The Honorable Charles T. Wells
Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
500 South Duval Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1925
March 31, 2007
This communication is in obedience to my conscience and Matthew, chapter 18, verse 15, of the New Testament of The Holy Bible. It is in no manner prompted by that meeting between Your Honor and I in December, 1977, which was arranged by the late Sheriff Mel Colman, wherein we discussed the inequity of his suspending me and leaving Wayne Bird in full duty status, thereby ensuring a total imbalance of credibility when Bird and I were to appear before the Grand Jury.
I believe, beyond and to the exclusion of even an unreasonable doubt, that Your Honor,
acting as an entirely non-paid, personal friend, counseled Sheriff Colman on his handling of the investigation into the quadruple homicides for which W. T. Zeigler now stands convicted, and which case will appear before this Honorable Court on April 17, 2007.
Please understand that I am not a member of the Zeigler defense team; that this letter was neither requested by, nor approved by, any member thereof, though all such members have been advised of my intent to so communicate with Your Honor. They are without authority to intervene in this purely independent endeavor.
I do this at my own initiative, on my own time, and according to some, at my own peril.
My only explanation is that long ago I took an oath – in the words of Robert Bolt, in his preface to A Man for All Seasons: “A man takes an oath only when he wants to commit himself quite exceptionally to the statement, when he wants to make an identity between the truth of it and his own virtue; he offers himself as a guarantee”.
Most Respectfully Submitted,
2205 Snow Hill Road
Chuluota, Fl 32766