Gov. DeSantis’ mask amnesty no help for woman in viral bagel shop encounter
Cindy Falco DiCorrado learned the hard way that Ron DeSantis does not have your back.

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Judge agrees mask ordinance amnesty doesn't cover resistance to law enforcement orders.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order granting full pardon for violators of local mask ordinances was not the get-out-of-a-jam-free card that a Boynton Beach woman believed it should be, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Cindy Falco DiCorrado, 62, took a trip into viral fame, with a write-up in the New York Post, when Palm Beach County deputies dragged her out of a West Boca bagel shop. Management at Einstein Bros. Bagels had called deputies after she refused to wear a mask, in violation of Palm Beach County’s ordinance.

Decked in a leopard-print top and pants, she shrieked that she was being kidnapped as Palm Beach County deputies dragged her away.

“Take your hands off me,” she yelled at a deputy. “I’ve done nothing wrong. You need to read the Constitution.”

Later, she petitioned Palm Beach County Circuit Court that DeSantis’ June 16 order granting amnesty for mask violators meant that the charges against her should be dropped. But the actual charges from that Jan. 14 incident weren’t about a mask. She was charged with trespassing and resisting without violence in the ensuing incident.

Palm Beach County prosecutors took the case to the Governor’s Office and Chief Deputy General Counsel Ray Treadwell decided it did not fall under the Governor’s amnesty order. He gave his blessing for prosecutors to proceed with the case against DiCorrado, court papers say.

DiCorrado’s, “criminal charges stem not from her choice not to wear a mask, but from her refusal to comply with lawful orders from business owners and law enforcement alike,” Assistant State Attorney Jeremiah Romano wrote.

Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Bradley Harper agreed that the “plain language” of DeSantis’ executive order and the guidance of the Governor’s Office lands the case in the court’s jurisdiction.

It looks like the charges are going to be dropped, however. DiCorrado is scheduled for a plea deal hearing on Sept. 15, the Sun-Sentinel reports. But the internet will always have that video.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected]


7 comments

  • Alex

    August 23, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Another ignorant far right Karen faceplants.

    Spectacularly.

    • Impeach Biden

      August 23, 2021 at 9:22 pm

      Did you see the video of the Democratic fundraiser in Napa Valley this weekend? Where were the masks? Especially by the queen of mask wearing, Nancy Pelosi. There they all were, none of them except the workers that served them at this $30,000 per meal event. Hypocrisy at its finest. Napa is a COVID hot spot.

      • Phil Morton

        August 25, 2021 at 4:36 am

        Napa County: 85% vaccinated, 4.7% positivity rate. You may want to take a look at any Florida county before casting any stones.

    • George

      August 24, 2021 at 7:10 am

      Are you sure she was far right or just another New Yorker in Boca

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  • Ocean Joe

    August 25, 2021 at 7:44 am

    While I can’t agree with her behavior in refusing to wear a mask in a place of business that required it, she seems to be a very cultured, well spoken character. I heard no profanity, and only screaming at the end when her arms are twisted behind her. She is no Karen. But she lives in a state where the governor is a Ken, whose example to her is the constant undermining of mask requirements imposed by local municipalities (I refer to his meddling with the enforcement of mask citations in Broward and Dade).

  • Jim

    August 25, 2021 at 9:47 am

    If she’s accepting a plea deal, that means she is pleading. Not that the charges are being dropped. It could be that ONE of the charges is being dropped in exchange for a plea to the other. But if the charges were being dropped there would be no reason for a plea. Alternately, she could be agreeing to some pre-plea diversion which will eventually get the charges dropped upon successful completion of terms (e.g. community service, anger management classes, etc.), but that would not be considered a plea.

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