A witness box occupies the center of the courtroom. Five judges in long black robes listen to testimony. The defendant watches from the front row of the gallery with an armed guard at his side. There is no jury. This is how justice operates in Cuba’s socialist system. Or at least that is what Florida prosecutors gleaned from a murder trial in Havana that was groundbreaking on several fronts: The star witness was a detective from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office; the defendant was a Cuban national accused of shooting a Jupiter Farms doctor in the head before he fled to the island, and a Florida prosecutor helped prepare the Cuban prosecution team for trial.

Recent Articles

Date Title
8/31/18 Cuba hardliner to be elevated to key White House post on Latin America
Franco Ordóñez, McClatchy DC Bureau
8/30/18 This Florida murder case was tried in Cuba. And local prosecutors got to watch
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
8/30/18 Current Record
8/30/18 U.S. says Cuba is safer now, but there are still plenty of rules for traveling Americans
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
8/30/18 Cold War 2018? North Korea and China Build Relations with Cuba
Tom O'Connor, Newsweek
8/27/18 Cuba’s New Constitution Won’t Fix Its Economy
Mac Margolis, Bloomberg
8/24/18 U.S. State Department softens travel advisory on Cuba
8/24/18 Why Cuba’s Missing Out on Asia’s Big-Spending Tourists
Kristine Servando, Bloomberg
8/22/18 Trump administration detains Cuban reporter who says he’s accused of being U.S. agent
Franco Ordoñez, Miami Herald
8/22/18 U.S. Government Has Plans to Spread Hidden Facebook Propaganda in Cuba
Jerry Iannelli, Miami New Times
8/22/18 U.S. Coast Guard intercepts boat with 21 Cubans
Andrea Torres, WPLG Local 10
8/20/18 Cuba's Legal Landscape Quiet Amid Obstacles on Both Sides
Dan Packel, Daily Business Review
8/20/18 Cuban farmers shrug off promise of private ownership
Chris Arsenault, Thomson Reuters Foundation
8/20/18 In fatal car-crash case, mystery witness gets to testify by WhatsApp — from Cuba
David Ovalle, Miami Herald
8/20/18 New report details impact of a stripped-down U.S. Embassy in Havana after health incidents
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
8/17/18 For 9 Hours, Cubans Got Internet in an Unusual Place: Everywhere
Sandra E. Garcia, The New York Times
8/16/18 Cuba and Canada Sign Agreement to Fight Sex Trafficking
Associated Press
8/16/18 He fled to Cuba to escape a Florida murder rap. His conviction took place in a Cuban court.
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
8/16/18 U.S. limits diplomatic tours in Cuba following mysterious illnesses
Nahal Toosi, POLITICO
8/15/18 Cuba begins public debate on modernizing Cold War-era constitution
Marc Frank, Reuters
8/15/18 10 surprising things discovered from Team USA baseball’s visit to Cuba last month
Walter Villa, Miami Herald
8/15/18 Cuban 'acoustic attack' report on US diplomats flawed, say neurologists
Ian Sample, The Guardian
8/15/18 Cubans cheer as internet goes nationwide for a day
8/13/18 Contradictory policies mean one step forward and one step back for Cuba’s ailing economy
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
8/13/18 Cuba charges leading dissident with attempted murder
Marc Frank, Reuters
8/10/18 Amnesty urges Cuba to allow access to detained dissident
The Associated Press
8/8/18 Cuba Sweetens Land Grant Program for Farmers
Marc Frank, Reuters
8/8/18 Will Cuba’s New Constitution Bring Major Changes?
Latin American Advisor, The Dialogue
8/6/18 Cuba invites exiles to take part in debate for proposed changes to island’s Constitution
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
8/3/18 New Cuba regulations for private enterprise on the island have a long list of don’ts
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
8/2/18 Cuba plans 135,000 meetings to get public feedback on its proposed constitution
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald