Monday, March 21, 2011

Who's really pulling the strings?

What was the real motivation behind the prosecution of suspended City of Miami commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones over the last few years?  Were the last two years of events a series of unrelated coincidences or a shrewdly engineered plan to keep her out of office?  To truly understand the disturbing chain of events that lead us to where we are today we have to take a look at the time line of the events as they happened...
May 2007 The infamous "memo to self" written by commissioner Marc Sarnoff where he alleges that Spence-Jones asked for a bribe in exchange for her vote on a project that was going before the commission.  This memo ultimately was referred to the State Attorneys Office and it's safe to conclude that the public corruption unit's investigation into Spence-Jones began here.
May 2009 Spence-Jones cleared by the State Attorneys Office of allegations of accepting bribes stemming from two constructions projects and accepting kickbacks during her tenure as an arts coordinator with the city.  Afterwords one of the developers who commissioner Sarnoff accused of paying Spence-Jones for her vote sued Sarnoff for defamation (case # 2007-27975-CA-01).


November 13, 2009 Michelle Spence-Jones arrested for Grand theft charges just one day after being sworn in for her second term as commissioner.  Then governor Charlie Crist immediately suspends Spence-Jones and a special election is called in order to find her replacement on the commission.  Spence-Jones claims she will sue the governor challenging his authority to suspend her because she wasn't indicted by a grand jury.


January 4, 2010 Spence-Jones files a lawsuit against governor Crist alleging that he did not have the authority to suspend her from her seat on the commission because she was not indicted by a grand jury and asserts that he was undermining the will of the voters who had elected her into office.


January 12, 2010 Spence-Jones wins a special election that was held in order to find a replacement for her vacated seat.

January 14, 2010 Governor Charlie Crist suspends Spence-Jones again from her seat immediately after she's reelected by a landslide.



Late February 2010 The judge hears the case challenging Crist's authority to suspend Spence-Jones since she was charged by the prosecutors rather than through an indictment by grand jury.  It's commonly accepted that the judge was going to overturn Crist's suspension of Spence-Jones and reinstate her.


March 2, 2010 Prosecutors interview developer Armando Codina regarding payments allegedly made to Spence-Jones through donations to charities in exchange for her vote on items he had pending before the commission.


March 3, 2010 The very next day a Grand Jury is convened which indicts Spence-Jones for Grand Theft in the second degree.

March 4, 2010 Spence-Jones surrenders herself to face the grand theft charge brought forth by the Grand Jury the day before.  Just hours after her surrender governor Crist reaffirms her suspension by indictment making the civil suit against him questioning his authority to suspend her moot.
I'm sure I've left some critical dates and event out, considering what we've listed though, is there any doubt that someone was trying to keep Spence-Jones out of office no matter what?  This brings us to an insightful comment one of our readers left over the weekend...
The question is: Who was behind this political prosecution of Michelle Spence-Jones and got KFR and Scruggs to file the "emergency" indictment right when it was apparent that a judge was going to reinstate her to the city of Miami commission.
That's scary as there is incontrovertible proof that someone was hell bent on keeping Spence-Jones out of her commission seat.  The question I'm left with is who was that person?  Who could be powerful enough to persuade the state attorneys office to bring forth a bogus case in order to have her suspended from her job as a City of Miami commissioner?  Who could have the political wherewithal to then have another bogus case thrown together and have an emergency grand jury convene in order to indict her to make sure she was kept from getting her seat back despite the fact that her district just voted her back in?  Who could have been behind this nefarious scheme and why was it so important to keep her off the commission?

8 comments:

  1. Sarnoff - puppeteer.

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  2. Nothing more than a modern day lynching.

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  3. This stinks and smells like Sarnoff, Rundle with a side of Scruggs. This is an abuse of power.

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  4. Sarnoff. Disgusting piece of shit.

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  5. "When money speaks, truth keeps silent" and
    "The greatest thief of all is he who steals truth" - Gunther Karger, author of "Thieves on Wall Street" and Wall Street and Government Fraud"
    Palmetto Bay

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  6. It's terrifying to think that this is how they brought her down. Stay strong Michelle!

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  7. I have the answer to that question, its Marc Sarnoff, and Regalado. Michelle has been a thorn in their ass from the beginning by exposing their lies and their deceitful ways.

    Just a couple of key points that you missed:

    1. Presumably the judge was going to rule in Michelle's favor in the case against Charlie Christ, the judge gave the state ten days to gather more credible evidence. On the ninth day she was charged with the bribery and grand theft charges.

    2. When Charlie Christ suspended Michelle the first time he stated that he was going to stay out of it, and if her constitutes votes her back in it will be their decision. Only after winning again by receiving 85 percent of the votes did he decide to suspend her again.

    3. A very reliable source out of the State Attorneys office stated that after Michelle was removed from office the first time, if she had not ran in the special election, or if she would have lost, they never would have filed those additional charges.

    4. When Kathy Rundle was asked about rather she would consider dropping the last charge of Grand Theif with ex Commissioner Barbara Shuler, which is by the way a weaker case that the first two charges, Kathy simply replied by stating, we must finish what we started.

    5. Did you know that the state spent over a million dollars prosecuting this case? Talking about wasting tax payers money. And her attitude is we must finish what we started.

    Straw Buyer, I want to commend you for the excellent reporting that you have done. Seeking the truth is suppose to be the very essence of journalism. You are really starting to expose the witch hunt that Michelle has been talking about from the very beginning. And if you continue to search you will be amazed over the strategic planning that took place to insure the demise of Spence-Jones. I cannot believe that it took a blog to finally report the truth about what's going on with Spence-Jones. The Miami Herald can definitely use your reporting talents.

    Grate work Straw Buyer

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  8. Let's get rid of that peice of shit Richard Scruggs. Go to:
    www.floridabar.org
    Click on public information
    Click on client assistance
    Click on attorney complaint form

    Let's remind him that is isn't above the law.

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