Floridians duped by dailies, innocents die

What follows below is clumsily pieced together from three separate emails for clarity, not to disguise my latest goof. Anyone desiring a .pdf copy of the Executive Order mentioned can email me at wobblywarrior.earthlink.net with “Order” in the subject line and I’ll send it.  As to goofs, I learned early to beat others to the punch in laughing at my latest fall from grace.  There were the seizures that began with my earliest memories, the trick hip that seemed to have me stumble sideways over air currents, the mismatched limbs that likely qualified me for “most stairway falls” if there ever was a contest (and somewhat explains my preference for sliding down bannisters well into my 50’s).  Because my birth defects are too numerous to mention, I remain uncurious about a couple of the unconfirmed – spina bifida and dyslexia; my tailbone is suspiciously deformed, and I can and do proofread the same document a dozen times without detecting errors, but as doctors could point out no advantage to going to the expense of confirming either, I didn’t. So feel free to laugh when I screw up; odds are I’ve already laughed first.  I hope that someone who isn’t wobbly at all soon steps to the fore in this war of words to end conviction and peripheral corruption … its victims deserve better than me.  I noticed I spelled “attorney’s” wrong after making this same post to Facebook.

 

 

From: Susan Chandler
Date: January 26, 2011 7:20:34 PM EST
To: acolarossi@orlandosentinel.com
Subject: Attorneys ask for more blood-testing evidence in Tommy Zeigler case – Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel, 1/26/11

Dear Mr. Colarossi:

I am writing to apprise you that I have made another electronic clemency request for William “Tommy” Zeigler, and in doing so specifically damned the credibility of prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton and his supervisor, State Attorney Lawson Lamar, as well as the Orlando Sentinel.  As is my habit, I submitted proof of my most relevant claim.

A copy appears below.  Please feel free to share it with your counterparts at Florida Today, who can in turn share it with their counterparts at USA Today.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

 

Date: January 26, 2011 7:33:55 PM EST
To: clemencyweb@fpc.state.fl.us
Cc: acolarossi@orlandosentinel.com
Subject: Correction to clemency request for William Zeigler and Gary Bennett

The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor
The Honorable Pam Biodi, Attorney General
The Honorale Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer
The Honorable Adam Putnam, Commissioner
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Dear Honorable Public Servants:

I am writing to correct the letter I sent yesterday.  A correction to Florida Today’s indirect quote of Jeffrey Ashton’s inaccurate portrayal of former Governor Crist’s Executive Order 09-147 of June 19, 2009 appears in brackets and bold print below.  Without the correction, the quotation is meaningless.

Thank you for your anticipated patience with my error.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

 

From: Susan Chandler
Date: January 25, 2011 4:55:45 PM EST
To: clemencyweb@fpc.state.fl.us
Subject: Clemency requests for William Zeigler and Gary Bennett

The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor
The Honorable Pam Biodi, Attorney General
The Honorale Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer
The Honorable Adam Putnam, Commissioner
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Dear Honorable Public Servants:

I am writing to again request clemency for William “Tommy” Zeigler, who has been on death row for decades.  This follows a separate plea directly to Govenor Scott sent through his email web form on January 20th, and similar pleas sent via email to former Governor Crist.  I am adding a request that Gary Bennett be granted clemency.  He, too, has unjustly been behind bars for decades.

Neither man stands a chance at exoneration for so long as State Attorneys Lawson Lamar and Norm Wolfinger hold office and the Orlando Sentinel and Florida Today remain the most popular newspapers in their respective judicial circuits.

In their January 22nd article, “Motion to recuse Brevard County judges denied,” Florida Today reported, “Orange County prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton recently said it was “ridiculous” to ask an entire circuit to recuse itself. Brevard County State Attorney Norman Wolfinger briefly represented Bennett while working in the public defender’s office [so he asked the Orange County State Attonrye’s Office to handle the motion].”

Former Gov. Crist’s Executive Order Number 09-147 of June 19th, 2009 states that the transfer of Bennett’s case was made for investigation, potential prosecution and all related matters, not to address a motion to recuse all Brevard judges from Bennett’s hearings (pdf below).

State Attorney Lawson Lamar should have refused the transfer, as discredited dog handler John Preston had testified against Bennett and against Linroy Bottoson in the 9th judicial circuit.  As Bottoson was executed in 2002, Lamar has a great stake in upholding Preston-tainted convictions.  Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge and Bill Dillon have been freed in the 18th, but scores of convictions remain clouded by Preston’s perjuries, perhaps in other Florida judicial circuits aside from the 9th and 18th.

Although USA Today made much ado about U.S. A.G. Holder’s creation of a Professional Misconduct Review Unit on January 18th in “Justice Department to punish prosecutors’ misconduct,” the Unit means nothing. Through case law in Imbler v Pachtman and Van de Kamp v Goldstein, deliberate prosecutorial and supervisory misconduct remains lawful, although unconstitutional.  The Bar – lawfully, but unconstitutionally – remains tasked with policing prosecutors and their supervisors, and has refused to do so, even though following through – at very worst – would result in fines and disbarment.  Although aware of thousands of clouded convictions and mandated to investigate public corruption that affects trial outcomes, the @600 agents of the FBI’s Public Corruption Unit address financial corruption ahead of criminal conviction corruption that unduly takes away rights, freedom and sometimes lives.

In today’s Orlando Sentinel editorial, “Lawson Lamar needs to work with Innocence Commission,” the Sentinel again saw fit to withhold the information that Lamar and his prosecutors’ unacceptable conduct in Malenne Joseph’s false conviction should have already been investigated by the Florida Bar.  This is consistent with the Orlando Sentinel failing to point out that Lamar should not have accepted transfer of Bennett’s case due to Bottoson’s execution.

Congress continues to allow media mergers that decimate the quality of information available to the public; ignorance of the negative impact of case law on the availability and equality of justice is almost universal, although an attorney sending a man to his death on lies with only an infinitesimal risk of punishment is ludicrous, and for that punishment to be limited to fines and disbarment is lunacy.

A Cabinet comprised of members who are willing to take on the federal government in fiscal matters should be eager to take on the federal government in matters of life and liberty.  Please grant Tommy Zeigler and Gary Bennett clemency to make it clear that justice will prevail in Florida, despite the federal government. Let both frail men live to see their names cleared, facilitating that process by requesting that the Legislature redirect the Innocence Commission to solely investigate clouded convictions.  At present, Commission meetings serve only to more deeply bury misconduct while giving the public the opposite impression.

The Cabinet website indicates that the next clemency meeting is on February 24th.  I hope to hear favorable news shortly thereafter.  Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

 


 

From:
Susan Chandler <studio8@infionline.net>
Date: January 26, 2011 7:33:55 PM EST
To: clemencyweb@fpc.state.fl.us
Cc: acolarossi@orlandosentinel.com
Subject: Correction to clemency request for William Zeigler and Gary Bennett
The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor
The Honorable Pam Biodi, Attorney General
The Honorale Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer
The Honorable Adam Putnam, Commissioner
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Dear Honorable Public Servants:

I am writing to correct the letter I sent yesterday.  A correction to Florida Today’s indirect quote of Jeffrey Ashton’s inaccurate portrayal of former Governor Crist’s Executive Order 09-147 of June 19, 2009 appears in brackets and bold print below.  Without the correction, the quotation is meaningless.
Thank you for your anticipated patience with my error.
Sincerely,
Susan Chandler
The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor
The Honorable Pam Biodi, Attorney General
The Honorale Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer
The Honorable Adam Putnam, Commissioner
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Dear Honorable Public Servants:

I am writing to again request clemency for William “Tommy” Zeigler, who has been on death row for decades.  This follows a separate plea directly to Govenor Scott sent through his email web form on January 20th, and similar pleas sent via email to former Governor Crist.  I am adding a request that Gary Bennett be granted clemency.  He, too, has unjustly been behind bars for decades.

Neither man stands a chance at exoneration for so long as State Attorneys Lawson Lamar and Norm Wolfinger hold office and the Orlando Sentinel and Florida Today remain the most popular newspapers in their respective judicial circuits.


In their January 22nd article, “Motion to recuse Brevard County judges denied,” Florida Today reported, “Orange County prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton recently said it was “ridiculous” to ask an entire circuit to recuse itself. Brevard County State Attorney Norman Wolfinger briefly represented Bennett while working in the public defender’s office [so he asked the Orange County State Attonrye’s Office to handle the motion].”
Former Gov. Crist’s Executive Order Number 09-147 of June 19th, 2009 states that the transfer of Bennett’s case was made for investigation, potential prosecution and all related matters, not to address a motion to recuse all Brevard judges from Bennett’s hearings (pdf below).
State Attorney Lawson Lamar should have refused the transfer, as discredited dog handler John Preston had testified against Bennett and against Linroy Bottoson in the 9th judicial circuit.  As Bottoson was executed in 2002, Lamar has a great stake in upholding Preston-tainted convictions.  Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge and Bill Dillon have been freed in the 18th, but scores of convictions remain clouded by Preston’s perjuries, perhaps in other Florida judicial circuits aside from the 9th and 18th.
Although USA Today made much ado about U.S. A.G. Holder’s creation of a Professional Misconduct Review Unit on January 18th in “Justice Department to punish prosecutors’ misconduct,” the Unit means nothing. Through case law in Imbler v Pachtman and Van de Kamp v Goldstein, deliberate prosecutorial and supervisory misconduct remains lawful, although unconstitutional.  The Bar – lawfully, but unconstitutionally – remains tasked with policing prosecutors and their supervisors, and has refused to do so, even though following through – at very worst – would result in fines and disbarment.  Although aware of thousands of clouded convictions and mandated to investigate public corruption that affects trial outcomes, the @600 agents of the FBI’s Public Corruption Unit address financial corruption ahead of criminal conviction corruption that unduly takes away rights, freedom and sometimes lives.

In today’s Orlando Sentinel editorial, “Lawson Lamar needs to work with Innocence Commission,” the Sentinel again saw fit to withhold the information that Lamar and his prosecutors’ unacceptable conduct in Malenne Joseph’s false conviction should have already been investigated by the Florida Bar.  This is consistent with the Orlando Sentinel failing to point out that Lamar should not have accepted transfer of Bennett’s case due to Bottoson’s execution.

Congress continues to allow media mergers that decimate the quality of information available to the public; ignorance of the negative impact of case law on the availability and equality of justice is almost universal, although an attorney sending a man to his death on lies with only an infinitesimal risk of punishment is ludicrous, and for that punishment to be limited to fines and disbarment is lunacy.

A Cabinet comprised of members who are willing to take on the federal government in fiscal matters should be eager to take on the federal government in matters of life and liberty.  Please grant Tommy Zeigler and Gary Bennett clemency to make it clear that justice will prevail in Florida, despite the federal government.  Let both frail men live to see their names cleared, facilitating that process by requesting that the Legislature redirect the Innocence Commission to solely investigate clouded convictions.  At present, Commission meetings serve only to more deeply bury misconduct while giving the public the opposite impression.

The Cabinet website indicates that the next clemency meeting is on February 24th.  I hope to hear favorable news shortly thereafter.  Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler


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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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