Only In Miami

A Cuban citizen needs Florida state law to get custody of his daughter.
The mentally unstable mother perjures herself at will.
The foster father made a living sneaking ballplayers away from Fidel Castro.
The state’s attorneys forget to bring case files to court.
Veteran lawyers are accused of hatching plans and fabricating evidence.

Oh, and the presiding judge channels Judge Judy.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Truth be known, we came very close to not staffing coverage of the trial we’ve come to call the Cuban Custody Case underway for a week now at the Dade County Courthouse. It was to be a fairly common child custody case, heartbreaking for those involved, but not too significant as news. I made the case to cover it for various reasons, not the least of which: the politics of Cuba and exile make even the common and simple, different and complex.

But no one could have ever guessed the case would devolve into a real-life telenovela.

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