OJ Simpson's lawyer blasts Bondi as 'stupid,' says Simpson definitely coming to Florida – Tampabay.com

OJ Simpson’s lawyer Malcolm Lavergne is outraged with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, blasting her as “possibly the stupidest person on the planet.”

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Bondi’s office released a letter Friday urging the Florida Department of Corrections to deny Simpson a transfer to serve parole in Florida now that he has been released from prison on kidnapping and armed robbery charges. She called Simpson a “scofflaw” whose notoriety would be a drain on law enforcement.

“What a complete stupid b—-. F— her,” Lavergne said in an incensed interview with the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. “She has zero standing to even talk about Mr. Simpson’s case. She’s the attorney general, she has nothing to do with it. It’s virtually a foregone conclusion that Simpson will be moving to Florida when he chooses and once Nevada approves it. That’s handled by the Nevada Division of Parole and Florida department of corrections, not the attorney general.”

BONDI: Florida doesn’t want OJ Simpson

Lavergne said Simpson plans to live in a private location in Nevada for probably the next few months before requesting transfer to Florida.

He said he had discussed Bondi’s letter with Simpson by phone just a few minutes before the Times contacted him.

“He’s very, very, disturbed by it,” Lavergne said. “To him as a 70-year-old black male in America, he lived through a time when white people did get to tell black people where they could live. It reminds (Simpson) of when he first moved to lily-white Bel Air, and the people there tried to keep him out and make his life miserable.”

Lavergne argued Simpson has a right to move to Florida under the rules of the Interstate Compact, which says states must automatically accept transfers if certain criteria are met, such as the offender being a resident of the receiving state, having family in that state and having means to support themselves.

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Lavergne noted that Simpson’s grown children live in Tampa Bay and that Simpson was a Florida resident at the time of his Nevada arrest.

Lavergne said Bondi was “obviously trying to gain political favor” by weighing in, despite her not controlling the Florida Department of Corrections. Bondi’s office denied that accusation.

“This is about a career prosecutor who has handled parole hearings in Florida for 20 years and a violent criminal trying to move to our state,” Bondi spokeswoman Whitney Ray said via email. “As chief legal officer it is the Attorney General’s duty to protect the citizens of Florida … The Attorney General remains in constant contact with FDC regarding the matter. “

Lavergne called it “unprecedented” for an attorney general to single out an offender seeking transfer.

“He has zero circumstances that would prevent his transfer. Florida has a million felons running around. Is he the only parolee in Florida?” Lavergne said. “He has good reason to come there. It’s not like he’s going to Iowa or some state where he has no connection.”

John M. Stokes, a criminal defense lawyer in Florida who is not involved in the case, said parolee transfers are routine business and almost always get approved unless the offender has an extensive criminal record, or their crime involved extreme violence.

“I hate to use the term rubber stamp, but this is typically not a big deal,” Stokes said.

In the letter addressed to Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie L. Jones, Bondi wrote, “Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson’s background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable,” referring to the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman in 1994. Simpson, a former NFL star and actor, was acquitted of the murders, but was later found liable in a civil suit. “The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option. Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”

Bondi did acknowledge Sunday that Florida may have no choice but to accept Simpson. She says authorities would carefully vet the request and his prison records. Corrections officials would have 45 days, though Bondi said a decision likely would come much sooner.

Bondi says potential sticking points include whether Simpson completed required alcohol counseling.

In her letter, Bondi said that if Simpson does come to Florida he should be forced to wear an ankle bracelet to monitor his wherabouts, even though that was not among the conditions of his parole decided on by Nevada.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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We spent 3 nights in the NYC underbelly with a crime reporter to see how safe the 'safest big city' in the US really is


In 1990, after recording a record high 2,262 homicides, some called New York City the “murder capital” of the country. But since then, the homicide rate has steadily declined.

The Big Apple is on pace this year to record fewer homicides than the record low of 333 set in 2014, the New York Daily news reported in early September.

Some have even dubbed today’s NYC “the safest big city” in the US.

To get a better sense of what New York City’s streets are like these days, we spent three nights with NY Daily News crime reporter Kerry Burke, considered by many to be the best in the city.

Burke, 55, reported from Ground Zero on 9/11, helped break the Eric Garner story, and was even on a few episodes of Bravo’s “Tabloid Wars” in 2006. He said he’s been to roughly four shootings a week since he started the job 16 years ago.

The first night we spent with Kerry passed with few incidents — perhaps a sign of the safer times. But the last two nights told a different story.

Here’s what we saw.

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Night 1: I first met Burke in the Bronx while he was trying to find a man who had just been acquitted on murder charges.

“How are ya, Mr. Brown?” he said in a Boston accent.

Burke, who grew up in Boston’s Dorchester housing projects, was rather formal at first, but switched right away to “bro” or “brotha,” like he called almost every other guy I met with him.

He filled me in on the details about the man he was looking for before we walked to the guy’s last known address.

Residents in the building told him the man no longer lived there, so Burke asked people in other buildings and nearby stores if they knew him.

“Bodegas are the best,” he said. “They know everything that goes on in the neighborhood and they know everybody.”

He walked into one unlocked neighboring apartment building and knocked on doors.

Burke was adept at talking to and gaining the trust of all different sorts of people, and he stressed the importance of being polite.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a troubled Catholic that I always say thank you,” Burke said, adding that he “might have to come back” to get more information, too.

After about an hour or so, Burke was able to get the man’s phone number, but unable to reach him.

He later heard that a murder suspect was being questioned at the 32nd precinct, and decided to go wait outside in the hopes of getting a statement when the suspect walked out.

Around 11 p.m., the suspect’s cousin walked out of the precinct. Burke asked him a few questions, but didn’t get much.

Throughout the eight hours I spent with Burke that first night, there were no homicides, and only one shooting — a man hit in the buttocks.

The victim’s condition was immediately stabilized, and since the incident was not serious, and it happened more than an hour away from us, we didn’t go.

I took the lack of homicides or serious shootings during Burke’s shift, especially given that it was a Friday night, as a good sign. But it was only the first night.


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'Criminal Minds': Was the End of the Scratch Storyline Disappointing? – BuddyTV (blog)

Criminal Minds introduced fans to Mr. Scratch back in season 10, and while he may have only been in six episodes, his presence has been felt for many more episodes than that. Was the resolution of his storyline in the season 13 premiere worth the wait?

In some aspects, yes, it was satisfying to wrap it up. But it was lacking in others. Instead, we’re left to think about his impact on the team when he’s not there, when he is there and now when he’s gone and if that is enough.

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Scratch’s Reign of Terror on the Team

Since his introduction, Scratch has gotten into the team’s heads (and system) — who could forget him making Hotch see his team dying? — and that remains true up until his final moments in “Wheels Up.” And since this is a team that analyzes criminals’ minds, that made what he did all the more terrifying. They’re supposed to be the ones who get into the serial killers’ heads, not the other way around. And in that regard, that makes Scratch a successful story.

He got into Hotch’s head from the beginning and, through his stalking of Jack, got into his head again, leading to him entering Witness Protection. He tried to get into Tara’s head through her brother. As Prentiss admitted in the last scene of the premiere, he got into her head more than she liked. And in his final moments, he got into Luke’s head in a way that should hopefully be explored this season.

Scratch Took Prentiss, But Did He Think His Plan Through?

Here’s where I expected more from Scratch. He’d clearly done his research on the team. While Prentiss was the right team member for him to kidnap — she and Stephen had set up those texts to lure him out and if anyone had known where Hotch was, it would have been her — he should have realized that she would eventually see through his delusion because, as she even said in this episode, she’s died before. Was it his hubris that drove him to ignore that? Was it because he was so interested in making his vision of seeing Jack grow up without a father starting at the “right” age in his mind become reality?  

Scratch Got What He Deserved

It was quite satisfying to see the team continue to trap Scratch in that final confrontation, from the moment that Prentiss escaped him, much like he trapped his victims in his delusions. After it kept feeling like the team couldn’t do anything to catch him as he continued to elude them, as he hacked their phones to listen in, as he targeted and tormented the team, it was good to see them finally getting ahead of him, to see Garcia do her own profiling of radio frequencies, to see Reid figure out what lured him out at this time, to see the team corner him and Prentiss turn the tables on him in the building where he thought he was in control, and to see him caged like an animal on that fire escape in his attempt to escape.

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Was Luke the Right Person to Face off Against Scratch at the End?

On the one hand, it was a bit disappointing to have Luke be the team member facing off with Scratch at the end. Sure, “The Crimson King” last season made catching him personal for Luke, but it never quite felt like he had the same incentive as the rest of the team.

However, of the team members on site at the time, he was probably the best choice. Prentiss wasn’t in the right frame of mind, and neither was Reid. And there was no way Simmons was going to be the one. Plus, take into account Luke’s earlier conversation with Reid, during which Reid admitted he couldn’t arrest Scratch and that the second he saw his face, he’d kill him. Would anyone else have done what Luke did and stood there, rather than immediately pulling Scratch to safety, instead letting him fall to his death?

In his current frame of mind, maybe Reid would have, but considering he’s suffering from PTSS, there was no way that was a position he should have had to face, a decision he should have had to make.

Scratch Was Used to Make It Clear Hotch’s Exit Is Permanent

Last season, Hotch was written out after Thomas Gibson was fired by having him and his son enter Witness Protection. And while the end of Scratch meant that they no longer needed to be in the program, it also meant permanently writing out Hotch from the show, with Prentiss and Rossi explaining to the team that he’s chosen to continue to be a full-time father because there’s always going to be “another Scratch.” And Criminal Minds has shown this to be true over the years. There’s always going to be another serial killer who could set his or her sights on a member of the team and go after his or her loved ones. And since we knew Gibson wouldn’t be returning, this was just a formality.

But it was fitting to do it this way, since it was another serial killer that also changed Hotch’s life, when Foyet killed Haley. With his son now threatened by a current foe, why risk his family again?

How Will the Team Move on After Scratch?

This is the question now, and this could also contribute to how he is remembered. As stated above, he got into their heads. And while they may not have been permanently injured physically due to that car crash, it’s their mental states that are important right now. It’s why they need that time off they’ve been given. Prentiss had to remember when she died in order to see through his delusions. Luke has to deal with his actions in that final confrontation with Scratch. The team has to cope with what they’ve lost because of him and knowing that he’s the reason Stephen is no longer alive.

So Scratch will have a lasting impact on the team, one that will hopefully be explored this season. How that’s done could make up for some of the aspects that were lacking in his last episode. 

What did you think of the end of the Scratch storyline? What do you want to see explored in the rest of the season? Let us know in the comments.

Criminal Minds season 13 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Criminal Minds Facebook page.

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Caesar Chukwuma Esq., The Menswear Influencer and Criminal Lawyer – HuffPost

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