SCOTT ELLIS: What Really Happened in Court on July 23
By Scott Ellis // July 26, 2012
When the public records lawsuit was filed on June 27, no Blueware documents had been produced and requests for documents stretched back months.
There was no flood of requests, just the same requests repeatedly – what was being paid Blueware and on what authority?
Rather than comment on who is a pathological liar (I actually am flattered to get this from Mr. Needelman in his press release), the statement the $500,000 wire transfer was “a deposit in good faith to continue negotiations,” is backed by nothing.
The transfer states “INITIAL PAYMENT ON SIGNING.” A deposit would have gone to escrow, this did not. The money was wired directly to Blueware May 23rd. I believe much of it was already spent by Friday the 25th.
I have to admit I have always been impressed by the sheer audacity of Needelman claims and press releases. Mr. Needelman failed to show for the hearing so he could avoid any direct questioning.
This is dandy in giving one plausible denial. Should a copy of a May 23 contract surface it enables the Clerk to throw his attorney under the bus while he can re-write history as best fits the circumstances.
During the hearing I told the Judge I had received the public documents AFTER filing the FS 119 hearing. NOTHING was received before the filing.
Much of what I have now received did not come from the Clerk’s Office but from when Blueware payments of March, April, May, and June, done through electronic transfer, were finally posted to SAP Financial program on JULY 9th and they could be publicly accessed by others.
It’s another question gone unasked by the Florida Today, why did it take months to load the Blueware information into the financial system?
If nothing is to be hidden why does the Clerk continue to suppress the Krasny-Dettmer opinion on the BlueGem contract completed May 21st?
The May 23rd electronic transfer of $500,000 to BlueGem, which Needelman calls some crazy ‘good faith transfer during negotiations’ is CLEARLY marked on the transfer itself “INITIAL PAYMENT ON SIGNING.”
Who in their right mind sends a firm $500,000 to simply negotiate?
The Needelman press release is about as long as the story in the Brevard Times. The man was hiding from the courtroom, and whomever wrote the release was not there, either. The judge did not ‘rule’ I had documents.
I did not say I sued to get documents I already had, ONE of the documents were in my possession when suit was initiated. In fact after the lawsuit was initiated is when the Clerk showed up with his version of a signed contract on June 29th.
The lesson for public officials is they can suppress public records with impunity until the requestor is forced to file suit, and only then need they dribble out records during the time it takes to get a hearing.
– Scott Ellis