Joe Negron didn’t get my vote. He never will.
Every incarcerated innocent in Florida has to fight the abused, collective power of over 90,000 Florida Bar Association members … and they seldom win. The very last thing our unjust justice system needs is one of those Bar members vociferously misrepresenting the availability and quality of death row justice in Florida’s Legislature.
There are bully pulpits and there are bullsh*t pulpits, and Negron’s Timely Justice Act is an example of the latter – and Governor Rick Scott knows it.
From: Susan Chandler
Date: May 22, 2013 8:07:44 PM EDT
To: “NEGRON.JOE.WEB” <email@example.com>
Cc: Governor Rick Scott <Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, ASKDOJ <ASKDOJ@usdoj.gov>, email@example.com, *TIGTA Investigations Complaints Unit <Complaints@tigta.treas.gov>, “PERSAK.LAQUISHA” <PERSAK.LAQUISHA@flsenate.gov>, “LEVESQUE.GEORGE” <LEVESQUE.GEORGE@flsenate.gov>, “BETTA.KATHERINE” <BETTA.KATHERINE@flsenate.gov>, “DEMERS.HOLLY” <DEMERS.HOLLY@flsenate.gov>, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: exoneration compensation documents [TIGTA complaint no. 55-1106-0136-C]
Dear Senator Negron,
I am writing to again request a response directly from you, sir … LaQuisha Persak is not a policymaker, nor does she represent my district in the senate.
In regards to my request to receive the documents that Wilton Dedge and William Dillon had to sign in order to receive exoneration compensation from Floridians, Ms. Persak referred me to Title III, Chapter 11, 11.0431 (2) of the Florida statutes; “The following records are exempt from inspection and copying:”
Title III, Chapter 11, 11.0431 (2) seem to be all-ecompassing, self-serving gibberish to allow virtually any document to be withheld from the public … only (i) makes sense. The references to 1993 that are confusing in (2) become amusing in (3), which states that some records will be exempt from inspection from copying until July 1, 1993 as well as what behaviors are required of presiding officers no later than July 1, 1993. The 1993 legislative nonsense apparently addressed a 1991 financial scandal. [http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1993-08-05/news/9308050418_1_florida-lobbyists-reported-legislators
]. As our legislators skate out from under paying ethics fines and as majorfinancial scandals continue in this century, leaving references to 1993 intact serve no purpose.
Ms. Perchant also referred me to Article I, “Declaration of rights,” Section 24, “Access to public records and meetings,” (c) of the Constitution of the State of Florida.
The following from Article I, Section 24 (c) puts Title III, Chapter 11, 11.04321 (2) outside of the constitution almost in its entirety: “The legislature, however, may provide by general law passed by a two-thirds vote of each house for the exemption of records from the requirements of subsection (1) and the exemption of meetings from the requirement of subsection (b), provided that such law shall state with specificity the public necessity justifying the exemption and shall be no broader than necessary to accomplish the stated purpose of the law.” [emphasis added]
There is no “public necessity” to keep exoneration compensation documents secret; there is instead a “public necessity” for full disclosure, as the public is continually fleeced and kept in physical danger by malicious prosecutions that result in false convictions.
As such, I hereby alter my document request. I want ALL of the documents that Florida’s Legislature had exonerees sign to receive compensation.
Floridians have a right to know why it is that Alan Crotzer wasn’t at peace after being freed and compensated and is once again costing them money for prosecution and incarceration.
Floridians have a right to know why it is that James Bain – after losing 35 years of his life to Polk County prosecutorial misconduct – isn’t adding his voice to Juan Melendez’s, who spent 18+ years on death row due to Polk County prosecutorial misconduct and is making well-organized national efforts to do away with the death penalty and prevent your Timely Justice Act from becoming law. Additionally, Bain adding his voice to Melendez’s could spark an enquiry of Polk prosecutorial misconduct that might free Leo Schofield, who is still serving time for the homicide of his wife despite there being a fingerprint from a convicted killer in his wife’s vehicle.
Floridians have a right to know why it is that Wilton Dedge and William Dillon – after losing a combined 49+ years to Brevard County conviction corruption – aren’t speaking up for Juan Ramos so that he too can secure his exoneration compensation, and speaking up for Gary Bennett, who was framed over 29 years ago in exactly the same manner as they and Ramos were. Dedge and Dillon speaking up would also help death row innocent William “Tommy” Zeigler, whose frame-up Jeff Ashton’s team tied to Gary’s the moment he leveled a lurid false accusation of homosexuality at Gary as he had Tommy years earlier. That Ashton had no business prosecuting any case involving oft-discredited dog handler John Preston is abundantly clear from the pdf file below, one of Linroy Bottoson’s appeals, which would have succeeded if our justice system wasn’t entirely broken.
The exoneration documents should cost me nothing … like every other Floridian, my pockets were and are picked aplenty to be kept safe from harmless individuals while Florida’s Legislature helped bury misconduct instead of curing it, and, unlike most other Floridians, I was personally harmed by miscreant public servants, and likely remain in danger: Despite his sworn testimony to the contrary, the Jane-Doe-in-the-making false Melbourne police report Terence Schoof filed in 2001 is in his handwriting. An Experian credit report last year contained three pieces of outdated information that were within Schoof’s knowledge, and within no other individual’s knowledge that knew my social security number and birth date so as to be able to alter my credit history. As Schoof’s seeming obsession with me apparently began in elementary school, there is little reason to believe it has dissipated, especially while he continues to hostilely hold some of my most cherished possessions as well as most of my personal papers, for my adult life up until 2001.
In news portrayals of your sponsoring the never-will-be-timely Timely Justice Act, you were quoted as saying, “There’s no reason in the world for a death penalty appeal to take 20 years. That’s not justice, that’s people making a mockery of justice.”
That was a lie, sir; the real mockery of justice has nothing to do with defendants – it begins with attorney abuse of immunity for misconduct, which Bar associations facilitate rather than censure (making their income tax exemptions a fraud on the public) and which the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government at the state and federal level help hide, with mainstream media assistance … USA Today called a false all clear on Preston frame-up in the 1990’s, a few years before Gerald Stano and Linroy Bottoson’s executions, and many years before Wilton Dedge and William Dillon’s exonerations, while Gary Bennett remains framed in Florida and Stephen Epperly remains framed in Virginia, along with who knows how many others.
Again, sir, at your very earliest convenience, I wish to receive ALL of the documents that Florida’s Legislature had exonerees sign in order to receive compensation. How you addressed my initial request alone reveals the vile, true intent of your Timely Justice Act, and gives Governor Scott no room to hide behind the solicited opinions of uninformed Floridians who trust the media and our government. Thank you.
On May 16, 13, at 10:44 AM, PERSAK.LAQUISHA wrote:
Regarding your request for the following information:
* Copy of the documents that Wilton Dedge and William Dillon had to sign in order to receive compensation
Senator Negron’s office does not have records responsive to this request.
The Senate provides this response pursuant to Article 1, Section 24 of the Florida Constitution, Title III, Section 11.0431 of the Florida Statutes and Senate Rule 1.48. Under Art. 1, s. 24(c) of the Florida Constitution, each house of the Legislature is exclusively authorized to adopt rules governing the enforcement of the maintenance, control and disposition of public records with respect to their own public records.
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From: Susan Chandler
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:40 PM
Subject: Re: Don’t put intolerance into our laws
Dear Senator Negron,
Thank you for responding to my participation in an action campaign to defeat both SB 58 and HB 351. Action campaigns often limit the ability to edit their scripted messages, and in this case, the only words that were mine were, “Our courts, of extensive record, are already inclined to elitism and extreme prejudice. Stop listening to ALEC, and begin listening to your constituents.”
I have copied you on a great deal of correspondence related to those words, which you have ignored. Although I remain in physical danger from Judge John Dean Moxley’s historic preference for perjury over the truth, I write more often about that preference for perjury resulting in wrongful convictions and wrongful deaths.
Clarence Zacke, knowing the likelihood that his phone conversation was being recorded by the facility where he was incarcerated, named Chris White and Moxley as his coaches in testifying falsely against both Wilton Dedge (DNA exonerated, 2004) and Gerald Stano (executed, 1998). Florida’s judiciary chose to ignore much more than Zacke’s admission and dog handler John Preston being initially discredited in December of 1982 in hearing Stano’s appeal … they ignored how significant if was for several law enforcement officers to attest to their belief that Stano was a serial confessor coerced into self-incrimination by investigator Paul Crow. The first ghostwriter Crow contracted to wring fame and fortune out of framing Stano testified on Stano’s behalf, too. Dozens of homicides were “cleared,” although no forensic evidence linked Stano to any crime. Framing Stano left the likes of Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and Ottis Toole and friends free to take additional victims.
Moxley’s contradictory public statements concerning the stalking deaths of Yolanda Garvin-Williams and Alissa Blanton were made just months apart, and were not compared and contrasted by the media, although his is an elected rather than appointed position. Moxley’s penchant for signature bonds was never investigated by the media, although that penchant likely resulted in additional crimes as well as flight from prosecution.
There are Moxley’s throughout Florida within the specific knowledge of the Florida Bar Association, making evil nonsense of the Legislature’s claimed need to speed up executions.
There was instead a very clear need for a Conviction Integrity Unit staffed by citizens, including exonerees, rather than complicit Bar members.
Please furnish copies of the documents that Wilton Dedge and William Dillon had to sign in order to receive compensation from the Floridians who had already been fleeced to falsely imprison them while a rapist/slasher and a ruthless killer remained free.
Additionally, please reconsider your silence, and its continual negative impact on public safety. Thank you.
On May 15, 13, at 11:19 AM, NEGRON.JOE.WEB wrote:
Thank you for taking the time to share your views with me regarding SB 58 and HB 351. These bills did not pass during the 2013 Session. I have taken note of your comments and will keep your input in mind.
I appreciate you contacting me as I have a great interest in the matters that affect my constituents.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, May 03, 2013 12:55 PM
Subject: Don’t put intolerance into our laws
[From:] Susan Chandler
May 3, 2013
The Honorable Joe Negron
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
I am writing to urge you to vote “no” on SB 58 and HB 351.
The Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases bills, SB 58 and HB 351,
should be rejected. They are unnecessary, unconstitutional, and rooted in
intolerance toward religious minorities.
Additionally, these bills likely would have serious unintended
consequences, interfering with court’s abilities to respect foreign
marriages, international treaties, and business agreements involving
Our courts, of extensive record, are already inclined to elitism and
extreme prejudice. Stop listening to ALEC, and begin listening to your
In order to maintain Florida’s reputation as a welcoming place for all
people, I urge you to reject this legislation. There is no room in our
laws for intolerance.