BY BUDDY NEVINS
Wife beating charges have been dropped against William “Bill” Lewis, a political consultant for Sheriff Al Lamberti who was arrested earlier this year.
The charges were dropped when Lewis’ wife took the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination and refused to testify in the case. Other accusations contained in the police report were disproved by an investigation.
Lamberti has been attacked repeatedly in campaign ads featuring Lewis, who worked for the sheriff’s campaign helping with social media before his arrest. One of the latest ads is below.
The ads call him a convicted felon, but Lewis pointed out that he had been cleared by the Secret Service to attend this week’s presidential debate in Boca Raton.
Bill Lewis and Marco Rubio at debate
“The Democratic State Attorney of Broward County cleared me of all charges,” Lewis told Browardbeat.com.
Lewis is a Republican activist.
In his bizarre arrest, Lewis was busted when his wife called 911. When deputies arrived, the police report states that she told them she was fearful because during an earlier fight, Lewis “sprayed her entire body” with Lysol and hit her in the face with the can causing her to get “several stitches above her eye.”
Lewis said the police report was false. He said investigators “went to (the hospital) and showed she was never treated.”
John Contini, Lewis’ attorney, said the wife had her own lawyer at a meeting with the State Attorney’s Office and took the Fifth. If is possible she refused to testify because she didn’t want to be prosecuted for not telling the truth to officers who responded to her emergency call.
It was also revealed during an investigation that on the night of the incident, she had been drinking and taking pain killers which called into question her original report to officers, according to Contini.
“The state became aware of her own activities that night which, to be polite, included the ingestion of some medication and some wine. You then have an effect that perhaps played into her remarks to officers that night,” Contini said.
Lewis had been charged with a domestic violation with battery by touching or striking. He was also charged with obstructing justice by tampering by stopping his victim from calling 911.