As we mentioned yesterday, embattled City of South Miami police chief Orlando Martinez de Castro was supposed to be deposed by the defense attorneys representing the three tellers that were arrested as part of the Airways Auto Tag Agency case. Everything was all set to go at 2:30 pm then at the last minute, Mr. Martinez de Castro through his attorney (I believe Simon Steckel), decided to cancel the deposition.
I don't get it, whether it's ducking depositions from the Ethics Commission or avoiding depositions in this criminal case where the chief and his wife allege that their employees stole tens of thousands of dollars from them, Mr. Martinez de Castro seems to do anything he can to avoid getting deposed. I wonder why? Does he have something to hide? Is he scared of all those big bad lawyers? Perhaps he's afraid of the questions they might ask him? Who knows. The next trial date for the Airways criminal case is just one month away, perhaps by the Martinez de Castro clan continually cancelling their depositions, maybe they think that they'll pressure the defendants into taking a plea? Whatever.
Another interesting development is that the other Airways Auto Tag Agency employees that were scheduled to be deposed have all lawyered up. How does that work? Considering that these people survive on a meager income and theoretically have nothing to hide, how and why did they hire attorneys to represent them in a deposition?
Whatever the case, things will definitely get interesting over the next few weeks. Now on another note, here's another example of our constitutional rights getting trampled on again, in the fair state of New York, it's now a FELONY to annoy a police officer! Check it for yourselves...
"A PERSON IS GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT OF A POLICE OFFICER OR PEACE OFFICER WHEN, WITH THE INTENT TO HARASS, ANNOY, THREATEN OR ALARM"Thank god we don't live in New York any more!