When another politically charged lawsuit hit Miami-Dade Circuit Courton Oct. 7, some familiar attorney names appeared on the bottom of thecomplaint: Kendall Coffey and Benedict Kuehne are leading a legalchallenge to derail a city of Miami charter vote next month that isaimed at creating a “strong mayor.”

The lawyers are the same duo who brought the civil vote fraud case thatended in the overturn of 1997 mayoral election. Coffey, a former U.S.attorney for South Florida, and Kuehne, a past president of the DadeCounty Bar Association, are among a contingent of private lawyers whotake time out from their practices to become involved in the public’sbusiness.

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