Trial Judge Who Sentenced Florida Teen to Two Life Sentences plus 30 years, Charged with Misconduct by the Judicial Qualifications Commission

Published August 3, 2015 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL—During the trial of DeShon Thomas, Second Judicial Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford allowed false statements to go to the jury, along with the use of a “fake detective” and a convicted felon seeking a break in his cases in both Leon and Gadsden County.

Dawuan Williams, a former convicted felon, was a witness against DeShon in the Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder charge. When Williams was introduced to DeShon, Williams was an inmate in the Leon County Jail for robbing two banks in Tallahassee. The plot to use Williams to entrap DeShon was set up by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin. In exchange for Williams’ assistance with entrapping DeShon, Williams was released from the Leon County Jail and provided with money from both the Leon County Sheriff’s office and the State Attorney’s office. Williams, who had robbed the SunTrust Bank and the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Tallahassee, was being financially supported by elected officials who were supposed to be upholding the law. In the Leon County Jail Williams told DeShon that he (Williams) was going to murder Trentin. Trentin was a witness against 17-year-old, DeShon in the double murder case. It was Williams’ statement to DeShon about murdering Trentin, as to what made DeShon acknowledge that he knew of Williams’ saying that he was going to murder Trentin. So when DeShon was asked at trial by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell if he (DeShon) was aware that Williams was going to murder Trentin, DeShon answered yes, Williams told him that he was going to murder Trentin. DeShon never solicited Williams to murder Trentin. State Proseuctor Jack Campbell knew exactly what he needed Williams to do—the threshold to cross to get DeShon charged with solicitation–not to get DeShon to actually solicit Williams, but for Williams just to tell DeShon that he was going to murder Trentin. That way if DeShon denied that he was aware of Williams saying that he was going to murder Trentin, then DeShon would’ve been lying. Within months after being released from the Leon County Jail, Williams was arrested in Gadsden County for Armed Home Invasion Robbery with Kidnapping and numerous of other serious charges. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s desperation to get a conviction against DeShon, by releasing a convict felon, and dual bank robber back into the community, brought about more turmoil to other families, adding more victims to Dawuan Williams crime spree.

Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was also the presiding judge on Williams’ bank robbery cases. To ensure Williams would not back out of providing testimony against DeShon, Williams’ bank robbery trial was scheduled after DeShon’s trial. During DeShon’s trial, Williams testified that he was providing testimony against DeShon with the hopes of getting a break in his cases, including those in Gadsden County. Second Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs, who is also responsible for prosecuting case in Gadsden County, could provide Williams with breaks. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, a former Assistant State Attorney under State Attorney Meggs, allowed State Prosecutor Jack Campbell to make arrangements for special compensation to get Williams a court appointed attorney assigned to his cases. Normally, the attorney that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell told Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford to assign to Williams’ case would not have otherwise been appointed due to the type of cases he is able to be compensated. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford displayed acts of misconduct prior to replacing Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson on DeShon’s case. Both Circuit Judges violated DeShon’s Constitutional Rights. These judges actions are even more disgusting considering that DeShon was a juvenile and had been charged as an adult.

In October 2013, DeShon’s mother contacted Attorney General Pam Bondi to inform her of Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford’s unethical conduct during DeShon’s trial. The Director at the Regional Counsel’s office, Daren Shippy, was representing DeShon. Regional Counsel Shippy had been court appointed to represent DeShon in March 2013. Regional Counsel Shippy was the fourth court appointed attorney to DeShon’s case. Regional Counsel Shippy, who’d immediately filed a Motion to Withdraw upon being appointed to DeShon’s case, was not interested in ensuring that DeShon received a fair and just trial. If there was any interest of DeShon’s rights being protected by Regional Counsel Shippy or Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, then DeShon’s mother would not have had to contact Attorney General Bondi. The coaching of witnesses, false statements, perjured testimonies, the “fake detective,” all resulted in the conviction of an innocent teenager. An innocent Black male teenager.

DeShon has now been in the custody of the Department of Corrections for over a year and a half. Regional Counsel Melissa “Mina” Ford, who is with the same Regional Counsel’s office that refused to protect DeShon’s rights during trial, was again responsible for appealing DeShon’s convictions. Was it for Regional Counsel Ford to file DeShon’s appeal, showing that her co-worker, possibly boss, teamed with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford in violating DeShon’s rights? Some government officials in Tallahassee seem to view their jobs—not as public servants being paid by taxpayers, but as working to protect family and friends and doing favors for all others, while being paid by taxpayers.

A defendant’s right to a fair and just trial is a RIGHT! A defendant’s right to a court appointed attorney is a RIGHT! A defendant’s right to an appeal is also a RIGHT! Attorneys who are being paid by taxpayers and view their jobs as favors to their clients—because they’re going to “get paid either way,” are—morally and ethically WRONG!

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Tallahassee Citizens: Crippled by Corruption

Published August 2, 2015 by MAUL10

For more than fifteen years, Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs had assigned Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute criminal cases that were being investigated under the jurisdiction of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. State Attorney Willie Meggs was elected to prosecute cases in the Second Judicial Circuit which covers six counties–all located in Florida’s panhandle. State Attorney Willie Meggs’ decision to assign Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute cases being investigated by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was a choice, not a necessity. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell is the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. Any time there was an arrest in Tallahassee, the defendant was taken to the Leon County Jail, which is/was under the control of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. Many defense attorneys, both local and out of town, have expressed a disadvantage to their clients because of the father/son team. Some defense attorneys had asked judges to allow their clients to be moved to a jail in a neighboring county, after their clients experienced “shakedowns” (more like harassment), by officials at the Leon County Jail. However, no judge has ruled in any defense attorneys’ favor.

In a desperate attempt to ensure the conviction of DeShon Thomas, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell recruited State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin, along with Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald O’Brien and Leon County Jail inmates Dawuan Williams and Walter Cole Rayborn to entrap DeShon in a Solicitation to Commit Murder charge. Williams, who was in the Leon County Jail awaiting trial on two bank robbery charges, was released from jail and provided with a cell phone and money from both the Leon County Sheriff’s office and the State Attorney’s office. Williams testified that he was seeking relief in both of his bank robbery charges. Deputy Ronald O’Brien testified that he’d smuggled contraband that he received from Williams into the Leon County Jail in order for an unsuspecting correctional officer to deliver to DeShon.

In 2012, during a brief interview with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, in response to an attorney whose client was being harassed in the Leon County Jail, the attorney filed a motion to have him (State Prosecutor Jack Campbell) removed from the case on the grounds of prejudice—to no avail. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell told a Tallahassee reporter, “My dad being sheriff doesn’t change the way I would handle the case.”

Between late 2011 and mid 2013, the mother of DeShon Thomas repeatedly begged Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi to assign a special prosecutor to her son’s case—to no avail. DeShon was a 17-years-old full-time freshman at Tallahassee Community College when the Leon County Sheriff’s Office charged him with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. DeShon plead Not Guilty. There was no evidence linking DeShon to the murders. State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute DeShon’s case. Within a little over a year, DeShon’s private paid defense attorney, Greg Cummings proved to be extremely foul. Greg Cummings and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, along with Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson had been deliberately delaying DeShon’s trial. Greg Cummings had not deposed a single witness on the defense witness list. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had filed at least four Motions for Continuance for Pre-trial Hearing. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson granted all of the Motions for Continuance. After having paid Greg Cummings nearly $30,000, DeShon and his mother fired Greg Cummings. In August 2012, on the same day Greg Cummings filed his motion to with draw as DeShon’s defense counsel, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell amped up their conspiracy—and that’s when DeShon was charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder—naming Trentin as the target. Trentin was State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s key witness against DeShon in the double murder case.

After Greg Cummings was fired off of DeShon’s case, Greg Cummings told DeShon’s mother that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Trentin’s attorney, Paul Srygley, purposely prevented him (Greg Cummings) from deposing Trentin. Again, confirming what a lot of defense attorneys have complained about, the bias actions by judicial officials within Leon County—starting with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Defense attorney know that their client will surely get convicted regardless of the facts of the case because State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s access to the jail and relationship with his dad’s employees.

Recently in the TV One series, Fatal Attraction: Crippled by Blood, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin gave the world an inside glimpse of their distorted ways of conducting investigations, as well as their depraved hearts.

Anyone familiar with the available resources to all law enforcement agencies know that it doesn’t take a team of law enforcement officers to figure out a gang coded letter. When a credible law enforcement officer receives a legitimate tip about a threat against a person’s life,  what team of law enforcement officers have the time to get together to try to figure out a gang coded letter? Whenever a legitimate threat against a person’s life is received by or relayed to any member of a law enforcement agency and the threat is gang related, then the agencies Gang Task Force Unit will either takeover the investigation of the threat or assist in the investigation. That is why county sheriffs are awarded grants so that their agency will have access to combat gang violence. But with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell running the State Attorney’s Office, the Leon County Courthouse and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, in the Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder Charge against Deshon, there was no need to utilize the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Gang Task Force Unit because they were not a part of the “team/group” that cracked the coded letter that State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin referenced. The same as it took a “Team” of judicial officials to wrongly convict DeShon–due to corruption—it took a “Team” of law enforcement officers who knew nothing about gangs to entrap DeShon— all due to corruption.

State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, who shows signs of being abused as a child, is clearly disconnected from human beings.

Without a doubt, years of coming in contact with horrific crime scene photos will make a person question the capability of how people can commit such heinous acts. But it the job of a prosecutor to have reservations about a person’s guilt or innocence—and let the evidence speak for itself. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell has clearly reached that point in his career where someone needs to intervene. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell looked straight into a T.V. camera and said, “We, who live in the world don’t want to believe that there’s that level of evil—we want to believe that they’ve got horns and a tail, but they don’t, they look just like you and me.” He said this knowing that DeShon is INNOCENT! Someone, if anyone, who loves Jack Campbell as a person—not as an Assistant State Attorney—not as a State Prosecutor—but someone, if anyone, male or female—needs to intervene in his life—State Prosecutor Jack Campbell has a depraved heart. As the son of a dad with over fifty years of law enforcement dating back to the Jim Crow south, Jack Campbell’s mental state is clearly distorted. And then working under State Attorney Willie Meggs, another protégé of the Jim Crow south, more than likely added to Jack Campbell’s depraved heart and distorted state of mind. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell has been programmed to see people with “horns and tails” versus acknowledging the evidence that shows that not all people have “horns and tails.” State Prosecutor Jack Campbell mindset is equal to Dylan Roof seeing nine innocent African-Americans as a threat to the White race and then gunning them down inside their church.

While State Prosecutor Jack Campbell firmly stands by his words, “My dad being sheriff doesn’t change the way I would handle the case.” Recently, in the case involving the death of fourteen-year-old Ansley Rayborn, State Attorney Willie Meggs has shielded his depraved heart. State Attorney Willie Meggs sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott requesting that a Special Prosecutor be assigned to handle the criminal case against the juvenile defendant, stating that the juvenile defendant’s grandfather was a former employee at the State Attorney’s Office. Some media outlets have stated that the defendant’s grandfather is a friend of State Attorney Willie Meggs. Either way, it is disturbing that State Attorney Willie Meggs can find it problematic to handle the prosecution of a case of the grandson of a former employee, but not find it to be problematic to assign Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute criminal cases under the jurisdiction of Jack Campbell’s own dad.

Crime in Tallahassee has skyrocketed. Criminals in Tallahassee are aware of the severe disconnect between law enforcement and those within the judicial system, and the people in the community. People are aware that innocent people are being convicted for crimes that they didn’t commit. And the real criminals are reacting by committing more crimes and laughing at law enforcement agencies and all of those who play a role within the judicial proceedings who seek to get a conviction at all costs. Sensationalizing 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas, knowing that DeShon did not commit the murders of Laqecia Herring and her brother, Sterling Conner Jr., will only create more hype and boldness in the minds of the real murderer, as well as other criminals who the Leon County Sheriff’s office and the State Attorney’s Office have pacified and financially supported—a s it did with Dawuan Williams and Walter Cole Rayborn, both who State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Jason Newlin utilized to entrap DeShon.

A trial of innocent lives lost, wrongful convictions, and families with broken hearts—is all the damage that the late Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs have delivered to Tallahassee citizens. Tallahassee is “Crippled by Corruption.” State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Leon County Sheriff’s Sergeant Wiley Meggs are truly “Crippled by the Blood of their Fathers.”    

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Former Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell’s “FAKE COP,” Don Odham, Makes Debut on TV One’s Fatal Attraction: Crippled by Blood

Published July 28, 2015 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL—On January 27, 2011, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Wolf Creek Subdivision in regards to a mother returning home and finding her 20-year-old daughter, Laqecia Herring and her 17-year-old son, Sterling Conner Jr. deceased. Both victims were found in the livingroom of their two-story townhome located in southwest Tallahassee. As a standard protocol, the crime scene was roped off as officials conducted their investigation.

Several officials with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office reported Detective Don Odham as to having located the Laqecia’s cell phone in an upstairs bedroom tucked between a wall and a mattress. In Detective Don Odham own reporting, Don Odham notes that he, himself located Laqecia’s cell phone. There is an evidence form filled out by Detective Don Odham logging Laqecia’s cell phone into evidence. So why then, during trial, did State Prosecutor Jack Campbell ask Leon County Sheriff Sergeant Brian Pearson, if he’d located a cell phone at the crime scene? And why then, did Sergeant Brian Pearson answer, “Yes”?

Detective Don Odham drafted the Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause charging 17-year-old DeShon Thomas with murdering Laqecia and Sterling. DeShon Thomas pled INNOCENT! Detective Don Odham signed the Complaint charging DeShon with murders. Without Detective Don Odham’s reports and documents, Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappelman would not have been able to get a Grand Jury Indictment against DeShon on Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. Detective Don Odham played a HUGE role in DeShon being charged with the murders. So again, why then, did Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell’s son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, who approved the Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause report that Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham drafted and filed—why during DeShon Thomas’ trial, did State Prosecutor Jack Campbell ask Leon County Sheriff Sergeant Brian Pearson, if he’d located a cell phone at the crime scene? And in turn, Sergeant Brian Pearson answered, Yes.

Had Sergeant Brian Pearson answered, no, to State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s question about the cell phone, then DeShon Thomas’ case would’ve been exonerated. Leon County Sheriff Detective Don Odham set the foundation for 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas, to be charged with Two Counts of Degree Murder. The truth of the matter is Don Odham NEVER worked for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Don Odham was a family friend to both Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. Had Leon County Sheriff Sergeant Brian Pearson answered, no, to State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s question about the cell phone, then the deception of Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell would’ve been exposed. Sheriff Larry Campbell allowing a non-employee to impersonate a Crime Scene Detective is illegal. Chief Assistant Georgia Cappleman would not have gotten the Grand Jury to Indict DeShon Thomas using the reports and documents from a “Fake Cop”.

Was it smart for State Attorney Willie Meggs to assign Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell as prosecutor on cases where his dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, was the leader of investigating team? Some Leon County Sheriff’s Officials have retired drawing six-figure salaries. So for those who want big pay checks, the decision becomes LIE or patrol parades.

Unfortunately, money fuels corruption in a judicial system that claims a person is Innocent until proven Guilty. DeShon Thomas’ mother paid a local defense attorney named, Greg Cummings, nearly $30,000 to represent DeShon. No way does DeShon’s mother have as much money and resources as The Leon County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office met with Walter Cole Rayborn and Dawuan Williams, prior to DeShon’s trial.The meeting was to entrap DeShon in a Solicitation to Commit Murder plot against Trentin Ross. Greg Cummings was DeShon’s attorney at the time of the entrapment. However, Greg Cummings had heard that DeShon’s mother was looking to replace him. Greg Cummings got that information from other attorneys whom DeShon’s mother had been consulting. Greg Cummings was fired for a number of reasons—failure to disclose information, failure to communicate, etc. Neither Greg Cummings or DeShon’s court appointed attorneys would accept DeShon’s mother’s offer to hire a private investigator to assist on the case. Nobody whose paycheck came from Florida taxpayers was interested in DeShon Thomas receiving a fair and just trial. Even Greg Cummings, who was registered with the Regional Conflict Counsel’s office, double as a private and public attorney—so he too received a paycheck from Florida taxpayers on a more than regular basis.  The presiding judge, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, was a former Assistant State Attorney for State Attorney Willie Meggs, as well as an Assistant U.S. State Attorney for Florida’s 1st District Department of Justice located in Tallahassee. After two years as the presiding judge, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson was replaced with Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. Again, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was a former Assistant State Attorney for State Attorney Willie Meggs. In addition, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was a former co-worker of State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. Instead of the two circuit judges presiding ethically and lawfully, they chose to violate DeShon’s basic U.S. Constitutional Rights. For nearly three years, DeShon’s judicial proceedings were more like DeShon Thomas and his family vs. The Blue Wall of Silence. DeShon is INNOCENT.

Don Odham should have NEVER been allowed to impersonate a law enforcement officer. DeShon Thomas’ case was not the only case that Don Odham was allowed to act as both crime scene detective and detective. However, it is believed that DeShon Thomas’ case was the only case in where Sheriff Larry Campbell replaced Lead Detective Melinda McBride and her team of veteran detectives, and assigned Don Odham as Lead Detective making Don Odham the 2nd Lead Detective. It is noted that other detectives and deputies who were working on the investigation case quickly backed away from Don Odham, not having or wanting anything to do with him at all. Some deputies even calling Don Odham a “Disgrace.”

On the TV One popular show Fatal Attraction, Don Odham is shown entering into an Interrogation room on February 4, 2011. Don Odham is in the room with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s key witness, Trentin Ross. Don Odham in the Interrogation Room underscores how Don Odham was allowed to Impersonate a detective.

During DeShon’s trial, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and DeShon’s defense attorney, Regional Counsel Director Daren Shippy when questioning witnesses referred to Don Odham as Detective Odham. However, when Don Odham was on the witness stand, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell labeled Don Odham as a Reserve Deputy—a volunteer. According to the Florida County Sheriff’s Association, there is a guideline that Reserve Deputy’s must follow and Reserve Deputies are limited to what they can and cannot do. They must be in official uniform and they may not work as detectives. “Reserve Deputies are to augment full-time law enforcement officials”—not replace full-time deputies working criminal cases. As shown in pictures taken at the crime scene and on the T.V. show, Don Odham is dressed in plain clothes—depicting a detective.

Also, during DeShon Thomas’ trial, Don Odham, a wealthy businessman, would not allow his pride to be tarnished. Don Odham NEVER acknowledged being a volunteer deputy. Instead, when asked by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell about being a Reserve Deputy, Don Odham skirted over the question—and then told jurors that he’d been assigned his own patrol car, blah, blah, blah. During DeShon’s trial, Don Odham was limited to “Monkey listen, Monkey Say,” status.

While Don Odham may have debuted in Fatal Attraction: Crippled by Blood, Don Odham is no Don Johnson. Don Johnson’s smile is priceless. The only image viewer’s got of Don Odham was the top of his balding head. Don Johnson got paid for his role in the hit series Miami Vice. Don Odham got a group of people to commit criminal acts and Bully an INNOCENT child into prison. Don Odham will NEVER be a bigger man than DeShon Thomas. Never!

The New York Times and TV One —Fatal Attraction, Who Would’ve Ever Thought?

Published July 26, 2015 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL—Recently, both political parties have agreed on one particular topic, the reformation of the Criminal Justice System. Some politicians have called the Criminal Justice System operating on the state level, “out of control.”

The year 2014, was a record year for the exoneration of prison inmates across the United States. One hundred and fifty exonerations were registered with the Innocence Project. Some of those prison inmates who were exonerated had spent years on Death Row waiting to be put to death. If it had not been for brave defense attorneys willing to expose gross prosecutorial misconduct and exposure of judges who violate the Constitutional Rights of defendants, then hundreds, if not thousands of innocent prison inmates would still be sitting in prison slowly dying. Prosecutors have wide discretion when it comes to prosecuting cases and sentencing guidelines. There are a lot of plea deals that occur on cases that may not always be beneficial to the defendant.

For instances, a defendant who is offered a plea deal, just because the prosecutor has the “power to do so,” does not benefit the defendant. A defendant who commits a heinous crime may need mental health treatment more than just a plea deal. And a defendant who is denied the full ability to exercise his/her Constitutional Rights during their judicial proceedings—a guilty verdict is not justifiable—and does not bring about justice to the victims family. Wrongful convictions occur mainly because of prosecutorial misconduct on the basis that the prosecutor was not transparent during judicial proceedings. Just the thought of being a juror on a case where you convicted an innocent man to a life sentence or a death sentence is disheartening. So now who is to blame? Jurors can only rely on the sources that they received during the judicial proceedings. Most jurors believe that it is mandatory for prosecutors to be transparent during trial. How would you feel if you open up a newspaper or tuned in to the evening news and learned that a man or woman who spent ten years in prison was wrongly convicted? And then you saw that the man or woman was the defendant in the case that you served on a juror and you voted guilty? Now, how would you feel? Your immediate thought would probably be who lied to you or what information was withheld from you and your fellow jurors?

The New York Times and TV One are regarded as creditable media sources. They both have thousands, if not millions of faithful subscribers and viewers. As being regarded as creditable media sources, their subscribers and viewers trust them to be transparent in their reporting. Of course there is not a media source that reports on a 360 degree spin, but there’s no need to intentionally “dupe” your audience in to believing that reports are truthful to the best of their knowledge knowing that they’re not. Everyone knows that the opinion of the American people is strong! There are not very many creditable media sources still in existence. So for media source with such a far wide and vast audience—why chose to withhold anything? Especially when the reporting is seeking opinions from subscribers and viewers.

On January 4, 2013, The New York Times Magazine published an article by Paul Tullis titled, “Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice?” The article of the event happened in Tallahassee, Florida.  Eighteen-year-old Ann Grosmaire’s parent ability to immediately forgive the murderer of their daughter and the impact their forgiveness played in the judicial proceedings of her murderer. In March 2010, the murderer,  nineteen-year-old, Conor McBride, walked into the Tallahassee Police Department and confessed to using a shotgun to shoot his girlfriend, Ann Grosmaire. Conor told officers that prior to shooting Ann in the head, the two of them had been arguing. When the police went to Conor McBride’s parent home, where the shooting occurred, the police found Ann lying on the floor, she was barely alive. Ann’s parents kept her on life support. Meanwhile, as Ann was in the hospital without a brain in her head, Ann’s mother went to visit Conor at the Leon County Jail. Assuming the shooting was accidental, Ann’s parents immediately forgave Conor. After Ann was removed from life support, naturally she passed away (one cannot live on their own without a brain). Unnaturally, in an effort to ensure that Conor received a second chance in life, Ann’s parents quickly teamed up with Conor’s parents, as well as Greg Cummings (Conor’s attorney) and the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office led by State Attorney Willie Meggs. As he often did with most high profile cases, State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned Conor’s case to Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell informed Ann’s parent that he could reduce charges and seek alternative sentences—possibly five years for manslaughter. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell made arrangements for Conor, who was in the Leon County Jail, to have a physical contact meeting with his parents and Ann’s parents. Ann’s mother was allowed to bring a large framed photo of Ann (the photo was supposed to represent Ann’s presence). A woman named Sujatha Baliga, was flown in from California. Ms. Baliga, a former public defender who specializes in restorative-justice, was brought in by Ann’s parents to moderate the meeting. It wasn’t until the writing was on the wall (during that particular meeting) as to when Ann’s parents learned that Conor’s actions were not accidental—yet, very much so intentional. Ann’s parents learned about things that Conor’s parents, Greg Cummings, and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had known all along—Conor had a bad temper, and Conor had a history of physically and mentally abusing their daughter, Ann. Never did Conor’s parents inform Ann’s parents about the abuse. When Ann was alive, she hid the abuse from her own parents—who apparently loved Conor as if he were Ann’s husband. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was not transparent with Ann’s family. Ann’s dad, who was studying to be a Deacon, had been out rallying members of his church and the community to embrace their understanding and reasoning for forgiving Conor and wanting Conor to have a second chance at life. All of those speeches that Ann’s dad gave—and all the while Ann’s family was in the dark about how their daughter cried and begged for her life, before Conor, the boy with a bad temper, pointed the barrel of the shotgun to her face and pulled the trigger. What was Ann’s parent to do, now? State Prosecutor Jack Campbell offered Conor 20 years in prison plus 10 years probation. Conor accepted the plea deal. Conor McBride, the teenager who blew his girlfriend’s brains out in cold blood with a shotgun, will be back in society before age forty.

The article, “Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice?” was popular! There were over 475 comments online. There were several comments from victims of domestic violence denouncing Conor’s sentence and the role “Forgiveness” played in Conor’s judicial proceedings—giving him a second chance at life, despite having taken Ann’s life. Conor was not a juvenile. Conor was an adult who was fully aware of his heinous crime and its consequences. On January 7, 2013, the parents of Anne Grosmaire appeared on the Today Show. Ann’s dad, who was studying to become a Deacon, stood by his forgiveness, but appeared to be struggling with the lost of Ann.

On Monday, July 20, 2015, TV One aired an episode of their hit show Fatal Attraction: ‘Crippled By Blood.’ The episode is about events set in Tallahassee, Florida. Full-time Tallahassee Community College freshman, seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas, who was convicted of the January 2011 murders of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old, Laqecia Herring and her 17-year-old brother, Sterling Conner Jr. The episode sums up the murders as an “unthinkable tragedy.” DeShon, who also worked nearly forty hours a week at Taco Bell, was at work texting Laqecia asking Laqecia about threats on her life that he’d seen on Facebook. Laqecia had ended the relationship with DeShon months earlier, but they remained friends. DeShon understood that a threat to Laqecia’s life was a threat to his unborn child’s life. In the text message exchange, DeShon asked Laqecia about her brother, Sterling. A month after DeShon was charged with the murders, in March 2011, while waiting to be assigned an attorney, DeShon was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. And then in August 2012, while still in the Leon County Jail awaiting trial, DeShon was charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder—informing that DeShon was a Blood gang member. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was the lead investigating agency over the cases. DeShon pled not guilty to all charges. The Fatal Attraction show does not feature anyone directly representing the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. There are two employees with the Second Judicial State Attorney’s Office (State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office)—and those two are Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin.  Don Odham, a “Pay-to-Play Cop, is shown in the interrogation room with the key witness. What is not depicted in the show is the corruption that riddled DeShon’s judicial process.  Several of DeShon’s defense attorneys, both private and court appointed attorney, deliberately withheld exculpatory evidence. There were two Second Circuit Judges who denied DeShon his Constitutional Rights and so on and so forth.

Media sources, such as the New York Times and TV One, really should be more responsible when it comes to their reporting. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, who is highlighted in both18-year-old, Ann Grosmaire’s gruesome murder case and 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas’ wrongful conviction case had a connection that probably no one else in a State Attorney’s Office has—and that is exclusive access to the Leon County Jail and power over the entire Leon County Judicial System, including the judges. The average citizen, the average reader, the average subscriber, the average viewer, was never told that Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell is the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell.

In the case of Ann Grosmaire, “forgiveness” is for the family. The judicial system, when laws are applied properly, is to deliver justice—not just to the victim’s family but to American citizens. Conor’s cold-blooded murdering mindset is within. Conor did not accept the plea deal because he was remorseful for having murdered Ann—Conor accepted the plea deal because Ann’s parents were forgiving him for having murdered Ann. If State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was not the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, the meeting that occurred at the Leon County Jail would’ve never happened. All jail facility security protocol was breached in order for that meeting to occur in a private room within the Leon County Jail. It is completely against the Standard Operation of Procedures in all jails across the United States for an accused murderer to have a contact visit with his victim’s family, let alone the murder’s family. During the meeting, Conor’s mother and father were able to hug and kiss their son. Ann’s parents will never hug and kiss their daughter on this earth again. No wedding, no grandkids—they have nothing but a framed picture and memories. In the state of Florida, it is the responsibility of the county’s sheriff to oversee jail operations. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell allowing that meeting to occur at the Leon County Jail was done as a favor to his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell—to build up Jack Campbell’s ego, his career and get Jack Campbell notoriety i.e. The New York Times article, “Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice.”

In the case of DeShon Thomas, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell utilized a close family friend named Don Odham, to conspire against DeShon. Don Odham, a “Pay-to-Play Cop,” replaced Lead Detective Melinda McBride and her team of veteran detectives to work the double homicide case. Don Odham, who was referred to as “Leon County Sheriff Detective Don Odham,” was never an employee with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. However, there are numerous legal documents, including probable cause reports, a formal complaint, along with information that had been presented to the grand jury referring to Don Odham as “Leon County Sheriff Detective Don Odham.” In the Fatal Attraction show, Don Odham is shown in the room with Tom (Trentin Ross) the key witness against DeShon. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell as the investigating agency on the double homicide case and his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell prosecuting the case is surely bias. The jury was not made aware of the fact that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s dad was the signor on the paycheck of every Leon County Sheriff’s Office employee who provided witness testimony. Very few people may care about Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s big ego in little ol’ Tallahassee. But everyone knows that if in fact, there was enough evidence to convict DeShon of the crimes in which he has now been convicted then there would be no use for a “Play-to-Pay Cop”.  In the Fatal Attraction show, Trentin Ross is seen grasping his chest stating that he is about to have a “heart attack.” Instead of detectives rendering aid or contacting EMT, they continue to pressure him—“Bully” him. Trentin Ross’ incriminating statements are false.

DeShon’s mother, who has spent the majority of her life championing for children and young adults to be treated fair and with respect, will continue to support her son. Neither DeShon nor his family will allow any print, online or T.V reporting or dramatic show to hinder their pursuit for justice.

The New York Times and TV One are just media sources—creditable media sources…?

Florida 2nd Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford Charged with Multiple Counts of Misconduct; Desperately Seeking Support from the Legal Community

Published July 25, 2015 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL—Jackie Fulford, who worked many years as Chief Assistant State Attorney for Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, before being appointed to the bench to replace a retiring judge in 2009, is currently facing multiple counts of misconduct charged by the Judicial Qualifications Commission. In 2010, Circuit Judge Fulford ran unopposed and retained her position on the bench. Circuit Judge Fulford mainly presided over cases in the Wakulla County Courthouse in the city of Crawfordville, which is located twenty minutes from State Attorney Willie Meggs’ main office located inside of the Leon County Courthouse in the city of Tallahassee.

In June 2013, Circuit Judge Fulford spontaneously replaced Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson as the presiding judge in Leon County double murder and solicitation to commit first degree murder case, State of Florida vs. DeShon Thomas. The replacement occurred shortly after DeShon’s mother contacted Governor Rick Scott in regards to what DeShon’s mother believed to be a conspiracy building for over two years in the criminal prosecution of her 17-year-old son, DeShon Thomas. In the case, State of Florida vs. DeShon Thomas, DeShon had been charged with the January 2011 double murders of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her younger brother. DeShon, a Black male, was a freshman at Tallahassee Community College and was working at Taco Bell at the time of being charged with the murders. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell alleged that DeShon murdered 20-year-old, Laqecia Herring because he did not want to pay child support and murdered her 17-year-old brother, Sterling Conner Jr. at the same time because of a gang relationship gone bad. Although the murder weapon had not been located, following the double murder charge, in March 2011, DeShon was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. Case events were occurring on DeShon’s case and motions granting DeShon court appointed attorneys were withheld from the Leon County Clerk of Courts by Circuit Judge Hankinson. As DeShon was awaiting trial, in August 2012, the State Attorney’s Office, not the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, charged DeShon with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder of a witness in the double murder case, Trentin Ross. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson signed the Summary of Offense for Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause, as well as the Arrest Warrant.

The solicitation charge came about immediately following DeShon’s firing of his private paid attorney, Greg Cummings, whom DeShon’s mother had paid nearly $30,000. DeShon’s mother advised DeShon to fire Greg Cummings, for several reasons. According to Greg Cummings, DeShon was sitting in the Leon County Jail solely because of incriminating statements that Trentin Ross had provided to Leon County Sheriff Detective Don Odham. There was no physical evidence connecting DeShon to the murders. In July 2012, a month before his firing, Greg Cummings had not yet deposed and did not seem interested in seriously deposing Trentin Ross. In addition, Greg Cummings was deliberately ensuring that no one, not even DeShon, had access to the victims’ autopsy reports. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell refused to allow the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to make public the victims’ autopsy reports. Dr. Anthony Clark had performed the victims’ autopsies. When DeShon’s mother heard from a source close to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office that Don Odham was not an employee with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, DeShon’s mother repeatedly asked Greg Cummings about Don Odham being a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective—never getting a response. DeShon’s Pre-trial Hearing was rescheduled more than four times due to State Prosecutor Jack Campbell repeatedly filing motions—Motion for Continuance. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, Greg Cummings and Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson were deliberately delaying DeShon’s trial and withholding exculpatory (favorable) evidence, thus violating DeShon’s Constitutional Rights.

When Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was brought onto the case, DeShon and his mother was hoping for fairness, for someone to protect DeShon’s Constitutional Rights. DeShon had nearly four court appointed attorneys who’d all filed motions to withdraw, without bringing any evidence out. Seemingly, no defense attorney wanted to argue DeShon’s case against State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. Most of State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s witnesses were his dad’s employees—staff members of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. As DeShon’s mother quickly realized, Circuit Judge Fulford was following along with whatever direction that her former colleague, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, instructed her in order to ensure DeShon’s conviction.

In October 2013, three months after Circuit Judge Fulford began presiding over DeShon’s case, she allowed perjured testimony to go to the jury. Subsequently, DeShon was found guilty on Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. In December 2013, DeShon pled No Contest to Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent, a charge that had only been severed from the murder charges days before the October trial. Circuit Judge Fulford accepted the plea and then sentenced DeShon to Two Life Sentences plus 30 years.

Since Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford presided over DeShon’s trial, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford remained in Leon County. Circuit Judge Fulford presided over the State of Florida vs. Logan Murphy. In September 2013, Logan Murphy, a White male, brought a gun into the Butler Family’s home and shot their son, 17-year-old, Robert Butler, a Black male. Robert Butler’s parents were outraged! His parents had no idea that Logan Murphy had brought a gun into their peaceful home. Despite immediately having the shooter, eyewitnesses and the murder weapon, there was no immediate arrest made by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. And when the Leon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Logan Murphy, State Attorney Willie Meggs charged Logan Murphy as an adult. However, State Attorney Willie Meggs did not charge Logan Murphy with Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. In 2014, Logan Murphy entered a plea of No Contest to manslaughter charges. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford sentenced Logan Murphy to three years in a juvenile detention facility and 15 years of probation. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell withheld adjudication therefore, upon Logan Murphy’s release from the juvenile detention facility. Logan Murphy will not be a convicted felon. Robert Butler’s family, again, was outraged. Only this time about the outcome of the case—the Butler family was victimized three times—once by Logan Murphy, second by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and thirdly, by Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford.

In February 2015, again, in Leon County, as Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford presided over a Death Penalty case, the State of Florida vs. Henry Segura case, Mr. Segura’s defense attorney, Chuck Hobbs, sought out to have an inmate in an out of state institution submit a DNA test, to see if the inmate could be connected to the crime scene. Henry Segura, a young Black male, was charged in 2012 with the November 2010 murders of a young mother, her twin six year-old daughters and her three-year-old son. Mr. Segura was the father of the 3-year-old. Police allege that Mr. Segura murdered the victims because he did not want to pay child support. If convicted, Mr. Segura could be put to Death.

In April 2015, the JQC announced that Circuit Judge Fulford was being charged with three counts of misconduct. At least one of the counts of misconduct occurred prior to Circuit Judge Fulford presiding over DeShon Thomas’ trial and sentencing, as well as accepting Logan Murphy’s plea of no contest and light-handed sentence. Circuit Judge Fulford was not the original presiding judge on Mr. Henry Segura’s case, however, at least one count of misconduct that Circuit Judge Fulford has been charged, occurred before she began presiding on Mr. Segura’s Death Penalty case.

None of the counts of misconduct that Circuit Judge Fulford is facing has anything to do with the three above named cases. However, it was not until soon after the JQC announced their charges of Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, as to when a DNA analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement came forward about having been told to withhold DNA findings that had been forwarded to her by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In the report was possible exculpatory evidence in Mr. Segura’s case. The prosecutor on Mr. Segura’s case, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, was two weeks away from selecting a jury to decide whether Mr. Segura murdered four helpless people, including his own son. Mr. Segura’s trial has been delayed. Mr. Segura has been in the Leon County Jail for nearly four years without any shred of physical evidence against him.

Following the Judicial Qualifications Commission’s denial to dismiss charges of misconduct against Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, two letters of support from the legal community have been filed by Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford’s defense team. One of the letters of support has come from local Tallahassee attorney, Benjamin Crump of Parks and Crump Attorney at Law. Mr. Benjamin Crump is a highly acclaimed attorney who specializes in wrongful death cases.

Another letter of support has come from Donald M. Hinkle of Hinkle and Foran Attorney at Law. Mr. Donald Hinkle has had a successful career in medical malpractice cases.

As Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford desperately seeks the support from the legal community to have a positive impact on her misconduct case, the families of defendants and victims whose cases Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford presided over with a favorable mindset (bias) to her former colleague, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, continue to desperately seek justice for the life and death of their loved ones.

Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford should never be allowed to preside over another case in any courtroom.

Click on the link below to view letters of support.

http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/pub_info/summaries/briefs/15/15-786/Filed_07-14-2015_JQC_Notice_Filing.pdf

Florida Second Circuit Judge Who Sentenced Man to Death Penalty Named in Conspiracy Complaint by 17-year-old Tallahassee Community College Student to Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi

Published July 23, 2015 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL—In early 2011, Gary Michael Hilton was convicted in the decapitation of Cheryl Dunlap, a 46-year-old North Florida school teacher whose body was found in the Apalachicola National Forest. Sixty-four-year-old, Gary Michael Hilton, was a drifter, who was also charged with the kidnapping and the decapitation of Meredith Hope on Blood Mountain located in North Georgia in 2008. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson sentenced Gary Michael Hilton to death.

In 2013, the mother of DeShon Thomas contacted Florida Governor Rick Scott in regards to Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson conspiring against her son, DeShon. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson had been presiding over DeShon’s case for more than two years. In those two years, Judge Hankinson, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and DeShon’s private paid Defense Attorney Greg Cummings were conspiring to have DeShon convicted on Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. Within days of DeShon firing Greg Cummings, Judge Hankinson approved probable cause and signed an arrest warrant charging DeShon with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder of that of a witness in the case. For more than two years Judge Hankinson directly violated DeShon’s Constitutional Rights.

In 2011, DeShon Thomas, a 17-year-old freshman at Tallahassee Community College, had been arrested and charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. DeShon pled Not Guilty. DeShon’s case process was being handled by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, whose agency was investigating the double murders, and then his son, Jack Campbell, was prosecuting the case. State Attorney Willie Meggs overlooked forty plus of his Assistant State Attorneys and specifically assigned Jack Campbell as prosecutor. DeShon’s mother believed this type of father/son judicial interaction was extremely bias—and was sure to have many problems. After DeShon’s mother had repeatedly been told that there was nothing unethical about the father/son working together, DeShon’s mother knew to keep a close eye on all involved. DeShon’s mother learned that numerous local Tallahassee defense attorneys feared going into the courtroom against State Prosecutor Jack Campbell due to favoritism shown by judges and all other local state agencies. Several sitting Circuit Judges, including James C. Hankinson worked as Assistant State Attorneys under Willie Meggs before being elected/appointed to their bench. Immediately after DeShon’s mother contacted Governor Scott about Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson’s violations of DeShon’s rights, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson was replaced by Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, another former Assistant State Attorney who worked under State Attorney Willie Meggs and alongside of State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. The issue with Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson immediately being replaced was that for two years Governor Scott’s response was that he could not get involved with ongoing criminal investigations.

Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford came along and picked up where Judge Hankinson left off. She also violated DeShon’s Constitutional Rights. In October 2013, four months after Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford began presiding over DeShon’s case, DeShon was convicted on Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. DeShon was instructed to take a plea on the charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. In December 2013, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford sentenced DeShon to Two Life Sentence plus 30 years.

In 2014, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford began presiding over a quadruple murder case. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell is the prosecutor on the case. The defendant in the case, Henry Segura, is facing the Death Penalty if found guilty. Early on in this case, Mr. Segura had another judge. Mr. Segura’s defense attorney, Chuck Hobbs, complained to that judge about what he believed to be violations by jail officials. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, also was the overseer of the Leon County Jail where Mr. Segura is being held in solitary confinement awaiting trial. Mr. Hobbs had asked the courts that due to the biasness and harassment of his client,Mr. Segura, that Mr. Segura be moved to a jail in a nearby county. Mr. Segura remains in the Leon County Jail.

In April 2015, it was announced that Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was being investigated by the Judicial Qualifications Commission for numerous counts of misconduct. Shortly after the announcement, Judge Jackie Fulford removed herself from the bench. The counts of misconduct occurred before and after Judge Jackie Fulford began presiding over DeShon Thomas’ case and Mr. Segura’s Death Penalty case.

In June 2015, a DNA analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Tallahassee came forward about having been ordered not to provide officials with evidence that had been forwarded to her from the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Mr. Segura’s case. The evidence is favorable to Mr. Segura’s defense.

Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford have presided over Death Penalty cases that demanded high quality morals and judicial ethics. The two judges being named in regards to conspiring against a minor child should bother everyone in Florida and in the World. DeShon was 17-years-old when he was charged with heinous crimes. DeShon was 19-years-old when he was charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. DeShon was 20-years-old when he was sent to prison. Nonetheless, DeShon was a minor child when his life was abruptly turned upside down and judicial officials began conspiring against him. Had DeShon been 18-years-old at the time of his arrest, DeShon would have been facing the Death Penalty. And had there been the same conspiring judicial paths to get State Prosecutor Jack Campbell a guilty verdict—DeShon would be on Death Row. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford should never be allowed to preside over another case again.

The Florida Supreme Court should help protect Floridians.

Did Florida Governor ‘Meddle’ in the Double Murder Case Against Tallahassee Community College Freshman, 17-year-old DeShon Thomas?

Published July 22, 2015 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL—In 2011, nearly ten months after seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas, was charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent, the mother of DeShon Thomas contacted Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Office in regards to what she believed was disturbing issues of her son’s judicial process. The double murders were being investigated by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. State Attorney Willie Meggs had overlooked forty plus of his other Assistant State Attorneys and assigned his Assistant State Attorney, Jack Campbell, to prosecute DeShon’s case. Jack Campbell is the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. Another disturbing issue, DeShon’s private defense attorney, Greg Cummings, whom DeShon’s mother was paying thousands of dollars, had not provided the victims autopsy reports or conducted any depositions on record. These issues and others were definitely hindering DeShon’s case from proceeding through the court. DeShon, who pleaded NOT GUILTY, was sitting in the Leon County Jail awaiting his day in court, with absolutely nothing occurring with his case. In part, DeShon’s mother was seeking a special prosecutor to prosecute the case. With State Attorney Willie Meggs’ son, Wiley Meggs, working as Leon County Sheriff’s Sergeant, maybe State Attorney Willie Meggs was having some issues going after his son’s boss. And commonsense should tell a person that a son should not be prosecuting cases that his dad, an elected official, is directly involved (Sheriff Campbell and Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell (really)).  In response to DeShon’s mother contacting Governor Scott, DeShon’s mother was told that he (Governor Scott) could not get involved with ongoing criminal investigations.

Meanwhile, DeShon’s mother continued paying money to Greg Cummings. Also, DeShon’s mother began reaching out to several people seeking advice in what a “blind man” could see were some serious issues with DeShon’s case process. One of the people who DeShon’s mother contacted was Mr. Sandy D’Alemberte, former president of Florida State University and former president of the American Bar Association. Mr. D’Alemberte has extensive knowledge of Civil Rights. In 2012, Mr. D’Alemberte, along with the Florida Innocence Project, was present when Governor Rick Scott apologized to wrongfully convicted William Dillon for the 27 years he spent in prison for a crime he did not commit. (Article by Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Bureau Chief titled, “Scott apologizes, signs bill giving William Dillon $1.35M” 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-dillon-claims-bill-passes-20120301-story.html )

At first, the communication exchange between Mr. D’Alemberte and DeShon’s mother was great! Mr. D’Alemberte was eager to review court documents. After DeShon’s mother sent him documents that she’d obtained from the Leon County Courthouse, it was clear that Mr. D’Alemberte was floored by documents that he’d reviewed. Mr. D’Alemberte truly believed that there had to be something missing from the court documents, something had to be missing. DeShon’s case was nearly two years old and there was nothing more than a court docket and few pages. Mr. D’Alemberte contacted his resources. There were a few other exchanges in communication –and then nothing. The communication between Mr. D’Alemberte and DeShon’s mother was left open end.

In mid-2013, DeShon’s mother contacted Governor Scott again. After having fired Greg Cummings as DeShon’s attorney and then reviewing DeShon’s court records, DeShon’s mother began to realize that there was more than just State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Greg Cummings being sinister in their actions. DeShon’s mother began looking at the judge. By all means, a part of Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson’s job was to ensure that DeShon’s Constitutional Rights were not being violated. As DeShon’s mother looked closer at DeShon’s case, it was clear that Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson had been violating DeShon’s Constitutional Rights. In her letter to Governor Scott, DeShon’s mother explained to Governor Scott that she strongly believed that Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson had purposely withheld court documents from the Leon County Clerk of Courts (public records) and that he (Hankinson) had been conducting case events on DeShon’s case outside of DeShon’s presence—without DeShon’s knowledge. Immediately following DeShon’s mother’s letter to Governor Scott, the next action on DeShon’s case was a new presiding judge. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson was replaced with Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. (At a later date, a copy of the letter that was sent to Governor Scott was posted to this blog site.)

Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, a former Assistant State Attorney for Willie Meggs, did not make the case process any better. Listening to Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s instructions, she also violated DeShon’s Constitutional Rights. On October 18, 2013, DeShon was convicted. In December 2013, DeShon was sentenced to Two Life Sentences plus 30 years. (Currently, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford is off of the bench as she is being investigated by the Judicial Qualifications Commission for three counts of misconduct—including violation (s) that occurred prior to her replacing Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson.)

In retaliation for the August 2012 firing of Greg Cummings, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs charged DeShon with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson approved a Summary of Offense for Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder against Trentin Ross that had been prepared by State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin. DeShon, who was still in the Leon County Jail, was put in solitary confinement and had all of his privileges taken away. Unable to have visitors or call home, DeShon was not able to make arrangements with his mother for another private attorney. DeShon was assigned several court appointed attorneys, whom all immediately filed Motions to Withdraw. DeShon’s case finally settled with Jeff Lewis’ office—1st Regional Counsel.

In the Summary of Offense for Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder, State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin named Dawuan Williams and Walter Cole Rayborn as the Leon County Jail inmates who had direct information about DeShon having plotted to have State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s key witness in the double murder case, Trentin Ross, murdered. Dawuan Williams, a twice convicted felon, had been delivered to the Leon County Jail by the Southeast Regional Task Force and the Tifton County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia, on two warrants in Tallahassee for robbing two banks. Shortly thereafter, Dawuan Williams was introduced to DeShon. Dawuan Williams was immediately provided with his freedom and money from the Leon County Sheriff and State Attorney’s Office. After Dawuan Williams followed instruction by both the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office, Dawuan Williams disappeared into society. In less than six months of being released from the Leon County Jail, Dawuan Williams was arrested in a neighboring county for Armed Home Invasion Robbery with Kidnapping and other charges. Dawuan Williams is currently facing more than fifty years in prison.

Upon Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford presiding over DeShon’s case, Judge Fulford did not disclose to the court that she is a close family friend of Walter Cole Rayborn’s family. Walter Cole Rayborn, a convicted felon with a lengthy arrest record, was recently named in the execution style double murder of two young men in Tallahassee. The victims, Cornelius Poole and Lance Love, where found in a bathtub—they’d been bound and shot in the head. They there was an attempt to set the apartment (Lance’s) on fire. Walter Cole Rayborn’s court documents show that he was constantly given special treatment by the court and the Leon County Sheriff’s office in spite of the seriousness of his offenses.

Did Governor Scott “meddle” in the double murder case against 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas? If so, it would not be the first time Governor Scott has been accused of meddling. Could it be that State Attorney Willie Meggs’ refusal to investigate Governor Scott in regards to FDLE Sunshine State Law violation, a case that Governor Scott has been accused of meddling, could it possibly be that in part of State Attorney Willie Meggs’ refusal to investigate Governor Scott is because of Governor Scott’s meddling in DeShon Thomas’ case? Surely it is not a coincidence that Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson was spontaneously replaced by Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford—just because. Governor Scott had the authority to put a special prosecutor on DeShon’s case—but would not. (Criminals Protecting Criminals in Tallahassee—leading to wrongly convicting children.)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article8602808.html

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