Posted in Bill Richbourg, Billings' Murders, Cheryl Alverson, Corruption, Escambia County, Joel Cohen, Justin Billings, narrative, Red Van, scandal

Bill Richbourg: C’mon Down!

So in the long line of people who cashed in, exploited and turned a blind eye in the Billings case, I want to welcome Bill Richbourg to the cast of characters who should be on the other side of the bars that they put their clients in. Mr. Richbourg could arguably be the most deplorable of the attorneys who rolled over and played dead in this case. Mr. Richbourg was hired by Gary Sumner to represent him. He paid Mr. Richbourg. For 6 weeks seemingly, work was done to further the defense case for Sumner.  But on April 25, 2011, the day set for the jury selection, Mr. Richbourg tells Sumner (as they approach the courtroom) that he could not win this case, Sumner had no option but to take a plea. Richbourg strong-armed a disadvantaged young black man. Then the state had the gall to sue Sumner for the time they wasted for trial.

But the best part here is that Richbourg had an agenda from the onset of representing Sumner. He represented Bud Billings in the adoption fraud suit that somehow left the “stolen” child with the captor. Richbourg organized that circa 1989-90.

Can you say CONFLICT???? Representing a man that killed a past client and then tanking the representation? Cheryl Barnes, Gary Sumner’s mother, should be suing this man on Gary’s behalf. Not only unethical, but it rises to level of criminal when he forced Gary into signing away his life rather than actually representing him. Any civil rights lawyers out there should be on top of this.

But the people who failed to do their job in this case is so numerous. Richbourg is just ONE of the highly respected attorneys who dropped the ball.

Tony Henderson forced Lenny Gonzalez into his plea and signed off on the man’s legal mental competence, despite the SSI ruling that states the man has brain damage, dementia, and numerous mental health issues. Also his VAN WAS INOPERABLE. That was a defense within itself, but Henderson managed to negotiate Lenny’s fate which led to his death. Shouldn’t that be beyond malpractice as well?

What about the public defenders who handled Florence & Thornton?  There was a huge case for coerced confessions but they never represented their clients. They took the money  the state paid them and walked those boys into prison.  Now their lives are cast in stone.  Statistics say that uneducated black men imprisoned early (18-25) build “criminal capital”. They turn prison into a community that they are comfortable with, can network in, to feel a sense of inclusion into SOMETHING. It is the same psycho-social phenomenon that draws people into gangs. That is on  Joel M. Cohen (Florence’s public defender),  & Cheryl Alverson (Thornton’s public defender).

Richbourg has a great deal of company in his criminality.  I hope to see them punished just like Eddins, Geeker & Sir David.

Posted in Billings' Murders, Corruption, Crime, Escambia County, Injustice, Pensacola

The Purpose of this Blog

The reason I felt the need to do this blog is simply that people have been hearing me call “foul” and “shenanigans” for 3 years. I have put up supporting document links to support my findings, but yet very seldom were those links clicked on.

The perception is that I have not put in hours of time looking at the data or that I have gone into this looking to prove Pat Gonzalez’s innocence. Neither could be more false. I have thousands of documents that pour over and testimonies, interviews, forensic reports. The truth is the state’s theory of the crime does not hold water. Also, my relationship with Pat Poff prior to this murder was not a good one. I was not a fan of his and I knew exactly who he was when I watched him get railroaded in a 3 day trial. My purpose at the beginning was to get him a fair trial because his trial was a sham from the very first minute.

This blog is going to dissect the case from beginning to end to put what should have happened up against what did happen to show the disparity. This is the mission of this blog.