Memorandum – Statewide Grand Jury Makes Anti-Corruption Recommendations in First Interim Report

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The Office of Statewide Prosecution today released the first Interim Report
of the 19th Statewide Grand Jury on Public Corruption. The report outlines
legislative changes that are recommended to strengthen existing civil and
criminal laws to combat public corruption in the State of Florida.

“The Cadets at our nation’s military academies swear an oath to neither
lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do.  There is no reason we should
hold our public officials to a lesser standard,” wrote the Statewide Grand
Jury. “We hope our words are heard and our recommendations are followed.”

Key recommendations of the Statewide Grand Jury include:

–    Expanding the definition of public employees to include private
employees contracted by government entities that perform government
services;
–    Creating sentencing enhancements for offenses committed by officials
who use their public position to facilitate their crimes;
–    Creating an independent State Office of Inspector General,
responsible for hiring and firing agency Inspectors General;
–    Expanding definition of criminal bid tampering to include bid-rigging
schemes; and
–    Authorizing the Ethics Commission to initiate investigations with a
supermajority vote of commission members.

The Grand Jury has been charged with investigating public corruption in
Florida. The Grand Jury’s term is set to expire in February 2011. It has
been presided over by Broward County Chief Judge Victor Tobin and supported
by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

A copy of the report is available online at:
http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/JFAO-8CLT9A/$file/19thSWGJInterimReport.pdf

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the
Attorney General’s Communications Office at 850.245.0150.

 

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