Orlando Sentinel by Susan Jacobson
June 29, 2017
After a year of investigation, the State Attorney’s Office has decided it doesn’t have enough evidence to prosecute DeBary officials for alleged violations of Florida’s Sunshine Law.
The decision was made after four City Council members and former City Manager Dan Parrott refused to be interviewed by investigators as scheduled in December, according to a memo Thursday from the office of State Attorney R.J. Larizza, whose territory includes Volusia County.
Their attorney, Zachary Stoumbos of Orlando, would let them be interviewed only if they were subpoenaed, which would have granted them immunity from prosecution based on anything they said, according to the State Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors would not agree.
Stoumbos, of Orlando, said he didn’t want them to speak under oath without being given a chance to review emails and other evidence. Doing so might have opened them up to a charge of perjury simply because they couldn’t remember details, he said.
“All of my clients had absolutely nothing to hide,” Stoumbos said. “There’s absolutely not even remotely a violation of Sunshine Law here.” [READ MORE]