Ditto for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The two are in lockstep on burying wrongful convictions. Any “hard looks” at Stand Your Ground will predictably be with blinders on.
From: Susan Chandler
Date: June 12, 2012 12:02:23 PM EDT
Cc: ASKDOJ , Tampa Division , firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Renewal of Executive Order transferring Gary Stanley Bennett prosecution from Brevard/Seminole to Orange/Osceola
The Honorable Governor Rick Scott
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahasee, FL 32399
Dear Governor Scott,
I am writing to remind you that Gary Stanley Bennett’s twice-extended tainted transfer from Brevard/Seminole to Orange/Osceola prosecutors is due to expire on June 19th.
I insist that you refuse to extend the transfer and instead investigate all Florida convictions involving charlatan dog handler John Preston, even those in which Preston only made his spoon-fed investigative conclusions known to the media or a grand jury.
As you are aware, Bennett’s Preston conviction is nearly identical to that of Brevard/Seminole exonerees Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge, William Dillon, and that what makes Bennett’s conviction unique is its date … with Preston declared a fraud, Dale Sutton was cleared in December of 1982 and released from federal custody in January of 1983.
Bennett was convicted in January of 1984.
Norm Wolfinger served as one of Bennett’s (and Ramos’) public defenders.
By 1987, when Ramos was retried before Brevard Judge Gilbert Goshorn, Wolfinger had been elected Brevard/Seminole State Attorney.
When Goshorn personally tested Preston and found he couldn’t track anything and issued the opinion that Preston must have been fed information, Wolfinger was obliged to reopen every Preston case … immediately.
That Wolfinger pretended he knew nothing about the existence of other Preston cases likely proves he was aware of Sutton’s exoneration when Bennett was convicted, which means he threw Bennett’s case, which means he may have thrown Ramos’ case (and perhaps others), as well.
With glaring obviousness, Wolfinger treats his obligations – as a public servant and an officer of the court – as options. So does his Orange/Osceola counterpart, Lawson Lamar, who accepted transfer of Bennett’s case despite the FBI and Orange/Osceola prosecutors having used Preston to condemn Linroy Bottoson, who was executed in 2002.
Orange/Osceola prosecutors compounded the Bottoson taint on Bennett’s transfer by viciously accusing him of homosexuality, apparently confident that no one would know they had also viciously accused innocent death row inmate William “Tommy” Zeigler of homosexuality, submitting a knowingly staged photograph into evidence to support their lurid lie. Recent evidence of an altered police report and related officer perjuries will clear Zeigler.
It is my intent to see every public servant that participated in frame-ups or coverups prosecuted, including ignoble “gatekeepers” at every level of government, sir.
The only honorable action for you to take is to formally investigate what you already know to be true, and as soon as you formally confirm the conspiracy between Brevard/Seminole and Orange/Osceola, convene your Cabinet to issue full pardons for both Gary Bennett and Tommy Zeigler … then prosecute every last person involved in conviction corruption.
Your apology to William Dillon was a well-staged sham. Make it real, sir. Other non-Preston frame-ups will fall apart when you do, including looking at John Wesley Dobbs Orange/Osceola unlawful conviction for a defending himself and his girlfriend from multiple, illegally armed attackers roughly 20 as-the-crow-flies miles away from George Zimmerman’s stalking/killing Trayvon Martin on Brevard/Seminole turf.
Your announced hard look at Stand Your Ground is another well-staged sham. In fear for her life, Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot, injuring only a ceiling. She was sentenced to twenty years. You said and did nothing about this flagrant fraud on Floridians.
Those that voted for you expected your plead-the-fith behaviors to favor them, and they have – wildly. But my dimes pay your wages, too, sir. Earn them honorably, or resign.