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Judge McMillan Joins
J.A.I.L., Pt. III
From the publication of
Pt. I and Pt. II, J.A.I.L. has been asked by Mrs. McMillan to publish a couple
of retractions. They are as follows:
are some things you said in your editing that aren't true and have to be
corrected. We don't want to be accused of acting the way the newspapers
have acted, playing fast and loose with the truth. The Chief Judge,
Gallen, is an admitted member of the Good Old Boy Club, BUT he never threatened
either of us. Did a lot of unseemly, things, but never threatened us.
Also the county worker who was ordered to run the wires only said he
orders from "Court Administration" to run the wires to Gallen's
He didn't say the orders came directly from Gallen, although
Gallen is the
top guy at Court administration and obviously ordered
Please accept our apologies for these
To update our J.A.I.L. News Journal readers about
the corruption in politics in Florida, in Pt. II of our expose we told of
the threat Judge Matt McMillan received upon deciding to run for judge of
Manatee County, against a sitting judge, Judge George Brown, a
long time incumbent.
The 6/23/01 article in the NewsCoast recaps it well in
its article, "Power brokers or social club?" by Eric Alan Barton.
Bradenton- Working in his yard one night about a decade
ago, Joe McClash was puzzled why a couple dozen of Manatee County's most
influential men were pulling up to his neighbor's home.
A new county commissioner at the time, McClash nosed
around and found out that the sheriff and a few judges and big-time, businessmen
had stopped by the home of R.B. "Chips Shore, the clerk of courts, for a private
meeting of the Manatee Social Club.
Better know as "The Good Ol' Boys Club," the
invite-only group of about 25 men, who include several of the county's top
politicians and powerful businessmen, meet behind closed doors eight times a
year for dinner and cocktails.
Despite his high place in local politics, McClash, now
the Manatee County Commission chairman, says that was the only time he heard of
the club - exactly the anonymity its members want.
Then in 1998, a candidate for Manatee County judge
claimed that Paul Sharff, a man who appeared to be representing the Manatee
Social Club, warned him against running with the club's support and painted it
as a political machine that secretly controls the county.
After that candidate won and later got embroiled in an
ethics complaint, Sheriff Charlie Wells and Chief Judge Thomas Gallen admitted
in testimony that a group dubbed the "Good Ol' Boys" exists and that they are
members. Yet they disagreed with the perception that the club is a political
The club's members adamantly insist they don't conspire
to control the county's politics or use their influence to bully political
newcomers, as Judge Matt McMillan, now suspended from office, alleged.
When McMillan was considering running for county judge
in 1998, he got a visit from Sharff, a real estate property manager who is now
chairman of the Manatee County Republican Executive Committee.
Sharff warned McMillan that the candidate and his wife,
Susan, would "pay for it" if he challenged incumbent George K. Brown.
"There is a group in this town that runs this county,
and they call themselves the Good Ol' Boys, and they're a real club with real
meetings and an official membership, and you have to be invited to go," Sharff
told the McMillans, according to Susan McMillan's testimony about the
Sharff initially denied the comments. When he heard
that the McMillans had recorded the conversation, he admitted that he made the
statements but said he was mistaken about the club. ....
The Manatee Social Club has representatives from every
arm of government. from the legal branch are Sheriff Wells, State Attorney Earl
Moreland, Florida Highway Patrol Maj. Ron Getman, Clerk of Courts Shore and
Chief Circuit Judge Thomas Gallen. Members in politics include Sarasota-Manatee
Airport Authority member McClure, Mayor Poston and former mayor Evers.
....Hilliard and others declined to give a list of the members...
Moving on, we thought it
appropriate to present to you the below publication of the August 28, 2001
Bradenton Herald in its entirety where Judge Matt McMillan, now a part of the
J.A.I.L. movement spreading across the county, demands a jury hearing after the
order of that proposed by J.A.I.L.
Tuesday, August 28,
Judge fighting removal from bench
By IRINA SLUTSKY
BRADENTON - Despite the Florida Supreme Court's order last week that
Manatee County Judge Matt McMillan be removed from the bench, he is not willing
to give up his job.Filing a 41-page brief Monday, McMillan made an unorthodox
request to the state Supreme Court to grant him "a trial by an impartial jury of
citizens" or "an independent review of the record by an impartial panel of
citizens who are not political appointees and have no
connections with the
judiciary or the Florida Bar."
McMillan is not asking for a rehearing in
front of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, as is the normal procedure.
McMillan said the JQC is not impartial in its recommendation to the Supreme
Court to remove him from office."The JQC is a biased organization," McMillan
said in a telephone interview with the Herald. "I'll take an unbiased
anyone to look at the evidence in my case.
"McMillan promises in his
motion that he "will abide by the findings and
recommendations of such an
impartial jury or panel without further appeal."
Brooke Kennerly, an
attorney with the JQC, said she could not comment on the
motion until she
had been officially served with the document. Kennerly said
the JQC would
have 20 days to decide if a response to McMillan's motion is
McMillan, who already has cleaned out his office at the Manatee County
courthouse, said he changed his mind about continuing his fight to remain a
judge after "hundreds and hundreds" of supporters contacted him, urging him
not to give up.
Susan McMillan said she and her husband were aware
that their request for a
trial in front of a panel of citizens was unusual.
If the state Supreme Court does not grant McMillan's request, "We are not
interested" in a rehearing before the JQC, she said.
As to whether he
wants to be back on the bench, McMillan, on paid leave since
Jan. 24, defers
to God."I honestly don't care," McMillan said. "I'm open to
tells me to do."
McMillan, who was voted into office in 1998 and became
a judge in January
1999, had been on the bench only six months when the JQC
filed charges that
he violated judicial ethics during his winning campaign
Judge George Brown. The Supreme Court upheld the JQC's
findings and on Aug. 16 ordered McMillan removed from office.
it was over already," said Mark Lipinski, a local attorney who authored the 1998
complaint against McMillan for election campaign violations that officially
began the investigation into McMillan. "After all is said and done, I find it
sad that Judge McMillan could not end his judgeship with a little class and
dignity," Lipinski said.
McMillan supporter Joseph Mammina said he was
happy McMillan is still
fighting."There was a total injustice here," Mammina
said. "He should absolutely get an impartial jury to review his case, but he
won't get an impartial jury in this county."
McMillan had 15 days after
Aug. 16 to ask for a rehearing. In his motion, McMillan dissects the
Supreme Court's 27-page order line by line."The court
has failed to conduct
an independent examination of the record," McMillan
wrote. "The court
ignores evidence of pressure, intimidation, and threats. .
. . The court
relied upon evidence demonstrated to be false."McMillan finds
the JQC unable
to make a fair judgment regarding his fitness for office."The
is unfair to both the judges that are accused and to the citizens," McMillan
The charges against McMillan stemmed from his win over Brown and
actions as judge after the campaign. One principal charge was that
violated judicial ethics by presiding over a drunken-driving case
in which he
was a witness.
Brown, accused by McMillan as being part
of a good-ol'-boy system, said
Monday he did not want to comment on pending
litigation.In the Supreme
Court's conclusion, the seven justices concurred
McMillan did not have the "cold neutrality of an impartial judge" and created a
case "where the personal political aspirations and subsequent vindictiveness of
an individual judge have been allowed to tarnish the robes of justice."
McMillan disagreed."Prestige, power, and money mean nothing to me,"
McMillan said, adding he wants nothing but to be judged by people who have no
stake in whether he remains a judge or leaves the office.
He writes in
his conclusion of the motion, "Should the voters determine me unfit, let them
vote me out during the next election."But for now, McMillan's fate once again
rests in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court.
Then it is interesting
how that Judge McMillan sets history by being the first judge ever in Florida to
be removed off the bench for his campaign speech.
© St. Petersburg Times, published August 17, 2001. The decision marks
the first time a Florida judge has been kicked off the bench for
attacking an incumbent. Three years after Manatee County's voters
elected Matt McMillan a judge, the Florida Supreme Court booted him from the
The truth of the matter
is that if Judge McMillan were to again run for the office of judge, he would
probably be elected by the people again. We ask, how widespread is this type of
control of local politics throughout the country? We are lead to believe that
the election process is fair and open to all who wish to run, and may the
best man win, but it is? Judge McMillan challenges such assumption, and if he is
correct, we are here witnessing a very serious felony in
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