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More on how federal grand juries operate and target letters

More on how federal grand juries operate and target letters

I've spent my afternoon talking with attorneys who have either had clients appear before federal grand juries as witnesses or have worked as federal prosecutors at one time during their careers. A federal grand jury generally serve for 18 months. The U.S. Attorney's office presents them [...]

Weekend Buzz: Hayward divide, City PR spin, Mama Benson upset, polling nonsense

Weekend Buzz:  Hayward divide, City PR spin, Mama Benson upset, polling nonsense

Uncertain Future The topics of discussion for some this weekend were the federal grand jury investigation of the Hayward administration and what will happen at the county now that Commissioner Gene Valentino is a lame duck. Hayward discussions are divided into two camps. Supporters argue that [...]

How city of Pensacola dealt with questions about Molton Allen and Williams

How city of Pensacola dealt with questions about Molton Allen and Williams

On Wednesday, the city of Pensacola will deliver to a federal grand jury in Tallahassee its response to a subpoena, dated August 15 (See MX-2300N_20140827_180518). Five city directors and department heads have also been summoned to appear. The federal grand jury meets in private. The U.S. [...]

City showed investments were competitively bid

City showed investments were competitively bid

The federal grand jury subpoena requested from the city of Pensacola documents related to the city investments and that it include Requests for Investments disseminated by Pam Childers "on or about Nov. 1, 2011 and Feb, 7, 2012." Childers, who was elected Escambia County Clerk of the Courts in [...]

Hayward and Jerry Pate Design contracts reviewed and cleared by State Attorney last year

Hayward and Jerry Pate Design contracts reviewed and cleared by State Attorney last year

As I reported, the federal grand jury process is done in secret. Mayor Ashton Hayward does not know what the jury is investigating, only the documents that the jury has subpoenaed from the city and which staff members have been summoned to testify on Sept. 3 in Tallahassee. Interim City [...]

Hayward uses the B-word…Bribery (updated)

Hayward uses the B-word…Bribery (updated)

This post was updated at 7:45 a.m. See note below. In an interview with PNJ reporter Rob Johnson yesterday, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said the federal investigation into possible bribery involving city officials was a distraction, but he denied any wrongdoing within his [...]

No press conference from the city on federal investigation

No press conference from the city on federal investigation

Inweekly has been officially notified by Pensacola city officials that Mayor Ashton Hayward has declined our request for an interview. Also the mayor has no plans to hold a press conference.

Waiting by the phone, record requests languish

Waiting by the phone, record requests languish

Inweekly has three significant public record requests outstanding. We have challenged Escambia County's position that its consultant's report on the April 30 jail blast is a work document of attorney Ed Fleming and therefore not a public record. Our position is the county lost that privilege to [...]

How a federal grand jury works

How a federal grand jury works

The Handbook for Federal Grand Jurors provides information on how a federal grand jury works. The federal grand jury's function is to determine whether a person shall be tried for a serious federal crime alleged to have been committed within the district where it sits. Matters may be [...]

Ashton and Crisis 101 (additional note added)

Ashton and Crisis 101 (additional note added)

The city of Pensacola has been subpoenaed to provide certain documents to a federal grand jury next Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Tallahassee (Read more). City employees have also received subpoenas to appear - which employees we have yet to be told. This is a significant story--how significant we do [...]

Was Ashton in City Hall yesterday? …yes

Was Ashton in City Hall yesterday? …yes

Inweekly received an email from a city official before noon on Thursday verifying that the mayor was at city hall yesterday. The necessary updates were made to the original post. No reply on our interview request. Attorney Bob Kerrigan emailed to say he was Mayor Ashton Hayward was working at [...]

Federal subpoena focuses on Mayor Ashton Hayward, Jerry Pate and city contracts (updated)

Federal subpoena focuses on Mayor Ashton Hayward, Jerry Pate and city contracts (updated)

This post was updated after receiving additional information from city staff. Per a public request made by Inweekly earlier today, Tamara Fountain, the city of Pensacola's Chief of Operations, released the federal subpoena issued by the U.S. Attorney's office to the city, dated August 15. [...]

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