Federal judge finds prosecutors built case against former JEA execs without using protected statements
A federal magistrate judge has found that the criminal case against two former JEA executives was built without the use of protected statements made by the two, even as defense attorneys had argued that the case was tainted and the indictment needed to be dismissed.
Former JEA executives in federal court for hearing ahead of October trial
Lawyers for two former JEA executives facing federal charges in connection with the attempted sale of the utility spent over two hours at a hearing Thursday morning questioning the FBI special agent who led the investigation, about how the case was built.
Remote court hearings sought as virus surges in Florida
As COVID-19 cases and deaths in Florida continue to spike, criminal defense lawyers are asking courts again to conduct non-essential hearings remotely. In a news release Tuesday, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers said video hearings can be more efficient and safer.