Longtime Broward prosecutor and media commentator Stacey Honowitz appeared in Miami-Dade bond court this week in support of her jailed brother.
Several times she mentioned her role in 25 years in law enforcement, including work on extraditions, and insisted her brother, Daryl Honowitz, had been mistakenly arrested on a fugitive warrant out of Colorado.
“As soon as I heard the news, of course, I knew it was that his identity was stolen,” Stacey Honowitz told Miami-Dade Circuit Migna Sanchez-Llorens after asking to speak during the hearing.
The judge, satisfied by the explanation of the sister and Daryl Horowitz’s lawyer, allowed the brother out of jail — until Thursday, when prosecutors told the judge that Daryl Honowitz was indeed wanted as part of a theft-and-forgery indictment filed in Denver.
The judge Thursday immediately ordered Daryl Honowitz, 52, returned to jail.
“I’m the one who offered and introduced Stacey to the court to demonstrate ties and a long history to the community,” said defense attorney Jayne Weintraub. “There wasn’t anything inappropriate about it.”
Honowitz is author of two children’s books on sexual abuse and frequently appears on cable television news networks as a legal analyst.
“I went down there as a loving sister,” Honowitz said Thursday night. “I just happen to be a prosecutor. This is a terrible ordeal.”
Her brother will appear in court again Friday so the judge can revisit the issue of a possible bond. A Broward State Attorney’s spokesman said the office will review the matter to see if their prosecutor’s role in her brother’s case was anything more than a “concerned sister.”
Aventura police officers arrested Daryl Honowitz on Tuesday night at his condo. Police paperwork indicates his arrest is for a “violation of probation” warrant.
That was wrong, Weintraub and Stacey Honowitz told the court Wednesday morning. The reason, they said: Daryl Honowitz had never before been arrested or pleaded guilty to any criminal case.
On Thursday, a Miami-Dade prosecutor clarified to the judge: The arrest was actually brand new, and Colorado state agents had already interviewed Daryl Honowitz as part of the probe before Tuesday’s arrest. A co-defendant had already been arrested upstate.
According to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the two are accused of using false identities to gain control over delinquent businesses, then using those companies to engage in illegal dealings.