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Butterworth comes to Zachariah's defense

From Dan Christensen's intrepid Broward Bulldog: Fort Lauderdale heart doctor and major GOP fundraiser Zachariah P. Zachariah has Zach picked up two influential allies in advance of his federal insider stock-trading trial this summer. Former Florida Attorney General and top Democrat Bob Butterworth and Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge Melanie May, both Broward residents, testified under oath two weeks ago as character witnesses for Zachariah.

Zachariah, former chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine who has raised millions of dollars for Republicans, is accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of using nonpublic information to rake in more than $400,000 in profits from illegal stock trades in 2005.