By Matt Waters
Willie Meggs, the Florida State Attorney who was featured prominently in the book “Hell Makers and War Makers in America,” is facing a law suit by the author of the book, Pastor Daniel L. Meier. The suit alleges that Meggs, who has a lengthy history of conjectured links to other corrupt officials, was directly involved in treasonous activities and other felonies.
Meier is one of 48 defendants named in a federal suit that is seeking damages for, among a number of other claims, “conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government by violent means, civil war, domestic terrorism, attempted murder, false imprisonment, kidnapping, abduction, extortion, grand theft, obstruction of justice, fraud upon the court, abuse of process, defamation, assault and battery and child endangerment.” The suit is stemming from the actions of Willie Meggs and the other defendants that are documented in Meier’s book.
In 1997, Meier and his wife filed for divorce and, among other things, came to the agreement that Meier would receive full custody of his children. It was documented during the proceedings that Meier intended to move to Michigan with his children, which was agreed upon by his wife who also agreed to move near the kids to try and work things out with Meier as an unmarried couple.
However, after the deal was ratified by a judge, Meier’s ex-wife refused to go to Michigan. Meier alleges that his wife agreed to everything the whole time just to get him caught up in a kidnapping scandal. He alleges that Willie Meggs acted as a defendant in the case, among several others, and filed false charges of kidnapping and grand theft against Meier, which resulted in imprisonment and losing tens of thousands of dollars fighting for his rights in court. He was also forced to give up the rights to his children, while simultaneously paying child support.
It is alleged that Meggs is responsible for putting into action the various false charges and led the other defendants “to commit fraud, kidnap, assault, abduct, extradite and falsely imprison an innocent citizen(s) of the United States by committing intentional acts in violation of federal and state laws, due process requirements and civil rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.”
Is Willie Meggs on the Wrong Side of Justice?
This is far from the first suggestion that Willie Meggs is corrupt in some way or another. A posting on Tallahasseeo.com alleges that Meggs often lets criminals go free without prosecution while simultaneously over-prosecuting cases of petty crimes.
One of these situations involves Robert Brayshaw, who in 2007 published public information about an officer on the website RateMyCop.com. His arrest was based on a little-used statute from 1972, which was used in this situation to impede on Brayshaw’s freedom of speech. The statute made the dissemination of the officer’s address and telephone number illegal, even though both the number and the address were already listed publicly.
The state of Florida saw it that way as well. In 2008 the state dismissed the charge after wasting taxpayer money to select a jury for the trial. Less than two weeks later, the charge was re-filed. The state did not comply with the requirements of a speedy trial, so Brayshaw had to wait until 2009 for the charge to be dismissed with prejudice. In legal terms, prejudice indicates that there was misconduct on the party that filed the charge and prevents them from re-filing.
Brayshaw later got the justice he deserved when a judge ruled that the statute was unconstitutional. It was found that his postings on RateMyCop.com did fall under protected speech, and that Willie Meggs basically tried to prosecute Brayshaw for reposting something he found on the internet (an activity that is literally conducted thousands of times every single day).
In total, the tax payers paid about $100,000 for these court cases that never should have happened in the first place. The citizens of Florida already see a quarter of a million dollars go to Meggs every year. Furthermore, even though Meggs is still actively working in his eighth term as state attorney and makes $150,000 a year, he also receives an additional $100,000 in public funds because he ‘retired’ in 2008.
While Meggs appears not to have used his common sense when attempting to prosecute Brayshaw, he also chooses not to pursue cases that many would find heinous. For example, an alleged animal abuse case was brought to his attention in 2011 when two residents who own 49 animals were accused of multiple counts of animal abuse. Animal Control agents say when they responded to the property, they found horses that had hooves in poor condition, a sheep that showed a lack of care, excessive feces inside cages, and even more feces inside the residence itself. They also found numerous water buckets filled with dirty water.
No criminal charges were ever brought upon the two residents, who did eventually have their veterinarian come to the residence to provide aid to the animals. Willie Meggs eventually refused to prosecute them because he says there were no crimes committed. Most people with common sense would say owning more animals than a person is able to care for is animal abuse, but Meggs did not see it that way.
Assistant State Attorney Nathan Prince was so frustrated with Megg’s refusal to prosecute that he resigned from his role.
Prince has said that he resigned mainly because he took the role of prosecutor so that he could help close the gap between the bullies and the victims, and he could no longer do that under Willie Meggs. Meggs said he simply did not care why Prince felt so passionate about the case.
Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom has felt the reach of Meggs as well. He and developer Jay Odom were indicted on charges of grand theft, alleging they conspired to help Odom secure money for a building for his business. That case was eventually dropped, which led Sansom to file ethics complaints against the prosecutor. Sansom alleged Meggs manipulated the grand jury process by releasing testimonies that were not public. Meggs claims it was an accident that he released grand jury testimony to various news outlets.
If Willie Meggs is capable of a “mistake” this big, what else has he done that hasn’t been rectified in court?