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: http://126.96.36.199/recording/imgdata.php?bookpage=008081293