Thursday, December 09, 2010

That's "a pretty sorry state of affairs with respect to what goes on in the statehouse."

That was Judge Zloch during the change of plea for Alan Mendelsohn.

From the AP:

A politically connected eye doctor and prominent fundraiser pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal conspiracy charge, admitting he filed false tax returns, lied to FBI agents and diverted tens of thousands of dollars in contributions for his own use.
During a plea hearing, Dr. Alan Mendelsohn said he got caught up in a Tallahassee pay-to-play system in which politicians reward those who funnel money to the right places and punish people who refuse.
Mendelsohn, who lobbied legislators on various health issues, told U.S. District Judge William Zloch of one instance in which he paid $82,000 to an associate of former state Sen. Mandy Dawson, a Democrat who had demanded repeatedly that Mendelsohn "hire" the aide.
"Otherwise, we had the great fear of being retaliated against legislatively," Mendelsohn told the judge, adding that such practices are common in state government.
Zloch responded that it was "a pretty sorry state of affairs with respect to what goes on in the statehouse."

In other news, Rumpole is covering the very sad story of Judge Robert Pineiro's death. The comments on the blog about him are lovely and I wish his family well during this terrible time.

1 comment:

Rumpole said...

My blog has the details of his funeral set for this Sunday in North Miami Beach at Temple Beth Moshe 2225 NE 121 street.

DOM- I don't know if you ever appeared before Judge Pineiro, but if not, you would have loved it. He was the best. Smart, funny, a true sense of justice, and a true renaissance man