If three’s a charm, Governor Scott will not ignore mounting evidence of conviction corruption like Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist did.
My email to Gov. Scott, below, was sent at 3:05 p.m. today.
Honorable Rick Scott, Governor
The Capitol Building, State of Florida
400 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001
Dear Governor Scott:
I am writing to request action on Florida’s false convictions, a request that I’ve repeatedly made of your predecessor.
Rampant false convictions are relatively recent and easily explained. Prosecutorial misconduct became lawful through the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Imber v Pachtman in 1976; afterwards, prosecutor’s supervisory misconduct became lawful in Van de Kamp v Goldstein. The American Bar Association was charged by SCOTUS with disciplining this misconduct, but the Bar has only administered discipline in a token manner. The worst punishment the Bar can inflict is fines and disbarment, so tiny a price to pay for framing an innocent that it would be laughable if innocents weren’t dying daily behind bars with their names forever sullied. Congress should have immediately overridden the overreaches, but remains unresponsive to requests to do so, apparently content that justice has been lawfully unavailable as well as unconstitutionally unequal for over thirty years.
Asking the Florida Bar Association for copies of complaints regarding criminal prosecution trial misconduct, if honorably answered, would indicate an unchecked free-for-all that should have been halted by the FBI long ago; its Public Corruption Unit is obligated to investigate public corruption that affects trial outcomes … without reminder or invitation. Investigating public corruption does not pull resources from national security; there are roughly 600 agents in the Public Corruption Unit. The Unit’s skewed priorities endanger Americans – when innocents are incarcerated, felons find additional victims.
Investigating Florida’s conviction corruption on a worst-first basis would bring the FBI to Brevard/Seminole, where Bill Dillon, Juan Ramos and Wilton Dedge were falsely convicted with identical, untenable trial tactics. Scores of related cases await investigation there, as do unrelated false convictions, at least one from this century. It is a matter I’ve repeatedly brought directly to Senate President Mike Haridopolos’ attention, as his legislative district encompasses a significant portion of the judicial district. Haridopolos’ failure to respond likely indicates confidence that his family ties to the FBI will serve to continue the corruption coverup. Investigations may well reveal that Brevard/Seminole has the damning distinction of having the most false convictions, per capita, of any district in America.
When Brevard/Seminole is investigated, conviction corruption will be clearly tied to Orange/Osceola, accentuating its apolitical nature. Convincing your Cabinet to grant Orange/Osceola death row inmate William “Tommy” Zeigler clemency would send a necessary and unmistakable message to lawless public servants that their reign of terror is over. Freeing Mr. Zeigler would help ensure that he will live to see his name cleared while putting the media on notice that investigative reporting must replace “he said, she said” duplicitousness that flouts the public trust as well as fiduciary responsibilities to subscribers, advertisers and shareholders.
Although Dallas County, Texas D.A. Craig Watkins has amply demonstrated how swiftly innocents and felons can trade places in the presence of integrity, Congress, Florida and other states are addressing criminal conviction “reforms” while at-large felons spill more blood and incarcerated innocents and their families shed more tears. Our Innocence Commission should have had no responsibility other than reviewing clouded convictions; Floridians pay to be protected and served, not endangered and fleeced.
I look forward to hearing that you will: 1) call on your Cabinet to grant Tommy Zeigler clemency; 2) call on the Legislature to redirect Florida’s Innocence Commission to solely address clouded convictions, 3) call on the FBI to investigate confirmed corruption that affected Florida trial outcomes, 4) call on Floridians serving in Congress to immediately override Imbler v Pachtman and Van de Kamp v Goldstein; 5) call on the Florida Bar to immediately investigate prosecutors and state attorneys who have been implicated in false convictions or false conviction coverups; 6) call on the IRS Oversight Board to revoke the American Bar Association and its affiliates income tax exemptions retroactively for patently untrue claims of protecting the public and their members equally.
Like many letters that I write, this one will be posted to my blog upon being successfully sent through your website. My intent is to publish information that the media refuses to disseminate and publish appropriate calls for actions – many Florida journalists have called for Grand Jury investigations of acknowledged conviction corruption although knowing that the secretive work of Grand Juries is so historically flawed that many states no longer use them.
I am a degreed interior designer who specialized in “green” interior/exterior decor. I deserve the life I forged despite daunting disabilities, not the nightmares foisted on me by public corruption, nightmares that encompass thousands of incarcerated innocents nationwide and thousands affected by corruption peripheral to false convictions – logically, lawless officers, prosecutors, state attorneys and judges do not limit their lawlessness to criminal prosecutions.
This is an opportunity for heroism that could restore equal justice nationwide, sir; please do not ignore it. Thank you for your time, I look forward to your response.