Tallahassee, FL—Judges are sworn in to uphold the law without favor of either parties while presiding over a trial. Florida is one of many states where youth can be charged as adults. It is the duty of a judge to especially ensure that a child’s rights are protected as the child is in court.
DeShon Thomas, a Black male youth, stood in the courtroom of Second Judicial Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford as she sentenced him to two life sentences plus thirty (30) years after a trial by jury convicted DeShon on two counts of 1st degree murder and solicitation to commit 1st degree murder; followed by possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent. The First District Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel represented DeShon during trial, and later filed an appeal on DeShon’s behalf. DeShon’s appeal was denied. Regional counsel chose to ignore many of the mitigating factors that could have at best resulted in DeShon receiving a new trial. (DeShon is INNOCENT!)
Since DeShon’s conviction, a Notice of Formal Charges was filed by the Judicial Qualifications Commission against Second Judicial Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. Judge Fulford was one of two judges that presided over DeShon’s case.
In April 2015, less than two months after David Dothard, a pre-production producer for Jupiter Entertainment, contacted DeShon’s mother requesting a T.V. interview for their true-crime documentary show Fatal Attraction produced for T.V. One Network, an investigative panel of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission met. During the meeting, the majority of its members voted for the existence of probable cause for formal proceedings to be initiated against Second Judicial Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford.
Prior to the JQC meeting, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi received information in regards to Judge Fulford allowing perjury in DeShon’s case. There was no physical evidence to support the murder charges against DeShon. The prosecutor, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell (also the son of then Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell—who brought all of the charges against DeShon), heavily relied on testimonies of Don Odham and Trentin Ross. During DeShon’s trial, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell and Regional Counsel Daren Shippy (DeShon’s court appointed attorney) gave the jury “Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham,” the lead detective on the double murder case against DeShon. (Previously, Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman obtained an indictment against DeShon—charging him with two counts of 1st degree murder and possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent using information—including interviews and notarized documents submitted by “Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham.”)
As former United States President Barack Obama regularly quotes his mother saying, “Reality has a way of catching up with you.”
Don Odham was never an employee with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Don Odham’s up-close and personal relationship with former Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, Jack, netted Don Odham a Leon County Sheriff’s Office badge number, a patrol car to take home and use at his leisure, a position along with the roles and responsibilities with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit—giving him full access to children and then becoming lead detective on the double homicide case against DeShon. Under former Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, Don Odham was allowed to impersonate a law enforcement officer.
In July 2015, a Fatal Attraction episode entitled, ‘Crippled by Blood,’ debuted regarding the Leon County Sheriff’s Office so-called investigation leading up to DeShon’s arrest. There was no mention that Judge Jackie Fulford was no longer a sitting judge—and she herself was facing charges. Though she continues to possess her Florida license to practice law, Jackie Fulford has been ‘crippled’ by Jack Campbell. As for Don Odham, the imposter, he premiered in the Fatal Attraction episode—clearly interacting with witness, Trentin Ross.
In 2016, a case integrity review report led a judge in Ocala, Florida to overturn a prison inmate’s prison sentence. It’s been reported that newly elected State Attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit (Jacksonville/Duval County), Melissa Nelson (Republican), may form an integrity team to review past cases for mistakes. No attorney in Tallahassee has called for the review of any cases presided over by former Second Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. Pam Bondi’s office handles appeals—Bondi has not done anything to overturn Fulford’s judicial rulings. The back-scratching in Tallahassee has run amuck!
DeShon Thomas was KIDNAPPED! He was stripped away from his family six years ago based on LIES, LIES, LIES, and more LIES!
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