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Sports agent pleads not guilty to Cuban player smuggling

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A Florida-based sports agent has pleaded not guilty to charges of involvement in a conspiracy to illegally smuggle Cuban baseball players into the U.S. A Miami federal magistrate judge on Monday also approved $300,000 bail allowing Bart Hernandez to be released pending trial. He is charged in a two-count indictment involving the smuggling from Cuba of Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin, who previously played for the Texas Rangers. The bail agreement with prosecutors also permits Hernandez to travel for agent…

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Today on Context Florida: Lucius Cornelius Sulla & Richard Corcoran, outside agency funding and MPO choices

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Today on Context Florida: Before Augustus and Marc Antony and before Julius Caesar, Spartacus, and everyone else you can barely remember from Latin class, Peter Schorsch says there was dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla. Florida House Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran is obviously not a Roman dictator, but like Sulla, he has made a long climb up through Florida politics to become speaker of the Florida House. This march hasn’t exactly been brutal, but it hasn’t been easy, either. Schorsch believes that what…

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