archbold Dies After Eating Dozens of Roaches and Worms in Deerfield Reptile Shop

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Delray Beach Police Remove All Facebook Posts About PBSO Deputy Who Killed Son

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The Delray Beach Police Department is currently investigating Shatara K. Shatara, an off-duty PBSO deputy who shot and killed his own son last week. But don't expect to see any updates about the case on the department's Facebook page -- every statement related to the case has been removed from the social media site.

Ever since news about the shooting broke on Christmas Eve, the Delray Beach PD had been posting updates with minimal information about the shooting. The department even answered concerns from one Facebook user, who questioned why an arrest was not made.

But late Monday afternoon, the posts vanished and not a word about the shooting remains on the Facebook page, which is now devoid of information except for traffic updates, feel-good status updates and news stories, as well as a few crime alerts and mug shots of people who have been arrested and booked.

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Delray Beach PD Quiet on Info About PBSO Deputy Who Killed Son, Urges Public to Wait for Facts

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Update: All of the posts related to the Shatara shooting on the Delray Beach Police Department's Facebook page have been removed. But we have inserted screenshots of those now-missing posts in the story below.

Almost a week after off-duty PBSO Deputy Shatara K. Shatara shot and killed his 21-year-old son, the Delray Beach Police Department is still not releasing much information, but it would like the public to "have an open mind" and judge "only when you have all of the facts."

The Delray Beach PD is currently investigating the shooting death of Khamis Shatara, which occurred the morning of Christmas Eve at the deputy's Delray Beach apartment. Deputy Shatara was detained after the shooting, but Delray Beach PD spokesperson Sgt. Nicole Guerriero tells New Times that she is not able to tell us how long he was detained or even if he is still in custody. She has also ignored our request for an incident report of the deadly shooting.

"I don't know if you realize this, but there was a holiday this week," Guerriero wrote in an email, adding: "I am not obligated to give you more than what is outlined in Florida State Statute."

See also: Delray Beach Police Remove All Facebook Posts About PBSO Deputy Who Killed Son

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UPDATE: Off-Duty PBSO Deputy Shoots and Kills Own Son on Christmas Eve

The victim, 21-year-old Khamis Shatara.

Update: Two days after the shooting, the Delray Beach Police Department confirmed that the victim, Khamis Shatara, is the son of PBSO Deputy Shatara K. Shatara.

An off-duty PBSO deputy shot and killed one of his own relatives on Christmas Eve, but police are mum on details, releasing only minimum info about the victim -- a 21-year-old named Khamis Shatara, who apparently wanted to be a cop.

See also: Delray Beach PD Quiet on Facts of PBSO Deputy Who Killed Son, Urges Public to Wait for Facts

The shooting happened in Delray Beach, and the deputy has been detained by that city's police department, reported WPTV. For two days after the shooting, the name of the deputy who took his own relative's life was not released by police or the local TV news station, which says it's withholding it out of respect for the family. That kind of courtesy is not usually given to regular, nonpolice folks arrested for crimes, but hey -- it's Christmas.

However, late Friday afternoon, Sgt. Nicole Guerriero confirmed to New Times that the name of the deputy who killed his son is Shatara K. Shatara.

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Report: String of Armed Robberies Around Las Olas Boulevard

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photo by: Ian Witlen
A string of armed robberies have been going down in Las Olas lately, according to an announcement from Las Olas Village, a group that describes itself as an "urban renewal project dedicated to revitalizing a key section" of the area.

The group is calling for a bigger police presence in the area after what it's calling "a dangerous pattern of robberies" have been happening near Las Olas Boulevard.

Particularly, the group says at least one of the armed robberies have happened in the parking lots behind the restaurants Rocco's Tacos, located at 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd.,
and Fork & Balls, located at 1301 E. Las Olas Blvd. They also say there was a robbery that happened in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church, located at 401 SE 15th Ave., which is one block south of East Las Olas Blvd.

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Retired NYPD Cop Arrested for Sexually Abusing Girl in Boynton Beach

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A retired NYPD cop who moved down to South Florida after fighting crime in the Big Apple has been arrested for raping a teenage girl in Boynton Beach.

On Thursday, Daniel Guadalupe, 56, who is reportedly a former member of New York's finest, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on charges of sexual battery, lewd or lascivious molestation and false imprisonment.

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Fort Lauderdale Man Who Had Skype Sex With Teen Girl Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

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Marckenson Chery, the 29-year-old Fort Lauderdale man who had cyber-sex sessions on Skype with a 15-year-old girl from San Francisco has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

Last April, Chery, who went by the Skype name "Swag likeus Robinson," admitted to authorities that he met the girl online in late 2013 via an anonymous online chatting site called Omegle.

He then plead guilty to one federal charge of enticement of a minor, and awaited to hear his fate from U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles on Wednesday.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Man Had Alleged Skype Sex With 15-Year-Old Girl

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Buju Banton: Attorneys Argue Case in Appeals Court, File Motion for Early Release

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It has been five long years since reggae super-star Buju Banton was busted by law enforcement in a shady operation that resulted in a ten-year prison sentence. The Grammy winner -- born Mark Myrie -- has maintained his innocence, and as we documented in a 2012 feature, it appears Banton was set-up by overzealous federal agents using paid shifty informants. But Banton is now one step closer to freedom.

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