Florida Governor and Florida Attorney General’s Failure to Protect ALL Children Claims Two More Young Lives

Tallahassee, FL— What leader does not know the importance of having the People’s TRUST? Failing to act on issues never brings about a resolution. Problems that have the capability of impacting a vast majority of people need to be addressed promptly and appropriately—especially when laws are being broken by elected officials. Problems don’t just go away. Apparently, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi have so much money that they could care less about having the TRUST of Florida’s citizens. After all, the latest reports state that Governor Scott does not want Florida’s uninsured to have Obama Care, however, both Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi wants Floridians to pay the cost for their criminal activity—violating Florida’s Public Records law. Criminals protecting Criminals—while destroying the lives of hardworking parents and using children to fill Florida’s prisons.

Sixteen-year-old, Hunter Goodwin and 16-year-old, Cody Elkins, both students at Chiles High School, are the latest of Tallahassee’s children to fall under CORRUPTION of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office, Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi. And to make matters worse, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the District Two Medical Examiner’s creditability haVE become even more questionable since the 2011 double homicide case against 17-year-old Tallahassee Community College freshman, DeShon Thomas.

In 2011, State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned his Assistant State Attorney, Jack Campbell, to prosecute the double murder case against DeShon Thomas. The double murder investigation was being conducted by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. DeShon Thomas’ mother, who knows all too well about ‘Conflict of Interest’ when it comes to government relationships in regards to private businesses obtaining government contracts—believed that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell—the son/father team—clearly posed a ‘Conflict of Interest,’—especially considering that the majority of State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s witnesses against her son, were his father’s employees—other Leon County Sheriff’s staff members—deputies, criminal analyst, etc. State Attorney Willie Meggs, who has been in office for more than twenty-five years, felt comfortable assigning Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell’s son to prosecute the case against DeShon. DeShon’s mother believed that State Attorney Willie Meggs’ exercised poor judgement and was putting DeShon and other witnesses—both for the defense and the state—in compromising positions. DeShon’s mother reached out to Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi seeking a Special Prosecutor to be assigned to DeShon’s case—to no avail. Instead of addressing the SERIOUS issues as they grew bigger and BIGGER over the near three years to get DeShon a trial date, Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi refused to act on behalf of DeShon and the witnesses for and against him in the case.

A female teen, who did not know DeShon, but may have seen the real murderer of the victims (who was not DeShon), provided testimony for the defense. After providing her testimony, that female teen was exploited online by WCTV’s Julie Montanaro—putting that INNOCENT female teen in the CROSS-HAIRS of the real murderer. Leon County Sheriff Sergeant Brian Pearson committed perjury in order to cover for Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell’s poor judgment of allowing a volunteer to act as a crime scene detective—investigate, collect, process and submit evidence.

As it has been reported, in February 2015, fourteen-year-old, Chiles High School freshman, Ansley Rayborn, was killed in a car accident. But was it really an accident? The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigating agency on the Ansley Rayborn case.

Did the Leon County Sheriff’s Office use creditable full-time detectives to investigate the case or did the Leon County Sheriff’s Office allow volunteer staff to investigate, collect, process and submit evidence of the crash site? Did someone from the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office come to the crash site? Who and how was it determine that Ansley Rayborn was ejected from the SUV and not deliberately pushed out of the SUV? Other than little Ms. Ansley Rayborn’s dad, Shawn Rayborn, having contaminating the crime scene, who else did the Leon County Sheriff’s Office allow to freely get up close and personal to the crash site? Were liquor bottles and drug paraphernalia taken away from the crash site by the kids or put onto the crash site by…? Reports state that Ansley Rayborn did not have any drugs or alcohol in her system. Those reports may have come from the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office. If so, Dr. Anthony Clark, with the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office is not creditable. Dr. Anthony Clark testified that he could not give a time of death in the double homicide case against DeShon—only stating that the victims died within 24 hours of him (Clark) coming in contact with the bodies. In the case against DeShon, the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office never went to the crime scene. Dr. Clark’s testimony was a slap in the face to scientists who’ve dedicated so much work with narrowing down victims’ time of death. Dr. Clark’s testimony was perjury at its finest—because Dr. Clark’s testimony was opposite to Dr. Clark’s notes. Dr. Clark’s testimony broadened the window of time of death in order to hand State Prosecutor Jack Campbell a conviction. DeShon’s local defense attorneys—both private and public relied heavily on future court case assignments—therefore, DeShon’s defense attorneys refused to challenge State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. DeShon’s private paid attorney, Greg Cummings, told DeShon’s mother that he didn’t object to State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s motions because Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson was going to allow whatever the State asked. After DeShon’s mother paid Greg Cummings nearly $30,000, Greg Cummings was fired. (DeShon’s mother was literally paying Greg Cummings to serve her son up to State Prosecutor Jack Campbell on a silver platter—as Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson foamed out of his mouth. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson is a former Assistant State Attorney for Willie Meggs.)

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement testified in DeShon’s case—they read their lab reports as they found no evidence against DeShon. But in the State of Florida vs. Henry Segura case, a DNA analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement recently called the creditability of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into question. Mr. Segura is facing the Death Penalty for the November 2010 quadruple murder of a young mother and her three children—including Mr. Segura’s toddler son. Mr. Segura has pleaded NOT GUILTY to ALL charges. In June 2015, on the eve of Mr. Segura’s trial, reports state that a DNA analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated that a lab report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation showing possible exculpatory evidence was withheld from the court. Mr. Segura’s trial has since been rescheduled while Mr. Segura’s defense attorney, Chuck Hobbs, investigate the matter.

Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi were told about Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson withholding motions and orders from the Leon County Clerk of Courts and DeShon. Also, Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi were told about Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson conducting court events outside of DeShon’s presence and without DeShon’s knowledge. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson’s actions directly violated DeShon’s right to due process under the law.

Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, a former Assistant State Attorney for Willie Meggs and United States Chief Assistant Attorney for Florida’s Northern District, along with Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi, added FUEL to Tallahassee’s already existing TOXIC and CORRUPT Judicial System. For many decades the citizens of Tallahassee have been living under the terror of State Attorney Willie Meggs and Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell—because they knew that ALL local resources set to PROTECT them—would FAIL them—through the criminal proceedings and all through the appeals process. The names Meggs, Campbell, Wheeler, and Swearingen—just to name a few—are within ever level of Tallahassee (North Florida) judicial process—and they all work on each other’s cases.

In the Ansley Rayborn case, State Attorney Willie Meggs requested Governor Scott to assign a Special Prosecutor—citing the friendship/and or former work relationship between the Meggs family and one of the defendant’s grandfather. Governor Scott acted swiftly and assigned a Special Prosecutor to Ansley Rayborn’s case. Goodwin and Elkins Tallahassee attorneys will face a prosecutor from Florida’s Third District. A Special Prosecutor FINALLY being brought in on a Tallahassee criminal case may well be every Tallahassee attorneys “Dream Come True!” Finally, a Tallahassee attorney may have the opportunity to represent their client FULLY without FEAR and having to do cartwheels and backward flips in order to get police reports and other Public Records. Many Tallahassee attorneys have had to pay ordinary citizens to request Public Records for them.  In DeShon’s case—DeShon never got a Special Prosecutor. There were much more personal relationships involved all around—including the use of Don “Fake Cop” Odham.

State Prosecutor Jack Campbell got the conviction against DeShon. DeShon is currently in prison. As for DeShon’s appeals process—same ol’, same ‘ol. But DeShon is NOT A CRIMINAL—DESHON IS NOT A MURDERER. DeShon’s wrongful imprisonment may lack the attention of Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi, but those government agencies who joined forces with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell to conspire against DeShon—including the Leon County Sheriff’s Office—have questionable creditability—have caused many more Tallahassee families turmoil and may cause them to go without true justice.

INJUSTICE IS NOT JUSTICE.

Criminals like Governor Scott, Attorney General Bondi, Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, and Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson should be removed from office. Currently, their leadership poses a HIGH THREAT to the safety of ALL Floridians—including children. And before you know it—Florida’s prisons will be FULL of children—not because the children are guilty of the crimes in that they are charged—but because they WILL NOT be able to get a fair trial due to perjured testimony and State resources being extended to get the children convicted.

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2nd Judicial Circuit Judge, also a Former United States Chief Assistant Attorney for Florida’s Northern District, Preys on Juvenile Defendant—After Sentencing Man to Death Row

Tallahassee, FL—Florida is one of 31 states who refuse to ban the Death Penalty. It is a fact that the Death Penalty is an extremely controversial topic. Many people have spent years, if not decades debating for and against the Death Penalty. Because of the highly charged debate over the Death Penalty, elected judges who preside over Death Penalty cases SHOULD be held to a much HIGHER standard than the average judge. When citizens elect judges to represent the BEST interest for their communities, citizens put their trust in those judges to make right decisions—life or death decisions—for the good of all the People.

Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, a former U.S. Chief Assistant Attorney for Florida’s Northern District, was elected as a 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge may have believed that the Death Penalty was the RIGHT sentence for serial killer, Gary Michael Hilton. But Judge Hankinson, himself, proved to be NO better than Gary Michael Hilton when he (Hankinson) preyed on juvenile defendant, 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas.  It was not that long ago when the Florida Supreme Court voted against allowing juvenile defendants to be sentenced to Death—another reason why Judge Hankinson is DISGUSTING!

In 2011, DeShon Thomas, a freshman at Tallahassee Community College, barely missed facing Florida’s Death Penalty. DeShon was charged with the murders of his twenty-year-old ex-girlfriend, Laqecia Herring, and her 17-year-old brother, Sterling Conner Jr. Laqecia was approximately five months pregnant at the time of her murder. Currently, Florida does not have a Feticide law, however, if DeShon would have been 18-years-old at the time of being charged, more than likely, DeShon would’ve faced the Death Penalty. DeShon was charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder, which played out in adult court.

Second Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs, who played a large role in Hankinson’s law career—employing Hankinson as one of his Assistant State Attorneys—heavily relied on Circuit Judge Hankinson to maximize convictions at all cost. In the case of 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas, it was both Circuit Judge Hankinson and one of State Attorney Willie Meggs’ current Assistant State Attorneys, Jack Campbell, and DeShon’s own private paid attorney, Greg Cummings—who preyed—conspired—against DeShon.

Jack Campbell, who was assigned to prosecute the case against DeShon, is also the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. Sheriff Campbell was the lead investigating agency over the double homicide case against DeShon.

DeShon is INNOCENT and entered pleas of NOT GUILTY.

The Code of Judicial Conduct for the State of Florida in part states:

 “Other government authorities may deprive you of your rights, rightly or wrongly, but only a judge can deny you of your rights.”

When State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell joined forces and deceived a grand jury, the Leon Clerk of Courts, and DeShon Thomas—it was Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson’s responsibility to protect DeShon’s rights.

Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson failed to protect the rights of DeShon, who was a child—a juvenile defendant in an adult court. Circuit Judge Hankinson shares some of the same capabilities of a serial killer—a COLD BLOODED AND VERY CALCULATED mindset.

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Elderly Black Male Inmate Dies in the Leon County Jail; At Least Eight Leon County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Complaints Filed in 2013 Still Unanswered

Tallahassee, FL—Last week, officials with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of one of its jail inmates, sixty-five year-old, Willie C. White. The very next day, following the announcement was the medical examiner’s autopsy report that stated Mr. White died as a result from choking. In addition the Leon County Sheriff’s Office stated that there was no foul play in Mr. White’s death.

After being informed about Mr. White’s death, the mother of former Leon County Jail inmate, DeShon Thomas, immediately stated, “DO NOT TO TRUST OFFICIALS WITH THE LEON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THE DISTRICT TWO MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE AND THE 2ND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. DeShon’s mother understands that she is not the first mother to watch her INNOCENT son get convicted for crimes that he did not commit. But she continues to be sickened by the very thought of how her son was literally stolen—kidnapped from her and his siblings—in this “Free” country. From late January 2011 through October 18, 2013, DeShon’s mother felt and viewed DeShon’s arrest–all through DeShon’s judicial proceedings and through his conviction— as the same feeling and view of that of the late Kevin Carter, a photojournalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for a photograph he took in Sudan in March 1993.

According to Wikipedia, Mr. Carter’s photograph was sold to The New York Times and made its first appearance on March 26, 1993. The photograph depicts a naked starving toddler on the ground with a hooded vulture standing and waiting nearby. It is stated that Kevin Carter was told not to touch the children for fear of transmitting disease. No one reported on whatever happened to the toddler. The photo won the Pulitzer Prize in April 1994. Three months later, in July 1994, Mr. Carter committed suicide. Mr. Carter was thirty-three-years-old.

The first time DeShon’s mother ever read the name “Kevin Carter” and about Mr. Carter’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo, was in January 2000. DeShon’s mother was twenty-years-old (DeShon 6-years-old). Never, ever, ever did DeShon’s mother ever believe that she would feel that same since of helplessness—unable to touch her son—unable to protect her son—due to VULTURES—dressed in black robes and suits—standing and sitting and waiting nearby. Surely, the vulture was waiting for the starving toddler to die so that it could feast on its malnourished corpse. Surely, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, and Regional Counsel Daren Shippy were acting out their courtroom shenanigans to get the case to the jury on Friday, and receive guilty verdicts by five o’clock.

So, in October 2013, during DeShon’s trial, several testimonies of officials were finally put on the record. Several officials, including the medical examiner, committed perjury in order to force the conviction of DeShon. Soon after DeShon was found guilty of Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder, DeShon’s mother filed complaints with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division. None of the complaints were ever addressed. At the time, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell went over and beyond to ensure that his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell secured the conviction of DeShon. So much so, that Sheriff Larry Campbell assigned a wealthy family friend by the name of Don Odham, as the lead detective on the case. Don Odham helped Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman secure an indictment from the grand jury. Don Odham was NEVER an employee with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. And if Don Odham was a volunteer, Don Odham was allowed to assume responsibilities far beyond that allowed for volunteers.

DeShon Thomas was a 17-year-old, Black male freshman at Tallahassee Community College. There was no physical, material or circumstantial evidence against DeShon. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, set out to make a name for themselves and their wealthy friend, Don Odham. In doing so, they undermined a team of veteran detectives and the citizens of Tallahassee. Using all of their resources, including State Attorney Willie Meggs’, who is responsible for choosing which cases to prosecute, the road was cleared for Leon County Sheriff’s deputies/detective to calmly commit perjury to show their support for State Prosecutor Jack Campbell without concern of being charged with perjury. At trial, those with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office who committed perjury had already been promoted to a higher rank than that in which they were at the time of DeShon’s arrest. Those who did not commit perjury, including the first lead detective, were set as active uniform patrol.

When DeShon’s mother filed a complaint against Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Anthony J. Clark for having committed perjury, DeShon’s mother received a letter from the Department of Health threatening to charge her with violating laws in regards to confidentiality. In spite of DeShon having been found guilty, DeShon’s mother was baffled by the response to her complaint. But then again, the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office reported not being allowed to release the victims’ autopsy reports. Staff with the Medical Examiner’s Office responded to DeShon’s mother’s fax request. A District Two Medical Examiner’s staff informed DeShon’s mother that State Attorney Willie Meggs would not allow the release of the victims’ autopsy reports—two years after DeShon’s arrest—the victims’ autopsy reports were still being kept from Public Record. NONE of DeShon’s attorneys—private or court appointed—would help DeShon and the Public gain access to the victims’ autopsy reports. DeShon was convicted without the victims’ autopsy reports ever being introduced into Public Record.

State Attorney Willie Meggs, Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi have all violated Florida’s Public Records laws. And the message that they are sending to other leaders of state agencies and criminals on the streets is that they do not have to answer and/or respond when they violate laws. When Rick Scott was a private citizen, pleading the 5th Amendment–the right to remain silent–may have benefitted him tremendously. But as a public servant, as “Governor Rick Scott”, the citizens of Florida demands and deserves answers. And not just from Governor Scott, but from all of those, including the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, who has refused to respond to DeShon’s mother’s legitimate complaints, filed against their staff members who serve as public servants.

Far too many people have been wrongly convicted and far too many people have died while being incarcerated. A public servant pleading the 5th should NOT be acceptable when families want answers to their questions/complaints.

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Sixty-five year-old Black Man Dies in Leon County Jail After Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi Were Informed About Sheriff’s Deputy Smuggling Contraband into the Leon County Jail

Tallahassee, FL—Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi’s repeated poor decisions to address law violators within the State Attorney’s Office and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office has boost the already existing toxic environments.

As its been reported, on Wednesday morning, August 14, 2015, sixty-five-year-old, Willie C. White died shortly after receiving his morning meal. The following day, it was reported that Mr. Willie C. White died from choking on food.

According to WCTV, one of two T.V. networks located in Tallahassee, sixty-five year-old, Willie C. White was in the Leon County Jail for “…most recently been charged with battery on a law enforcement officer in June and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in April.”

According to the online booking records of Mr. Willie C. White, on April 24, 2015, Mr. White was booked into the Leon County Jail on a single charge of Trespass on Property After Warning. And there is also a Leon County Jail booking dated June 11, 2015, with the same mugshot of Mr. Willie C. White’s dated April 24, 2015. The June 11, 2015 booking has Mr. Willie C. White having been booked for a single count of Battery On Officer Firefighter EMT ETC. It is high unlikely for a any law enforcement agency to use the same mugshot photo for an inmate with charges nearly two months apart. Furthermore, the April 24, 2015 charge of Trespass against Mr. Willie C. White, a 65-year-old unhealthy man, should not have kept Mr. White in the Leon County Jail for nearly two months—leading up to the June 11, 2015 charge of Battery on Officer Firefighter EMT ETC.

Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi were informed about a Leon County Sheriff Deputy having smuggled contraband into the Leon County Jail. The Sheriff’s Deputy, who did not work in the Leon County Jail, was directed by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin to smuggle contraband into the Leon County Jail and place the contraband in a section of the jail where teenage inmate, DeShon Thomas, was being housed, and subsequently have an unsuspecting Correctional Officer distribute the contraband to DeShon. With the safety of both Leon County Jail inmates and Correctional Officers being at risk of Leon County Sheriff’s deputies being instructed to smuggle contraband into the Leon County Jail etc., Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi chose not take action against the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition, Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were informed about Dr. Anthony Clark with the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office, having committed perjury during the trial against DeShon. Again, Governor Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement chose not to take action against the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office.

Now, sixty-five-year-old, Mr. Willie C. White has died in the Leon County Jail, reportedly the medical examiner’s preliminary autopsy report showed that Mr. Willie C. White died due to choking on food. Well, keep in mind that hundreds of Florida prison inmates have died only to have the medical examiner’s office report the deaths due to natural causes or accidents. It was just last year, when the Miami Herald reported on, “Florida prisons’ culture of evil.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article30490770.html

Each year, thousands of students from all over the World flock to Tallahassee to attend one of the various universities and colleges. The last concern that a parent should have is that of unlawful law enforcement agencies coupled with a unlawful State Attorney’s Office. And currently, that is what citizens and college students in Tallahassee have over them. Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi turn and look away, because they to have violated laws.

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BACKSCRATCHERS: Florida Governor and Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs Are Criminals

Tallahassee, FL—Botched this! Botched that! Botched this and that! Lies here. Attempted cover-ups over there. So many things happening in Tallahassee seemingly NO ONE involved in protecting Florida citizens—especially Tallahasseans can be trusted. The bigger question is, “Who is protecting the citizens from criminals, when those in office are committing crimes?” Criminals protecting criminals. So many incidents that have occurred under Florida Governor Rick Scott and State Attorney Willie Meggs were “Botched.” Governor Scott and State Attorney Willie Meggs have repeatedly had to go in front of the camera and explain themselves or situations that did not go accordingly. Now, Governor Scott wants Floridians to pay nearly one million dollars for his criminal acts. And Governor Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and State Attorney Willie Meggs wants DeShon Thomas, who was 17-years-old when he was forced into the adult Criminal Justice System, to spend the rest of his life in prison for crimes that he didn’t commit—a judicial process that State Attorney Willie Meggs and others without a doubt LIED to a grand jury in order to get an Indictment.

Beginning in late 2011, and over the next two years, the mother of seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas reached out to Governor Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi in regards to violations of laws that were occurring in State Attorney Willie Meggs’ office. At that time, DeShon’s mother was not aware of Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi having been accused of some of the same violations that State Attorney Willie Meggs’ was violating. Particularly, fraud and public records law violations.

On February 7, 2011, 17-year-old, Black male, Tallahassee Community College freshman, DeShon Thomas was charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder. The victims in the case were DeShon’s ex-girlfriend, Laqecia Herring, and her 17-year-old brother, Sterling Conner Jr. At the time of their murders, Laqecia, already a mother of a toddler was about five months pregnant, and her brother Sterling was suffering with Bipolar disorder. Both of the young victims were in debt to others in an excess of more than $700 combined. On the day that the victims were found murdered, the two victims and their mother were planning on moving away from Tallahassee without settling their debts. There was a post on Facebook stating that a “Hit” had been put out on the female victim. Instead of the victims’ mother coming home to leave with her children, the victims’ mother discovered her two children deceased during the mid-morning hours on January 27, 2011. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office was the lead investigating agency.

Within hours DeShon was under the microscope—and then under surveillance by a team of Leon County Sheriff’s detectives and deputies led by Lead Detective Melinda McBride. Soon, DeShon and his co-worker, Trentin Ross, were being questioned by Det. McBride and her team. DeShon and Trentin remained on Lead Detective McBride and her teams thumb for at least a week. There was no physical or circumstantial evidence—no motive and no one having named DeShon as the murderer—Detective McBride and her team began investigating other leads. The Leon County Sheriff’s Discovery Report shows that the same day Detective McBride and others began concluding their investigation of DeShon as not being linked to the murders, Don Odham a.k.a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham, claimed to have gotten incriminating statements about DeShon as being the murderer.

On February 7, 2011, presented an Incident report—the criminal Complaint, the Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause Report were signed by Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham. The Complaint was notarized by Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Dawn Dennis. The Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause Report were approved by Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell replaced Detective McBride and her team with Detective Don Odham—as Lead Detective.

On March 10, 2011, DeShon was additionally charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. Although no murder weapon was located, both the Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, the father of Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, and State Attorney Willie Meggs felt comfortable with the additional charge. Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman received an Indictment by a grand jury against DeShon for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute the case against DeShon.

With the father/son legal team being run and operated by taxpayer dollars, both private and court appointed attorneys refused to represent DeShon competently.

As the years proceeded, and DeShon’s various attorneys, both private and court appointed, seemed not to want to place vital documents such as the victims’ autopsy reports and DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records into public record, DeShon’s mother reached out to Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi. No one from the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office arrived at the crime scene. Dr. Anthony Clark perform the autopsies the next day—noting that he used photos and reports provided to him by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to assist him with both victims’ reports. When DeShon’s mother consulted with another Medical Examiner’s Office, she learned that the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office had the reports. After numerous calls for more than a year to the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office in that DeShon’s mother has documented in her cell phone records, the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office repeatedly told DeShon’s mother that they could not release the records because the State Attorney’s Office would not allow them to do so. DeShon was the only one being charged with the murders. According to Florida Statutes, not allowing the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to release the victims’ autopsy reports is a violation of public records law.

DeShon’s case finally went to trial on October 14, 2013, nearly three years after he was charged. It was during Don Odham’s testimony as to when DeShon and his mother learned that Leon County Sheriff Detective Don Odham was NEVER an employee with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Therefore, the criminal Complaint, the Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause Report—and every document that was presented to the Grand Jury naming Don Odham as a “Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham” is a fraudulent document. And there plenty of more criminal offenses coming straight out of State Attorney Willie Meggs’ and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi may have chosen not to address State Attorney Willie Meggs, which may be why State Attorney Willie Meggs will not prosecute Governor Scott—BACKSCRATCHERS.

In November 2014, Represent.us, and the citizens of Tallahassee voted 67% to end corruption in their city. The failure of State Attorney Willie Meggs refusing to prosecute Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi is slap in the face to Tallahasseans and the rest of Floridians.. The failure for Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi to prosecute State Attorney Willie Meggs is also a slap in the face to Tallahasseans and the rest of Floridians.

DeShon is INNOCENT. And those in office to protect ALL Floridians have chosen to allow a cold-blooded murderer or murders to roam the streets, than to protect EVERYONE.

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The Florida Bar Suspends Two Prominent Black Male Attorneys Working on Two Separate High Profile Cases

Tallahassee, FL—Last week, several news media outlets, such as the Gainesville Sun and The Orlando Sentinel, published articles about The Florida Bar suspending Gainesville Attorney Christopher Chestnut. The Chestnut Law Firm is owned by Mr. Chestnut, a prominent Black male. Mr. Chestnut is most recently involved in the case of former FAMU drum major, Robert Champion. The parents of Robert Champion retained Mr. Chestnut to represent them, after their son, Robert Champion died during a hazing ritual. Robert Champions parents are suing Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University for their role in their son’s death.

In 2014, Tallahassee based Attorney Charles “Chuck” Hobbs was suspended for thirty-days by the Florida Bar. Mr. Hobbs, a prominent Black male, had teamed up with the NAACP and called for disciplinary action to be taken against a protégé of the Jim Crow South and Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs. Mr. Hobbs has also sought out intervention from Second Circuit Judges in regards to cases where his clients were being held in the Leon County Jail. In the years past, Mr. Hobbs’ clients who were in the Leon County Jail overseen by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell were at the same time being prosecuted by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, the son of Sheriff Larry Campbell. Mr. Hobbs informed Second Judicial Circuit Judges of the complaints of harassment and unfair treatment by his clients in the Leon County Jail, but judges did not act on Mr. Hobbs’ clients behalf.

Currently, Mr. Hobbs is representing Henry Segura on a Pro Bono basis. Mr. Segura is a thirty-something year-old Black male facing the Death Penalty. Due to brutality of the murders, Mr. Segura case is one of many Tallahassee high-profile cases. Mr. Segura is charged with the November 2010 quadruple murders of a young mother, her toddler son and her six-year-old twin daughters. Mr. Segura is the father of the little boy. Mr. Segura entered a Not Guilty plea. State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned Mr. Segura case to Jack Campbell to prosecute. Mr. Segura has been in the Leon County Jail for nearly four years awaiting trial. In the past Mr. Hobbs brought it to the courts attention that Mr. Segura was being harassed in the Leon County jail by jail officials. Mr. Hobbs asked the courts to relocate Mr. Segura to another jail in a nearby county—to no avail. Just recently, on the eve of Mr. Segura’s trial date, a DNA analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement came forward and admitted to withholding evidence that she received from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The evidence, which could prove to be exculpatory, caused Mr. Hobbs to file a Motion to Dismiss the charges. Mr. Hobbs’ motion was dismissed by Circuit Judge Terry Lewis.

Early this year, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was presiding over Mr. Segura’s case. Mr. Hobbs went before the court seeking permission to have a prison inmate submit to DNA testing. That crucial decision, whether the DNA testing is allowed, was left up to Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. In April 2015, the Judicial Qualifications Commission charged Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford with three counts of judicial misconduct for misconduct that occurred before she began presiding over Mr. Segura’s case. Soon thereafter, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford removed herself from the bench to address the charges.

In the case against seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas, a Black male, who relied heavily on the support of his single mother to help him understand the judicial process, prior to DeShon’s trial date, DeShon’s mother filed a complaint with The Florida Bar against State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. In the complaint, DeShon’s mother alleges that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell violated numerous Bar rules, including selecting and making financial arrangements for other court appointed attorneys to be paid. DeShon’s mother also filed a complaint with The Florida Bar against defense attorney Greg Cummings.

Over the course of sixteen months, DeShon’s mother paid Greg Cummings nearly $30,000 to represent DeShon in the January 2011 double murder case. DeShon, a freshman at Tallahassee Community College, entered a Not Guilty plea to all charges. DeShon’s case was one of many high-profile cases in Tallahassee. The victims were DeShon’s pregnant ex-girlfriend and her 17-year-old brother. DeShon’s judicial process was stagnant. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had filed at least five motions for pre-trial continuance. All of State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s motions were granted by Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson. For sixteen months, defense attorney Greg Cummings played “patty cake” with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. And for sixteen months, it was State Prosecutor Jack Campbell telling Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson how to run the courtroom.

State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Defense Attorney Greg Cummings are White males who are members of the same Florida Bar Association as Christopher Chestnut and Chuck Hobbs. DeShon’s mother sought out counsel from other attorneys who confirmed the “Stink” coming from The Florida Bar. DeShon’s mother provided The Florida Bar with emails and other documentation to support her complaints, both of DeShon’s mother’s complaints fell flat. When DeShon, himself, filed a complaint against Greg Cummings, in Greg Cummings’ response, Greg Cummings did not deny all of DeShon’s allegations. It was The Florida Bar that to this day has left DeShon’s complaint in limbo.

Many Bar Associations in other states along with their local State Attorney/District Attorney Offices are making a lot of changes and forming groups to review cases where prosecutors intentionally withheld exculpatory evidence. Not Florida.

To date, both Mr. Chestnut and Mr. Hobbs are back representing their clients. For how long? Has yet to be determined.

As many people in this nation so desperately want to move forward—into a brighter future—it’s organizations like The Florida Bar, who protect its White members and hastily disciplines it Black members, as to why more and more Civil Rights organizations, like the “Black Lives Matter” are forced to spring up and fight for the rights of Black people.

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Why Did The Florida Bar Fail…? Are Certain Florida Bar Members Exempt from Rules?

Tallahassee, FL—A shopper that walks into their neighborhood Walmart to purchase a Rug Doctor Carpet Cleaner does not have to ask a store clerk for a piece of dirty carpet to make sure that the carpet cleaner actually works before making the purchase. If the carpet cleaner does not work or if the shopper is not happy with the carpet cleaner—for whatever reason—then the shopper is entitled to either a full refund or an exchange of their choice. The Federal Government protects consumers—Consumers Rights and Consumer Protection Law provide ways for individuals to fight back against abusive business practices, including misrepresentation of products.

On March 9, 2011, Defense Attorney Greg Cummings contacted the mother of seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas, to inform her that Circuit Judge Hankinson did not care about protecting DeShon’s rights. In the same breath, Greg Cummings stated, “You need to hire me because your son (DeShon) needs a lawyer.” Both Greg Cummings and DeShon’s mother were aware that earlier that same day (March 9, 2011), the Leon County Sheriff’s Office had additionally charged DeShon with Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. The additional charge followed the February 7, 2011 charges for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder that resulted from the January 27, 2011 double homicide of Laqecia Herring and her brother, Sterling Conner Jr. The double homicide was being investigated by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

Greg Cummings and DeShon’s mother were introduced at a bondsman’s office in Tallahassee weeks after DeShon’s arrest for the Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder charges. DeShon did not have a bond. The meeting was set up by a former client of Greg Cummings. Before DeShon’s mother spoke a word about DeShon’s case, DeShon’s mother, who was being mindful of Greg Cummings’ time, told Greg Cummings that she was not interested in hiring an attorney right then. DeShon’s mother stressed that she wanted to speak with DeShon’s court appointed attorney to see how that went before taking any set actions in regards to DeShon’s case. The problem for DeShon’s mother was neither she nor DeShon, nor the Office of Regional Counsel and Criminal Conflict Office, nor the Public Defender’s Office, nor the Leon County Clerk of Courts knew the name of DeShon’s attorney. DeShon’s mother explained the situation to Greg Cummings, even hoping that he could help her understand why there was no attorney on record for DeShon. At the conclusion of the meeting, Greg Cummings insisted on meeting with DeShon, despite DeShon’s mother not hiring him.

Over the next several weeks, DeShon’s mother would repeatedly call the Office of Regional Counsel and Criminal Conflict Counsel’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and the Leon County Clerk of Courts begging for the name of DeShon’s attorney—only to be told that there was no name available. On a few occasions, DeShon’s mother went to the Leon County Clerk of Court and the Public Defender’s Office hoping that a more personal, fact-to-face request would result in a the name of DeShon’s attorney or at least obtain a reasonable reason as to why the name of DeShon’s attorney was not available—to no avail.

On March 9, 2011, DeShon had been in the Leon County Jail for nearly a month, and still there was no attorney’s name available to DeShon or DeShon’s mother. When DeShon’s mother received a phone call from Greg Cummings, she was not surprised to hear from him. Greg Cummings had been repeatedly calling DeShon’s mother desperately wanting her to hire him. With DeShon being in the Leon County Jail for over a month, the additional charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent, along with the Indictment on Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent, brought about a lot of confusion. Without having an attorney to consult with, in spite of DeShon having been court appointed an attorney—but no attorney on record, DeShon and DeShon’s mother was under a lot of stress. On March 9, 2011, Greg Cummings words to DeShon’s mother were, “Judge Hankinson doesn’t care about your son’s rights,” and “You need to hire me because your son needs an attorney.” Greg Cummings having previously told DeShon’s mother that he (Cummings) believed in DeShon’s innocence, is what prompted DeShon’s mother to hire Greg Cummings.

On March 12, 2011, DeShon’s mother and Greg Cummings signed a Contract for Service. DeShon’s mother paid Greg Cummings $11,000 up front. After getting DeShon’s mother’s signature, Greg Cummings went to the Leon County Jail and had DeShon sign the same Contract. Before the ink could dry, Greg Cummings became very elusive. Over the next sixteen months, Greg Cummings did not depose a single witness, did not disclose the victims’ autopsy reports, did not disclose DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records and never hired a private investigator as DeShon’s mother had insisted. Greg Cummings sat in court and allowed State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson to deliberately delay pre-trial hearing. Under Greg Cummings’ representation, nothing outside of case management hearings occurred.

In late July 2012, after having paid Greg Cummings nearly $30,000, DeShon’s mother stopped paying Greg Cummings and filed a complaint against Greg Cummings with The Florida Bar. In August 2012, DeShon fired Greg Cummings as his attorney. Greg Cummings told DeShon that he would stay on without charge, but DeShon and his mother no longer trusted Greg Cummings. DeShon’s mother knew that Greg Cummings was being more loyal to Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell than representing DeShon ethically. And DeShon’s mother was right. The same day Greg Cummings filed a Motion to Withdraw from DeShon’s case, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson granted the motion and then signed A Summary of Offense for Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause, finding probable cause to be sufficient and issuing an Arrest Warrant for DeShon, who was still in the Leon County Jail. DeShon’s mother had predicted that there would be some kind of retaliation against DeShon if they were to fire Greg Cummings which is why she had waited to after she filed the complaint with The Florida Bar first, without informing DeShon, and then telling DeShon to fire Greg Cummings. When State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that DeShon was being charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder—stating that DeShon solicited another inmate to murder a witness in his upcoming murder trial, no witness had given a sworn incriminating statement against DeShon. DeShon’s case defaulted back to the court to appoint an attorney.

After Greg Cummings was fired, DeShon’s mother learned more than she’d bargained for. According to DeShon’s court docket and court record, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson withheld motions that he’d granted appointing DeShon attorneys prior to DeShon’s mother hiring Greg Cummings. There were two different attorneys’ names on the motions. A named Regional Counsel attorney filed a Motion to Withdraw in March 2011 and a named private conflict attorney was assigned to DeShon’s case.  If the motions had been filed, then the names would’ve been entered into the computer database. The problem, the Motions or names were not entered into the computer until after Greg Cummings was hired. And they were back dated. In looking at the dated documents and the date of entry, there was no doubt that withholding the motions from DeShon’s record was a deliberate act.

In March 2013, DeShon filed a complaint against Greg Cummings with The Florida Bar. While DeShon’s mother’s complaint was closed without findings of Greg Cummings having violated any of their rules, it was DeShon’s complaint that has been left without any formal form of decision.

In Greg Cummings response to the complaints that had been filed against him, Greg Cummings spoke highly of Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and admitted to not informing DeShon or DeShon’s mother about previously knowing that an attorney had been appointed to DeShon’s case, prior to their signing a Contract for Service.

Greg Cummings underhandedness not only deceived DeShon and his mother, but also deceived another attorney. How many times has Greg Cummings and other attorneys who show more loyalty to judges and state prosecutors than their own clients, been allowed to deceive attorneys who are supposed to be assigned cases? Why has Greg Cummings unethical practices been swept under the rug when others are punished for doing less?

If nothing else supports the complaints that DeShon and DeShon’s mother filed against Greg Cummings with The Florida Bar—clearly, the failure of Due Diligence and violation for soliciting another attorney’s client should ring loud and clear. So why did The Florida Bar fail DeShon Thomas, a Black male juvenile defendant, wanting nothing more than to be represented by an ethical attorney. DeShon’s mother, a single mother of four, did not have a money tree in her backyard. Neither DeShon nor DeShon’s mother were looking for any special favors. They simply wanted a defense attorney to present factual evidence and to ensure that DeShon received a fair and just trial. Greg Cummings did not deliver. And The Florida Bar did not uphold their own rules.

Where’s the Consumer Protection?