Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Steve Bateman, Homestead Mr. Fix-It, finally fixed by a jury of his peers … by gimleteye

After less than three hours of deliberation Monday, jurors found that ex-Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman broke the law when he took a secret job as a consultant for a health-care company that needed government approval in building a clinic in the city’s downtown. They convicted Bateman, 59, of two felony counts of illegal compensation and one misdemeanor count of illegal lobbying. The decision stunned Bateman and his lawyers.

Bateman's turgid response, when faced with electioneering violations in 2013, "Whoop-de-do."

EOM has suffered Bateman alongside Homestead voters who nonetheless kept him in Homestead political office. We took particular offense at his near-constant shilling for new nuclear at Turkey Point and wonder how much money Bateman took over the years from the corporate citizen, whose existing nuclear units have spread destruction through the Homestead aquifer.

Talk about time for change, in Homestead; the most corrupt little city in America.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bateman worked hard at earning a guilty plea.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the irony that the man who has been able to talk his way out of many compromising situations over the years, chose not to speak at trial in self defense.
I for one hope that at sentencing the State uses his own arrogance against him. He dared DeFede to catch him and then has the gall to say that the jury got it wrong. He needs to go away for a long time.

Anonymous said...

A grotesque bully leading a life of criminal and moral corruption was finally judged properly. Now he will see the perspective of what prison yard bullying is like while on the receiving end.

Anonymous said...

Cant't wait until the Homestead Pension Board takes away his fat pension.

Geniusofdespair said...

He should not have had a jury. Wayne Rosen supported him with a lot of money in the election against Lynda Bell in her second election for Mayor of Homestead. Wayne goes where the winds take him.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Today's posts: Barney Bishop, Donald Trump, and Steve Bateman. Good you don't have Lynda Bell to kick around anymore! But what about Sarah Palin?

Anonymous said...

Wayne goes where he knows the politicians will take him.
As for Bateman if you are going into a courtroom with a pastor by your side a full confession may have been good for his soul. Nah! Just kidding.

Anonymous said...

Bateman and his lawyer are egomaniacs. The jury missed it? Really?
Bateman attempted a scam by making money off his duties as Mayor. This is a fairly simple concept. The jury got it, it was no more complex than that. Blaming the jury for the correct verdict is the ultimate in narcissism. They will appeal, it's their nature.
I would like to know why a federal, state and county funded non-profit like CHI is paying more than $400,000 annually to it's CEO who would hire the unlicensed Steve Bateman as a "construction project consultant". This needs an answer.

Anonymous said...

Former Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman convicted by a jury of his peers?
I must have missed the part where felons are allowed to sit on juries.

Anonymous said...

He came off so egotistical and narcissistic when he was saying the jury got it wrong.
The sad thing is that I think he doesn't understand that what he did was wrong. I really think he didn't see any problem with doing what he was doing. I think that's why he was surprised at the verdict.

Anonymous said...

"Steve Bateman convicted on multiple counts of public corruption..."

City of Homestead Mayor, Jeff Porter, breathes sigh of relief while wiping perspiration from forehead.

Tape at 11.

Anonymous said...

I think he convinced himself what he did was OK and was not wrong because it helped the city. So what if he got a piece of the action along the way. (His mentality, not mine ) He worked with a long list of Council colleagues who lived by the mantra of "we can all make money by being in office."

Anonymous said...

I suspect there will be a long list of folks who will be expected to provide financial aid to his wife while he is away on government vacation. Or,as he once spelled it on a campaign sign: govenrement.
Dumb ass.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Jeff Porter convicted of a crime and paid the fine ,
that's what we read in our campaign brochures? Aren't the people operating giant Baptist Health Care, the not for profit company being paid well, just saying? How long has Homestead been operating by people who complain and do not vote? It's a lot easier to blame anyone auctually working and wearing different hats , than to get off your couch and vote . Remember only a little over 1000.00 people voted for the Bond in Homestead. That's probably why anyone like Steve Bateman who tries to do anything is so unappreciated. A child's health care clinic was needed, and that company and others just can't get any help from Miami or Mayor Giminez. Lots of time to point fingers.. Next

Anonymous said...

Bottom line CHI needs to be investigated for their use of our tax dollars.

Something that CHI should consider is building a crooked elected official rehabilitation center in either Florida City or Homestead.

Anonymous said...

As far as I can understand Judge Luck is still considering what was the proper path this case criteria fits into, in the name of justice. That is what he's in charge of Administering. Hopefully he can do that without political interference . He seems qualified from his Bio. The Jury gives weight to his professional option, it does not Dictate that to him. He is The Judge.

Anonymous said...

That child's crisis center is not needed, the money goes back if unused. Please give me a break, the words childrens crisis are worth millions.
Next door at MLK Campesina children are treated, there are free clinics all over Homestead including Homestead Hospital. This project was a revenue raiser.
Did you miss the part where Bateman was getting paid $125 an hour as the unlicensed consultant?

Anonymous said...

Now that the state attorney's office scored one win, maybe they can stop holding back the arrest of Castillo, et al for election misdeeds

Anonymous said...

During the boom, KFR could have taken out 5 of the 7 on the Homestead Council and others but declined.

Anonymous said...

Put this in perspective, the movers and shakers so disliked Bell in 2009, they chose to install Bateman as Mayor even though they all knew what he was.
They were willing to turn a blind eye in 2011 and now all those supporters are nowhere to be found. Oh, wait, there they are, pulling Porters strings.

Anonymous said...

Steven Bateman got what he deserved he spent all his time being arrogant, abusive and a thief. He walked around this city like he owned it and terrorized anyone that got in his way . He never did anything for anyone; except his arrogant self. I feel sorry for his wife who is just a victim of her own world she has allowed him to create. I am so glad that justice has been served and I hope that the state attorney continues to hold all corrupt politicians accountable.

Anonymous said...

Bateman and Bell must be family they are both corrupt and they are both bullies. It’s been a wonderful year in politics good reddens to you both.

Anonymous said...

I'm very happy and satisfied with all the nice landscaping and improvements that Mayor Bateman had upgraded in our neighborhood. By the way I live in Lynda Bells neck of the woods. Our city services have been right on. Mayor Bateman went on record he was not in favor of moving City Hall to the Pizza Building either. The council we presently have are responsible for moving people around and paying high rent. I think they are Big Spenders and the Money will be quickly gone. Trying to blame Steve Bateman is just a pointless endeavor. Look into the Sewer Problems Homestead has . No wonder Mayor Wallace spoke up for Mayor Bateman. Try leaving Mrs. Bateman out of your critical statements. Her Marriage is her business. Mind your own.

Anonymous said...

When his wife became the realtor for a party trying to buy city land and other properties that needed land use votes by the city, she became fair game .

Anonymous said...

Fair Game, That what we thought!!!

Anonymous said...

Personal vendetta? Who, offer than your favorite commissioner would know better?? What about Porter and his ethics violations? Only his didn't get referred to the SAO... And how coincidental that certain commissioner with a grudge against Bateman is on the Ethics Committee?

Anonymous said...

what's wrong with having your pastor there? i'd be more concerned about the wife and mistress. this guy can do anything. amazing.

Anonymous said...

The judge wil rule 10/7 ay 9am, stay tuned. Gimleteye and geniusofdespair, will YOU be there???