Davenport (FL.) Mayor Darlene Bradley, 60, faces an allegation this week that is politically and legally devastating. Police allege that she has been using the placards of dead people to park in handicapped spots at city hall. This is the type of allegation that would be radioactive before either jurors or voters. Unless there is a serious misunderstanding (and police have videotapes), a plea would seem a wise move.
When police searched her home, deputies found a handicapped placard issued to Evelyn Klinger Letterman, who died in August 2012. To make matter worse, it expired in October 2013, but was altered to reflect a 2018 expiration date. A second placard was issued to someone who died in 2015.
Bradley is looking at felony charges of using a deceased person’s identification and possessing an altered or counterfeit decal on a handicapped placard. Each come with a five year potential sentence. She is also charged with a misdemeanor for unlawful use of a handicapped placard, which is a misdemeanor.