Cindi Hutchinson Trial

     Former City Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson was arrested for public corruption on January 28, 2011 . Today, the State Attorneys' Offices' calendar says the trial might be just  days away - nearly two years after her arrest.    

                                                 

    
Here is the reply I received today from an inquiry I made of the States' Attorneys' Office -

       The Broward State Attorney's Office has an active, ongoing case against former Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson. Assistant State Attorney Deborah Zimet in our Special Prosecutions Unit is handling the case.

     Ms. Hutchinson is accused of exchanging her commission votes for gifts from developers. She is charged with 11 public corruption-related charges, including unlawful compensation, official misconduct, petty theft, grand theft, conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation and perjury.

             That case is set for a calendar call / status hearing on 3/7 with a trial date set for 3/11.


                        

     The case against Hutchinson includes some bizarre behavior for a Commissioner once considered to be an "anti-development" hero.
  
     Hutchinson is accused of accepting "gifts" from a developer, after voting for the developers' large housing project in her District.
 
     The gifts reportedly included, among other things, cash, a new stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer, and something she could use to completely finish off her political career - 

                               
                                   a new toilet!
                

     Here is an excerpt from a Sun-Sentinel article a few years back that detailed the charges against Hutchinson- 

     Starting in 2005, Goldstrom said he sent over a steady stream of subcontractors to do jobs for Hutchinson, including planting ficus trees, doing "marble work" in a barbecue area at the rear of her home and a $4,000 paver installation. All of it was paid for by the development company and Hutchinson never objected, Goldstrom and others said under oath.

"She had implied to me that she had some financial problems, you know …," Goldstrom said. "And I said, well, you know I'll take care of you and I'll throw you some money…"

Goldstrom estimated he gave her "maybe three" separate payments of between $2,000 and $5,000 each. For the exact total, he told prosecutors to look through company records for checks made out to him which he said he then cashed and gave the money to her.

Detectives said Hutchinson lied to them when they went to her house on Sept. 9 to ask about the home improvements. She told them she didn't know any of Wright's associates and didn't mention any of the work the subcontractors did for her. Minutes after they left, her cellphone records showed she called Goldstrom. Goldstrom told prosecutors that she told him there were people "sniffing around at my house" and asked if there were any records of what had been done at her home. "She was concerned," Goldstrom said. "She called me a bunch of times."

    Hutchinson professes her innocence. Her attorney says the gifts were just gifts between friends and had nothing to do with Hutchinson political office.

                Stay Tuned



    
 

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  • 2/19/2013 9:15 PM Sam wrote:
    It's about time she faced the music- mistrust and polititions should not be the norm- where is the integrity??? Once one loses their integrity, they have nothing,especially someone that is put in office to serve, which is why Charlotte Rodstrum doesn't deserve to win another term.....
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  • 2/19/2013 11:16 PM Anonymous wrote:
    district 2 will have a few interested voters turn out.........For Charlotte
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  • 2/20/2013 8:56 AM Pragmatist wrote:
    Oh c'mon who is foolin who here? Broward has a culture of pay to play and we all know it. Its how business is done in this county and I dont see much changing anytime soon. Face it there is only two criterias for operating in Broward. "it's all who ya know" and "how to play the game". This fake outrage at Legislators getting caught being unscrupulous is just that "fake", if she ran for office tomorrow and put a (D) in front of her name, she would be elected if running against a (R). Thats a fact and is no secret. Democrats would elect the devil himself if he had (D) on his ticket..
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  • 2/20/2013 1:46 PM Anonymous wrote:
    pragmaist is right pay to play the norm in broward didn't the comm try to opt out of county ethics ordinance or was that just the district 3 commissioner who wanted to opt out? is there any one municipality out of the 31 in broward that haven't had at least one elected charged with soemthing like this? I can't think of one - deerfield, weston, pompano, hollywood, tamarac they have all been in news.
    what about electeds that get special treatment and discounts? buying a vehicle, having a dinner, redoing the kitchen, re-roof, and on and on
    there paying but a steep discount
    just another perk of elected office but cindy got caught
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  • 2/21/2013 2:35 PM City Activist Robert Walsh wrote:
    There is "no way out" Cindi. This notion(defense theory) that the work done on her home she thought wa s ok because(get this) they where all doing the work for free. Why, you ask, according to Cindi is cause they liked her & that they were friends.(ok). My opinion take the State plea deal. If you take it to trial,and lose, you are looking at least 60months. It would be a different story say if you had the "grad-daddy snitch up on the stand(Chait Sr. or Jr. take you pick)) but you don't. George Gretsas going to save the day, and state he was behind it-I doubt it(basiccly your word against his-hearsay). Take the plea deal.....
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