Statewide prosecutors demolished a motion to dismiss a felony perjury charge against Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie in documents filed Monday. Runcie’s team of high-priced lawyers claimed the unsealed indictment lacked specificity. Prosecutors said Runcie “was not alleged to have lied under oath regarding a trivial matter, but rather about one deemed worthy of investigation by a Statewide Grand Jury convened by order of the Florida Supreme Court.”
Prosecutors said Runcie’s demand for the premature release of his testimony could have resulted in “prejudice to any investigations ongoing at that time, or to himself.” Prosecutors said release of testimony would violate the law since the disclosure of testimony before the Statewide Grand Jury is prohibited by law. Any release of such testimony is a felony.
According to Prosecutors, Runcie’s argument “is that the State should have violated the law in order to describe his crime to his preferred level of detail.”
Prosecutors said no court “should countenance such absurdity.”
The document revealed the perjury charge against Runcie stems from his testimony regarding the January arrest of former Broward Schools Chief Information Officer Anthony Hunter for bid tampering and unlawful compensation for official behavior.
Prosecutors allege Runcie spoke with witnesses in order to prepare for his testimony before the Grand Jury in March. These witness had previously testified before the Grand Jury. How did Runcie know they testified before the Grand Jury?
Prosecutors say Broward School Board Lawyer Barbara Myrick assisted Runcie in preparation for his testimony. Myrick is listed as the lawyer for four Broward School District employees who testified in the Hunter matter. Prosecutors allege Myrick identified the witnesses listed in the Hunter case and even contacted them before Runcie testified.
Runcie denied, under oath, speaking to any witnesses.
Did Runcie and Myrick coach witnesses? Did Runcie and Myrick shape their testimony to fit the witnesses’ accounts?
Runcie and Myrick acted like mafiosos instead of community leaders. They acted like gangsters trying to “get their stories straight” before talking to the cops.
All those Broward millionaires and community leaders who attended Friday’s pro-Runcie rally should apology immediately. These charges are no trivial matter.
The School Board of Broward County should fire Robert Runcie and Barbara Myrick immediately.