Well, this case keeps getting more and more interesting.
As I reported in Where you go, Joe?, the absentee ballot fraud case against North Miami Beach “Councilwoman” Phyllis Smith has been stalled because her attorney, Joseph S. Geller keeps filing Notices of Mandatory Continuance.
In addition to being a lawyer, Big Joe just happens to be a State Representative. Because the Florida Legislature has been called back to Tallahassee twice this summer for special sessions, Joe’s been invoking Florida Statute 11.111. This allows him to skip out on any “proceeding before any court, municipality, or agency of government of this state … during any session of the Legislature and for a period of time 15 days prior to any session of the Legislature and 15 days subsequent to the conclusion of any session of the Legislature.”
According to the calendar for the Florida House of Representatives, this most recent special session began August 10, 2015 and runs through August 21, 2015. Normally Joe would be unavailable to attend to the lawsuit against Phyllis during this time since he’s scheduled to be in Tallahassee.
But, as we all now know, HE ALSO SKIPPED OUT ON HIS LEGISLATIVE DUTIES! Continue reading