Court Rules in Favor of SCV in Ft. Myers
Press Release – March 26, 2020
For Immediate Release Media Contact: David McCallister 813-778-1202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCV AWARDED “MARSY’S LAW” RIGHTS IN LEE MEMORIAL VANDALISM CASE
Ft. Myers – Save Southern Heritage FL has learned that the Sons of Confederate Veterans has been awarded Marsy’s Law Rights in the criminal prosecution of the accused perpetrator in the Lee County Namesake vandalism case. The Presiding Judge, Honorable Nicholas Thompson signed an order last week confirming his decision on February 24, 2020 that the Ft. Myers group of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (“SCV”) did have Marsy’s Law “Victim Status” under the Florida Constitution.
The need for judicial intervention issue arose when State Attorney Amira Fox attempted to “close the case” allowing the defendant, David Howe, of Naples, off with a plea that the SCV felt wasn’t adequate punishment. Prior to that time the SCV had been identified as the “Victim” by law enforcement when the vandalism happened, but the State Attorney attempted to eliminate the group’s Constitutional rights and, instead, named the City of Ft. Myers as the Victim.
“We are happy with Judge Thompson’s decision and hope the State Attorney complies with it” McCallister said. “We don’t dispute that the City isn’t a victim, there can be more than one and the SCV definitely was one” said David McCallister, Esq., attorney for the SCV.
Florida voters adopted Marsy’s Law in the November 2018 General Election as an Amendment to the Florida Constitution. “Marsy’s Law can be used as a shield and in this case, a sword” McCallister said.
Presumably based on the SCV’s objections, the Defendant decided to go to trial, and a pre-trial conference has been schedule for April 7 in front of Judge Thompson. This may be delayed due to the Corona Virus related closures.
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