Armando Codina Is "Disappointed" With Prosecutor Richard Scruggs

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Armando Codina
As jury selection continues in the bribery and grand theft trial of suspended Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, the prosecution's main witness, prominent developer Armando Codina, gave new testimony that pokes holes in the state's case. Trial is set to begin next week.

In a deposition taken this past February 16, Codina -- a former business partner of Jeb Bush -- implies that Miami-Dade State Attorney Richard Scruggs misled him into believing Spence-Jones stole $12,500 he had donated for an event honoring former County Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler.

Scruggs brought Codina in for a second interview because he had heard the developer was "angry" or "upset" with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. Codina informed Scruggs he was "disappointed" not angry with Scruggs' comportment when he initially brought criminal charges against Spence-Jones early last year.

"You told me there had not been an event," Codina told Scruggs. "You told me that the charity was a fake and that she had used the money as her own piggybank...that no event had taken place and that she had pocketed the money."

To recap, prosecutors allege that Spence-Jones asked Codina for a $25,000 contribution to her nonprofit agency, Friends of MLK Trust, that was hosting an event for Carey-Shuler, Spence-Jones' mentor and the star witness in another separate public corruption case against the indicted city official.

She asked for the donation around the time Codina and a business partner, Ricardo Glas, were seeking a city commission vote to rename part of SE 2nd Ave as ``Brickell Avenue" to help boost an office-hotel complex with which the developers were involved. Both men cut $12,500 checks for the Carey-Shuler gala.

When he was initially interviewed by Scruggs, and again on February 16, Codina emphatically said he did not expect a quid pro quo from Spence-Jones. And since the first interview Codina told Scruggs on February 16: "I know there was an event."

Under questioning by Spence-Jones' attorney Peter Raben, Codina said he did not believe he was a victim of theft. "I did think I had been defrauded at one time," Codina testified, referring to his first meeting with Scruggs. Now, he said, "I don't think I have been defrauded." Based on Codina's statement, Raben is filing a motion to dismiss the grand theft charges against Spence-Jones. 

You can read the entire deposition below:
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Corrupt politician
Corrupt politician

Spence-Jones is a junior college drop-out who has had a reputation for corruption for years. Shake downs, pay-offs, forged documents... Long list.

jmhpro
jmhpro

I honestly believe the prosecution is posting this nonsense. A junior college drop-out? what does that have to do with anything. Bill Gates didn't go to school. This is an ignorant attack based on nothing. Just like the prosecution.

Fifi
Fifi

Spence-Jones trial is politically motivated. I am not saying that she is not like all the other politicians, but the SAO seems to me to be selectively enforcing who goes out and who stays. There is so much corruption across the board and Ms. Rundle only seems to be picking and choosing who goes out of the limelight. In the corruption case against Danny Rivera, a crook and shady character if you asked, why did she take Scruggs, a seasoned prosecutor, out of the investigation. Ahhhh, because, maybe Rundle and Rivera have crossed paths and she owes him a favor, or two. She does this with a lot of her friends.

MDIAZ082
MDIAZ082

INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. THAT'S THE LAW OF THE LAND!THE SAO SHOULD BE PUT ON TRIAL FOR THEIR UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR AND CONCEALING OF EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE. THEY JUST WANTTO WIN BY FRAMING INNOCENT VICTIMS. SCRUGGS SHOULD BEFIRED.

Guest
Guest

P_Nis - You're right. Prosecutors are so corrupt. Assistant State Attorney Gail Levine also alllowed perjury to be committed, coerced witnesses, lied to the judges, etc, in the Sean Casey case. The SAO knows Milton Hirsch told his client to leave the country before trial and won't do anything about it. That in itself is a crime. Milton Hirsch needs to take responsibility and Gail Levine needs to be disciplined. They both should be indicted.

No visible means of support?
No visible means of support?

In the last 14 months since Michelle Spence-Jones was fired has she gotten a job? How does she pay her bills?

Crime pays.

jmhpro
jmhpro

She pays her bills because she is working. Where do you get off saying she doesn't have a job? Does she have to tell you? She also has a husband who works. Why don't you put your name down on your slander

Pay to Play
Pay to Play

Pay to Play. Everyone knows they have to pay to get the vote they want.

Will any other victims come forward?

Truth be Told
Truth be Told

Wow people who are logged in as Pay to Play and Votes for sale.....Hmmmmm seems to me that these may very well be the posts of the prosecution....No facts just smears. Ignore the evidence just say anything because you can. Obviously given how so many people don't know that one is innocent until proven guilty and that prosecutors have more than once abused their power, it is difficult to imagine how anyone in Miami could get a fair trial.

District 5 deserves better
District 5 deserves better

Everyone in Spence-Jones's former District knew if they wanted anything done they had to pay her. It was the same when Arthur Teele held the seat. Teele was facing so many public corruption charges he walked from his illegal apartment in another District to the Herald HQ where he shot himself in the head.

Ever wonder why District 5 is such a slum?

jmhpro
jmhpro

You are lying. What proof or evidence do you have of this? None. And Teele was innocent.

Votes for sale
Votes for sale

Spence-Jones was selling her vote. Her staff and lobbyists knew her vote was up for sale.

Please the two developers knew they were writing checks to buy her vote.

jmhpro
jmhpro

Obviously you didn't read the deposition. Obviously you are just an angry person wanting to claim anyone is guilty regardless of facts. Facts are the only thing that are important not your slander and nonsense. I wonder if the prosecutors' office is now commenting online.....

Thestrawbuyer
Thestrawbuyer

So Codina is alleging that Scruggs lied to him during his deposition to get him to say what he wanted? Although a prosecutor misleading a witness to get them to give them the testimony they need to move their case forward, wouldn't it be worse if a prosecutor lied to a judge regarding the facts of a case? Take a look and listen in as a Assistant State Attorney does just that during a hearing...

http://thestrawbuyer.blogspot....

jmhpro
jmhpro

This in incredible. Can you say smoking gun? Scruggs lied to Codina. This is a witchhunt plain and simple. This time Miami the politician is innocent. Scruggs and the prosecution should be indicted.

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P_Nis
P_Nis

This is how corrupt prosecutors do, the sad part of this is that Rundle knows what her prosecutors are doing, suborning perjury, coercing witnesses, fabricating evidence, lying to judges, etc. yet she does nothing about it. Btw, why hasn't Scruggs been disciplined for the illegal recordings from the Pastor Gaston Smith trial?

Scruggs is a piece of shit.

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