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WOULD YOU EVER TRUST THIS LAWYER TO BEHAVE ETHICALLY?
INDEPENDENT AUDITOR ISSUES ADDENDUM TO LAST WEEK’S REPORT AND TELLS CITY COMMISSION TO GO GET “AN OUTSIDE INDEPENDENT LEGAL OPINION.”
PART III

A funny thing happened this afternoon with the City of Miami’s website.  It mysteriously went off-line.  Now the City has spent millions - and I mean maybe as much as $20 $40 million or more in the last 8-10 years trying to update and streamline both the City’s website and the various computer programs, such as the Oracle system - to bring the system into the 21st Century, and today of all days, the entire system crashed along with the  City's email system.


This would be a big story under any circumstances, but it also turns out that this afternoon Ted Guba, the City’s Independent Auditor issued on the City’s website, an Addendum to last week’s Ultra Ticket scandal report that prompted that the bogus legal opinion written by Assistant City Attorney and Suck Ass George Wysong, exornating his fellow employee Veronica Xiques/Diaz, and his former bosses Julie Bru and Maria Chiaro of any wrong doing in accepting VIP Tickets to the 2013 and 2014 ULTRA Music festival.


Guba’s new report reveals information about what transpired before he issued last week’s report, and more importantly reveals here-to-fore unknown information about the portion of the City Charter that Wysong claimed was “archaic and outdated.”


First, it turns out that during the 8 weeks when Guba was trying to get a legal opinion from the City Attorney’s office, he also reached out to the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust for an interpretation of portions of the gift law and, and as he writes in this report,

“(T)he COE” (Commission On Ethics) “attorney informed us and the City Attorney of the apparent conflict between Section 4(c) of the City Charter and State Statutes and County and City Code in regard to gifts (including free tickets.) Their interpretation implied that the Charter governs the acceptance of tickets to events


Due to these differing opinions by the OCA and the COE regarding the interpretation of Section 4 (c) of the City Charter, and the fact that the OCA opinion affects possible actions against OCA employees who accepted tickets, which can be viewed as a conflict of interest, we recommended that the City obtain an outside independent legal opinion on the intent and application of Section 4 (c).”

Of course, the only people who could make a request for an independent legal opinion are the members of the City Commission.  Remember last year how eager they were to go out and get an outside lawyer to give them independent legal advice when then Commissioner Spence-Jones sued the Mayor and the State Attorney?


They were eager to cover their own asses then, but the odds of that happening now, given how compromised and beholden they are to the City Attorney to provide them on occasion with similarly bogus legal opinions so they can engage in one corrupt act or another is about on par with my receiving a Key To The City for being the citizens of the year. 


Attorneys at reputable government agencies, law firms, or even private companies concerned with the appearance of being associated with unethical behavior, much less wishing to evade a real conflict of interest would have recused themselves after receiving the opinion from the Ethics Commission, and would have immediately sought out an independent body to provide a legal opinion.


It’s obvious that any such thought never entered the mind of Victoria Mendez, the City Attorney of Miami.  Instead of taking the high road, she dove straight down into the gutter where George Wysong was ready and willing to churn out a bogus, and totally unethical legal opinion that was then used to sandbag the Independent Auditor’s initial report.


That opinion resulted in a slanted, and totally inaccurate article in the Miami Herald that in turn resulted in this link on the internet about the Independent Auditor’s report on the Ultra Music Festival tickets.

This is a textbook example of what it means to manipulate the news media.


As bad as all of this is, the Independent Auditor’s Addendum also reveals a telling account about the language in the Section of the City Charter that Wysong was so eager and quick to dismiss as “archaic and outdated.”


It seems that in 2001, there was a Charter Review Commission and here is what Guba says occurred during that Charter  Review.

OCA means Office of the City Attorney, which Wysong didn’t bother to do much in the way of research before he wrote his bogus opinion, or he did do research, and discovered this information and immediately ignored it. 


No matter what, it just serves as one more indication of the poor quality of what passes for legal work by a guy who’s job it is to advise the Miami Police Department on legal issues. And you wonder why the Miami Police Department is under U.S. Justice Department review and supervision.


In the week that has passed since Guba’s original story, the bogus legal opinion issued by the City Attorney and my story on this sorry mess, I got more than my usual share of comments from readers who couldn’t believe that Victoria Mendez was that ethically challenged.


Well, she is, and this story is in many ways just the tip of the iceberg. 


It’s Miami, Bitches!


HERE IS THE INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S ADDENDUM TO HIS ORIGINAL REPORT