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August 2, 2016

what do do when arrestedWhat To Do When Someone Gets Arrested

You are sound asleep, when all of a sudden, the phone rings. You answer, and when you find out a friend or family member has been arrested, everything changes. No one expects this call, and so most people aren’t prepared with a plan for how to handle this difficult situation. Since an arrest can induce fear, anger and disorientation, it’s best to have a game plan, so that if it ever happens, you will be ready and able to help. The question is, what to do when someone gets arrested? He believes the agency settles certain cases rather than taking them to court because of the perceived anti-police sentiment sweeping the country. "The law enforcement agencies realize there is a tremendous risk to leaving it up to a jury to determine if there is liability and what those money damages may or may not be," Kaplan said.



July 29, 2016


CBS12 Investigates: Sheriff's Office settling lawsuits out of court

Attorney Stuart Kaplan has successfully settled several cases with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office including Aldo Alvarez's. "Some of the cases are so egregious that I would suggest that I don't think any amount of money really fully compensates that individual," Kaplan said. He believes the agency settles certain cases rather than taking them to court because of the perceived anti-police sentiment sweeping the country. "The law enforcement agencies realize there is a tremendous risk to leaving it up to a jury to determine if there is liability and what those money damages may or may not be," Kaplan said.



July 26, 2016


Special report: Closer look at watch and no-fly lists

The terrorist watch list is about 1,800,000 individuals, the no-fly list is in excess of 100,000 people at this point," former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Stuart Kaplan said. Kaplan tells us thousands of counter-terrorism tips are called into the Terrorist Screening Center each year. The center was established in 2003 in response to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Kaplan said the FBI filters through that information and monitors these so-called blacklists.



July 25, 2016


Facebook Live WPTV5 - 3 Palm Beach County men charged with conspiring with ISIS



July 23, 2016


3 men accused of conspiring to join ISIL

Hubbard introduced the source to Christian and Jackson, both of whom provided weapons and firearms instruction to Hubbard and the source. “We are at war here domestically,” said former FBI Agent Stuart Kaplan. “And we need to understand that.” Kaplan said he expects this to continue to happen more and more frequently.



July 22, 2016

Is It Wrong or Actually Illegal To Snoop Through Your Spouse’s Phone?

Is It Wrong or Actually Illegal To Snoop Through Your Spouse’s PhoneIt seems pretty obvious that it is wrong to snoop through someone else’s phone, such as your spouse, no matter what the reason. But the real question would be, is it illegal to snoop through your spouse’s phone? Is It Wrong or Actually Illegal To Snoop Through Your Spouse’s PhoneIt is assumed by many that if you are married, or if the cell phone account is in your name, that you have the right to view the information stored in someone else’s phone. Information like text messages, emails or social media accounts tend to be the most common areas for people to snoop. If you are a parent and you want to keep a close eye on your children under the age of 18, it is considered to be responsible parenting. However, children over the age of 18, spouses, significant others, friends or even co-workers, fall into a completely different category of responsibility.



July 19, 2016


Special report: Can tragedies like Orlando be prevented?

"When the question is asked whether the FBI may have missed something, anybody will tell you they cannot know about everybody at any given time all the time. There is going to be a situation where someone or something slips through the cracks," former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan said.



July 18, 2016


Policing social media: Should law enforcement have more freedom to monitor online activity

"We don't want law enforcement to just be looking into our lives because they are curious," Kaplan says. "We want the agenda to be that they are looking into our lives because they are trying to protect us."



July 16, 2016


Former FBI agent weighs in on Nice attack, reminds Americans to remain vigilant

Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan says it's obvious - the game is changing. "At one point we were more concerned about tracking groups or organizations," Kaplan says. "And now we have individuals who are sympathizing with this propaganda through ISIS." Kaplan says the nature of these attacks has also changed. Soft targets with less police presence are now the venue of choice - like malls, movie theaters and nightclubs. The weapons used - not bombs - but guns and vehicles. "We're dealing with individuals that are not necessarily going about and utilizing sophisticated means," he says.



July 8, 2016

Black Lives MatterAlleged Police Brutality in Louisiana and Minnesota Spark More Black Lives Matter Movement Protests

The recent Louisiana and Minnesota shootings are the latest in white police officers shooting black citizens. The question arises, is this about racial police brutality or justifiable force to apprehend suspects. Many in the community are calling these recent shootings another case of law enforcement using excess force, sparking more Black Lives Matter movements.



July 8, 2016


Former FBI agent says Dallas officers were outgunned, expects changes in departments across country

"Typically, what we see is law enforcement is outfitted with an AR-15 or some sort of rifle, but that rifle or that AR-15 is maintained in the trunk of their vehicle or in a separate location," added Kaplan. "I think what you're going to see, you're going to see law enforcement start to quickly transition to more of a power military-type of uniform," added Kaplan.



July 6, 2016


Nouman Raja 911 call raises more questions

Former FBI Special Agent, and current attorney, Stuart Kaplan says the 911 call has glaring contradictions. "What I found to be troubling is in respect to Raja's statement to dispatch as he's talking to the dispatcher and telling them he's been involved in a shooting," Kaplan said. "The statement obviously is completely inconsistent with the actual exchange that was captured between Nouman Raja and Corey Jones." Kaplan is referring to the transcript of a recorded AT&T exchange moments before the shooting.



June 30, 2016

Police BrutalityPolice Brutality: America’s Growing Epidemic

Every seven hours, an American citizen is killed by a law enforcement official. In 2015, there were 1307 Americans killed by police. Though some of these deaths may have been justifiable, others were a result of inappropriate or illegal actions taken by police officers, including what some consider police brutality and a violation of civil rights. In some cases, this type of police misconduct involved discrimination or obstruction of justice. Yet, the police are indicted in less than 1% of killings. Read More >>


June 24, 2016

Orlando gunman may have scoped out South Florida shopping mall

Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan said finding whether Mateen was at the mall could be crucial to investigators. “Whether or not he was there by himself, or whether or not they can possibly identify other individuals he may have been with at the time he visited City Place, may potentially identify another subject or target,” said Kaplan.



June 19, 2016


To the Point with former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan



June 17, 2016

FBI inquiries into two Florida terror suspects hinge on words vs. plans

"There's a fine line between someone espousing anti-American rhetoric and someone saying, 'If I had an opportunity, I would go into that temple and start shooting up people,'" said Palm Beach County defense lawyer Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI agent.



June 15, 2016

Stuart Kaplan Drive and 5 Interview ( http://www.850ftl.com )



June 13, 2016


Former FBI agent warns to be aware of your surroundings



June 12, 2016


How did Orlando shooter legally acquire firearms

Unless a U.S. law enforcement agency establishes that a crime has or will be committed, people will be able to acquire firearms, says former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan.



June 9, 2016


Town of Palm Beach fights ransomware attack on 911 system

National security expert and former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan said the hackers have better technology than most municipalities which makes those communities especially vulnerable. Officials in municipalities must change their mindset, said Kaplan.



June 8, 2016


ISIS 'Kill List' Targets Palm Beach, Treasure Coast Residents: Ex-FBI Agent

Former FBI agent-turned lawyer Stuart Kaplan says the threat is especially alarming, because the people on this list are civilians who don't have the security necessary to protect themselves.



June 7, 2016


PBSO settles 'excessive force' lawsuit against retired U.S. Marshal

Arrest documents reviewed by CBS12 show the deputies allege Conboy was under the influence, dazed with glassy eyes and was belligerent and clinching his fist in an aggressive manner. "The emergency room physician who treated Mr. Conboy when he was transported to Boca West Hospital wrote in a report there was no signs of impairment or intoxication, no evidence of alcohol," Kaplan said.



June 7, 2016

PBSO agrees to pay $550,000 to settle another excessive force lawsuit

With the case set to go to trial next week, attorney Stuart Kaplan, who represents ex-federal agent Shawn Conboy, said U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks’ decision was key to settlement talks. Parting with decisions of other federal judges in similar excessive force lawsuits, Middlebrooks said Kaplan could try to persuade a jury that Bradshaw violated Conboy’s constitutional rights by repeatedly failing to rein in rogue deputies.

“It was a significant factor,” Kaplan said of Middlebrooks’ decision. “In any of the other cases, the agency’s exposure has been nominal – up to $200,000,” he said. As a result of Middlebrooks’ decision, he said, “the sky was the limit.”



June 7, 2016

$550,000 settlement reached in ex-marshal's civil lawsuit against Sheriff's Office

Unfortunately, the deputies escalated an encounter with a retired U.S. marshal, who had stopped as a good Samaritan to render aid to the victims of a traffic incident, into something that should never have occurred," Kaplan said.



June 7, 2016


Did former cop Nouman Raja receive special treatment in jail?

... because people are willing to target law enforcement, the sheriff's office has an obligation to protect the now former officer who's presumed innocent until proven guilty. "Any law enforcement officer who would enter a jail facility would be generally a target for their personal safety. Any appropriate measures to ensure and protect his safety are well founded," Kaplan said.



June 2, 2016


Why isn't Nouman Raja facing first-degree murder charges

June 1, 2016


Timeline of events documents unjustified shooting of Corey Jones

Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI Special Agent who now works as an attorney, says there is a big difference between a grand jury's findings and the verdict of a trial jury because with a grand jury the case is a one-sided cases presented by the prosecution.

"The defendant, or prospective defendants does not have an opportunity to be represented by counsel so counsel can make rebuttal arguments," Kaplan said. "It's been said that if you in fact presented a ham sandwich to a grand jury you can come back with an indictment because the evidence or burden is very low and much lower than the burden at trial which is beyond a reasonable doubt. Whether an indictment may or may not be handed down, that in of itself does not necessarily convince me ultimately at trial someone will be found guilty."



June 1, 2016

PBSO could be on hook for millions in excessive force case, judge rules

Attorney Stuart Kaplan, who represents Conboy in what he described as a “seven-figure” lawsuit that is expected to go to trial later this month, summed up the decision this way: “The institution is on the hook.”

Kaplan said Conboy’s life was turned upside down by the encounter. In addition to his injuries, Conboy was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, attempting to deprive an officer of protection or communication, corruption by threat against a public official and disorderly intoxication. The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office didn’t pursue the charges.

Still, Kaplan said, Conboy, 56, lost his “six-figure” job as a security manager with Florida Power & Light. He has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, he said. All because he tried to help strangers who were horribly injured in a traffic accident.



May 20, 2016


Tracking taxpayer money in Deputy-Involved shooting



April 22, 2016


Mike Murgio: School board member resigns following his indictment, lawyer says

Stuart Kaplan, Murgio's attorney, confirms to WPTV that Murgio is resigning and says that his client plans to enter a not guilty plea when he goes to court in New York.



April 22, 2016


Mike Murgio resigns from school board after arrest



April 21, 2016


PBC school board member Mike Murgio arrested by FBI

"As far as I'm concerned Mike Murgio did not participate in any transactions or engage in any conduct that facilitated any criminal activity," said Stuart Kaplan, Murgio's attorney.

He says although Murgio's son Anthony was charged last July, school board member Mike Murgio was surprised to find himself facing charges.

"Is he worried about going to prison?" asked CBS12 reporter Al Pefley.

"You know we haven't discussed that with him and I don't think that's something that we should be talking to him about or contemplating at this point. We are expecting that when the evidence is put forth, hopefully Mike Murgio will walk away from this and this will just be something as a little bump in the road for him," Kaplan explained.



April 21, 2016

PBC school board member Mike Murgio arrested by FBI

His attorney, Stuart Kaplan, said Murgio has no plans to resign from the School Board seat he's held since 2012. Kaplan said Murgio expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing.

"Obviously it comes as a great surprise to my client, Mike Murgio," Kaplan said. "It's very concerning and very troubling, but we are confident and we're going to enter a plea of not guilty."



April 5, 2016

PBSO agrees to pay $300,000 for shooting mentally ill Royal Palm man

A homeowner’s insurance company for Deputy Joshua McGehee agreed to pay another $300,000 to Aldo Alvarez, who survived the May 2013 shooting, said Stuart Kaplan, who represents the Alvarez family in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

The settlement came as Attorney Stuart Kaplan pressed the agency to release records that he claimed would show McGehee was unfit to work as a law enforcement officer.



March 22, 2016

Former FBI Agent identifies 'red flag' found in picture of three bombing suspects

"If they were carrying explosive devices, they would be very concerned and aware of the fact that they would want to discharge any static electricity," Kaplan explained. Their glove-less hands were holding the metal luggage carts. That would be a way to discharge the static that could prematurely detonate a bomb. "The other hypothesis is if they were trying to conceal the detonator in their left hand," Kaplan says, by wearing a glove to hide the possible trigger.

March 20, 2016

Changes needed at PBSO to restore public trust

We find most often times the deputies do violate department issued policies," said attorney and former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan. Kaplan represents families who have sued PBSO for unjustified use of deadly force. "The public should certainly know that that department is going to hold each and every deputy accountable for their negligence," said Kaplan. Recently, PBSO agreed to pay Kaplan's client, Jeremy Hutton, $450,000 over a 2010 shooting.

March 8, 2016

PBSO to settle suit over 2013 shooting of mentally challenged man, plaintiff's parents say

Deputy Joshua McGehee’s mother, Annette Marvin, is Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s executive assistant. Attorney Stuart Kaplan also claimed PBSO cleared McGehee of wrongdoing because of his personal connection to the Sheriff.

February 27, 2016
Sheriff: 'We were after Mark Sievers, we got our man'

Elizabeth Parker, partner at Kaplan & Sconzo — the Palm Beach County law firm representing Wright — released this statement after the court hearing: "The decision of Curtis Wayne Wright to accept responsibility and plead guilty to second-degree murder will hopefully begin to answer many questions and bring closure to the family of Teresa Sievers. Mr. Wright is deeply sorry for the pain and lifetime of suffering that he has caused those who are affected by his actions in this case, including his family and most importantly Teresa Sievers' daughters."


February 26, 2016
Scott: ‘We got our man’

Wright’s admission will hopefully bring closure to Teresa Sievers’ family, said his attorney, Elizabeth Parker.


February 24, 2016

Local experts weigh in on what's at stake in Apple vs FBI feud

"From the FBI’s perspective, it’s very very critical to at least exhaust any possible information that may be contained within this phone," said Stuart Kaplan, former FBI agent.


February 11, 2016
Corey Jones investigation: Over 100 people in 30 states, 3 countries interviewed, prosecutors say

Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI agent who works as a Palm Beach Gardens-based attorney and is not involved in the Corey Jones case, said the fact that the case is still being investigated isn't out of the ordinary.

"I've seen these cases play out for years. There are cases that have gone on for almost an eternity until someone starts to shake the trees and make waves," Kaplan said.


February 8, 2016

Terrorists targeting teens online for recruitment, FBI says

"We’re seeing that a lot of these young people will even get on a plane," said Stuart Kaplan, former FBI agent.


February 6, 2015
PBSO shootings: Lawsuits reveal investigation flaws

Kaplan attributes PBSO’s recent decision to settle the case for $450,000 — the second-highest amount in its history for a shooting — to the faulty investigation.

“They fell on the sword, and they conceded that the use of force was not justified,” Kaplan said of the investigators. “Game over.”


February 2, 2016

Two PBSO shootings take their toll: settlements top $1 million

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is set to pay out more than $1 million to settle two federal lawsuits involving deputies in controversial shootings. The department will pay $562,500 to the family of Matthew Pollow, a mentally ill 28-year-old who was killed in April 2014 in Boca Raton. The deputy who shot him said Pollow came after him with a screwdriver.

“I think we were able to show their investigation was really delusory and nothing more than a rubber stamp,” said attorney Stuart Kaplan, who represented Hutton. “When we forced those people who were at the top of the (PBSO) food chain to take a look at the case during the deposition and forced them to take a look at the video, they all acknowledged that there were substantial inconsistencies that were unresolved and remained unresolved.”


January 22, 2016

PBSO settles with Down syndrome man shot

"The Hutton family, from the first time we sat down with them, made it perfectly clear to us that this case for them was not about money. It was about trying to get accountability for the person or persons responsible for shooting their seventeen-year-old child who has Down syndrome," attorney Stuart Kaplan said.


January 13, 2016

Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters says body cameras needed to fight terrorism

Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan says while there could be an attack anywhere these days, the Riviera Beach locations mentioned by the mayor are probably not major terrorist target locations.

“These individuals, what they want to do and what they aspire to do, is to kill as many people as possible. And they are looking for places where people will congregate or gather in large venues," said Kaplan.

Kaplan says body cameras would not deter a terrorist, and the mayor agrees.


January 8, 2016

Former FBI agent says public is at risk after Philadelphia incident

Philadelphia's Police Commissioner says Archer pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. He also reportedly told investigators that he believed police defend laws that are contrary to Islam. "If police officers could be a target of an assassination, that leaves the general public to a higher risk to be attacked," Kaplan said.


December 30, 2016
Sievers murder suspect appears in court for case management conference

During the brief hearing, Wright’s attorney Elizabeth Parker said she still hasn’t received all of the evidence gathered by the state. The prosecutor said they’ve handed over more than 29,000 pages of documents and are gathering even more.


December 21, 2015

Recent Rash Of Violent Crimes Were Shockingly Committed By Youths - Stuart Kaplan


December 7, 2015


Security experts weigh in on video surveillance vs. alarm systems
"You want to have an alarm. I would spend my money on a great alarm because that's the deterrent. If they break a window or if they open a door and that alarm sounds and it's loud they're going to run away," said former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan.


December 6, 2015
Inside The Home Of The San Bernardino Shooters
"I would assume the FBI at some point conducted a very through forensic examination of the apartment. Once they felt they had exhausted their search and whatever forensic they deemed necessary they do then release that property to its rightful owner,” Stuart Kaplan said.


December 2, 2015

Mass shootings have forced police to change strategies, says former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan
A former FBI special agent who now lives in Palm Beach County said the increase in frequency in mass shootings has forced both law enforcement officials and the public to adjust their actions when responding. Ari Hait reports.


November 16, 2015

Paris Attacks Local Concern says Stuart Kaplan


November 13, 2015
Attorney for Sievers murder suspect files motion for release
Besides his arrest warrant, Wright’s attorney Stuart Kaplan says he has not seen one piece of evidence the State Attorney’s Office has against Wright. He says his office typically does their own investigation into a crime, and right now they are stuck in limbo.


November 13, 2015
Motion filed for release of Sievers killing suspect Curtis Wright
Stuart Kaplan, of Kaplan & Sconzo, said the state attorney's office had 30 days to file formal murder charges against Wright, 47, and has not done so. "As you can imagine we are kind of in the dark, we don’t have any papers from the state," Kaplan said.


November 6, 2015
If officer is charged in Corey Jones death, what would charge be?
The FBI seldom charges officers for using force. When they do, it’s usually for violating the person’s civil rights. But that’s a difficult case to make, since the FBI has to show the officer intended to violate the person’s rights, Attorney Stuart Kaplan said.


November 3, 2015
Former U.S. marshal sues PBSO, claiming deputies attacked him
A 56-year-old Broward County man, who was a U.S. marshal for 30 years, has sued the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, claiming he was thrown down and shot twice with a stun gun by deputies in 2013 while waiting to give them a statement about a fatal crash in suburban Boca Raton.


October 30, 2015


Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan examines Corey Jones scene



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