Katherine Fernandez Rundle

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The Miami-Dade Democratic Party is calling for one of its most high-profile members, State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle, to suspend her reelection campaign over her handling of controversial cases involving police officers.

The local party’s executive committee, in a vote Tuesday night, criticized the “staggering failures of the State Attorney to hold law-enforcement accountable” and called on Miami’s top prosecutor to cede her position to her Democratic challenger, Melba Pearson.

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Melba Pearson, the former deputy director of Miami’s American Civil Liberties Union, filed paperwork Thursday to challenge longtime incumbent Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle.

She is a former Miami-Dade assistant state attorney who served 16 years as a prosecutor under Fernández Rundle.

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On an afternoon in November, 17 people from across Miami-Dade County gathered in a Miami courtroom to have their voting rights restored. The hearing would be an early indication that party politics are playing a role in how a controversial state law is being rolled out.

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Cheers erupted in a Miami-Dade County courtroom on Friday, as more than a dozen people with felony convictions had their right to vote restored by a judge.

The mass court hearing was part of a brand new process created by the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, along with Miami-Dade’s offices of the State Attorney, the Public Defender, and the Clerk of Courts.

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It’s been a tough summer for South Florida beaches, which have faced hot weather, seaweed and high bacteria levels.

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The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office -- the largest prosecutor’s office in the state of Florida -- is moving forward with a plan that would soften the financial blow of state law SB 7066 that ties the restoration of voting rights to someone’s ability to pay fines, fees and restitution for a felony offense.

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Floridians passed Amendment 6 this past election. It was one of those bundled amendments that sandwiched together questions about judges with what’s known as Marsy’s Law.

 

The law is a version of one that’s been passed in several states and adds a more detailed list of victims rights to the Florida constitution.

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It has been almost three decades since Florida prosecutors have secured a conviction against a law enforcement officer for an on-duty shooting. As the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office prepares for Friday’s arraignment of a North Miami officer, it’s clear that office is trying to end that stretch.

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Activists have been calling for  Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to bring charges against two prison guards accused of torturing and killing schizophrenic inmate Darren Rainey at Dade Correctional Institution four years ago. The state attorney's office says an investigation is still on-going, citing a desire to be thorough.

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City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones is suing Mayor Tomas Regalado and state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle for what she says is a plot to destroy her political career by accusing Spence-Jones of political corruption.

On Monday, Spence-Jones filed a lawsuit claiming that Fernandez Rundle and Richard Scruggs, the lead prosecutor in a case accusing Spence-Jones of corruption more than a year ago, misled key witnesses.

These criminal cases surrounding Spence-Jones turned out to be unsuccessful.