(For a guy that clearly knows how to use a phone, Carlos Martinez is strangely silent these days.)
For a lawyer, for a defender, for an advocate for the poor, the weak, the gullible, Miami Public Defender Carlos Martinez remains strangely silent over the controversy regarding his office.
His employees are not, judging from the response in the comments section of the last post.
THE ACCUSATION: That facing times of trouble and crisis, the Miami Dade Public Defenders office used money designated by the Florida legislature for 16 new attorney positions for raises- mostly for upper echelon employees. Someone from the Dade PDs office signed off on a budget request that included positions for 16 attorneys that they never had any intention of hiring. Who did that? Why? Is it legal? Do taxpayers have any rights here to find out what's going on in the Dade PDs office? What about the Florida Legislature? Do they care? How about other SAO and PDs offices who submitted legitimate budgets without straw positions? They played by the rules. Do they have a right to complain?
There are lots of questions. Unfortunately, the person who knows the answers isn't speaking.
THE RESPONSE BY CARLOS MARTINEZ:
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THE FALLOUT: The 3rd DCA just spanked his office. More than 40 private attorneys have agreed to pitch in and help out the PDs office by taking cases for free. Now those attorneys are learning that they are working for free, not because the PDs office has no funds for new attorneys, but because the PDs office chose to use that money for raises for long term employees who mostly are not those in court fighting for clients.
THE LEGAL COMMUNITY AWAITS THE RESPONSE FROM "SILENT CHARLIE."