ETHICS COMPLAINT

vs. Joseph Adams, Esquire 

PRESS RELEASE Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc. 

January 11, 2006

 

The Probable Cause Hearing in an ethics complaint filed against Joseph Adams, Esq. is scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 412 of the Knott Building, Tallahassee, Florida. 

 

Adams is managing shareholder of the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff P.A. 

 

As already announced in CCFJ press release dated June 21, 2005, a Florida condo owner filed a complaint with the Florida COMMISSION ON ETHICS in regards to Adams' actions as the chairman of the ADVISORY COUNCIL ON CONDOMINIUMS. The Initial Complaint was supplemented by Additional Documentation with 3 Attachments . The documentation speaks for itself!

 

Created by 2004 Florida legislation, the express intent of the Advisory Council On Condominiums was to give Florida's condo-owners an opportunity to voice their complaints about problems they encounter in their associations.  Yet there have been cases where condo owners refused to testify in front of the Advisory Council when they realized exactly who would be hearing their complaints!  In many instances, Adamsí very presence intimidated the condo owners whose association boards pay Adamsí law firm for legal services.

 

Whatever the outcome of the ethics complaint against Adams, this unfavorable situation definitely was not the legislative intent of the Florida legislators who had sponsored the bill that created the Council.   

 

But it all confirms the opinion of a large majority of our citizens.  Yesterday, in a poll conducted by TNS, a wide majority of respondents stated that ethics and honesty are at an all-time low!

 

Most disturbing fact:  Financed by the Florida condo owners, this Council was chaired by a managing law firm that attracts most complaints from condo owners! 

The complainant has asked Commission Member Richard L. Spears to recuse himself from the proceedings.  Spears has been a Community Associations Institute executive and has worked together with Adams and the CAI Legislative Action Committee, thereby definitely creating a conflict of interest!


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