Tallahassee,FL—Forget protecting innocent children from being sent to adult prisons. Forget asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate rogue law enforcement officials. Forget the whole “If you see something, say something” campaign launched by the Department of Homeland Security to encourage citizens in their communities to work together with their local law enforcement official to protect everyone. Forget all of the hundreds of full-time law abiding veteran law enforcement officials who specifically spent their whole life avoiding getting involved in criminal acts so that they could have a highly prosperous career as a bonafide law enforcement official under great leadership. Forget all of them!
First of all there was absolutely nothing great about Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. Second, Governor Rick Scott chose not to get involved while former Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son 2nd Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, along with 2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs and 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson conspired together against a black youth. Seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas, who was a freshman at Tallahassee Community College, was charged in 2011 with Two Counts of First Degree Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. Governor Rick Scott was informed about the possibility of a conspiracy to railroaded DeShon into prison. Some of those named in the conspiracy were Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and Jack Campbell. Governor Rick Scott claimed to not have gotten involved. However, almost instantly Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson was off of DeShon’s case. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson had been presiding over DeShon’s case for more than 2 years as DeShon’s court process was a more like a “circus” performance.
The tracks were set for DeShon to be sent to prison when seemingly nobody in the legislature—not even judges—reached out to help then Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell truly understand the unethical and immoral actions of an elected official (Larry Campbell) arresting citizens and his son (Jack Campbell) prosecuting the same citizens. This father/son team worked Tallahassee judicial system for more than a decade. This instilled fear in a lot of people—including defense attorneys and witnesses. Of course other officials that were either willing or were not aware of their wrongdoings played a role—the majority many of Jack Campbell’s witnesses were law enforcement officials who worked for his dad.
In December 2014, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell passed away. The following month, Governor Rick Scott overlooked hundreds of qualified veterans within the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and appointed Mike Woods, as sheriff. A native of Tallahassee, as a 19-year-old, Mike Wood was the younger brother of a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy when he was arrested on criminal drug charges. After getting his record expunged, Mike Wood became a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy. According to reports at the time of Sheriff Larry Campbell’s death, Mike Wood had served 30 years as a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy and was retired. Why Governor Rick Scott appointed Mike Wood, a Democrat, over all of those hard working bonafide sheriff’s majors/deputies is simple—Mike Wood was Sheriff Larry Campbell’s favorite cadet. And because so many people have been groomed to yield to State Attorney Willie Meggs, Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son Jack Campbell, it was Governor Rick Scott’s duty to yield to Sheriff Larry Campbell’s wishes—to have Mike Wood as sheriff. It was the same yielding to Sheriff Larry Campbell that may have played a major role in the ambush murder of Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith.
On Tuesday night, Governor Rick Scott’s criminal appointee, Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood, who changed his party to Non-Affiliate, lost miserably to Walt McNeil, a Democrat.