You could stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down - Tom Petty
Dexter Lehtinen, Palmetto Bay Attorney, was the interim U.S. Attorney for South Florida and he is/was a law professor. He is the husband of U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. I have seen this guy in Federal Court. He is a masterful attorney (first in his class at Stanford) and a grizzled Viet Nam war hero with a shot in the face and a purple heart to prove it.
What was obvious at last night's Council Meeting: You can't bully a bully. You can't put the knowledge of a newbie attorney and Vice Mayor Dubois's "frivolous" (I believe that is what Dexter called it) lawsuit against the Village of Palmetto Bay, up against Dexter's expertise.
I was not at the meeting. You can do your own reporting in comments.
Meanwhile here are some Dept. of Ethics correspondence to John Dubois and his attorney.
The Miami Herald reports on the Council Meeting:
Lehtinen accused Dubois of having another conflict of interest. Lehtinen said that Dubois’ attorney, Jeffrey Leary, is also the attorney for Bette April Burch, a Palmetto Bay property owner who sued the village weeks after the council approved the development.
Leary shares office space with Dubois. Burch owns a horse farm adjacent to Dubois’ property. Lehtinen said there might be a perception that Dubois is paying Leary to move forward with the lawsuit, or otherwise supporting the lawsuit.
Dubois said Leary is free to represent who he chooses. He asked the city attorney what could be done to tone down the heated conversation and clear his attorney’s name.
Lehtinen asked Dubois to state on the record that he is not paying Leary “directly or indirectly or subsidizing.”
Silence filled the room.
Dubois did not answer the question.