Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham accepts deferred prosecution program

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham has accepted a deferred prosecution program that will likely keep him from serving any time, Miami-Dade County court records show.

Bradham agreed to the deal Friday, just days before his battery trial was expected to begin.

Under the terms of the deal, Bradham’s case would be diverted out of court, and he could avoid jail time if he meets certain conditions, according to an ESPN.com report.

Bradham was arrested last July at the Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach.

According to a Miami Beach police report, Bradham got into an argument with an employee at the hotel when he, without provocation, punched the victim, breaking his nose.

Police said Bradham was arguing with the employee about his speed of service.

Bradham also faces a misdemeanor charge stemming from an October arrest at Miami International Airport. Police said Bradham brought a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage.

According to an arrest report, Bradham told police he forgot that the gun was still in the bag.

ESPN.com reported that there is a hearing in that incident scheduled for July 24.

The former Florida State linebacker was a team captain for the Seminoles as a senior in 2011. He was a 2012 fourth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.

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Postal worker admits she took bribes to deliver drug parcels

A former U.S. Postal Service worker has admitted to taking cash bribes in exchange for delivering packages that contained drugs.

Evelyn Ramona Price, 53, pleaded guilty Friday to bribery of a public official.

Price told investigators she met a man named “Steve” in 2016 and agreed to provide him with addresses on her route where packages could be sent. They would then meet to exchange the packages. She was paid $50 per package.

Authorities later seized four packages, which they said contained more than 20 pounds of marijuana. The packages bore return addresses in Florida or New York, but were postmarked from California.

Price will be sentenced in September. She could receive a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law unconstitutional, Miami judge rules

Florida’s revised “stand your ground” law is unconstitutional, a Miami judge ruled Monday.

Miami-Dade County Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that lawmakers overstepped their authority by revising the self-defense law, putting the burden of proof on prosecutors.

Hirsch ruled that the Florida Supreme Court, and not the state Legislature, should have crafted the law.

“As a matter of constitutional separation of powers, that procedure cannot be legislatively modified,” Hirsch wrote.

The decision came in the case of Omar Rodriguez, who was indicted in 2015 on a charge of first-degree murder. Rodriguez is claiming self-defense after fatally shooting a neighbor whose dog tried to defecate in Rodriguez’s son’s yard.

As a result of Hirsch’s ruling, the judge will follow the previous version of the contentious self-defense law that was enacted in 2005.

Rodriguez’s attorney, Alan Ross, said he was disappointed with Hirsch’s decision. Ross said his client was defending himself from Jose Rey, who had threatened Rodriguez with a knife.

Gov. Rick Scott recently signed the revised “stand your ground” law into effect.

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Man charged in Islamic Center threats ate paint as child, treated for lead poisoning

An attorney for a man facing federal charges for making threats against the Islamic Center of Greater Miami said his client “was hospitalized as a child for eating paint and was treated for lead poisoning,” according to a U.S. magistrate judge’s detention order.

Gerald Wallace was recently charged with obstruction of persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs. A grand jury indicted him after he was previously charged with one count of interstate transmission of a threat to injure.

Judge Edwin G. Torres ruled Monday that Wallace remain jailed without bond, saying that he “poses a danger to the community.”

Torres’ order also revealed what a federal public defender said during a detention hearing about Wallace’s mental state.

Although the public defender said Wallace had never been tested for competency and didn’t think that it was necessary, he said Wallace had been hospitalized as a child for eating paint and had been treated for lead poisoning. He went on to say that Wallace attended classes for emotionally handicapped children while in high school.

FBI Special Agent Andrew Mercurio testified that Wallace, who worked as a security guard, appeared competent and cooperative during a recorded interview.

The FBI claims Wallace sent a 2015 email to the Miami Gardens mosque in which he spoke about “wanting to kill every Muslim.” The FBI said Wallace left a threatening voicemail at the same mosque in February.

“I’m gonna go down to your center. I’m gonna shoot all ya’ll,” Wallace said, according to the FBI.

Mercurio testified that between December 2015 and February 2017, Wallace either emailed or called five mosques in South Florida. The government also claims that Wallace has said if he saw a Muslim on the street, he would beat the Muslim until he or she had “had enough.”

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ACLU, SLU sue city of Fort Lauderdale after homeless kicked out of Stranahan Park

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and Southern Legal Counsel filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of 16 homeless people who were among those kicked out of Stranahan Park last month.

The ACLU said they are suing the city for “unlawful seizure, confiscation and destruction of property of homeless individuals living in Fort Lauderdale.”

City crews showed up at the park May 19 after the city was cited by the Florida Department of Health for unsanitary conditions at the park.

Homeless people at the park told Local 10 News that they had no notice to leave and garbage trucks were sent out to collect whatever debris and property people couldn’t carry off with them.

According to a complaint record from the Health Department, an inspector responded to the park after receiving complaints about rats in the area and saw homeless men and women camping at the park.

The inspector also noted “tarps, boxes, trash bags, garbage and several other material accumulation creating harborage for rats.”

The Health Department gave the city until June 16 to rectify the situation.

The lawsuit claims that the city violated the plaintiffs’ rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments and demands a jury trial.

Click here to view a copy of the lawsuit.

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WATCH LIVE: Dalia Dippolito’s third murder-for-hire trial

A Boynton Beach woman accused of hiring an undercover police officer to kill her husband was back in a Palm Beach County courtroom Friday for the second day of testimony in her third murder-for-hire trial.

The first witness to testify for the prosecution Friday was Boynton Beach police Detective Alex Moreno.

Dalia Dippolito, 34, is accused of paying an undercover police officer, who was posing as a hit man, to kill her husband in 2009.

Moreno testified that police were first approached about Dippolito’s plot to kill her husband by Mohamed Shihadeh, her former lover. He said police secretly videotaped Dippolito talking to Shihadeh about hiring someone to kill her then-husband.

Assistant state attorney Craig Williams played a portion of the video for the jury.

“I’ll go get my hair done,” Dippolito told Shihadeh of a potential alibi.

The video shows Dippolito handing money and a photograph of her husband to Shihadeh during their conversation.

Williams said during Thursday’s opening statements that the jury would hear Dippolito, in her own words, tell the undercover officer that she was “5,000 percent sure” she wanted her then-husband dead.

Defense attorney Brian Claypool claimed that the Boynton Beach Police Department wanted to gain attention by soliciting the “Cops” television show and set her up with the help of former lover Mohamed Shihadeh, who was tricked into becoming a confidential informant for the police.

The Boynton Beach Police Department staged a crime scene and recorded her reaction on the day her husband was supposed to be killed.

Dippolito was convicted of solicitation to commit first-degree murder in 2011 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed the conviction in 2014.

Her second trial last year ended in a mistrial with the jury deadlocked 3-3.

Prosecutors alleged in Dippolito’s previous trials that she offered an undercover officer $7,000 to kill her then-husband.

Her former attorney argued in the 2011 trial that Dippolito thought she was being recorded as part of a hoax to get her husband on a reality TV show. She was found guilty, but the verdict was thrown out because of a mistake during jury selection.

The state called Dippolito’s ex-husband, Mike Dippolito, as its first witness. He testified that he and his new bride met in 2009, while he was still serving probation.

“We got along really well,” he testified. “We had fun together. We did a lot of things. She got me to do things I wouldn’t do.”

Assistant state attorney Laura Laurie asked if Dalia Dippolito’s arrest on a charge of solicitation to commit first-degree murder shock him.

“Yes,” he said.

Mike Dippolito claimed that she stole more than $100,000 in restitution money from him and tried to get him arrested. The felon testified that his former wife convinced him to give her the money so that she could help him get off probation. He said he never saw the money again.

Claypool asked Mike Dippolito during cross-examination if he thought Dalia Dippolito stole the restitution money.

“I know she did,” he answered.

Throughout his testimony, Mike Dippolito avoided making eye contact with his ex-wife, looking her way only once when asked to identify her in the courtroom.

Mike Dippolito testified in the first trial but did not during last year’s trial.

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