Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Dimwit of the Day Award to Dania Beach City Commissioner John Bertino
According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (here), this fine elected official, Mr. Bertino, a 63 year old real estate broker, will be charged with criminal mischief for allegedly keying the car (a black 2004 Audi A8) of a person who pulled into the restaurant parking space Bertino wanted.
Bertino would probably not have been charged with the crime, but for the fact that his conduct was reportedly witnessed by an Assistant State Attorney who, while enjoying her breakfast and looking out the window in the restaurant, apparently observed Bertino, with key in hand, scratching the car.
Bertino declined comment to the local newspaper, and his attorney David Bogenschutz (defense attorney of choice for criminally-accused or investigated Broward County public officials) said he will plead not guilty. Just remember, folks, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Mr. Bertino has only been accused of a crime. He has not been convicted. I'm not saying he did it. I'm not saying he didn't do it. I was not a witness, although I can testify that Bertino was not with me that morning, and I was nowhere near the restaurant in question. I'm only repeating what has been reported in the newspaper.
Nevertheless, Bertino still meets the criteria for a Dimwit of the Day Award. Hey, Bertino, great example to set for your children and grandchildren! I'm sure your family and your constituents are very proud of you.