Saturday, June 25, 2011

Two Judges Recues Themselves in Burton Case


Judges Dropping Like Flies In Whistleblower Burton Case, Official Calls Case "Politically Motivated"

June 16, 2011 ·
A 1787 Network Exclusive
By Adrian Wyllie

HAMILTON COUNTY, FLORIDA – Robert "Bob" Burton was arrested on Sunday, June 5, 2011 and charged with recording a telephone conversation with Ryan Tyson, the former Chief of Staff of Florida Senator Charlie Dean. Burton was detained at the Hamilton County jail before posting a $50,000 surety bond on Friday, June 10. He is awaiting trial for unlawful interception of communication and unlawful disclosure of electronic communication under Florida statute 934.03.

Circuit Judge Gregory S. Parker

Circuit Judge Gregory S. Parker

During the recorded conversation, Tyson allegedly admitted that state agencies were engaged in illegal activities. Burton later posted this recorded conversation on YouTube as evidence of corruption.

Within days of this recording being published, Burton's home was raided, and his computer and other electronic equipment were seized by the FDLE. YouTube deleted Burton's video under orders from a Florida judge. At roughly the same time, Tyson's employment with Senator Dean's office was terminated.

See our previous story: Whistleblower's home raided by armed FDLE agents.

After multiple attempts, I was able to speak with Tyson by phone. However, upon identifying myself, Tyson immediately hung up and would not answer attempts to reconnect. All attempts to contact Senator Charlie Dean for comment, including two visits to his office in Tallahassee, have been unsuccessful.

There also seems to be a reluctance among circuit court judges to hear the case. The first judge to preside over the Burton case, Circuit Judge Gregory S. Parker, recused himself without officially citing a reason or conflict. I contacted Judge Parker to ask why.

Parker said he recused himself from the case because of an Internet blog comment that he attributed to Burton. Parker said that members of a local tea party group contacted him to alert him of the blog post, which they said was threatening in nature. While Parker said that he did not feel threatened by Burton's comments, he chose to recuse himself to ensure there was no appearance of retaliation for Burton's comments in his ruling.

Parker declined to comment any further about the case.

After Parker recused himself, the case was then assigned to acting Circuit Court Judge Sonny Scaff, who also recused himself from the case without citing a reason. Messages to Judge Scaff's office for comment were not returned.

As of the time of this posting, Dixie County Court Judge Frederick L. Koberlein is assigned to Burton's case. Though Koberlein is a county judge from outside of the jurisdiction in this case, he is an acting judge for the third judicial circuit court of Florida in this matter.

Perhaps the reason that these judges have recused themselves is the appearance that the case against Burton may be part of a larger cover-up, which deep political implications.

At the heart of the issue may be state agencies breaking Florida law, and possibly federal laws, in order to fulfill objectives under UN Agenda 21. Burton has been actively investigating sweetheart land deals throughout Florida that allegedly have connections to Agenda 21, and coercive transfers of resource-rich property from individual citizens to non-governmental organizations, or NGOs.

Burton claims to have made direct connections between Tyson, Sen. Dean, and others to the United Nations group Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the implementation of Agenda 21.

Among ICLEI's goals, as stated in their 2010-2015 strategy document, are "Management of global environmental goods: Climate, Biodiversity, Water, Food," and "Sustainability management, land use and development, climate change adaptation and resilience management, procurement."

These actions are to be taken under UN governance, and are intended to do so in direct connection with local governments, in order to circumvent state laws, federal laws and the United States Constitution. Another excerpt from the above document supports this concept: "As we see the increasing inability of governments to address the critical trends, and as we witness the weakening of the global multilateral governance mechanisms, we realize that the onus of effecting rapid transformation of our economies, infrastructures and lifestyles shifts to cities and local governments."

One state government official said under the condition of anonymity that this case is highly irregular, and appears to be "politically motivated."

But if Burton's allegations about the content of these recordings with Ryan Tyson, as well as a variety of other evidence he's collect in the course of his investigations into state government corruption, then prosecutor Skip Jarvis, FDLE Special Agent Eric Daniels, and several other state officials and Judges may be guilty of a third-degree felony under Florida statute 914.23 which governs retaliation against witnesses and informants.

The 1787 Network is continuing our investigation into this developing story.

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