Case closed?

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM.

What is the old adage about sticks and stones and words?

This is all about words communicated through a phone chain that would rival any backroom game of Post Office.

Public money went into investigating and interviewing and putting a recording device on a sitting county commissioner in order to gather “evidence.”

Public money was devoted to investigating an organization and its president that had committed the crime, by all indications from the public file, of simply using politics to battle politics in a county election.

A group that dared to question leadership by, again, according to the final investigative file, sending a letter to said commissioner raising an issue that remains the core of an ongoing investigation by the Florida Commission on Ethics.

A group that exercised that fundamental right spelled out in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to assemble and protest government.

And public money was also used to gather less than flattering information on others, to even threaten them with possible indictment, as was spelled out in the letter that originally closed the case in October and did not reference Garth.

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