“So what they appear to be exploring is disconnects between staff recommendations and decision making. That’s a significant road map, because they are curious to know if staff recommendations have been ignored. Public officials are not obligated to follow staff recommendations, but if you’re looking for a list of transactions which may have been subjected to external influences, that is a logical way to assemble the list.” “Not every grand jury investigation results in any indictments at all. So I don’t think we can usefully speculate about who may be in legal jeopardy. What we know is that it’s a serious matter, that it’s starting to take focus and the investigators hope to focus further by identifying any transactions opposed by staff.” “They’re not at the beginning. They’re not just getting started here, I think. But they’re not within weeks of decisions either.” – Kendall Coffey on the FBI’s investigation of the city/county Community Redevelopment Agency in Tallahassee
“You know so many times the interest of the public sort of drops off after the sentencing. This time, Rick, I think a lot of the victims are going to want to know where he’s staying now that he’s going from the “penthouse”– they want him to be going to the “big house.” Kendall Coffey on Bernie Madoff.
“We have a love-hate relationship with the death penalty. We see these despicable crimes; we want the maximum punishment applied to people who brutally kill children or to terrorists. At the same time we’re very concerned about mistakes being made, both mistakes with respect to selecting who is worthy of dying, if anyone, and mistakes with respect to the actual administration of execution. And these kind of cases, where horrible pains and horrible mistreatment occurs in the course of an execution, are very troubling to Americans and obviously of great concern to the United States Supreme Court.” Kendall Coffey on the death penalty.
“If the defense had been able to go to trial without a body being discovered, hopes for reasonable doubt might have been compelling. If the body proves to be Caylee, then it immediately becomes an uphill case for the defense,” Kendall Coffey on the murder of Caylee Anthony.
“The shocker here is that a lawyer was charged who is not acting as a criminal accomplice…It’s more than chilling. It’s paralyzing. If they’ll prosecute Ben Kuehne, then anyone can be prosecuted.” Kendall Coffey on charges against Ben Kuehne.
“Let’s face it. The Nazi war criminals were tried by the allies. They did it directly. The verdict of history has been very positive. Why? Because the shocking dimensions of their criminality for decades was vividly demonstrated and that’s what needs to happen here.” Kendall Coffey on the trial of Saddam Hussein.