Teen arrested in arson at Rockledge police officer’s home
After a report of the blaze, Rockledge Police officials asked for bloodhounds from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to help in the search. Both dogs tracked a scent to Hughes’ home on Luther Drive, where he was taken into custody just after 6 a.m.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey praised Officer Jeff Conaway, with his K-9 Koda, and Corporal Chris Spencer, who brought his K-9 Cletus, who helped confirm what Koda had first tracked.
Given Brevard County’s thirty plus years of dirty dealings with dog handlers that resulted in at least one execution – Gerald Stano’s – as well as the upset convictions of Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge and William Dillon, and scores of intact frame-ups (including Gary Bennett and Crosley Green’s), you’d think that Gannett’s Florida Today would be careful not to author another jury-tainting article that implies guilt based solely on “scent evidence.”
From the dog handler frame-up exonerations, Florida Today knows that it should have secured information on who trained the K-9’s, how old the alleged scent trail was and – most importantly – what reliable forensic evidence supports 17-year-old Charles Hughes being the sole suspect in this apparent arson aside from “scent evidence” … fingerprints, footprints, DNA, etc.
FT let Hughes be described as disturbed and dangerous. In fact – lest their readers didn’t catch it the first time – they let Hughes be described as dangerous a second time.
If all that the Rockledge Police Department has on Hughes is “scent evidence,” they’ve got nothing, and no one knows it better than Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, who commented for the article. Ivey is a multi-agency participant in the coverups of Brevard frame-ups involving scent evidence, as he formerly worked in Brevard for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Of course, FT knows Ivey’s background, given their “coverage” of dog handler convictions.
Newspapers and broadcasters can publish unverified statements without fear of suit, courtesy of judges who believe that publishers and broadcasters can and should be manipulators rather than reliable resources.
I don’t think, however, that feds have ever filed charges against any particular publisher or broadcaster on the basis of conspiracy to violate rights. And boy oh boy, does Gannett have that one coming.
Brevard recently made the news for a paramedic dumping a hospice patient on the floor of a medical facility, for the intent to charge an emotionally disturbed bystander for the homicide of an officer, for the wrist slaps of personnel involved in the medical negligence death of a child in custody of a contagious disease that could have taken many more lives, and for the continuing controvesy of Crosley Green’s intact frame-up (as told by CBS 48 Hours’ Erin Moriarity and miss-told by FT‘s John Torres) involving – of course – scent evidence.
Prosecutorial abusers of “scent evidence” know that the FBI and other federal agencies used numerous DNA-discredited dog handlers, and that the agency don’t want that failing added to the putrid pile of their other discredited forensics, which they haven’t come entirely clean about. The FBI is tasked with making sure that public corruption doesn’t affect trial outcomes, and they aren’t just ignoring that mandate, they’re ensuring that public corruption continues to affect trial outcomes.
But it should have gone to Senator Bob Graham. Perhaps some day Graham will have to explain exactly why that honor didn’t go to him to Crosley Green and Brevard’s other framed innocents.