Carmel Cafiero of WSVN channel seven wields a rather sharp hatchet, which she does not hesitate to use on the subjects of her stories on the nightly newscast; the pieces are edited with quick cuts, and dramatic music and graphics, all done in a manner designed to inflame the viewer against the subject of her story.
Enter Judge Pando of the County Court in Hialeah and this story.
Florida Wellness and Rehabilitation Center is a corporation being sued in several cases before Judge Pando.
In 2011 the company filed papers with the secretary of state to dissolve the corporation. An accountant for the company later said the papers were filed in error.
Query: How does one mistakenly produce the necessary paper work to dissolve a corporation, then mistakenly put it in an envelope addressed to the secretary of state, then mistakenly put a stamp on it and then mistakenly put the envelope in the mail?
Answer: The account is Rosemary Woods reincarnate. (You young PDs and ASAs go ask your parents who Rosemary Woods was.)
Enter Judge Pando, who inexplicably (at the moment-perhaps the Judge will explain) then wrote the secretary of state asking them to reinstate the corporation. The secretary of state did so and notated on the file "re-instated by court order." The secretary of state then went out and had a drink, having worked harder on this case in a few days then he/she has for the year so far.
Item: a month after the letter was sent, four separate Florida Wellness clinics contributed the maximum of $500.00 to Judge Pando's re-election campaign (the Judge is on the ballot with Barak Obama this fall).
The piece ends on a high note with clips from a 2005 video from the Florida Supreme Court issuing Judge Pando a public reprimand for some transgression during her prior campaign.
As always, we invite the Judge to respond by email with the assurance her response will be posted on the front page unedited and without snarky comments.
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