Friday, October 18, 2013
Who is watching the Store? By Guest Blogger Aesop
Willy Ferrer - US Attorneys Office:
He introduce himself as the progeny of Cuban exiles. Then he explained how tight he was with Katherine Fernandez Rundle, saying “We couldn’t have a better relationship”. I have heard from friends in the US Attorneys Office that the place has become politicized over the past few years, compared to before when any bad guy would be prosecuted just for being bad. The tone of an organization is set at the top, and today I saw who sets that tone.
Howard Rosen - Assistant State Attorney:
He explained how the SAO selects cases to pursue based on where the penalties will be the highest, not on the level of damage the various offenses inflict on the public trust.
Joe Centorino - Ethics Commissioner:
I heard Joe Centorino uncloak his feelings toward the bloggers who persistently complain that connected individuals get special treatment in Miami-Dade County. (Genius: It is true Joe, remember Joe Martinez's house - nothing happened. All my complaints get close-out memos. Nothing more.)
To Joe’s credit, he ever so tactfully noted the damage Mayor Carlos Gimenez made to local anti-corruption efforts by gutting the County PD’s Public Corruption Unit.
I heard the speakers frantically shred and compost an attendee’s observation that many people are discouraged at how connected individuals get special treatment in which the law is reinterpreted to let them off or the statute of limitations expires while prosecutors doodle. The fellow mentioned David Rivera
Notably present in the audience was North Miami Mayor Lucy Tondreau of North Miami, who assigns herself a police driver because residents have threatened to storm city hall over corrupt practices (such as assigning herself a police driver), and who improperly used forfeiture funds to pay for the chief of police to escort her on her recent vacation to Haiti. Nothing she heard today will interfere with her sleep tonight.
Conspicuously absent from the event were any elected official from Miami-Dade County or the City of Miami, anyone from the County Mayor’s Office, the five sitting Commissioners of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust (four of whom are currently said to be under investigation), ASO Public Corruption prosecutors Jose Arojo and Johnette Hardeman, and Katherine Fernandez Rundle.
ME: THE LUNCH WAS GOOD!