Tallahassee, FL—It has been nearly five months since the mother of DeShon Thomas placed an order with Prison Legal News for the book, ‘Prisoners’ Self-Help Litigation Manual, Fourth Edition, by John Boston, Daniel E. Manville.’
DeShon had not received the book.
Three months after she received a tracking number from Prison Legal News showing that the book had been delivered to the Post Office Box for Gulf Correctional Institute in December 2015, so she began making phone calls to Gulf Correctional Institute.
Next, on March 17, 2016 DeShon received a Notice of Rejection or Impoundment of Publication from Gulf Correctional Institute. The Notice of Rejection or Impoundment of Publication stated Prison Legal News, “Is REJECTED and may not be received by inmates. The Department’s Literature Review Committee has reviewed the publication and determined that it contains subject matter that is inadmissible per Section (3) of Rule 33-501.401 F.A.C., Admissible Reading Material; (3)(1) It contains an advertisement promoting any of the following where the advertisement is the focus of, rather than being incidental to, the publication or the advertising is prominent or prevalent throughout the publication. (1.) Three-way calling services, (2.) Pen pal services, (3.) The purchase of products or services with postage stamps, or (4.) Conducting a business or profession while incarcerated.
DeShon’s mother was very upset about Gulf Correctional Institute having rejected the book. The website for Prison Legal News (PLN) clearly says that they are, “a project of non-profit Human Rights Defense Center…reports on criminal justice issues and prison and jail-related civil litigation, with an emphasis on prisoners’ rights. PLN has published continuously since 1990 and covers a wide range of topics that include prison labor, rape and sexual abuse, misconduct by prison and jail staff, prisoners’ constitutional rights, racial and socioeconomic disparities in our criminal justice system, medical and mental health care for prisoners,
disenfranchisement, rehabilitation and recidivism, prison privatization, prison and jail phone rates, women prisoners, the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), prison censorship, the death penalty, HIV and hep C, solitary confinement and control units, and much more. In 2013, PLN received the First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.”
With all of that said, DeShon’s mother was really confused as to why Gulf Correctional Institute discredited and rejected publication clearly approved by Prison Legal News when PLN is clearly a creditable non-profit organization. The total cost for the book including shipping was $45.95. Both DeShon’s mother and the taxpayers of Florida have spent thousands of dollars on DeShon’s case and incarceration, since January 29, 2011.
“Truth Be Told, DeShon was Kidnapped—Not Wrongly Convicted.”
EVIL DOERS: Judicial Officials, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott: “Liars and a Thieves”
Second Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs and his Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell refused to allow the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to release the victims’ autopsy reports. Not only was the refusal to release the victims’ autopsy reports a violation of DeShon Thomas’ Constitutional Right “due process of law”, the refusal to release the victims’ autopsy reports is a violation of Florida Sunshine State Law—Public Record. Second Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs clearly violated ALL of those laws.
Second Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs refused to prosecute Governor Rick Scott for violating Florida Sunshine State Law—Public Record. Governor Scott has just about been forced to settle every lawsuit that has be brought against him since taking office—causing Florida taxpayers to pay nearly a million dollars or more for his IGNORANCE to understand that state agencies CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT be operated the same as private businesses. The citizens of Florida DEMAND TRANSPARENCY in their government.
In 2013, as DeShon was about to go to trial in Leon County, the news reported that two inmates walked out of a Florida prison—it was said that the inmates had forged court documents that cleared their release, and had received outside help to have those documents filed in Orange County. The inmates were quickly apprehended.
In regards to the inmates “escape from prison,” it has been reported that, in 2015, after claiming to have been forced to resign by Governor Scott’s office, former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner, Gerald Bailey, stated that Governor Rick Scott wanted him to “claim that the acting clerk of court in Orange County, Colleen Reilly, was the target of an FDLE criminal inquiry after two prison inmates used forged papers from her office to plot an escape from Franklin Correctional Institution.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi was mute about Gerald Bailey’s claims. Governor Rick Scott laughed it off.
During the investigation of the inmates “escape,” there was no blame of any publications—such as those produced and/or those purchased by prison inmates or their family members—as to having assisted the inmates with forging documents.
THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS BEING OPERATED BY CRIMINALS—SOME OF THE WRONG PEOPLE ARE LABELED CRIMINALS
DeShon Thomas was 17-years-old when he was charged with Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. Seventeen months later—simultaneous to firing his private paid attorney, Greg Cummings,–DeShon was charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder with the target being Trentin Ross, who was the key witness used by the Leon County Sheriff Office and State Attorney Willie Meggs’ office (Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell). (Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell is the dad of Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell.) There was no physical evidence to show that DeShon had committed the murders. DeShon was at work when all outgoing cell phone activity from the victim, Laqecia Herring’s cell phone stopped. Time of death is a key factor to DeShon’s defense. DeShon’s mother paid Greg Cummings nearly $30,000 over sixteen months to defend DeShon. Greg Cummings refused to depose Trentin Ross, Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives, and Dr. Anthony Clark with the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office. Greg Cummings refused to provide DeShon and DeShon’s mother with the victims’ autopsy reports and documents relating to their autopsy reports.
The Florida Bar refused to properly address DeShon Thomas’ complaint against Greg Cummings. Which once again proves that the STATE OF FLORIDA IS BEING OPERATED BY CRIMINALS, WHO ARE PROTECTING CRIMINALS.
Denying DeShon Thomas or any prison inmate a self-help legal book purchased by the inmate or their family member or friend is not a threat to the Department of Corrections or other prison inmates. Self-help legal books may just be a threat to the judicial system—with inmates learning how they may have been “wrongly convicted” or “kidnapped.” The same as white people spent centuries keeping African slaves from learning how to read and write in the English language.
When will those in office realize that people cannot be suppressed FOREVER! African slaves were eventually taught to read and write in the English language. Now, today, white people in office are being forced to learn how to read and write in the Spanish language. Exonerations are occurring around the nation on a daily basis—everywhere but Florida. The Florida Innocence Project has not announced a single exoneration since Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi took office.