Tallahassee, Florida—Who ARE certified law enforcement officers? Who are NOT? We would all like to believe that our local law enforcement officers are qualified to protect our rights and are properly skilled and certified to do their job
FLORIDA CITIZENS BE AWARE—17-year-old DeShon Thomas was accompanied by his mother when they walked into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on January 28, 2011. Neither Thomas nor his mother thought that a close friendship with then, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and Sheriff Campbell’s son, Assistant State Attorney/Prosecutor Jack Campbell (Meggs’ Assistant Attorney), along with money, money, money– had privileged Don Odham, a non-employee of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, to COMPLETELY RULE over veteran certified law enforcement officers. SERIOUSLY! Mr. Don Odham violated several of Thomas and his mother’s rights, including ignoring Thomas’ mother’s invocation of her minor son’s Miranda Rights and preventing Thomas access to an attorney. Other deputies stood by idle while this all occurred. The friendship and money provided to Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell elevated Mr. Don Odham above all including the Sheriff’s Command Staff, which included current Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood and current Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen’s brother, Robert Swearingen. Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in January 2015–Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell passed away in December 2014.
In order to charge and convict Thomas in October 2013, based on “Pay to Play Cop—Don Odham”– ALL of the NUMEROUS hours of training of several teams of detectives, Crime Scene Unit, K-9 Unit, laboratory testing—all of these state certified law enforcement officers and agencies had to fall flat—making them look incompetent in their professions. In addition, there were legal documents notarized and filed with the Leon County Clerk of Courts identifying Mr. Don Odham as a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective—these documents contained FALSE information. While Mr. Don Odham did not wear a uniform, he had a badge and his own patrol car to take home. Mr. Don Odham was NEVER deposed in Thomas’ case, yet, Mr. Don Odham (alone) claimed to have obtained incriminating statements from a witness that led him (Mr. Don Odham) to prepare the Summary of Offense and Probable Cause, then he (Mr. Don Odham) provided the Probable Cause to Sheriff Campbell’s son, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell—charging Thomas with possession of drug paraphernalia, cultivation of marijuana, two counts of 1st degree murder, possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent, and then a year or so later—simultaneous to Thomas and his mother firing his private attorney—Thomas was charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. Thomas, who was 17-years-old in 2011, was a full-time freshman at Tallahassee Community College and had been on his job at a local fast food restaurant for nearly a year. Because Mr. Don Odham was NEVER deposed, it would take nearly 3 years (during trial) for Thomas and his mother to learn that Mr. Don Odham has nothing more than IMPOSTER. While Mr. Don Odham had been spoken to the jury as “Detective Odham”, the truth of the matter was “Detective Odham” was IMPERSONATING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER under the protection of Sheriff Larry Campbell and others. And Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was allowing State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Thomas’ court appointed defense attorney, Conflict Counsel Daren Shippy, to LIE and MISLEAD the jurors. Convicting Thomas had taken nearly 3 years. Three years of CORRUPT JUDICIAL OFFICIALS—who WENT OVER & BEYOND to violate several of Thomas’ rights–including bullying him into pleading no contest to possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent. Because all involved knew that Thomas was CLEARLY INNOCENT! None of Thomas’ four court appointed attorneys set out to depose Mr. Don Odham. Thomas’ mother (single mother of four) paid defense attorney Greg Cummings nearly $30,000—Cummings refused to depose Mr. Don Odham and the witness who Mr. Don Odham claimed to had given him incriminating statements. Cummings failed to inform Thomas of Mr. Don Odham impersonating a law enforcement officer. Cummings refused to provide Thomas with both victims’ autopsy reports. After Thomas fired Mr. Cummings, Thomas was charged with solicitation to commit 1st degree murder and put in solitary confinement for over a year—where Thomas was unable to make phone calls (including to his home) and unable to have any visitors. When Thomas filed a Florida Bar complaint against Mr. Cummings for failure to disclose and other obvious violations of The Florida Bar rules, Thomas’ complaint fell flat.
Before and during Thomas’ trial, veteran detectives did not support Mr. Don Odham accounts that led to Mr. Thomas’ charges. Apparently, those veteran detectives were aware that their credibility along with the TEAMS of other veteran law enforcement officers, agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Jacksonville) was nothing in comparison to Mr. Don Odham’s money and friendship with the father/son team. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his command staff charged the suspects and Sheriff Campbell’s son prosecuted them—ensuring their conviction by ordering the judge around—including having judges to sign-off on frivolous search warrants and probable cause affidavits containing false information. “Pay to Play Cop—Mr. Don Odham” versus PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY.
Money in both political parties—How much MONEY does it cost to go “Play Cop?”
Mr. Don Odham and his wife gave money to Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell (Democrat), and Mr. Don Odham gave money to the Republican National Committee. Could this be why Thomas’ appeal is turning out to be as much of a joke and the circus leading up to and through his trial? If any political party truly wish to save tax payers money—then they should STOP selling out to IDIOTS!