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By Marc Randazza Following a three-month-long investigation of Theresa and Warren Taylor - Theresa being better known as "Kimberly Kupps" - the Polk County sheriff arrested them both on charges of promotion and distribution of obscene material.  The crime?  Creating pornography in their own home, then selling it both on their...

By J. DeVoy Following up on Marc's earlier coverage of Phillip Greaves' arrest in Pueblo, Colo., on charges brought by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, we now have the arrest warrant and affidavit.  This document sheds a little more light on how the case was developed, including the affiant's communication with...

[caption id="attachment_1894" align="alignright" width="93" caption="Please can't global warming melt the ice caps a little faster? "][/caption] I'm the first to admit that Phillip Greaves is not the most sympathetic figure in America. Greaves wrote "The Pedophile's Guide," which was originally for sale on Amazon.com before the online retailer bowed...

By J. DeVoy In a quintessentially Floridian story, Dr. Daniel R. Lerom is being sued by his former patient and lover over their tryst.  The plaintiff, known only as HK in the filing-and referred to as RHL, red hot lover, by Lerom-even ended her engagement to pursue the good doctor. According to...

[caption id="attachment_1894" align="alignright" width="93" caption="Terrorists could only improve Polk County"][/caption]Honestly, do my readers need any more evidence that there really wouldn't be anything wrong with putting a wall around Polk County, Flori-duh, and just filling the entire place with liquified pig shit? I mean, not much would change. ...

The AP reports: A poll released late Tuesday found that 70 percent of New Yorkers think Spitzer should resign, while 66 percent believe he should be impeached and removed from office if he doesn't. (source) That seems to be an awfully harsh indictment from the state that roots for the...

Yes, its Polk County again... Chris Wilson reports on Judge Dale Durrance's latest exploits, as does the Lakeland Ledger. Joseph Javaun Woods was on probation for possession of marijuana, and was arrested for fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer. Since there was a gun in the car, he was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Lets face it, Mr. Woods is not a perfect little innocent angel, but there is a key factor here -- he might not be an angel, but he isn't a felon either. The only charge on his record was the misdemeanor possession charge. See Woods v. State, 2007 Fla. App. LEXIS 13954 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2007). (Opinion available here) Mr. Woods' first appearance was broadcast from jail by video into Durrance's courtroom. Judge Durrance told Woods that he was going to be held without bail because he was a felon in possession of a firearm. Normally, that might be appropriate. However, when Woods told Durrance that he had no prior felony convictions, just a single misdemeanor, Durrance, in an act of complete dismissiveness for the defendant, "told him his lawyer would get that straightened out for him and asked for the next defendant to be brought forward." (source) In other words, Durrance didn't care what the facts or the law said. Mr. Woods was going to jail, without bail. As Mr. Woods was being hauled away, without bail, he then had the audacity to mutter the word "shit." (case). The transcript of the exchange appears below: