Prison inmate Darren Rainey’s death is a tragedy, but the Miami-Dade state attorney’s response to public criticism has been revelatory.
Furthermore, Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s reaction to public criticism is easily defined, unlike the complex contours of a criminal proceeding.
Nobody forced Fernandez Rundle to materially misrepresent her office’s job performance on police accountability issues.
She had over a month to prepare for a public meeting with the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, of which I am a member — though I am writing on my own behalf — and the assistance of a team of lawyers, who prepared with two additional party committee meetings in May.
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The Miami Herald caught Fernandez Rundle telling a lie to the party about her office’s poor record of police accountability.
Later, I found out that the SAO was blocking several critics in that room on Twitter, and a dozen accounts critical of the Rainey decision.
Late last week, I heard from some of the censored individuals that they’ve been unblocked — but the chill remains.
The state attorney holds a powerful constitutional law enforcement position, and has few, if any checks or balances outside the ballot box.
The state attorney’s factually weak performance in front of her own party wasn’t just a speech either.
In defense of the Rainey decision, the team of attorneys from her office conducted what amounted to a mock trial with no jury, no judge, no witnesses and no prosecutors.
Don’t just judge the state attorney by her decision to pass on charges against the four prison guards in the Rainey case.
Judge based upon her inaccurate responses to critics when they demanded answers about her decision to pass on prosecuting the perpetrators in Rainey’s shamefully tragic death.