Former United States Chief Assistant Attorney for the Department of Justice Northern District of Florida James C. Hankinson and Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs; Corrupt Predators At Large

Tallahassee, FL—According to former United States Chief Assistant Attorney James C. Hankinson’s biography, he is currently a Second Judicial Circuit Judge presiding over cases within the Leon County Courthouse located in downtown Tallahassee. Prior to Hankinson’s employment with the Department of Justice– Northern District of Florida, Hankinson was employed as an Assistant State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit under State Attorney Willie Meggs. Hankinson’s judge’s chamber is located steps away from the Second Judicial State Attorney Office, where Meggs has been overseeing since the early 1980’s.

Both Hankinson and Meggs have earned a reputation in Tallahassee as being “arrogant” and “tough” in their handling of criminal cases. During pre-trial hearings, Hankinson directs bailiffs to bring in the “prisoners” in such a preconceived manner. Despite the majority, if not all, of the inmates being Leon County Jail inmates.

Meggs and about forty-two of his Assistant State Attorneys/Prosecutors serve six counties in Florida’s panhandle—mostly rural counties. The State of Florida is the major employer in that area of the panhandle (143 miles—I-10 east and west). There are a lot of people who commute into Florida from the State of Georgia State in order to work. One misstep with law enforcement, before inmates have their trial before a jury of their peers—according to Hankinson—they’re prisoners—and Hankinson shows his support to his former boss, State Attorney Willie Meggs, by catering to Meggs and Meggs’ Assistant State Attorneys/Prosecutors– State Attorneys/Prosecutors who blatantly withhold exculpatory evidence and the defense counsel is too afraid or whatever to present a descent defense for their clients. Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell stated that he (Campbell) has told judges what court appointed defense counsels to assign to cases of indigent defendants—and the judges abided by their order. For more than ten years, Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell prosecuted cases in that his dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was investigating.Leon County Sheriff’s deputies committed perjury and violated other laws to ensure both Campbell’s came out on top. In the case of State of Florida vs. DeShon Thomas, Hankinson violated several of DeShon’s civil rights for nearly 3 years as DeShon sat in the Leon County Jail awaiting trial, before abruptly being replaced (or whatever) by Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. During trial, it was learned that a wealthy friend of the Campbell, named Donald Odham, who was a non-certified law enforcement officer–a non-employee of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office had been provided with a badge and a patrol car was allowed to perform the duties of a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective. Several cases in which Mr. Odham played a role, including one in which Mr. Odham was assigned lead detective, the families of the victims and the defendants have reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent investigation. Meggs’ Office filed documents with the Leon County Clerk of Courts identifying Mr. Odham as a detective. This misrepresentation of Mr. Odham is fraud. Mr. Odham was allowed to testify in many criminal cases as a detective, in that Mr. Odham was presented to jurors as a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective. Mr. Odham did not have the certification or the credentials to be a detective, but with the support of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Meggs’ State Attorney’s Office, the failure of court appointed defense counsel to depose and expose Mr. Odham’s credibility, and the judges idled tongues, Mr. Odham proceeded the courts system with confidence–know that he was an impostor.

In Tallahassee, the median household income is less than $32,000. Most defendants qualify for court appointed counsel. Many local attorneys are registered with the State of Florida to represent indigent clients when there is a conflict of interest. These are the attorneys in which Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell is on video boasting about—as he is telling Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford what attorney to appoint in a case where the inmate, Dawuan Williams, robbed two banks in Tallahassee and fled to Tifton, Georgia. On the video, Fulford acknowledges that she can’t just pick an attorney to assign to cases—stating that the clerk assigns them. However, after a sidebar with Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Public Defender Nancy Daniels, Fulford assigns the attorney to that Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell instructs her to assign. And sadly, the video shows the court appointed attorney for Mr. Williams seemingly not wanting to have any part of the case. The attorney tells Fulford (the court) that he is registered with the state to represent only capital cases (Mr. Williams’ case was not a capital case). Then when nobody objects—not even Thomas’ court appointed Regional Conflict Counsel Daren Shippy, the attorney goes on to tell Fulford that he won’t be in town on the days in which Mr. Williams may need an attorney (the days of the trial in that Mr. Williams was to testify as a witness), yet and still that did not stop Fulford from appointing the attorney. Why? Because Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell instructed her to do so.

(Imagine all judges in the United States being told how to run their courtroom by their local District/ State Attorneys/Prosecutors. Now imagine not being able to afford to take your family on a three day vacation because you don’t have the money.)

According to a recent article in the Miami Herald by Mary Ellen Klas entitled, “The Cannibalizing of Florida’s Prison System, she states, “Unlike the state-run prisons, the contracts with the private companies guarantee them a 90 percent occupancy rate, pay them per inmate, per day, and allow them to charge more for extra services and programs.”

In the State of Florida, where public schools are closing down left and right. Teachers’ morale is down and has been down for years. The State of Florida cannot guarantee parents that 90 percent of their child’s FCAT scores will be recorded properly, but they can guarantee private prisons 90 percent occupancy rate. Is this unbalanced priority the infrastructure of Florida’s ‘School to Prison Pipeline’? Governor Scott pushes ‘Let’s Get To Work’—Yeah, put the parents to work while the children are failing in school and judges and state attorneys are blatantly violating the rights of children—charging them as adults–in order to guarantee 90 percent occupancy in private prisons. It’s no wonder why Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and Second Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs are PREDATORS AT LARGE!

Taxpayers don’t win if they don’t extract corrupt officials from their government.

On November 5, 2014, thanks to RepresentUs, a Massachusetts based organization, the city of Tallahassee became the first city in the United States to enact an Anti-Corruption Amendment to stamp out corruption in their local government via the ballot box. The citizens of Tallahassee passed the amendment by an overwhelming vote of sixty-seven percent (67%).

Taxpayers don’t win if they don’t extract corrupt officials from their government.


Author: MAUL10

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