Important to remember how Needelman conviction came to pass

Important to remember how Needelman conviction came to pass

Florida Today, November 1st, 2017

Dear Editor,

On Tuesday, justice was served in the Needelman trial. While credit is due to FDLE and state attorney’s office for the investigation and prosecution, without the tenacity of Clerk of Courts Scott Ellis, none of this would have happened.

Back in early 2012, both the Florida Today and local law enforcement were spoon-fed the same information eventually given to FDLE, but neither did anything with it. At one point I wrote a letter to the editor describing the criminal activity and begging for someone to investigate, and… nothing. The only local media coverage of any of this prior to Needelman’s arrest was by Brevard Times.

It wasn’t until I physically met with FDLE investigators on July 16th, 2012, with information compiled by Scott Ellis and I, that things finally started moving. It’s taken more than five years, but Needelman will finally be punished for his crime.

In all of the media coverage of the trial one fact is repeatedly omitted: the investigation was begun at the behest of two private citizens. Not the newspaper. Not local law enforcement. Just two citizens who refused to look the other way while the largest corruption scandal in the history of Brevard was unfolding.

This post was written by
Writer, political activist, Organizer of the Brevard Tea Parties, Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) Nat'l Chairman and candidate for Florida House, District 52.

2 Comments on "Important to remember how Needelman conviction came to pass"

  • Linda Gottwald says

    Mr. Nye,

    Thank you for what appears to be a serious attempt to address the disturbing corruption that appears to be rampant in so many Florida counties. As a former contractor with Monroe, County, I can personally attest to being harassed at the County administrator’s direction, by the media, the state attorney’s office and the FDLE to leave the county in order to allow a competitior to overtake our contract. My organization’s assets were frozen and I was personally defamed over four years while litigation dragged on. We eventually won our case, but not until our organization was ruined. (SUFA vs. Monroe County). If you have any inclination to investigate the machinations of Monroe County, I would be grateful. At any rate, best of luck with your campaign and you may count on my support.

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