Pardon for William “Tommy” Zeigler, reversal on ignoring Florida’s conviction corruption

Tom DeLay’s conviction means that no one in public service should be confident of uninterrupted participation in corruption.  If Governor Crist, Chief Financial Officer Sink and Attorney General McCollum leave behind the gigantic messes they let happen, they should expect to be prosecuted and convicted, too.

From: Susan Chandler
Date: November 25, 2010 12:56:58 AM EST
Cc: Governor Charlie Crist <>,, ASKDOJ <>
Subject: Pardon for William “Tommy” Zeigler, reversal on ignoring Florida’s conviction corruption

Dear Governor Crist, Attorney General McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Sink (a/k/a “Office of Executive Clemency”):

I am writing to ask each of you to immediately reverse course on ignoring Florida’s rampant conviction corruption.

Former U. S. House Speaker Tom DeLay’s Texas conviction today indicates that there can be consequences for public servant’s criminal behaviors, likely including dereliction that let killers, rapists, child molesters and armed robbers find new victims while endangered taxpayers are defrauded of prosecution costs, defense costs, docket costs, clerk costs, incarceration costs, exoneration costs, etc.

My clemency plea, below, isn’t my first concerning William “Tommy” Zeigler’s frame-up.  While researching Brevard/Seminole’s notorious conviction corruption over the past few years, the information I inadvertently gathered on Orange/Osceola was chilling, from Tommy’s pretrial frame-up to schizophrenic Linroy Bottoson’s Preston-tainted execution, to trading cases like baseball cards with Brevard/Seminole for desired outcomes, i.e.; delaying Gary Bennett’s Preston-tainted case another year and wrist-slapping Orange County case-leaking IT worker Michael Emmons’ instead of sentencing him.

Grant Tommy a full and unconditional pardon immediately; grant every other pardon application that is meritorious.  Do not let leaving office deter you from correcting the grievous harm each of you has done in letting conviction corruption escalate.  Sen. Fasano is tasked with reducing the costs of administering justice – nothing will be of greater assistance to him than having only the guilty incarcerated, especially those guilty of constructing flagrant frame-ups.  He needs to specifically know that Senate President Haridopolos’ FBI family ties are likely directly interfering with incarcerated innocents having the FBI investigate conviction corruption without invitation, as Haridopolos district is arguably the most openly corrupt.

Today, incarcerated innocents and their estranged families will shed tears while your intact families watch football games and parades, eat turkey and pie, and enjoy each other’s company.  That’s this year.  God willing; next year, nothing will be the same because each of you will have vowed that you will not leave Florida worse than when you entered office, as it most certainly is right now.


Susan Chandler

P.S. Ms. Sink, I’m still waiting for a reasonable response to my four-month-old fraud complaint against Citizens Insurance … advice on how to insure a condo is not a sane response to a fraud complaint about being overbilled for premiums on a detached, single family residence.  Monday will be just fine.

Begin forwarded message:

From: “Governor Charlie Crist” <>
Date: November 24, 2010 2:37:17 PM EST
To: “Susan Chandler”
Subject: RE: The honor and privilege of serving as Florida’s governor

Dear Ms. Chandler,

Thank you for contacting Governor Charlie Crist regarding your pardon request for William “Tommy” Zeigler. The Governor asked me to respond on his behalf.

The Office of Executive Clemency is the appropriate authority to provide information regarding pardons. The Governor has no independent ability to pardon someone. The clemency function is a power to grant full or conditional pardons, restore a felon’s civil rights, or commute punishment.  There are rules for these lengthy procedures, and these powers are vested in the Governor only with the agreement of two Cabinet members who are also statewide elected officials. Pardons only apply to those convicted of state crimes. Neither a full pardon, nor any other type of clemency, will expunge or facilitate the expunction of criminal history records.  Those who wish to obtain information on the sealing or expunction of records should contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

For more information, you may wish to contact the Office of Executive Clemency by writing to 4070 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2450, or by calling 1-800-435-8286.  You may also email the office at and you can reach the office by fax at (850) 488-0965.

Thank you again for contacting the Governor’s office. We hope this information is helpful.


Dustin Fusillo

Office of Citizen Services

—–Original Message—–

From: Susan Chandler
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 10:30 PM
To: Governor Charlie Crist
Subject: The honor and privilege of serving as Florida’s governor

Dear Governor Crist:

I am writing to ask that you use your final days in office to prove  the sincerity of your concession speech.

Conviction and peripheral corruption are more entrenched than the day you were sworn in as Attorney General; additional exonerations and Supreme Court actions have provided more names of civil servants who broke laws to achieve convictions, many of whom have made the news for additional abuses of the public trust.  The new Florida Innocence Commission’s focus on preventing new wrongful convictions will protect those civil servants.

While this contemporary always believed his fellow band members – that Jim Morrison did not expose himself – I am perplexed that you’re seeking to pardon a long-dead rock star instead of William “Tommy” Zeigler, an obviously-framed Floridian who has been on death row for 35 years.

Stand up and shake things up, sir; protect Floridians like you should have from the start.  Get the Cabinet to pardon Tommy, and call in the FBI to investigate conviction corruption in Brevard, Polk, Orange, Broward, etc.  If the FBI refuses your request, as they have mine (likely to protect sons-of-agents Haridopolos and Atwater), go public about their dereliction with Carl Hiaasen and other reporters that give a damn about Florida’s future.

The only way to prove you ever cared about the availability of justice is to make sure that every Floridian knows that the FBI was supposed to investigate corruption that affected trial outcomes so the DOJ could prosecute without waiting for invitations, despite the silence of former agent Robert Cromwell, who sits on the Innocence Project of Florida’s Board, and the silence of former A.G. Janet Reno, who sits on The Innocence Project’s Board.

My Civil War hero, Joshua Chamberlain, was out-manned and out of ammunition, and ordered his troops to fix bayonets and charge.  It worked.  Pardon Tommy, call out the FBI.  Don’t leave office cowed and cowering.


Susan Chandler

Note:  Any staff members that now prevents (or has prevented) Gov. Crist from directly receiving electronic communications that speak to protecting the civil rights and liberties of Crist’s wrongly incarcerated constituents are – in my eyes and likely the eyes of those under obligation to investigate and prosecute – coconspirators to ongoing and escalating conviction and peripheral corruption.

12 Responses to Pardon for William “Tommy” Zeigler, reversal on ignoring Florida’s conviction corruption

  1. Mary Diaz says:

    What about the abuse in the Florida Parole Commission that only released 18 people in 2014 and have over 5,000 men and women parole eligible. The other states released between 78 to 800 in one year. Is Florida another country or is it part of the U.S.????


  2. Mary Diaz says:

    We talk about Death Row, I am a victim of my fathers murder. But if today the man that murdered my father in Florida was another man, I would plead for his release. Those families of victims did suffer just like I did to the lost of a loved one to murder. But it cannot bring back my father or those victims that object to releases in Parole Hearings of their loved ones that are gone. We should let them rest in peace. I believe individuals deserve 2nd chances especially when they have proved they are NOT THEIR PAST~


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  5. Stacie Crandall Swank says:

    Susan it’s Stacie Crandall again I was just contacted by Joe Torres from Florida Today. Is he ok to talk to? He has my emails and letters to Jeff and Jaime.


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