John Goodman Jury Tampering Suspect to Remain in Jail Without Bond

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As with his first trial, convicted polo magnate John Goodman's retrial wasn't without drama. Among the bigger issues was over a Vermont con man who offered to screw up the trial for big cash.

The man, James Perron, 48, allegedly texted a witness and Goodman confidant Kris Kampsen saying he'd be willing to sway the jury in exchange for $500,000. He upped the offer to $1 million if he was able to orchestrate an acquittal for Goodman.

Perron was eventually pinched in an FBI sting operation in New York and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail. On Tuesday, fearing that Perron could be a flight risk, a judge ruled that the con man would not be freed on bond.

See also: Vermont Con Man Asked for $500,000 to Throw John Goodman Trial

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Man Who Shouted "Police Should Be Shot!" Gets Arrested for Attempting to Incite a Riot

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A SWAT team was called to the scene for a different matter.
A Delray Beach man who didn't have a lot of nice feelings toward police officers expressed himself during an inconvenient time -- a standoff with an armed suspect. But police didn't appreciate the distraction, so they arrested the opinionated man.

On November 28, Delray Beach Police were busy trying to apprehend another man, Willie Jones, for a totally different crime: firing a warning shot during an argument with his girlfriend, who was already outside his home. When police arrived, they tried to persuade Jones, 55, to come out of the house with his gun down and hands up, but he refused at first and allegedly told cops, "I'll shoot her if I have to!" Police were on alert and even called in a SWAT team.

But after several minutes, Jones came out of the house unarmed, walked toward officers shouting a variation of his previous words: "Shoot me if you have to!" But cops didn't have to pull any triggers because a police dog named "Ghost" ran up to Jones and "apprehended" him. He then had to be taken to the hospital for his injuries.

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Report: FBI Seizes Internal Affairs Records From Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

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Jose Lambiet's Gossip Extra is reporting that FBI agents seized internal affairs records from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office related to an officer accused of using force 18 times in 14 months.

The feds were looking for records of officer Russell Brinson, who is under investigation for the nonfatal shooting of a robbery suspect in May. Brinson, a 40-year-old with three years in the PBSO, has been under scrutiny for overusing his police authority, especially on minorities.

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John Goodman Wants to Go Back to House Arrest While He Awaits Appeal of Conviction

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Wellington Polo magnate John Goodman was sentenced to 16 years in prison (again) last Friday but was denied bond by Palm Beach County Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath.

This, Goodman's attorneys are now saying, is "unreasonable and an abuse of discretion," according to a motion filed over the weekend. The motion was filed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal on Sunday, asking the court to review Colbath's decision not to grant bond and instead to allow Goodman to stay under house arrest while they appeal the conviction.

During sentencing on Friday, Colbath called Goodman a flight risk, a charge his attorneys refute.

See also: John Goodman Again Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

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Teacher Fired for "Screaming" Emails Awarded $337,000 in Lawsuit

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A former Palm Beach County teacher who has been embroiled in disputes with her school district since 2009 was awarded $337,000 in a lawsuit against PBCSD for firing her over passionate emails.

This latest -- and most costly mishap -- began when Paula Prudente, a Palm Beach teacher since 1978, said her asthma was aggravated when she was given a dusty, termite-infested portable classroom at Boca's Spanish River High back in 2011.

"They put a woman who they knew had a pulmonary condition in the most toxic place in the Palm Beach County School District," says Sid Garcia, Prudente's attorney. "They were doing everything they could to make Prudente quit or retire, which she didn't want to do."

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Circumcision Case Judge Puts Gag Order on Mother Fighting for Son Not to Be Circumcised

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Earlier this month, an appeals court upheld a ruling allowing the father of a 4-year-old boy to circumcise his son against the boy's mother's wishes. New Times broke the story last year of then-3-year-old Chase, whose parents, Dennis Nebus and Heather Hironimus, went to court to fight over whether he should have the procedure done.

But Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen, who sits in the 15th judicial district in Palm Beach County, ruled in Nebus' favor, allowing him to go ahead and circumcise young Chase. And in an odd twist to the ruling, he added gag order on Hironimus, basically forbidding her from talking not only to the press but from telling Chase that she fought against the circumcision.

See also: Florida Mom Fights Court Order to Circumcise Her 3-Year-Old Son

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Brother of Stabbing Victim Tries to Tackle Suspected Killer in Palm Beach Bond Court

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A courtroom hearing erupted into chaos after the teen brother of a stabbing victim physically attacked the murder suspect during bond court.

Seventeen-year-old Kayla Storey's brother Robbie attacked her alleged murderer, and deputies had to take down the young man as he lunged at suspect Bryan Augstin.

It took three officers to hold Robbie down, before they escorted him out of the room. The incident was caught on video.

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Vermont Con Man Asked for $500,000 to Throw John Goodman Trial

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Polo mogul John Goodman's second trial for DUI manslaughter may be done, but there are still some big unanswered questions hanging over the proceedings. New information is now trickling out over a Vermont man's offer to sway the jury, a scam that could tee up the trial for a potential appeal down the line. Goodman has the deep pockets to keep his legal team clogging up the process, and an irregularity like this seems like a prime issue to raise.

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Activists Reportedly Arrested Trying to Stop Destruction of Briger Forest in Palm Beach Gardens

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Activists with Earth First! are reportedly locking themselves to a disabled van to bring attention to construction happening in the almost-700-acre Briger Forest, one of the largest -- but unprotected -- forests in South Florida.

"We're here stopping a crime," said Ryan Hartman in a news release. "The illegal destruction of the Briger Forest. Kolter Group Co. is violating the Endangered Species Act and operating without all the proper permits fully approved. The time for compromise is over. If we don't take direct action and put our bodies on the line to protect what we have left, developers will pave over and pollute every last inch of this place."

According to Everglades Earth First's Twitter, "destruction of Briger began 2 days ago w/ Scripps Biotech & Kolter planning to develop it into upscale neighborhoods & #animaltesting labs." Those on the scene say cops have arrived, and at least one person was arrested as of 8 a.m.

See also: Scripps Project at Briger Forest: Enviros File Second Legal Challenge

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Greenacres Cop Jared Nash Accused of Breaking 14-Year-Old Girl's Arm During Arrest

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A Greenacres Police officer is accused of breaking a 14-year-old's arm during an arrest attempt.
Greenacres Police Officer Jared Nash is accused of breaking a 14-year-old girl's arm during an arrest attempt that was initiated because the officer attempted to view a video on her cell phone without a search warrant. The officer then arrested the teen for resisting arrest.

The incident happened at the John I. Leonard High School in the Palm Beach County suburb on October 21. According to the arrest report for the girl, whose name is being withheld by New Times because she is a minor, Nash believed she had video evidence on her phone of a fight that occurred at the school. The officer attempted to speak to the girl, but she was speaking to her mother and refused to talk to him.

See also: Boynton Cop Stephen Maiorino Arrested for Raping Woman at Gunpoint

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