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Sarah Talalay adds more to Monday's rulings

For those keeping score, Cohen also made some rulings Monday that favor the defendants in the case -- the Marlins, Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami. She upheld rulings by original judge Pedro Echarte Jr. – who recused himself from the case last month – that prevent the Marlins from having to open their financial books and that Braman doesn’t have standing to challenge whether the city properly advertised the meeting in which city commissioners approved the concept of funding $3 billion of city projects.

Cohen also ruled the city-county plan, which seeks to expand the city’s Community Redevelopment Agencies to fund projects including a traffic tunnel to the Port of Miami and museums, is not misusing the tax dollars meant to improve areas designated as “slum and blight.” That’s one of the main arguments of Braman’s case. However, Braman’s legal team will be allowed to argue that the concept should be put to a public referendum.

And among the arguments remaining in the case are whether the county can change the form of repayment of the bonds used to fund construction of the performing arts center and move the $50 million in general obligation bond dollars voters approved in 2004 to renovate the Orange Bowl to the ballpark project.

So far, Braman hasn't won anything with either judge.  Which probably means his genealogists are hard at work trying to prove that Braman and Cohen both are descendants of Adam and Eve.