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.