Julie Bru Sneaks Through Vote To Give Marc Sarnoff A Lawyer on the Taxpayer's Dime

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​Miami City Attorney Julie Bru pulled a sneaky maneuver to ensure City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff continues to receive free legal representation from her office. Near the end of last Thursday's city commission meeting, Bru requested approval for a "pocket item" -- so-called because it was not included in the city's publicly noticed agenda - authorizing one of her assistant city attorneys to represent Sarnoff in his ongoing complaint against Coconut Grove resident Reid Welch.

By bringing it up as a pocket item, Bru basically ensured that no one from the public could speak against her request. It's the kind of move leaves many Miami residents distrustful of city officials.

Although the commission approved the pocket item, at least one elected official scolded Bru for bring it up under the radar. "I didn't like that it was introduced at the last minute," says Commissioner Francis Suarez. "I don't understand why it was done in that fashion. It's not the way I like to operate. She apologized."

Sarnoff says Bru told him she needed city commission approval two or three days before the meeting. "We have a trial coming up on Feb. 7," he says. "The agenda had already been published, but she couldn't wait since we have a hearing before the next commission meeting."

Bru says she wasn't trying to hide anything. "This is a routine matter that requires authorization from the city commission," she says. "I wanted to formalize it." The problem is assistant city attorney George Wysong has been acting as Sarnoff's lawyer since December, when the commissioner successfully obtained a temporary restraining order against Welch, who has been accused of making a death threat against Sarnoff.

Welch, it should be noted, was identified as the victim in a police report detailing a dust-up he had with Sarnoff a few days before the commissioner was reelected this past November. If Bru needed approval from the city commission, she should have done so two months ago by placing the request on a public agenda so folks could voice their objections if they had any.

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Taxpayers pay
Taxpayers pay

Sarnoff has been using a taxpayer paid policeman as his chauffeur for 5 years. Using a City owned SUV. Now he using City attorneys to fight his legal battles.

Screw the taxpayers
Screw the taxpayers

Sarnoff has such a sense of entitlement he definitely makes the taxpayers pay for his 24/7 security. Plus he demands a 24/7 policeman as his chauffeur. Putz.

Samples
Samples

Security in unmarked cars have been watching his house almost 24 hrs a day since the 'fight'.  I wonder who's paying for that?

Crimes
Crimes

City Attorney Julie Bru is retiring soon with a fat $200,000 per year pension thanks to the hapless taxpayers who were forced to pay taxes to cover her massive pay package.

U.S. attorney on the case?

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Ethics Commission...
Ethics Commission...

Forcing the taxpayers to pay for his attorney to handle a private matter? Sarnoff and Bru need to be investigated.

Florida Bar
Florida Bar

Bru is a sorry excuse for an attorney.

Corrupt pols
Corrupt pols

Julie Bru is a corrupt lawyer and Sarnoff is a corrupt elected official. A match made in hell.

Sarnoff was video taped attacking Reid Welch from the rear. Police Report described Reid as the victim.

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