Pastor Bob Coy: Calvary Chapel leader resigns amid cheating scandal


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Pastor Bob Coy

In an announcement made late Sunday afternoon, Pastor Bob Coy abruptly resigned, ending his 30-year leadership at one of the largest churches in the country, according to the Christian Post.

Citing a “moral failing,” the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale resigned amid reports of multiple affairs and allegations that he cheated on his wife, Diane Coy.

Michael Newnham wrote in his blog that they have confirmation Coy admitted to at least two affairs in the past year alone and has had a long standing “problem with pornography.”

The megachurch did not elaborate on what Coy’s moral failings were.

Not present at the Sunday announcement in which his resignation was announced, church elders read a statement from Coy and answered parishioners’ questions.

“On April 3, 2014, Bob Coy resigned as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, effective immediately, after confessing to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church he has led since its founding in 1985,” the statement read.

Pastor Bob Coy and his wife Diane led a Florida ministry that grew to include satellite locations in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, West Boca, Plantation, Hollywood, and the Keys, according to the SunSentinel.

“The way I see it, Bob Coy is a very selfish man, who indulged in his own personal desires, and when he got caught he abandoned his church,” Brian Craig, producer of The Steve Kane Show on AM 1470 WWNN told Examiner. The congregation deserves to be addressed directly and in person by Bob Coy. They need closure and will not get it until he comes forward and apologizes directly to them.”

According to Cavalry Chapel, their congregation consists of approximately 20,000 members.

“Every sinner’s got a future, every saint’s got a past.  Bob is a good man who made big mistakes like the rest of us, and he’ll pay the consequence like the rest of us,” Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney John Contini, author of several real-life crime dramas including Danger Road and Feeling the Heat, told Examiner.  “It’s more important to focus on what Jesus Christ said about this: “Judge not lest you be judged.  By the same measure you judge others, you too shall be judged.  Remove the log from your own eye before you look at the speck in your brother’s eye.”

The media ministry of the Active Word that distributes Pastor Bob’s Bible teachings through radio, television and digital media has also been suspended.  According to Cavalry Chapel, Coy will be focusing full attention on his personal relationship with God and his family.

The governing board of the church is providing counselors and ministers who reportedly will assist Coy and guide him through the process of full repentance, cleansing and restoration.

Following the announcement, the congregation had a prayer and worship service.

A number of members expressed disappointment, encouragement, and hope on Cavalry Chapel’s Facebook page.

Why are you taking down his preachings which have saved tens of thousands,” wrote Laura Wright in a Facebook comment. “You are acting as he never existed and his preachings weren’t worthy. I understand he needs to step down but I don’t think this is a good example at all.  Closing the comments? He was the founder of the church here and while he has sinned- deserves respect for what he contributed to this church in my opinion. I ask that you pray on this matter.”

“Pastor Bob has helped so many of us find peace in Jesus Christ,” wrote Regina Anderson. “Our Lord is a God of restoration and He will step in and raise up Pastor Bob and his family.”

Also a board member for the Calvary Chapel Association, Coy has already been removed from its leadership page.

Bill Lewis is principal of William E. Lewis Jr. & Associates, a solutions based professional consulting firm specializing in the discriminating individual, business or governmental entity.

Derek Medina kills wife then updates Facebook status to include photo


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A South Miami man is being held without bond Friday after gunning down his wife and posting gruesome photos of her body on Facebook, according to police and The Miami Herald.

Turning himself in to police Thursday, Derek Medina, 31, was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center early Friday following the shooting death of his wife, Jennifer Alonso, 26.

Under the caption “RIP Jennifer Alonzo,” Medina posted a graphic photo of his slain wife’s blood soaked body on his Facebook Timeline.  Shortly before, he updated his status to reveal: “You will see me in the news.”

“Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news,” Medina wrote.

“My wife was punching me and I am not going to stand anymore with the abuse so I did what I did I hope u understand me.”

Medina then drove to his father’s house and confessed to the murder.  Thereafter they drove together to the South Miami Police Department.

“Officers then responded to the listed location where they found the victim deceased from apparent gunshot wounds, as well as the victim’s daughter, 10, who was unharmed,” authorities later reported.

“His lawyers will advance the ‘battered husband syndrome,’ to mimic the often-used defense of ‘battered wife syndrome’ used famously by Ellis Rubin and other lawyers defending wives who have killed their husbands,” Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney John Contini, author of several real-life crime dramas including Danger Road and Feeling the Heat, told Examiner.  “They’ll argue, ‘what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,’ otherwise you’re denying men ‘equal protection’ under the 14th Amendment which guarantees equal treatment for both men and women under the law.”

It took Facebook five hours to remove the graphic photo of Jennifer Alonzo from Derek Medina’s personal profile.  In releasing a statement to Examiner:

“The content was reported to us. We took action on the profile — removing the content and disabling the profile, and we reached out to law enforcement. We take action on all content that violates our terms, which are clearly laid out on our site.”

With the exception of Medina’s claims of self defense, a motive for the murder is unknown at this time.

“In posting his allegations of domestic violence for the entire world to see, it appears that Medina could be setting the groundwork for a ‘Stand your Ground’ defense,” Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney and Fox/CNN legal contributor Eric Schwartzreich told Examiner.  “With that said, a fish doesn’t get caught if it keeps his mouth shut.”

Bad credit: Casey Anthony files for Bankruptcy


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Seeking a fresh start in life and a discharge from creditors – including the attorney who masterminded her acquittal in the murder of two-year old Caylee Anthony – Casey Anthony filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy late Friday in Tampa.

Claiming $1,100 in assets and over $792,000 in liabilities, the unemployed Anthony has listed unsecured debts that include $500,000 to Jose Baez for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense during trial; $145,660 to the Orange County Sheriff’s office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs; $68,540 to the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for investigative costs.

Anthony lists about 80 creditors in her 60-page court filing.  For the most part, she claims unsecured debt for attorney’s fees, forensics, investigative and consulting services, in addition to medical and psychiatric services.

Other unsecured debts include Anthony’s mother, Cindy, unpaid credit card bills and even a debt for scuba diving services.

It appears that Anthony has included every possible debt to every possible party.

The bankruptcy filing also shows that Anthony is a defendant in several lawsuits, including one brought by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez for defamation in the Orange County Circuit Court.

Fernandez-Gonzalez claims that her reputation was destroyed when Anthony told detectives that a babysitter with the same name kidnapped Caylee.  Later found dead, police were investigating the 2008 disappearance of the two-year old.

Although strikingly similar, Anthony’s attorney has previously stated that details offered by her to police did not match this particular Fernandez-Gonzalez.

A successful bankruptcy discharge under Chapter 7 would wipe Casey Anthony’s financial slate totally clean.  Although a trustee has the right to take possession of and sell non-exempt property and use the sale proceeds to pay creditors, only $1,100 in assets have been claimed by Anthony.

Unemployed and recently completing probation following her previous felony conviction on check fraud charges, the acquitted alleged murderess has nothing to lose by discharging her debts utilizing federal bankruptcy laws.

Although bankruptcy may appear on her credit report for up to ten years, Casey Anthony will always be compared to O.J. Simpson as an acquitted alleged killer.

Now imprisoned in Nevada on unrelated robbery and kidnapping charges, Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of the 1994 double murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman after a lengthy, internationally publicized trial in Los Angeles, California.

The Tampa bankruptcy filing came on the same day that the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed two of Anthony’s four misdemeanor convictions for providing false information to a law enforcement officer during a missing person investigation.

“The Appellate Court disagreed with Judge Perry’s interpretation of the law arguing that providing ‘false information’ is not the same thing as a false statement,” indicated Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich. “If the police are questioning you about a robbery and you state that ‘birds do not fly’ – that is a false statement, not false information.  That is the distinction the Fifth District Court of Appeal used to reverse the two misdemeanor ‘lying’ convictions.”

Although Anthony was acquitted of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child, she was found guilty by a Florida jury of lying to police.  She was sentenced to one year in jail on each count, to be served consecutively.

Having received substantial credit for time served, Anthony was released days later on July 17, 2011.  An appeal by her attorney followed.

“Wiping her debt away through bankruptcy was inevitable,” said John Contini, a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney and author of several real-life crime dramas including Danger Road and Feeling the Heat.  “Although forever in debt to those who helped acquit her of killing young Caylee, without the protection of the federal Bankruptcy court, Casey Anthony would never be truly set free.”

Chris Brown off the hook in Miami Beach robbery case


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Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown is in the clear as prosecutors have decided not to file charges against him for allegedly snatching a woman’s cellphone in early February.

The phone’s owner, Christal Spann, was trying to take a photo of Brown outside a Miami Beach night club.

A memo released Friday afternoon concluded that no evidence existed to prove that Brown intended to steal the phone or that he deleted any photos.

To be charged with “robbery by sudden snatching” or “grand theft,” Brown must have had the requisite or specific criminal intent to ‘permanently deprive’ Spann of her property.”

Prosecutors concluded that Chris Brown did not have the intent to steal Christal Spann’s cellphone.

“The Miami Beach Police Department and my prosecutors have reviewed all of the evidence and taken the statements of numerous witnesses, many of whom were interviewed in California, and have determined we are not taking any type of criminal action regarding the incident,” concluded Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in a 10-page prepared memo.

In the memo, prosecutors stated that Brown tossed Spann’s phone from his limousine and that it was picked up by Devon Blanche, head of security for rapper Tyga.

Tyga and Brown had performed at the Cameo club earlier that night. Blanche tried to determine whether someone had lost the phone and ultimately took it to Atlanta during the rapper’s tour indicating in an interview that he intended to find its owner.

Criminal charges against Brown, 24, might have triggered a violation of his probation for his 2009 assault on his then girlfriend Rihanna. The two have recently collaborated on a new duet, “Nobody’s Business,” and have been spotted out together in recent weeks.

According to the memo, after Brown and Tyga had finished their performances, they departed for their hotel in separate limousines.

Witnesses told prosecutors that about 30 female fans gathered outside Brown’s vehicle, at least one of whom reached inside to take a photo. Brown was accompanied by at least two women in the limousines.

Tyga told prosecutors that he saw Brown throw a white cellphone out of the limousine.

Christal Spann stated that Brown used a derogatory term for women and said “this will not run the website” when he grabbed the phone. She began beating on the windows, according to the memo, until someone in the front seat told her the phone had been tossed out. She could not find it, however.

“She used to be a fan of Brown’s, but no longer,” the memo notes of Spann.

“The prosecution must prove that Chris Brown had the requisite or specific criminal intent to ‘permanently deprive’ Spann of her property,” stated John Contini, a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney and author of “Danger Road,” the true story of three drug dealers who in 1983 were brutally murdered by a police officer in the Florida Everglades. “This was quite challenging and I applaud the Miami-Dade State Attorney in conducting a thorough investigation of the case.”

Rundle stated that the investigation’s findings would be sent to probation officials in Los Angeles for review.

Bill Lewis is the principal of William E. Lewis Jr. & Associates and host of “The Credit Report with Bill Lewis” — a daily forum for business and financial news, politics, economic trends and issues on AM 740 WSBR in south Florida.

Chris Brown arrest imminent in Miami Beach robbery


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Prosecutors in Miami are continuing to investigate a woman’s claim that R&B singer Chris Brown stole her iPhone when she tried to take a picture of him.

In a story first reported by Gossip Extra, Jose Lambiet reported that Brown is facing a probable “robbery by sudden snatching” charge in Miami Beach after he allegedly snatched a fan’s iPhone outside the South Beach Cameo nightclub on February 19th.

According to a recently released offense incident report, Christal Shanne Spann was inside the Cameo nightclub when she spotted Brown and rapper Tyga exiting through a side door.  After Spann and her friends followed the pair outside, she took a photo of Brown in his Bentley with her white iPhone 4s.

Brown then rolled down the window, grabbed Spann’s iPhone, and yelled “Bitch, you ain’t going to put that on no website.”  He then allegedly rolled up his car window and drove away with the phone, worth about $500, Spann reported to police.

Five separate and independent witnesses confirmed Spann’s version of the robbery outside the popular South Beach nightclub.  “We’re waiting on the warrant,” said Miami Beach Police spokeswoman Deborah Doty. 

According to Gossip Extra, police and prosecutors are dragging their feet on an arrest of Brown.  So much so that a high ranking state attorney’s staff commented Wednesday, “Why didn’t the police grow a pair and arrest him when the complaint was drawn?”

On the record, prosecutors have indicated that the request for an arrest warrant required a complete reinvestigation of the case.

“Police have the power to make an arrest at the scene when they have probable cause,” said Ed Griffith, a spokesman for Miami-Dade State Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “But once they come to us, it brings a whole different approach. We’re re-interviewing every witness.

“This is not because Chris Brown’s famous. It’s about handling every case equitably.”

Robbery by sudden snatching is a third degree felony in Florida punishable by up to five years in state prison.  According to the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, a standard bond of $5,000 would be set upon Brown’s arrest. Absent a probation violation detainer, he would be released upon posting bond.

“The prosecution must prove that Chris Brown had the requisite or specific criminal intent to ‘permanently deprive’ Spann of her property,” said John Contini, a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney and author of “Danger Road” the true story of three drug dealers who in 1983 were brutally murdered by a police officer in the Florida Everglades.  “This may be quite challenging since the defense will no doubt suggest that Brown was only trying to delete his image from the media card within the phone, an image that was in fact his property and not hers.”

Contacted by phone late Wednesday, Spann declined comment citing the ongoing criminal investigation.  Despite two phone messages left for Brown’s criminal defense attorney, Mark Geragos, he has not responded for comment.

According to Gossip Extra, Brown was freaked out because a female fan was taking photos of him walking to his car holding two groupies.  Rapper Tyga told detectives: “The guy’s trying to get back with Rihanna, and he knows that wouldn’t happen if the photos ended up online!”

Brown is currently serving five years felony probation in California for the vicious 2009 beating of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.  On February 10th, his attorney Mark Geragos sought to end his probation citing “good behavior.”

While applauding his public service and good behavior, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli ruled that Brown would remain on probation reporting to an officer in his home state of Virginia.

Criminal charges in Miami may now send the popular R&B star to prison for up to four years simply on a violation of probation.

“Brown wouldn’t need to be convicted in the Miami-Dade case to have problems with his Los Angeles probation,” stated Jim Lewis, a former prosecutor and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney most noted for his defense in the Lionel Tate case. “The conditions of his felony probation are extremely strict. Brown must obey all laws and not be arrested or accused of any other crimes.  Just an accusation of robbery could send him to prison in California.”

The Credit Report with Bill Lewis: November 14th – 18th


Interesting guests and timely topics will be on AM 1470 WWNN the week of November 14th and The Credit Report with Bill Lewis.

Karin Hoffman from DC Works for Us will appear and discuss the Herman Cain Rally in Broward being held Wednesday at Wings Plus in Coral Springs.

Former prosecutor and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Jim Lewis will appear and discuss his candidacy for Broward State Attorney as the only Republican for this countywide office in 2012.

Foreclosure defense attorney Carlos Reyes will appear and discuss the latest developments in the “robo-signing” controversy and investigations started by the Florida Attorney General’s Office.

Chairman Richard Denapoli of the Broward Republican Party will appear and discuss the continuing commitment of the Broward Republican Executive Committee to ensure success in the 2012 presidential election as well as the upcoming holiday party.

Davie Mayoral candidate Mike Crowley will appear and discuss his candidacy for mayor and his plan to create jobs by attracting high-technology business to Davie.

Cooper City Commissioner John Sims will appear and discuss local politics and rumors surrounding a possible mayoral bid in 2012.

Florida’s 34th Senator and current U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux will discuss his candidacy in the Republican race to replace Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.

Tom Lauder of RedBroward will appear and discuss his political blog where “Making Broward See Red” is not such a hard job.

Talk show host and attorney Lisa Macci will appear and discuss her recent move to AM 1470 WWNN and “The Justice Hour with Lisa Macci.”

Criminal defense attorney John Contini will appear and discuss the importance of criminal history records sealing when seeking employment in tough economic times.

Republican Party of Broward County Executive Director Rico Petrocelli will appear and discuss initiatives to grow the local party and upcoming events.

The Credit Report with Bill Lewis is a daily forum for business and financial news, politics, economic trends, and cutting edge issues.  Bill can be heard weekday’s at 9 o’clock on AM 1470 WWNN in south Florida or by streaming audio at www.wwnnradio.com. Phone lines are open at (888) 565-1470.

This Week on The Credit Report with Bill Lewis


Interesting guests and timely topics will be on the air this Labor Day week on AM 1470 WWNN and The Credit Report with Bill Lewis.

For Labor Day, Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day will appear and discuss the recent resignation of RPOF chairman Dave Bitner as well as Presidency 5 later this month in Orlando.

Following Sharon, we will have appearances by Commander Michael Calderin of Broward County Crimestoppers, Tom Lauder of RedBroward where “Making Broward See Red” is not such a hard job, and Florida’s 34th U.S. Senator George LeMieux.

The rest of the week will feature:

Foreclosure defense attorney Carlos Reyes will appear and discuss the latest developments in the “robo-signing” controversy and investigations started by the Florida Attorney General’s Office.

Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti will appear and discuss CyberVisor, the agency’s version of Twitter, and other initiatives of the largest fully accredited law enforcement agency in America.

Talk show host and attorney Lisa Macci will appear and discuss her recent move to AM 1470 WWNN and “The Justice Hour with Lisa Macci.”

Chairman Richard Denapoli of the Broward Republican Party will appear and discuss Presidency 5 and his endorsement of Republican Party of Florida vice-chair Lenny Curry to succeed the outgoing Dave Bitner.

Cooper City Commissioner John Sims will appear and discuss the David Nall libel litigation against the city as well as other local business.

Criminal defense attorney John Contini will appear and discuss the importance of criminal history records sealing or expungement when seeking employment in tough economic times.

Republican Party of Broward County Executive Director Rico Petrocelli will appear and discuss initiatives to grow the local party and upcoming events.

The Credit Report with Bill Lewis is a daily forum for business and financial news, politics, economic trends, and cutting edge issues.  Bill can be heard weekday’s at 9 o’clock on AM 1470 WWNN in south Florida or by streaming audio at www.wwnnradio.com.  Phone lines are open at (888) 565-1470. 

This Week on The Credit Report with Bill Lewis


Interesting guests and timely topics will be on the air this week on AM 1470 WWNN and The Credit Report with Bill Lewis.

Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney David Singer will appear and discuss Tuesday’s “Up-the-River” Cruise on behalf of Jail and Bail as well as the Broward unit of the American Cancer Society.

Broward Republican Party Executive Director Rico Petrocelli will discuss Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell and her successful book signing last Thursday on behalf of the party at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale.  O’Donnell appeared to discuss her new book, “Troublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again.”

Florida’s 34th Senator and current U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux will appear and discuss his candidacy in the Republican race to replace Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.

Foreclosure defense attorney Carlos Reyes will discuss the latest developments and controversies surrounding the foreclosure crisis in Florida.

Davie Mayoral candidate Mike Crowley will appear and discuss his candidacy for mayor and his plan to create jobs by attracting high-technology business to Davie.

Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney John Contini will discuss the importance of the sealing or expungement of criminal history records when seeking employment in a tough economy.

Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti will appear and discuss Hurricane Preparedness and other initiatives of the largest fully accredited law enforcement agency in America.

Immediately following the Steve Kane Show on AM 1470 WWNN, The Credit Report with Bill Lewis is a daily forum for business and financial news, politics, economic trends, and cutting edge issues.  Bill can be heard weekday’s at 9 o’clock on AM 1470 WWNN in south Florida or by streaming audio at www.wwnnradio.com.  Phone lines are open at (888) 565-1470.