Ari Pregen, one of the the Miami-Dade prosecutor who tried to convict me last November, explaining to the jury that I had not acted like a real journalist when I was arrested covering the Occupy Miami eviction, was fired for repeatedly abusing the power of his badge at a local strip club.
Perhaps Pregen should learn how a real prosecutor acts before determining how a real journalist should act.
Ari Pregen picked the wrong strip club to throw his weight around. On January 26, the Miami-Dade assistant state attorney gained free admission for himself and two pals into downtown Miami’s Goldrush by flashing his work badge at the titty bar’s executive manager Jeff Levy. A few hours later, Pregen again whipped out his law enforcement credentials so he wouldn’t have to pay a 15 percent credit card surcharge on lap dances he purchased.
Seven days later, Pregen pulled the same stunt, according to a complaint Levy filed with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. When his bosses confronted him about his douchetastic behavior, Pregen twice denied abusing his badge despite video evidence to the contrary. Naturally, the rookie prosecutor (hired in May 2012) got canned from his $40,000 a year job on February 8.
Pregen, whom I described as a “frattish looking prosecutor fresh out of law school,” proved to just a little too fratty for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.