Almost a year ago, Rick Scott went to California to see a lawyer about some emails, because those emails may have proven what many in Florida already expected: That Scott was violating public records laws, or what we aptly call Sunshine Laws. He was especially hasty in doing so because he was running for reelection. His trip was a success at the time, because it kept the emails out of the public eye, or at least long enough to keep them secret prior to the election. That all changed in May of this year, or so we'd hoped, when a judge ordered that his private email data be released. Finally some justice for Floridians who are routinely kept in the dark by Scott, right?
Earlier this month, Scott agreed to settle the lawsuit that started this whole thing and may have finally shone a light on Scott's secrecy. This came as he and his cabinet, including Attorney General Pam Bondi (yes, the Attorney General) settled over another Sunshine Law violation.
By settling, Scott and Bondi claimed they settled "to avoid litigation costs."
Here's what else that settlement allows them to do: say that they never broke the law.
And if you aren't already outraged enough by that, pause here for a moment and take a nice deep breath.