Escambia County Politics

John Powell enters pre-trial diversion program

November 19, 2012

Press Release: The Office of the State Attorney announced today that John Powell has entered a Pretrial Diversion Program in his pending case. Powell was charged with nine counts of Election Law violations for accepting cash contribution in excess of the legal limit.

The conditions of the diversion agreement requires that Powell pay the costs of the program and provide proof that all improper contributions have been repaid. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the case will be dismissed.

It was determined that this was the appropriate disposition based on Powell’s lack of any criminal history as well as his willingness to return all improper funds.

You Might Also Like

  • Romi White November 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    In addition to filing motions, if you are aware of a violation of F.S. 905.17 rule 27.18, please contact Attorney General Pam Bondi at 1-866-966-7226.

    Pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court, grand jury testimony by journalists, like other witnesses, can, in fact, be disclosed.

    • Butterworth v. Smith, 494 U.S. 624 (1990). On behalf of a newspaper reporter, Thomas & LoCicero lawyers persuaded the United States Supreme Court that a Florida statute prohibiting a reporter from disclosing his own grand jury testimony violated the First Amendment.

  • Romi White November 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I believe Eddins’ office made this arrangement because they feared knowledge of the motion filed by Powell’s attorney last week might go public. You see, Eddins’ office has compromised multiple grand juries because they violated the state statutes specifying who may and may not participate in such proceedings. Apparently Eddins’ chief investigator, Barry Brooke, has compromised the juries by sitting in on them, either for intimidation or out of ignorance of the law or incompetence to follow it. There will not be a cover up. There will be letters to the editor, letters to local attorneys, and other efforts to expose Eddins’ office’s violation of state law.