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Porth works to build relationships Porth works to build relationships May 15, 2006 Regular News Gary Blankenship Senior Editor As a prosecutor, Ari Porth has learned the value of advocacy. As a state representative, he has learned the value of building relationships.And he’s having a whale of a time doing both.“I have the best two jobs in the world, being a prosecutor back home and being in the legislature,” said the first-term Coral Springs Democrat. “And frankly, I couldn’t have it any better.”A graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. degree and Nova Southeastern University, where he got his law degree in 1995, Porth said he always wanted to serve in the legislature, and he became a lawyer because it seemed like a logical step toward that goal.His work as a prosecutor — a job he took out of law school — furthered that desire. Porth recalled when he worked in the juvenile division and prosecuted a case where a student with hearing problems had been bullied, including knocked down and kicked.“Our office wasn’t able to do anything more than file misdemeanor charges against the offender, who only got a slap on the wrist,” he said. “My partner and I came back to the office and we were pretty disgusted.”Porth said he checked the statutes under hate crimes and found they did not apply to crimes committed against the disabled. So he went to Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, who got a bill making that change.“I thought, ‘Maybe this is where I need to try public service, in the legislature,’” Porth said.In 2004, his local state House seat became open, and he ran and won. In his first year, Porth said he spent time learning the ropes. Now in his second year, he has learned the value of building relationships and as of the last week of session had most of his primary bills on the House floor or through the lower chamber, and one through the legislature.“I’ve learned that a lot of your success up here has to do with the relationships that you’re able to build,” he said. “So much of what is discussed up here aren’t Democratic issues, aren’t Republican issues; they are good issues for people of Florida. There are reasonable people on both sides of the aisles. If you just take time to sit down and know these people, they can be of tremendous help in moving good legislation forward.”This year, Porth has worked with Campbell to pass a bill protecting Floridians who lose their homes to foreclosure, but still have equity after the home is sold and the debts paid. He noted that many people don’t realize the surplus, which is held in a court clerk’s account, is there and they own the money.“There are people who go to the those who have lost their home and let them know about the money in the clerk’s office and what they don’t let them know is the money is available without their help. They have been taking upward of 40 percent from the fund” for helping the former homeowners claim their money, Porth said.The practice has earned those people the names of deed snatchers, equity vultures, and equity leeches, he said.The bill, which passed both chambers “will curtail their practices and better notify the people who have lost their homes,” Porth said. “That is a top priority for me.”Other legislation he is pushing this year includes working with Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, on a bill to prevent defense attorneys from seeking the proprietary source codes for breathalyzers in DUI cases and with Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, to add criminal penalties to civil sanctions for those who send out false or misleading spam e-mails.“When Sen. Aronberg and I were first talking about this bill, some of the folks suggested that so many of those spam e-mails come from overseas or out of state [that the bill would be meaningless],” he said. “Frankly, what we discovered. . . is that more spam emanates from Boca Raton than anywhere else in the world. Our law enforcement officials will have enough work to do.”Another Porth bill seeks to protect minors by adding two offenses to those who would be considered sex offenders: those who traffic minors for prostitution and Department of Juvenile Justice employees who commit sex offenses on minors in state custody.With the session over, Porth will prepare to run for reelection and return to his prosecution career, a job from which he derives much satisfaction.“I think the prosecutor is the most powerful person in the courtroom,” he said. “They have the opportunity to do justice every day. They can file charges when appropriate; they can dismiss charges when appropriate; they can plea cases out. They have the opportunity to do right every day, and I wanted that opportunity.”That is, perhaps, not a surprising sentiment for the past president of the Broward County B’nai B’rith Justice Unit who has this framed saying on his wall, in Hebrew and English: “Justice, thou shalt pursue.”
Spoken word poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai performed at the Women’s Student Assembly’s “Take Back the Night” event held on the Parkside Lawn Wednesday evening. The event was meant to raise awareness on sexual assault and promote a safe environment for women to speak openly on the issue.