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Seminole County, Florida Chief Judge Alan A.

Dickey Abusing His Power Behind the Bench Judge Alan Dickey, acting outside the oath he swore, hands down a non-jury trial six month sentence to 55 year old local man who misses one court hearing becaus e of Doctor Appointment. Seminole, FL (USA), Saturday - October 22nd, 2011 -- In Seminole County a civil case has landed a man behind bars for six months for criminal contempt with no j ury trial to decide his fate. The case number 2008CA003218 is a civil case now t urned criminal because one man missed one hearing, even though he had a physicia n s note as a plausible reason for his absence. The State Attorney, Andrew Jones, pr osecuted the case with the help of the civil plaintiffs high cost attorneys. Thi s action would have been similar to Judge Perry in the Casey Anthony trial allow ing John Morgan, Dan Newlin, Mark Nejame, and Ranier Munns and their law firms t o assist the State of Florida in the prosecution of Casey Anthony. Judge Perry d id not allow that in Orange county, but if you travel north about 20 miles, you will discover a courtroom that allows this unprecedented behavior. In the field of law, there is a distinct difference between civil and criminal c ases. A civil case is when you have a dispute with another citizen or company an d you decide to sue or vice versa. A criminal case is when the State of Florida, for example, prosecutes you for a crime you have committed and you face crimina l charges. Occasionally, a civil case can result in criminal charges against the plaintiffs and defendants. For instance, if a plaintiff or defendant fails to a ppear in court they can be charged with contempt of court, their actions could r esult in criminal charges being filed against them. For most civil cases that tu rn criminal, the State Attorneys regard them lightly and typically don t inflict ser ious consequences. This is because they are busy prosecuting real thieves and mu rderers. Casey Anthony, the most recent high profile case, was a criminal case and her fa te was decided by her peers, not Judge Perry. However, what occurred in Seminole County is a civil case presided over by Judge Dickey, that has landed a man beh ind bars for six months for criminal contempt charges, without any jury trial to decide his fate. In this unilateral, unauthorized decision, Judge Dickey has re vealed a blatant personal bias. If you watch the nightly local news, you ll hear about budget cuts being enacted in Seminole County, and local public schools being shut down because of lack of fun ding. Yet now the Chief Judge, who oversees the Seminole County Judicial budget, is responsible for billing Seminole County taxpayers for six months housing cos ts for a civil litigant who missed a hearing, although he had a physician s note. To say this is an abuse of power by Judge Dickey and a gross abuse of Seminole Cou nty funds is an understatement. The Judicial Qualifications Commission has recei ved complaints against Judge Alan Dickey; however, the JQC won t act in regards to J udge Dickey because they do not get involved in ongoing litigation. Since this c ase will remain open, Judge Dickey can continue to rule with a personal bias, mu ch like former reprimanded Judge Erickson in Seminole County. Judge Erickson, wh o resembles Judge Dickey and has had a personal friendship with him for years, h as put innocent victims in jail and grossly abused his power; yet, he got a mere slap on the wrist from the Judicial Qualifications Commission. The Judicial Qua lification Commission (JQC) also has the former chief Judge of Seminole County, the Honorable Preston Silvernail as the Vice-chair. Silvernail is the one whom a ppointed Judge Dickey as the new Chief Judge in Seminole County. The consequences given to these Judges are a joke, and continues to allow them t o express personal bias, take bribes, and put innocent people in jail and then w hen caught, are simply asked to step down, retire, or receive a month s probation. T his is what is taking place in our court system today and our community needs to

speak out in outrage. Judge Alan Dickey, who translated his personal bias in th e above case to former Senator Lee Constantine on a phone call in December of la st year, still refused to come off the case when requested by the man now servin g the six month sentence handed down by him. Judge Dickey even refused when the public defender, Scott Sterling, petitioned for his removal. Mr. Sterling mentio ned he has never seen such bias, but responded weakly to the injustices, perhaps because his paycheck is signed by the county. Any sentence exceeding six months requires a jury trial in Florida, yet Judge Dickey callously ordered the five m onths and 23 days immediately upon a Final Judgment ruling. Typically, after bei ng found guilty you come back to another hearing for sentencing. However, Judge Dickey handed down the sentence quickly, with the civil attorneys in the courtro om, who ironically asked for the same 5 months 23 days sentence for civil contem pt. No Judge should favor one side or be impartial; however, the actions of Judge Di ckey show otherwise. The State prosecutor in the above case, Andrew Jones, share s the same office with public defender Scott Sterling at 101 Bush Boulevard. How ever, no plea deal was done between the two because of Judge Dickey allowing the attorney from the civil case to assist Jones in the prosecution. Judge Dickey s loy alty behind the bench for 35 years is commendable. Judge Dickey should be honore d for his 35 years; however, his inability to separate himself personally from a case, hopefully, will result in the Judicial Qualifications Commission removing him from the bench. Seminole Corrupted County is quickly becoming a cesspool wi th Judge Dickey at the helm. If you want to help please go to http://www.myflori dahouse.gov/sections/representatives/representatives.aspx and tell your House Re presentative to impeach Judge Dickey. Seminole County is represented by Chris Do rworth, Jason Brodeur, Larry Metz, and Scott Plakon. The members of the house wi th a 2/3 vote can expel him, or if you have any information on Judge Dickey, sen d it to the Judicial Qualifications Commission at 1110 Thomasville Road, Tallaha ssee, Florida 32303. The JQC can recommend to the state Supreme Court to reprima nd or retire Judge Dickey. And remember, every day innocent people get put in ja il because of corruption and Judges abusing their power. If you would like to he lp, visit https://www.wepay.com/donate/prosefund and make a donation to help sto p corruption in our courts. Press & Media Contact: Mark Daniel Imoria Seminole, FL 407-777-9888 Mark@Imoria.com http://www.Imoria.com