Pence campaigns in Central Florida, with Trump to follow on Monday
ORLANDO, Fla. — Vice President Mike Pence held two rallies in Central Florida on Saturday, paving the way for President Donald Trump to campaign in the region on Monday.“The road to victory runs through Florida,” Pence told the crowd of more than 300 at the outdoor rally on a hot, sunny afternoon. The Latinos for Trump event was at Central Christian University in west Orlando.Pence praised Trump for supporting Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido against the country’s socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, and for reversing the openness measures the Obama administration had begun with Cuba’s go...
Rubio demands answers from Barr on sexual abuse, COVID response at Florida prison
MIAMI — Nearly nine months after demanding an investigation of allegations of rampant sexual abuse at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex exposed in a Miami Herald story, Sen. Marco Rubio says he still hasn’t gotten a “substantive response.”And he is not happy — especially since there is new cause for concern with COVID-19.On Thursday, Rubio, R-Fla., aired his grievances with the handling of the Sumter County complex — the largest prison facility in the federal system — in a letter to Attorney General William Barr.“I write with dissatisfaction that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has not suff...
Woman asked for compassionate release, but the prison refused. She just died of COVID-19
MIAMI — Tressa Clements pressed her hand to the ICU window and spoke through her tears.“Baby girl, I pray to God you would wake up,” she said to her child, lashed to a ventilator. “I want you to wake up.”That was Sunday evening — the penultimate day of Saferia Johnson’s life. Johnson, an inmate at the women’s work camp at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Sumter County, died the next morning, just after 10.The cause: COVID-19. She was 36.Johnson, a nonviolent inmate with two young sons, had petitioned the prison for compassionate release on home confinement. The prison had rejected the r...