BY BUDDY NEVINS
Mike Satz, Broward’s tough top prosecutor for 34 years, is the victim of a theft.
And he didn’t even know it.
mikesatz.com has been registered by a Fort Lauderdale media company.without his permission.
The site features attacks on Satz. It accuses Satz of prosecuting more people than Miami-Dade, but criticism like that will only get him votes.
Satz said he never knew that Rodan Media Group bought his Internet name from under him. The president of the Rodan company is a Fort Lauderdale lawyer, Donnie Goodwin.
The site links to floridapolitical.com which also attacks Satz. This second website states “the recommendations on this page were tendered by Donnie Goodwin, esq., at 200 SE 6th Street, Suite 404, Fort Lauderdale.”
Goodwin’s website–fileafloridabankrupcy.com–describes Goodwin’s law practice as consisting of bankrupcy and debt relief. The lawpractice website was designed by Rodan, the firm that registered mikesatz.com.
Goodwin could not be reached for comment.
His partner in Rodan is Danny Pryor of Fort Lauderdale, who once was charged with theft in Broward. The case was dismissed.
There is nothing criminal about buying any Internet name, so Satz won’t be prosecuting.
The State Attorney is not worried. There are plenty of other Internet addresses out there.
In the meantime, Satz is not waiting until 2012. He has been quietly gearing up his re-election.
He spreading the word among political figures and potential donors he is running for re-election.
“I haven’t said it publicly. I’m running, Satz says.
Satz will run on his experience 34 years of running the state attorney’s office. He was a prosecutor, including four years running the capital crimes division, before winning office in 1976.
The office files approximately 16,000 felonies a year.
Courthouse gossips identify several prosecutors said to be interested in running against Satz. They will think long and hard before opening a campaign, because they would have to quit their government jobs.
The one being talked about the most is Assistant State Attorney Sheila Alu, who is also a Sunrise commissioner.
Just the idea that Alu could become Broward’s top prosecutor is giving the Defense Bar kaniptions.
With her past history as a FBI operative who wore a wire to capture corrupt pols, defense attorneys fear she is inflexible concerning defendants rights. They envision a prosecutor on steroids.
Remember it was Alu who caused a stink at the State Attorney’s Office, by pointing out that prosecutors weren’t sharing so-called Brady information with defense attorneys as required. Brady information — named for a U. S. Supreme Court decision – is evidence that could be favorable to the defendant.
When asked, Alu didn’t quite rule out a run. She did praise her boss in the following e-mail:
“I am running for re-election for my commission seat. Dan Lewis has been my campaign consultant in the past and is again for my current campaign for city commission. That is the only race I am in.
“As you know, I am an Assistant State Attorney under Mr. Satz, and I think his efforts to root out corruption in Broward under both adverse political and budgetary constraints is courageous and difficult – and I support him.
“Frankly, I am not thinking about anything but running for re-election and doing an effective job as an Assistant State Attorney representing Mr. Satz, crime victims and the public.“
It’s a long time until 2012.