Brevard prosecutor, defender plan to build on predecessors’ successes | FLORIDA TODAY | floridatoday.com
In the next year, Archer said he and Sheriff Wayne Ivey, who was sworn in on Monday, will create a specialized unit to target public corruption, white-collar and financial crimes. Archer said part of that will include training for prosecutors and investigators to better handle those types of cases and help victims.
The headline says that Brevard’s new public defender and state attorney will build on their predecessors successes, when the exonerations of Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge and William Dillon all indicate that their predecessors greatest successes were in fooling the public into believing that justice was ever available in Brevard while they were in office. This decades-long sham required the cooperation of local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the cooperation of all three branches of government at the local, state and federal level.
Knowing that – and ever so much more – Florida Today published pledges to investigate public corruption from State Attorney Archer and Sheriff Ivey.
To investigate that public corruption, the pledge-makers would have to investigate not only themselves, but Florida Today, who seldom publish follow-ups for their most outlandish claims, i.e.; a former surfer named Sandra Weeks being ready to testify that she gave William Dillon the T-shirt that later became drenched with James Dvorak’s blood and DNA that wasn’t Dillon’s.
They also don’t publish follow-up stories for their spot-on claims, i.e.; the expert DNA testimony used to convict Jeffrey Abramowski was inaccurate … two markers out of 15 is not a “hit.” They also published the fact that William Dillon’s evidence arrived at Orchid Cellmark in Dallas County, Texas in suspect condition in 2008, but neglected to publish the fact that Gary Bennett’s evidence arrived at the same facility in even more suspect condition in 2010.
Brevard’s frame-ups have already cost Floridians a fortune; it is always more expensive to persecute an innocent than it is to prosecute a perpetrator, especially when coached jailhouse informants are relied on as heavily as Brevard relied upon them. Giving out permanent “get out of jail – free” to bad guys results in multiple rearrests, and doubtless much parlaying between agencies to facilitate wrist slaps and re-releases.
To do what they’ve pledged, Brevard’s new public defender, new state attorney and new sheriff would all have to investigate how Gary Bennett’s case ended up in a judicial circuit where the discredited dog handler John Preston had also testified, resulting in schizophrenic Linroy Bottoson’s wrongful execution. They would have to investigate why then-prosecutor/now State Attorney Jeff Ashton not only was comfortable with the incurably-tainted transfer, but comfortable with receiving Brevard Judge John Dean Moxley’s written admonitions not to allow the DNA to be tested, which likely more than explains why Gary’s evidence arrived at Orchid Cellmark in untestable condition, although sealed.
When you frame an innocent, you frame his entire family … you not only publicly humiliate them and destroy them financially, you deny them representation for the taxes they pay while fleecing them continually for exorbitantly-priced phone calls/financial services/sundries. Their hearts re-break on every holiday and every birthday, and at every funeral. Gary lost his brother and one of his sisters, and his mother – the magnificent Ms. Maxine – is frail … 29 years of tears takes an incredible toll.
The collusion between the Brevard/Seminole and Orange/Osceola judicial circuits is as longstanding and tangible as the collusion between the Orlando Sentinel and Florida Today. All the parties have fiduciary responsibilities to the public; all the parties are obliged to maintain the public trust.
Florida Today closed their article about newcomers with this from retiring State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, “I believe each of them fully understands that it is a privilege to serve the people of Brevard County, and that it is not about them,” he said in a statement. “It is about serving truth and justice.”
Were a word of that true, Wolfinger would have held out his wrists to be cuffed after finishing his statement, confessing to his role in frame-ups and cover-ups, and accepting ankle-braceleted permanent house arrest in a very humble home … post-asset forfeiture.
Courtesy of watching After Innocence one too many times in screening it for others, Wolfinger is one of the cast of characters in my night terrors, documented by a 48-hour EEG I’d never had run if I’d known its price tag.
I’m wishing night terrors on every last man and woman who could stand up and end conviction corruption and won’t, especially reporters. Wake up to broken teeth, wake up to a back that feels broken, wake up crying, wake up drenched in sweat, wake up so often that it feels like you’ve never slept … not for days, not for weeks, not for months.
What I endure in daily humiliation to keep writing instead of designing homes and gardens, may you all endure worse. Much worse. You’ve put hundreds of innocents in hell and then kept them there, some for 36 years.