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"I'll let them do whatever they're going to do...I'm expecting them to beat me up up there (FSP). Not that it will happen, but I just expect it. Because it's a Griffith.  They have families that control the prisons up there.  The victim in the case is a Griffith and one of the families up there that are controlling in the prisons is the Griffith family. You have the Whiteheads, you have the Crewes[sp], and you have the Griffiths.  And that's a Griffith."

  Frank Valdes
Palm Beach County Jail
Written in May 1999:
Beating Death occurred at
Florida State Prison on July 17, 1999


PETITIONS TO MOVE THE VALDES TRIAL

From Kay Lee

 

MURDER TOOK PLACE IN BRADFORD COUNTY  -  TRIAL TO TAKE PLACE IN BRADFORD COUNTY


Kay Lee 's Petition is at Egroups and is addressed to: Jeb Bush - Governor:
E-groups does ask you to fill out a form the first time you sign a petition at their site.

http://www.e-thepeople.com/affiliates/national/index.cfm?PC=PETFV1&PETID=493412

Lynn Shelby's FAIR TRIAL WANTED petition at 123Petitions.com
WARNING:  Some browsers will not bring up this site.

http://www.123petitions.com/cgi-bin/system/sign1.cgi?id=Lindylou0728@aol.com$2

Lynn Shelby's FAIR TRIAL PETITION at Petitions On Line is the very easiest to use:
http://www.petitiononline.com/iwpr4m/petition-sign.html?

Please sign any of the three.  We desperately need your support.



Most of you know how much it hurts to find out that authority cares nothing for the truth.  That pain is very real in me right now.

I feel betrayed by authority because it is very possible that the remainder of the nine muscled up and armed prison guards who, two years ago, viciously and brutally murdered a skinny little inmate named Frank Valdes are about to walk free - Not because they are innocent but because they wear the uniform of the Florida D.O.C. ...and corruption of the truth and justice is just as rampant in Florida as it is throughout the land.

The murder we speak of occurred in Florida State Prison in July of 1999.  The prison is located in a remote little Florida town near Gainesville/Jacksonville called Starke.  As is the custom with today's massive industrial prison complex, the prison is the small town's primary source of income, from federal dollars that count inmates as residents, to the motels and diners that make their living from the inmate families visiting on the weekend, to the prison itself, the great employer of too many undertrained, undereducated, prejudiced people who have, in too many cases, forgotten that they are keepers of human beings.

The accused are going to trial only because the murder couldn't be denied, but they are to be judged by their buddies and families - even as they are apparently protected by the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, Michael Moore; the Warden of Florida State Prison, who himself allegedly has dirty hands; and our own remiss governor, Jeb Bush, all of whom seems to feel that these particular murderers should not own responsibility.

The bandaide they are using to cover the ugly truth is a real danger to justice:  The state intends to conduct the trial right there where the jury will be culled from guard families and friends, where daddy, son, uncle and aunt, from generation to generation, have buttered their bread with state money.

If this is allowed to happen, and the guards go free, no one will pay for the death of the pathetic little man lying in his grave, nor his grieving widow's pain.  The message that will reverberate throughout the Florida DOC will be... you can get away with murder if you wear the DOC uniform.  The abuse inside will intensify, damaging the spirits, minds and bodies of prisoners who may one day walk among us, angry and sick and demented.

sigh...

Many of us have worked for nearly two years to discover and share the truth that the beating administered that morning almost two years ago to Frank Valdes was not an isolated incident, as Michael Moore immediately claimed, but a frequent, sometimes daily, occurrence at many of the numerous prisons in Florida's panhandle (also well known as the  'Redneck Riviera').

I refuse to sit idly by while authorities make the world more dangerous for my grandbabies.

I will be at the trial and I urge and encourage everyone who can possibly be there to come. The trial is currently scheduled for July 16th, one day less than two years after the murder. And it is still scheduled to be heard in Bradford County.

Unless pressure is applied and the trial is moved, this case will be another farce, another nail in the coffin of justice.

Therefore, I have written this petition and beg you with aching heart to take just a moment to sign it.
Kay Lee


FOR THE SAKE OF TRUTH, MOVE THE VALDES TRIAL!

In July of '99, nine Florida DOC prison guards handcuffed and brutally murdered an inmate.  One guard broke Frank Valdes' jaw and left him in pain throughout the night of July 16th, 1999.  The next morning nine more guards woke him up and viciously broke his arms, legs and ribs.  According to the coroner, boot marks were imbedded in his chest and his testicles were swollen to the size of an orange.

When asked how it happened, the guards said in unison, 'He jumped off his bunk over and over until he did it to himself.'

Immediately the tiny town of Starke, Florida rallied around the accused with a local church sporting a large sign that read, 'Correctional Officers, Look up!  God Loves you.'
They just forgot that God loves the inmates too.
Four of the guards who joined in the murder of Mr. Frank Valdes' are due to go on trial on July 16, 2001 in the remote community in Bradford County where they live and work and play.

If we are looking for justice, we will not find it here.

In the name of truth and justice, we request that you use all your influence to move the Valdes trial of the four guards out of Bradford County and the immediate area of any prison community.


Visualizing Responsibility,
The Undersigned Concerned Citizens


Kay Lee 's Petition is at Egroups and is addressed to: Jeb Bush - Governor:
E-groups does ask you to fill out a form the first time you sign a petition at their site.

http://www.e-thepeople.com/affiliates/national/index.cfm?PC=PETFV1&PETID=493412

Lynn Shelby's FAIR TRIAL WANTED petition at 123Petitions.com
WARNING:  Some browsers will not bring up this site.

http://www.123petitions.com/cgi-bin/system/sign1.cgi?id=Lindylou0728@aol.com$2

Lynn Shelby's FAIR TRIAL PETITION at Petitions On Line is the very easiest to use:
http://www.petitiononline.com/iwpr4m/petition-sign.html?

Please sign any of the three.  We desperately need your support.


MORE INFORMATION ON THE GUARDS INVOLVED


WEBSITES FOR FRANK VALDES AND FLORIDA DOC ABUSES
Read more about the flagrant disregard for laws and rules
going on in Florida's prisons:

STOP FLORIDA TORTURE
http://www.oranous.com/florida/


Making the Walls Transparent site for Frank Valdes:
http://www.angelfire.com/la/kaylee/fsp.html


CCADP Reports of Abuses at Florida Prisons:
http://members.nbci.com/ccadp/reportsFLabuse.htm


PRUP Valdes page by Linda Miller:
http://www.geocities.com/prisonmurder/frank_valdes.html


Abuses in Florida's system:
http://www.angelfire.com/ia/justice/mediacoverage.html


Stop Florida Torture: Valdes Investigation:
http://www.angelfire.com/ia/justice/valdezinvestigations.htm
l
Jeff Dicks Group:
http://www.angelfire.com/nc/jeffdicks/fvaldez.html


THE SMUGGLER'S TALES FROM JAILS
http://www.angelfire.com/la/kaylee/tales.html


MAKING THE WALLS TRANSPARENT
Accessible from the parent project page
JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE  at:
http://www.journeyforjustice.org


ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY CONTACT INFO:

ATTORNEYS FOR THE LAWSUIT
NEAL LICHTBLAU AND STUART GOLDENBERG
631 US HWY 1
SUITE 306
NORTH PALM BEACH, FL33408
PHONE 1-800-863-9192
1-561-8639100
FAX 1-561-8630822

VICTIM ADVOCATE
DAVID REMER
PHONE 1-352-374-3627

SENATOR ROD SMITH
SHAYS.TONYA.S05@leg.state.fl.us

Mr. Smith began as the Valdes attorney.

Bill Cervone, State Attorney of the 8th Judicial Circuit
cervone.frank@mail.state.fl.us

STATE ATTORNEYS OFFICE
120 WEST UNIVERSITY AVE
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 32601
PHONE 1-352-374-3670
FAX 1-352-491-4488

WARDEN OF FLORIDA STATE PRISON:
FDOC Warden Crosby
crosby.james@mail.dc.state.fl.us

Phone:  904-964-8125
Fax: 904-368-2732

SECRETARY OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF "CORRECTIONS"
FDOC Michael Moore
moore.michael@mail.dc.state.dl.us


OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL BOB BUTTERWORTH
STATE OF FLORIDA
THE CAPITOL
TALLAHASSEE, FL 32399-1050
Main office telephone numbers
VOICE: 850-487-1963
FAX: 850-487-2564

STATEWIDE PROSECUTION - Jacksonville Office
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
SUITE 405
1300 RIVERPLACE BLVD.
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32207
VOICE: 904-348-2720
FAX: 904-348-2726

Gov. Jeb Bush
jeb.bush@myflorida.com

Phone Number:  (850) 488-4441


State of Florida - Good List of Resources
Office of Statewide Prosecution
http://legal.firn.edu/swp/index.html


Visualizing Transparent Walls,
Kay Lee
2613 Larry Court
Eau Gallie, Florida  32935
321-253-3673
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Making the Walls Transparent

A Smuggler's Tales From Jails

Journey for Justice