Florida Today stays on the lowest of the low roads …

Brevard performs well in public-records test | FLORIDA TODAY | floridatoday.com

Ellis said he was happy with accessibility of public records in Brevard, though he anticipates a day when they will be available online.

“To me, a public record is a public record no matter what the medium is,” he said.

“We should be able to put online the same thing you can find in a hard-copy file.”

via Brevard performs well in public-records test | FLORIDA TODAY | floridatoday.com.

Florida Today deceptively closed their article on retrieving redacted court documents with an unsubstantiated, seemingly authoritative remark from a detractor, as they so often do.

“I think there are still growing pains here,” said Jon Mills, a University of Florida law professor and former Florida House speaker. “The removal of personal information, things like Social Security and other things, we always knew that was going to be important, and not necessarily easy.”

When I used to use a database program that came bundled with Apple computers, I routinely created fields that were hidden on one page and visible on another.

And it was easy.

In the mid-90’s.

Mills’ statement isn’t just misleading, it’s agenda laden.

Florida Today should have asked former Speaker Mills why Florida county clerks aren’t sharing a single system, one as user-friendly as Scott Ellis’ system.

Obviously, counties with tiny populations have tiny IT budgets for county clerks, making their record keeping impossibly difficult, fully accounting for the disparate redacted record retrieval results described in the article.

Just as obviously, having attorneys learn as many court records retrieval processes as there are Florida counties is just nuts, especially since some of the attorneys aren’t even in Florida, which is the worst aspect of Mills’ misstatement.

The Florida Bar recruits out-of-state attorneys for death row cases, including attorneys with no experience in death row appeals. Coupling inexperience with slow records retrieval due to distance makes for missing strict time deadlines for appeals, potentially leading to executing an innocent or warehousing him so long that he dies of old age.

Crosley Green had one such inexperienced, out-of-state recruit. Crosley’s off death row now, but he is being warehoused in general population, although innocent.

Crosley didn’t in any way match the initial “eye witness” description of the killer … he matched a redacted version.

It’s been as hard to help Crosley get free as it has been all of the rest of Brevard’s incarcerated innocents, due to living so far away from their court records. Like most of Brevard’s public corruption victims, you couldn’t pay me enough to live there again, not while there’s so many public servants like Phil Archer and Wayne Ivey, and so few like Scott Ellis.

Former Speaker Mills’ misstatement served countless dark agendas – some deadly – while providing scary clarity about the quality of education available to law students at the University of Florida.

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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