Michael Grieco

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Michael Christopher Grieco (born September 21, 1975) is a Democratic member of the Florida Legislature representing the State's 113th House district. He is a former Miami-Dade County Prosecutor and has currently a criminal defense attorney.

Political career[edit]

Unseating incumbent Jorge Exposito, he was elected in 2013 as Commissioner in the City of Miami Beach.[1] In 2017, Grieco ran for Mayor of Miami Beach, eventually withdrawing from the campaign to run for re-election.[2] Grieco resigned as Commissioner on October 24, 2017 after pleading ‘no contest’ in Miami-Dade County criminal court to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of accepting a campaign donation made in the name of another. He was sentenced to one year of probation and was not allowed to run for office during that time in a deal prearranged with prosecutors. Adjudication was withheld (no conviction) and the case has since been sealed. Grieco was also ordered to pay $3,000 to the State Attorney's office and $3,000 to the Miami-Dade Committee on Ethics.[3] Mr. Grieco is currently facing several bar complaints before the Florida Bar, including one in which he has threatened individuals for disseminating the website www.commissionermichaelgrieco.com .

Grieco won his election to the Florida House of Representatives' 113th House District on 6 November 2018 from the platform of the Democratic Party. He secured sixty-three percent of the vote while his closest rival Republican Jonathan Parker secured thirty-eight percent.[4] He is currently running for a second term in 2020 and is unopposed.[5]

Professional career[edit]

After attending American University with a degree in Communications, Law, Economics and Government (CLEG), Michael Grieco went on to graduate from the University of Miami School of Law in December 1999.[6] Michael Grieco served as a Miami-Dade Assistant State Attorney from 2000–2006, soon after opening up his private law practice.

On July 31, 2015, Michael Grieco was successful in convincing a judge to dismiss murder charges against a woman accused of illegally killing a man with a single shot from her handgun. Utilizing Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground Law, Grieco moved for statutory immunity and then-State Circuit Judge Rudolfo Ruiz granted the motion after a full evidentiary hearing.[7]

On June 28, 2019, after a 3-week Federal Jury Trial, defense attorney Grieco secured acquittals on 3 of 5 counts levied by the U.S. Attorney's office against former City of Miami Police Officer James Archibald.[8] Archibald was convicted on the remaining two counts and received a sentence of 10 years in Federal Prison, the minimum sentence allowed by law and lower than the recommended sentencing guidelines. The case is currently pending appeal.[9]

On December 13, 2019, Michael Grieco was retained as an defense attorney for former Hialeah Police Officer Jesús Menocal Jr. Former Officer Menocal Jr. was arrested by the F.B.I. for “ with violating the civil rights of two women, one a minor, by unlawfully detaining them and pressuring them for sex while working as a police officer. He is also accused of threatening them with the use of a dangerous weapon, his police-issued firearm.” In a news release, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami said Menocal had directed the minor to remove her clothing “for his own sexual gratification.” Prosecutors said Menocal exposed himself to the second victim and “grabbed” her. He was also on duty at the time. Michael Grieco, Menocal's defense attorney, told the Miami Herald in a text: “It’s Day 1. I am simply happy we were able to swiftly secure his release today.”[10]

On December 17, 2019, Michael Grieco secured a not guilty verdict on behalf of a 21-year-old client charged with Battery on a Police Officer. "Edward Palad, 20, was accused of slapping a Miami Beach Police sergeant on the back, and body camera video was played in court."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miami Beach History of Mayors and Council Members" (PDF). Miami Beach City Government. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Blaming 'mudslinging,' Grieco drops bid for Beach mayor".
  3. ^ https://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/10/24/michael-grieco-resign-criminal-charge-2/
  4. ^ "Florida Election Results - Election Results 2018 - The New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Florida Department of State".
  6. ^ "The Florida Bar".
  7. ^ "Judge: Woman justified in killing unarmed man outside Kendall strip club".
  8. ^ ""Two Miami cops found guilty of protecting drug dealers, now face long prison terms"".
  9. ^ ""Two Miami cops get drastically different sentences for protecting drugs in FBI sting"".
  10. ^ {{cite web|url=https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/hialeah/article238346583.html#storylink=cpy
  11. ^ ""Tourist accused of slapping Miami Beach cop acquitted of battery" WSVN 7 NEWS MIAMI 12/12/19".