Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The clock is ticking for embattled City of South Miami police chief Orlando Martinez de Castro...
That's right folks! You all remember the ethics complaint we filed against embattled City of South Miami Police Chief Orlando Martinez de Castro, don't you? For those of you who don't remember, after we discovered that the Chief was steering city business to his family's tag agency, we went ahead and met with the head of the Miami Dade County Ethics Commission, Joe Centorino, and filed a formal complaint against the chief for his nefarious activities. If you're keeping track, that was over a year ago, we keep pestering the folks over at the ethics commission and have even met with the investigators in charge to get an answer on what's going on with the case against the chief. At first I was told that they couldn't comment on the case then it seems that they warmed up to me and gave me details of what was going on, unfortunately though, I can't discuss what they told me!
Now our sources tell us that despite of the stall tactics the chief and his lawyers have used to avoid depositions and a trial, the ethics commission has given the chief an ultimatum, he's got till May 22, 2013 to accept a plea deal or his case goes to trial. The only problem with the plea offers he's gotten is that if he were to accept either one of them, he'd automatically lose his job as the police chief of South Miami.
Isn't that ironic? It seems like just yesterday when the three tellers that worked at the chief's wife's tag agency were getting a plea deal crammed down their throats in the bullshit case the chief and his wife put together against their former employees, now it's the chief himself who's contemplating a plea deal that could mean the end of his law enforcement career!
It's rather obvious that the chief won't accept a plea deal, so despite the deadline, we're going to have to wait for his case to go to trial. It's refreshing to see the folks over at the Ethics Commission take a stand and see this case through the end rather than give the chief a slap on the wrist and send him on his way.