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Soto keeps heat on Bondi over firings

by John Kennedy | August 3rd, 2011

State Rep. Darren Soto, an Orlando Democrat,  kept the heat on Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday over her firing of a couple of high-ranking investigators probing foreclosure practices by banks and law firms.

Soto, joined by state Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, asked the U.S. Justice Department to look into the May dismissals of June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards.  Bondi on Tuesday said she was confident the actions were warranted, but acknowledged she was asking an “outside inspector general” to examine the case to see if any missteps were made.

Soto, who sought documents last week related to the dismissals, said that was a good move by the first-year attorney general. But it didn’t go far enough, Soto and Sobel said.

“Public records indicate that these terminations occurred while Ms. Edwards and Ms. Clarkson were in the midst of successful mortgage fraud litigation and in spite of prior successful reviews,” Soto and Sobel wrote in their letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

 ”As legislators representing areas ravaged by foreclosure fraud and in the interest of our constituents, we believe these terminations present an overwhelming public concern.”

The Democrats also asked Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to push for a probe of Bondi’s actions by ”an  investigatory agency not directly associated with the State of Florida in an effort to get the most neutral review.”

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One Response to “Soto keeps heat on Bondi over firings”

  1. theloneconsumer Says:

    What is interesting is that the Palm Beach community of mtg review heightened as the Tampa Bay area declined. The significance is only because the Tampa Bay area companies had three things going for them:
    1) Baondi and the GOP Party (that donated to her) received campaign contributions
    2) The women fired were challenging the Peter Antonacci atty, who represented the Tampa Bay companies.
    3) The tampa Bay companies had the fired womens’ supervisor QUIT and work for the company they were still suing in court, and another company which the litigation was settled for another employee from the AG to work there
    4) Carlos Muniz, the General Counsel was a Jeb Bush employee, and apparently, since Peter antonacci represented Jeb’s daughter, had a working relationship with the Atty for the defense.

    Now, you know why the other employee blew the whistle on Bondi’s office and they are trying to punish him with Weiss and Ed Iduradde’s Florida Bar in Tally….
    We NEED a federal intervention.

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