Friday, March 03, 2006

Governor Jeb Bush Not-So-Glad After All and Now Says Matter is Not Within His Jurisdiction

Unresponsiveness by Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist's office necessitated calling upon Governor Jeb Bush to look into selective enforcement of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, at least where politically well-connected law firms are concerned. See previous posts for additional details.

Governor Bush's office initially responded to my concerns by email dated Feb. 22, 2006 from Warren Davis of the Governor's Office of Citizens' Services. Davis stated, "Governor Bush is glad you took the time to share your perspective and asked me to respond on his behalf."

According to Davis, "Governor Bush wants to know how Floridians feel about the many critical issues we face, and promises to keep your ideas in mind as he forms policy for addressing these concerns."

Sadly, that email was followed by a Mar. 3, 2006 email from Rex T. Newman on behalf of Governor Bush's office stating,

"Although the Governor welcomes the opportunity to review your concerns, the Attorney General is a separated elected, cabinet-level position and outside of the jurisdiction of the Governor's Office."

Hmmm. If the matter is not within the jursidiction of The Florida Bar, the City of Jacksonville, Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist or Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is responsible?

Is anybody regulating law firm fraud these days? If so, you have to wonder why there hasn't been a referral to the appropriate agency by the officials who have already been notified.

Copyright © 2006 by Jeffrey R. Hill. All rights reserved.


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