Charlie's situation looks grim, but this blog will keep its readers informed on what one of our most committed leaders is up to. TheRadikal.com would also like to salute Michael Canney for being by Charlie's side through thick & thin. While there's areas of the campaign in Alachua that I may disagree on with Charlie, I want to put my respect for Michael's loyalty and characteron record.
Yesterday I sent out an email titled: "Reaction(s) to the Grievance. Here's what I got:
I'm going to pass on this one.
I cannot necessarily speak for everyone on this list, but this is my attempt: I really don't know about the situation (other than the press release I have read from the Charlie's camp). There has been some stuff covered in the other county newspapers but I have not really gathered much information from those publications. It would appear that something is happening and I do believe the justice system in Florida does have an obligation to investigate it. I would say it seems a little strange that Charlie has been in jail for over a month on a minor civil charge (then again, I'm not entirely sure of what the charges are against him).
I have no knowledge of Grapski’s current situation.
Peter Gruskin phoned back. A response was requested, but the Fmr. Voice Party President declined and offered no comments for publication.
I live some 700 miles away, and no longer read any local newspapers except the occassional glance at the Alligator during SG election season. I've never met Charlie and only know of his activities from his SG infamy and not anything more recent. I am hardly qualified to comment on the situation.
However, since you asked, I do think it's bizarre and disappointing that anyone can be jailed without right to a lawyer or to even have his case scheduled, if that part of the story is true. I would have expected better from Alachua County than that.
But if there's any possibility his civil rights are being violated by the Alachua County justice system, it ought to be investigated. Even if that investigation shows Charlie to be wrong.
Ignoring his grievance or dismissing it because of the source would be a mistake. There's nothing wrong in letting the truth be known -regardless of who that benefits.
Received from Kenneth Kerns
I posted a response last night but seems to have disappeared in the ethers. I said that Charlie had finally reached is true potential- jail house lawyer- a position to which he is well qualified. He has a lawyer, John Stokes. Someone will have to ask Charlie why he hasn't filed for a bond hearing. It is up to him to make that move. I suspect that he wants to sit in jail to avoid his day in court for his other charges in Tallahassee and Kissimee. He can't hide from his felony charges in Alachua but he keeps changing lawyers which delays his day in court.
Hugh "Bud" Calderwood
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