Editorial: Government corruption probe ... we’ll wait ... and wonder

Gov. Charlie Crist is asking the Florida Supreme Court to appoint a grand jury to look into government corruption in South Florida.

And one other place: Southwest Florida.

While a cursory Internet search can detect the type of activity Crist targets on the East Coast, we are left to guess what he has in mind by including the 20th Judicial Circuit, including Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

In Southwest Florida we know what corruption is, from experience.

We also know what it is to have a high-profile investigation launched with no apparent purpose or goal. Readers may recall the FBI asking for e-mails of specific Lee County government officials and prominent people who have contact with them apparently pertaining to the Samir Cabrera fraud case and the Red Sox spring-training site selection. That was in March. To this day, no one is saying for publication what is going on.

If a would-be whistle-blower from Lee County who used to work for Office Depot can use the grand jury as a sounding board for his standing allegations of corruption and waste with contracts for supplies in school systems, including Lee’s, so be it.

Otherwise, although we prefer public access to the public’s business, let the grand jury do its job. Those with nothing to hide ought to have nothing to fear. Those who have abused the public trust ought to be held accountable.

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