I put my letter separate simply because I think it sums up the circumstances not just Ron’s character. It is a critique of the system.
Regarding: State of Florida v. Ron Clark Ball
Dear Judge Thomas Dannheisser:
My name is Jimmie Lee Staley. I am an investigative blogger from Pensacola, Fla. I am an advocate for people who do not have the ability to help themselves in cases in and around Escambia County. My expertise is investigating cases that are miscarriages of justice. This case is one of those cases.
I have become very acquainted with Ball Family and this case. I have thousands of pages of documents that I have reviewed and have been on the sideline during the unfolding of this case. Despite the fact, that this case was grossly mishandled and should be easily reversed on appeal, I ask that Your Honor to consider supervised probation as a sentence in this case. It is within Your Honor’s discretion and would be appropriate, in the interest of justice. This man has served 2 years+ to date and was plagued with ineffective counsel, which is proved in the lack of case he presented on behalf of his client. That fact is undeniable. I request that Your Honor think about the totality of how this case was handled. Rolling charges, questionable evidence, ineffective counsel, perjured testimony are all things that should be considered in this case (all these things are well documented). The only justice left to be had in this case would be that the Defendant, Mr. Ball be freely allowed to participate in his own defense from a place outside a jail cell. This would be the only sentence that would appropriate considering any other sentence would be perceived to be a further due process violation with the other criminal case looming.
I make this request on behalf of a Navy fighter pilot that comes from a legacy of a strong family. Both of his parents worked for the CIA in various capacities. His father is a local hero. His mother is a sweet lady that is the ultimate victim in this. She should be considered as she is 94 years old. The stress of this case can only be seen as detrimental to her health.
Mrs. Kessler, the victim, has her conviction and can now write off her loss with the IRS. That is paramount to restitution in full plus the 2 years of a man’s life should count for something.
Thank you, Your Honor, for taking these thoughts into consideration as you deliberate on the appropriate sentence. I stand ready to offer further support to Mr. Ball as he may require.
On Facebook, Sir David posted another “Ask the Sheriff” video. The question of the day was (from January 16, 2018) concerning carrying firearms in a vehicle. Sheriff Moron answered the question with surprising accuracy and quoted the law verbatim……..NOT! His answer was pathetic and grossly inaccurate. A law-abiding citizen would be confused if they had a firearm, that conformed with state statute, in the vehicle. The misinformation spewed by this imposter is irresponsible and careless. His statement should have been better prepared (a law enforcement officer would have known the correct answer) and he should have verified the information before misleading the people who viewed the post. As an American the right to be armed is one of our most basic rights. Law enforcement officers should never get that wrong. The rights that separate our country from totalitarian governments should be cherished and valued. As an elected official governing a law enforcement agency, Thelbert should avoid his desire to feed his narcissistic ego and make sure his comments are accurate. There are citizens that will believe he is competent simply because of his position. It is time that he starts understanding there is more required to be a cop than buying medals for a uniform and playing dress up with your imposter buddies. Law enforcement is an actual career that requires educating yourself on laws and providing accurate information to the public. It is alarming that in 9 years he has retained so little useful knowledge as a law enforcement official.
Now, consider the new officers that may have viewed this sitcom posted by the ECSO. It is entirely possible a situation, as described, could present itself to them and an innocent person could be falsely arrested. Where would the ECSO be on that issue? Likely, the officer would be sacrificed to spare the (less than) Honorable Sir David the embarrassment of providing failing leadership. The facts are simple. This creature occupying the office of the sheriff is running out of time. His advice to lock doors at the cost of more than $130,000 to the county, inability to provide leadership to the officers, and poor execution of playing cops and robbers has infected enough of our community. It is well past the time for this fraud to be held accountable. When this occurs, we will all witness the true person that David Morgan is and has always been. He is a bully that only attacks from the shadows and seeks others to do his bidding. He is a coward at heart. His lack of courage displayed for all to witness by reducing himself to only delivering messages from the safety of his office in front of a camera. It would seem he could at least be accurate if he insists on hiding from being held accountable.
Lastly, it seems almost comical to hear him boast about being a life member of NRA but has no idea of how to accurately explain the laws concerning firearms in the state he was elected to sheriff.
This one video of Morgan’s has unhinged the jaws of the lions. The fact he doesn’t know the law he is charged with enforcing, is problematic for anyone to overcome. How many other instances have there been where Morgan’s ignorance to the letter and/or spirit of the law, affected the bigger picture? His ‘yes’ men, his minions, will not correct him, for fear of the consequences. This is truly like the inmates are running the asylum. The criminals are running the agency that is supposed to enforce the law.
I started a post on the crazy shit Morgan said publicly in 2017 but it has become such a list that it is almost impossible to get it all out. Even in the face of disgrace, Morgan still tries to “get over”. The AG decided to withhold her opinion on Morgan’s slush fund until after the Governor’s decision. What does that mean? Well, it means its complicated. It means Morgan is not blameless. It means the AG doesn’t want the perception that her opinion will affect the Governor’s ruling. Either way, no one came out to say Morgan was in the clear. If that was the case, there would be no withholding that fact because it would be moot in relation to the Governor’s ruling.
Am I surprised that Bondi didn’t grow a set and do the right thing? Absolutely not. She has given Morgan a pass for so long that it is shameful. Every crime he commits is under their (AG & Governor Scott) auspices. They are facilitating every wrong done by Morgan. Dante Aligheri said it best, ” The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who remain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
While I get that it may be politically wise to withhold this decision, but the last year or more of Bondi being aware of Morgan’s antics and NOT taking action prior to being asked by the County Commission is the neutrality that reserves her place in hell. The longer a crime continues the more brazen the criminal gets. We see the dismantling of the county in the crime. Dreamland is a good example. Juvenile crime is representative of the criminality in the community. While crimes are most likely committed by younger populations, the younger the population and the more violent the crime (vs property crimes) is symptomatic of a growing violent crime base over all within that community.
Dreamland had kids with guns at New Years lock-in. That is a new low for the citizens of Escambia County. This shows the escalating severity of the crime in the area. That is the legacy of Morgan.