Public defender candidate Gary Ostrow...

Public defender candidate Gary Ostrow arrested on cocaine posse...

There are 34 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from May 9, 2008, titled Public defender candidate Gary Ostrow arrested on cocaine posse.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

While in Tallahassee on May 2 filing last-minute papers to run for Broward County public defender, criminal defense attorney Gary Ostrow was arrested on a charge of cocaine possession, according to a Florida ...

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 May 9, 2008
Good god. The truth is out. Lawyers are officially crooks.
does my vote count

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#2 May 9, 2008
Reality wrote:
Good god. The truth is out. Lawyers are officially crooks.
Actually, they are crooks and CRACKHEADS! and they still want to run the government. YIKES, thats scarry. Well,one thing can be said; A crackhead will always defend another crackhead. One big happy family!

Norwalk, CT

#3 May 9, 2008
yikes. if you wanna hang out you have to take her out:
Mike I ex-HPD


#4 May 9, 2008
Hey, howard Finklestein did it was caught, sentenced, temporarly disbarred, and went on to become the public defender so whats new? Next time a public defender tells his client on a drug case "I understand" they can say - "Help me Howard". Howard has the expereince in that are also.


#5 May 9, 2008
Not to worry. Mandatory Sentencing will not apply for him he's protected. Just a slap on the hand and Community Service.
Go Alex Go Alex GO

Jacksonville, FL

#6 May 9, 2008
Go Alex Arreaza! I knew the truth would come out but WOW that took no time at all did it. I don't really know why I'm so surprised tho.....We seem to always get the most messed up people running things in this Country. Change is what we need indeed!!!! Vote Alex Arreaza for Public Defender :)
concerned one

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#7 May 9, 2008
What's the big deal? Everybody knows that judges and lawyers use coccaine at their parties.
Hamas for Obama

Boca Raton, FL

#9 May 9, 2008
CLASSIC! Typical slant. They mention he is a republican but don't mention Frankenstein, the pony tailed midget, the incumbant, who also has drug problems is a democrat. Who cares what party they belong to. All attorneys are crooks.
Hamas for Obama

Boca Raton, FL

#10 May 9, 2008
Broward County has the most liberal judiciary in the state. On top of it most of the judiciary is on dope. Why do you think crime is so rampant?

Boynton Beach, FL

#11 May 9, 2008
He is now fully qualified to run for office in Broward. He should hire Finklestein as his lawyer.

United States

#12 May 9, 2008
Sure why not have a cocaine PD to run the office, The judicial system is screwed up enough anyway whats one more.Them good ole boys in Tallahassee will really feel special they caught one of the city fellers doing something wrong and I mean big time, this is the biggest ever, Ostrow, what a dumb stupid move. Enjoy yourself in the County Jail if you ever get out. Perry Mason, or Matlock to the Rescue.

Miami, FL

#13 May 9, 2008
Are there no candidates left to run for any public office that don't have a checkered past? Wow, I can't wait to leave So. Fla.

Memphis, TN

#14 May 9, 2008
Looks like Mr. Otrow better save that $200,000.00 for bail and fines… Or, maybe he can call Help Me, Howard!
Teri M

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#15 May 9, 2008
Another great role model for our kids to follow. No wonder the teens today act the way they do. They are just emulating what they see adults do.
Give Me A Break

Charlotte, NC

#16 May 9, 2008
Ostrow is no Republican. He only registered as one so he could face the Finkster in the fall.
Blatant Obviousness

Pompano Beach, FL

#17 May 9, 2008
Really irrelevant. Just look at Finkelstein. Drugs are a health issue, not a legal one. Legalize them and let's focus on real issues.
Broward PD

Las Vegas, NV

#18 May 9, 2008
"I hope he's OK, and I hope he deals with whatever he needs to deal with," Finkelstein said. "I'm just not the type of person to jump on somebody when they're down."

Pardon my guffaw. Did Howard actually say this? Finkelstein is a well known opportunist and extremely vindictive person in the legal community. The fact that he would even posit this statement in print is laughable.

Vero Beach, FL

#19 May 9, 2008
O.K. So the current public defender (Howard Finkelstein) is a convicted coke addict, and to make matters worse his Republican challenger (the Ostrich) is moving in that direction as well.

Can someone please explain to me if being a coke-head and a convict is part of the qualifications needed to become a Public Defender?

O.K. So that leaves Alex Arreaza as the only person, in this race, without a criminal record and who is not “HI” on some type of drugs.“Hmmm.”

Mr. Alex Arreaza, your problem is that you are just too good of an example to our children. Broward County residents will not vote for you. You just don’t meet the expectations of our corrupt and mindless Broward citizenry.
constitutional office

Boynton Beach, FL

#20 May 9, 2008
Go arreaza, the good one, it is amazing how much ostrow and finkelstein have in common, but does howie have a prescription drug problems and is it true howard is trying legalize pot, just a question to what has been said at restaurants. But I assume this is why they call it the public offender's office. I think people need to see if howard is allowed to stay on tv, the state atty can't, the judges can't, doesn't he hold the same type of constitutional office, please someone other than channel 7 or the public defender's office explain.

Hollywood, FL

#21 May 9, 2008
So the guy likes coke, big deal... There are human beings dying in Iraq from our tax money, and this is what we worry about?

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