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Attorney: Florida judge operating "star chamber"

Governor Rick Scott nemesis exposes foundations of kidnapping plot

January 1, 2015

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Leon County Judge Karen Gievers is presiding over “star chamber proceedings” to impose judicial authority where she has no jurisdiction.

The explosive assertion was made in a December 31, 2014, Motion to the Leon County Court by Attorney Steven R. Andrews.  

Andrews, a high profile Tallahassee attorney is attempting to legally represent Alec Thomas Hash, 17, an emancipated adult from Georgia that has been in hiding for over a year to escape a juvenile pick-up order issued for his arrest by Gievers.

The pick-up order was issued by Gievers for no other reason than Hash traveled to Missouri and legally married his girlfriend, which effectively moved him out of the jurisdiction of Gievers’ family court. Giever's claims Hash's marriage, which has been ratified by a Georgia judge, violates Florida public policy.

In July of 2014, Gievers issued an order striking Andrews’ Notice of Appearance on behalf of Hash. Gievers issued the order at the request of Michael Dolce, an attorney from West Palm Beach that had previously been retained to represent Hash, but was terminated by Hash.

Andrews appealed Gievers’ ruling to the District Court of Appeals.

Dolce then filed for a hearing on an Order to Show to Cause to have Andrews held in contempt of court and requested sanctions against Andrews. Giever’s agreed to hold an order to show cause hearing despite having no jurisdiction over Andrews, which was lost when she denied his attempt to be Hash’s attorney.

“By attempting to exercise jurisdiction over undersigned counsel, whose notice of appearance this court has stricken … for purposes of considering yet another abusive motion filed by Michael Dolce et al. seeking an order of contempt an monetary sanctions, this court is yet again acting without jurisdiction. This time this Court has no jurisdiction over counsel. This Motion, despite its facial lack of merit, should have been filed in the First District Court of Appeal,” Andrews said in his court filing.

Andrews states that Gievers’ actions are effectively violating a litany of Hash’s constitutional rights, including his ability to be represented by counsel and “casting a chill over counsel’s ability to properly prosecute the appeal”.

“In other words, the Court is seemingly presiding over a star chamber proceeding without regards to legitimate jurisdictional attack and seeming well outside the dejure and defacto rules that bond judges and attorneys in seeking the administration of justice,” Andrews said.

Andrews’ reference to Gievers conducting “star chamber proceedings” is extremely profound. The Star Chamber is a 1983 movie starring Michael Douglass and Hal Holbrook that features judges, cynically acting outside the legal structure, and conducting hearings that are not governed by rule of law.

Andrews has been covered extensively by the media regarding his pursuit of public records that were being withheld by the office of Gov. Rick Scott.  


December 16, 2014 - Gov. Scott dismissed FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey from his duties

December 18, 2014 - Pre-dispositive motions heard in United States District Court - District of Minnesota - Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al (case involves malicious prosecution and death threats against journalist/author Timothy Charles Holmseth, investigating Caylee Anthony murder; HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping; Alec Thomas Hash kidnapping plot; Boardwalk Enterprises money-laundering scheme)

December 23, 2014 - Misty Croslin appears in St. John's County Court requesting to be heard on appeal for ineffective counsel


(originally published) November 4, 2014

Source: FDLE agents falsely arrested Georgia doctor to protect criminal enterprise

Florida law enforcement and mercenary types running ‘black ops’ against witnesses and children

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) conspired within to arrest a Georgia doctor that posed a threat to an international criminal enterprise; a South Florida insider has told Write Into Action.

In 2009, First Impressions, a Tallahassee weight loss clinic, was busted by the FDLE for practices that violated Florida statute. On the surface, the pill-mill raid appeared to be diligent police work by the FDLE.

However, according to a source, the raid on First Impressions was a preemptive strike against Dr. Mark Hash, a physician at the clinic. Dr. Hash was arrested in November of 2009, approximately three weeks after he expressed concerns to First Impressions clinic owner Jane Watts about patients receiving medications on his DEA license without his ever examining the patients.

Evidence obtained by Write Into Action shows FDLE agent Ed Waters, a close colleague of FDLE agent Matt Sears (the agent that signed the arrest warrant for Dr. Hash) had strong motive to see Dr. Hash arrested. Penny Waters, Ed Waters' wife and a client at First Impressions, was reportedly receiving prescription medication by fraud. 

According to sources, even after Agent Sears learned Dr. Hash was a victim of identify theft, and receptionist level employees of the clinic were simply ordering pills using Dr. Hash’s DEA license number without his knowledge, Sears blatantly refused to consider the evidence and insisted Hash be criminally prosecuted and lose his license to practice medicine.

Investigation by Write Into Action has revealed Tal Whiddon, special agent, FDLE, was also a client at First Impressions. Tal Whiddon’s wife, Roxanne Whiddon, a Leon County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was also a client.

Rogue elements of the Florida law enforcement community are involved in kidnapping, murder, and falsely imprisoning innocent children to protect their existing criminal enterprises, according to the South Florida insider.

The criminal activity, which is conducted by law enforcement officers and mercenary types, is referred to as “black ops”.

According to the South Florida insider, a central figure in the ‘black ops’ is William Staubs – a.k.a. ‘Cobra’.

Staubs is a licensed bail bondman and owner of Case Closed Inc., a private investigation service based in Broward County, Florida.

Cobra Staubs is known by federal authorities to be a colleague of now convicted Broward County deputy Jeff Poole, who was imprisoned for his involvement with the criminal activities surrounding Ponzi schemer Scott W. Rothstein in Fort Lauderdale. According to a South Florida source, Staubs worked with Poole to orchestrate arrests of enemies and threats.

Staubs claimed to be a close friend of Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy and boasted connections in the Governor’s office. Staubs told Write Into Action he personally met with Attorney General Pam Bondi.

After Staubs temporality had his license suspended in 2009, he told Write Into Action he was working with law enforcement on a ‘black op’.

Staubs told Write Into Action he telephoned a Florida judge at the judge’s home and talked to him about his case.

According to a source, the death of Caylee Anthony and mysterious disappearance of HaLeigh Cummings are directly connected to each other.

“Casey Anthony and Misty Croslin were both targets of a black-op. HaLeigh Cummings was supposed to resemble Caylee Anthony; Misty Croslin was supposed to resemble Casey Anthony. It was all by design,” the South Florida insider said.

The people that killed Caylee Anthony tried to cover it up by staging the kidnapping and murder of a second little girl, and then making it look like a local child molester did it, the insider said.

New information about the FDLE raid on the First Impressions pill-mill in 2009 has placed a sharp new focus on law enforcement’s inexplicable inability to properly investigate and prosecute the murder of Caylee Anthony, and/or the kidnapping of HaLeigh Cummings.

In both cases, law enforcement was not able to solve anything whatsoever. In both cases, a storyline involving a phantom ‘babysitter’ was used. In both cases a young female was viciously targeted in a mass media campaign; subjected to extreme hatred and ridicule; but ultimately no meaningful factual case was ever made against either. “Cobra was involved in both those child cases,” the insider said. “He was also involved with First Impressions,” the source added.

The nexus between the child mystery cases, Cobra Staubs, and First Impressions weight loss clinic, is a statement Staubs made to First Coast News in 2009, when he said the expenses for his search for HaLeigh Cummings were being paid by a drug dealer in Miami.

Staubs created a connection between himself and drug activity that spanned the entire length of the state of Florida. First Impressions was busted in October of 2009, only a few months after the May, 2009, felony arrest of Staubs by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO). Staubs was arrested by the PCSO for false imprisonment in May, 2009 regarding an incident that occurred in March, 2009.

Staubs was charged with false imprisonment after he executed a bond revocation on an accused child molester, as his private camera-man filmed the violent event for You Tube. The concocted video event was intended to convince the American public that Staubs had captured the person that killed HaLeigh Cummings and Caylee Anthony.

However, a great deal was likely going on behind the scenes during plea bargain negotiations between Staubs and the State Attorney’s Office due to blackmail material Staubs possessed.

The Tallahassee pill-mill (First Impressions) was a drug supplier for the Florida legal community, which serviced everybody from state troopers, to judges, to Melinda Miguel, the chief inspector general for the Governor’s office.

Cobra Staubs possessed information that incriminated government officials and law enforcement officers.

Write Into Action has obtained information that proves employees of the following agencies were serviced by the First Impressions pill mill.

  • Chief Inspector General / Office of the Governor
  • Second Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • United States Attorney’s Office
  • Office of the State’s Attorney
  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Tallahassee Police Department
  • Dept of Corrections
  • Dept of Agriculture
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Leon County Sheriff’s Office
  • Capital Police
  • Leon County Commission
  • Florida Department of Revenue
  • Republican Party of Florida
  • Florida House of Representatives
  • Dept of Energy
  • Dept Motor Vehicles

During interviews with Write Into Action, Staubs said he and his girlfriend, Paula Andrews, were working undercover and visited the clinic personally; obtaining prescription medications.

Write Into Action subsequently obtained surveillance photographs that showed Assistant State’s Attorney John Hutchins, along with his wife, Attorney Angelique Knox, coming and going from First Impressions. Hutchins was the attorney prosecuting Jane Watts, the owner of the pill mill, which creates tremendous questions about why he (Attorney Hutchins) would be visiting the clinic to obtain pills.

Assistant State Attorneys John Hutchins and Angelique Knox
Assistant State Attorneys John Hutchins and Angelique Knox

Staubs’ long time friend, neighbor, and PI client, Dr. Mark Hash, a physician at First Impressions weight loss clinic, was arrested in 2009 on felony charges of dispensing pharmaceutical with no medical necessity.

Dr. Hash’s November, 2009, arrest came on the heels of Staubs’ May, 2009 arrest. The charges against Dr. Hash were subsequently dropped due to lack of evidence and he filed a lawsuit against the FDLE.

Evidence shows that although the charges against Dr. Hash had been dropped, the client list and surveillance photographs of government officials coming and going from First Impressions still posed a serious threat to everyone that obtained prescription drugs on Dr. Hash’s DEA license by fraud.

Records show that many of the clients at First Impressions were FDLE agents and/or their spouses.

Staubs told First Coast News (FCN) in 2009 that he was searching for the missing child HaLeigh Cummings as a favor to a pastor named Rev. Richard Grund, whose son, Jesse Grund, was once engaged to be married to Casey Anthony.

However, evidence has revealed that shortly after the body of Caylee Anthony was discovered, Staubs and Rev. Grund, long fearing DNA was going to link them to Caylee’s body, staged HaLeigh Cummings’ kidnapping, and then attempted to frame an accused child molester that was free on bond, in effort to create reasonable doubt regarding Caylee Anthony’s bizarre disappearance and death.

Rev. Grund and Staubs are persons of interest in the death of Caylee Anthony, who is believed to have actually died in either a satanic ritual or exorcism.

Although Staubs said Rev. Grund was his client, he told FCN his search efforts were being funded by a “drug dealer” from Miami. His connection to drug dealers in Southern Florida, in addition to his connection to the Tallahassee pill mill in Northern Florida, places him squarely in the middle of a statewide drug trafficking apparatus.

However, despite his high profile presence and blatant admissions to the mainstream media regarding drug connections, members of the FDLE were seen to openly embrace and coordinate their efforts with Staubs during the HaLeigh Cummings investigation.

In 2009, Staubs boasted connections with the FDLE, including communications with an agent named Travis Smith. On one occasion, the FDLE changed existing plans to coordinate with Staubs regarding a ‘crime scene re-enactment’ that Staubs set up in the trailer home where HaLeigh Cummings had lived; which was designed to entrap Misty Croslin.  

According to a source, the relentless targeting of Misty Croslin was a ‘black op’.
Public records show the PCSO was told by Lindsey Croslin, the sister-in-law of Misty Croslin, on April 27, 2009, that Staubs advised her they had HaLeigh Cummings in “Georgia” and could return her if Misty Croslin would admit she was not home on the night of the child’s disappearance.

In 2010, Misty Croslin, 18, law enforcement’s primary person of focus during the HaLeigh Cummings investigation, was arrested during a sting operation involving the sale of prescription drugs, which involved undercover FDLE agents, and was subsequently sentenced to an outlandish 25 years in prison.

At the sentencing hearing for Misty Croslin, FDLE agent Travis Smith said the teenager was the “bigger fish” that had “been moving an enormous amount of prescription pills in our community. Misty Croslin initiated all the drug transactions.”

Misty Croslin, seventeen years-old when HaLeigh vanished, was/is a rape and abuse survivor, and had the educational abilities of a fourth grade child.

In the wake of the trumped-up arrest charges filed by FDLE agent Matt Sears, Dr. Mark Hash filed a lawsuit against the FDLE.

As was the case with the teenager Misty Croslin – a ‘black op’ began – when the FDLE and others in the Florida law enforcement community quickly targeted another innocent child to cover for their activities.

Court files and public records show the Tallahassee Police Department, along with members of the legal community, targeted Dr. Hash via his sixteen year-old son, Alec Thomas Hash, in a change of custody scheme, which was run through Leon County Family Court Judge Karen Gievers.

In yet another connection between the court system and First Impressions, information shows Cathy Gardiner, the bailiff for Judge Karen Gievers, was a client at the pill-mill during the time Dr. Hash was a physician at the facility.

One source speculated Gardiner might have been obtaining the prescription medications from First Impression, for use by the robust Gievers.

Bailiff Cathy Gardiner and Judge Karen Gievers

Emails show communications were exchanged between Britt Thomas, Florida Attorney General’s office, and former FDLE agent Matt Sears. In the email, Thomas tells Sears he has been talking to James Martin, a lawyer for the FDLE.

Attorney Thomas’ reference to Attorney Martin is significant because Martin is part of internal email correspondences at the FDLE that took place after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children told the FDLE to stop publishing a missing person poster of Alec Thomas Hash, because he was not missing.

But Martin and the FDLE ignored the NCMEC.

The FDLE continued to publish the flyer while somebody, believed to be an undercover agent conducting a ‘black op’ posed as a teenager and contacted Alec Hash via Facebook; trying to lure him into Florida.

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