On February 8, 1999, Kathryn Malie traveled to Fort Lauderdale City Hall to clear her name. The 14-year veteran bureaucrat was armed with a three-volume, 200-page-plus report, complete with receipts, city memos, and intraoffice e-mails. Also in tow was her lawyer. Her audience in the sterile conference room was Pete Witschen, the assistant city manager, and Faye Outlaw, director of Fort Lauderdale's housing and community development office -- a job title Malie once claimed as her own. An attorney hired by the city was also present. For two and a half hours, Malie laid out, in mind-numbing detail, her case for innocence. The only interruption was an occasional... More >>>