Incredible. There's plenty of people writing about the charges of Grand Theft against former city of Miami commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones getting dropped yesterday, so no need to rehash the story here. The crux of the case against Spence-Jones was the allegation that she forged a letter on former commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler's letterhead authorizing the release of $50,000 to companies controlled by Spence-Jones but during a deposition, Spence-Jones defense attorneys showed a Carey-Shuler a draft copy of the letter with her handwriting on it after which Carey-Shuler changed her story and said that indeed she did sign the letter releasing the funds to Spence-Jones. With that, the state should have thrown out the case against Spence-Jones as the one and only witness for the prosecution made an admission that destroyed the states case, even worse, the letter with Carey-Shuler's handwriting on it came from the states own case file. Could that state have been hiding the letter from Spence-Jones then somehow forgot to remove it from the discovery file handed over to the defense? Certainly a posibility. Or could the state have had the letter all along and simply over looked it? Unlikely in my opinion.
Regardless, as we all know, the state forged ahead with the case after this fatal blow was struck to their case and we were even lead to believe that despite the lack of evidence against Spence-Jones that the state was going to move forward and take the case to trial. Now that the charges have been dropped, the public corruption prosecutor on the case, Richard Scruggs, addresses the matter of the handwritten Carey-Shuler letter that exonerated Spence-Jones in the cases close out memo by suggesting that the defense team somehow slipped the letter into the boxes of evidence that they were allowed to examine after Spence-Jones was arrested. Take a look at this excerpt from the close out memo...
Really? Is that the best veteran prosecutor Richard Scruggs could do? Spence-Jones and her attorney played some elaborate game to get the states records custodian out of the room so that they could slip this letter in? He's laying the blame for this bungled case at the feet of the defense somehow magically getting this letter into his case file? That's an unbelievable statement and hopefully grounds for a serious bar complaint against the prosecutor. You can read the states close out memo in it's entirety here...
Michelle Spence-jones Close Out Memo
As if all of this wasn't bad enough, what makes all this even more unbearable are the comments from the Reverend Richard Dunn who was appointed to take over Spence-Jones' commission seat while she was suspended. During several interviews yesterday, Mr. Dunn suggested that although he was appointed then later elected to Spence-Jones' vacant commission seat he would begrudgingly step aside and let her have her job back. There's a minor detail though, tacky zoot suit wearing Reverend Dunn believes that since he was elected (after promising the city of Miami that he wouldn't run for election) that he believed that he was entitled to his $60k per year salary and benefits till 2013! THE FUCK YOU SAY!?
Honestly, why not? Considering all the other former City of Miami employees that have recently departed with golden parachutes, why shouldn't he get his? Typical Miami bullshit, this is precisely why we're the laughing stock of the nation, if not the world.
Richard Wilbur ... by gimleteye
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