As reported earlier this week, it appears as though someone does not want REDBROWARD to reveal information regarding the Young At Art childrens museum in Davie. On September 6, attorney Bruce Green sent a preservation letter to Broward Health Commissioner Sheela Van Hoose regarding REDBROWARD.com. Green is one of the lawyers who sued Florida Governor Rick Scott after David Di Pietro was removed as chairman of Broward Health. Jay Spechler, another one of Di Pietro’s lawyers, is married to Mindy Shrago, the executive director of Young At Art. Spechler was enraged after REDBROWARD asked about a item related to the museum last month.
Green’s letter arrived two weeks after Spechler became angry about our line of questioning.Days later, a Spechler emissary tried to broker a “truce.” The emissary was told Spechler should contact REDBROWARD directly. The next day, an anonymous post on the JAABLaw courthouse blog featured a photograph of this reporter’s family including two minor children.
One could reasonably take the legal action and family picture as a threat.
Di Pietro and his legal team have a history of attempting to silence online critics.
WEBSITES TARGETED OVER ANONYMOUS COMMENTS
In March 2016, another member of Di Pietro’s legal team brought legal action against JAABlaw website operator William Gelin. Brian Silber wanted Gelin to reveal information about an anonymous reader who posted comments about former Sunrise City Commissioner Sheila Alu. Silber’s “Jane Doe” lawsuit wanted identifying information, including IP addresses, about the person who made comments about Alu. Silber was seeking $15,000 in damages.
In May, Judge Michael Gates agreed with Gelin’s argument that Citizens United and other case law gave First Amendment protection to anonymous political speech.
In July, Di Pietro filed a “John Doe” lawsuit on behalf of two doctors affiliated with Broward Health. Jean-Jacques and Juliana Rajter are suing Vitals.com, a medical professional rating website. The lawsuit alleges an anonymous reviewer gave Rajter a one star rating on the website. The lawsuit wants Vitals.com to reveal identifying information about the anonymous reviewer. Di Pietro’s complaint asks for $10,000 in damages.
According to Broward Health magazine, Jean-Jacques Rajter served as the “Chief Medical Information Officer for Broward Health.” It’s unclear if Rajter is the first Broward Health doctor to be represented by David Di Pietro or his legal “dream team.”
DREAM TEAM WANTS TAXPAYERS TO PAY HUGE LEGAL BILLS
Following his lawsuit against Florida Governor Rick Scott, David Di Pietro’s legal team submitted a huge legal bill to Florida taxpayers. In June, Buddy Nevins of BrowardBeat reported Bruce Green, Jay Spechler, and Brian Silber wanted $155,000 in legal fees and expenses. According to Nevins:
*Brian Silber, a criminal defense attorney and courthouse blogger who wants $42,525 in fees at $450 per hour.
*Bruce David Green, a Florida Bar certified aviation attorney who is asking for $49,938 at a rate of $450 per hour,
*Jay Spechler, a former Broward judge who is asking for $45,450 at a rate of $450 per hour,
*Ashley Steffen, Rudy Mayor and Nicole Martell, who are part of Di Pietro’s law firm and asking for $17,122 at $250 per hour.