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Johan Santana -- Law Enforcement Plays Blame Game

8/13/2010 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Authorities are ducking for cover in the decision not to prosecute MLB superstar Johan Santana for allegedly raping a woman back in October ... each blaming the other side for pulling the plug on the investigation.

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TMZ just spoke with Samantha Syoen -- a spokeswoman for the Florida State Attorney's Office -- who told us they never went after the NY Mets all-star pitcher because the Lee County Sheriff's Department never presented the case.

But the Sheriff's Dept. is calling BS -- claiming a State Prosecutor named Francine Donnorummo not only declined to prosecute ... but signed an official document backing her decision. .

Now, the State Attorney's Office claims Donnorummo signed the document at an "informal and regular meeting" ... and it wasn't intended to be the final decision on Santana's fate.

Bottom line -- no one in law enforcement wants to take responsibility for letting Johan skate.


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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

Yes....the flawless game is much more important.

1535 days ago
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Jason Jost    

It was more of he said she said kind of thing nothing concreate to say what happend

1535 days ago
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gimmeabreak    

OK, here's the situation. The LCSO has a long running reputation for being the laughing stock of SWFL. Sheriff Mike Scott is just the latest example of an incompetent buffoon getting elected Sheriff down here.

He's been with the LCSO for over 20 years. Until he ran for Sheriff he had never risen above the rank of Traffic Lt. When he tried to make Sgt he failed his Sgt's exam. When he managed to get elected Sheriff of a large department he was completely unprepared for it. He has no management experience. He has no administrative experience. He has no experience with running an organization of any kind. He went form being a pion Traffic Lt. with minor responsibilities to Sheriff of a large county with over a thousand employees to oversee! Talk about being unprepared for the job!

His only real claim to fame, the one that allowed him to run for Sheriff, is this. For many years he was a "traffic reporter" liaison to the local NBC morning news. That got him lots of smiling air time and banter with the locals who liked him and didn't know squat about him. Voters only knew him as a likable talking head on the local news giving them their morning traffic updates.

The reality turned out to be that he's the most immature, vindictive, and incompetent Sheriff I've ever seen in my life. Just imagine an stereotypical incompetent southern Sheriff then dumb them down 5 fold and you've got Sheriff Mike Scott.

Just go to LEOAFFAIRS.COM and look at the Lee county forum to see what his own deputies think of him. It's sad. Suffice to say the LCSO is a toxic place to work now thanks to Mike Scott's management style. Mike throws his own men under the bus with disgusting regularity when anything happens. Mike also has a public feud with the local newspapers that he really, really despises. Mainly because they continue to report on his moronic misadventures and the inadequacies of the Dept. since he became our Sheriff. He's also peeved that they revealed one of his best buddies was convicted of racketeering, extortion, kidnapping and money laundering for the NY mob. He was a big time money launderer before gutting busted and turning rat for the feds back in the 90's. After he got out of prison he moved down here and opened a store. Since then he's ingratiated himself with everyone in power he can. He's tight with Council members, the local DA, the Sheriff etc. It seems they're all good buds with him now. One can only wonder why...

Now mind you, Mike will fire one of his deputies in a heartbeat for associating with a convicted felons. Like many other things there's no excuse for it in his black and white world.

That's until he gets called out on it. Then he's got a million excuses why he didn't know his buddy is a big time convicted felon who worked for the Cali drug cartel and proudly claims to have laundered millions of dollars for them during his drug cartel days.

Mike's management style can best be described as "Do as i say not as i do or else i'll throw you under the bus".

Am i surprised they would quietly drop a rape case involving a ball player, then when the media picks up the story try to point the finger at the DA for bungling the case? No, not at all...

1535 days ago
4.

Superman    

Charge him! It's still not too late! Throw this lowlife in prison!

1535 days ago
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THIN LIZZY    

It's Florida!! What do you expect?

1535 days ago
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gimmeabreak    

Oops, my bad i gave Sheriff Mike Scott to much credit. I meant to say that before he got elected Sheriff the highest rank Mike ever achieved was TRAFFIC CORPORAL. Yeah, that's right. He was a motorcycle cop! He had no administrative or executive experience whatsoever. The guy had no experience managing anyone let alone a large Sheriff's department. The reason he never advanced past Corporal is he didn't have the chops. When he tried he failed his Sergeants exam.

Unfortunately in Florida the only barrier to getting elected Sheriff is...

1) Get FL certified as a LEO (you need not have actually been employed in Law Enforcement. You simple need the training required to obtain certification).

2) Smile and lie your ass off to voters better then the other guy.

And no Mike. Having been co-coordinator of CrimeStop back in your traffic cop days isn't REAL administrative experience!

I've lived in Lee county for 20 years and moral at the LCSO is at an all time low. Deputies haven't had a raise in years because there's a wage freeze in effect. Yet Mike continues to get his raises. Even worse he's given out big (huge) raises to many civilians in the Department. He's promoted many of his own brown nosing deputies in administration to a still higher rank (admin is very top heavy) just to give them a raise despite the wage freeze that's in effect.

But don't take my word for it. Take the word of his own Deputies. They hang out at the LCSO forum at LEOAffairs.com.

They rarely have anything good to say about him. Mostly they just vent their despair, anger and disgust with the Sheriff and how the department they loved to work for has gone to sh*t during his time in office. Thanks to Mike it's become a very demoralized workforce they just shuts up keeps their nose down and watches their backs. So much for "brotherhood" and all of that nonsense! Once elected Mike Scott crushed any sense of brotherhood in the dept under his jack booted heel and never looked back. He hasn't kept any of his promises.

forums.leoaffairs.com/viewtopic.php?f=309

1535 days ago
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The Facts!    

TMZ, get the facts before you talk about someone "skating" on a serious charge like rape! If you did even a little investigating you would have found out that this woman went into the bushes with him, then return and watch him play tennis for 1 hour. How many women do you know want to watch their "rapist" play tennis after being rape? This is about one thing, MONEY!

1534 days ago

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