When indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona retired last Monday, the message points about the time needed to prepare and participate in his defense quickly gave way to the real reason; accepting pro bono legal counsel from a top white collar crime law firm. Advocate Shirley Grindle received broad acclaim for speaking up and denying Carona the chance to have his cake (keep his job) and eat it too (get free legal counsel).
But media relations services, offered on a pro bono basis from Mike Schroeder and Flash Report publisher Jon Fleischman, are professional services billed very much like legal services. So unless the hourly rate for both men is less than what an undocumented worker collects for picking strawberries, the indicted ex-Sheriff has already received several thousand dollars of free/gifted services in the form of hours of media relations services starting back during his post-indictment interviews (“why don’t you ask him if he intends to resign?”- John Fleischman to reporters, 10/30/2007). Fleischman, in comments on Flash, admits he worked pro bono to help the sheriff on indictment day interviews.
So how much time did Jon spend on the Sheriff’s media relations? How much time did Schroeder spend? Isn’t this a violation on the order of the free legal services question?
And a parting shot here, today’s Flash Report has Jon’s featured commentary on the state budget crisis recommending a unified Republican front of the GOP legislature and the Governor to present cuts to the Democrats in the legislature whom Fleischman couldn’t resist the chance to call them “pro-criminal.”
So, come this July, IF Mike Carona is found guilty by a jury of his peers or SOONER, should the Sheriff cop a PLEA and ADMIT guilt, does this mean that Jon and his cronies are PRO-CRIMINAL? To quote Andrew Davey, ‘WHAT DO YOU THINK?”