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So-called 'professional courtesy' controversy ends up in Fla. court

The case was heard by Judge Aldis Sheet after the original judge recused herself after confessing that she had been let go with mere warnings on numerous occasions


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MIAMI - A Miami police officer who stopped a Florida State Highway Patrol trooper for speeding testified that he was acting under direction from his partner, a Florida Department of Wildlife officer who was part of a regional narcotics task force.

The convoluted case was heard by Judge Aldis Sheet after the original judge recused herself after confessing that she had been let go with mere warnings by Dade County Sheriff’s officers on numerous occasions. The speeding case was complicated by the fact that after he ticketed the trooper, the officer crashed into an FBI agent’s official vehicle after losing control from spilling his Slushee in his lap.

The agent was investigating corruption claims that the Miami officer was taking free Slushees in return for higher visibility at area convenience stores.

Testimony revealed that the FBI agent was under investigation by the regional narcotics task force for misuse of a confidential informant.

The informant was inadvertently publicly identified and was found to be a clerk for the District Attorney’s office, who also happens to be the wife of the state trooper.

Sheet dismissed the case and ordered all the agencies to go back to capturing criminals.

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