The Town Spends $19,876 on Attorney Expenses because Rhett, Tonja, Willie and Stacy did not like Helen Miller

PAUL, ELKIND, BRANZ & KELTON, PA
Date:               Description:                                                                                                     Hours:          Amount:
09/05/17            Read and response to public records requests              0.25                   $     62.50
                                 Telecon with Stacy Tebo re: scheduling hearing
09/05/17             Read and respond to emails re: hearing                                  0.10               $     25.00
09/06/17              Reviewed information provided by Town Mgr
                                    Relative to violations                                                                             1.75                 $    437.50
09/08/17             Telecon w/Mark Herron re: procedure @hearing          0.10                 $      25.00
09/08/17             Detailed review of charter and prep of notes
                                 For basis for violations                                                                          1.25                    $    312.50
09/15/17             Telecon with Mark Herron and Fred Koberlein
                                Re: hearing procedure                                                                            0.50                 $    125.00
                                                                                                                                                  ___________          ____________
                                                                                                                                                                   3.95                  $    987.50
Date:               Description:                                                                                                     Hours:          Amount:
10/12/17             Research re: removal based on acts prior to
                              Current term of office                                                                        2.00                   $   500.00
10/13/17             Telecon with Mark Herron re: procedures                       0.25                   $     62.50
10/16/17             Telecon with Stacy Tebo to review evidence                  1.40                   $   350.00
10/17/17             Telecon with Stacy Tebo to review facts and
                              Witnesses.  Telecon with Police Chief                                      1.50                   $   375.00
10/18/17             Thorough review of documents; telecom with
                              Stacy Tebo; prep of charging statement; prep
                              Of email to mark Herron; research on malfeasance    6.50              $ 1,625.00
10/18/17             Telecon with Stacy Tebo re: add’l allegations                  0.50                 $    125.00
10/19/17             Read letter from Mark Herron re continuance
                              Telecom with Town Mgr; prep of correspondence
                              To Mark Herron regarding continuance                                  1.25                  $     312.50
10/19/17             Telecon with Mark Heron                                                                     0.25                   $      62.50
10/19/17             Final review of evidence; remove docs for final
                              Evidence packet                                                                                          0.75                     $     187.50
10/24/17             Telecon with Fred Koberlein                                                           0.20                     $        50.00
10/24/17             Review evidence submitted by Mark Herron                    2.30                     $      575.00
10/24/17             Telecon with Fred Koberlein                                                             0.20                     $        50.00
10/25/17             Travel to and from White Springs Town Hall
                              (reduced and capped per agreement at 2.50 hours
                              Each way); met with Stacy Tebo and Pam Tomlinson;
                              Prepare questions and opening and closing statements
                              (12:30-4:00); met with Police Chief and set up for
                              Hearing (5:00-6:00); attend hearing (6:00-9:30)             13.00                    $  3,250.00
10/30/17             Telecon with Stacy Tebo re: written order                                0.10                  $        25.00
                                                                                                                                                            ________             ______________
Rate: $250/hour                                                                                                                           30.20                   $   7,550.00
10/25/17             Photocopies                                                                                                                                   $     201.00
                                                                                                                                                        _________             ______________
Total                                                                                                                                                                                        $   7,751.00
Date:               Description:                                                                                                  Hours:          Amount:
10/24/17             Telecon with Stacy Tebo and Pam Tomlinsn                   1.50                  $    375.00
01/05/18            Telecon with Associate regarding brief                             0.50                 $      125.00
02/07/18            Work on Answer Brief                                                                          3.25                  $      812.50
                                                                                                                                      _____________        ______________
Total                                                                                                                                                5.25                     $   1,312.50
Photocopies and Postage 12/19/17 and 02/13/18                                                                                    2.67
                                                                                                                        _____________        ______________
Total                                                                                                                                                                            $     1,462.50
Date:               Description:                                                                                                  Hours:          Amount:
11/08/17             Draft proposed order                                                                       1.00                  $        250.00
11/07/17             Prep of email to Mark Herron                                                      0.10                  $           25.00
11/16/17             Prep of email to Town Manager re: execution
                              Of Order; read and respond to email from
                              Mark Herron                                                                                                0.25                    $       62.50
11/21/17             Read and respond to email from Mark Herron
                              Re:  service of process                                                                         0.10                     $       25.00
11/22/17            Brief review of Petition for Writ of Certiorari                    0.50                     $     125.00
11/22/17             Prep of email to Mark Herron re: service of
                              Process                                                                                                            0.25                    $       62.50
                                                                                                                                                   _______                _______________
Total                                                                                                                                               2.20                      $      550.00
Date:               Description:                                                                                                              Hours:          Amount:
12/06/17             Research definition of interference as it applies
                              To a municipal officer in the context of removal                        2.00                   $   400.00
12/06/17             Review Summons; brief research; prep email
                              To Mark Herron re: service                                                                              0.50                  $    125.00
12/09/17             Research regarding similar charter provisions
                              Being interpreted                                                                                                  2.50                   $    625.00
12/13/17             Read email and proposed Acceptance of Service
                              Of Process; telecom with Mark Herron                                               0.25                  $       62.50
12/21/17             Preparation of Motion to Forward Petition to
                              Chief Administrative Judge                                                                         0.50                   $     125.00
12/21/17           Prep of Designation of email address; emails
                              With opposing counsel re: Motion; prep of
                              Correspondence to judge                                                                                 0.50                  $    125.00
Darren J. Elkind  4.25 hours@$250  /  Hr. Harlan G. Paul 2.00 hours @$200/hour
                                                                                                                                                      ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________               _____________
Total                                                                                                                                                                  6.25                    $ 1,462.50
Date:               Description:                                                                                                                              Hours:          Amount:
03/01/18             Add’l Research and complete prep of Answer brief                       8.50                 $  2,125.00
03/01/18             Review Order Denying Joe Griffin’s motion to
                              Intervene                                                                                                                                   0.25                 $         62.50
03/02/18             Telecon with Stacy Tebo re: Answer Brief and
                              Status of proceedings                                                                                                 0.25                 $          62.50
03/19/18             Read Reply Brief without checking citations;
                              Review request for Oral argument                                                                    1.00                    $        250.00
                                                                                                                                                                    _____________      ______________
Total                                                                                                                                                                         10.00                    $    2,500.00
Date:               Description:                                                                                                                   Hours:          Amount:
04/24/18             Review Petition for 2nd Tier Certiorari; brief
                              Telecom with Town Mgr; brief research re:
                              Mootness in election challenges                                                             1.25                     $       312.50
04/25/18             Prep of Motion to Dismiss Appeal                                                        1.00                   $         250.00
04/27/18             Review Order to Show Cause; prep of email
                              To Town Mgr.                                                                                                               0.25                    $          50.00
05/17/18             Review Order deferring ruling on Motion to
                              Dismiss; prep of email to Town Mgr.                                                           0.25                   $            62.50
                                                                                                                                                                     ___________                    ___________
Total
                                                                                                                                                                      2.70                                                   $         675.00
Date:               Description:                                                                                                                                     Hours:          Amount:
06/14/18             Review Petition in detail; research; begin drafting
                              Response                                                                                                                                       5.50                  $   1,375.00
06/15/18             Finish drafting brief                                                                                                           2.00                   $       500.00
06/28/18             Review Reply brief                                                                                                              0.35                   $         87.50
                                                                                                                                                                           ____________             ______________
Total                                                                                                                                                                                      7.85                    $    1,962.50
Date:               Description:                                                                                                                                        Hours:          Amount:
08/01/18             Review Court’s Notice of Oral Argument                                                           0.10            $         25.00
09/11/18             Prepare for Oral Argument                                                                                            4.50            $    1,125.00
09/11/18             Travel to Tallahassee                                                                                                          4.00           $    1,000.00
09/12/18            Attend Oral Argument                                                                                                         1.50           $        375.00
09/12/18             Return Travel from Tallahassee                                                                                  4.00           $    1,000.00
                                                                                                                                                                                       _________          ____________
Total                                                                                                                                                                                     14.10           $    2,525.00

 

THE TOWN SPENT A TOTAL OF $19,876 TO REMOVE DR. HELEN MILLER FROM HER COUNCIL SEAT

 

Let’s face it, Rhett Bullard did and does not wish to have Dr. Miller on the Council because she brings up facts and has made every attempt to fight for what is right in White Springs.   The Hearing was a sham because Rhett Bullard, Tonja Brown and Willie Jefferson had already decided they would be stating Dr. Miller would be charged with Malfeasance on every count even though she only asked for assistance, or asked for a check for which the School Board would have promptly provided White Springs.   In fact part of Ms Tebo’s job as the town manager is to assist Council Members.  There was no interference and in reading Mr. Darren Elkind’s billings, it is obvious this was always a witch hunt.

 

First of all, although he listed all his billings to the Town of White Springs to the Attention of Stacy Tebo, he should not have been handling the case in the first place.  His contract was for the Staff of White Springs and not for the Town itself.

 

Judge Decker used the wrong laws in deciding for the Town of White Springs because this was not a legislative hearing but a quasi-judicial hearing by individuals who had already decided they would take her out of office prior to the hearing itself.  But let’s face the facts, Judge Decker was a friend of Rhett Bullard and most judges don’t want to go against a Town Government.  And when it finally went into Appeal, only two judges felt the matter was moot because Dr. Miller was voted in again to the Council .  One judge felt her reputation was at stake and voted for her.  Alas, it did not go through, not only costing the Town $19,876 but I am certain Dr. Miller’s bill, since she also had to pay for the court reporter…which Stacy tried to remove…and other court costs paid even more.  We Griffins know the drill and have paid thousands of dollars prior $40,000 with a motion to dismiss in each case and the Civil rights case was in excess of $70,000 on our end, and heaven knows how much FMIT paid, because the Town’s insurance cost went up by $15,000.  One can’t win against a bunch of jerks who lie about everything and ruin one’s reputation and this has been an ongoing thing.

 

And Why wouldn’t we use our own Town Attorney so we would not have had the expense of transportation? Could it be that she doesn’t have a clue about being an attorney for a municipality and further more, doesn’t even know anything about Civil Law.  But in the case of Joe, I’m not certain she knows much about criminal law either because she would have not charged Joe if she could understand the elements of Fraud.  That’s probably why she doesn’t work for the States’ Attorney’s office anymore.  And you could tell from Fred Koberlein’s body language, that he knew about Rhett Bullard’s situation with a juvenile because when Joe made a public records request, Tracy sent it on to Koberlein. Koberlein tried to keep a distance from Rhett and his body was stiffened.  I could tell he was uncomfortable sitting by Rhett.  And we never got another attorney to respond because our Town is down the toilet.
Why did Stacy get to choose her own attorney instead of the Council?  Well we know Rhett, if something went wrong, could blame Stacy.  He never stands up for anything and let’s others do his bidding so he looks like a good guy which is really a stretch.

 

Just look at the billings above, Attorney Elkind even researched whether he could remove Dr. Miller for acts prior to her current term of office.  You will recall, Stacy had a pile of paperwork at the meeting, going back to Miller’s term as Mayor in which  the council approved what she was doing but apparently, they thought they could really place accusations against Miller.  When that didn’t work, because that information could not be used, they found other evidence.  I was told they, Stacy Tebo and Pam Tomlinson, spent weeks trying to find anything they could on Helen Miller and the so called complaints in the Newspaper, calling Miller a rogue Councilor, had to be changed again and there were more charges made because of the additional allegations so by the time the hearing arrived there was an entire group of new allegations or revised allegations stated in a different  manner because Miller did nothing wrong.
You could tell even Fred Koberlein had his fill with Rhett Bullard, Tonja Brown and Willie Jefferson and if that paperwork would have been provided for all to see as I am certain all the judges received via the court reporters notes, you would construe all of them a bunch of idiots, wondering how you ever voted for such trash.  This like the Anita Rivers Case which cost some $25,900 just to protect Stacy Tebo’s good name, when there is no good name for her except “Druggie” and Discriminatory Boss who doesn’t know the first thing about being a Town Manager.  She’s a waste along with the other idiots and the newly added one to take Miller’s place which you all voted for, Spencer Lofton.

 

And why did Attorney Elkind need to speak to Tracy Rodriquenz.  Well that is because Tracy plays both sides down the middle.  She will lie or do anything else she can to keep her job because she is not qualified to be a Chief of Police nor even a regular officer, and no one else will hire her, just like no one will hire Druggie Tebo.  She had the audacity to come to Joe after the hearing with fake crocodile tears, saying how terrible it was for “Helen” and Joe quickly said to her “Don’t give me that sad tale, it is something you wanted and you got what you wanted”.  And the truth of the matter is again Why did Tracy have to speak to the Attorney?  What lies did she divulge.  We know the attorney also talked to Pam Tomlinson who is one of the biggest liars next to the prior Town Clerk in White Springs…but probably not quite up to the liars, Lofty and Bullard.   I know in our Civil Rights case, they brought forward things about Joe that he never did and even though it was hearsay evidence, no judge likes to go against the Town.  Well ladies, you can do this kind of crap to citizens of White Springs who did no wrong to you but in time your nasty deceitful and illicit activities will come to haunt you in this life or the next.  God doesn’t give you a free pass to be that horrible and Tomlinson you have treated not only citizens poorly, but employees like Anita Rivers and Council Members and Managers you do not like. I do not know how you were raised but you really are one of the worse human beings on the planet as are the current councilors, with the exception of Miller.
What you have done to us; What you have done to Dr. Miller; and what you are doing to all the Citizens of White Springs to protect a druggie manager who no one will hire because she is absolutely worthless, will come to bite you in the end.  The Gang of Three, Tebo and Tomlinson are the absolute scum of the earth as is Jefferson who assisted in all of this fiasco.

 

I have never met people like the ones in this Town.  I was told that even having lived in NV which was considered the South, there would be differences moving to the Florida/Georgia area.  Not so much in Miami / Ft. Lauderdale but certainly in White Springs.  The people don’t even understand that Rhett Bullard and his Uncle Tom Lofty are controlling everyone and everything and they cannot handle people who Stand up for their rights.  We pay all this money because Stacy Tebo cannot work with anyone that doesn’t kiss her buttox but mainly She is complicit with the Bullards and their cronies and cousins in misspending funds on a continual basis and in some cases embezzlement and overall stealing. But there is no sense talking to these people about their illicit behaviors because they have no morals or conscience.

 

Karin for the blog

One Reply to “The Town Spends $19,876 on Attorney Expenses because Rhett, Tonja, Willie and Stacy did not like Helen Miller”

  1. WOW. He throws out Miller for doing the same things he allows and supports here in Jasper as their Attorney? I’m stunned and quite speechless.

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