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.