Although I’m no longer new to Twitter, I’m still not very good at it.
That said, please find me, anyway – @wobblywarrior – and retweet posts that will serve to free incarcerated innocents faster, like two from this morning with the hashtag #FreeGaryBennett.
One was directed to Florida Governor Rick Scott, the other to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and both Tweets asked that Bondi belatedly keep her campaign promise to investigate all convictions achieved using charlatan dog handler John Preston.
There have only been piecemeal appeals by legal activists. Three of them worked. An appeal for a fourth man is currently under way — three decades after Preston helped convict him.
Bondi said she would change all that.
Gary Bennett is the “fourth man.” The piecemeal appeal underway included “legal activists” that participated in two successful Brevard/Preston appeals, that of Wilton Dedge and William Dillon … the Innocence Project of Florida.
The Florida Innocence Commission mentioned in Maxwell’s article was pedaled by Florida legislators as being modeled on North Carolina’s efforts to review clouded convictions. The Commission instead played an expensive, frivolous game: It met (and met, and met) to fruitlessly mull over “preventing future wrongful convictions.”
There are hundreds (if not thousands) of innocents behind bars in Florida. The egregious misconduct of many prosecutors – like Brevard’s John Dean Moxley – was serial. He was involved in all four Preston cases that Maxwell wrote about, and likely scores more.
Now Moxley is a judge, and his misconduct in that capacity is serial, as well.
What’s needed is a genuine journalist, which neither Scott Maxwell or Geraldo Rivera are (Bondi’s promise was made in Rivera’s presence).
Rivera is happy to take credit for exposing Preston as a charlatan in 1984, which somehow doesn’t upset the Innocence Project, although they know that Preston was initially discredited in December of 1982 in Dale Sutton’s federal case. (Sutton was freed the following month, a year before Gary Bennett was convicted, and yes, Moxley knew about Sutton at the time.)
Sutton’s wasn’t the only federal case involving Preston. On Maxwell’s turf, Preston was used against Linroy Bottoson, who was wrongly executed in 2002. The Orlando Sentinel has ongoing, selective amnesia about Preston … it was their local public servants who recommended Preston to Brevard County public servants.
And there’s an element of contagion to the Sentinel‘s selective amnesia. John Glisch moved from the Orlando Sentinel to Brevard’s Florida Today to Brevard’s Eastern Florida State College, where the college president – Jim Richey – is an attorney, rather than an educator … an attorney with a puzzling history, according to an unattributed article in Space Coast Business:
Richey earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University in 1985 and a juris doctorate degree from Ohio State University in 1988.
He is also admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, is a member of the United States Tax Court, Florida Bar Association and Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifth District Court of Appeal, and former chair of the Grievance Committee of the 18th Circuit Judicial Court.
Richey’s having served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fifth District Court of Appeal, AND as former chair of the Grievance Committee of the 18th Circuit Judicial Court (Brevard/Seminole) means there are likely very few who have greater knowledge of the conspiratorial coverup of Preston’s scores of Central Florida perjuries, as well as outlier frame-ups, like that of William “Tommy” Zeigler, John Wesley Dobbs, Jeffrey Abramowski, Crosley Green, etc.
Richey’s background casts a dark shadow on Eastern Florida State College’s hiring of former Brevard sheriff Jack Parker, at an enviable salary. (Parker’s official stonewalling on frame-ups and clouded convictions was the subject of previous blog posts.)
While each puzzle piece – Preston’s prolific perjuries, Bondi’s broken promise, Maxwell and Glish’s amnesia, etc. – is easy to understand, what’s needed – as I wrote earlier – is an genuine journalist to do in-depth investigating and reporting, from outside the amnesiac, self-fettered mainstream media, where the likes of Maxwell, Glisch and Rivera reign.
Please help me attract a genuine journalist’s attention – please find me on Twitter, and retweet my #FreeGaryBennett posts.