1.) Ari Porth, Dan Gelber, Mike Satz, Mike McAuliffe (PB SA), Dennis Ward (Keys SA), and some other guy at last Friday's press conference. The event was sparsely attended, and mostly forced off the news by the BSO Beatdown video. Miami SA Katherine Fernandez Rundle wasn't at the lip service fest, since she was all over TV the same day due to her office actually filing public corruption charges (in connection with a sting operation under the perfectly good existing laws). SAO PIO Ron Ishoy kept the questions to a bare minimum, before things could get ugly. There were maybe four or five in total, including the last one from a female reporter, who asked Mr. Satz why Broward had become "a cesspool of corruption under your watch". Satz masterfully log rolled, explaining that the day was reserved for discussion concerning the new law, and that it should help battle wrongdoers in the future; 2.) Judicial candidate Lloyd Golburgh and Kevin Kulik. Kulik's cheshire cat smile may have something to do with the rumor that a couple of circuit court judges will be receiving bad news on Monday; 3.) Mr. McGovern sits with Chief APD Frank Delatorre, while his lawyer Celine Abramschmitt argues for his release Friday (she informed the Court that BSO had sent an IA man to interview McGovern the night the video broke, even though they knew he was represented by the PD). Predictably, the SAO argued for the standard $1500 bond to remain in place, despite the new evidence and eyewitness testimony, and the two months McGovern had already been locked up. They made a big deal of his previous twenty-nine misdemeanor charges and a few felony resisting cases, without any consideration for mental health and/or substance abuse issues that often accompany homelessness. Judge Haimes seemed bemused that the SAO wouldn't consider pretrial release, after inquiring of both sides early in the proceedings, although it seemed obvious how he would ultimately rule. Just another day in Broward, where the SAO always refuses to do the right thing, whether to protect bad cops and/or to shield their neurotic core with a supposed "tough as nails" exterior; 4.) Who let the dog in? BrowardBulldog.org's Dan Christensen; 5.) PD Howard Finkelstein and judicial candidate Jahra McLawrence give a warm "hello" to JAABCAM, while 6.) we seem to have the opposite effect on Messrs Marcus, Satz, and Morton.
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