SAO EMAIL RE DUIgate

Prosecutors, support staff and investigators are continuing their effort to determine exactly how many misdemeanor, traffic and county ordinance cases were involved. We can confirm that, as of this afternoon’s count, ASA David Weigel purposely did not process 116 county ordinance violations and 177 cases involving DUI charges. None of these cases were from arrested defendants. These cases were presentments by police agencies for review. We discovered that the mishandled cases were from 1997 to 2011, an average of approximately 21 cases per year during that time span. For perspective, in fiscal year 2013-14, the Broward State Attorney’s Office filed approximately 48,000 misdemeanor, criminal traffic and DUIs. When it was determined that Mr. Weigel was grossly negligent for not properly handling these cases, and that he had purposely concealed the files from his supervisor, he was fired.

Ron Ishoy, SAO PIO

CASE FILING SCANDAL?

A supervising ASA has confirmed long-term DUI Case Filing attorney Dave Weigel’s departure from the SAO.  No other information was forthcoming,  but the courthouse is all abuzz concerning a whole bunch of DUI cases that never got filed …

Developing …

UPDATE – details are sketchy, but we’re hearing hundreds of cases involving accidents and blood draws may have gone unfiled due to some sort of mix-up …

MILLER v. Di PIETRO

APD Dale Miller has filed to run against Rick Scott’s most recent judicial appointment, Nina Di Pietro.  The filing is here.

Di Pietro is not eligible for the standard two-year grace period before having to defend her seat at the polls, due to the timing of Gisele Pollack’s resignation.  She’s up with the rest of the 2016 judges.

The controversial appointment of Di Pietro has sparked more than the usual grousing concerning cronyism and nepotism in courthouse circles, and other candidates could also end up filing in the race.  Husband David Di Pietro, chair of the North Broward Hospital District, will most likely see his fundraising abilities put to the test.

2016 is shaping up to be an interesting election cycle, even before Pollack’s replacement has been sworn in …