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Florida Lawyer Fired for Posting Client's Leopard-Print Underwear

ABC News' Seni Tienabeso reports:

A Florida public defender is reportedly out of a job after a judge declared a mistrial upon learning of a Facebook posting the lawyer made mocking her own client.

Anya Cintron Stern posted the photo of leopard-print underwear that defendant Fermin Recalde's family had given him, according to the Miami Herald.

The Hialeah, Fla., man, 40, was on trial for the 2010 death of his girlfriend of two years. Prosecutors say he stabbed his girlfriend twice, allegedly killing her after he saw a love bite on her cheek. His family had brought clean clothes for him to wear in court, including the underwear that Stern photographed, the Herald reported.

Stern, 31, who could not be reached for comment by ABC News, reportedly posted a picture of the underwear on her Facebook page, saying that Recalde's family believed the underwear was "proper attire for a trial."

She had also allegedly made another comment on her wall openly questioning her client's innocence.

Her settings were private, but a "friend" reportedly tipped off the judge, who declared a mistrial. The Miami-Dade Public Defenders office immediately fired her Wednesday. As a public defender, Stern had represented clients who could not afford their own attorney.

Recalde had reportedly tried to fire her and his other public defender several times during his trial. Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez told the Herald that posting humiliating photos undermines the client-lawyer relationship.

It's unclear when a new lawyer will be assigned or when a new trial date will be set.

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2 days ago

'Dreamer' arrested in Seattle immigration sweep, lawyers say

U.S. authorities detained a Mexican immigrant protected by an Obama-era program that defers deportation for thousands of young illegal immigrants known as "dreamers," the man's lawyers claimed in a court filing this week.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, was arrested in his father's Seattle home by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers Friday. Northwest Immigrants Rights Project Legal Director Matt Adams told The Associated Press that agents were at the home to arrest the man's father and that they took both men into custody.

The arrest was first reported by Reuters.

4 days ago

Legal :: Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Belize

Executive Summary - We advise our clients who have asset protection issues to use a Belize Trust. The assets of a Belize Trust are immune from the decisions of a foreign court. This includes, bankruptcy courts, family courts, civil judgements and fraudulent conveyance allegations. Anything the foreign (Non Belize) court does is irrelevant when it comes to Belize Trust Assets contained in Belize. The catch all that lawyers like to use is the fraudulent conveyance allegation. They sometimes get the home country court to make a ruling that there was a fraudulent conveyance. Any order, decision, ruling, etc. from a foreign court is a big zero when it comes to the Belize Trust in that it has no l

6 days ago

The Pros And Cons Of Migrating Down Under

There are heaps of reasons why people are eager on migrating to Australia, whether it is to experience a new and unique surrounding, or health system for you and your family that is world class. If so, Australia may be the place for you. Have you been thinking of migrating to Australia? You are not alone. Would you believe that since the 1940's, in excess of 5 million people from over 100 countries have migrated to Australia for employment, or a simple change in lifestyle?

Before applying for an Australian Skilled Migrant Work Visa to become employed in Australia, you should be aware of all of the visas available. There are residential visas, working visa categories, skilled migration

1 week ago

The Advantage Of Australian Working Holiday Visa

The Australian Working Holiday Visa gives the holders the right to work in Australia for up to 24 months. It is a great opportunity to travel across the country, make lots of local friends at the same time work in some bizarre places and in industries you would have never ventured into at home. Australia is a country that gives many people an opportunity to live a hassle-free life, so if I were you I would eventually apply for work visa Australian holiday initially to see the beauty and wonders of the country!

Application for work visas Australia can be quick, easy and straightforward if you are a resident and passport holder of some countries like United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, The Netherlands, Japan, Ireland, South Korea, Malta, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Hong Kong, Finland, Cyprus, France, Italy, Belgium, Estonia and Taiwan.

If your country is not listed, you should be worried as the Working Holiday agreement is generally reciprocal and always seem expanding so there is always a chance that a deal might be struck in the future and you will be eligible for the visa. To check what are the latest news about this holiday program and see if you country has been added, you can check with your local Australian Embassy or High Commission.

For Australian visa requirements, the minimum is that you must be between 18 and 30 years of age. A valid passport with at least 1 year left until expiry is a must. You must have sufficient funds to support yourself once you are already in Australia. Any serious criminal convictions and serious medical issues should be clear as they not only think of you but also the government reputation once you come in Australia. R

Remember that there are certain restrictions once your visa from Australia has been approved. The work you would undertake must be incidental to your travels. This means that you are not allowed to go there to work full time or start a career. You are not allowed to work for the same employer for longer than six months.

If you want the quickest and easiest way to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, you can simply opt to do it online. To apply online, you must provide your passport and travel details and make the service payment for your Australian visa application. It is processed immediately and linked electronically to your passport. You will get an email confirmation about your eVisitor visa or ETA visa status. On your arrival in Australia, your Australian visa will be checked automatically by the airline check in staff and by an Immigration officer.

Visas other than the tourist and working holiday visa such as those enabling permanent immigration, temporary employment or business in Australia are much other harder to get and process as these types of visas involve a lot of paperwork, time and effort with potential employers and lawyers. If you are eligible, a working holiday visa can be the fastest stepping stone for you to work legally in Australia whilst traveling.

1 week ago

New Australia rules to hit immigration.

Byline: Kevin Scott

Dubai UAE-based immigration companies have expressed concern at

Australia's new policies to attact more highly-skilled workers.

Chris Evans, Australia's immigration minister, recently

remarked that the country had been attracting too many hairdressers and

cooks and too few doctors and engineers.

But immigration officials in Dubai said the new rules would lead to

a "drastic decrease" in the number of UAE residents looking to

2 weeks ago

Workers and Community Leaders to Hold National Meeting On ICE Misconduct And Violations Of 4th Amendment Rights

OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and

community members will discuss and condemn misconduct by agents of the

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) charged with enforcing failed

immigration policies. At a national meeting on Thursday, the group will

investigate worksite raids where workers have been routinely and

illegally held against their will, denied access to telephones,

attorneys and even bathrooms.

UFCW International President Joseph T. Hansen will join others in

the civil rights, immigrant rights and labor movements to condemn the

government's policies of detainment and physical force.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

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