Saturday, May 24, 2008

News & Notes

1. "Sport fishing 'shtick' nets probation term for charter boat operator" via Vanessa Blum. If you can't get enough Tom Watts-Fitzgerald, check out this article:

Rejecting a call for harsher punishment, a federal judge on Thursday ordered the owner of a South Florida charter fishing business to serve five years' probation for not reporting sailfish reeled in by customers and killing undersized fish.Stanley Saffan, 58, of Miami Beach, who pleaded guilty to those charges in February, must also pay $210,000 in financial penalties, forfeit one of his Therapy IV boats to the federal government and perform 500 hours of community service work.A crowd of relatives and supporters who turned out for Saffan's two-day hearing showed relief at the sentence, which was well below the 18 to 24 months' prison term sought by federal prosecutors.U.S. District Judge William Zloch barred Saffan, who runs sport fishing charters out of Baker's Haulover Inlet in North Miami Beach, from serving as captain of a vessel during his probation

2. "Gun box allowed as evidence in ghost ship case" via Jay Weaver. Judge Huck rejected the defense's motion to suppress:

An empty gun lockbox -- considered vital evidence in the case of four Miami Beach charter boat members slain at sea -- will be allowed at the trial of two men charged with their murders, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Paul Huck rejected an attempt by attorneys for defendant Guillermo Zarabozo to suppress evidence gathered by FBI agents at his mother's home -- including the lockbox that may have contained the suspected 9mm handgun used in last fall's killings.
''The point here is not that they found a firearm in a lockbox,'' Huck said. ``It's that they found no firearm in the lockbox.''

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