In case you missed this Miami Herald story, Martin County commissioner arrested as part of widening public records scandal, the opening paragraph serves as a reminder that the cover-up is usually worse than the crime.
“In a move that should send a chill down the spines of thousands of elected officials in Florida, former Martin County Commissioner Anne Scott, a retired judge originally from Chicago, and current Commissioner Ed Fielding were booked Tuesday night into the county jail after being indicted in a public records scandal that already cost taxpayers upward of $25 million.”
The two city officials, ages 69 and 73, respectively, are facing potential jail time of up to a year for “failure to permit inspection and copying of public records.”
This ongoing scandal has already cost Martin County taxpayers $500,000.00 in a civil lawsuit. The county will also potentially cough up $25 million to settle another.
The two public employees who messed with public records are most likely less concerned with the spending of public funds than they are with spending twelve months in the hoosegow.
Public officials over in North Miami, however, may have missed the memo that public records belong to the public. Continue reading