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The case filed against Spence-Jones was a bit like the unfiled case against Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman being investigated by the State Attorney's Office.
It's a terrible ruling, obviously. Selling your vote for any reason is against the law -- and Rosa Rodriguez should know that.
The Rosa Rodriquez ruling totally doomed the Spence-Jones case. And it's more evidence that when it comes to prosecuting public corruption, it's the judges who you have to worry about more than the juries. Remember, these judges are politicians too (another reason to appoint judges).
"We disagree with the judge's interpretation of the bribery law," Miami-Dade State Attorney Kathy Rundle said. "Bribery has become very sophisticated in our community. We believe that bribery done to influence a public official, even if done through a charity, is illegal. We will continue to investigate, prosecute, and enforce our bribery law."
But is the Spence-Jones case really a loss for Rundle or the people of Miami?
There will be no public backlash against Rundle -- except perhaps from Spence-Jones' backers -- for trying the case. The trial revealed dirty politics at play and forced Spence-Jones -- who still faces a separate and unrelated grand theft charge -- to answer for her actions in a court of law. It was a public service.
The only really negative outcome of the trial is that ruling by Rosa Rodriguez. Hopefully, it will wind up on the trash heap of history where it belongs.
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