Will Restorative Justice Play a Role in former Pompano Beach High School Student’s Death?

Tallahassee, FL—Since the early November 2017 death of 20-year-old, Andrew Coffey, a former Pompano Beach High School student, nine members of Pi Kappa Phi at Florida State University has been charged with felony hazing. At the time of Mr. Coffey’s death, he was in his junior year at Florida State University, as well as a pledge with Pi Kappa Phi.

According to a Sun Sentinel online article entitled ‘Death of frat pledge from South Florida leads to hazing charges for 9,’ by Joe Reedy, The Associated Press, “The state medical examiner said Coffey had a blood alcohol level of .447 at the time of the autopsy.

Investigators, who ultimately took the case to a grand jury, said in the report that even though two fraternity members remained sober to monitor the party, no one monitored the amount of alcohol anyone was consuming or stopped those underage from drinking. Investigators added this created “any environment and expectation of drinking in excess.” The article goes on to say, “State Attorney Jack Campbell said he has been in contact with the Coffey family about the charges.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-fsu-pledge-charges-20180116-story.html

As listed online by nbc-2, in an article entitled, ‘9 FSU students turn themselves in for charges in death of frat pledge,’ It states, “arrest warrant for Luke Kluttz,22, Clayton Muehlstein, 22, Brett Birmingham,20,Connor Ravelo,21, Christopher Hamlin,20, Anthony Petagine,21,Anthony Oppenheimer,21, John Ray, 21,Kyle Bauer,21

All nine men turned themselves in.”

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/37280709/9-fsu-students-to-be-charged-in-death-of-frat-pledge

In Katie Reilly’s article on Time.com entitled, ‘Criminal Charges Recommended in Florida State Student’s Fraternity Hazing Death,” Ms. Reilly state, “Mr. Coffey’s parents called for more “accountability” from members of the fraternity…”

http://time.com/5074574/florida-state-grand-jury-andrew-coffey-fraternity-death/

Unfortunately, Mr. Coffey’s parents call for “more accountability” echoes what more than sixty percent of Tallahassee’s citizens have been seeking from members of their local government for more than a decade.

Many citizens know that Jack Campbell has yet to be held accountable for his unlawful actions while working under former State Attorney Willie Meggs. In some instances, Jack Campbell, who was an assistant state attorney, was being spoon fed criminal cases that were under the investigative jurisdiction of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. In spite of Willie Meggs having over forty assistant state attorneys in his office, Jack Campbell would receive high profile cases that his dad (Sheriff Larry Campbell) was investigating. Although many local defense attorneys argued “conflict of interest,” their arguments fell on deaf ears. Many of the presiding judges had been former employees of Mr. Meggs; and colleagues of Jack Campbell. The reach to ensure Jack Campbell scored convictions was not long at all. With Leon County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives testifying in court before their boss’ son; and the judge presiding over the case having been groomed by Mr. Meggs as well as having once worked with Jack Campbell—in the eyes of those within Tallahassee’s judicial system it was a win, win situation. However, in the eyes of the defendants, the defendants’ family members, and the eyes of some defense attorneys it was unethical, immoral, and disgusting.

Several Leon County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives openly committed perjury, along with a medical examiner. In doing so, deputies, detectives and the medical examiner had no fear of being charged with perjury because charges could only be brought about at the state attorney’s discretion. In one known case, Jack Campbell and his dad allowed their family friend to impersonate a law enforcement official—with the impersonator’s information going before a grand jury in order to obtain an indictment against a 17-year-old, Black male, who was a freshman at Tallahassee Community College.

To highlight Willie Meggs and Jack Campbell’s careers in Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit, Meggs gave the green light for Jack Campbell to use Restorative Justice during the prosecution of a murderer—it was the first time ever Restorative Justice had been used in a murder case.

According to Wikipedia, in part, “Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offense against an individual or community, rather than the State.” Also stated, “Victims take an active role in the process. Meanwhile, offenders take meaningful responsibility for their actions, seizing the opportunity to right their wrongs and redeem themselves, in their own eyes and in the eyes of the community. In addition, the restorative justice approach aims to help the offender to avoid future offenses. Restorative justice that fosters dialogue between victim and offender has shown the highest rates of victim satisfaction and offender accountability.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restorative_justice

In the eyes of some, such as Meggs and the Campbell’s—Restorative Justice was a highlight for their careers. But in the eyes of the nineteen-year-old white female victim who was a Tallahassee Community College student—well, she was dead. Her 19-year-old boyfriend had blown her brain out of her head while she was on her hands and knees crying. According to a New York Times article by Paul Tullis entitled, “Can Forgiveness Play a Role In Criminal Justice,” After the victim was shot, “she had wounds on her head and hand…instinctually reached to block the gunshot and lost fingers.” She “had some brainstem function…” And “Her last words were, ‘No, don’t!’”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/magazine/can-forgiveness-play-a-role-in-criminal-justice.html

  While the female victim’s parents may have been in the dark about their daughter having been repeatedly abused by her boyfriend before he took her life, Meggs and the Campbell’s were well informed about it all. And despite the victim being dead, Restorative Justice prevailed. Sheriff Larry Campbell, the overseer of the Leon County Jail, violated numerous jail safety measures—putting many of his own staff members, inmates and civilian lives in jeopardy. Everyone who is not under the umbrella of Meggs and the Campbell’s are considered worthless. Whenever Meggs and the Campbell’s want to “grandstand” they will step on anyone.

Jack Campbell is now state attorney in the same office as Meggs once held. He was trained to step on lives at all cost. Jack Campbell stepped on the life of a nineteen-year-old white female victim of domestic violence. Willie Meggs and the Campbell’s treated her murderer as if he’d vandalized school property. So, now, what would stop Jack Campbell from stepping on the life of 20-year-old, Andrew Coffey via Restorative Justice?

Note: According to WCTV.TV , in September 2014, when Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Neeley Knight was physically assaulted by Shane Maxwell, neither Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell nor State Attorney Willie Meggs speak of considering Restorative Justice as a part of Mr. Maxwell’s case. Why? Because Deputy Neeley Knight is the daughter of State Attorney Willie Meggs. So, Willie Meggs consulting his daughter about forgiveness (as he’d previously done in the cold-blooded murder case discussed earlier), he contacted Governor Rick Scott and asked that a special prosecutor handle the case citing conflict of interest. Mr. Maxwell’s case was reassigned to Brad King, Florida’s Fifth Circuit State Attorney.

In October 2015 Shane Maxwell was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison. Mr. Maxwell’s prison sentence is twice as many years than the man that killed Ms. Ann in cold-blood.

http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Manhunt-Underway-After-LCSO-Deputy-Beaten-274264661.html

#FSU      #FAMU      #TCC    #STOPHAZING  #STOPDOMESTICVIOLENCE

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