- File Size: 3182 KB
- Print Length: 437 pages
- Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc. (January 23, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NAWMZ3W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Found Guilty, But... is his second self published book. The first was a well re-constructed account of Japanese occupation on US soil in Alaska during World War II. His latest is a personal retelling of trial, conviction, and five years in Federal Prison on what he asserts are bogus corruption charges. It was, in fact, while in prison that he was assigned library duty that led to his research for book one. The jury might be said to still be out on book two. Was he a victim of over zealous prosecution and an endless flow of lies from a co-defendant turned state's witness? The volume does provide astonishing details from news reports, official records, and his personal journal about the case that transfixed the public, including voters who elected him to office. But in the end, the reader is left to draw his or her own conclusions about guilt or innocence.
The real value from the story are the numerous and sometimes jaw-dropping revelations about imprisonment, prosecution and judicial practices. One of these is a startling first hand account about how prisoners are shuffled around when transporting between facilities. His experience was during his 2nd trial held during his incarceration. Short trips to and from from his Alabama cell to appear in court in Tampa, that should have taken only hours, each took weeks instead, boarding buses and planes crisscrossing the entire country. Temporary overnight housing during these excursions was provided courtesy the national prison system. There is no plausible explanation given for such an erratic means of getting from one place on a map to another.
Besides the look inside prison walls and court room drama, the former Tampa police officer - turned public official - turned convicted felon, offers plenty of food for thought to chew on about his trials, like the missing segments of recordings used as evidence of bribe taking. He cites the improbability of five different recordings, presumably offered as proof of his crime, all failing at the same point in the tapes, leading to transcript interpretations provided by the prosecution as to what is said. He also lays out a pretty good scenario for believing an over-aggressive prosecutor looking for political gain cooked up the evidence against him, though that premise never came up convincingly in court itself. Another more subtle, but genuinely revelatory element in the story, provides an inside look at the thin line between political campaign financial contributions and risk for corruption with political paybacks to donors. In fact, this key point, while not laid out by either the defense or the prosecution, can be gleaned between the pages while pondering how the author ever found himself in such dire circumstances in the first place.
Its a good read for any civics student, local history buff, and citizen seeking to understand the complexities and sometimes tragic outcomes of power politics.