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Video: Deputy slams high school student's head to the ground

Apr. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff placed a deputy on restricted duty Friday after cellphone video showed the deputy banging the head of a pepper-sprayed teen against the ground. Deputy Christopher Krickovich was ordered to surrender his gun and badge until an investigation into Thursday's...

Cruz attorneys want to question his mental counselors alone

Apr. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The attorneys for the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre told a judge Thursday that if she doesn't allow them to question his former mental health counselors without prosecutors' knowledge and presence she risks causing a lengthy delay to his trial or a...

Judge bars release of Kraft massage videos before hearing

Apr. 17, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors can't release undercover video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly receiving sex acts at a Florida massage parlor until a Florida judge rules later this month. Circuit Judge Joseph Marx on Wednesday barred the release of any video from...

Judge: Don't seal school shooting suspect's jail logs

Apr. 12, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge has denied a request from the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre to seal the identities of jail visitors from prosecutors and the public. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said the logs are subject to release under the Public Records Act, without...

Florida judge holds deputy in contempt over inmate's shoes

Apr. 11, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a dispute over a defendant's shoes led to a judge ordering a detention sergeant to be handcuffed and briefly charged with contempt of court. The Miami Herald reports Broward Circuit Judge Michael Usan called murder case defendant Richard Walker to testify...

Families of massacre victims criticize notification process

Apr. 10, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Families whose loved ones perished in last year's Florida high school massacre told a state commission Wednesday they waited hours, often alone in a room, before being told of the death in a process that seemed chaotic and lacking empathy. Parents of students Luke Hoyer, Gina Montalto...

The Latest: Parkland families lament how they were notified

Apr. 10, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the school shootings in Parkland, Fla. (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Families of the slain victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, told a state commission they were notified their loved ones had been killed in ways that were often confusing and lacking...

Parkland sheriff removal case heads to Florida Supreme Court

Apr. 9, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A lawsuit claiming Florida's governor improperly suspended a county sheriff for failing to prevent last year's Parkland school shooting is going directly to the Florida Supreme Court. The Fourth District Court of Appeal transferred the case to the state's highest court Tuesday,...

School shooting suspect ordered to attend pretrial hearings

Apr. 5, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge ordered the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre to attend his pretrial hearings after his attorneys refused to let the judge question him Friday. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer ordered Nikolas Cruz remain in the courtroom for a hearing on whether...

Sheriff suspended in Florida shooting appeals judge's ruling

Apr. 5, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff who was suspended after the Parkland school shooting is appealing a judge's decision to dismiss his lawsuit challenging his suspension. A judge ruled Thursday that Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order removing Scott Israel as Broward County sheriff was...