Apr 7, 2022

Man Brutally Attacked While Withdrawing Money From Fort Lauderdale ATM

Kaplan said, "So, you’re in already in the process of that transaction, you walk away in the machine, or you take a pause, or you take a step away from the machine you let that person know that you’ve identified that person. Have your phone, start dialing 911, if that person starts to advance towards you push call."

Feb 28, 2022

Bridge tender investigated for manslaughter after 79-year-old woman fell to her death

"You're going to be able to see whether or not at the time, at that particular date and time, were they actually utilizing their phone, meaning were they texting, or actually engaged in a call, or involved in social media," criminal defense attorney Stuart Kaplan, who is not related to the case, said.

Feb 16, 2022

Almost 30 known gang members arrested in Palm Beach County since October

“How much of a dent in the gang operation locally will these arrests honestly make?” CBS 12 News reporter Andrew Lofholm asked former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan. “Short term, I think there’s going to be somewhat of a relief. People will feel safer in these neighborhoods. I think long term part of the problem is the effect on the younger generation coming up behind these individuals that were arrested, we have to get to those younger kids,” Kaplan said.

Feb 10, 2022

Nearly a year after man fatally shot on I-95, family still seeks answers

Stuart Kaplan, the attorney representing the other driver says his client acted in self-defense. "I understand why the Sheriff would try to go out and try to develop new leads, but our position still is the same. That my client was within his legal right and justified to use deadly force," Kaplan said.

Feb 2, 2022

Family of killed jogger feels driver received lenient sentence after deadly Jupiter crash

Stuart Kaplan reresenting Frank Flora

Nov 29, 2021

Police enlist help of federal, other law enforcement in Ryan Rogers death investigation

"I think given the gravity of the totality of the circumstances to which befell this young child, I think the police department needs to be a little more forceful, a little bit more vocal in allowing or letting the community know that there is a dangerous person living amongst us," Kaplan said.

Nov 23, 2021

Two local experts intrigued by what's not in Brian Laundrie's autopsy report

“That tells me that law enforcement is still actively investigating whether perhaps other crimes may have been committed,” Kaplan said. Kaplan said he believes investigators may be looking into whether anyone helped Laundrie escape police surveillance and stay hidden.

Nov 5, 2021

2 Riviera Beach police officers fired for body camera violations after suspect ends up beaten

Sometimes the lack of evidence is the evidence you need to prove your case," attorney Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI agent and a use-of-force specialist, said. "This idea that, because of the lack of body camera footage or recording is the reason why the state attorney's office would even decline prosecution, I find that to be almost incredulous.

Oct 29, 2021

Stuart Kaplan on Dan Abrams Live 10/29/21

Brian Raymond, a former CIA and State Department employee, is facing prison time after admitting to sexual assault and photographing women while they were unconscious. Attorney and former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan explains how this investigation will go.

Oct 22, 2021

Did Laundrie's parents face an ultimatum by the FBI?

Kaplan feels the FBI may have had enough evidence to charge Laundries' parents with obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact or lying to or misleading a federal agent.

Oct 5, 2021

CNN Don Lemon interviews Stuart Kaplan regarding Brian Laundrie's sister

Sep 30, 2021

Stuart Kaplan on CNN Don Lemon with Dave Aronberg State Attorney PBC

Sep 23, 2021

FBI helps conduct grid search of 25,000-acre wildlife reserve for Brian Laundrie

Retired FBI agent Stuart Kaplan told FOX 13’s Kimberly Kuizon that, despite the apparent lack of results, the massive search is not a lost effort as investigators work to zero in on something of substance. At this point, that may not be Brian Laundrie himself, but it could be something just as important.

Sep 22, 2021

Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan explains what tactics the search crews use

Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan explains what tactics the search crews use

Sep 21, 2021

Brian Laundrie disappearance: did police make a mistake?

"I just don't think local law enforcement has the manpower to keep someone in pocket, or keep someone under wraps 24 hours a day 7 days a week," Kaplan said. At the time Laundrie allegedly left for his hike last Tuesday, he was a person of interest in a missing person case, not a death investigation, Kaplan points out.

Sep 21, 2021

Former FBI agent details investigation into death of Gabby Petito

Stuart Kaplan believes the first step for FBI agents will be confirming that there actually is a case. “As obvious as we believe it is, we need to make sure that she did not die of natural causes,” said Kaplan, a former FBI agent who is now an attorney in Palm Beach County.

Sep 20, 2021

Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan talks about Gabby Petito case

"I think after an autopsy, very quickly they are going to be able to determine whether or not it is a homicide," Kaplan said. Kaplan points to a key focus for FBI investigators. "Time of death, in this particular case, is critical," he said.

Sep 20, 2021

Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan talks about Gabby Petito case

Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan, now a South Florida attorney, talked to WPTV on Monday about the Gabby Petito case. "I think after an autopsy, very quickly they are going to be able to determine whether or not it is a homicide," Kaplan said. Kaplan points to a key focus for FBI investigators. "Time of death, in this particular case, is critical," he said.

Sep 19, 2021

Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabby Petito

Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI special agent, told he believes the case will now be “quickly resolved or solved” because of the resources the FBI has. “That is where the FBI is at its best because of their ability to bring in resources that, quite frankly, the local and state law enforcement agencies do not have,” Kaplan said.

Sep 10, 2021

20 Years After 9/11, Are We Safer? Experts Say Yes

Stuart Kaplan, an attorney and former FBI agents, believes Americans are safer since 9/11 but he worries the sudden pullout of American troops from Afghanistan could be a game-changer, providing fertile ground for terrorists to once again plot attacks on the United States. “I think the abrupt pullout from Afghanistan is posing a significant threat which I see as an imminent threat to our allies abroad and here in the United States,” said Kaplan, who heads a global security and risk assessment company.

Sep 7, 2021

Attacks On 9/11 Have Dramatically Changed How We Fly, But Has Enough Been Done To Keep You Safe?

“The layer of security that is visible and, probably more importantly not visible, to the general public has increased exponentially since 9/11,” said former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan.

Aug 29, 2021

First of three trials for murder cases starts

“There is not one size fits all,” said Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI special agent who practices criminal defense law from offices in Palm Beach Gardens and Orlando.

Jun 14, 2021

Could 'red flag' law have helped law enforcement prevent Publix shooting

"Any and all weapons that may be in possession of that person and also prevents that person from going out and purchasing or acquiring a weapon from any other individual that would be punishable in criminal contempt," Stuart Kaplan, a defense attorney and former FBI special agent, told WPTV.

May 20, 2021

Florida court system facing massive backlog of cases

“They’re sitting there in jails and they’re going to languish for months and years until they get their day in court,” Kaplan added. “We know because history has proven that there are sitting in jail, right now, awaiting trial who haven’t committed the crime that they have been accused of.”

May 13, 2021

25 AR-15 Rifles Missing From Miami Police Department’s Inventory

“The city of Miami Police Department is a large police agency, they are responsible for thousands of thousands upon pieces of property, so this is just one prime example of property that unfortunately is unaccounted for,” said Stuart Kapman, a former FBI Special Agent. Kaplan believes the likely whereabouts of the missing guns does not have a nefarious twist. “Eventually it will turn out that it’s more of an administrative internal paperwork processing, meaning failure inside administratively,” said Kaplan.

May 10, 2021

PBSO, prosecutors cleared after probe in Epstein plea deal

Current Attorney and former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan says what caught his eye was the lack of search warrants, subpoenas, or a grand jury in the investigation. He says it appears FDLE solely depended upon the cooperation and memory of those involved. "I say the quality of this investigation, I mean thoroughness of this investigation, is quite incomplete and should not be relied upon as a basis to determine whether or not any criminal violations were in fact committed during the Jeffrey Epstein investigation," he says.

Apr 17, 2021

Taser death reignites questions about need for taser design, FL law enforcement weighs in

Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI Agent who now works as an attorney specializing in law enforcement excessive force cases, believes the key is in training, repetition, and muscle memory. Tasers are supposed to be positioned on the non-dominant side of an officer's belt forcing an officer to reach over with their dominant hand in the even they have to use it. He suggests training officers so they only discharge the taser using their non-dominant hand. But he also believes nothing can fully stop human error and mistakes.

Apr 16, 2021

BSO Deputy Shoots, Kills Knife-Wielding Man Outside North Lauderdale Strip Mall

Stuart Kaplan a former FBI agent and legal analyst says while you can’t second guess the deputy’s response. There may have been alternatives to bringing the incident to a different conclusion. Sacks was cutting himself in the store and Kaplan says it was a cry for help

Apr 8, 2021

Arrest of PBSO corrections deputies shines light on struggle between jails and contraband

"Correctional institutions unfortunately deal with it every single day," said Stuart Kaplan, a Palm Beach County defense attorney and former FBI agent. Kaplan is not connected to this case, but has clients in the jail and is often one of their few points of contact with the outside world.

Feb 2, 2021

Former agent sheds light on danger of job following fatal FBI shooting

Former agent Stuart Kaplan knew one of the victims from working in Miami for 15 years. He explains how search warrants are meticulously planned, but can quickly take a dangerous turn. “It’s a sobering reminder that the men and women that are involved in law enforcement it can be a very dangerous job,” he said. “Dan and Laura are just optimize the degree of professionalism.”

Jan 27, 2021

West Palm Beach man faces federal charges for voter disinformation campaign in 2016 election

"[We're] now realizing you can really influence and utilize those platforms to disseminate false information, misleading information or to invoke or incite people to carry out acts of violence," said Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI agent and Palm Beach County attorney. "There is a large contingency of individuals throughout the unites states who are willing to travel and assemble and even get to the point to invoke violence."

Jan 27, 2021

DHS warns of violent extremists as more Floridians are arrested in Capitol insurrection

"This is a very sophisticated attempt to obviously influence, not nescesarily propaganda, but actually influence someone's vote so that they think it was cast but was never actually legally cast," Kaplan told Contact 5 in a brief phone interview. "I have to tell you, it's pretty scary. ... You take this one type of scenario, and you wonder how many of the people they [law enforcement] can properly identify."

Jan 7, 2021

Former FBI special agent describes security failures at U.S. Capitol

"One of the obvious foreseeable contingencies was the potential for violence. And so how do we neutralize that violence? How do we neutralize that mob mentality of overtaking the Capitol?" Kaplan said. "Well, first push back the perimeter much further back, erected fences and barriers. We have what they call those jersey barriers. Those are concrete barriers. We have armored personnel.We have military type of vehicles."

Dec 27, 2020

Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan analyzes Nashville bombing

As law enforcement agencies continue to map out the crime scene of the Nashville Christmas bombing, former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan said video surveillance will likely be what leads to a criminal arrest.

Dec 23, 2020

Monroe County deputy reaches $200K settlement with US after post-Irma incident involving 2 ATF agents

Stuart Kaplan, attorney: “By virtue of the fact that the United States government through the Treasury Department had to come out of pocket with six figures, I think that speaks volumes for holding these two agents accountable.”

Sep 2, 2020

What is a 'Stand Your Ground' law in Florida?

“If I believe reasonable believe that [someone] is coming towards me and serious bodily injury and its imminent that he’s going to cause death, I am justified in preventing him from hurting me or killing me,” Kaplan explained.

Aug 14, 2020

Can of Busch beer gives key clue in cold case murder arrest

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment for local law enforcement," said Kaplan. “Now with the advancement of technology, they’re able to now extract even the smallest of a DNA that may have been left behind,"

July 22, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic tests patience and constitutional rights

Florida defense attorney Stuart Kaplan represents three defendants whose trials are stalled. "My biggest concern is when I have cases that come down to eye witness testimony," he said. "People's memory can sometimes be changed or forgetful and so what we have been doing is we have utilized more private or investigative resources to go out and secure that kind of testimony that we think may be changed or lost."

Jan 27, 2020

Case against ex-Marine raises presidential security questions at airport

“You would have to wonder, was this perhaps a test run, a trial run, to see how far he could get?” asked former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan, who’s now a private attorney in Palm Beach Gardens.

Jan 9, 2020

Broward County man threatened to kill President Trump in Facebook Live video, authorities say

A Broward County man faces federal charges for allegedly making death threats against President Donald Trump in response to the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, according to court records.

Jan 8, 2020

Stuart Kaplan Weighs in on Iran WPBF 25

Dec 9, 2019

Gun law loopholes examined after Pensacola attack

Former FBI Agent Stuart Kaplan believes it was a provision that allows student immigrants with an I-94 form to purchase firearms. "Just by virtue of having that legal status here through the immigration process as an exchange student, he has the ability to purchase a firearm," Kaplan said.

Nov 19, 2019

Prisons chief says FBI looking at possible 'criminal enterprise' in Epstein death

Attorney Stuart Kaplan, who represents Whidden’s three children in the civil suit that was to go to trial Monday, said Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is angry because Rigney filed a whistleblower’s lawsuit against him. “Criminal enterprise basically means something outside a single person benefitting or contributing to the overall criminal conduct,” said former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan, who now practices criminal defense and civil law in Palm Beach Gardens.

Nov 1, 2019

Judge delays trial over fatal PBSO shooting after heated hearing

Attorney Stuart Kaplan, who represents Whidden’s three children in the civil suit that was to go to trial Monday, said Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is angry because Rigney filed a whistleblower’s lawsuit against him. But, Kaplan insists, the whistleblower lawsuit infected the agency’s willingness to defend Rigney’s actions in Whidden’s death. “They were trying to get him to recant his testimony,” Kaplan said. “It was a quid pro quo to get him to play ball with them in connection with his whistleblower lawsuit.”

Oct 4, 2019

Conversion therapy ban overturned in Tampa could impact Palm Beach County

"The City of Tampa can no longer enforce that ordinance and thereby any mental health professionals practicing therapy in connection with conversion can do so lawfully," attorney Stuart Kaplan said.

Oct 1, 2019

South Florida sheriff’s deputy says 2 ATF agents assaulted him

Stuart Kaplan, Attorney: “There is no doubt these two guys should be fired. They probably should be criminally prosecuted and certainly held responsible and accountable for their actions.”

Sep 25, 2019

Florida Senate special master: Reinstate Broward sheriff

Israel’s attorney, Stuart Kaplan, said he was pleasantly surprised by the decision. He said he was grateful Goodlette’s opinion stemmed from the law and not the emotions surrounding the shooting. “His conclusions were based on the facts and on the evidence and not anything else,” Kaplan said.

Aug 22, 2019

Hotel cook in California held on $500,000 bail after police say he threatened to kill employees, guests

Long Beach police say the suspect had multiple weapons, an assault rifle, tactical gear, dozens of high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammo.

Aug 6, 2019

FBI director warns lone gunmen are one of our biggest threats

"Seemingly, they are by homegrown U.S. citizens and acting in a lone wolf capacity, so the alarms are sounding and our government is becoming more and more concerned because when you think about post 9/11, our focus was oversees, and we were so concerned about who was going to come into our country and attack us next, and it is seemingly ironic how the pendulum has turned and now we are more concerned about one of us turning against our own," said Stuart Kaplan, former FBI agent.

July 26, 2019

Criminal charges could be elusive in probe of Epstein work release

“The public deserves to understand what happened,” said former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan, who now practices criminal defense and civil law in Palm Beach Gardens.

July 24, 2019

FBI wants public, law enforcement to identify signs someone is planning act of extremist violence

"Law enforcement really thought that they could basically do it alone without necessarily the public's input. What we have seen evolve certainly past 9-11, this is a group effort," said Stuart Kaplan, former FBI Special Agent.

July 8, 2019

Prosecutors outline new underage sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein

Mega-millionaire and part-time Palm Beacher Jeffrey Epstein on Monday entered a plea of not guilty on new charges of sex trafficking minors.

June 27, 2019

Jury decides to spare man convicted in Super Bowl triple homicide

“As of 2017, Florida reenacted a new death penalty statute which requires a total unanimous verdict, meaning that all 12 jurors must agree on the imposition of death,” Kaplan said.

June 19, 2019

Florida Senate Hearing Held To Determine Former BSO Sheriff Scott Israel's Future

The Florida Senate begins a hearing Tuesday in Tallahassee regarding the future of suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

June 19, 2019

Florida Senate Holds Hearing On Former BSO Sheriff Scott Israel's Future

The Florida Senate began a hearing Tuesday in Tallahassee regarding the future of suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

June 18, 2019

Embattled Sheriff Scott Israel fights for his job

Stuart Kaplan & Benedict Kuehne speak on behalf of Scott Israel.

June 14, 2019

Court ruling sets stage for trial in 2016 PBSO shooting of mentally ill man

Attorney Stuart Kaplan, who is representing Whidden’s three children, his longtime girlfriend and his parents in the lawsuit, said he was not surprised the court upheld last year’s decision by U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks.

June 14, 2019

Prosecutors say DNA evidence links defendant to Jupiter triple murder

“So when you talk about Vorpagel, clearly I’m not so sure that I would consider him the star witness,” said former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan, who now practices criminal defense law in Palm Beach Gardens. “The star of this case is what a great job the Jupiter Police Department did in collecting the forensic evidence. We know Vasata had one of the two black gloves on his person. And then later on they discovered the black glove in the Honda."

June 12, 2019

Feds consider national security case against woman accused of trespassing into Mar-a-Lago

Federal prosecutors are developing a potential national security case against the 33-year-old Chinese woman accused of trespassing into Mar-a-Lago, the Miami Herald reported.

June 11, 2019

Stricter security at Mar-a-Lago as judge sets trial date for alleged intruder

“The Secret Service has certainly ratcheted up the level of security,” former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan said. “Certainly a drastic change from where it was several months ago.”

May 28, 2019

College freshman sneaks into Mar-a-Lago during presidential visit, documents show

“The seriousness really has to be appreciated that this is where the president is,” former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan said. “Obviously it was a somewhat failure by the secret service,” Kaplan said. “It can’t ever be a perfect world , because we’re left to humans to control the access points."

May 17, 2019

Pressure on FBI to release Florida election hacking information

Former FBI Special Agent Stuart Kaplan said investigators must have good reason for keeping the information private. "They don't want to expose their methods, and who they may be looking at [in an ongoing investigation]," Kaplan said.

April 29, 2019

Another judge rules no spa video release yet; expert sees trouble with video as evidence

“I think that there are some serious problems,” said former longtime FBI agent Stuart Kaplan, who now practices law in Palm Beach Gardens.

March 7, 2019

Suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Sues Florida Governor Ron DeSantis To Get Job Back

Kaplan is asking a Broward County Judge to determine that Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to remove Israel from office in early January infringed on the rights of Broward voters. “Our right to vote is such an inherent, fundamental right that you don’t want to take away the democratic process from the individual voters,” Kaplan told CBS4’s Carey Codd.

Jan 9, 2019

Florida newspaper calls for the removal of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his handling of the Parkland shooting

In a statement to Fox News, Israel's attorney Stuart Kaplan said that they "have received no official word from the Governor or his office on any position with respect to the removal or suspension of the Sheriff." "The Sheriff has been steadfast to ensure his command staff and all the men and women in the BSO know that his commitment and dedication is unwavering," the statement continued. "He is focused on protecting and serving the citizens of Broward County."

Oct 27, 2018

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Oct 26, 2018

Good Morning Britain Interview with Form FBI Special Agent Stuart Kaplan

Oct 24, 2018

Former FBI agent weighs in on suspicious packages intercepted

“The fact that these packages have been intercepted and that we’ve been able to neutralize any potential casualties speaks volumes to the efforts of law enforcement,” Kaplan said. Luckily, no one has been injured by any of the explosive devices, but Kaplan said that certainly wasn’t the intent.

Oct 4, 2018

Former FBI Agent Breaks Down Background Investigations

Former FBI Agent Stuart Kaplan has been a part of numerous FBI Investigations for White House appointees. He joins PM Tampa Bay to explain how these background checks work and give his thoughts on the investigation of Kavanaugh. The biggest difference between this particular FBI investigation and other criminal investigations is that it is completely controlled by the White House. FBI agents doing the background investigations also have no way to compel people to cooperate through subpoenas. Every interview is voluntary. Kaplan says this investigation is contracted from the White House to the FBI. The White House dictates the details of the investigation to them, including who to interview and, in some instances, what questions to ask.

Oct 3, 2018

Stuart Kaplan on Shepard Smith Reporting 10/3/18 | Fox News Today October 3,2018

Lawmakers to lock FBI Kavanaugh report in safe, Several senators undecided on Kavanaugh vote, FBI nears completion of Kavanaugh investigation,

Oct 3, 2018

Fox News Afternoon Update: October 3, 2018

Former FBI Special Agent Stuart Kaplan gives us an inside look at how the agency investigates nominees like Brett Kavanaugh.

Aug 27, 2018

Security concerns arise for upcoming video game tournament after Jacksonville shooting

When the shots rang out during an online video game tournament in Jacksonville, some gamers ran. Others were shot before they could get away. Other gamers will gather to compete at the Microsoft Store this weekend for a tournament Friday and Saturday. “Have a plan in place if God forbid the worst case scenario happens,” Kaplan said.

July 5, 2018

Scott Israel's attorney denies report Broward sheriff will be removed from office

Attorney Stuart Kaplan went on a WFTL-850 morning show to address an unconfirmed report by right-wing blogger Laura Loomer, who claimed that Gov. Rick Scott would remove Israel from office when the FDLE report is released. "What you have reported is completely false," Kaplan told Loomer, who was also a guest on the show.

June 28, 2018

CNN Tonight With Don Lemon (11PM) June 28, 2018

Stuart Kaplan guest on CNN Don Lemon

June 22, 2018

FBI study reveals majority of active shooters planned attack for a week or more

“If we are saying something to local law enforcement are they within, do they have the right resources? Or the tools at their disposals that they can go out and actually interview someone,” added Kaplan. Kaplan said in some cases, red flags reported to law enforcement are not concrete enough to have the person detained.

June 8, 2018

Charges dismissed for mentally challenged man Aldo Alvarez accused of burglary, shot by PBSO deputy

"The prolonged vindictiveness of this case lingering for five years is very disappointing," said Stuart Kaplan, Alvarez's attorney. "Mental illness is not a crime. This particular case was treated as if Aldo was a criminal." PBSO agreed to settle a federal lawsuit with Alvarez, awarding him $300,000. Alvarez was also awarded $300,000 from McGehee’s homeowner insurance policy.

May 26, 2018

Four years later, alleged assault by Sheriff Israel's son becomes a news story

Stuart Kaplan, a private attorney for Sheriff Israel, said the case was handled appropriately. "There was absolutely not one scintilla of preferential treatment given to Brett Israel," Kaplan said. "What happened in this situation is absolutely consistent with good police work." Kaplan said the incident becoming public could have "devastating consequences" on Brett Israel's life. Israel attends Florida Atlantic University, according to his LinkedIn page. "To tar and feather him because some people think his father is not the leader they thought he was is terribly unfair," Kaplan said. "Brett Israel is an innocent party in this as well." Read more here:

May 15, 2018

Florida man vanishes on Caribbean surf trip under mysterious circumstances; family suspects foul play

"There has been some rumors and some conjecture as to whether or not Darryl was being held against his will, and whether or not a ransom was required to have been paid," Kaplan tells Crime Watch Daily. "One of the theories is whether or not Matt returned to the United States to retrieve cash to return to the Dominican Republic, only to find that unfortunately Darryl had already been murdered."

May 14, 2018

Air Force investigating after man gains access to South Florida military base; says it was a “prank”

Stuart Kaplan: “You never want to have anybody come onto an Air Force base, or any sort of military installation, because we maintain top secret type of information, equipment.”

April 30, 2018

South Florida woman hit by deputy's vehicle wins lawsuit against Palm Beach Co. Sheriff's Office

The deputy was responding to a call and didn't have the vehicle's lights and siren on when speeding through the parking lot. "You can't really accept responsibility unless you show your accountability, and that's really what this case was all about," said attorney Stuart Kaplan. Robinson will receive more than $62,000 to cover medical expenses.

April 23, 2018

Man convicted in cold case rape faces second trial

“That DNA evidence is just as powerful as a fingerprint,” said Stuart Kaplan, Palm Beach Gardens-based attorney and former FBI agent. Kaplan said even if there were a transfer or contamination of evidence, it wouldn’t change the fact MacLean was the major source of the DNA in the stain on the jeans. “It’s like that fingerprint, it’s all you need,” Kaplan said. “There is really no way to explain it.”

April 23, 2018

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s Lawyer, Stuart Kaplan

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who touted his own “amazing leadership” after the Parkland school shooting, is facing a no-confidence vote from the union representing his deputies. We speak with Stuart Kaplan, Isreal’s lawyer.

April 20, 2018

Legalized Marijuana

Stuart Kaplan joins the panel at 850 WFTL. With today being 4/20, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the issue of legalized marijuana. Comment below to join the conversation!

March 28, 2018

Lake Worth’s Gulfstream Hotel developers hit with racketeering lawsuit

“The defendants have engaged in a pattern of fraud to induce our clients to invest in projects in Lake Worth like The Gulfstream Hotel,” said Stuart Kaplan, a managing partner at Kaplan & Parker, the Palm Beach Gardens law firm that applied the suit. “We believe this is not an isolated event, and it’s a pattern of behavior that has been ongoing for some time.”

March 27, 2018

Judge refuses to grant mistrial for widow of Pulse nightclub shooter

Judge refuses to grant mistrial for widow of Pulse nightclub shooter

March 14, 2018

FBI had been investigating stabbing suspect for a year

Stuart Kaplan interviewed on teenager involved in stabbing in Ballen Isles

Feb. 28, 2017

Document outlines more local activities of accused arms trafficker

“Either they’re going to be used for the drug trade, or for people that are engaged in lawlessness, or perhaps they’re going from Brazil to Syria, or to Iran,” said Stuart Kaplan, former FBI agent, now an attorney based in Palm Beach Gardens. Kaplan said potential scenarios like these are why the United States requires licensing of arms exporters.

Feb. 27, 2018


Stuart Kaplan guest on CNN Don Lemon

Feb. 21, 2017

Gun store tied to accused Parkland shooter is 'temporarily' closed

Stuart Kaplan, an attorney who represents the business owners says the decision to close temporarily is for two reasons: respect and concerns about internet threats. The Broward Sheriff's Office says Nicolas Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 he used to gun down 17 students from this store. "They are very very respectful and sympathetic and they are also grieving, as all of us should be," Kaplan said.

Feb. 17, 2017

Former FBI agent: Even with mistake, continue to 'See Something, Say Something'

Even with Friday's announcement by the FBI, that a potentially vital tip slipped through the cracks, former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan says it's important that the public continue to follow "See something, Say something." “Many, many occasions where someone has seen something and they have said something, local, state and federal law enforcement has gone out, we haven't heard about it, and I can tell you without any hesitation or reservation we are safer. It's not a perfect science...mistakes are going to be made."

Feb. 17, 2018

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Stuart Kaplan guest on CNN Don Lemon

Feb. 16, 2018

Parkland school shooter bought rifle from Sunrise Tactical Supply last year

Sunrise Tactical Supply owners Michael and Lisa Morrison closed the store Thursday. They are represented by attorneys Stuart Kaplan and Douglas Rudman. More Parkland School Shooting Headlines Timeline of shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Who were the victims of the Parkland school shooting? Sea of candles fills park during Parkland school shooting vigil "The purchase of the AR-15 to Nikolas Cruz took place on Feb. 11, 2017," attorney Stuart Kaplan told reporters. Kaplan said Cruz returned seven days later to pick up the rifle, which came with a magazine.

Feb. 15, 2018

Gun shop owners distraught over selling rifle to ‘maniac’ who killed 17 at school

Stuart Kaplan, an attorney representing the corporate entity, Sunrise Tactical Supply, said shop owners ensured that Cruz filled out a firearms transactions record form, called an ATF Form 4473, that is issued by the Department of Justice. He included a copy of his driver’s license, his name, address, date of birth, sex, height, weight, and answered “no” to questions about whether he had been adjudicated for mental illness or whether he had been institutionalized for mental health illness, Kaplan said. “What I understand is that was answered appropriately,” said Kaplan, who is a lawyer with Palm Beach Gardens-based Kaplan and Parker. “I think the bigger question is: We know that he suffered from some sort of mental health illness. I guess we need to decide or find out whether or not he was being treated ...and I think that loophole is whether or not a mental health professional who is treating an individual should have some sort of reporting requirement or is there some sort of database that would collect this information so that in an event that a particular person would go to purchase a weapon, we could at least screen them?”

Feb. 15, 2018

Nikolas Cruz passed background check, including mental health question, to get AR-15 rifle

Stuart Kaplan, an attorney representing the business, called for raising the age to 21 to purchase an AR-15 style weapon, but he said the law allowed for the weapon to be legally sold to a teenager at the time of sale.

Feb. 15, 2017

Gun store says school shooter 'fell through the cracks

Stuart Kaplan, an attorney representing the corporate entity, Sunrise Tactical Supply, said Cruz filled out a firearms transactions record form - an ATF Form 4473 which is issued by the Department of Justice. Cruz answered 'no' to questions about whether he had been adjudicated for mental illness or whether he had been institutionalized for mental health illness. Kaplan, who is an attorney with Palm Beach Gardens-based Kaplan and Parker, said: 'What I understand is that was answered appropriately.

Feb. 12, 2018

Husband of missing woman scheduled for court hearing

Lewis Bennett, the husband of a woman reported missing at sea, is scheduled to be sentenced in court for transporting gold and silver next week. Bennett is potentially facing ten years in prison. Bennett’s family have been writing letters to the judge about the couples’ daughter asking for leniency since her mother is still missing.

Feb. 7, 2018

MS-13 members targeting our schools, Trump remarks at round table

“The gang activities are now in our high schools, even in our middle schools,” Stuart Kaplan said, defense attorney and former FBI agent. “It’s interfering with children who want to go to school, and want to get an education. Unfortunately, they’re in fear because they are being targeted and that is a major problem."

Dec. 7, 2017

Inside the files of an officer charged with grand theft

Use of force investigations popped up nine different times in West Palm Beach Police officer Zachary Immler’s records. Eight of them were cleared, but in one of those investigations he’s accused of beating Attorney Stuart Kaplan’s Client Keenoen Stafenie in 2012. “Officer Zachary Immler to his own admission said with a closed fist, he basically as a hammer came down and struck him [Stafenie] I think five or six times,” said Kaplan.

Dec. 4, 2017

FactChecking Trump’s Criticism of the FBI

In a phone interview, Hunt told us he did not experience any instances of FBI agents placing someone under oath during an interview in his seven years at the agency. Stuart N. Kaplan, a former FBI agent for nearly 11 years who is now a lawyer in private practice, separately told us the same thing.

“When conducting interviews subjects/targets and or witnesses are NOT put under oath,” Kaplan said in an email. “As long as an FBI agent properly identifies him or herself and it’s in the official capacity of his job lying to that agent under 18 UCC 1001 is a crime.”

Kaplan emphasized that the false statements “must be intentional or intentionally misleading” for the subject to be charged with a crime. Clark noted that the false statement must be “material” to the investigation.

Dec. 2, 2017

850 TV: Illegal Immigrant Not Guilty In The Murder Of Kate Steinle

Nov. 17, 2017

NEW: Russian couple’s spat reveals financial deals, disputes, lawsuits

Stuart Kaplan stood next to Natalia and made a stunning claim: that his client and her husband fought because Ilia Mogilevsky had taken Natalia’s cellphones, obtained bank account passwords from them and cleaned out the couple’s accounts of $110,000. “There’s an ongoing investigation right now,” Kaplan told The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday. He did not say by whom or otherwise elaborate.

Nov 2, 2017

Attorney of man killed by Martin County deputy says evidence is missing, destroyed

Kaplan says as he has been preparing for the lawsuit, he has not been able to get his hands on a couple pieces of key evidence, he says. That includes an aerial map, which Kaplan says Warren would have used to mark where he was in location to the victim at the time of the shooting. “That map, we believe, is very critical because we believe it was inconsistent with the physical evidence that was left behind,” Kaplan said.

Oct 16, 2017

No charges will be filed in deadly deputy-involved shooting

Attorney Stuart Kaplan says he just received a letter from the state attorney's office to palm beach county sheriff Rick Bradshaw stating they will not pursue charges against deputy Justin Rigney for shooting and killing Ricky Whidden last year. the letter is dated september13. I was never optimistic for-- that the outcome was going to be that the state attorney was going to file charges against Justin Rigney. I never hoped or thought that would happen.

Oct 12, 2017

Parents plan to file suit against The King's Academy Preschool after alleged 'force-feeding'

"We thought they were going to do the right thing. It's King's Academy, it's what they stand for, their Christian faith," said Jamie Cleary, the mother of the child involved.

Sept 26, 2017

PBSO sued after West Palm Beach man shot in the face

Kaplan claims surveillance video shows Cabrera put himself in harm's way, " making the conscious decision to park his patrol car on one side of the only available lane ... thereby causing a road block scenario." Showing Contact 5 the video, Kaplan claims it "completely shows that this deputy exited his vehicle and ran approximately 30 yards toward the direction of the vehicle that was now coming back out of the parking lot. There is a general rule you do not shoot at moving vehicles," said Kaplan.

Sept. 19, 2017

Shot in the face by deputy, West Palm Beach man sues PBSO

Attorney Stuart Kaplan, who is seeking an unspecified amount of damages for Jett, said the location of shell casings and video of the incident belie Cabrera’s claims. “Clearly, no other conclusion can be drawn than Cabrera fired from a position out of the path of Jett’s (vehicle) and that Cabrera continued to fire his weapon at Jett’s vehicle after it was passing him,” Kaplan wrote in the 39-page lawsuit.

July 11, 2017

Family suing over deputy-involved fatal shooting

Family suing over deputy-involved fatal shooting

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