Morning Joe—Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle, “Cops Need Constant Training.” *Tallahassee, Florida: Cops Train to Commit Mail Fraud and Perjury

Published August 26, 2014 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL—Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and Second Judicial Circuit Willie Meggs don’t have to enforce training their employees to show the community that they are tough on crime because they both utilize Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to make the case and prosecute the case without any moral or legal boundaries.

Forty-something year-old Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell grew up surrounded by law enforcement officers (Cops). His dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, has over 50 years of law enforcement under his belt—all having served in Tallahassee, including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Headquarter Office. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell has been working for Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs for over a decade. State Attorney Willie Meggs has served as the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney for over 30 years. There is no wonder why Tallahassee citizens have a strong belief that Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell is being groomed by State Attorney Willie Meggs to be the next Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney.

Within both the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell is known for his highly charged arrogance especially displayed in the courtrooms located in the Leon County Courthouse. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell is usually handed Tallahassee’s high profile cases by State Attorney Willie Meggs. As Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell prepares to prosecute the cases, he (Jack Campbell) proves to be no match for the Office of Public Defenders led by Nancy Daniels. Neither does he (Jack Campbell) prove to be a match for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel of the First District Court of Appeals headed up by Jeffery “Jeff” Lewis. And lastly, he (Jack Campbell) plots and schemes with local private attorneys, mostly contracted with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, to lose cases but allow them to walk away with financial gain.

*Who would dare question Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell’s mode for prosecuting cases in order to win convictions?

Of course, convictions will enhance Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell’s record. Convictions will also enhance the records of the two elected officials closes to him—his dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his boss, State Attorney Willie Meggs. Apparently, Florida State Legislators believe that Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell can prosecute cases that his dad’s agency (the Leon County Sheriff’s Office) has jurisdiction over the investigation without bias. Therefore, allowing law enforcement officers (Cops) to be trained to commit perjury and mail fraud in order to make the case against defendants, as well as, allowing Leon County Judges and Second Judicial Circuit Judges to be instructed by Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell as he prepares to prosecute defendants. (Judicial Circuit Judges are also elected positions.)

Is Florida State University Law Professor Dan Markel a Victim of Tallahassee’s Corrupt Judicial System?

Published August 20, 2014 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL—Over the years, the more growing and most difficult question has become what is not beneath those within Tallahassee’s Judicial System?

In 2008, State Attorney Willie Meggs seemed to blame 23-year-old Rachel Hoffman for her own murder. Ms. Hoffman had recently graduated from Florida State University and had been arrested for possession of marijuana. In an effort to prevent her parents from learning of her arrest and any further prosecution, she offered to become a drug informant. Police put Ms. Hoffman in a much more dangerous situation than her not wanting to disappointment her parents. In the process of attempting to sell a gun and some drugs to a drug dealer, Ms. Hoffman was murdered under the nose of several police officers. Despite several acts of incompetence by police officers, State Attorney Willie Meggs did not hold any of the police officers accountable.

In 2009, Dr. Mark Hash and Dr. Stephen Duncan’s clinic was raided by FDLE agents. Both Dr. Hash and Dr. Stephen Duncan, along with other employees were arrested. Dr. Hash was charged with several felonies, including prescription fraud. In May 2011 a month before Dr. Hash was to go on trial, State Attorney Willie Meggs dropped all charges. The Florida Department of Health stated that there was an administrative complaint still pending against Dr. Hash. It has since been reported that the day after Dr. Hash learned of all charges being dropped against him, Dr. Hash stated that earlier in the investigation, the brake lines to one of his cars had been cut and that he was concerned about his family’s safety. Also, after the charges had been dropped against Dr. Hash, it has been reported that several assistant state attorneys were clients at Dr. Hash’s clinic. Currently, Dr. Hash has a pending lawsuit against the FDLE for false arrest.

In April 2011, Leon County Sheriff Sergeant David Graham was named “Deputy of the Year”. In February 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sergeant David Graham, charging him with Grand Theft of a Firearm and Grand Theft of $9000, stating that Sergeant Graham had stolen from a 91-year-old citizen that he’d befriended while investigating a previous crime incident. Upon being arrested, Sergeant Graham was terminated from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. On March 29, 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Graham’s wife, Vicki Luggi-Graham and additional warrants for Mr. Graham. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office stated that the additional charges were due to the 91-year-old victim changing his statement stating that nearly $70,000 in cash had been stolen, as well as gold and silver coins. Shortly before Sergeant Graham was charged, arrested and terminated—a few anonymous letters had been sent to a Tallahassee blogger informing them about racism and other unethical practices involving Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his command staff. It was said that Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was upset and desperate to learn as to who was sending the anonymous letters. It’s been said that Mr. Graham was the author of those letters. On August 16, 2013, Mr. David Graham was found Not Guilty!

In January 2011, the Leon County Sheriff Office began an investigation into a double homicide of 21-year-old Laqecia Herring and her 17-year-old brother, Sterling Conner Jr. The victims’ mother and siblings had spent the night away from home, only to return to find their loved ones deceased. Ms. Herring was pregnant. Ms. Herring also was the mother of a toddler daughter. Although Ms. Herring’s daughter was home at the time, she was unharmed. Leon County Sheriff’s Office conducted Gun Shot Residue kits on the victims’ family members before focusing on 17-year-old DeShon Thomas. However, eleven days into the investigation, detectives were not able to present sufficient probable cause to charge DeShon with the murders in any form or fashion, but there were plenty of evidence and witness statements that led detectives to other promising suspects. It was a heated exchange of words and an unlawful encounter between DeShon, his mother and Detective Don Odham at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office that made Detective Odham disgruntle and with cause to retaliate against DeShon and his mother. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, teamed up with Detective Don Odham and assisted with preparing a Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause to have DeShon charged and arrested for the murders. Detective Don Odham, State Attorney Willie Meggs, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, and his son, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell filed false court documents—LYING about events stated in the probable cause. In addition to those lies, Don Odham, State Attorney Willie Meggs, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell– LIED about Don Odham’s capacity with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. In court documents and Leon County Sheriff’s reports, Don Odham is stated to be a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective, including Lead Detective on the double homicide case. When in fact, Don Odham–a close, wealthy friend of the Campbell family, was only a Leon County Reserve Deputy—a volunteer. “Detective” Don Odham had no support of other real full-time detectives that had been working tirelessly on the case. Only a wealthy personal friend to the sheriff’s can spit on all of the hard work of a team of experienced full-time Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives, the Leon County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, and the Leon County  Sheriff’s Crime Scene Technicians in an effort to claim for himself the credit for having solved the double homicide case. Thus, thinking that by charging a Black 17-year-old male would be a slam dunk case. While there was no physical, material or circumstantial evidence—and no motive for DeShon to murder the victims, there was plenty of self-destruction by judicial officials. DeShon Thomas, who had obtained his GED and was a full-time Tallahassee Community College student, also had been working at Taco Bell for nearly a year at the time of his arrest. DeShon’s mother hired Tallahassee Defense Attorney Gregory Cummings. After sixteen months, Mr. Cummings refused to provide/discuss with DeShon information that could’ve exonerated him—such as the victims autopsy reports. Mr. Cummings, who had received nearly $30,000 from DeShon’s mother, was fired off of DeShon’s case, however, The Florida Bar failed to hold Mr. Cummings responsible for withholding information from his client. At the time Mr. Cummings announced to the media that he was no longer representing DeShon, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that DeShon was being charged with Solicitation to Commit Murder with target being that of the one and only witness against DeShon. A witness whom “Detective” Don Odham claimed to have voluntarily contacted him and gave incriminating statements that gave weight to charging DeShon with the murders–an account that the Lead Detective on the double murder case at the time disputes. It was reported that State Attorney Willie Meggs said DeShon had hired a fellow inmate to carry out a hit on the key witness. In a WCTV news article titled, ‘Murder Suspect Accused of Trying to Arrange Hit Man’, State Attorney Willie Meggs is quoted as to say, “It could have happened at anytime because the person that was supposed to be doing it was in fact…had made bond and was out.” What State Attorney Willie Meggs did not say was that Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, who was prosecuting the case, had used his knowledge of the Leon County Jails Standard of Operating Procedures, to have Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald O’Brien smuggle contraband into the jail in an effort to get letters to DeShon. Deputy O’Brien did not work in the jail and had no knowledge of what he was doing—he just did as he was told. Had DeShon solicited an inmate to murder a key witness, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office is staffed with a team of staff members trained in their Gang Unit to handle those types of incidents. But, those trained members are spit on by those closest to Sheriff Larry Campbell, in this case his son, and are conducting things themselves. State Attorney Willie Meggs did not say to the media that in fact, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin solicited the inmate to entrap DeShon. DeShon NEVER asked the inmate to murder anyone! Also, State Attorney Willie Meggs did not say to the media that the inmate, who had just been captured by the Fugitive Task Force in Tifton, Georgia on two outstanding warrants for Armed Bank Robbery in Tallahassee, was out of the Leon County Jail on a $15,000 bond and was being financially supported by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. The truth is State Prosecutor Jack Campbell arranged the “Hit Man” and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin and Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald O’Brien coddled the “Hit Man” for a short time after his release. Four months after the “Hit Man” had been released from the Leon County Jail, he committed a number of crimes in a neighboring county—including Armed Home Invasion Robbery with Kidnapping. Yes, these are the type of people that are knowingly being released into the community by judicial officials. When there is a father and son investigating and prosecuting criminal cases—one would be FOOLISH to think that they are going to proceed ethically.In an email sent DeShon’s mother from Mr. Cummings after he’d been fired, Mr. Cummings states that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was not forthcoming with allowing him to do due diligence for DeShon. Clearly, Mr. Cummings was being bullied by Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. Who can an attorney turn to for assistance when the judge and the prosecutor are acting unethically? Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell have proven time and time again that they are bullies in and out of the courtroom. WCTV news reporter Julie Montanaro has been on hand to support the bullying of the father and son—smearing the names of those accused—making them seem guilty before their day in court. During DeShon’s trial, Julie Montanaro protected the identity of State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s two witnesses against DeShon, including the previous bank robber. However, Julie Montanaro published the name and nearly all of the testimony of a young college student who was a defense witness. They young lady was a neighbor of the victims. She did not know DeShon at all.

Prior to hiring Mr. Cummings, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and the Office of Regional Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel Attorney Samuel Olmstead were conspiring together—they were conducting case events without DeShon. DeShon had no idea that he’d had an attorney on his case. After firing Mr. Cummings, DeShon’s case defaulted back to Judge Hankinson to appoint an attorney. Eventually, DeShon’s case was back being handled by the Regional Counsel’s Office. In October 2013, after a number of perjured testimonies, DeShon was convicted on Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. While several Florida attorneys and abroad have laughed in disgust about the judicial process in Tallahassee, often using the word “ridiculous”—17-year-old DeShon was now 20-year-old DeShon being convicted for Two Counts of Murder in which both victims autopsy reports were never provided to him or the Public. The State Prosecutor Jack Campbell refused to allow the Medical Examiner’s Office to make them public record. In addition, a fake—non-creditable detective—had committed a crime in another state which was an insight look of his lack of care for humanity. And also, the solicitation to commit murder plot that the State Prosecutor admitted to being the ring leader—which totally contradicts what’s on the Probable Cause Report for the Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder which led to DeShon being charged.

Yes, it’s CHOATIC! It’s SICKENING! It’s a CLEAR view into Tallahassee’s Corrupt Judicial System! A system which allows the medical examiner, Dr. Anthony Clark, to commit perjury—with the support of the State of Florida Health Department. When DeShon’s mother filed a complaint with the State of Florida Health Department with supporting evidence to show that Dr. Clark had committed perjury, the State of Florida Health Department responded by threatening to have her charged for violating Florida Statutes versus addressing the facts of the complaint. FDLE has refused to bring charges against Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell for breach of Public Trust. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell allowed his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell to use the Leon County Jail to conduct an illegal operation which included smuggling contraband into the jail. This operation undermines the citizens of Tallahassee as well as the Leon County Sheriff’s Office staff members who undergo numerous hours of training in order to qualify for grant money and to protect both the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and inmates.

There seems to be nothing beneath Tallahassee Corrupt Judicial System. Having DeShon Thomas in prison clearly screams that Tallahassee judicial officials have no problem with knowing that there is an INNOCENT teenage in prison—and that there’s a cold-blooded murderer in the community.

Only those closest to Florida State University Law Professor Dan Markel know what Mr. Markel had been involved in leading up to his murder. Are they afraid to come forward? Dr. Mark Hash is afraid for his family and what they’re going through. Being afraid is natural, but when Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs seems to have the protection of both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Tallahassee and Jacksonville, as well as the Department of Justice in Tallahassee, it could be terrifying! Is it be possible that Professor Dan Markel is a victim of Tallahassee’s Corrupt Judicial System? A month into the investigation of Dan Markel’s murder—and no arrest. WHY?

Is Tallahassee, Florida (Leon County) Citizens Equivalent to the Citizens of Ferguson, Missouri—Victims of Institutionalized Corruption?

Published August 17, 2014 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL— Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, a Tallahassee native, has been in office for over 25 years. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, a Jacksonville native, has been involved in law enforcement in Tallahassee for over 50 years. Sheriff Campbell who attended the FBI Academy, who worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and who served as Leon County Undersheriff before becoming Leon County Sheriff, has built a solid bridge relationship with State Attorney Willie Meggs. So much so, that Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell’s forty-three year old son, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, has worked for Willie Meggs’ Office for over ten years; and Willie Meggs’ son is a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Apparently, Florida Sunshine laws does not prohibit family members working in different government agencies, however, most, if not all, Florida citizens will agree that it is HIGHLY unethical for State Attorney Willie Meggs to allow Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute criminal cases that the Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell has jurisdiction. State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office is responsible for six counties in the Florida panhandle. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office, which is located in Tallahassee, is just one of seven law enforcement agencies in Tallahassee’s 103.1 square miles.

The Tallahassee Police Department has had a number of different people hold the position Chief of Police over the past 10 years. Just recently, in December 2013, the Tallahassee Police Department hired a new Police Chief. This unstable position at the Tallahassee Police Department, has allowed State Attorney Willie Meggs and Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell to act unethically. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell has allowed his office to investigate crimes outside of their jurisdiction in a “Bullyish” manner. And State Attorney Willie Meggs has supported those investigations.

On May 2, 2010, thirteen-year-old Darrielle Copeland was the passenger in her mother’s car when a 3 ton SUV, being driven by a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy’s wife, barreled through a red light and T-boned Darrielle’s mother’s car. Darrielle’s mother and brother were significantly injured. Unfortunately, Darrielle Copeland, a promising basketball player at Florida High, passed away.

Three different law enforcement agencies responded to the scene of the accident. The Tallahassee Police Department, the Florida Highway Patrol and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office were all on hand. The jurisdiction belonged to the Tallahassee Police Department—in which they were the first to arrive on the scene. It’s been reported that when the Leon County Sheriff’s Office arrived, the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol were instructed to direct traffic, while the Leon County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation of the accident.

It’s been reported, despite several factors that proved to show that the Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy’s wife was driving reckless, including having drugs in her system, 2nd Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs refused to bring about charges. The woman that took Darrielle from her loving family received two citations—one for running a red light and another for careless driving. Leaving Darrielle’s family traumatized forever! NO JUSTICE!!!!

On January 28, 2011, seventeen-year-old DeShon Thomas and his mother walked into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to give a voluntary statement to a detective in order to assist in a double homicide investigation that had began the previous day. DeShon’s mother specifically asked to speak with a detective. DeShon and his mother were approached in the lobby by an overweight “Loud Mouth” white man and two other white men who appeared to be very timid. All of the men were dressed in plain clothes. The “Loud Mouth” white man was very racist, and clearly didn’t have a care for Civil Rights laws. The “Loud Mouth” white man literally used his body to block DeShon’s mother from getting onto the elevator with her son as she and her son wanted to go give statements. This “Loud Mouth” white man was Detective Don Odham. Detective Don Odham blocked DeShon’s mother out of the elevator until the elevator doors closed. DeShon’s mother informed the Deputy on Duty in the lobby that she was invoked her son’s Miranda Rights. The deputy called and informed the deputies—DeShon’s mother was ignored.

A number of things that could’ve been avoided took place during the seven hours of DeShon and his mother being illegally detained at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. When Detective Don Odham became angry with DeShon’s mother for directing her son to “Let’s go,” Detective Don Odham placed DeShon under arrest and kicked DeShon’s mother out of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. While DeShon was not charged with the murders, DeShon was served with several search warrants for his finger prints, photographs, and other personals.

Ten days later, DeShon was charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder. The Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause Report was drafted and filed by Detective Don Odham. In the report, Detective Don Odham stated that he’d received voluntary statements from Trentin Ross. DeShon’s co-worker/roommate (DeShon’s permanent residence was not with 21-year-old Trentin Ross). Mr. Ross had criminal charges pending against him.

As one would imagine how any criminal case being investigated and prosecuted by a father and son team would be handled—DeShon’s case was handled in such that manner—and probably worse.

It would take nearly three years for DeShon and his mother to learn that Detective Don Odham was NOT a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective as Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and Assistant State Attorney/ Prosecutor Jack Campbell had presented to the Grand Jury, as well as three Leon County Judges—Judge Ronald Flury, Judge Robert Wheeler and Juge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson, also to one circuit judge—Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and then later Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford.

“Detective” Don Odham, was a Reserve Deputy—a volunteer deputy. As described by a former Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy, “Detective” Don Odham is a wealthy, close personal friend to Leon County Sheriff Larry Campell and his son Jack Campbell. Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell approved “Detective” Don Odham’s Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause charging DeShon with the murders, despite being informed by other deputies, including Lead Detective Melinda McBride, the “Detective” Don Odham was not being truthful. Not only did Second District State Attorney Willie Meggs, Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell, Chief Assistant Georgia Cappleman and Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell lie about Mr. Don Odham’s capacity with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, they lied and said that “Detective” Don Odham was the Lead Detective on the double homicide case.

Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Melinda McBride, a Black woman, was in fact the lead detective on the double homicide case. Detective McBride and her team of detectives did not present sufficient probable cause to have DeShon charged with the murders and had began investigating other promising leads. Simultaneous to Lead Detective McBride and her teams efforts, “Detective” Don Odham, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell, as well as Second State Attorney Willie Meggs were plotting their own way to make an arrest. It is believed that’s why “Detective” Don Odham, who already had quite a few heated exchanges of words with DeShon’s mother—was front and center to move forward with lying in order to have DeShon charged with the murders.

Citizens of Tallahassee should be comfortable knowing that each and every criminal investigation is properly handled by the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the area where the crime occurred. Citizens of Tallahassee should be comfortable knowing that when they walk into the office of a law enforcement agency and specifically ask to speak with a detective, they are going to speak with a detective or a full-time deputy of that agency. Not a volunteer, wealthy friend who is feeding the sheriff and the command staff money to allow him to play “Detective”—including being allowed to wear plain clothes versus a uniform. Volunteer deputies have limited duties in their capacity—they are not allowed to perform the duties or attain the responsibilities of a detective—let alone on a double homicide case. Furthermore, “Detective” Don Odham, a former businessman, does not have the credentials to pretend to be a detective. All “Detective” Don Odham had was the false sense of security that Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell, along with other corrupt officials would make him the “Hero” of the Lead Detective who solved a cold-blooded double homicide of a brother and sister—in which the sister was pregnant.

In 2012, the lawyer of Matthew Scheidt, the Florida teenager who was arrested for impersonating a Physician’s Assistant in a hospital, blamed the hospital staff for putting Matthew Scheidt into their computer system as a Physician’s Assistant and then providing him with an identification badge identifying him as a Physician’s Assistant. Matthew Scheidt was a medical clerk not a Physician’s Assistant. However, Matthew Scheidt took advantage of the hospital’s mistake and began examining patients in the Emergency Room. When Matthew Scheidt was arrested for impersonating a Physician’s Assistant, the hospital admitted that they’d made a mistake.

Mr. Don Odham was allowed to identify himself as “Detective” Don Odham on Leon County Sheriff’s Incident reports, court documents and other legal documents. For whatever reason, other Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies referred to Mr. Odham as “Detective” in their reports and in their testimonies. Instead of Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell and others admitting that they falsified court document and made mistakes, including the mistake of wrongfully charging 17-year-old DeShon Thomas, they recruited judges, private lawyers, the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel’s lawyers, Nancy Daniels with the Office of the Public Defender, other Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies, Dr. Anthony Clark (medical examiner), and a convicted felon, to help them contain their mess. This team of misrepresentatives of humanity, were so sloppy, so corrupt in their actions that Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs and Assistant State Attoney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell refused to release the victims’ autopsy reports and other vital evidence that could’ve exonerated DeShon. And DeShon’s court appointed Regional Counsel was so on-board to carry out their role in this corruption—that despite Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies making up the majority of the state’s witness list, no depositions of Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies were taken—including that of Mr. Don Odham.

Darrielle Copeland and DeShon Thomas were young Black students who were looking forward to bright futures. Today, Darrielle family grieves their lost and DeShon’s family… has relocated near their hometown in Central Florida. DeShon is INNOCENT!!!

Both Darrielle’s mother and DeShon’s mother reached out to Governor Rick Scott to seek assistance with obtaining Justice for their children—to no avail. Governor Rick Scott, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and other authorities in Tallahassee, have chosen to allow a woman to once again drive recklessly with the possibility of taking another life, as well as—allow a cold-blooded murderer to remain on the streets of Tallahassee with the possibility of murdering again.

The citizens of Tallahassee are clearly victims of Institutionalized Corruption.

Governor Rick Scott, Are You Selling Florida’s Kids to Florida Prison CEO, George Zoley for Cash Donations, For Yourself and For The Republican Party?

Published August 1, 2014 by MAUL10

 

Not for Sale

Recently, Governor Rick Scott attended a fundraiser at GEO Group, Chief Executive Officer, George Zoley’s residence for a $10,000 a plate dinner, followed by a $3,000 per person reception. The GEO Group operates several private prisons in Florida. It’s been reported that The GEO Group donated money to Governor Scott’s re-election campaign and Florida’s Republican Party.

Between December 2011 and October 2013, the mother of 17-year-old DeShon Rashard Thomas begged Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to assign a Special Prosecutor to her son’s criminal case in Leon County (Tallahassee, Florida). To no avail.

During the mid-morning hours on January 27, 2011, the Leon County Sheriff Office began investigating the double murder of a sister and brother at a residential townhouse located just blocks away from the sheriff’s office. According to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Discovery Report, within hours of the start of the double homicide investigation, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office obtained a Court Order for DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records outlining that they had information about DeShon being involved in drug activity. Also, the Court Order granted AT&T to GPS Track DeShon’s movements via his cell phone.

Later that night, when Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies initiated a traffic stop on an SUV, in which DeShon was a backseat passenger, deputies questioned DeShon about the murders. When DeShon told them that he had no information about the murders, another deputy took pictures of his shoes. DeShon was not arrested for anything.

DeShon Thomas, who was in his 3rd semester of his freshman year at Tallahassee Community College, had been working at Taco Bell for nearly a year. DeShon and the 20-year-old female victim had ended their six weeks relationship just three months prior to the murders. Both the female victim and DeShon had entered into other relationships but remained friends, seeing as though the female victim had told DeShon that he was the father of her unborn baby.

During the early evening hours, on January 28, 2011, DeShon informed his mother about the murders. (DeShon’s mother had been out of town.) DeShon informed his mother that he and the female victim had been exchanging text messages the night of January 26, 2011. DeShon was concerned about the female victim and his unborn baby because he had read several posts on Facebook threatening to kill the female victim over money that she owed to a woman and the woman’s mother. In the text message exchange, the female victim told DeShon that the woman was mad at her because she was not going to pay the money. DeShon, who was nineteen miles away at work during the text message exchange, got off from work and did not go over to the victims’ residence. (DeShon did not have a car.) A co-worker dropped DeShon off at another co-worker’s apartment, where DeShon had been staying. DeShon fell asleep on the co-worker’s couch.

DeShon further informed his mother that he believed that he was under police surveillance due to the fact that he and his associates, including his cousin, had been stopped by Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies the night before (as mentioned above).

DeShon and his mother went to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and asked to speak with a detective investigating the double homicide in the Wolf Creek Subdivision. DeShon and his mother were met in the lobby by Detective Don Odham and two other men. Detective Don Odham was very racist. Detective Don Odham refused to allow DeShon’s mother to accompany him while he (DeShon) provided a statement. And then when DeShon’s mother invoked DeShon’s Miranda Rights, she was ignored and DeShon was taken away and interrogated without legal counsel. Later that same evening, DeShon’s mother and Detective Don Odham had a heated exchange of words. Detective Don Odham kicked DeShon’s mother out of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and refused to allow DeShon to leave. DeShon and his mother had been at the sheriff’s office for over five hours.

Ten days later, Detective Don Odham prepared a Summary of Offense and Probable Cause Affidavit for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell received the go ahead from his boss, 2nd Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, to get a judge to approve the Affidavit for the Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell obtained approval of the Affidavit for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder from Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson. Judge Richardson also issued an Arrest Warrant for DeShon. On February 7, 2011, it was announced that 17-year-old DeShon Thomas was charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder.

Almost every event after that seemed to be business as usual for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the 2nd Circuit State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, some of Leon County Judges and Circuit Judges, the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office, as well as Tallahassee Criminal Defense Attorney Greg Cummings.

When DeShon’s mother learned that Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell were father and son, she knew that she had to pay very close attention to DeShon’s case. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell was assigned to prosecute DeShon’s case. DeShon’s mother could not believe that a father and son could lead both the investigation and the prosecution of criminal cases, let alone a double homicide case.

DeShon is Innocent! DeShon entered Not Guilty Pleas on all charges. There was no physical, material or circumstantial evidence against DeShon. First, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell said that DeShon killed the female victim because DeShon didn’t want to pay Child Support. Then when that didn’t pan out, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell stated that DeShon killed the male victim because of gang activity. Then it was both reasons—when all the while State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Detective Don Odham concocted with DeShon’s co-worker/ roommate, 21-year-old Trentin Ross, to give incriminating statements about DeShon.

Turns out, Detective Don Odham was NEVER a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, and 2nd Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs filed several court documents containing false information, including the Summary of Offense and Probable Cause Affidavit for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder prepared by Detective Don Odham, which led to DeShon being arrested and charged with the double homicide.

Don Odham was a volunteer Reserve Deputy with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. It is believed that Don Odham had been paying Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and the Sheriff’s Command Staff to have the title and perform the duties of that as a detective. Don Odham is a wealthy, close personal friend of both Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. When the lead detective and team of detectives on the double homicide case could not find sufficient probable cause to have DeShon charged with the murders, it is believed that “Detective” Don Odham saw his opportunity to get revenge against DeShon’s mother for their heated exchange of words—so therefore, “Detective” Don Odham who had the protection of the Campbell Family both in and out of the courtroom, was willing to do and say anything against a kid.

After DeShon had been in the Leon County Jail for over a year and a half, DeShon and his mother had to fire DeShon’s private-paid attorney, Greg Cummings. DeShon’s mother, a single mother of four, including a child with special needs, had paid Mr. Cummings nearly $30,000 of her own money. Mr. Cummings never provided DeShon with any information regarding the victims’ autopsies—which were kept confidential. Neither did Mr. Cummings UnSeal DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records, which had been Sealed by Court Order per the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Cummings did absolutely nothing to build a defense his 17-year-old client, DeShon.

DeShon’s case defaulted back to Judge James C. Hankinson to appoint counsel. That’s when it was learned that for over a year—from the start—Circuit Judge Hankinson had also been violating DeShon’s Constitutional Rights. After another letter to Governor Scott begging for a special prosecutor, as well as outlining how Circuit Judge Hankinson had been violating DeShon’s Constitutional Rights, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford began presiding over DeShon’s case process. Six months later, October 2013, nearly three years later, DeShon was in trial.

There was so much Perjury committed during DeShon’s trial, that had DeShon’s court appointed attorney of six months, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy, had been seeking a victory, he could’ve impeached the majority of State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s witnesses—including some of Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies.

All the way leading up to DeShon’s trial, DeShon’s mother was begging Governor Rick Scott to assign a Special Prosecutor to her son’s case. It was so obvious that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was using all of his resources to keep vital information from DeShon and the Public. It is believed by DeShon, DeShon’s mother and several taxpayers that both Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi allowed DeShon to get railroaded into a Florida State Prison because they knew that they were going to profit from an INNOCENT Black boy being convicted for a double homicide.

Now that Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has proven that they can sit back and watch Florida’s Judicial System operate as if it’s a family business—all Floridians need to be on HIGH ALERT!

Another unbelievable part about it all is when DeShon’s mother went to the FBI Office in Jacksonville, Florida, the security guard refused to allow her past the guard outpost. And when an FBI agent was called to the guard post, the FBI agent refused to allow DeShon’s mother to file a complaint—or make a record that she’d come to their Jacksonville office to file a complaint. (The FBI Office in Jacksonville oversees the Tallahassee region.) The FBI office in Jacksonville has a long standing relationship with Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell.

HIGH ALERT! While we, Florida parents are working hard to provide for our families, Governor Rick Scott and others are plotting and scheming to SELL OUR KIDS!

FYI–No matter the age of your child, once your child is charged as an adult—all parental rights are stripped away. The same day that attorney Greg Cummings filed his Motion to Withdraw after being fired off of DeShon’s case, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson signed an arrest warrant for DeShon to be charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office put DeShon in solitary confinement where DeShon was not allowed to call home or have visitors. This only happened because DeShon’s mother had been informing DeShon of the corruption that had been going on in his case. When DeShon’s mother stopped paying Mr. Cummings and insisted that DeShon fire him that put a monkey wrench into Mr. Cummings role in regards to their corrupt plotting and scheme.

The worst part about this all—is that there’s a cold-blooded murderer on the prowl—and elected officials, who are supposed to protect the community—are aware of it.

Tell Governor Rick Scott to Clog Florida’s School to Prison Pipeline and that Your Family Is Not For Sale!

 

 

FLORIDA’S JUDICIAL NIGHTMARE (TALLAHASSEE)

Published July 26, 2014 by MAUL10

Nightmare

Tallahassee, FL—-Between December 2011 and October 2012, DeShon Thomas’ mother contacted Governor Rick Scott’s Office begging for him to assign a Special Prosecutor to her son’s double murder case in Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit Court (Leon County–Tallahassee). Governor Scott refused to do so.

During the mid-morning hours, on January 27, 2011, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the double murder of a sister and brother, just blocks away from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. The female victim was five months pregnant. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey, and others with the Sheriff’s Command Staff and FDLE staff arrived at the scene. The victims family members were taken to the sheriff’s Office where they informed detectives of several recent life-threatening events surrounding their deceased family members. (NONE of the events involved DeShon (the female victim’s former boyfriend and possible father of her unborn baby.) The victims’ mother and 16-year-old brother underwent a Gun Shot Residue Kit, because they too had a history of disputes with their deceased family members.

Next, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office began focusing all of their attention on 17-year-old DeShon Thomas. At the time, DeShon was in his 3rd semester as a full-time freshman at Tallahassee Community College and had been working at Taco Bell for nearly a year. Instead of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office attempting to make contact with DeShon, who was a minor, or DeShon’s mother, a detective on the case had been instructed by Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, to prepare a Probable Cause Report for DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records and have AT&T GPS track DeShon via his cell phone. A Court Order was signed by Leon County Judge Ronald Flury. When Leon County detectives located DeShon, they did not approach him. They waited until he and three others entered into an SUV. Leon County Sheriff’s deputies initiated a traffic stop on the SUV. DeShon, who was a backseat passenger in the SUV, had learned about the murders earlier in the day. The girl driving the SUV and her boyfriend were friends of DeShon’s male cousin, who was also in the SUV. All of them were forced out of the SUV and were searched. The SUV was also searched. The traffic stop did not net DeShon being arrested. A deputy took photos of DeShon’s shoes. DeShon was allowed to leave with the others.

When Leon County Sheriff’s Office Lead Detective Melinda McBride and her team of detective had begun to concluded their investigation of DeShon Thomas–without sufficient probable cause to make an arrest, Detective Don Odham claimed to have received enough probable cause to have DeShon charged with the murders. Despite, Detective McBride stating in her report that Detective Odham was not being truthful in his report, on February 11, 2011, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, and 2nd District State Attorney Willie Meggs filed Detective Don Odham’s Summary of Offense and Probable Cause Affidavit for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder with the 2nd Judicial Circuit Clerk of Courts. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, presented the affidavit prepared by Detective Don Odham to Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson. Judge Richardson approved the Probable Cause and issued an Arrest Warrant for DeShon Thomas.

By then, DeShon was already in the Leon County Adult Jail on cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, was served with the arrest warrant for the double murders.

DeShon’s Case Process—

Second Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell were assigned to DeShon’s case. DeShon was being represented by the Public Defender’s Office. DeShon entered Not Guilty on all charges. Three days after DeShon’s 1st Appearance, the Public Defender’s Office conflicted off of the case. The Public Defender’s Office informed DeShon that he would be represented by the Regional Counsel’s Office.

Within two weeks of DeShon’s being charged with the murders, Detective Don Odham replaced Detective Melinda McBride as Lead Detective on the double murder case.

As 17-year-old DeShon Thomas sat in the Leon County Jail for over a month, DeShon and DeShon’s mother repeatedly contacted the Leon County Clerk of Courts and the Regional Counsel’s Office in an attempt to get the name of DeShon’s court appointed legal counsel. To no avail. Neither the Clerk of Courts nor the Regional Counsel’s Office had any information. Meanwhile, DeShon’s mother had learned that DeShon was up against a father and son legal team. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell whose office has jurisdiction over the double murder investigation was working directly with his son, Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell who was handling the prosecution of the double murder case. DeShon’s mother knew that this kind of “Team”–this “Foundation”–could mean huge grounds for conspiracy and corruption all around. With DeShon’s mother, having moved her family to Tallahassee ten years earlier, having had worked for both a government consulting firm and a government agency, she truly believed that the father and son “Team” posed a HUGE conflict of interest. And when she was told that NO conflict of interest existed, she knew that conspiracy and corruption were inevitable.

A little over a month after DeShon had been in the Leon County Jail, he was charged with possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent. Two days later, on March 12, 2011, DeShon’s mother signed a Contract for Service to represent DeShon with Tallahassee Defense Attorney Gregory Cummings. At the time of signing the contract, Mr. Cummings promised to provide DeShon with a copy of the victims autopsy reports, to provide DeShon with a copy of DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records, and to obtain a sworn deposition of the one witness, 21-year-old Trentin Ross, whom Detective Don Odham claimed to have received incriminating statements about DeShon which led to Detective Don Odham to have DeShon charged with the murders.

Mr. Ross and DeShon worked together at Taco Bell. Mr. Ross rented a one-bedroom apartment within walking distance of the Taco Bell where they worked. Mr. Ross had allowed DeShon to sleep on his couch for the six weeks leading up to Mr. Ross and DeShon being arrested for cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was during a search warrant for firearms being executed by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at Mr. Ross’ apartment as to when detectives stated that they had located five pots of soil with marijuana stems sprouting from them in Mr. Ross’ bedroom closet. The execution of the search warrant happened on January 28, 2011, while DeShon and his mother were being held against their will at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office by Detective Don Odham. Initially, DeShon and his mother had voluntarily gone to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to give a statement in regards to the double murders. But their responsible citizens action only brought forth racism, false imprisonment, and other Civil Rights violations by Detective Don Odham.

In December 2011, DeShon’s mother contacted Governor Rick Scott’s office voicing her concerns about DeShon’s case process, including the investigation, the father/son team, and questionable act by the judges who had granted orders and other documents.

After being on the case for sixteen months, and having received a payment amount of $29850 of the $50000 for attorney fee, Mr. Cummings had not provided nor discussed with DeShon anything in relation to the victims autopsy reports, DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records nor had there been any contact between Mr. Trentin Ross and Mr. Cummings. Mr. Cummings told DeShon that the only evidence against him was that of Mr. Ross. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had filed about five Motions for Continuance–which Circuit Judge James Hankinson granted. Mr. Cummings never disputed the continuances.

In late July 2012, DeShon’s mother  filed a complaint against Mr. Cummings with The Florida Bar for several reasons outlining unethical practice. Following the complaint, Mr. Cummings was fired by DeShon and DeShon’s mother. On August 16, 2012, Mr. Cummings filed a Motion to Withdraw from DeShon’s case. Also, on August 16, 2012, Circuit Judge Hankinson approved the a Summary of Offense and Probable Cause Affidavit for Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder prepared by 2nd Circuit State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin. On August 16, 2012, following the approval, Circuit Judge Hankinson also issued an Arrest Warrant charging DeShon, who was now 19-years-old and still in the Leon County Jail awaiting trial, with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder with the target being Trentin Ross. So now all of these events happened in the same day–recap–August 16, 2012, Mr. Cummings filed his Motion to Withdraw, State Attorney Jason Newlin provides Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson with a Summary of Offense for Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder , obtains an Arrest Warrant from Circuit Judge Hankinson charging DeShon with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. The Summary of Offense and Probable Cause Affidavit for Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder was filed with the Clerk of Courts on August 17, 2012. DeShon was then put in solitary confinement where he could not make any calls or have visitors. DeShon remained in solitary confinement.

Once Judge Hankinson granted Mr. Cummings’ Motion to Withdraw, DeShon’s case was assigned back to the Public Defender’s Office. The Public Defender’s Office immediately filed a Motion to Withdraw. Next, DeShon’s case was assigned back to the Regional Counsel’s Office. This time DeShon knew the name of his Regional Counsel–Samuel Olmstead. DeShon’s mother mailed Mr. Olmstead a letter informing him that she would like to pay for a private investigator to assist him on the case. Mr. Olmstead never responded.

Meanwhile, DeShon’s mother began to look into DeShon’s file at the Leon County Clerk of Courts.

DeShon’s court records showed that Mr. Cummings had filed nothing to show that DeShon had a legal defense. At most, Mr. Cummings had mainly filed a Motion for Discovery. Nothing to have DeShon’s cell phone records Unsealed, nothing to make the victims autopsy reports public record, no depositions of law enforcement or any subpoenas being issued–nothing. Nothing to show that Mr. Cummings, who has over 30 years in Criminal Defense, was acting in the best interest for DeShon. No hearings had ever been held to dispute the prosecution, no hearing were scheduled–absolutely nothing building a defense. DeShon’s mother believed that only a role in a conspiracy would cause an experienced attorney to be incompetent.

A Mother’s Intuition—-Conspiracy, Corruption, LIES, LIES, LIES and More LIES

DeShon’s mother learned that when the Public Defender’s Office had conflicted off of DeShon’s case in February 2011, Circuit Judge Hankinson had in fact appointed Regional Counsel. Regional Counsel assigned was Samuel Olmstead. However, the Motion to Appoint Counsel was not filed with the Clerk of Courts. Neither was Mr. Samuel Olmstead’s name ever put on DeShon’s Case Process Docket which is maintained by Circuit Judge Hankinson . Further, on March 7, 2011, Regional Counsel Samuel Olmstead filed a Motion to Withdraw from DeShon’s case, at which time Circuit Judge Hankinson had appointed Conflict-Free Counsel. Conflict-Free Counsel was Baya Harrison. Both of these case events happened outside of DeShon’s presence–and DeShon was not aware of these events. Circuit Judge Hankinson violated several of DeShon’s Constitutional Rights, as well as concealing court documents from the the clerk of courts to obstruct, delay and prevent DeShon, DeShon’s mother and the public from contacting DeShon’s legal counsel. In addition, causing DeShon’s mother, so much stress, that she used all of her savings to enter into a Contract for Service with Mr. Cummings. DeShon’s mother, who was on a fixed income, depleted her savings and checking account, only to enter into a scheme headed up by those within the Second Judicial Circuit.

In Mr. Cummings response to DeShon’s mother’s complaint filed with The Florida Bar, Mr. Cummings states his high level of respect for Circuit Judge Hankinson. Mr. Cummings’ level of respect for Circuit Judge Hankinson was none existent during the nearly two weeks it took for Mr. Cummings to get DeShon’s mother to hire him. Prior to Mr. Cummings being hired to represent DeShon, Mr. Cummings had been in communication with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Circuit Judge Hankinson. Mr. Cummings stated to DeShon’s mother that Circuit Judge Hankinson was “incompetent” and “did not have DeShon’s best interest at hand for not having assigned an attorney to DeShon’s case”. Mr. Cummings aggressively solicited DeShon’s mother–by voicing his belief that DeShon was innocent. However, DeShon’s mother and DeShon repeatedly told Mr. Cummings that they were waiting to speak with DeShon’s court appointed attorney before they would decide on rather or not to hire a private attorney. Mr. Cummings never let up. When Mr. Cummings met with DeShon’s mother and then DeShon to sign the Contract for Service,  Mr. Cummings knew the names of the attorneys that had been assigned to DeShon’s case, but never told DeShon or DeShon’s mother of anything in regards.

DeShon’s mother believes that a role in a conspiracy would cause an experienced Circuit Judge to withhold Motions appointing counsel from a juvenile defendant., Motions that the judge, himself signed.

DeShon’s mother mailed Governor Scott begging for a Special Prosecutor to be assigned to DeShon’s case. To no avail.

UnBelievable—-

Regional Counsel Mr. Samuel Olmstead met with DeShon once in the five months on his case and did not file many court documents, mainly a Motion for Discovery and Continuance. In late January 2013, after being in the Leon County Jail for over 2 years, DeShon filed Pro Se–to represent himself. On February 19, 2013, during DeShon’s hearing addressing his Pro Se filing, Regional Counsel Samuel Olmstead did not appear. Instead, another attorney from the Regional Counsel’s Office appeared. Regional Counsel explained that Mr. Olmstead was resigning from their office and another attorney from their office would be assigned to DeShon’s case. DeShon, who was 19-years-old, had no knowledge of case process. DeShon’s Pre-trial was set for the following month (March). DeShon believed that he could still go to trial in March with a new attorney from the Regional Counsel’s office–not realizing that a new attorney would not be prepared–and would more than likely file a Motion for Continuance. DeShon withdrew his Pro Se filing, hoping to receive a competent attorney from the Regional Counsel’s Office, one that would represent the laws as they are written.

To both DeShon and his mother’s surprise, without ever meeting with DeShon, on March 17, 2013, the new attorney from the Regional Counsel’s Office, Mr. Daren Shippy, did not file a Motion for Continuance. Instead, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy filed a Motion to Withdraw from DeShon’s case. Regional Counsel Daren Shippy was the fourth court appointed attorney assigned to DeShon’s case. Circuit Judge Hankinson denied Regional Counsel Daren Shippy’s Motion to Withdraw. During Regional Counsel Daren Shippy and DeShon’s first meeting, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy told DeShon that nothing had been done on his case. Regional Counsel Daren Shippy’s statement about nothing having been done, inadvertently supported DeShon’s mother’s complaint with The Florida Bar. Regional Counsel Daren Shippy’s statement was very upsetting to DeShon. DeShon had been in the Leon County Jail since he was 17-years-old. Plucked out of society–for what? DeShon was aware of the financial strain that his mother had endured to pay Mr. Cummings $29850. All DeShon and DeShon’s mother wanted was a fair and just trial. And now–over two years–five attorneys later–hearing that nothing had been done…

In another letter to Governor Scott, DeShon’s mother again begged for a Special Prosecutor to be assigned to DeShon’s case. To no avail. DeShon’s mother also informed Governor Scott about Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson having violated several of DeShon’s Constitutional Rights over the years of overseeing his case.

In June 2013, at DeShon’s next hearing, Circuit Judge Hankinson was not present. DeShon’s case had been assigned to a new judge, 2nd Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. Circuit Judge Fulford, Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Regional Counsel Daren Shippy were set to go to trial in four months–October 2013.

Over the next four months, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy would file documents on DeShon’s behalf, but would ignore DeShon’s mother’s offer to pay for a private investigator to assist him on the case. No investigator helped on the case. Regional Counsel Daren Shippy filed a subpoena with a fictitious name of a former Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy. DeShon’s mother was floored. The deputy who may have resigned after having a falling out with Sheriff Campbell, would have been favorable in DeShon’s defense. The subpoena was accepted by the Sheriff’s Office. Unfortunately, DeShon’s mother could only inform her son of the deception by his own attorney through mailed letters. Regional Counsel Daren Shippy would also refuse to provide DeShon with the victims autopsy reports, file documents to make the victims autopsy reports public record and have DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records Unsealed. Regional Counsel Daren Shippy would not make contact with the one witness, Mr. Trentin Ross. Neither would Regional Counsel Daren Shippy ask the court to impeach State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin, after State Prosecutor Jack Campbell incriminated himself in the Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder plot targeting Mr. Ross during an Evidentiary Hearing. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell admitted that he’d sent State Attorney Investigator to make contact with Leon County Jail inmate, turned State Prosecutor witness, turned “Hit Man”. Which is not what was stated in the Probable Cause Report that got DeShon charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. There were other instances where Regional Counsel Daren Shippy could have impeached witnesses, including Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies/detectives, but chose not to do so.

Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham, the detective who drafted the Summary of Offense and Probable Cause Affidavit for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder charging DeShon with the murders–and then replacing Lead Detective Melinda McBride–turns out–Detective Don Odham, was not a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective at all. Instead, Don Odham was a close, personal, wealthy friend of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell. The Campbell’s, along with 2nd Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs knowingly filed court documents with false information on them. The Campbell’s along with 2nd Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs identified Don Odham as a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective, when in fact, Don Odham was a Reserve Deputy–a volunteer, who lacked the the skills and the credentials to be a detective. It is noted in the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Discovery Report, that Don Odham, who is referred to as “Detective” Odham, processed the crime scene of the double homicide, having found the cell phone of the female victim–in her bedroom. “Detective” Odham entered the cell phone into evidence at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. According to the manual for Florida Sheriff Reserve Deputies, it is the responsibility of Reserve Deputies to augment law enforcement officers. A Reserve Deputy cannot act as a detective or participate in processing a crime scene. It is not for a Reserve Deputy to replace a Lead Detective and her team of experienced detectives and other full-time certified deputies on a double homicide case.

Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, FDLE Commissioner Gerald Baily, and a few of Sheriff Campbell’s Command Staff were present at the crime scene. FDLE staff was also present at the crime scene. The District Two Medical Examiner’s Office was not present at the crime scene.

Shortly after DeShon had been charged with the murders, it was stated that Don Odham had been paying Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and the Sheriff’s Command Staff to allow him (Odham) to act as a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective. Don Odham and his wife, who is employed with BB&T Bank, contributed money to Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell’s re-election campaign in May 2011. In August 2011, Don Odham was involved in a criminal act in the State of Alabama. Soon thereafter, Don Odham was no longer with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

In a hearing a week before DeShon’s October 2013 trial, Nancy Daniels with the Public Defender’s Office, filed a Motion to Withdraw from the defendant/witness for State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s case. The defendant, 30-year-old Dawaun Williams, who was a two time bank robber, had been used by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin to get DeShon charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. Dawaun Williams, was released from the Leon County Jail the same day that he agreed to help “them” (State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Investigator Jason Newlin) back in late June 2012.

In late June 2012, was when Mr. Cummings first heard that DeShon’s mother was seeking an attorney to replace him. (See Mr. Cummings Motion to Withdraw)

In late June 2012, after Dawaun Williams was released from the Leon County Jail,the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorneys Office provided Mr. Williams with money. Leon County Sheriff Deputy Ronald OBrien smuggled contraband from Mr. Williams into the Leon County Jail so that the Corrections Officer on patrol would pass it on to DeShon unaware that it was contraband and had not been processed/ screened by jail staff. All of this was a part of the plot planned out by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. A plan that he may have not been able to execute had his dad not been the sheriff over the jailhouse. Deputy O’Brien and other deputies who were willing to assist Sheriff Campbell and his son received job promotions.

Seven months after Dawaun Williams was released from the Leon County Jail in order to assist State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and “Team”, in January 2013, Mr. Williams was arrested in another county for Armed Home Invasion Robbery, Kidnapping, and a long list of other charges. Back in August 2012, when it was announced by State Attorney Willie Meggs that DeShon had solicited Mr. Williams to be a “Hit Man”, State Attorney Willie Meggs had stated that Mr. Williams was arrested–which was a LIE. State Attorney Willie Meggs had deceived the Public and Mr. Williams’ former victims, those bank employees, into thinking that Mr. Williams, a violent ex-felon, was in the Leon County Jail and that the community was safe. When the truth of the matter was that Willie Meggs’ office, along with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, had been financially supporting Mr. Williams. And the community was not safe.

When Mr. Williams was arrested in the other county, he was then brought over to Leon County for violations. Public Defender Nancy Daniels was representing him. Public Defender Nancy Daniels had been assigned to Mr. Williams’ case for over eight months, when she abruptly withdrew from Mr. Williams’ case. This happened a week before Mr. Williams was to testify in DeShon’s case. Public Defender Nancy Daniels filed a Motion to Withdraw. Normal process would have sent Mr. Williams case to the Regional Counsel’s Office, but since DeShon’s case was already being handled by their office, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy filed a Motion to Withdraw. As this was being discussed in open court, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell told Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford who he’d selected over the weekend to represent Mr. Williams. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was also assigned to Mr. Dawaun Williams’ criminal cases. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford acknowledged that she couldn’t “just pick” an attorney to represent Mr. Williams. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford did not want to decide on anything outside of Mr. Williams’ presence. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell pulled out his cell phone and called the attorney that he’d spoken with over the weekend and instructed him to come to the courtroom. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford did exactly what State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had instructed her to do. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford appointed State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s selection and told how the State could get him paid, despite the attorney selected not being registered to represent cases such as Mr. Williams. Which proved exactly how State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had been running the courtroom and the court process all along. (Click here to watch video) State Prosecutor Jack Campbell went even further to say that he had done the same in other cases with other judges. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s statement seemed to exhaust Regional Counsel Daren Shippy and Public Defender Nancy Daniels–a clear sign that they knew that when it comes to State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, they were defeated in the courtroom–regardless to whatever fight that they had for their defendant.

In October 2013, DeShon went on trial for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. District Two Medical Examiner Associate, Dr. Anthony Clark, committed perjury. Regional Counsel Daren Shippy went along as he’d done all the while. Regional Counsel Daren Shippy did not call any expert witnesses to discredit the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s witness list consisted of mostly those deputies who worked for his dad. Some of those deputies committed perjury, while others–whose questions past their name and place of employment were very limited–possibly three or less questions regarding the double murder investigation did not commit perjury.

For instance, Lead Detective Melinda McBride and her team of detectives and deputies, including Lieutenant Tim Baxter, had spent at least 10 days investigating DeShon, including questioning Trentin Ross, before concluding their investigation without sufficient probable cause to charge DeShon with the murders. During DeShon’s murder trial, former Lead Detective Melinda McBride was called by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and shown Mr. Trentin Ross’ cell phone–and then asked if she’d collected the cell phone from Mr. Ross. She answered, yes. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell stated, “No further questions.” And Regional Counsel Daren Shippy usually had nothing of true relevance to ask of most of the deputies–more like walking on egg shells.

The two “key witnesses” for State Prosecutor Jack Campbell against DeShon, admitted to giving their testimony in hopes that they would get relief on their pending criminal cases. While these two “key witnesses” identities were protected by reporter Julie Montanaro with WCTV News, a female college student who testified favorably for DeShon, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy’s witness, was exploited by WCTV News. Not only did Julie Montanaro state her name, but WCTV also stated most of the young female college student’s testimony–which included an eyewitness account of having seen the male victim allow a suspicious male into their home about three hours before all outgoing cell phone activity ceased from the female victim’s cell phone. The physical description of the suspicious male did not fit DeShon. DeShon was twenty miles away at work during the time of the eyewitness account. DeShon’ did not have a car and did not go over to the victims residence at all.

At the conclusion of DeShon’s five day trial, it was announced that DeShon was found guilty for the Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. DeShon’s mother was not surprised by the verdict. DeShon’s entire court process was a circus! Any time a State Prosecutor Seals a teenage defendant’s cell phone records, doesn’t release the victims autopsy reports, and conceals a key witness and plot and scheme with witnesses, and tell Circuit Judges how to proceed with court cases, etc. what other outcome should one expect.

Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, his son Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell, 2nd District State Attorney Willie Meggs, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, Public Defender Nancy Daniels, Tallahassee Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory Cummings, and Regional Counsel Daren Shippy are a part of Florida’s Judicial Nightmare! They are E-V-I-L   EVIL!

They have sent an INNOCENT teen to state prison and has allowed a COLD-BLOODED MURDERER TO REMAIN FREE. They have scared several college students. Because they are afraid to come forward in other cases as witnesses–afraid that they too may be exploited on the witness stand and by Julie Montanaro on WCTV.

 

 

Is The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Ignoring Florida Surgeon General, John Armstrong’s Office Regarding District Two Medical Examiner Associate Dr. Anthony Clark’s Perjured Testimony in a Tallahassee Double Murder case?

Published June 12, 2014 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL— Is it possible that FDLE Commissioner, Gerald Bailey may have been present at the double murder scene on Tallahassee’s southwest side on January 27, 2011? If so, is that why FDLE has dismissed the complaint filed against Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell for ‘Breach of Public Trust’? According to a photo posted on WCTV’s website—there is a picture that shows Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell along with two others standing in the driveway at the double homicide crime scene. As Sheriff Campbell, who is not dressed in official uniform, stares directly into the photo lens, there is an unknown man in a law enforcement uniform standing to his left—and standing to Sheriff Campbell’s right—is a man who appears to be FDLE Commissioner Bailey (hmm). Okay, just a short distance away, standing in the background of Sheriff Campbell is “Detective” Don Odham. As reported on the Entry Control Log (Crime Scene Log-In Sheet), no one from the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office ever arrived at the crime scene.

During DeShon Thomas’ trial, Dr. Clark testified that he used the crime scene photos to assist with his preparation of the victims’ autopsy reports. While there may be many who will state that a victim’s exact time of death is unable to be determined, the testimony that Dr. Clark gave at trial completely contradicted what he’d noted on his reports at the time of the victims’ autopsies. Furthermore, Dr. Clark’s own testimony proved that there was no way possible that DeShon could’ve murdered the victims.

DeShon Thomas was 17-years-old when he was charged with the cold-blooded double murder of 20-year-old Laqecia Herring and her 17-year-old brother Sterling Conner Jr. Despite an eyewitness statement given to Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies about seeing a black male acting suspicious being let into the victims’ residence the night of January 26, 2011, Leon County Sheriff’s detectives proceeded with their investigation as to DeShon being the murderer. According to reports, all outgoing cell phone activity from that of the female victim, completely stopped within a couple of hours of the eyewitness’s sighting of the male being let into the residence. Leon County Sheriff’s Office theory is that since the last text message (though vague in form) was sent to DeShon’s cell phone, then DeShon was the murderer. DeShon, a full-time freshman at Tallahassee Community College, was busy at work when he received the text message from Ms. Herring’s cell phone—therefore, DeShon did not respond to the text message—at all.

Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives, along with DeShon’s disgruntle ex-coworker/roommate, 21-year-old Trentin Ross (apparently DeShon had slept with Mr. Ross’ girlfriend), conspired together and  placed DeShon at the crime scene—committing the murders—nearly five hours after the last text message was sent from Ms. Herring’s cell phone to DeShon. According to reports, the victims’ mother last saw her daughter (Ms. Herring) alive at their residence on January 26, 2011 around 10:30 p.m. when the three of them (including Ms. Herring’s toddler daughter) arrived home after being away for most of the day. However, she (the victims’ mother) did not see her son Sterling Conner Jr. at the residence. And her two other teenage children were left at the home of a friend’s—in which the victims’ mother returned to that home to spend the night. When the victims’ mother, brother and the friend of the mother’s returned home (to the victims residence) the morning of January 27, 2011 around 10:00 a.m., they found the Ms. Herring and Sterling deceased (Ms. Herring’s daughter was unharmed).

Dr. Clark’s autopsy reports of the victims and his testimony does not coincide with the scientific process of Rigor Mortis. Dr. Clark, who claims to be M.I.T educated, chose to deliberately testify favorable to State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s position to convict DeShon—versus what he (Dr. Clark) had noted at autopsy.

DeShon had five attorneys (one private and four court-appointed) at different times over the nearly 3 years that it took for DeShon to go to trial. None of DeShon’s attorneys would provide DeShon with a copy of the victims’ autopsy reports. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell refused to allow the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to make the victims’ autopsy reports ‘Public’ record. DeShon was tried and convicted without being provided with all of the evidence against him—evidence that DeShon had repeatedly requested—evidence that could’ve exonerated him. DeShon’s mother had offered to pay for a private investigator to assist on DeShon’s case—none of DeShon’s attorneys responded to her offer.

Most of the evidence presented at trial was favorable to State Prosecutor Jack Campbell to convict DeShon. None of the evidence was disputed by anyone outside—such as an independent expert witness (in which DeShon’s mother offered to provide). In a presentation to show how DeShon may have murdered two people in the same room—without any type or sign of a struggle from the victims, Leon County Sheriff Crime Scene Detective Fred Smelt showed the jury that DeShon’s actions was that of “quick succession”. In which Dr. Clark supported Detective’s Smelt’s testimony. The problem with Detective Smelt’s testimony (in which the presentation is also on WCTV’s website), is that the projections in which he (Det. Smelt) demonstrates, does not align with the point of entry wounds that Dr. Clark reported on the victims autopsy reports or Dr. Clark’s testimony.

In February 2014, an FDLE crime laboratory chemist working in the Pensacola, Florida office was arrested for a number of charges—including tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. In a report, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey is quoted as calling the chemist’s actions, “disgraceful”. In the same report, Commissioner Bailey goes on to state he (Bailey), “Is working with State Attorney Offices statewide to ensure he (the chemist) is held accountable for his actions.” The same report discusses that the chemist worked nearly 2,600 cases for 80 law enforcement agencies spanning over 35 counties and 12 judicial circuits.

While DeShon Thomas’ case was being played out in Leon County, the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office is responsible for thousands of autopsies across north Florida—which consists of more than six counties. If the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office is allowing Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs (State Prosecutor Jack Campbell) to deliberately violate Public Record laws by not releasing the victims’ autopsy reports for the sole purpose to help ensure State Attorneys gain convictions, then what other wrongdoings have the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office been conducting? And—is FDLE simply ignoring Florida Surgeon General’s Office to protect Dr. Anthony Clark?

Dr. Anthony Clark testified that he is also licensed with the State of Georgia and has testified in over 200 cases. (Dr. Clark appeared to be quite comfortable during his testimony. So much so—that it would be hard to believe that DeShon’s case is the only case in which he committed Perjury.)

 

 

 

 

United States Senator Bill Nelson Contacts the Department of Justice …Tallahassee, Florida Judicial Process (Leon County—Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit)

Published June 5, 2014 by MAUL10

The Honorable United States Senator Bill Nelson [D-FL] continues to show that he’s willing to fight for the Integrity of All Floridians! In the case State of Florida vs. DeShon Rashard Thomas, court officials coupled with law enforcement authorities violated seventeen-year-old DeShon’s U.S. Constitutional Rights in order to see his (DeShon’s) conviction. After regulating agencies such as The Florida Bar, the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Department of Health—who all seem to have avoided complaints filed or have not taken the seriousness of the complaints, Senator Nelson, a lawyer and retired NASA Astronaut, contacted the Department of Justice on behalf of DeShon and his family.

DeShon, who was seventeen-years-old when he was charged with the January 27, 2011 double murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend 20-year-old Laqecia Herring and her 17-year-old brother Sterling Conner Jr. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office immediately focused all of their resources on DeShon, who was a freshman at Tallahassee Community College and was very close to celebrating his one year anniversary as an employee at Taco Bell—where he’d worked an average of 35 hours or more per week.

In DeShon’s case, DeShon had five attorneys (one private and four court-appointed). DeShon’s mother offered to pay for a private investigator to assist on DeShon’s case—none of the attorneys took heed to her offer. DeShon being found guilty is inevitable when there are no expert or creditable witnesses to discredit the State’s case. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell refused to allow the 2nd District Medical Examiner’s Office to make ‘Public’ the victims’ autopsy reports—while DeShon’s attorneys refused to provide him (DeShon) with vital information about the victims’ autopsy reports.

State Prosecutor Jack Campbell is the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell—who has jurisdiction over the murders. Both father and son—along with 2nd Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs lied to Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson in order to have DeShon charged with the murders—yet, no regulating agency wants to hold them accountable for their LIES.

Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, Circuit Judge Charles Dodson and Leon County Judge Robert Wheeler—all used the Leon County Courthouse to play out shenanigans—leading to DeShon’s conviction.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is the second U.S. Senator to call on the Department of Justice in regards to corruption within Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit judicial process. Noted on Senator Nelson’s website, Senator Nelson recalls looking back at our planet from the window of the shuttle and not seeing any political, religious or racial divides. “From that perspective, you can see that were all in this together,” he says. “If we could just remember that, we’d sure get a lot more done.”

Injustice—Is Not Justice!

(Side Note: According to reports, in the Leon County case of Dr. Mark Hash and his son 17-year-old son Alec Hash, it has been stated that U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss [R-GA] and Congressman Steve Southerland [R-FL] have contacted the Department of Justice.)

 

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