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Mystery of Judge’s Stolen Nameplate Is Solved with a Facebook Photo, Cops Say

Posted Mar 9, 2012 11:12 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A defendant who appeared before Judge Michael Orlando of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last month has compounded his legal troubles with a Facebook picture.

Steven Mulhall, 21, of Coral Springs, was in court last month for a misdemeanor theft case. At the same time, the judge’s nameplate was pried off the door of his courtroom. Now police say they have solved the mystery, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel, the Associated Press and the Smoking Gun.

Police cite a key piece of evidence: Mulhall posted a photo of himself holding the stolen nameplate on his girlfriend’s Facebook page. He is now charged with a felony probation violation.

The Sun Sentinel quotes Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti. "The nameplate is like only $40, not that big of a crime, but what an idiot. He puts it on Facebook," the sheriff said.

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