Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Two local mayors charged... and arrested

Lots of local media coverage about the new case brought today against Mayors Michael Pizzi and Manuel Marono, so no need to rehash it on the blog.

But I've always wondered why there needs to be arrests in cases like this. Why not have them surrender and save the very overspent system the expense of sending the calavry to bring them in.

Of course the reason is to show the public the images/video of the arrests...

Is it worth it, readers?

UPDATE -- here are the complaints for Pizzi (represented by Ben Kuehne) and for Marono (represented by Kendall Coffey).

14 comments:

CAPTAIN said...

Everyone has a price, right? Mine is somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty million. Enough to retire and move to a country with no extradition treaty.

So Pizzi's price was $5,750

And Marono's was $40k

Are you kidding me.

I'll wait to hear the evidence.

Cap Out .....

Bob Becerra said...

Is it worth it? No. But that's politics.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Pizzi will compute the guidelines as aggressively as he did when he was a USPO. Oh, and why does the media fail to recollect his law enforcement days.

Anonymous said...

Love Ben and love Kendall but really????? Neither has tried a criminal case in 20 years but have pled plenty.

Anonymous said...

It is a chicken shit case against Pizzi. He never agreed to pay any kickbacks in exchange for the grant money. Soliciting political contributions is not a crime and that is the only thing he has done. Pizzi needs a trial lawyer.

Anonymous said...

I agree about Pizzi. The complaint is very, very shallow.

South Florida Lawyers said...

Sure Pizzi is a goofball but from what I know of him this does not compute.

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you consider probation law enforcement, but lets be fair, Pizzi attended law school while at probation. His father who was the US Marshal in NY was able to secure a grant for probation. The 250k allowed Pizzi to become a liaison with HIDTA, had a take home car, no case load and act like a DEA agent. He was nothing more than a used car salesman who talk a big game. "He did get the this level being stupid." Karma baby!!!!

Anonymous said...

So the two thousand dollars in cash (in the bag with the two cigars) were also campaign contributions?

Anonymous said...

If the $2000 was reflected as a contribution by the PAC, yep, that's what it was. And, by the way, is 2,000 worth making a federal case out of it? I think not. Southern District of Florida ain't Iowa.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:05pm: I first met Pizzi when he was at HIDTA and all he did was study and write term papers for law school. My father who was also at HIDTA claims Pizzi was bound to his desk studying from 8am to 6pm. Just another example of fleecing of the government. This conduct does not surprise me he is so arrogrant

Anonymous said...

Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi trains for Aug. 16 MMA bout

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iis5FxhKR9I

Demosthenes said...

This is pathetic. On the one hand, it was heartening to read about how many opportunities the FBI presented OTHER public officials to participate who turned it down. On the other hand, if the allegations in the Sweetwater complaint are any indication, this must happen all over the place. Rent-seeking pays off. So does buying political office, apparently.

Anonymous said...

@1:05.thanks for clearing that up. It was infuriating to watch that going on.