On-line Opinion Magazine…OK, it's a blog
Random header image... Refresh for more!

The Good Old Boy Network

CNN is reporting that the Florida legislature is closing the state’s boot camps. Another of JEB’s great ideas bites the dust, as it should.

You can see the reason for this action in this video of the final minutes of Martin Lee Anderson’s life, but I don’t recommend it, because it is brutal.

The Miami Herald had this initial article on the death.

This was a total mess and has brought to light yet more failed policies of another Bush, as well as the “good ol’ boy” culture of parts of Florida. They may have changed their party affiliation from Democratic to Republican, but it’s the same people in charge.

So far, Guy M. Tunnell, a commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a Bush appointee and former sheriff of Bay County, has resigned after it was discovered that while FDLE was investigating the death of Martin Lee Anderson, Mr. Tunnell was sending e-mails to the current sheriff about the investigation.

Now, the attorney general is investigating Bay County Chief Medical Examiner, Charles F. Siebert Jr., who had ruled that Mr. Anderson had died as a result of sickle cell anemia, and not the brutal beating you see in the video. Dr. Siebert claims the investigation is motivated by the AG, Charley Crist, running for governor, but it is more likely that the second autopsy is the basis for the investigation.

The questionable behavior by Siebert comes as no surprise to the mother of Donna Faye Reed, who died in a tornado that spun off hurricane Ivan. Ms. Reed had a 17-year-daughter, and a medical history that included an appendectomy and a hysterectomy, so it bothered her mother when Dr. Seibert’s autopsy reported the normal appearance of Ms. Reed’s appendix, female sexual organs, prostate gland and testes.

There is no accountability in the “good ol’ boy” network.


1 Van { 04.27.06 at 11:18 am }

Great post – you are so right. It is a Good ol boy network.

School vouchers anyone?

2 Bryan { 04.27.06 at 11:48 am }

JEB is going to get his vouchers through again, and they are going to be thrown out again, and schools are not going to be funded properly again.

This state is so messed up, and they aren’t making any effort to fix it.

3 Why Now? » Blog Archive » Bay County, Florida { 04.28.06 at 11:45 am }

[…] I just wrote about Martin Lee Anderson, but every American who is arrested for a felony receives a reference to Bay County justice. When they read you your rights and get to the part about getting an attorney if you can’t afford one, you are benefiting from the Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, which began as a Bay County burglary. […]