Leon County, FL–The Leon County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant for items in a double homicide investigation on the one-bedroom apartment that was being rented by 21-year-old, Trentin Ross, a black male. Seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas, had been sleeping on Mr. Ross’ couch for nearly 2 months after he and his mother had a disagreement. Neither Mr. Ross nor DeShon was at the apartment when the search warrant was executed. In fact, while Mr. Ross was at work during the time of his apartment being searched, DeShon and his mother had voluntarily gone to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to speak with the lead detective over the homicide investigation, because deputies had been harassing/stalking DeShon about coming to their office to talk. Once at their office, both DeShon and his mother quickly found themselves having to endure racist vulgar. After DeShon’s mother invoked their Miranda Rights they were ignored and then locked in an interview room—–being held against their will. The search warrant on Mr. Ross’ apartment was unbeknownst to DeShon and his mother.

The next day, they learned that during the search, then Leon County Sheriff’s Captain Robert Swearingen, the twin brother of now, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen, located small pots of soil with marijuana leaves sprouting from them in Mr. Ross’ bedroom closet. Their search warrant did not satisfy the Leon County Sheriff’s Office homicide investigation.

Both Mr. Ross and DeShon were charged with Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Note: DeShon and his mother appeared in Juvenile Court a number of 3 separate times. State Prosecutor Eric Trombley needed time to get sufficient probable cause to charge DeShon . Then the State Direct filed. Without evidence and before his mother could bond him out, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office swiftly charged DeShon with the murders.

Almost a year into DeShon’s judicial process, DeShon’s mother learned that the Leon County Sheriff’s Office did not have jurisdiction to serve or execute the search warrant at Mr. Ross’ apartment. There was never an arrest warrant issued for DeShon for Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Without any evidence against him, DeShon has been sentenced to spend Two (2) Life Sentences plus 30 years in prison.

Many defense attorneys—some working in the private practice and some working for the public defender’s office—are well aware of how their arguments against State Prosecutors fall on the deaf ears of judges—many to whom have worked for State Attorney Willie Meggs who was in office for more than 30 years. And many when then Chief Prosecutor Jack Campbell, the son of then Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, uses his dad’s employees as witnesses.

Today, as State Attorney Jack Campbell heads the state attorney’s office, he and his lead investigator, Jason Newlin, continue to violate laws to get convictions.



Leon County, FL—On Friday, May 13, 2022, ABC affiliate WTXL 27 Tallahassee’s Multi-media Journalist, Jada Williams, posted online an article titled, “Pretrial hearing held before jury selection in Magbanua’s second trial.” The article gives an overview of what people who are following the case can expect during jury selection which is set to begin on Monday, May 16th of this year.

As the article states, “Magbanua is charged with helping facilitate Florida State University Law Professor Dan Markel’s murder in July 2014.”

After having served as a Leon County judge, Robert Wheeler, now a 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge, has the ability to serve not only in Leon County, but also in Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, Liberty, and Franklin.

With respect, in part, to his communication with upcoming jurors on Monday, Circuit Judge Robert Wheeler told WTXL 27, “I’ll be there and ask questions in regards to publicity and what their knowledge is about the case.”    


(…their knowledge is about the case. Does it really matter? Judge Wheeler has moved forward on at least one case with very little knowledge of his own about the case.)

On February 3, 2011, just a day after DeShon appeared in Juvenile Court before Circuit Judge Karen Giever’s—who granted State Prosecutor Eric Trombley’s motion to Direct File the charges against DeShon, he (DeShon) appeared in Adult Court for a first appearance via video from the Leon County Jail on the charges detailed in the probable cause for Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

A few minutes into DeShon’s hearing before Judge Robert Wheeler—Judge Wheeler realizes that there’s no warrant for DeShon’s arrest in the file. Instead of conferring solely with the clerk for clarification in regard to missing documentation of DeShon’s case, Judge Wheeler settles on the knowledge of the state prosecutor. The prosecutor then informs Judge Wheeler about information about DeShon that was brought up in a conversation amongst other state prosecutors, not in a legal document.

Almost instantly, Judge Wheeler begins to fall under the state prosecutor’s direction. Although DeShon’s public defender reminds Judge Wheeler that the issues on hand should be dealt with more so than charges that may or may not be brought against DeShon, Judge Wheeler allows the state prosecutor to continue to taint DeShon and the judicial process that guarantees fairness—without bias—violating his Sixth Amendment Right under the United States Constitution.

There should be no space in courtrooms for judges if they’re incompetent, non-law-abiding, and do not truly understand the importance of their sworn duties.

Click on the video to watch DeShon’s first appearance hearing on charges of Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia before Judge Robert Wheeler.



Tallahassee, FL—Donald “Don” Odham was never a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective with the Violent Crimes Unit. Yet, numerous employees with the Leon County Sheriff Office, including active sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit and those working uniform patrol and elsewhere, allowed Don to present himself as a Lead Detective with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to a child, and then separate that child from his mother. There are notarized court documents signed by Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Dawn Dennis and filed with the Leon County Clerk of Courts that states Don Odham as being a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective—when in fact Don Odham was never a detective with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. A child was sent to an adult prison for crimes he did not commit because no one within the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, no one in the Leon County Courthouse, no Leon County Judge, no 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge, no one with the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office, no one with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, no one in 2nd Judicial State Attorney’s Office, no one in the 2nd Judicial Public Defender’s Office, no one in the Office of Civil Regional and Criminal Conflict Counsel’s Office, no local private attorney, no one at the Florida Bar—no one in Tallahassee—no one in Leon County—no one would was human enough or dare say, wait just a minute—“I’m not approving this. I’m not allowing this.  I’ve worked too hard to get to where I am in my life—in my career—to be a part of Sheriff Larry Campbell’s foolishness, and State Attorney Willie Meggs’ foolishness, and Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell’s foolishness.”

Under Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Melinda McBride, a black woman, was assigned by her supervisor, Leon County Sheriff’s Sergeant Kenneth Ganey, to be the lead detective on a double homicide case—where a child was one of the victims. Not long after she assembled her team and put them to work, she was removed from the case by Sheriff Larry Campbell, and replaced by Donald “Don” Odham, who is a close friend of Sheriff Larry Campbell.

Detective Melinda McBride, an active law enforcement officer, was replaced by Don Odham, a white man who was not an employee at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Don Odham bragged about having his own patrol car—he was a friend with benefits—law enforcement benefits. Worthless!

Fix it!

http://Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project Overview – YouTube



Continuation of Crime and Death in Tallahassee (Leon County)

Tallahassee, FL—In December 2021, some employees at the Leon County Jail were a part of the investigation into the death of another inmate. Inmate death investigations inside of the Leon County Jail are not rare.

Some private and court appointed conflict attorneys have begged many 2nd Judicial Circuit Judges to remove their clients from the Leon County Jail and place them in a jail in a neighboring county, in part out of fear for their clients safety. Those attorneys’ cries fell on deaf ears.

Between June and September 2012, then 2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, along with his Chief Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin plotted against 18-year-old Black male, DeShon, who prior to his arrest was a freshman student at Tallahassee Community College. Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin used Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald O’Brien to smuggle contraband into the Leon County Jail. The working correction’s officer on K-Pod, was unaware of Deputy O’Brien’s presence and actions. That correction’s officer unknowingly passed the contraband to DeShon.

Deputy O’Brien, who was not an employee at the Leon County Jail, violated jail policies and laws under the direct orders of Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin and others in authority.

While DeShon’s life inside of the Leon County Jail was spared, he is currently in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections serving two life sentences plus 30 years for crimes that he did not commit.

Former State Attorney Willie Meggs, now retired, was in office from 1985 to 2016. Every crime, arrest and conviction that occurred during his time in office should be reviewed. Meanwhile, Jack Campbell, who is currently 2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney, and Lead State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin are criminals. Deputy O’Brien committed crimes—he was merely a pawn. Every case prosecuted—every crime, every arrest and every criminal conviction under State Attorney Jack Campbell will someday be up for review. Justice is not being served and will not be served as long as a criminal is convicting criminals.

Both Willie Meggs and Jack Campbell are licensed by the Florida Bar to practice law.

The Florida Bar stresses to everyone their rules and standards; Regulation of Lawyer Conduct: Processing and investigation of inquiries and complaints are basic responsibility of the Bar as mandated by the Florida Supreme Court. The Bar serves to protect the public from unethical lawyers.

For those who truly want to improve government and the safety of people in Tallahassee (Leon County)—Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit, they should get an answer to how long has the State Attorney’s Office been utilizing law enforcement officers to smuggle contraband into the Leon County Jail? And then they should immediately act to remove all of those who violated laws.


Open Letter to Governor Ron DeSantis: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd


Dear Governor Ron DeSantis:

As a strong man of religion, a great husband, a wonderful dad, and a striving governor, you know, many decisions are hard to make. However, decisions must be made. Granted, some decisions are harder than others, nevertheless, surely you and the first lady pray that you make more right decisions than wrong.

Law enforcement officers are sworn in and given the power to arrest anyone whom they believe have committed a crime, no matter the person, their place of employment or the crime. There are 67 county sheriffs who were sworn in to make valued decisions for not only the citizens that are in their county, but for the citizens and visitors in the state of Florida, especially those who are most vulnerable—the children.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd continues to hold press conferences for the world to see that he is a sheriff who makes decisions. Sheriff Grady Judd doesn’t seem to hesitate about arresting criminals, no matter if they work for him or if they’re lay persons. Many lay citizens of central Florida do appreciate Sheriff Grady Judd’s decision in his continuance to be transparent, as well as to show the mugshots of lay criminals and mugshots of his employees (now former employees).

There should be a Florida statute that makes it mandatory for Florida Sheriffs to hold press conferences whenever there is an arrest/ arrests within their agency.

In the video link below, Sheriff Grady Judd has a lot to say. Without a doubt, all people who are sworn to represent Florida’s Judicial System—especially due to the existence of the Death Penalty—should take their jobs more serious than an employee working at a fast-food restaurant. Creditability must matter—extremely matter in all jobs within Florida’s Judicial System. As Sheriff Grady Judd states, “YOU CAN’T POLICE A COMMUNITY IF YOU DON’T HOLD YOURSELF TO A HIGHER STANDARD THAN YOU EXPECT OF THE PEOPLE FROM THE COMMUNITY.”



By Any Means Necessary: Are Meggs and Campbell Families Names Better Than Yours?

Are The Meggs and The Campbell Families Names and Legacies More Important Than Yours?

Poverty and lack of education in Black communities is a front for many studies conducted by law enforcement agencies. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office, now under Walt McNeil, a Black man, recently distributed a report titled, ‘Anatomy of a Homicide’. The report looks at violent crimes in Tallahassee over the past five years. Over the past 5 years a way to wash away all of the violent crimes that have occurred since State Attorney Jack Campbell has been in office. Five years, all of the years since Willie Meggs has left office—again—he has been in office since 1976. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell had been in office since 1996 up until 2014, which is 18 years.

In 2016, after (Democrat) William “Willie” Meggs’ forty years career as Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney, which consists of Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Jefferson, Franklin, and Liberty counties, he decided to retire. John Emmett “Jack” Campbell (Democrat), the only son of then Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell (Democrat), and (Republican) Pete Williams, a non-Tallahassee native, but lives there for years, battled to replace Willie Meggs. A few years earlier, in 2012, Pete Williams almost beat Willie Meggs in the same race.

Jack Campbell, who at the time had fifteen years of experience as a prosecutor, only having worked for Meggs, as media source reported, Jack Campbell sought out to build on that foundation (Willie Meggs’ forty years career). Over Willie Meggs’ career he cost taxpayers over millions of dollars in settling lawsuits due to his own arrogance. The families of Rachel Hoffman and former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom received money in settlements, but only after Willie Meggs’ dragged their families through the mud.

In the race between Jack Campbell and Pete Williams, Jack Campbell, who has a lot of friends that are criminals, including a Black man that robbed two banks in Tallahassee, raised a lot of money. While Mr. Pete Williams wanted to reform Florida’s 2nd Judicial State Attorney’s office, Jack Campbell’s criminal enterprise outnumbered his efforts.

The foundation of costing taxpayers over millions of dollars in settling lawsuits is in part what Jack Campbell has planned for the citizens in Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit.

In 2012, sixteen years into Larry Campbell’s career as Leon County Sheriff, a woman and former chief of police by the name of Lisa Sprague (Independent), was the only woman in the race to become Leon County Sheriff. Sheriff Larry Campbell, the incumbent, was running for re-election. Sheriff Larry Campbell, dressed in his law enforcement uniform with his gun in its holster, spoke publicly and clearly using obscene and sexist remarks towards Lisa Sprague. As Lisa Sprague (a non-Tallahassee native but lived there for years) motioned to shake Sheriff Larry Campbell’s hand, he angrily said, “F… you!”   

Sheriff Larry Campbell’s deep roots in Tallahassee played a role in his re-election.

For more than a decade, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell wanted to dissolve the City of Tallahassee Police Department. Many people will say that Sheriff Larry Campbell was obsessed with having his agency—Leon County Sheriff’s Office—as the only local law enforcement agency. Crimes in Leon County went underreported—unsolved homicides remain unsolved. And very many convictions are wrongful!

Sheriff Larry Campbell told a media outlet that he wanted to die in office. And that he wanted Mike Wood (Democrat), one of his sheriff’s deputies with a criminal past, to replace him.

In mid-2014, due to Florida Statutes—the Florida Retirement System for government employees, Mike Wood had to retire from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. During the afternoon hours on November 2014, a man said to be well-known by Leon County Sheriff’s deputies as anti-government, set his house on fire in Leon County. When the Tallahassee Fire Department arrived, the man began shooting.  As Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Smith, 47, and Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Colin Wulfekuhl arrived at the scene, both deputies were shot. Deputy Smith succumb to his injuries. Sheriff Larry Campbell failed to address the community. Twenty-four hours later, Sheriff Larry Campbell, attempted to hold a press conference. He appeared frail. His words were inaudible. His clothes were fashioned as though someone had dressed him. There he stood in front of news media cameras with saliva about his mouth slurring his words. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, a man who just 2 years earlier, spoke loud and clear in his attempt to publicly demean Lisa Sprague. Sheriff Larry Campbell’s condition did not deteriorate overnight. He had been out of public view for quite a while.

Many people around Sheriff Larry Campbell were aware that his health had declined. There was no solid leadership known to the public. Why? Because had the public seen or been aware of the health condition that their elected sheriff was in—the public would have done whatever they needed to do to have him replaced. Sadly, it took the tragic ambush of deputies–the loss of Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Smith, to tragically lose his life—in order for the citizens of Leon County to see at that time that they really did not have a functioning sheriff. The next month, in late December 2014, Sheriff Larry Campbell died. He was 72. It is still not known if anyone called into question why the public was unaware of Sheriff Larry Campbell’s severely deteriorating health. More than likely, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell’s family and many of those that worked closely to Sheriff Larry Campbell were helping Sheriff Larry Campbell fulfill his wish to die while in office.

Reportedly, during Sheriff Larry Campbell’s funeral, to which Governor Rick Scott was in attendance, his son, Jack Campbell, stood up and told a memory of years back when his dad, got dressed in all his law enforcement regalia, and escorted his sister to an 8th grade dance. Jack Campbell told it to be a funny story, however, it gave those in attendance at the funeral and elsewhere, more of an inside view of just how much Larry Campbell had to be in control. Control over the Leon County Sheriff’s Office—control over a lot of employee’s paychecks, especially law enforcement officials—sheriff’s deputies. Control over a lot of law enforcement officer’s futures. Control in the community.

The next month, January 2015, then Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Robert Swearingen, the twin brother of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen, to be interim Leon County Sheriff. Robert Swearingen was an active member of Sheriff Larry Campbell’s Command Staff. Interim Leon County Sheriff Robert Swearingen’s new position was short-lived. Not long after Governor Scott was informed that it was Sheriff Larry Campbell’s plan to have Mike Wood as Leon County Sheriff, Governor Scott brought Mike Wood, law enforcement officer with a criminal past, in out of early retirement to fulfill Sheriff Larry Campbell’s will.

Less than nine months after Sheriff Larry Campbell’s death, a ceremony was held where the administration building at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office was named after him. Sheriff Larry Campbell’s family, friends and some law enforcement officials were there.

Ethics complaints alleging abuse of power were filed years ago against Larry Campbell, Willie Meggs, and Jack Campbell. Those complaints have never been addressed.   


On January 28, 2011, DeShon Rashard Thomas, a 17-year-old Black male, and his mother, Carissa Chambers, walked into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and asked to speak to the lead detective over the Wolf Creek double homicide that opened on January 27, 2011. The victims were a 17-year-old Black male, and a pregnant 20-year-old Black female. The female, Laqecia Herring, who was five months into her pregnancy, and her brother, Sterling Conner Jr. were found in their townhome—a few blocks away from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and pass Tallahassee Community College.

Laqecia had previously been in a relationship with DeShon. DeShon, who had been attending Tallahassee Community College as a freshman since he was 16-years-old and worked at Taco Bell on Capital Circle N.E. looked forward to the birth of the baby. Laqecia and DeShon understood that upon her baby’s birth, a DNA test was going to be conducted. DeShon was not doing everything in life right, but he was not the one to misrepresent himself. Racist vulgar from a White man who had said that he was the lead detective on the case was swift. When DeShon’s mother invoked his and her Miranda Rights, they were separated, and she and DeShon’s civil rights were violated. DeShon had absolutely nothing to do with the murders of Laqecia Herring, her unborn baby, or Sterling Conner Jr.   

DeShon and his mother, who are not natives of Tallahassee, but had lived there for 8 years, begged Leon County Sheriff’s detectives to thoroughly investigate the double homicide case. What DeShon and his mother did not know was that Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell had a son that was a prosecutor in State Attorney Willie Meggs’ office. Let alone, that State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned criminal cases to Jack Campbell to prosecute that were under the investigative jurisdiction of his dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, Jack Campbell, along with State Attorney Willie Meggs had already set Laqecia Herring, her unborn baby, and Sterling Conner Jr.’s murders as pavers to help make the way for them to reach their families goals and build their own long-term wealth for their children and generations to come.

In 2013, Prosecutor Jack Campbell blatantly lied to jurors to get convictions against DeShon Thomas. DeShon’s convictions are wrongful convictions! Prosecutor Jack Campbell, his daddy Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, and State Attorney Willie Meggs chose to use all of the people listed below as pavers. The Campbell and Meggs families goals are to walk on the pavers that they’ve dropped for many generations. They never had the best interest of anyone just themselves.

Are The Meggs and The Campbell Families Names and Legacies More Important Than Yours?

Timothy D. McCrohan, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mark R. Leon, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Captain Robert Swearingen, Leon County Sheriff’s Office

Captain McLoughlin, Leon County Sheriff’s Office

Melinda McBride, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #267

Fred Smelt, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #252

Donald Odham, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, (Fake Cop) #1206

Ronald O’Brien, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #

Justin Vann, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #431

B Dawkins, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #71

Kenneth Ganey, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #126

Bobby Green, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #152

Dawn Dennis, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #278

Tim Baxter, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #63

David Farcas, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #362

Tommy Gore, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #283

Clifton Couch, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #418

Leslie Rabon, Leon County Sheriff’s Office

Brian Pearson, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #310

Traci Esser, Leon County Sheriff’s Office,

Steven Woodcock, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #140

Mike Reeves, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #274

Patrick McLeod, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #343

Jon Etheridge, Leon County Sheriff’s Office,

Chris Chase, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 Miska,

P. Salvo, Leon County Sheriff’s Office,

John Simpson, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #272

Tim Lawrence, Leon County Sheriff’s Office,

Rodney Carey, Leon County Sheriff’s Office,

Lauren Brown, Leon County Sheriff’s Office,

Henderson, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #321

T. Chaires, Leon County Sheriff’s Office,

Grady Jordan, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #147

Lakisha Snow, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #402

Robert Wright, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #377, K-9 Tag

R. Whiddon, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #347

Tina Reeves, Leon County Sheriff’s Office,  

Bill Punausnia, Leon County Sheriff’s Office,

James McQuaig, Leon County Sheriff’s Office,

Walker, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #3

Captain Todd McKissack, Leon County Sheriff’s Office

Captain Johnson, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #10

McCarthy, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, #546

*Chris Corbitt, Tallahassee Police Department

*Florida 2nd Judicial Circuit (State Attorney Willie Meggs)

Eric Trombley, Assistant State Attorney

Georgia Cappleman, Chief Assistant State Attorney

Christie Utt, Assistant State Attorney

Deborah Wilshmant, Assistant State Attorney

Stephanie Walters, Assistant State Attorney

Jason Newlin, Assistant State Attorney Investigator

*Nancy Daniels, Lead Public Defender

*Robert “Bob” Inzer , Clerk of the Circuit Court

*Gerald Bailey, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner

Jennifer Roeder, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Jack Martin, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

John P. Ryan Jr., Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Ruth Bradley, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Ben Lozowski, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Tamena Nixon, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Keith Wilmer, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Regina Cline, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Terry Evans, Emergency Medical Technician

Kim Landry, Emergency Medical Technician

Annemarie Craft, Florida Bar Counsel, Attorney Consumer Assistance Program

Dr. Anthony Clark, District Two Medical Examiners Office

Alex Morris, Defense Attorney

Annabelle Dias, Defense Attorney

Gregory James Cummings, Defense Attorney

Paul Srygley, Defense Attorney

Baya Harrison, Defense Attorney

Jeffery Lewis, Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel

Daren Shippy, OCCCRC Attorney

Samuel Olmstead, OCCCRC Attorney

Julie Montanaro, WCTV News

Lanetra Bennett, WCTV News

*Judge Karen Geivers

Judge Robert Wheeler

Judge Ronald Flury

Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson

Judge Terry Lewis

Judge James C. Hankinson

Judge Jackie Fulford

Chief Judge Charles Francis

Judge Charles Dodson

Administration Building Named After Long-Time Sheriff (

Tallahassee NAACP hosts community discussion on Leon County Sheriff’s Office’s ‘Anatomy of a Homicide’ report (




Tallahassee, FL (Leon County)—  The Emmett Louis Till case is closed. Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American male Chicago native who was kidnapped in the middle of the night by white men while visiting his family members in Mississippi back in 1955, and then later his disfigured remains were found, has been memorialized for decades. He was accused of whistling at a white woman. There has never been an arrest for his murder. And now his case is closed.

In Tallahassee, Florida State University has established a research collection on the life and death of Emmett Till. In doing so, many local/state government officials have turned a blinded eye to racial disparities, within their own community, as FSU College of Law and Florida State University College of Communication and Information (CCI) participate in local community projects.

On the home page of Florida State University College of Communication and Information, Taylor Mair’s November 30, 2021, post is titled, ‘College of Communication and Information (CCI) Launches Black Men in Tech Program with Four Local High School Partners.’

  The Program (Black Men in Tech) is being funded by a grant received by the Army Educational Outreach Program. The young African-American male participants will be students who attend underserved schools. Florida State University Information Technology faculty and FSU Student Ambassadors’ focuses is to strengthen young African-American males in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)—Information Technology (IT). Game design, web design, and videography are planned lessons to be learned by participants. Faculty are hoping that the participants will take what they learn and “share their experiences with their greatest supporters: parents, family, and friends.”     

  Black Men in Technology program will set up at four high schools in Leon County (Tallahassee). At the top of their list of schools is Amos P. Godby High School.

  Many African-American teenaged males in Leon County high schools have interests in a variety of careers, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Educators and community leaders in Leon County need to stop accepting the lies about African-American teenaged males have such limited interests in careers, and address the real problems plaguing African-American teenaged males—and that’s local law enforcements need to feed State Attorney Jack Campbell’s narcissistic and racist actions. And the Florida Bar Organization needs to free judges, private defense and public attorneys (prosecutors and defense attorneys) from the brothel–under the disguise of the Leon County Courthouse–that has been owned and operated for decades by former State Attorney Willie Meggs and former Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, both members of the Democratic Party.

  In 2009, the City of Tallahassee Police Department raided the home of a African-American male teenager as he and many of his family members, including some from out of state, were preparing to go to his senior high school graduation. AJ’s mother spoke to several people about the fear that she and her family experienced as no one knew what was going on. That young African-American male was AJ Graham, who was a star quarterback at Amos P. Godby High School. He was named All-State Quarterback and had planned to use his sports scholarship to attend an out-of-state university. The police arrested AJ and charged him with robbery. Mr. Graham, who was 18 years old, was taken to the Leon County Jail. At that time, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was the overseer of the jail. Mr. Graham lost his scholarship. Mr. Graham and his family was under a lot of pain and stress until the robbery victim (a white male) publicly denied having identified Mr. Graham to police as to being the person that robbed him of his wallet. Then State Attorney Willie Meggs dropped the charges.

  In 2012, African-American males, 14-year-old Khalid Muhammad and 15-year-old, Theodus Holloway were students at Amos P. Godby High School when they were arrested after having been accused of raping a teenaged girl in the dugout on campus during school hours. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell had jurisdiction over the investigation. At that time, Sheriff Campbell’s son, Jack Campbell, was working as a chief assistant state attorney for State Attorney Willie Meggs. It was Meggs who assigned Jack Campbell to prosecute criminal cases under the investigative jurisdiction of his dad. Chief Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell charged Khalid Muhammad and Theodus Holloway as adults. Despite many wholes in the teenaged girl’s claims of rape, at trial, both defendants were found guilty, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After having been released, they had to register as sex offenders.

  In State of Florida vs. DeShon Thomas, Chief Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell actively participated in a 1st Degree Murder Plot—planned a Hit—on an African-American male defendant. DeShon, an African-American male, was 17-years-old, was attending Tallahassee Community College as a full-time freshman, and was working part-time at Taco Bell, when he was hastily arrested by a white man who had told DeShon and his mother that he was the Lead Detective with the Leon County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit. DeShon and his mother had gone down to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office after DeShon told his mother about the murders of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her 17-year-old brother. Without evidence, DeShon and his mother were locked in an interview room and were denied access to an attorney—despite having invoked their Miranda Rights—questioning and violations of DeShon and his mother’s persons proceeded. DeShon was charged with two counts of 1st degree murder. Despite having no evidence against DeShon, and with DeShon’s local private and 4 public defenders refusing to call out the corruption—particularly the fact that the white man that locked DeShon and his mother in an interview room, and then arrested DeShon was neither a Lead Detective nor a Detective with the Violent Crimes Unit, but a volunteer deputy—a wealthy friend of the Campbell family—allowed by both the sheriff and the state attorney’s office to perform outside of his scope of volunteerism, and above the assigned lead detective, who was a black female—forced to keep quiet about the white woman she had previously interviewed. The black lead detective and her team of investigators were never asked about the white woman, the white woman’s car or her sexual relationships with her black boyfriend, Trentin Ross, and DeShon. Mr. Ross who had no idea that his girlfriend had been sexually involved with DeShon, was angy. He was used as the key witness against DeShon.

  Despite the victims having been discovered during the mid-morning hours on a weekday, the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office never went to the crime scene. The medical examiner testified that the victims’ time of death could not be determined. The trial judge allowed a lot of perjury by Leon County Sheriff’s officials to go to jurors.     

  Corruption in Tallahassee runs so rapidly, that when Jack Campbell was reported to Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Bar Organization, both agencies refused to investigate him—Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell. In fact, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard L. Swearingen’s twin brother, Robert Swearingen, was a captain for many years during the time Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was in office.

  There are so many African-American males that have been wrongfully convicted in Florida’s prisons due to the corruption in Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit.

The Emmett Till case is closed.

  Faculty at Florida State University, principals and staff at underserved Leon County Schools needs to put forth the energy to hold local government/community leaders accountable. A bonified program/ project needs to be established and enacted that will protect and strengthen communication with real law enforcement officials. Why should African-American male teenagers pretend that corrupt law enforcement official will never raid their homes while they and theirs family members prepare to attend their graduation ceremonies? Why should African-American male teenagers believe that if they and their mothers walk into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and specifically ask to speak with a lead detective, that they will not be met by a “Pay-to-Play” — “Fake Cop?” No matter what a black males choice of career–Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)—as long as corruption rules in the streets and in state and local government (law enforcement and court officials)—advancements in Leon County Schools education pipeline will stay clogged.  

The judicial system in Tallahassee, Florida is likened to that in Brunswick, Georgia before the video of the cold-blooded murder of Ahmaud Arbery surfaced. The online post of father and son–showing the mugshots of Travis McMichael and Greg McMichael states: “Remember—They weren’t arrested because cops saw the tapes, They were arrested because we saw the tapes.”

http://The Emmett Till case is closed, but the fight for justice against racial violence continues – Chicago Sun-Times (

http://College of Communication and Information (CCI) Launches Black Men in Tech Program with Four Local High School Partners – News & Events (