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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

MARCH 5, 2014

FRANK COPS A PLEA
AGREES TO A “NO CONTEST” PLEA, $1000 FINE, 1404.12 IN COSTS AND A LETTER OF INSTRUCTION

And so it ends. After what appears to have been a protracted series of negotiations Miami City Commissioner Frank Carollo agreed to plead “No Contest” to the charge that he called the Chief of Police after he was stopped for a traffic violation, and that this constitutes an Exploitation Of Official Position.


To hear what exactly was said by everyone, here is a video of the hearing.

While it was the Commissioner who abused his power by calling the Chief after he had been stopped, the culpability in this matter goes well beyond the Commissioner. 


Under oath last September, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa admitted that in violation of the Miami City Charter he encouraged the City Commissioners and others to call him directly on his cell phone whenever they had a problem.

The City of Miami has been running pretty much out of control for years and years, and the culture that encouraged and supported an of abuse of power by elected officials has become so ingrained that its going to take a lot more than this case to start convincing the Mayor and Miami City Commissioners that they must obey the laws just like everyone else.


While Carollo plea ends this portion of this case, there still remains the matter of the violation of the Sunshine Law by the 3 original members of the Ethics Commission who engaged in a flagrant violation of the law when they essentially held a private discussion during the first hearing last September.

We’ll see just how long the corrupt Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office decides to sit on this case before I go to the Governor, Florida Attorney General, Florida Bar and anyone else I can find to complain to about the fact that even though there is over 6 minutes of video that clearly establishes that the law was flagrantly violated, the Assistant State Attorney who is handling this case has yet to move this case towards trial.


In any event, today was one tiny step towards getting elected officials in the City of Miami to fess up to doing something wrong, and that’s a step in the right direction.


Here is a copy of the settlement agreed to today.

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