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Ex-Pahokee City Attorney Burnadette Norris Weeks Threatens To Silence Reporter, Again!

Burnadette Norris Weeks

Burnadette Norris Weeks leveled legal threats to stop REDBROWARD from covering her termination as the Pahokee City attorney. The threats came via a comment on our most recent story on the Pahokee matter. On Tuesday, REDBROWARD reported on last week’s chaotic City of Pahokee commission meeting where Norris Weeks attempted to provide legal advice to the very commissioners who “fired” her the week before.

On Thursday morning, Burnadette Norris Weeks left a comment on our report. Needless to say, she was not pleased that Broward readers learned of the chaos in Pahokee.

Norris Weeks claims the story is “utterly unacceptable and ridiculous.” She wrote, “Requesting that this be removed immediately. This is clearly an attempt to do anything to somehow discredit me with bits and pieces of a story.”

Then, Norris Weeks wrote, “You would not have a blog if it were not for targeting black people in leadership positions.”

By the way, what does Dale Holness have to do with my legal contract and a client,” Norris Weeks wrote.

Norris Weeks continued her attacks on our reporting. She wrote, “You Republican hitmen are unbelievable. Who is paying you.

Finally, Burnadette Norris Weeks insinuated future legal action against REDBROWARD. She wrote, “Perhaps I’ll find out in discovery. I’ve had enough.

This is not the first time Burnadette Norris Weeks threatened to silence REDBROWARD.


In February 2015, Burnadette Norris Weeks was unhappy with a REDBROWARD report about a Fort Lauderdale Commission candidate hosting an event at her offices. The original story was posted on the now defunct Daily Broward website.

Norris Weeks used similar language in a threatening email to the Daily Broward editor:

The purpose of this e-mail is to request that you remove all references to me on your website RedBroward. For some time, (along with a few others that you consider Black community leaders) I have been a target of your site. Research shows that Judy Stern is behind the malice and misinformation that you are constantly writing.

Your consistent attempts to taint my reputation leaves me no other choice than to reach out to you and request that you remove the derogatory comments throughout the RedBroward site. Your failure to do so will result in my seeking an injunction to shut down the site. Your attempts to contact my clients, taint my reputation through malicious posts and even target my computer has resulted in a loss of business — which is provable.

Why aren’t you targeting the millions of dollars that have been secured by non-Black business owners from the CRA? These folks do not live in the area and could care less about the people here. We received a relatively small amount of funding from the CRA compared to so many other businesses.

Again, kindly remove the untruthful posts or I will have no choice but to seek an injunction and sue personally. Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation!


The next day, Burnadette Norris Weeks sent another email. Once again, it contains similar themes as the ones used in her comments on the Pahokee story.

Norris Weeks wrote:

Again, I am asking that you remove the malicious references that are proving to be damaging to my longstanding good name and professional reputation.

While you and your partner have been paid to post this racist garbage and probably think it’s fun, let’s hope that the vultures are also planning to defend you.

While she’s no longer the city attorney in Pahokee, Burnadette Norris Weeks is still the city attorney for several south Florida municipalities including the City of Miramar.

In addition to hosting a public affairs show on local television every Sunday, Burnadette Norris Weeks is a frequent guest on the WPLG/ABC news program This Week In South Florida.

Wonder what Glenna Milberg and Michael Putney think about Burnadette Norris Weeks’ repeated attempts to silence this reporter?

Dale Holness joined Burnadette Norris Weeks on her public affairs television program

Democrat Consultant Pushing BSO Colonel As Sheriff Tony Replacement?

David Holmes, left, with former Sheriff Scott Israel

Law enforcement chat rooms were buzzing this week with news that a Democrat consultant is pushing a BSO Colonel to replace beleaguered Sheriff Gregory Tony. Several posts in the law enforcement forums website claimed consultant Judy Stern was trying to sell her contacts in Governor Ron DeSantis on naming Colonel David Holmes as Tony’s replacement. Sources told REDBROWARD that Tony could face charges and removal from office for failing to disclose his role in the 1993 murder of Hector Rodriguez of Philadelphia.

The website gossip claimed Holmes was already holding meetings with other BSO officers to set up a succession plan. Our sources claim Holmes did meet with other high-ranking BSO officials to discuss a myriad of issues including “redoing contracts that have been already awarded.”

Stern is a close ally and advisor to Broward State Senator Perry Thurston who is despised by the Parkland supporters of Sheriff Tony. The Parkland families have funded Broward First, a political committee, supporting Tony’s election. Would the Parkland families allow Stern to use this money to support Holmes?

Also, Stern is often an paid consultant for the Florida Democrat Party. Would the Parkland families allow Stern to use funds that may hurt Donald Trump and Republicans in November?

Here’s a Facebook post from September 2017 about David Holmes:

Major David Holmes, a former Miami Dolphins defensive back, has spent his life making a major difference on and off the field. When injuries hampered his NFL career, Major Holmes embarked on a career in law enforcement that led him to BSO in 1998.

“I always wanted to work in a profession where I could give back. Law enforcement was always a love of mine. Growing up in a small town in New Jersey, law enforcement was very well respected. The neighborhood looked up to the officers. I felt comfortable around them, so when my playing days were over, I knew this was something I wanted to do.“

In 2006, Major Holmes helped start F.A.S.T. Camp (Fitness, Agility, Strength, and Technique), a safe environment for young people in South Florida to learn the importance of responsibility, commitment and respect, as well as athletics. Several BSO deputies joined the camp as volunteers to help mentor.

To date, two F.A.S.T. participants have made it to the NFL and over 20 have made it to a Division I program.

“With hard work and discipline, number one at home, number two in the classroom and number three on the football field, they can be successful in life. Hopefully when I leave here one day, kids can say, ‘I remember Major Holmes, he made an impact on me and I’m successful in society because he helped me.’”

Asked if he gets recognized more as a defensive back for the Dolphins or a Major at BSO, Holmes says, “Definitely a Major at BSO!

Then in January 2019, Holmes got promoted by Sheriff Tony:

Congratulations to BSO veteran David Holmes, promoted by Sheriff Gregory Tony to Lieutenant Colonel.

In January of 1994, Lieutenant Colonel David Holmes began his law enforcement career with the Federal Bureau of Investigations as an intelligence analyst assigned to the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In 1996, he left the FBI and joined the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Diversion Investigator. In 1998, he joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office. During his career with BSO, he worked road patrol in the Central Broward district, served on the district’s Selective Enforcement Team and the detective bureau. In 2001, he was assigned to Internal Affairs where he worked both as a detective and sergeant before being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in December 2006. After his promotion to lieutenant, he was assigned to Lauderdale Lakes district as an operations lieutenant and later to the South Broward District where he served as executive lieutenant.

In early July 2010, he was promoted to the position of District Chief for BSO’s North Lauderdale district. In January 2013, he was promoted to Regional Major for the Department of Law Enforcement.

Lieutenant Colonel Holmes has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program, the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Officers Commanders Course and the Florida FBI National Academy Executive Development Seminar.

And Tony promoted Holmes again in September 2019:

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony believes in promoting from within and utilizing the talent that exists within the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Described as hard working and deserving, it’s no surprise that Sheriff Tony selected Colonel David Holmes to lead the Department of Law Enforcement (DLE).
Colonel Holmes joined BSO in 1998. He worked road patrol in the Central Broward District, served on the district’s Selective Enforcement Team and the detective bureau. He has continued rising through the ranks from regional major to Lieutenant Colonel for DLE and now on to Colonel for DLE.
Join us in congratulating Colonel Holmes on his promotion. We’re excited about the leadership talent and gifts he’s bringing to this new role.

Another Facebook Photo Flub For Sarahnell Murphy Campaign

Like many Broward residents, Sarahnell Murphy took to Facebook to thank first responders for their hard work as Hurricane Dorian approached South Florida. While we were spared the wrath of the storm, it’s commonplace to thank those in harm’s way. But Sarah Murphy is no ordinary resident. She wants to be the next Broward State Attorney.

And Murphy has a history of posting photo flubs on Facebook.

On Friday, the official Sarahnell Murphy campaign posted the following picture:

Just a simple “thank you” to first responders and linemen on a photograph of a south Florida beach, right?

If you look closely, you can see there is a sign on the building on the pier.

It reads “Flagler Beach.” Where is Flagler Beach?

Flagler Beach is about 257 miles north of Broward county.

Did the Murphy campaign use a stock photo of a Florida beach without recognizing the landmarks? Did they lift an actual “thank you” post intended for Flagler Beach first responders?

Did the Murphy campaign run this post by her big supporter Judy Stern?

Back in July, REDBROWARD exposed the Sarahnell Murphy campaign’s attempt to hide pictures of supporters like lobbyist Judy Stern and former Broward Health Chairman David DiPietro.

On July 11th, Murphy’s husband, Richard Merlino posted nearly forty photographs taken at a her fundraiser in Fort Lauderdale. Once again, it was the standard campaign Facebook post: smiling supporters enjoying drinks and conversation at Timpano restaurant on Las Olas. Just one big problem. Several photographs featured lobbyist Judy Stern.

Perhaps the naive Richard Merlino did not realize the political baggage Judy Stern can bring to a political campaign. Days earlier, Merlino posted a thank you message to Sarahnell Murphy’s campaign team which included Judy Stern.

When REDBROWARD shared Merlino’s photograph of Judy Stern chatting with David Di Pietro at Murphy’s event. Minutes later, the photograph was removed from Merlino’s original post.

According to Facebook, Richard Merlino deleted 35 photographs from his Murphy campaign post. All photographs of Stern and Di Pietro vanished. He also removed numerous tags he made of friends and supporters. The Judy Stern thank you message has disappeared as well.

Will Democrat voters support a candidate who cannot make error-free social media posts?