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Florida Center for Investigative Reporting: The Lakeland Ledger & LPD

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“Gotcha!”

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One of the recurring claims made by folks that don’t like what I do, is that I engage in “gotcha” litigation. The term really doesn’t make a lot sense, particularly coming from entities whose entire existence is based upon  various … Continue reading

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Law enforcement & public records: why do we keep screwing up?!?!

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I came upon the article below as a result of my most recent audit. Scores of agencies produced the article in response to my public records request. The article  was published by an outfit called “PRI Management Group.”  PRI appears … Continue reading

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Economic Realities

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On July 18, 2013 I started a new public records audit.  I requested electronic communications that mention “Joel Chandler”, “Robert Chandler” or “FOGWatch.”  The request was sent to about 412 municipalities and 360 law enforcement agencies throughout Florida. Although I … Continue reading

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Two Lauderhill Police Officers Arrested in Sexual Favors Case

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Another Example of Why The Watchers Must Be Watched

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The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has published another story about the jailhouse beating of Jody Holland.  Holland was not severely beaten by other inmate of the county jail in DeSoto County.  He was beaten by those who were charged with his care. … Continue reading

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A forgotten Civil Rights hero

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Andy Oliver of the RMNBlog has written an article about Bayard Rustin.  The article briefly summarizes the profoundly important contributions of Rustin to the success of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.  Although Rustin has been entirely … Continue reading

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Polk Sheriff’s Office Bill More Than $657,000

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An article published in the Lakeland Ledger claims that Grady Judd, Sheriff of Polk County has racked up more than $657,000 in legal fees in a lawsuit with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). As a side note, it is … Continue reading

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The Brechner Report: Chamber’s step into the Sunshine is not so scary

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The Modern Mark of Cain

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Yesterday I had the great delight of attending the “1,000 Men In Black” civil rights rally that was sponsored by the Poor and Minority Justice Association (PMJA).  In spite of extreme heat, the event was well attended. I had the … Continue reading

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