Broward County’s school superintendent arrested for perjury over Parkland massacre case

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BROWARD COUNTY, FL – According to reports, the Broward County Schools’ superintendent and the school district’s chief lawyer were arrested on April 21st, with the Superintendent having been charged with perjury in an official proceeding and the school district attorney charged with unlawful disclosure of statewide grand jury proceedings.

Authorities took 59-year-old Superintendent Robert Runcie and 72-year-old school district General Counsel Barbara Myrick into custody on April 21st, with both of the individuals facing third degree felonies that are allegedly connected to official proceedings regarding the Parkland massacre from 2018.

Back in 2019, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had impaneled a grand jury in response to the February 14th, 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed, and 17 others were wounded by a teenage gunman.

The initial purpose of this grand jury was an effort to review school safety in the wake of the tragic shooting, but over time the scope of the grand jury’s focus began to expand and included digging into areas of possible corruption and mismanagement within school district operations.

Law enforcement officials allege that Runcie had committed an act of perjury when delivering testimony to the grand jury on March 31st and April 1st of 2021. As for Myrick, authorities allege that she was improperly sharing grand jury information sometime between March 31st and April 14th of 2021.

While the indictments for the two individuals showcase the charges they are facing, the precise allegations regarding the suspected felonies committed during these proceedings are unclear due to these grand jury proceedings being held in secrecy.

As of this writing, even attorneys for the accused don’t exactly know the specifics around the alleged crimes committed by the two.  

Runcie’s attorney, Michael Dutko, claims his client doesn’t know what investigators believe he “lied about,” adding that all they have as of this time is the charges levied.

Myrick’s attorney, J. David Bogenschutz, says they haven’t even seen the physical indictment yet for Myrick:

“I’m actually very surprised that any indictment or any information is out there that the lawyers representing them don’t even know what it’s about. I can’t tell you what the [indictment] says or comment on what it means at this point.”

The Florida Attorney General’s Office did release news of the indictments but noted that they will not be providing any further information as of this time.

Runcie and Myrick are not the first school district employees arrested and charged in connection with these grand jury proceedings.

Back in January of this year, former chief information officer Tony Hunter was charged with bid rigging and bribery. Prosecutors note that in Hunter’s case, he had allegedly directed a $17 million contract to a vendor reportedly operated by a personal friend.

Hunter had entered a plea of not guilty regarding the January arrest and charge.

Following the arrests of both Runcie and Myrick, School Board Chairwoman Rosalind Osgood issued a statement noting that the school district would “operate as normal under the district’s leadership team,” while this matter is ongoing.

Osgood’s statement further noted that the school board “will provide transparency, accountability and integrity as we continue to focus on delivering the highest quality educational experience for our students, teachers and staff.”

Lisa Maxwell, from the Broward Principals and Assistants Association, also noted that the arrests of these two individuals are in no way going to adversely affect school operations, due to the fact that they are district employees and not school specific employees:

“The district provides support, but the principals manage the schools and will continue to do so.”

Runcie’s legal representation, despite knowing little about the specific allegations lodged against their client, released a statement in response to his arrest and charges that proclaimed this is some sort of politically motivated stunt:

“It is a sad day in Broward County and across Florida when politics become more important than the interests of our students.”

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In other news related to Florida, the Polk County sheriff delivered a message to area transplants that conveyed sentiments of not turning the area you moved to into the same area you’d just escaped with old voting habits. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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TALLAHASSEE, FL- At Law Enforcement Today, we’ve had our share of law enforcement officials whom we strongly admire.

It is actually a fairly substantial list—especially sheriffs who refuse to bow to political correctness by not enforcing liberty-busting coronavirus regulations and those who vow to make their jurisdictions Second Amendment sanctuaries—come to mind.

One of our favorites however is Polk County (FL) Sheriff Grady Judd.

On Monday, Judd was speaking during a news conference held by another one of our favorites, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

They were speaking about a new anti-rioting bill passed by the legislature and being signed into law by DeSantis.

During the conference, Judd warned new residents to Florida from liberal states such as New York against “voting the stupid way you did up north,” The Blaze reported.

Judd famously last September made headlines and irked far-left liberals when he provided members of the media with a visual aid to assist them in differentiating between a peaceful protest and a riot.

At Monday’s press conference, Judd praised DeSantis, as well as Senate President Wilton Simpson, House Speaker Chris Sprowls, and other lawmakers for putting the safety of Florida visitors and residents first.

“Florida is a unique place, and a special place. It’s where we work, where we live, but it’s also where the world come to play, to bring their children—and their children have a right to be safe,” Judd said.

Judd compared the leadership of DeSantis to those of cities such as Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis, where Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests have become a near daily occurrence and which have more times than not turned into violent riots, where property is destroyed and law enforcement officials have become target practice.

“That’s no way to treat a community. That’s no way to treat those that put their entire life into building their business,” the sheriff said.

“We saw folks’ businesses around this nation who literally worked their entire life and had every penny in their life savings involved.

We’re going to [be] proactive and we’re going to make sure people are safe,” repeating his mantra from last September when he held up two pictures, one of a peaceful protest next to a picture of a riot,” as seen in a video posted by WTVT-TV.

“Pay attention, we got a new law and we’re going to use it if you make us. We’re going to protect the people.”

The Daily Caller noted that during his remarks, Judd warned those moving from liberal states to leave their voting style behind them.

“We’re a special place and there are millions and millions of people who like to come here, and quite frankly, we like to have them here,” Judd said.

“So we only want to share one thing as you move in hundreds a day; welcome to Florida, but don’t register to vote and vote the stupid way you did up north or you’ll get what they got.”

Judd continued:

“There’s a reason that this place is fun. There’s a reason why we have a 49-year-low crime rate. And the same people that don’t think we should have an anti-rioting bill, or a rioting bill are the same ones that think we ought to let more people out of prison.

And where they’re doing that, as the governor and our speakers have alluded to, crime goes up, but it’s not just crime that goes up, the victimization goes up.”

Judd said the new bill was designed to protect people and ensure Florida doesn’t turn into another Seattle or Portland.

“We’ve got a new law and we’re going to use it if you make us,” Judd said.

“We’re going to protect the people. No longer will people walk up and surround you as a citizen of Florida or a visitor of Florida, surround you while you’re eating dinner at an outdoor café in a big mob without there being immediate consequences and arrest. It’s not acceptable.”

The new law, “Combating Public Disorder” criminalizes “mob intimidation”—such as the frequently seen tactic of violent mobsters accosting innocent people at restaurants—and would increase penalties for rioting, looting and related violence.

The bill also creates protections for motorists who flee a violent mob out of fear for their safety when such a response causes injuries or death to rioters engaged in such a tactic.

“We saw unprecedented rioting throughout 2020,” DeSantis said at the news conference. “We wanted to make sure the people of our great state, businesses, and property against any type of mob activity. We’re here today being prepared to sign that bill into law.”

That rioting of course emanated from the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, a death which was blamed on former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the side of Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes.

Despite exculpatory evidence showing Floyd had a deadly mix of Fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system, along with underlying health conditions, a Minneapolis jury convicted Chauvin in Floyd’s death Tuesday.

In response to the violent riots nationwide last year, DeSantis proposed the anti-rioting law to protect citizens of and visitors to Florida.

“If you are involved in a violent or disorderly assembly and you harm somebody, if you throw a brick and hit a police officer, you’re going to jail, and there’s going to be a mandatory minimum sentence of at least six months for anyone who strikes a police officer, either with a weapon or a projectile. .

“And we’re also not going to simply let people back out on the street,” DeSantis had previously said. “So if you are in custody for one of these offenses relating to a violent or disorderly assembly, you’re not getting bail before your first appearance.”

DeSantis also announced that out of state individuals participating in such riots would also have extra penalties imposed as well.

The law also criminalizes the destruction of memorials by creating a felony crime for “defacing, damaging, destroying or pulling down memorials or historic property” if the damage amount exceeds $200.

Anyone convicted under this portion of the law would be responsible for the cost of restoring or replacing the property.

As to Judd’s comments about out-of-staters moving to Florida to escape crime and high taxes, states such as Colorado and Arizona offer a cautionary tale.

Both used to be historically red states, however transplants primarily from places such as California moved to those states to escape California’s confiscatory taxes, yet took their blue-voting tendencies with them. Colorado has transformed into a blue state, while Arizona is a purple state heading for blue.

The last thing Florida needs is a bunch of liberals moving from New England and New York to escape leftist governors and going to the Sunshine State and voting the same way, Judd reasons.

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