By Chris Nelson. March 11, 2021. The attorney representing Mike and Jillian Carnevale has reached out to Governor Ron DeSantis on his client's behalf. Cory Strolla, the Palm Beach lawyer representing the couple who lost their gym and now face jail time for refusing to comply with Broward County's Illegal Mask Mandate (Read more here: South Florida Gym Owner Facing Six Months in Jail) penned a letter to the Governor today. Here is the full text:
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First and foremost, millions of citizens across Florida cannot thank you enough for taking a stand against unreasonable and overreaching government entities that have fined law-abiding Floridians and/or their businesses over the past year of “two weeks to flatten the curve“. Secondly, I hope local governments do not force you into unnecessary litigation regarding said executive order like we may see with Austin, Texas. We can only hope and pray that Florida‘s Attorney General will stand behind your newly signed executive order 100%, and is ready to fight vexatious and bad faith litigation with fierce and zealous advocacy.
However, and most importantly, the reason I write this correspondence to your attention is sadly your newest executive order does not reach far nor wide enough to save and protect all innocent and law-abiding Floridians. I have the distinct honor to represent Mike Carnevale and Jillian Gilbert in Broward County, Florida, where unfortunately a political activist judge is seeking to deny my clients entry and acceptance into a State Attorney diversion program and admittedly wants to place my clients into the Broward County Jail for allegedly violating the Broward County mask mandate when it stated that all people exercising should also still wear a mask. Not only did my clients lose their business due to this government overreach, but now face losing their liberty for same! All of what I present to you was made clearly plain on the record and directly from the judge himself. This was not a case where my client was arrested for violating a criminal statute and trespassing after warning for not wearing a mask personally, but they were charged for violating an emergency order by the county that was clearly an overreach of CDC recommendations as well. In conclusion, had my clients kept their business open and forced people to cover their face while exercising, it clearly would have subjected them to substantial civil liability for what surely would have been serious bodily injury based on their negligence of forcing people to cover their face while actively exercising.
As you are more than aware, the science did not support having men, women and children cover their face while exercising, and this type of government overreach was stricken from almost every jurisdiction across the nation. For some reason, Broward County activist judges believe they are above the moral compass and the logical reasoning that dictates a fair resolution in this case. I strongly encourage you to sign a supplement executive order clearly waiving any and all incarceration or jail for people who were charged with violating a mask mandate order in the past twelve months. Please be the leader on this issue as you have been for so many similar in the recent past.
Please do not hesitate to contact my office to set up any further discussions regarding the above. I wish you nothing but the best moving forward, I look forward to you leading the way on this issue of Americans and Floridians potentially losing their liberty and personal freedom from overreaching local government mask mandates. May your moral compass continue to lead the way. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Cory C. Strolla, Esq. 2021 Super Lawyers
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