Justice and fairness were banished as absolute immunity crept its way into the Judicial System along with the for-profit prison system.
The Supreme Court held that absolute immunity protects prosecutors who knowingly used false testimony and suppressed evidence in a murder trial. Following the high Court’s lead, the lower courts granted absolute immunity to prosecutors who have falsified evidence, coerced witnesses, and known but failed to disclose police misconduct.
So here we are sitting prey to a system that has the power to incarcerate innocent people without any consequences for their actions. Anyone, anywhere, can fall victim to police and prosecutor misconduct. Prisons are filled with people who took a plea deal even though they were innocent but feared a long sentence if taken to trial. The prosecutor can lie, cheat, coerce, choose from a list of evils to destroy a life for a win and walk away with immunity. How is that constitutional?
I witnessed evil firsthand in Brooksville, Florida. In 2007, then prosecutor, Ms. Lisa Herndon’s behavior was on display as she proceeded to prosecute cases with no evidence of a crime. The judge bowed to her every whim, which amounted to the scales of justice leaned in her favor.
Ms. Herndon did not perform investigative work. The proof was displayed in her outright ignorance of facts and lack of care. What is illegal, was permitted in Hernando County, FL. Detectives did not follow interrogation procedures; investigative work did not follow every interrogation. Therefore, fraudulent non-investigated tapes were submitted to the prosecution. Ms. Herndon did not further investigate, she further edited tapes for her benefit, the presiding judge authorized it.
What I saw in 2007 was a corrupt tape that was put together by detectives who lacked knowledge of facts and history. The tape was edited to make it appear a person admitted to a crime. It is obvious this behavior was ongoing between the detectives and the prosecutor; the judge could have been involved as well. No physical or DNA evidence was required. Historical timelines did not need to be accurate. The facts were not needed. The outright corruption and lack of care was horrific.
Ms. Lisa Herndon was later appointed to the judgeship by former Governor Rick Scott after she railroaded countless citizens into the for-profit prison system. Human lives were incarcerated without proof of a crime, lacked investigative work, and no physical or DNA evidence. A high conviction rate was all that mattered.
Why would a defense attorney take money to represent a client while knowing the unscrupulous behavior of the prosecution? The defense attorneys Jimmy Brown and Ashley Aulls of Brooksville, Florida did just that. The only conclusion that can be reached is the defense attorneys were involved in the railroading of clients while collecting money.
There is no Justice System when it is run like a sporting event for a prosecutor conviction rate score. Guilt or innocence does not matter. Human life is used as a commodity by prosecutors for a high conviction rate.
It is a big club, and we are not in it. To witness such utter all-around evil is something no one should ever fall victim to or witness, yet it is common all over the USA.
With the stroke of a pen, the Supreme Court allowed evil to prevail.
A sick joke was obviously played; the attorneys could care less about the client and those privy to the case, just hand over the money.
Once upon a time in the town of Brooksville, Florida there was a law firm located on a tree lined street walking distance to the Courthouse. The law firm consisted of attorneys that formed a partnership claiming to aggressively represent their clients.
The law firm was known as, “The Law Firm of Brown and Aulls.” The attorneys are no longer partners. They are aware of the extreme level of dissatisfaction and hurt felt by their former client, his family, and friends. Just showing up for pre-trial hearings do not equate to full representation of a client. Their former client sat in the Hernando County for-profit Correctional Facility for close to two years while being ignored by the paid for law firm. The mystery as to how attorneys could claim to work on a client’s case without communicating with the client and those privy to his case remains an unsolved mystery. A sick joke was obviously played; the attorneys could care less about the client and those privy to the case, just hand over the money.
The client was being charged with a felony crime that carried a maximum sentence of life in prison. It was all based on a corrupt tape that was not further investigated. The tape was edited by the detectives and later by the prosecutor. The final straw was that it did not coincide with documented and well-known history. There was no evidence or DNA evidence just a corrupt tape written and directed by detectives of the Hernando County Sheriffs Department. A stranger on the internet called them with a story which amounted to hearsay.
Hearsay motivated the detectives to write a faulty script to railroad a local citizen into the for-profit prison system. Further, editing the tape and putting a finishing touch was an added clinch to the corruption. The behavior showed that this act occurred regularly and was acceptable.
The great mystery continues as to why the Law Firm of Brown and Aulls took the case. The only conclusion one could reach is they were in on the railroading and laughed as they were being paid. Since they refuse to release the client file, spent close to two years ignoring the client and those privy to the case, being in on the railroading seems to be a logical conclusion.
The attorneys were responsible for overseeing the work performed by their employees. Paralegals work under the direction and supervision of the attorneys. Was an employee responsible for the railroading? We do not know because there is no communication. If an employee was lazy and just went along with the tape, the attorneys would be at fault, therefore negligent.
Its transparent that the prosecutor and detectives had an ongoing scheme that involved creating a tape that made it appear citizens were voluntarily admitting to a crime. This behavior was permitted. The tape did not have to match a person’s life or history. It’s infuriating that hired defense attorneys either went along with railroading or never checked their employees work.
The defense attorneys took money in a sum that amounts to grand larceny charges for a service not rendered. Complaints were not further investigated, just take the money, and run.
The time spent in the local correctional facility is billed as a lien on the inmate’s property. Fifty dollars a day adds up! The total lien on the property is much higher than the value of the property. The total time from the arrest until sentencing was 33 months. What happened to this law-abiding citizen can easily happen to anyone when you are dealing with cold-blooded detectives and prosecution whose motivation is railroading citizens.
What could be the reason for railroading citizens? One reason is to fill beds in the for-profit prison system. Another could be the influx of Yankees that were moving into the area with some generational families being uncomfortable. The citizens of Brooksville, Florida had their traditions and Yankees were moving in challenging their way of life. For generations, the Ku Klux Klan openly met on the steps of the Courthouse. I, as citizens before me, was warned against vigilante Justice. Generational families control the system and have it just the way they like it.
When hired defense attorneys refuse to work a case with the client and those privy to the case, justice is denied. The prosecution is further empowered to continue their destructive behavior if no one challenges it or report it to some higher authority.
The Hernando County Bar Association seems to turn a blind eye to local corruption. Prosecutors can lie to juries for a win. The criminal justice system should not be considered a sporting event. Human lives are affected by an attorneys’ behavior and schemes for a win.
Judges are party to the local schemes and corruption. When the judge acts as a yes person for the prosecution and prevents the public defender the ability to provide an adequate defense, justice is not served.
Once the public defender was assigned, within 6 months a trial occurred. The prosecutor showed absolutely no interest in the case because she had a corrupt tape to sell. Even though the tape did not coincide with documented and known history, the prosecutor was able to lie to a jury for a win. A case with no evidence or DNA evidence was twisted by a corrupt system, concluding with taking away a law-abiding citizen’s freedom.
Welcome to Hernando County, Florida, where injustice is legal.