I was arrested on Saturday, March 26, and the next day, Sunday, stories appeared in most of the local media characterizing me as a raving madman threatening to blow up the Lee County Attorney's Office with a pipe bomb.
The largest print media in Fort Myers is the Fort Myers News-Press and two similar STORIES appeared in different places in it. They are characteristic of stories that appeared on all the media; and the character of the story presented to my fellow citizens was totally different from what I had written in order to present the raving madman image needed to justify my arrest, assassinate my character, neutralize me and get me out of the way in jail so I couldn't contact the people I intended contacting to get the truth about the law. And of course even if I did manage to contact anyone from jail, they wouldn't pay any attention to me as a raving madman jailbird. The tactics employed are as follows:
The FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS stories.
In the plea bargain of June 13, 1997, three out of four of the CHARGES were dropped outright and although the first charge was was not dropped, adjudication was withheld on it; so that I was NOT CONVICTED of anything as the result of a very crooked settlement process that transpired over three years after the charges were brought against me. Clearly, the legal establishment was not doing me any favors. These charges were dropped because they were false; and the legal establishment, including my own lawyer, was well aware they were false from the outset.
This newspaper account scarcely fits such an outcome. As well the single trial of the case resulted an a hung jury (even with a lawyer more interested in supporting the interests of the legal establishment than my interests); another outcome scarcely supporting the character of the News-Press article.
At the same time, this is not what the good old boys had in mind for me during the ten months I was being held on ice in jail, my reputation destroyed, not knowing the charges against me, not having a trial, not offered a plea bargain, and losing everything I owned.
For they were planning on me being desperate enough, after all this time, to accept a conviction on all four of their crooked charges plus accepting five years of probation and community control ---without having to take me to trial (and risk losing and the exposure) ---as the PRICE for my freedom.
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