Tallahassee, FL—In 2007, the Florida Legislature created five Regional Counsel offices under FL Statute 27.511. These offices were created to provide legal representation to an indigent defendant after the court grants the Public Defender’s Office motion to withdraw; then the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel’s Office is appointed. When the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel’s Office has the same or another conflict where their office cannot provide legal representation to the indigent defendant, as stated by the Justice Administrative Commission:
“the court shall appoint private counsel from the circuit’s applicable registry as complied and approved by the chief judge and as maintained by the Clerk of Court. FL Statute 27.40 (3) (a) The court private counsel in rotating order as the names appear on the registry, unless the court makes a finding of good cause on the record for appointing counsel out-of-order.”
According to the legal dictionary website, the definition of money laundering is the process of taking the proceeds of criminal activity and making them appear legal. Laundering allows criminals to transform illegally obtained gains into seemingly legitimate funds.
Each of Florida’s twenty Judicial Circuit Clerk of Court is responsible for properly assigning private counsel under the order of the court (judge), not under the order of state’s attorneys.
Dating as far back as December 2011, the mother of DeShon Thomas repeatedly contacted Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi in regards to what she believed were corrupt acts led by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs. Seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas was in the Leon County Jail facing many charges with the most serious being Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned Jack Campbell, the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell to prosecute DeShon. The more DeShon’s mother attempted to bring outside officials attention to DeShon’s case, the more malicious the prosecution was against DeShon. In 2012, simultaneous to firing his defense attorney, Greg Cummings, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that DeShon was being charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. DeShon was thrown into solitary confinement where heavy restriction were placed on him—no visitors, no phone calls, etc. After his firing, Mr. Cummings emailed DeShon’s mother to inform her that she and her oldest son, were named as having a role in the solicitation to murder Mr. Trentin Ross (Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s key witness). Although DeShon was sitting in the Leon County Jail under false accusations, DeShon’s mother would not let the Meggs and the Campbell’s additional lies stop her from seeking justice for DeShon.
On October 7, 2013, during a pre-trial hearing in the case of State vs. DeShon Thomas, Prosecutor Jack Campbell may have committed the crime of obstruction of justice when he ordered 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford to assign a specific private attorney to represent his key witness in the Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder charge against DeShon. As defined by Cornell Law, obstruction of justice is defined in the omnibus clause of 18 U.S.C. 1503, which provides…persons are charged under this statute based on allegations that a defendant intended to interfere with an official proceeding, by doing things such as destroying evidence, or interfering with the duties of jurors or court officers.”
The private attorney that Jack Campbell spent his weekend soliciting for business was not registered with the Justice Administrative Commission to handle such a case. The private attorney was hand selected by Jack Campbell—completely disregarding both the Leon County Clerk of Court Bob Inzer and the General Practices and Procedures outlined by the Justice Administrative Commission that clearly states, ‘FL Statute 27.40 (3) (a) The court private counsel in rotating order as the names appear on the registry, unless the court makes a finding of good cause on the record for appointing counsel out-of-order.’ The private attorney that Jack Campbell handpicked was not on the registry for this type of case—which means that other attorneys on the registry were deliberately cut-out of being assigned to this case. Also, Jack Campbell, along with Public Defender Lead Nancy Daniels made special provisions for the private attorney to get financial compensation for agreeing to represent an indigent client outside of the scope of representation according to the registry.
Many defense attorneys in Tallahassee have talked with family members of inmates about the fear of their clients getting a fair trial.
In response to a letter from DeShon’s mother to Attorney General Bondi about corruption occurring in Leon County Courthouse, Attorney General Bondi (see letters).
It is a wonder of how many attorneys on the registry were overlooked on cases in order to appease Meggs and Campbell. And now, as Jack Campbell has replaced Meggs as State’s Attorney, it’s a wonder as to how many attorneys on the registry will continue to be overlooked in order to appease Campbell’s unjust form of prosecution—through money laundering and obstruction of justice and a slew of other criminal/unethical acts in order to gain convictions.
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