5. Operation Court Broom
Ah, the 1980s in Miami. A time when a judge could sell his decisions, freebase cocaine, and dime out drug informants to cartels for a measly 50 grand. Or at least they could before Operation Court Broom. That’s the name of an FBI sting of Dade County judges, where fake cases were created and Manuel Noriega’s lawyer wore a wire to catch five judges, who took up to $50,000 to fix cases. Two of the most upstanding among them: Harvey Shenberg, who gave up the name of a confidential drug informant to a cartel for $50,000. And Phillip Davis, who when federal agents raided his home looking for marked cash used in the bribery sting, found Amanda Bynes-levels of cocaine along with all the tools used for freebasing.
4. The miniskirt mayor and mother of the century
Gilda Oliveros was not content to let little Hialeah Gardens sit in the shadow of Hialeah’s mayoral corruption. The woman nicknamed the “miniskirt mayor,” because she dressed like she was headed for an afternoon at Mall of the Americas instead of City Hall, was convicted of attempting to pay two Hialeah Gardens city employees to kill her husband, on whom she’d just taken out a $45,000 insurance policy. Her defense? One of the employees -- Robert Godwin -- had filed a suit against her for anti-gay discrimination and had a vendetta. So he -- along with another gay employee -- made the entire story up. In the process of trying to paint herself as a bastion of tolerance, Oliveros testified in open court that she could not possibly dislike homosexuals, and then promptly outed her lesbian daughter.