Twelfth Circuit Court Response to Sarasota Herald Tribune "Bias on the Bench" Series

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Faulty Premises
    1. The True Nature and Frequency of Negotiated Pleas
    2. Unreliable Data Sources
    3. The Erroneous Investigation of the Honorable Edward Volz, Jr.
  3. A Closer Look at the HT Authors’ Profiled Case Comparisons is Warranted
    1. Case Comparison #1 – Allen Christopher Peters & Jaquavias Sturgis
    2. Case Comparison #2 - Edward Mueller & Terrance Berry and the role of substantial assistance
    3. Case comparison #3 - Chase Legleitner & Lamar Lloyd, the role of substantial assistance, and significant factual differences in the circumstances of their crimes
  4. One Cannot Ignore the Facts
  5. In Defense of the 12th Circuit Chief Judge (and other Florida judges similarly harangued by the HT authors’ misguided premise)
  6. Moving Forward

Supplemental Documentation

  1. Exhibit 1 - Plea and Charge Bargaining
  2. Exhibit 2 - Plea Discussions and Agreements
  3. Exhibit 3 - State v. Warner
  4. Exhibit 4 - Excerpts from the D.O.C. Scoresheet Preparation Manual
  5. Exhibit 5 - OBTS Data Summary for the 12th Judicial Circuit
  6. Exhibit 6 - Letter from Court Administrator of the 20th Circuit to Herald Tribune
  7. Exhibit 7 - E-mail from Herald Tribune to Court Administrator of the 20th Circuit
  8. Exhibit 8 - Guest column of Ashley Cortez published in the Herald Tribune on December 22, 2016
  9. Exhibit 9 - F.S. 958.04 Judicial Disposition of Youthful Offenders & F.S. 958.045 Youthful Offender Basic Training Program 
  10. Exhibit 10 - F.S. 948.101 Terms and Conditions of Community Control & F.S. 948.03 Terms and Conditions of Probation
  11. Exhibit 11 - 19th Circuit Public Defender, Diamond Litty response to Bias on the Bench
  12. Exhibit 12 - F.S. 921.0026 Mitigating Circumstances and section of sentencing guidelines scoresheet re: reasons for departure - mitigating circumstances
  13. Exhibit 13 - E-mail from Professor Kenneth Nunn to Trial Court Administrator Walt Smith
  14. Exhibit 14 - March 8, 2017 letter of New College with summary of findings
  15. Exhibit 15 - Chief Judge Williams' Summary of findings of Felony Jury Trials from January 1, 1998 to Present
  16. Addendum 15A - Analysis of 3rd degree felony cases

Response from the Public