Court Grants SCV Marsy's Law Status in Lee Co. Vandalism Case
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COURT GRANTS CONFEDERATE GROUP MARSY'S LAW STATUS IN LEE COUNTY VANDALISM CASE
Ft. Myers – Monday, the Sons of Confederate Veterans received a favorable Court Decision restoring Marsy's Law Victim Status in the Lee Memorial vandalism case. The decision, made by Judge Thompson, who is handling the criminal prosecution case, made the ruling over the objections of State's Attorney Amira Fox and Defense Counsel for the accused, David Howes.
The SCV was originally named the victim by law enforcement and the State's Attorney, but when they objected to the 'slap on the wrist' plea bargain offered the defendant, the State Attorney deleted them as the victim. The SCV filed a motion to be reinstated and the defendant filed court documents were asking a higher court to bar Judge Thompson from ruling on the matter, which was rejected last week.
"One of the main objections we had to the plea deal was that Mr. Howes had not provided the names of the other perpetrators" McCallister said.
"This is a victory not only for the SCV, but also for the citizens of Florida, that the Constitution was upheld and that victims do, in fact, have a seat at the table of justice" said David McCallister, attorney for the SCV. "Now we will see if the State Attorney follows the letter and spirit of the Law" McCallister added.
A large group of local residents have been following the case against David Howes, who was arrested for tearing down the bust of the County's Namesake in March of last year, appearing at every hearing. One in particular, HK Edgerton, past president of the NAACP in Asheville, NC, was on hand for the hearing and expressed concern about the actions of the State's Attorney.
Edgerton said "I am very concerned about what appears to be collusion between the perpetrator of this attack on a memorial to one of THE greatest men who ever lived and the State Attorney, who has violated the Constitution of the State of Florida by withholding Marsy’s rights from the Victim of this crime - the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The Pro-Muslim hate group, Council on American Islamic Relations has stated that want all memorials to the Confederate soldier eradicated from the landscape and I wonder if Amira Fox is just a Florida version of Ilhan Omar, and working behind the scenes to TRULY Prevent Justice in this case."
Attorney McCallister believes that depositions are being scheduled from witnesses in the case to prepare for trial, but, despite the Court's decision Monday, the State Attorney has not updated the victim on the status of the prosecution since their decision to delete the SCV as the victim.
Marsy's Law was adopted by voter referendum as an Amendment to the Florida Constitution last year and provides protections for and rights to crime victims.
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