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» posted on Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 1:43 am by admin
Breaking News: Prominent attorney Luke Lirot retained in a legal matter against local Pastor Elvis Piggott
Local business men, Donn Scott Jr., All City Solutions, LLC, and Corey Curry, The Agency Group, LLC, have retained prominent attorney, Luke Lirot, to represent them in a legal matter against Tampa Pastor Elvis Piggott and Delia DeCaprio Gadson, principal at a local elementary school. This story is developing. Stay tuned.
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» posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 7:18 pm by admin
Lyann Goudie: Moved to withdraw from her client’s case after he’d been in custody for 8 years and after being paid 75K from his parent’s retirement fund
Michael Keetley has been in custody awaiting a 1st time trial for 9 YEARS (8 years in isolation). The case is currently set for trial in Feb of 2020. Lyann Goudie’s pleading, letting court know that Keetley has been in solitary confinement since December 2, 2010. Motion to Withdraw (Paragraph 17)
Lyann Goudie files a bond motion in May of 2018. Goudie states in her bond motion that, “This length of time in isolation pending trial is cruel and unusual punishment which is prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.” (Bond Motion paragraph 7)
Keetley has maintained his innocence and a judge in his case described the state attorney’s case as “doubtful by substantial contradictions and discrepancies.”
In 2017, Dan Sullivan from the Tampa Bay Times wrote, “of the dozens of defendants awaiting trial in Hillsborough County, none has waited longer than Keetley… His hair has grayed. His skin has lost its color behind jailhouse walls. Other jail inmates have come and gone, but he has quietly lingered, professing his innocence.” In 2018, Sullivan reported that Keetley had been granted bail after the judge, referring to the state’s case, wrote that it was, “rendered doubtful by substantial contradications and discrepancies.”
9-YEAR Time Chronology of Keetley’s Case
DECEMBER 2010 / FEBRUARY 2011:
Michael Keetley accused of Murder and States Seeks Death
Michael Keetley is arrested and accused of murder and attempted murder. The State Attorney’s (Mark Ober was the State Attorney at the time) office announces that it is seeking the death penalty
Michael Keetley’s parents spend their (retirement savings, $194,384.24) on (2) two private attorneys
Keetley’s parents pay attorney Paul Carr ($119,384.24) to handle the (penalty phase, collection of mitigation for Keetley). Paul Carr was not death-penalty qualified. “Carr, who is not a death-penalty qualified defense lawyer, hired Lyann Goudie, a Tampa lawyer.” Dan Sullivan, Tampa Bay Times
Penalty-Phase Attorney Role: Attorney is responsible for collecting mitigation evidence to present to a jury in the event it finds Keetley guilty in order to persuade jury not to impose death on client.
Keetley’s parents pay additional money to hire attorney Lyann Goudie to handle the guilt phase (try to get an acquittal for their son before a jury). Goudie gets $75K. Keetley’s parents pay a total sum of $194,384.24 out of their retirement fund. In 2017, Dan Sullivan, Tampa Bay Times, wrote that Keetley’s parents, “had gone broke trying to defend their son.”
Guilt-Phase Attorney Role: Attorney is responsible for preparing the case for trial and challenging the government’s case and raising reasonable doubt in order to get a not guilty verdict.
Guilt and Penalty Phase work both go hand-in-hand and work on both phases start from date of arrest, December 2, 2010.
JULY/AUGUST 2015(4 Years after Goudie & Carr Hired):
Attorney Lyann Goudie asks for Florida taxpayers to pay for another private attorney to help her with Penalty Phase (recall, what Attorney Carr was paid $119, 384.24 to do)
Lyann Goudie alleges in a document she filed with court.
“Undersigned became concerned that Mr. Carr was not gathering any mitigation evidence, in the event that it became necessary to present it.” Therefore, in July 2015 undersigned filed a motion to have penalty phase counsel appointed and specifically requested a Rick Terrana.”
The judge denied that motion in 2015, stating that Keetley had two privately retained and paid attorneys, Goudie and Carr. Note: Goudie brings this to the attention of the court (after 4 years into the case) that her co-counsel Carr “was not gathering ANY mitigation evidence in the event that it became necessary to present it.” (Goudie’s written pleading Page 2 Paragraph 7). Goudie filed this request “under seal”, (public cannot have access to find out about).
Paul Carr did not attend the court hearing addressing Goudie’s request, that a 3rd attorney be appointed at taxpayer expense because Carr was not gathering mitigation, after being on the case for 4 years. Goudie, according to the Tampa Bay Times referring to court records, stated during an open court hearing, “Although Carr was the attorney that was hired by the family and is technically the lead attorney on this case, I really can tell this court that I have taken this case on.”
Question: Why was the attorney (Carr) who was not death-penalty qualified allowed to be lead attorney on the case? Why didn’t the death-penalty qualified attorney (Goudie) say anything sooner than 4 years that Carr was not gathering any mitigation for penalty phase, his responsibility in the case?
Trial court denies Goudie’s request for a 3rd taxpayer funded attorney.
Attorney Paul Carr Withdraws from Keetley’s case after being paid ($119, 384.24)
On May 13, 2016, attorney Paul Carr writes Michael Keetley a letter and advises that Carr is withdrawing off of Keetley’s case. Carr gives as a reason having sustained a head injury after being involved in an auto collision. Keetley showed the letter to his parents. Court held a closed hearing. Carr was allowed to withdraw.
“In a recent phone call from jail, Keetley said he was disappointed in Carr’s defense efforts.
“I don’t think he should have taken the case to begin with,” Keetley said. “I didn’t see him that much.” Goudie declined to discuss Carr with a reporter.”
QUESTION: Did Goudie seek to protect Carr and decline discussing Carr with a reporter because he was the source of business referral and benefit to her of 75k? Goudie did not raise any concern to the trial court that Carr, “”was not gathering any mitigation evidence in the event that it became necessary to present it,” until 4 years into the case.
Goudie asks the taxpayer to fund penalty-phase counsel and requests that the court appoint the public defender. Goudie said that if another qualified lawyer did not help her, she would withdraw. The court appoints the office of the Public Defender.” per Goudie’s request.
A New State Attorney Elected in Hillsborough County
Andrew Warren becomes the new State Attorney for Hillsborough County and his administration reviews all the death-penalty cases he inherited from his predecessor, Mark Ober. Andrew Warren maintained during his campaign that he would fix the existing problems with Hillsborough’s treatment of death penalty cases.
“Tampa, FL — Today, Andrew Warren pledged to remedy existing problems with how the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office has utilized the death penalty over the past decade. The pledge follows a recent report by Harvard University Law School that found Hillsborough County’s handling of death penalty cases to be unconstitutional. ” 2016 Press Release: Andrew Warren Pledges to Fix Unconstitutional Use of Death Penalty
After only 10 months in office, Warren waives death on 5 of the 24 cases he inherited from Mark Ober, who sought the death penalty for Keetley. “Fewer Face Death Penalty in Hillsborough County”
QUESTION: Why didn’t Lyann Goudie ever ask Andrew Warren for a waiver on the death penalty for Keetley before asking taxpayers to fund penalty phase work (Carr’s job)?
In June of 2017, after reading Dan Sullivan’s article about Paul Carr’s withdrawal from Keetley’s case, and reading that Lyann Goudie was threatening to also withdraw from Keetley’s case unless Florida’s taxpayers funded an attorney to help Goudie to replace Carr as penalty phase attorney,
“If another qualified lawyer did not agree to assist Keetley’s defense, Goudie threatened to withdraw. That would force the Public Defender’s Office to take the case.” Tampa bay Times, “Awaiting trial six years in Ruskin murders, ice cream man finds himself short a lawyer.”
this blogger asked Lyann Goudie why didn’t she ask the newly elected State Attorney to waive death on her client, Keetley, before burdening the taxpayer. At the time this blogger asked this question, Keetley’s case was the oldest death penalty case in Hillsborough and could not afford any more delay.
Email exchange between this blogger and Warren’s office and Lyann Goudie (click link to read actual emails)
June 3, 2017 (Blogger to State Attorney): Inquiry: Death Imposition Decisions : “Good morning Mr. Warren and Ms. Frazier, I am interested in understanding your office’s rationale/criteria for its decision in forgoing the death sentence in some recent cases versus a case covered in the Tampa Bay Times yesterday, that of Michael Keetly. Thanks in advance for your attention to my inquiry and have a great weekend.
June 3, 2017 (Lynn Goudie responds to this inquiry to Warren’s office as she had been blind copied): Goudie’s response to blogger, “I’ll talk to you about it.”
June 5, 2017 (Warren’s office response to blogger inquiry): ” Ms. Oropesa, Thank you for your inquiry. We are reviewing each capital punishment case, including new cases, existing cases, and those returning to our office for resentencing under the Hurst decision. Each case review is thorough and takes significant time, thus the office is prioritizing cases for review based on several factors, including proximate trial dates and court deadlines. The office has not yet reviewed the capital punishment decision in Michael Keetley’s case………
June 5, 2017 (Blogger response to Goudie’s email, “I’ll talk to you about it.”): “Lyann, I do have one question if you could please indulge. Why not wait for a decision from state on whether they are or not pursuing death before asking for the taxpayer to pick up slack left by Paul Carr. Wanted to give you a chance to respond before I post inquiry. Thanks”
June 5, 2017 (Goudie’s response to blogger’s inquiry}: ” I have not idea why you are arguing with me regarding my case.”……
Goudie does not ask Warren’s office to waive death on her client, Michael Keetley.
August 25, 2017 (blogger emails Goudie to let her Keetley’s case under review): “Michael Keetley death penalty consideration under review per this article.”
August 25, 2017 (Goudie’s response): “thanks”
Goudie still does not ask for a waiver of the death penalty for her client,Michael Keetley, even though she gathered mitigation evidence. (Motion to Withdraw, paragraph 6)
Lyann Goudie Moves to Withdraw from Keetley’s case, even after the trial court appointed the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office (per Goudie’s request), and after receiving 75K from Keetley’s parent’s retirement fund
Hillsborough County’s Public Defender appeals the trial court’s decision to the Florida Supreme Court who accepts jurisidiction to decide the issue. Holt argues that appointment of her office at taxpayer expense violates Florida law, Florida Statute 27.52(h) which states:
As a result of this appeal, Goudie moves to withdraw from Keetley’s case – after 8 years (Keetley has been in custody and in isolation) and having received 75K. Goudie seeks to leave the case with the Public Defender’s office, which Goudie has publicly claimed is “inundated” and probably unable to give its clients “individualized attention.” NOTE: The Public Defender’s appointment would allow Goudie to use monies allocated annually to go to the poor who do not have family that can spend $194,384.24 for representation of a private attorney who can provide, “individualized attention”
Goudie law-firm commercial (see linked clip below of Goudie’s law-firm commercial starting at time mark 0:30) Here is what Goudie says,
“What should I look for in hiring an attorney?” Goudie says public should look to see what the case load is of the prospective lawyer, because if the lawyer is “inundated” like the “public defender” then you will probably not get the individualized attention you are looking for in hiring an attorney. Maybe that is why Keetley’s parents spent all of their retirement savings to have private attorneys defend their son. Yet Goudie, seeks to leave Keetley with the Public Defender, who she acknowledges is “inundated.” And states in her motion to withdraw, that Keetley’s case is better left with an “inundated” office so that Keetley’s case can be tried “sooner rather than later.”
QUESTION: Will leaving an 8-year old case with an “inundated” office cause the case to be tried sooner rather than later?
Goudie’s Motion to Withdraw from Michael Keetley’s case
In her motion to withdraw, Goudie states, “This Motion is filed with a heavy heart.” Goudie cites avoidance of further delay and the handling of an appeal being outside the scope of her representation as reasons for moving to withdraw pending the appeal of the public defender’s appointment to help Goudie.
QUESTION: Why did Goudie not ask for an appellate attorney to be appointed for the appeal instead of moving to withdraw from her client’s case and leaving it in the care of an office she described as “inundated”? Goudie had previously sought taxpayer funding for costs on Keetley, why not for funding for an appellate attorney? November 2014 Keetley was declared indigent for case costs, Goudie pleading, page 2 paragraph 5
Public Defenders Julianne Holt and Jennifer Spardley ask Andrew Warren’s office to Waive Death on Michael Keetley and Warren’s office says yes
The timespan from the time that a humble suggestion was made to Goudie to request a waiver, (in order to not burden the taxpayer with penalty-phase counsel (Carr’s job left undone) until Warren’s office responds to Hillsborough County Public Defenders Julianne Holt and Jennifer Spradley’s request for a waiver on the death penalty is,1 year and 8 months.
Article reads as if Goudie wrote mitigation letter that resulted in the State Attorney waiving the death penalty on Keetley. The article failed to give credit to the attorneys who in fact made that happen, Julianne Holt and Jennifer Spradley.
QUESTION: Did Goudie’s refusal to ask Warren’s office for a waiver of death create an unnecessary time delay in the now 9 years of incarceration? Was taxpayer time and resources unnecessarily expended on court time and public defender attorney time taking away from other clients (an “inundated office”) because a waiver of death was not sought sooner?
Lyann Goudie never asked the State Attorney’s office to waive death.
As a result of the death penalty being waived by Andrew Warren’s office in 2019, after receiving the request by public defenders Julianne Holt and Jennifer Spradley, the Florida Supreme court dismisses the appeal as moot -because Lyann Goudie now does not need penalty-phase counsel, which Paul Carr had already been paid 119K to do. Florida Supreme Court Dismissal of Appeal
Lyann Goudie has to keep Keetley’s case, and the maximum he can now receive as a sentence is life if found guilty.
On June 2019, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Goudie and the State requested more time,
“The trial had been set to begin Monday. But in a hearing this week, it was postponed. The latest delay is the result of a Florida Supreme Court ruling last month that changed the state’s rules about the admissibility of expert testimony.
The decision surprised both prosecutors and defense attorneys. ‘Everybody is ready to go to trial,’said Lyan Goudie, Keetley’s defense attorney. ‘Especially my client.’ But both sides concluded they now need more time.”
Daubert Standard was enacted by Florida legislature in 2013 as the admissibility of expert testimony standard (Daubert was the standard in Florida for the admissibility of expert testimony for 5 years, between 2013-2018)
The standard was changed back to Frye (for only 7 months, between Oct 2018-May 2019) and went back to Daubert in May of 2019.
Lyann Goudie and Paul Carr were hired in April of 2011, and so the preparation of the case between 2013-2018 should have been done under Daubert, the standard governing in June of 2019 when the continuance was sought.
Lyann Goudie was asked via email to respond to this continuance request based on the Florida Supreme Court;s switch back to Daubert from Frye, and has not responded.
Lyann Goudie is running for Circuit Judge in Hillsborough county for the 2020 election cycle and is currently unopposed.
Goudie has contributed over 100K of her own money to her campaign account.
Lyann Goudie has been contacted for comment to this article and was given an opportunity to proof read this article, in order to point out any inaccuracy to this blogger prior to article publication, and has not responded.
FLORIDA YOU JUDGE
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» posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 12:19 pm by admin
Post Correction: of initial post publication: The initial blog post published “Bernie McCabe’s office is prosecuting the missing money and damaged tag related to the January 2019 traffic stop.” The paragraph should have read “This January 2019 traffic stop (with the missing money and damaged tag) is being prosecuted by Bernie McCabe’s office.
A Police Officer’s Oath
“On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the Constitution, my community and the agency I serve.” Law Enforcement Oath of Honor
This is the oath that law enforcement takes when they are sworn in as a police officer. Each agency has an oath that varies, but the foundation of the oath is uniform throughout the different agencies.
What happens to the bad police officers when they violate their oath?
What happens to the police when they violate this oath by purposefully violating their agency’s standard operating procedures? What happens when the police break the law?
A defendant was stopped by Pasco Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Campana back in January 2019. The traffic stop was because the defendant was driving around at 3am and was a Florida Inmate Release. The basis for the traffic stop, according to the deputy’s report, was for an inoperable tag light. Troopers Jason Coffee and Alejandro Bustos responded to this traffic stop as back up.
During this traffic stop, Deputy Campana’s body worn camera (BWC) was activated, and the defendant’s tag light and tag are visible on during the BWC recording. The recording initially shows an operational tag light as well as a clean and undamaged tag. However, when the defendant is released from jail, his tag light is no longer in working order and his tag is severely damaged.
During this traffic stop, Deputy Campana deactivates his body worn camera 4 separate times in violation of the Sheriff’s policy concerning the use and activation of body worn cameras.
Deputy Campana fails to document who the troopers are that respond as backup and he fails to document what if any role they played in the search of the defendant’s car.
The defendant had a substantial amount of money that went missing during this traffic stop and subsequent arrest and it is during one of the 4 deactivations that Deputy Campana counted the money recovered from the defendant’s car.
The BWC captures Deputy Campana and Trooper Coffee high fiving each other during this investigation and arrest. It also captures one of the troopers identifying himself as Trooper Palmer when questioned about his identity.
It was discovered that in 2005 Trooper Jason Coffee went out to Ybor with 2 friends and after a night of drinking, Trooper Coffee and his 2 friends decided to go home. On the way to one of his friend’s houses, Trooper Coffee and his 2 friends decide to “go fuck with some people” at a park just outside of downtown St. Pete. (Based on the description and area, it appears Trooper Coffee and his 2 friends went to Williams Park). Trooper Coffee waited in the car while his 2 friends went to “fuck with people”. When the friends came back to the car, one of them said “he couldn’t believe he did that. He felt like shit”. The friend told Trooper Coffee that he “couldn’t believe he stabbed that guy.”
Trooper Jason Coffee was arrested that night and later charged with obstructing or resisting without violence. It should be noted that this incident occurred prior to Jason Coffee joining the Florida Highway Patrol.
The Office of the State Attorney, 6th Judicial Circuit was aware of this incident because Bernie McCabe’s office was the office that prosecuted Jason Coffee in 2005.
Bernie McCabe’s office is currently prosecuting the January 2019 traffic stop case (with the missing money and damaged tag light and tag). What if any notice was provided to this defendant indicating that Jason Coffee was arrested and prosecuted in 2005?
Was the Florida Highway Patrol aware of Jason Coffee’s 2005 arrest? If FHP was not aware of this arrest prior to hiring Jason Coffee, are they aware now and what if anything will they do to address this?
Depositions were taken on Deputy Campana, Trooper Coffee and Trooper Bustos in this January 2019 case and all of the information recited above was obtained during these depositions. (please click on linked Motion to Suppress below which has attached the deposition transcript and exhibits).
Should the State Attorney’s office still be prosecuting this case based on the facts that have been alleged in the pending Motion to Suppress and the supporting deposition transcripts and exhibits? What should law enforcement agency leaders do when law enforcement officers who are entrusted to protect and serve become the bad guys? Florida You Judge!
Michelle D. Lambo is a criminal defense attorney with her office located in Tampa, Florida. She was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She attended St. Petersburg Junior College, the University of South Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelor’s degree. She graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 2003. She practices criminal defense throughout North and Central Florida. www.MichelleLamboLaw.com. She is a contributing editor to Florida You Judge and has co-hosted several Florida You Judge vlogs. In her spare time she is an avid dog mom and enjoys running.
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» posted on Sunday, August 18th, 2019 at 3:26 pm by admin
Donald Harrison and Michelle Lambo discuss Tampa’s Toilet to Tap water project with Tampa’s water director, Chuck Weber. There is a workshop scheduled for August 29, 2019 at Old City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Blvd, at 5:00pm about this project. During this very informative interview, Weber several times responded to Harrison and Lambo that they had asked good questions but would not have an answer until the August 29th workshop. Weber encouraged the public to become informed about this project and attend the workshop.
Related media reports:
Should Tampa focus on fixing old water pipes first?
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» posted on Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 7:08 pm by admin
Tampa voters, Do you think that Jane Castor is a liar? Read and comment……..
Do you think that it is an issue that Jane Castor’s girlfriend, Ana Cruz, works for (Ballard Partners) is a pro trump lobbying firm?
Do you think it is an issue that the firm that Jane Castor’s girlfriend, Ana Cruz, works for is the lobbying firm that represents “American Traffic Solution”, the company that installed the red light cameras in Tampa that Jane Castor strongly supports?
10 News reported in September 2016, “10Investigates first alerted the city of Tampa to its ability to renegotiate a better deal on its lucrative camera contract 2014, but the administration chose not to, with Mayor Buckhorn saying, “we like our contract.” But after 10Investigates reported in April 2016 that the city’s contract again expired without seemingly anyone noticing, city staff spent the summer renegotiating with vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS).”
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