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State vs Carletha Cole

State vs Carletha Cole

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHESECONDJUDICIALCIRCUITINANDFORLEONCOUNTY,FLORIDASTATEOFFLORIDA,vs.CASENO:2011-CF-32S4AlCARLETHACOLE,Defendant.
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DEFENDANT'SMOTIONINLIMINEANDRESPONSETOTHESTATE'SMOTIONTODETERMINECONFIDENTIALITYOFCOURTRECORDS
COMESNOW,theDefendant,CARLETHACOLE,pursuanttotheSixthAmendmenttotheUnitedStatesConstitutionandtheDefendant'srighttoafullandfaircrossexamination,filesthisDefendant'sMotionInLimineandwouldfurtherstateasfollows:1.TheDefendantwaschargedinasinglecountInformationonDecember2,2011,withDisclosureofInterceptedWire,Oral,orElectronicCommunication,athirddegreefelony,punishablebyamaximumoffiveyearsinprison,pursuanttoSection934.03(1)(c),FloridaStatutes.2.TheallegationsstemfromMs.Cole'sallegeddisseminationofprivateCommunicationswiththeLieutenantGovernor'sChiefofStaff,JohnKonkus.3.
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isallegedthattheDefendantdistributedtheallegedlyprivateCommunications,buttheDefendanthasnotbeenchargedwiththeunlawfulrecordingoftheCommunicationsatissue.4.TheCommunicationsatissuewerebetweentheDefendantandtheLieutenantGovernor'sChiefofStaff,JohnKonkus,whereinMr.KonkusstatesthatGovernor
 
RickScott'sformerChiefofStaffSteveMacNamarawasafraidoftheLieutenantGovernor,giventhatshewasconsideredaloosecannonandthat,byMr.Konkus'estimation,GovernorScottwasexhibitingafailureofleadershipqualities,whichhadallowedtherelationshipbetweentheGovernor'sOfficeandtheLieutenantGovernor'sOfficetobecomedysfunctional.5.GovernorScott'sCommunicationsTeam,hadspecificallyinstructedstaffmemberstocovertlyrecordcommunicationswithintheLieutenantGovernor'sOffice,aswellasanyandallcommunicationswithamemberofthepressinordertoperrnitrebuttalofanymisquotesorinaccurateattributions.6.ConsistentwithformerChiefofStaffMacNamara'sinstructions,LieutenantGovernor'sChiefofStaff,JohnKonkus,boastedaboutandproudlydisplayedhis"smartpen,"whichwascapableofcovertlyrecordingcommunications.Mr.Konkususedhis"smartpen"toroutinelyrecordconversationswithintheLieutenantGovernor'sOfficeandexhibitedanobviousbeliefthatsuchcommunicationsdidnotoccurwithareasonableexpectationofprivacy.Mr.Konkusregularlyjokedabouthisabilitytocovertlyrecordconversations,allowingtheparticipantsoftheconversationnoknowledgethattherecordingwasoccurringgiventhatMr.Konkus'"smartpen"lookedlikeanunassumingwritingimplement.7.Additionally,BeatrizRamos,LieutenantGovernorCarroll'sTravelAide,alsopossessedahandhelddigitalrecordingdevice,whichsheroutinelyusedtorecordaudiocommunicationswithintheofficeandoutsideoftheofficeduringtheLieutenantGovernor'stravels.Ms.Ramosmaintainedsolepossessionofherdigitalrecordingdeviceandwouldnotallowotherstaffmemberstoutilizethedeviceor2
 
haveaccesstothedeviceabsentspecificdirectionbytheLieutenantGovernorthatMs.RamosallowothermembersoftheLieutenantGovernor'sstafftohaveaccesstoherdigitalrecordingdevicetemporarily.8.TheLieutenantGovernordecidedthatherinterestswouldbebestservedifshehadherownpersonalwebsite,bywhichheradmirerscouldmonitorheraccomplishments.Asaresult,Ms.RamoswouldconsistentlyrecordtheLieutenantGovernor'sspeakingengagementsanduploadtherecordingstotheLieutenantGovernor'spublicserver.ThesedatafileswerethentransferredtotheLieutenantGovernor'spersonalwebsitebytheDefendant,whohasexpertiseintheconstructionanddesignofwebpages.9.TofacilitatehereffortsinconstructingtheLieutenantGovernor'spersonalwebsite,theDefendantwouldoftentimesforward,viaemail,therecordingsuploadedtotheLieutenantGovernor'spublicservertotheDefendant'spersonalemailaccount,sothattheDefendantcouldworkonconstructingtheLieutenantGovernor'spersonalwebsitefromherhome,afterhours.10.TheDefendantisanAMEMinister,themotheroftwo(2)children,agrandmotheroffour(4)children,andshewaspersonallyrecruitedbytheLieutenantGovernortojoinherstaff.TheDefendanthasnopriorcriminalhistoryand,outsideofthecurrentaccusationssheisfacing,shehasneverbeenarrestedorsuspectedofanycriminalactivity.11.Moreover,atthetimethattheDefendantwasrecruitedbytheLieutenantGovernortojoinherstaff,theDefendantwasrunningasuccessfulmarketing/publicrelationsfirmandalsopublishedaninternationalmagazineentitledSilkeEndress
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