The daughter of a Palm Beach County Commissioner has raked in $56,000 in taxpayer’s money to teach deputies how to testify.
Not only is this a possible conflict of interest, but if deputies need to take classes in telling the truth, then maybe they are not cut out to be deputies.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Michelle Santamaria, a former prosecutor in the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, said she came up with the idea to start a company, called Testifying Made Simple, while working as a prosecutor. She left the job after securing the contract with the sheriff’s office.
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said the classes are necessary.
“We had several comments from different prosecutors saying your deputies just aren’t doing well in court. They just haven’t had the training. They don’t get it in the police academy.”
It should be a matter of simply stating “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
And why should deputies get tax-funded training when anybody else who takes the stand will not get this training?
Sounds unconstitutional to me.