Leon County, FL—On Friday, May 13, 2022, ABC affiliate WTXL 27 Tallahassee’s Multi-media Journalist, Jada Williams, posted online an article titled, “Pretrial hearing held before jury selection in Magbanua’s second trial.” The article gives an overview of what people who are following the case can expect during jury selection which is set to begin on Monday, May 16th of this year.
As the article states, “Magbanua is charged with helping facilitate Florida State University Law Professor Dan Markel’s murder in July 2014.”
After having served as a Leon County judge, Robert Wheeler, now a 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge, has the ability to serve not only in Leon County, but also in Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, Liberty, and Franklin.
With respect, in part, to his communication with upcoming jurors on Monday, Circuit Judge Robert Wheeler told WTXL 27, “I’ll be there and ask questions in regards to publicity and what their knowledge is about the case.”
JUDGE ROBERT WHEELER’S HISTORY OF RULING FAVORABLE FOR STATE PROSECUTORS
(…their knowledge is about the case. Does it really matter? Judge Wheeler has moved forward on at least one case with very little knowledge of his own about the case.)
On February 3, 2011, just a day after DeShon appeared in Juvenile Court before Circuit Judge Karen Giever’s—who granted State Prosecutor Eric Trombley’s motion to Direct File the charges against DeShon, he (DeShon) appeared in Adult Court for a first appearance via video from the Leon County Jail on the charges detailed in the probable cause for Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
A few minutes into DeShon’s hearing before Judge Robert Wheeler—Judge Wheeler realizes that there’s no warrant for DeShon’s arrest in the file. Instead of conferring solely with the clerk for clarification in regard to missing documentation of DeShon’s case, Judge Wheeler settles on the knowledge of the state prosecutor. The prosecutor then informs Judge Wheeler about information about DeShon that was brought up in a conversation amongst other state prosecutors, not in a legal document.
Almost instantly, Judge Wheeler begins to fall under the state prosecutor’s direction. Although DeShon’s public defender reminds Judge Wheeler that the issues on hand should be dealt with more so than charges that may or may not be brought against DeShon, Judge Wheeler allows the state prosecutor to continue to taint DeShon and the judicial process that guarantees fairness—without bias—violating his Sixth Amendment Right under the United States Constitution.
There should be no space in courtrooms for judges if they’re incompetent, non-law-abiding, and do not truly understand the importance of their sworn duties.
Click on the video to watch DeShon’s first appearance hearing on charges of Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia before Judge Robert Wheeler.
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