“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
“If John Couey, given the horrible nature of this crime, doesn’t get the death penalty because of brain scans, then you’re gonna be seeing a lot of brain scans and a whole lot of mental impairment discussions in every capital case from now on.” Kendall Coffey on murder of Jessica Lunsford.
“He goes before FBI investigators, doesn‘t recall this critical discussion. Then he gets in front of the grand jury, […] It’s only after, bam, there is a document that‘s going to confirm that he spoke to Matt Cooper on that date that all of a sudden his memory gets a whole lot better and he goes back before the grand jury.” Kendall Coffey on the possible indictment of Karl Rove.
“How do you take these extraordinary circumstances about an extraordinary person and turn it into an ordinary case about an ordinary defendant?” Kendall Coffey on astronaut Lisa Nowak murder charges.
“So if there’s anything that would increase moral litigation, subject us to avalanches and flood tides beyond imagination, it’s opening the door to suing judges whenever we disagree with what they do.” Kendall Coffey on the right to sue judges.
“To say that these realities should be ignored and that you should be blindfolded to what is happening judicially, legally and most importantly what is evolving so dramatically in both counts in other counties, I think, ignores the most basic duty there is, to look at the truth and make a fair decision.” Kendall Coffey on the 2000 Florida voting recount.