You probably own a security camera. The St. Johns County Sherriff’s Office wants to use it to fight crime
Is it a helpful tool to solve crime, or an encroachment on civil liberties? Surveillance and doorbell cameras seem to be everywhere, and now local sheriffs are asking homeowners and business owners who have them to essentially — connect.
Concerned patients calling Jacksonville abortion clinic amid national fight over abortion pill access
The Justice Department is appealing a Texas court ruling that would halt approval of the most commonly used method of abortion in the U_S_ In its appeal Monday, the Justice Department called the decision “extraordinary and unprecedented.”.
Key takeaways: Justice Department releases redacted Mar-a-Lago search affidavit
The Justice Department on Friday released an affidavit explaining the justification for an FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida earlier this month when agents removed top secret government records and other classified documents.
Judge grants appeal for ex-Jacksonville City Councilwoman Katrina Brown
U.S. District Magistrate Judge James Clint also found that Katrina Brown was financially unable to get her own attorney so one will be appointed to represent her during the appeal. The charges resulted from government loans and grants to Katrina Brown’s family business. For Katrina Brown, the government wanted 4½ years in prison, three years of supervised release and $535,335 forfeited. After Monday’s hearing, Katrina Brown told News4Jax she was optimistic about the appeal. Curtis Fallgatter, who was Katrina Brown’s trial attorney, was allowed to withdraw from the case.
Katrina Brown & Reggie Brown asking for another sentencing delay
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Attorneys for former Jacksonville City Council members Katrina and Reggie Brown have filed a motion asking that their upcoming sentencing, which is set for Oct. 27-29, be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the motion, attorneys for the Browns argue that the order prevents any in-person felony sentencings from taking place unless they’re done over video. The motion states that both defense attorneys are over 65, and Curtis Fallgatter, Katrina Brown’s attorney, previously had bypass surgery, putting him at high risk. It also mentions that Katrina Brown has moderate asthma, and Reggie Brown has high blood pressure, which led to his May 2018 stroke, putting them both at high risk. Sentencing was originally set for Jan. 27, but the hearing was postponed after Katrina Brown got a new attorney.
Judge told ex-teacher Tommy Hazouri Jr. has mental health issues
Wearing a red jumpsuit, which identifies him as a high-risk inmate, Hazouri, 40, told the judge he takes daily medication for those disorders. When asked, Hazouri couldn’t remember if he is being treated by a psychiatrist or psychologist. Right now, he’s not facing additional charges, but the charges are now more serious since the case has shifted to federal court. Since his medication and diagnoses were discussed at length Friday, News4Jax explored Hazouri’s mental health history. In a previous case against him in Escambia County, an ex-girlfriend told police Hazouri has threatened to hurt himself.
Will governor remove Darryl Daniels? Why charge him in the middle of an election?
Many don’t believe it was a coincidence that it happened so close to election day. If you are Brad King, (the special prosecutor) appointed by the governor, why aren’t you having that conversation with the governor? “Let the governor exercise his constitutional right to remove a sheriff if the evidence is that strong. Make your prosecutorial decisions; make your decisions as a governor -- but mingling the two in the middle of an election is a rather unusual combination,” Falgatter said. And of course, if he loses the election, they don’t need to make that threat.
Sentencing for Katrina Brown & Reggie Brown delayed a 2nd time
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A federal judge has agreed to a second delay for the sentencing of former Jacksonville City Council members Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown, after Reggie Brown got a new attorney. A jury found that Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown both used some of the money for personal use. Their sentencing was originally set for January 27, but it was pushed back in December, after Katrina Brown got a new attorney to represent her at sentencing. In one motion, Thomas Bell, Reggie Brown’s attorney, asked to withdraw from the case and be replaced by his new attorney, M. Alan Ceballos. Katrina Brown chose to represent herself at trial, then hired an attorney for sentencing, followed by Reggie Brown’s latest hiring of an attorney.
Will JEA investigations result in criminal charges against executives?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Now that city attorneys are saying former JEA CEO Aaron Zahn lied, withheld information and changed documents to benefit himself and other executives, are criminal charges next? Federal investigators are looking into JEA employees, former or present. During Tuesday’s intense JEA board meeting, city attorney’s accused Zahn of withholding important information that could have changed the course of the potential sale of JEA. They alluded to the behind the scenes deals underway that would have benefited Zahn, upper management and even former a former JEA board member. But in the slide actually presented to the JEA board last summer, it’s much different.
Sentencing hearing for Katrina & Reggie Brown to remain in March
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A federal judge has ruled that the sentencing for former city council members Katrina and Reggie Brown will remain in March, denying a request by prosecutors to move the hearing back to its original date of January 27, 2020. The charges stemmed from a federally backed loan and a city grant utilized by a barbecue sauce business owned by Katrina Brown’s family. A jury found that Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown both used some of the money for personal use. On Dec. 17, attorney and former federal prosecutor Curtis Fallgatter informed the court he was representing Katrina Brown for her sentencing proceedings. Fallgatter also filed a motion on Katrina Brown’s behalf asking for a continuance of the scheduled sentencing hearing, specifying a 60-day delay.
Attorney: Katrina Brown's gutsy' move may improve her odds with jury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former City Councilwoman Katrina Brown is rolling the dice by choosing to represent herself in her upcoming federal fraud trial. Fallgatter said there is one key point Katrina Brown may capitalize on serving as her own counsel. But prosecutors claim the business submitted fake invoices in order to get the federal loan money and Katrina Brown is to blame. Federal prosecutors have a 90% conviction rate, so it's likely to be an uphill battle for Katrina Brown. Katrina Brown has even filled out legal documents, saying he had no blame in the business going bad.