Testimony wraps up on whether Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo was eligible for office

Testimony in the trial to determine if recently elected Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo was eligible to run for office concluded Monday after a second day of attorneys questioning witnesses and presenting evidence.

Alfonso “Alfie” Leon sued Carollo the day before the November runoff, then lost to Carollo in his bid to represent District 3 on the Miami City Commission.

Like the first day of the trial Friday, the attorneys jostled over questions of whether Carollo resided in an apartment he leased in West Brickell for a year before the qualifying date for the election, Sept. 23, 2017. Carollo’s attorneys responded to the introduction of cellphone records that appeared to bolster Leon’s case by poking holes in an expert witness’s analysis.

Both legal teams presented competing expert witnesses to analyze Carollo’s electric bills from the West Brickell apartment. Carollo’s witnesses included two professionals in the energy auditing and energy engineering fields. Leon’s witness was a master electrician.

At the end of the day, Judge Thomas Rebull said he expects post-trial briefs from each side by the end of the day on Jan. 16, in place of closing arguments. After he considers the written arguments, he will call a hearing and announce his decision in open court.

This news bulletin will be updated with more details soon.