|Initially I had decided that I would just show Mr. Koberlein’s answers to (1) of my complaint as his win. After all it is time that the Council Members took control of their operations and allowed Bill Lawrence to run the town will full council approval. So if the attorney can sway the council along with the Mayor and Walter, so be it. When they go broke, we will be run by the County.However, today, Joe came across some very interesting information relating to Mr. Koberlein. Mr. Koberlein allegedly reviews specific laws but in my opinion assists the Town to ascertain that the Town may not follow the law. You will see Joe’s information shortly. Let’s face it we have no right to question the council and there is no redress of grievances. And by the way Joe had under 10 State Ethics complaints to which the Town got out of them surprise, surprise.
In my opinion, the Mayor and Walter McKenzie were extremely afraid that Joe would be elected into the Council and they had to do everything they could to ascertain that did not happen. The more raw evidence we find makes me absolutely ill that people are so vindictive and jealous that they will do anything in their power to make certain we are silenced, including, but not limited to charging Joe and with fraud and then trying to have someone prosecute me and Joe again. They knew when we did not wish to go through the cost of a trial that Joe would plead guilty, even knowing it was only an application and that I placed the paperwork with the application. There was no opportunity for a statement and the Town and I am certain with allegedly Mr. Koberlein’s assistance since the Mayor sends every letter to him They placed together some really great charges against us which the PTI agreement stated we could not discuss even with the Military. The reporter at the TV station they contacted wanted Joe’s side. He told the truth about what transpired and they made the TV Station remove the material but not before other sites picked it up. And of course the town utilizes the Jasper News for front page coverage of the Griffins as if we are serial killers but I guess they are calling 119’s abusive.
It is funny how the Town somehow received Joe’s last DD-214 . Since Joe did not provide such nor did he give his consent in accordance with the charges made by the Town, it makes one question just how the paperwork showed up in the charges. And Mr. Klug stated he had gone to OpNav. Since there is a law relating to Privacy and even Marco Rubio could not help me without Joe’s permission, let me reiterate the Privacy Act of 1974 on the consent form.
“In accordance with the provisions of The Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-579) your written consent is required so that we may contact a Federal Agency on your behalf. Since e do not contain a valid signature, they do not fulfill the requirements of the law. If you are inquiring on behalf of another person that is 18 or older, it is necessary that he or she sign this document. All Information must be written in English.”
So now, here shown below is my correspondence with Mr. Koberlein.
Mar 25 (1 day ago)
Dear Mr. Koberlein:
I acknowledge your invitation to provide information at the next meeting regarding (1) relating to the Mayor utilizing your services whether or not the business at hand warrants your legal expertise.
First let me state that because of the threats and actual attempted arrests when Joe has attended meetings and the intimidation I received from an officer when I attended alone, I am uncomfortable to even be in the council meeting room. It frankly raises my blood pressure because I do not believe half of the items which are expressed by specifically the Mayor and by Walter McKenzie. For instance, and this was at the last meeting we (Joe and I) attended together, the Mayor proudly stated that because of the increased Sewer rate, there was sufficient seed money for the $3,000,000 loan. As you may be aware, that statement was never in the meeting minutes and subsequently, we found the statement to be untrue when the Town attempted to secure money through the HCDA.
As was explained in the depositions by Ms. Megan Logan, supposedly everyone has a different perception (outside of the law) but in answering (1), I have read through the 1200 plus or minus personal e-mails of the Mayor, some of which have been given to another source. I understand such things as proclamations require your legal expertise, but since when are the Griffins the topic of “Town Business”, especially outside of the Civil Suit. You will recall that you and I previously had a conversation about Tim Day and the Mayor’s prior discussion with you. That discussion was brought after the fact to council members and the Town Manager and should have been a decision by the council since he was only an applicant.
The Newest item on the list is sending information of which you are involved to the Florida League of Cities relating to our Chapter 119 requests. The Mayor is hoping to secure additional legislation taking away further transparency but our situation is not the same as the suits for 119’s which are transpiring with the legislature. Those suits are bait and switch suits. There would never have to be suits or requests for 119’s if there was transparency and fairness under the law in the White Springs government and now the meeting minutes are not available, per your request, I have been told.
As you are aware, I cannot prove phone calls between you and the mayor except for e-mails and comments made thereafter in her personal e-mails. In fact, most of the 119 requests we have made had multiple subsequent requests; some denied, to find that the paperwork finally showed up. I of course would have no objection if this was the intent of the full council but I object to the Mayor making decisions and utilizing your services as a result.
You are an excellent attorney and defend the Town thick and thin, regardless of whether they are following what a prudent man would expect within the law. Yet our Town has a financial problem because of many factors which we have found from information we received from a formal council member. That information, likewise, is with our attorney. All I am asking is that all council members be involved in any decision making regarding your legal expertise, not just the Mayor.
I am quite aware that you have been extremely involved with the Mayor in both of our cases and you again may have to be involved when we receive information from the Military as to who violated the Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-579). It is apparent from the minutes, that there was a lack of fairness in Joe’s treatment throughout the years because of the Town’s discriminatory acts toward him when all he wanted was less corruption, meaning “Special Strokes for Special Folks”. In other words, Mr. Koberlein, it is noted by such e-mails that the Mayor, in a weak mayor form of government, should not be contacting you, but rather Mr. Lawrence, after council decision. Now, perhaps you have a friendship with the Mayor, whereby, you do not charge for the minutes of time spent reading her e-mails or possible telephone calls. If that is the case, please advise the council and that is not a problem. But the way I see it, the Town of White Springs has used their authority as officials of the Town to persecute not only the Griffins but any recommendations they may have. And that I do not believe is “Town Business” which requires Legal expertise, especially when only documentation is provided to another counsel.
I am copying Mr. William Lawrence so that he may be aware of our correspondence this date and I am certain that you may answer the other items on the list so that the balance of the council may be aware of my concerns, especially when the state of affairs as printed in the newspaper seem extremely dim.
Again Thank you for your invitation which I must sincerely decline, especially when my last speech was used as evidence in the “Fraud” case since the Town apparently needed an “utterance” but did not realize Utterance means something entirely different.
Karin Ann Griffin
Dear Mr. Koberlein:
Thank you for your response. I have viewed the majority of Joe’s complaints and similar to that which you claim accusatory due to the lack of paperwork, the Town has the paperwork. And you very well know what the Mayor has sent you, without information to the Town Manager or other council members..
I wish to refer specifically to one of which you have addressed regarding the FL League of Cities.which actually was sent to the Manager and City Hall:
The Mayor’s e-mail dated February 4, 2015 11:54AM addressed to you, the Town Manager and City Hall stated her attendance at the Florida League of Mayors’ legislative events and entitled it abuse of 119’s. It was initiated by the Mayor; You responded that you would add it to the agenda and the mayor clarified FLC will proceed with the abuse of 119’s whether White Springs takes a position or not due to the impact on municipalities throughout the state. You then responded, I am clear now that we’re just providing data rather than helping add language.
In my opinion, the Mayor takes on these projects as she sees fit. She will do anything, in my opinion, to “Get the Griffins”. And again if there had been transparency and if at times it did not take 18 requests to secure something like my complaints and minutes, there would not be the bulk of 119’s. You would think that 119’s were the worst thing on the planet and obviously the mayor feels it is criminal;. Thus, our suit for our Civil Rights.
The Town is to serve the people but obviously, it is my belief that the Mayor will do anything in her power to silence the Griffins. It is apparent 119’s are a service the Town does not wish to handle.
Insofar as the 100 or so Citizen’s Complaints made by my husband, not a single one was answered nor was he asked to provide additional paperwork or to request such paperwork from the town in a 119 so that the Complaint could be answered. Instead all were ignored and when he was instructed by the sunshine manual to finally take suit, there was no mediation as was provided to others; nor was there an answer; instead there was a motion to dismiss each of the 18 of 19 suits and he was charged for attorney costs and fees. Unfortunately he handled pro see. Maybe some may find this to be fair but I do not. All he ever wished was transparency but we have been hounded by the Camel Club of which Walter McKenzie is part of and has information on by his statement under oath to Judge Scaff and treated with the utmost of disrespect by the Town Officials including Ed Miller’s famous letters.
Plus when Mrs. Miller wrote all those personal e-mails which she did not initially copy the Town on, obviously she was violating the Sunshine Law by working in the darkness without Council approval.
You are familiar with the Law and surely must understand that some things which were done to silence and punish us are not within the Law. And knowing a bit more about you, I cannot believe that you would have recommended her to follow through with such actions.
Insofar as some of the other complaints of Joe’s such as transparency; inability to address or receive an answer from the council, paperwork should not be required. Such paperwork is within resolutions, I would assume.
You say that the Mayor is 20% the client and that any and all of the Council members have your personal attention. I have worked in corporations all of my life and only certain individuals are allowed to work with the attorneys, not all, even if you are an officer. This very same thing happened to me when the son of one of the owners of my catch and release fishing ranch kept calling our attorney for which he did not have permission. I ended up with an $11,000 bill that month. That is why not all members should contact you but rather the Town Manager who has the position to handle money and day to day business.
Although you have vowed to handle the law, do you really believe that the Mayor had the right to do what she has to the two of us, regarding our civil rights? The following relating to the letter she also attached. I don’t expect you to answer because it relates to the current case; yet I ask that you consider the matter:
From: Dr. Helen B. Miller, Mayor Town of White Springs
To: Frederick Koberlein
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:40 PM
Subject: Re: White Springs
The Griffins are alarmed by the prospect of Karin Griffin being charged with a felony, of Joe Griffin determined to be in violation of his Deferred Prosecution Agreement, and additional charges being filed against them.
Apparently the Griffins are saying (perhaps through their attorney) that they will do anything we want to stay out of prison.
I’d like to get this letter to ASA Hatton asap.
From: Frederick Koberlein
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:41 PM
To: ‘Dr. Helen B. Miller, Mayor Town of White Springs’
Subject: RE: White Springs
I have not received an attachment. Please retry.
From: Dr. Helen B. Miller, Mayor Town of White Springs [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:11 AM
To: Frederick Koberlein
Subject: White Springs
Would you kindly review the attached letter and provide any suggestions for revisions.
Mr. Koberlein, is this really what you are required to legally handle? This doesn’t even make sense and I do not know where she received this information from.
Again, Thank you for your response and although I am certain we agree to disagree because we are each of a different opinion, I do appreciate your reply. It was a pleasant surprise to even receive a response.
Karin A. Griffin
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