Governor Rick Scott Severely Lacks in Protecting Florida’s Law Enforcement Officials and Correctional Officers; Swiftly Seeks Death Penalty Against Alleged Criminals

Tallahassee, FL—Years before the November 2015 deadly ambush of two Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies, Governor Rick Scott was informed about the possibility of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell’s incompetency. Was it Governor Scott’s failure to follow-up on Sheriff Campbell as to why Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith was murdered, and Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Colin Wulfekuhl was left injured?

Apparently, the gunman that killed Smith and wounded Wulfekuhl was no stranger to a select few deputies at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, including LCSO Sergeant Wiley Meggs, the son of longtime serving Leon County Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs. It was stated that Sergeant Wiley Meggs had labeled the gunman’s home address as a “Hot Zone,” stating that the man had made numerous threats to harm law enforcement officials and first responders. Several sources reported that when Smith and Wulfekuhl responded to a 911 call to the gunman’s home address, they were unaware that they were entering into a “Hot Zone.” Smith may have died at the scene along with the gunman; post-ambush, the Tallahassee Fire Department and other first responders were not immediately allowed to approach the gunman’s home.

After the ambush, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was not readily available to speak to the public or the media. In fact, it took Sheriff Larry Campbell more than 24 hours to respond to the murderous ambush of two of his deputies. As Sheriff Campbell held a press conference, he appeared to look gravely ill—his words were extremely inaudible. Neither State Attorney Willie Meggs nor Governor Scott appeared at the press conference. Governor Scott issued a statement of condolences, but seemingly stayed far away from the circus of fingers pointing between the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the Consolidated Dispatch Agency (CDA) as the two agencies blamed one another for communication failures that led up to Deputy Smith being murder.

Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith’s wife, children, loved ones and friends deserved a better understanding as to why Deputy Chris Smith (husband, father, beloved son, and friend) would never come home again to celebrate another holiday, birthday or wedding anniversary. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and Governor Rick Scott treated the murder of Deputy Chris Smith with no honor.

The following month, December 2015, after years of battling cancer, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell died. According to some, it was Sheriff Larry Campbell’s wish to die while in office. Could Governor Scott wanting to honor Sheriff Campbell’s wish be the reasoning as to why Governor Scott did not investigate or replace Sheriff Campbell after receiving at least one complaint about Sheriff Campbell’s possible incompetence? Many citizens believe the extent of Sheriff Campbell’s true health condition was possibly concealed for months by members of Sheriff Larry Campbell’s family and Sheriff Campbell’s Command Staff.

During an October 2013 pre-trial hearing, Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald O’Brien, testified as to having been told to walk a handwritten gang coded letter into the Leon County Jail POD where 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas, was being housed as he awaited trial for the 2011 possession of drug paraphernalia, cultivation of marijuana, double homicide of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old, Laqecia Herring, and her 17-year-old brother, Sterling Connor Jr, and possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent. The cases against DeShon were extremely weak. DeShon had been in jail for over a year without any incidents. Especially not gang related. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office has a Gang Task Force that is funded by the federal government. The Gang Task Force was never activated. Deputy O’Brien was not a part of the Gang Task Force.

The gang coded letter that Deputy O’Brien had been instructed to take into the Leon County Jail POD where DeShon was being housed had been written by 28-year-old, Dawuan Williams, a previously convicted felon. Prior to Williams entering into the Leon County Jail, Williams had robbed two major banks in Tallahassee, and then fled the state of Florida. The Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office issued fugitive arrest warrants for Williams. Williams was apprehended in the state of Georgia by the Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Tifton County Sheriff’s Office. The Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force transported Williams back to Tallahassee—to the Leon County Jail. Leon County Public Defender Nancy Daniels was assigned Williams cases. Williams was facing up to 50 years in prison. Shortly after Williams’ first appearance before a judge, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell instructed State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin, to go to the Leon County Jail to speak with Williams. After Newlin first spoke with Williams—Williams agreed to assist Campbell and Newlin to entrap DeShon, DeShon’s mother and DeShon’s older brother on solicitation to commit murder charges. Within minutes after Williams agreed to assist with the entrapments, Williams was released from the Leon County Jail. The next day, Newlin connected with Williams—Newlin instructed Williams to write-out a gang-coded letter and then write-out the same letter translated.

Deputy O’Brien did not work in the Leon County Jail. Deputy O’Brien testified as to having no knowledge of how the mail process worked in regards to the processing of inmates mail. Deputy O’Brien was given an envelope that had United States Post Office markings copied onto it to appear as though the letter had come through the United States Post Office. Deputy O’Brien was told where to go inside of the Leon County Jail and where in the POD to place the letter—without alarming any of the on duty correctional officers—in order for DeShon to receive it. Deputy O’Brien walked the letter into the POD and placed the letter where DeShon Thomas received his normally processed mail. Deputy O’Brien’s actions were illegal (transporting contraband). Deputy O’Brien’s actions were just one of many desperate circus acts performed by Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell in order to get a conviction against DeShon. The double homicide case against DeShon was weak. And, yet, again, Governor Rick Scott failed to protect deputies and correctional officers at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs routinely assigned Jack Campbell to prosecute cases that were under the investigative jurisdiction of Sheriff Larry Campbell—who is also Jack Campbell’s dad. Sheriff Campbell was the arresting and investigating agency on DeShon cases. With Sheriff Campbell having served in office for more than a decade, Jack Campbell was highly familiar of the Leon County Jail’s mode/standard of operations, policies and procedures. The Campbell’s investigative/ prosecution team was planned to spoon feed Jack Campbell convictions. The plan for Jack Campbell to replace Willie Meggs after Meggs retired completely disregarded moral ethics of many people within Leon County’s Judicial Circuit. Many of Sheriff Campbell’s deputies and detectives played along—following Jack Campbell’s instructions. And in doing so, deputies committed perjury, acts of fraud, were overlooked by Sheriff Campbell to please his wealthy friends—at least one friend (a non-certified law enforcement officer)  received a badge, a patrol car, a position as a crime scene detective—a detective with the violent crimes unit—a position as a lead investigator on a double homicide case.

In February 2016, this site posted an article entitled, ‘Florida Governor; Correctional Officers Suicides.’ In the article, DeShon Thomas’ mother expresses her concerns about Gulf Correctional Institute located in Wewahitchka, Florida. In part, she states, “In comparison the correctional officers at Century’s Prison, Gulf’s Prison Annex correctional officers failed several levels of administrative and security checks. The metal detectors may have not been working. There were no handheld scanners used.”

DeShon’s mother observed the tremendous lack of staff at Gulf Correctional Institute Annex. From the beginning of visitation to the end of visitation, there was one female correctional officer that manually checked everyone in—including verifying all documentation, frisking women and children—removing and replacing items in baby diaper bags, escorting all visitors to the main visitation room. After visitation, the same female correctional officer manually checked all visitors out of visitation, escorted all visitors back to the entrance, and returned all items that she’d confiscated—that were not allowed into the prison. The female correctional officer looked exhausted! While the female correctional officer had been harshly verbally criticized by many of the visitors, who’d traveled hundreds of miles to visit with their loved ones, DeShon Thomas’ mother, brother and other family members thanked her for her time.

Although DeShon was eventually transferred from Gulf Correctional Institution Annex, a source informed DeShon that 23-year-old, Brandon Devon Steadman, a Tallahassee native, died on October 7, 2016. Mr. Steadman was an inmate at Gulf Correctional Institute at the time of his death. Mr. Steadman’s obituary is online ( Mr. Steadman obituary states in part he “passed unexpectedly.” Regardless of Mr. Steadman’s criminal acts, Mr. Steadman’s family and friends deserve to know more about Mr. Steadman’s death.

In February 2014, Orange County Deputy Scott Pine was murdered in the line of duty. Deputy Pine’s wife, Bridget Pine, struggled mentally and financially to support her and their three children. Deputy Pine’s wife had to set her mental health aside in order to take action to get a bill passed to expand survivor’s benefits. Although Governor Scott signed the bill, the pay for law enforcement officers is low grade.

According to the Miami Herald, Governor Rick Scott wants to “reward 4,000 state law enforcement officers with 5 percent pay raises.” reports, ‘Higher Pay Sought For FHP Troopers.’ Their article in part, states, “Scott, who is expected to run for U.S. Senate next year, said last month he will ask for $30 million to cover pay raises for state law-enforcement officers for the fiscal year that begins July 2018. Law-enforcement officers are spread across different state agencies.”

The report above comes on the heels of the June 21, 2017 Editorial of the Hartford Courant article entitled, ‘Florida? No Thanks, Gov. Scott’ And after News 8 reporting about Governor Rick Scott’s campaigning in Connecticut to get businesses to move to Florida coupled with the recent death of  Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Master Sergeant William Bishop, prompted Connecticut’s ‘…State Police Union to tell FL. Gov. to go home.”


Swiftly Seeks Death Penalty

Many citizens of Orange/Osceola counties who elected Aramis Ayala to become Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney would like to know how many of Mrs. Ayala’s criminal cases did Governor Rick Scott review for himself, or assembled a special committee to review, before he removed them out of her office and placed them in Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brad King’s Office?

Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell’s Office prosecuted a Death Penalty case against Henry Segura, a Black man, in spite of having knowledge of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement DNA analyst’s admission to having suppressed evidence for years that favored the defense, and an 11th hour confession by a gang that also favored the defense member. Jack Campbell is a Democrat. Jack Campbell inherited Mr. Segura’s case from longtime serving 2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs. Jack Campbell worked for Meggs as an assistant state attorney—top prosecutor—for more than a decade. Mr. Segura had been sitting in the Leon County Jail for nearly a decade awaiting trial on quadruple murder charges. The evidence against Mr. Segura was weak from the start. In August 2017, after two weeks of trial testimony, a jury deadlocked—and the judge declared a mistrial. The Death Penalty trial cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Governor Rick Scott has not publicly criticized State Attorney Jack Campbell’s decision to follow former State Attorney Willie Meggs—by moving forward with seeking the Death Penalty for Mr. Segura in spite of having very weak evidence. recently named Ralph Wright Jr. as Florida’s “…twenty-seventh death row prisoner in Florida to be exonerated.”

If DeShon Thomas had been just six months older at the time of his arrest, his case would’ve been a Death Penalty case. Officials sat back and allowed 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas, to be kidnapped by a wealthy White man who was given privileges to impersonate a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective. Officials allowed Mr. Segura to spend nearly a decade of his life in the Leon County Jail knowing that the case against him was extremely weak. Officials allowed Ralph Wright Jr. and 26 other Death Row inmates—and counting—to be wrongly convicted.

Apparently, Governor Rick Scott does not want 21st Century Policing. Florida’s law enforcement officers and correctional officers put their lives on the line to protect everyone—without fanfare. They deserve full protection from Governor Scott. Seemingly, Governor Scott wants to enforce swift Death Penalty charges against criminals without knowing all of the “facts.” And, without any concern, as to the millions of taxpayer dollars that will be wasted in a Death Penalty trial with evidence that is extremely weak. Governor Scott’s low approval rating is with much merit. And all of those who work under him are merely collateral damage.

Death of FL State Trooper prompts CT State Police Union to tell FL Gov. to go home




Racism and Bigotry Deeply Rooted in Leon County Judicial Circuit Courts

Tallahassee, FL—In February 2001, the Confederate Flag was removed from the Florida State Capitol. At the time, Governor Jeb Bush (Republican) was serving in office. According to the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Bay Times, Katie Baur spokeswoman for Bush, in part stated, “…the governor is confident…as we begin a new century…Florida’s past should not be displayed in a manner that may divide Florida today.”

For more than three decades, former 2nd Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs (Democrat) who served Leon County, Wakulla County, Jefferson County, Gadsden County, Liberty County and Franklin County, has for the most part of his career been viewed by local citizens as a racist, ‘Good Ol’ Boy’ prosecutor. For more than a decade local citizens feared him, along with Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell (Democrat). And with two of Meggs’ children working for Sheriff Campbell and with Sheriff Campbell’s son, Jack Campbell (Democrat) working as Meggs’ lead prosecutor—many innocent people including law enforcement officials and attorneys—both private and public defenders—lived in fear. Meggs and Sheriff Campbell colluded to pave the way for Jack Campbell to succeed Meggs upon Meggs’ retirement. In doing so, Meggs overlooked nearly forty of his prosecutors and assigned Jack Campbell to prosecute criminal high-profile cases that were being investigated by Sheriff Campbell’s agency. It is believed that most of the former Leon County Jail inmates that Jack Campbell convicted and sent to prison were Black.

In 2012, under Meggs, Jack Campbell charged two Black male juveniles (14 and 15 year-old) as adults. The juveniles were arrested by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell for allegedly raping a classmate in a dugout on the campus of Godby High School.

In 2011, under Meggs, Jack Campbell charged a 17-year-old Black male juvenile as an adult. The juvenile was arrested by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell for allegedly possession of drug paraphernalia, cultivation of marijuana, two counts of 1st degree murder, possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent, and conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder. These are just a few criminal cases that Meggs, Sheriff Campbell, and Jack Campbell colluded.

In the 2011 case, it is factually known that Sheriff Larry Campbell assigned his wealthy personal friend, who had no law enforcement credentials, to interrogate a minor, to commit fraud on government official documents—to that which certified law enforcement officials were ordered to notarize. Jack Campbell had those same fraudulent documents signed by judges and then filed into the Leon County Clerk of Courts. In order for Meggs’ office to obtain a grand jury indictment against this Black male juvenile, fraudulent documents and testimonies that identified Sheriff Campbell’s wealthy friend as a “Leon County Sheriff’s Detective” had to be presented.

Under Meggs, Jack Campbell charged a 17-year-old White male juvenile as an adult with manslaughter. The juvenile was arrested by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell for shooting and killing a Black male teenager—who was in the comfort of his own home. The White male was convicted (withholding adjudication) and sent to a juvenile facility.

In 2010, Under Meggs, Jack Campbell charged a 19-year-old White male with 2nd degree manslaughter. The White male teenager had been arrested by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell for the brutal cold-blooded murder of his White teenage girlfriend. Meggs, Sheriff Larry Campbell, Jack Campbell and Criminal Defense Attorney Greg Cummings sought to soften the defendant’s charges for his brutal cold-blooded murderous rage. They all allowed ‘Restorative Justice’ to play a role in his criminal proceedings. Thus, treating his heinous act of violence against another human being as though he’d vandalized a piece of church property.


During the 2016 campaign for Florida State Attorneys, many incoming candidates vowed to reform Office of State Attorney for their circuit. For instance, 4th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Melissa Nelson (Republican), in Jacksonville, according to, has already released a White man from a Jacksonville jail. The man had been in jail for nearly 3 years accused of arson and murder. Melissa Nelson admitted that the case against him was weak. She’d inherited the case from the former State Attorney Angela Corey. Melissa Nelson has also begun putting into motion a Wrongful Conviction Unit—it would be the first in Florida. The Wrongful Conviction Unit will require prosecutors to sift through cold cases to find compelling claims of innocence, and then re-investigate them.

Current 2nd Judicial State Attorney Jack Campbell has not vowed to any type of reform in regards wrongful convictions. For Jack Campbell to make such a vow, he would have to display the collusion committed by Willie Meggs, his daddy, the late Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, and himself. And all of the other criminal acts and cover ups involving other law enforcement officials, judges, attorneys, local government agencies, such as the Leon County Clerk of Courts, the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, District Two Medical Examiner’s Office, and former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, the Florida Bar and Florida Commission on Ethics.

For nearly a decade, a Black male has been sitting in the Leon County Jail awaiting trial on quadruple murder charges—where a young mother and her three children were brutally murdered in their home. From the start of the judicial process, the case was weak. Nearly, five years after his incarceration—after Gerald Bailey resigned—a DNA analyst with Florida Department of Law Enforcement came forward with crucial information that she’d been given by the FBI—she’d been withholding the information. Jack Campbell has failed to admit that the quadruple murder case against the Black male is weak—because he would be undercutting Meggs’ decision to charge him. So, instead, Jack Campbell has moved forward in prosecuting the death penalty case—win or lose—which is costing taxpayers a lot of money.


The citizens of Tallahassee/ Leon County know that Willie Meggs, Larry Campbell, and Gerald Bailey are all lifelong friends. These 3 men were all top judicial/law enforcement officials whose friendships toppled morals and ethics—that produced State Attorney Jack Campbell—which means that in spite of being in a new century, top officials in Leon County, Florida remain on keeping citizens divided and the roots of racism and bigotry continues on in Leon County Judicial Circuit Courts.





WCTV News Reporter Julie Montanaro, Just One of Tallahassee’s Biggest Losers

Leon County, FL—On October 9, 2013, WCTV News Reporter Julie Montanaro went to the Capitol and questioned two Republican lawmakers, State Representative Larry Ahern and State Senator Kelli Stargel, about their stance on the death of unborn victims. She failed to ask them how can state attorney’s office, law enforcement agencies, and the media protect the identity of witnesses who testify to a murder.

At the time of Julie Montanaro’s questioning the lawmakers, DeShon Thomas’ trial was underway. DeShon had been charged with the 2011 double homicide of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old, Laqecia Herring and her 17-year-old brother, Sterling Conner Jr. Prior to DeShon’s arrest, he was a freshman at Tallahassee Community College and an employee at Taco Bell; he was 17-years-old at the time of the charges. He was charged as an adult.

Florida’s Capital City (Tallahassee) is the home of two major state universities, and many other colleges. Ten months out of the year—every year—thousands of students from all over the country and the world live in Tallahassee to attend school. For nearly a decade, Jack Campbell was a prosecutor in Tallahassee. Jack Campbell, along with his dad, Tallahassee’s Sheriff Larry Campbell, worked together, both inside and outside of Tallahassee’s Judicial System. Sheriff Larry Campbell and his employees at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, along with personal friends of Sheriff Campbell’s, committed numerous crimes against innocent citizens and jailhouse inmates awaiting trial, including intimidating witnesses, using sheriff’s deputies to smuggling paraphernalia into inmates PODS and giving at least on wealthy friend a law enforcement badge, a patrol car to use at his disposal, and the authorization to impersonate a law enforcement official. All of this criminal behavior was done in order to highlight Jack Campbell’s career with future plans of Jack Campbell becoming the successor of State’s Attorney Willie Meggs, whose career spanned more than 30 years. Nothing seemed to be off the table in the courtrooms at the Leon County Courthouse for Jack Campbell to score convictions.

Soon State Attorney Willie Meggs, Jack Campbell and Sheriff Larry Campbell teamed up with WCTV Reporter Julie Montanaro to instill fear in the citizens of Tallahassee and all students by exploiting anyone who was a defense witness. Witnesses whose statements and/or testimonies did not support the theories and arrests of Sheriff Larry Campbell (the investigating/arresting agency), State Attorney Willie Meggs (the prosecuting agency) and Jack Campbell (Meggs’ prosecutor) were more than likely setting themselves up for some form of backlash—if not criminal charge.

Tallahassee’s crime rate has exploded over the years. The number of unsolved murders in Tallahassee is continuing to grow. Students who may have witnessed crimes are living in fear of going to law enforcement—fear of being wrongfully charged as a perpetrator of a crime or fear of being exploited by WCTV News Reporter Julie Montanaro at the request of local state officials. Even some defense attorneys in Tallahassee are at a lost because they fear for their clients in not getting a fair trial.

In 2013, during DeShon’s trial, Julie Montanaro exploited a female defense witness, who was a college student. Julie Montanaro stated the young woman’s name and place of residence in her reporting. In part, the witness’s testimony gave detailed description of the clothing and a man suspicious behavior that was knocking on the victims’ door on the last night that the victims were known to be alive. The description of the man did not fit the description of DeShon. This same information was provided by the witness to Sheriff’s Deputy Clifton Couch on the same day the victims were found murdered. The witness’s statement/testimony also opened up another suspect and timeline—one that Sheriff Larry Campbell failed to investigate. At no time before or after DeShon’s trial did Julie Montanaro speak with this witness. Because DeShon had not been convicted, WCTV News Reporter Julie Montanaro may have put this young petite woman in the cross-hairs of the real murderer.

In October 2013, this young, God fearing woman, was brave enough to speak out against what local officials theorized. But, as in Mr. Segura’s quadruple murder case, Jack Campbell was so “Hell Bent” on getting DeShon convicted, the grand jury was provided with false information, notarized court documents with known false information was filed into court, sheriff’s deputies, and others committed perjury. State Attorney Willie Meggs and Jack Campbell refused to allow the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to release the victims’ autopsy reports—hence, not wanting the victims’ time of death to be known by DeShon or the public.


In July 1, 2017, a bill was passed by Florida State lawmakers that will protect the “Identity of Witness to a Murder.” In part, the bill, “… creates a public record exemption for two years after the date on which the murder is observed by the witness.”  Therefore, no witness to a murder will be exploited before or during trial proceedings. And very little information about the witness will be available to the public two years afterwards.

Although the female college student/witness in DeShon’s case did not observe “a murder,” she stood her ground in spite of the fear and other methods of intimidation tactics used by officials and WCTV News Reporter Julie Montanaro.

SIDE NOTE: Prior to DeShon’s trial, Sheriff’s Deputy Clifton Couch resigned from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office possibly due to a dispute that he’d gotten into with Sheriff Larry Campbell. In an effort to conceal Deputy Clifton Couch’s identity and any testimony that he may have provided for the defense, DeShon’s court appointed attorney, Daren Shippy,who is a supervisor with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel Office , purposely issued a court subpoena to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office using the fictitious name, Velveeta Couch (see documents). The subpoena was accepted.  This is just one of many ways where local agencies in Tallahassee will work against themselves in order to keep money circulating in their own circle—and ensuring to keep their own people in government positions. DeShon was convicted of Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder without a shred of physical evidence against him. He was sentenced to Two Life Sentences plus 30 years.



Did Former Leon County Clerk of Courts Bob Inzer Corrupt Criminal Court Records Before Leaving Office?

Tallahassee, FL— Two and a half years after the non-profit Massachusetts based organization, RepresentUs, helped sail the City of Tallahassee into becoming the nation’s first city to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act, trouble is still brewing. There was an article published on the website of the Huffington Post titled, “Tallahassee Voters Said No To Big Money, Corruption In City Politics.” Now, today, it appears as though ‘Big Money’ continues to fuel government—especially inside of the Leon County Courthouse.

Former Leon County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller Bob Inzer served the Tallahassee community from 2001 until December 2016. (He did not seek re-election in 2016.) During his time in office, many clerks may have been bullied by State Attorney Willie Meggs and his Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell. Documents pertaining to inmates who were awaiting trial were probably not filed properly by the clerks, or were purposely withheld from the inmates’ court records.

In the criminal case of State of Florida vs. DeShon Thomas, not only were there instances where the Leon County Sheriff’s Office filed fraudulent documents approved by Jack Campbell, there were many attorneys outside of the local area that could not access inmates’ criminal records without having to physically go to the Leon County Courthouse and fill out a form requesting inmates records on file. Attorneys outside of the Tallahassee area could not access inmates’ records online or over the phone. While some may see this as an oversight—Leon County’s failure to update their technology—others such as the relatives of Leon County Jail inmates see it as a way to “lock-in” information to only be accessed by local attorneys or families who have funds to spend on outside attorneys. Nearly half (if not more) of Tallahassee’s private paid attorneys are registered with the Leon County Clerk of Courts as conflict attorneys. And it’s no secret that when clients can’t afford attorneys, some attorneys may go work for the public defender’s office or the state attorney’s office.

DeShon’s mother (a single mother of four), paid a Central Florida attorney whom she’d consulted with about DeShon’s case, a total of $750 to drive from Central Florida to Tallahassee to meet with DeShon, who was being housed in solitary confinement at the Leon County Jail. DeShon was unable to make outgoing calls to an attorney and his family. The attorney explained to DeShon’s mother that the reason for the expense was because he/she could not access any of DeShon’s case records online or over the phone through the clerk’s office. DeShon, who was 17-years-old when he was arrested in 2011 for a number of charges—with the most serious being the double murders of 17-year-old, Sterling Connor Jr. and his pregnant sister, 20-year-old, Laqecia Herring, as well as Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent, and a later charge in 2012 for Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder—was a freshman at Tallahassee Community College. Although DeShon and his family had been living in Tallahassee for nearly ten years, they are originally from Orlando.

All of DeShon’s previous court appointed attorneys—including Nancy Daniels Public Defender’s Office and the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel—filed motions to withdraw citing conflict of interest. DeShon’s attorneys, as well as State Attorney Willie Meggs and the prosecutor on DeShon’s case, Jack Campbell, were well aware that the lead detective on the Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent cases was never an employee with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Yet, Jack Campbell approved and filed notarized court documents that identified the lead detective as, “Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham.”   Meanwhile, Chief Assistant State’s Attorney Georgia Cappleman presented “Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham’s” words and actions to a grand jury and obtained an indictment against DeShon for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. None of DeShon’s court appointed or private paid attorneys in Tallahassee wanted to oust Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, State’s Prosecutor Jack Campbell for allowing their wealthy family friend, Don Odham, to “Play Cop.” This is the way the Campbell/Meggs ruled Tallahassee citizens for decades—telling everyone what to do and what not to do—what to say and what not to say. Don Odham was allowed to interrogate and assault children in front of their mothers. Don Odham’s badge number was 1206.

DeShon’s mother paid Tallahassee Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory Cummings nearly $30k. DeShon’s mother provided Cummings with numerous emails, text messages, cell phone records, etc. to assist in DeShon’s defense—either none of them were filed on DeShon’s behalf or the Leon County Clerk of Courts withheld them from DeShon’s case record. DeShon’s alibi for his whereabouts/actions during the late evening hours of January 26, 2011 into the early morning hours of January 27, 2011 was that he was working his entire shift at Taco Bell (confirmed by management that was never deposed). The District Two Medical Examiner’s Office never went to the crime scene. Therefore, the time of death question was left unanswered. And, State Attorney Jack Campbell refused to allow the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to release the victims’ autopsy reports into public record. Cummings and Judge Hankinson, the presiding judge on DeShon’s case, played along with whatever Jack Campbell ordered. Cummings was eventually fired from DeShon’s case.

Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson had been presiding over DeShon’s cases since February 7, 2011. It was not until May 6, 2013, after DeShon’s mother contacted Governor Rick Scott in regards to Judge Hankinson having repeatedly failed to protect DeShon’s constitutional rights, as to when Judge Hankinson abruptly was no longer on DeShon’s case. Judge Hankinson did not inform DeShon that he was stepping down neither did Hankinson file a motion for recusal. On Sunday, June 2, 2013, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was assigned to preside over DeShon’s case.

On October 18, 2013, without a single shred of physical, circumstantial or material evidence against him, DeShon was convicted for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. According to many attorneys outside of Tallahassee, the murder cases and the Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree murder cases should not have been tried together.

The Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent case was severed a month before DeShon went on trial. The firearm was not the murder weapon, neither was it in DeShon’s possession or residence when it was located without a search warrant. On December 16, 2013, DeShon pled No Contest to the charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. On the same day, Judge Jackie Fulford sentenced DeShon to Two Life Terms plus 30 years. At the time of his arrest, DeShon was four months away from his 18th birthday. Had DeShon been 18-years-old at the time of his arrest, DeShon would’ve been sentenced to Florida’s Death Row—despite the lies and corruption by officials involved in his case. The State of Florida should never allow a father and son to prosecute cases together. Sheriff Larry Campbell was an elected official—his son, Jack Campbell prosecuted cases under Sheriff Campbell’s jurisdiction for over a decade—sending several children to serve years in adult prisons.

Today, Larry Campbell is deceased, and his son Jack Campbell is Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney. According to sources, Jack Campbell, a Democrat, out spent his opponent, Pete Williams, a Republican, in the 2016 State Attorney’s race. Mr. Williams self-funded his campaign. In a news article published in the Tallahassee Democrat, in reference to Jack Campbell, “He will be tasked with bringing the office technologically into the 21st Century and changing the perceived inside culture of the office.”

As an Assistant State’s Attorney, Jack Campbell ordered judges to assign attorneys that he himself hand-selected, on cases for his jailhouse indigent inmates–turned his (Campbell’s) key witnesses on cases that he was prosecuting. Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin gave instruction for contraband to be smuggled into the Leon County Jail by Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald O’brien. Jack Campbell teamed up with Public Defender Lead Nancy Daniels to finagle codes so that attorneys that he selected would get paid for representing clients outside of their registered scope as possibly set with the Justice Administrative Commission.

In 2015, the Judicial Qualifications Commission found Judge Jackie Fulford had previously shown judicial misconduct before being assigned to preside over DeShon’s case. Fulford is no longer a judge.

Currently, according to the Leon County Clerk of Courts website, someone within the Leon County Courthouse has decided to finagle/downplay Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson’s role on DeShon’s case dating as far back as February 7, 2011. Disgraced Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford’s name has replaced Judge Hankinson’s name on numerous court dates. Judge Hankinson presided over DeShon’s case for over two years (February 7, 2011 thru) March 2013). Judge Fulford presided over DeShon’s case for the last seven months of 2013 (June thru December 2013). The changing of any court document is a criminal act. Though it is unclear as to whether or not the changes occurred under former Leon County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller Bob Inzer or current Leon County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller Gwen Marshall, either way, it goes to show the desperation of protecting officials in Tallahassee with “Big Money.” And completely ignoring its own citizens.


Did Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi Take Side With former 2nd Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs and Jack Campbell to Launder Money Through the Court?

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.




Mute—UnMute: Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pamela Jo Bondi on Cases

Tallahassee, FL—Many Floridians may strongly agree that Markeith Loyd, a Black man, who is currently awaiting trial for murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, and then murdering Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, many people are aware of States flaws within their Criminal Justice System, including prosecutorial misconduct leading to wrongful convictions—putting innocent people on death row and to death. Mrs. Aramis Ayala, a Black female, who is a Democrat, was recently elected as Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney (Orange-Osceola Counties). Mrs. Ayala is the first Black to hold this elected position in the state of Florida. She has also been tasked to prosecute Markeith Loyd for all of the heinous crimes that he is facing. Mrs. Ayala has decided not to seek the death penalty against Markeith Loyd. And in doing so, according to Orlando Weekly, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has the support of Florida’s Attorney General Pamela Bondi, Republican-led Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, and other victims’ families.

In January 2013, an article entitled, ‘Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice?’ by Paul Tullis was featured in The New York Times. Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell was featured in the article.

Florida’s current 2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell, who was an Assistant State Attorney for more than a decade under former 2nd Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs, openly discussed in detail about an ongoing murder case that he was prosecuting with a contributing reporter for The New York Times. For the first time in the American Criminal Justice System, Jack Campbell used Restorative Justice to play a role in the murder of 19-year-old, Ann Grosmaire. Ms. Grosmaire, a student at Tallahassee Community College, had been shot in the head with a shotgun at point-blank range by her abusive boyfriend, 19-year-old, Conor McBride, a White male, during an argument. Sadly, for numerous months after Mr. McBride’s arrest, Ms. Grosmaire’s parents were kept in the dark about the history of abuse that Mr. McBride had been inflicting on their daughter and about the details that led up to her murder—they believed that Mr. McBride unintentionally shot their daughter. In their blindness, Ms. Grosmaire’s parents sought to immediately forgive Mr. McBride—not wanting to see Mr. McBride spend the rest of his life in prison for accidentally shooting their daughter.

State Attorney Willie Meggs, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, along with Jack Campbell’s dad—Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, as well as, Mr. Conor’s parents and Mr. Conor’s defense attorney, Gregory Cummings—they all knew that Mr. Conor murdered Ms. Grosmaire in cold-blood. According the article in The New York Times, “Conor was prone to bursts of irrational rage.” Idiotically, with knowledge of what unfolded right before Mr. Conor blew the brains out of Ms. Grosmaire’s skull, Jack Campbell and his dad, Sheriff Larry Campbell, made special provisions inside of the Leon County Jail in order for Mr. McBride to fulfill the Restorative Justice process. Restorative Justice, in part, is where the victim, the offender, and the community make amends for the committed offense. Restorative Justice was mostly used by schools and churches as a form of punishment for kids who commit vandalism or petty theft crimes. But, as part of the process in this case, the special provisions made by Sheriff Campbell, who went above and beyond measures to want his son to have national notoriety/celebrity status, clearly and severely disregarded all jail facility safety measures—putting everyone—including correctional officers and inmates at the Leon County Jail in jeopardy. Furthermore, as stated in The New York Times article, Jack Campbell told Ms. Grosmaire’s parents, “state attorney has broad discretion to depart from the state’s mandatory sentences.” Jack Campbell stated: As he always does with victims’ families, he explained to the Grosmaires the details of the criminal-justice process, including the little-advertised fact that the state attorney has broad discretion to depart from the state’s mandatory sentences. As the representative of the state and the person tasked with finding justice for Ann, he could reduce charges and seek alternative sentences. Technically, he told the Grosmairs, “if I wanted to do five years for manslaughter, I can do that.”

Neither Governor Rick Scott nor Attorney General Pamela Jo Bondi nor Republican-led House of Representatives nor the Prosecuting Attorneys Association intervened when State Attorney Willie Meggs and his Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell used Restorative Justice during their prosecution of a cold-blooded murderer. Ms. Ann Grosmaire was not school property that had been vandalized. Neither was she trash strewn throughout the pew of a church. Ms. Ann Grosmaire was a human being. She was a beloved daughter who was a longtime victim of domestic abuse before she was murdered by her abuser. Ms. Grosmaire will never walk on this earth freely. She will never give her parents grandkids. Unfortunately to state—her murderer will be free, again to do whatever his heart desires. Where’s the outrage for Ms. Ann Grosmaire?

Many non-supports of Mrs. Ayala believe that if Mrs. Ayala did not have the backing of Mr. George Soros and other prominent backers, she would have lost her running against her boss, then State Attorney Jeff Ashton, a White male, who is also a Democrat. Seemingly, Mrs. Ayala’s non-supporters do not want to remember when Mr. Ashton dropped charges against 18-year-old, David Alyn Penney, a White male, who shot St. Cloud Police Officer Clinton in the foot and wounded St. Cloud Police Officer Spencer Endsley.

On February 13, 2013, Orlando Sentinel published an article by Henry Pierson Curtis entitled, ‘AK-47 shooter poised to get as little as 8 years in prison, records show,’ byline reads, ‘Prosecutors drop 10-20-Life mandatory minimums against young man who opened fire on two St. Cloud police officers.’ According to the article by Mr. Pierson, ‘All the most serious charges were dropped before St. Cloud police officers knew negotiations were under way for what many believe is the worst attack on law enforcement in Osceola County…’  The article goes on to read, ‘After learning Monday morning about the pending plea deal, Gauntlett and up to 30 officers attended the 1:30 p.m. hearing Monday before Circuit Judge Jon Morgan Jr. at the county courthouse. The dropped charges included two counts of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm of a law enforcement officer, which carry mandatory life sentences.’ The article also read, ‘Penney was 18 when he walked down Alabama Avenue at 2 a.m. Nov. 21, 2011 with two AK-47s he bought at a local gun show. Carrying five high-capacity magazines with 150 cartridges, Penney methodically fired into an acquaintance’s home before shooting through the windshield of a patrol car coming down the street, according to court records.

Three of the 95 bullets he fired that night tore up a headrest on either side of rookie Officer Spencer Endsley’s head as he drove into the ambush. His partner, Officer Clinton, was shot in the foot as he jumped out of the car to return fire, records state.’

Again, Governor Rick Scott nor Attorney General Pamela Bondi nor Republican-led House of Representatives nor the Prosecuting Attorneys Association intervened or shouted, “Blue Lives Matter” when State Attorney Jeff Ashton and his assistant state attorney tossed out mandatory minimum sentencing laws during their prosecution of an attempted-cops murderer as if they were tossing out molded bread.

After Mrs. Ayala chose not to seek the death penalty against Markeith Loyd, Governor Rick Scott removed many cases from her office and placed them under Ocala based State Attorney Brad King, a White male, who is a Republican. In an attempt to get her cases back, Mrs. Ayala filed a lawsuit in Florida Supreme Court against Governor Rick Scott. For sure, there are many truths in her filing. The family of Tallahassee Community College student DeShon Thomas is way too familiar with is a response that his mother received from Governor Rick Scott after she filed several complaints against 2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell and 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson (Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford—Attorney General Pamela Jo Bondi’s) office during the prosecution of DeShon. Governor Rick Scott, in part responded, “Each state attorney is an elected official charged with certain discretionary duties… The state attorneys operate independently, and as elected officials, they answer only to the voters of their individual jurisdiction.”

DeShon Thomas, a Black male, was 17-years-old, when he and his family found themselves in the most gross judicial process they could ever imagine—State Attorney Willie Meggs having assigned Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute DeShon Thomas, after Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell charged DeShon with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder. The son/ father duo was not considered a conflict of interest—therefore, the circus began. Local attorney Gregory Cummings robbed DeShon’s mother of nearly $30,000, while failing to communicate to DeShon that the man who had searched him, and then locked him and his mother in an integration room for several hours against their will and denied them access to an attorney—was never an employee at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, yet, a wealthy Republican friend of the Campbell Family (Pay to Play). Currently, DeShon Thomas is once again representing himself—post conviction—because his former attorneys at the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel Criminal refuse to properly represent him. In spite of an attorney having admitted that he was in “fear” while in front of former 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pamela Jo Bondi are still refusing to investigate the corruption that led to DeShon’s conviction. Why are attorneys practicing in “fear” in any of Florida’s courtrooms?