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Commentary: Speak out against notario fraud and immigration scams”  May 8, 2015 – Palm Beach Post.

Notario fraud is rampant across the United States, but especially in Latino, Caribbean, Russian and Brazilian communities in South Florida. Scammers target their own, preying on fearful, desperate immigrants and promising often unattainable results.  Read more...

Double murder charges dropped against Florida man under “Stand Your Ground”  January 2, 2014 – New York Daily News.

Gabriel Mobley received immunity from the charges after appeals court judges found 2-1 that he was justified in the 2008 killings because he was scared for his life and was defending himself when he fatally shot two 24-year-old men during a brawl outside a Chili’s eatery.  Read more...

Miami appeals court throws out murder charges for a man claiming self defense in double killing  January 2, 2014 – Miami Herald.

Gabriel Mobley had long claimed self-defense in fatally shooting two unarmed men – one of whom he insisted appeared to be reaching for a weapon under his shirt – during a 2008 scuffle outside a North Miami-Dade restaurant. On Thursday, a Miami-Dade appeals court agreed. In a decision under Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground self-defense law, the court ordered the dismissal of Mobley’s murder charges, saying he acted reasonably because the slain men, though apparently unarmed, were the aggressors.  Read more...

U.S. Supreme Court ruling affects many immigrant convicts in South Florida February 20, 2013 – Miami Herald.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Wednesday shuts the door on appeals for hundreds of Floridians convicted in the past of crimes for which they could be deported. The high court, in Chaidez v. United States, ruled that immigrants convicted of certain crimes before 2010 cannot appeal their cases if their criminal defense lawyer did not properly warn them of deportation. Read more...

Jury selection key in George Zimmerman murder trial June 10, 2013 – Bradenton Herald

From a strictly legal viewpoint, the George Zimmerman murder trial should not be complicated: Jurors will decide if he committed murder or acted in self-defense when he fatally shot an unarmed Miami Gardens teenager during a brief, violent confrontation inside a Sanford gated community. Read more...

High court ruling on deportation issue does not apply to past cases, Florida Supreme Court says  November 21, 2012 – Miami Herald

A Miami man who could face deportation for an 11-year-old drug charge is not eligible to have his conviction thrown out, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Gabriel Hernandez, now a successful bank administrator, had asked a Miami trial court to toss out his 2001 drug conviction, saying his lawyer failed to properly warn him he could face deportation to his native Nicaragua.  Read more...

Arrest made in murder of Miami man freed in self-defense case September 27, 2012 – Miami Herald

Detectives have arrested a teen for the crossfire slaying of a Miami man who had just been freed from jail in a controversial self-defense case. A judge in March had cleared Greyston Garcia, 26, of a murder charge for killing a car radio thief in Little Havana, a ruling that drew national attention. Read more...

Miami-Dade judge tosses murder charge based on self-defense August 17, 2012 – Miami Herald

A Little Havana man was justified in stabbing his brother to death during a May 2010 brawl, a Miami-Dade judge ruled Friday. The judge’s ruling tossed out a second-degree murder charge against Dennis Sosa Palma, who killed his brother, Juan Alberto Hernandez-Sosa, at their efficiency at 1700 NW 5th Street. Read more...

SiriusXM Radio Show “ACCESO LEGAL” Presents FLORIDA VS. ZIMMERMAN: THE WORLD IS WATCHING July 3, 2012 – Miami Herald

On Thursday, July 5 SiriusXM Radio’s ACCESO LEGAL will devote the show’s entire one-hour broadcast to the case of the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, who is on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on February 26 of this year in Sanford, Florida.  Read more...

Miami man freed in controversial self-defense ruling killed by stray bullet in Liberty City June 27, 2012 – Miami Herald

After he beat a murder charge under Florida’s controversial self-defense law, Miami’s Greyston Garcia took an anonymous job as a cashier in a cramped all-night convenience store in Liberty City.  Read more...

Unstable ground: The fine line between self-defense and murder May 2, 2012 – CNN.com

Daniel Adkins knew his son would never leave Lady. So when animal control officers showed up at the door with Daniel Jr.’s yellow lab in tow, “I felt like he was calling out to me for help. Something was definitely wrong.  Read more...

More Killings Called Self-Defense April 2, 2012 – The Wall Street Journal

At a time when the overall U.S. homicide rate is declining, more civilians are killing each other and claiming self-defense—a trend that is most pronounced in states with new “stand your ground” laws. Read more...

Trayvon Martin: ‘Justifiable homicide’ cases double across US in last decade April 1, 2012 – Miami Herald

Rates trebled in Florida, where black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot dead by a neighbourhood watch captain who police did not arrest after he claimed he acted in self-defence.The case has shone a spotlight on rising levels of so-called “justifiable homicide,” which stood at 326 across the US in 2010 compared to 176 in 2000. Read more...

Judge in Miami dismisses murder charge in ‘stand your ground’ pursuit March 28, 2012 – Tampa Bay Times

A bag of stolen car radios — swung during a confrontation — amounted to a lethal threat to a Little Havana man who chased down a thief and stabbed him to death, a Miami-Dade judge said in her written ruling Tuesday in dismissing the murder charge against the man. Read more...