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Neighbor Dispute. Photo: Rainer Fuhrmann/ Shutterstock. Neighbor Dispute. Photo: Rainer Fuhrmann/ Shutterstock.

A peculiar dispute between two South Florida neighbors came before the Fourth District Court of Appeal on Wednesday when it found that a registered sex offender’s three-year “campaign of harassment” against the couple next door violated his probation and warranted a prison sentence.

The case drew conflicting opinions from the appellate panel as two judges found the defendant Scott Johnstone’s behavior fell under Florida’s stalking statute but a dissenting judge said the “antics” were nothing more than “petty annoying behavior.”

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Raychel Lean

Raychel Lean is ALM's Florida bureau chief, overseeing the Daily Business Review. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter via @raychellean.

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