Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hendry's Kristina Kulpa Loses Fight For Re-Election

Circuit Judge Finds Against Kulpa In Expensive Tax Appraiser Case

LABELLE, FL. -- After a ten-month court fight with a half dozens lawyers paid handsomely, three at Hendry county taxpayer expense, former Hendry Tax Appraiser Kristina Kulpa lost the battle to get a new election after losing by five votes last November.

Circuit Judge Christine Greider signed an order September 25th denying Kulpa a new election and denying Kulpa's request for an award of court costs.

Judge Greider says although Kulpa relied in her complaint on what Kulpa claimed was illegal voting by felons, the law actually says felons gain their civil rights automatically without a hearing under a new law in April 2007. The evidence provided at trial by Kulpa did not establish anything illegal going on at the polls November 4th, 2008.

In the lengthy order, Greider cites all the facts she heard during the day and one-half trial regarding testimony by all the witnesses, including testimony surrounding events at the Clewiston voting place by Brenda Brooks, who was claimed by Kulpa to be giving illegal help to voters. Brooks, Greider noted, was not called as a witness by any of the attorneys, and it could not be established she did anything wrong.

The 18-page Order against Kulpa by Judge Greider can be read here:


  1. Anonymous9:37 PM

    Brenda Brooks should now sue Kulpa for slander

  2. Anonymous9:47 PM

    This is great news. I really didn't think that any law was broken. I do think that Kulpa ought to be sued to recover the money she has cost our county.

  3. Anonymous3:12 AM

    This judge is nuts...Wonder how much she was paid??

  4. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Brenda Brooks is a good friend of mine. Kulpa put her through hell. She should be ashamed. The only thing Brenda is guilty of is being passionate about the election, and wanting to see change in this county. She did nothing wrong. I am so happy to see her name cleared.