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A Special NOTE from Gordon: "The Register was kind enough to run this story above and allow me to reprint in here. Below, are some updates and other pertinent info. HOWEVER, let me warn you right now: It might be better for you to look through this page and visit out some of the links that document my strong claims and allegations right NOW! Here's why I suggest this: Below the 'updates' section, here, is where I have a *lengthy* rant-and-rave against some of the lazy, liberal news media - and that section is kind of long. AS WELL, there are LONG and BORING sections of some legal briefs that I submitted to the Courts. The reason for this problem is that AOL's web editor does not allow me to easily put the documenting links anywhere except the very bottom. But, I am leaving in these long sections - as they may be valuable to some people - and the long sections help search engines have more "target" words to see! ~~~ Happy hunting, Big Dog!" ~ ~~~ ~
LATEST UPDATE$$$: ...smile ;-)
* The mandamus proceedings in the Florida Supreme Court: Gordon W. Watts v Fla Dept of State (Div of Elections) and Hon P. Kevin Davey, Trial Court Judge, case no: SC03-385 --- pending on motion for rehearing, based on premature jurisdictional dismissal before jurisdictional arguments were considered
* The appeal proceedings in the Florida 1st District Court of appeal, case no 1D02-5120 Watts v Fla Dept of State, etc. --- pending perfection and disposition on the merits, reply breif submitted a few days ago.
* Court of public opinion: Catch 22, a double standard was applied, with less worthy, loser cases getting press, (e.g.,Tampa Tribune, Nov. 09, 2002:“Ambler Still Faces Election Challenge” ... Tampa Tribune, Oct. 25, 2002: “Suit Tries To Oust GOP Candidate" WFTS-TV-Channel 28 also did a story) --- the result: court will try to "sweep in under the rug" if no NEWS COVERAGE - and no news coverage if the court sweeps me under the rug. (Catch 22- I can't win for losing)
* Jim Bohannon (1-866-50-JIMBO) and his co-host have let me call in at least three times since bringing suit
* Tom Martino (Troubleshooter.com), who used to work for Tampa Bay's "Pulse 13" back when it was CBS-TV, is investigating and has called the governor's office.
* Rob Lorei of WMNF (88.5 FM in Tampa) is very interested in "my" story (actually the state's story) and has promised to read ALL of my lawsuit briefs!
* Other call in programs are on the docket.
* Investigator, Al Gandy of the Leon County State Attorney's Office purchased records from the DCA and attempted to investigate, eventually referring the matter to the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC)
* The JQC has investigated Judge Cynthia Holloway for issuing a ruling to help a friend of hers. So, when they claimed they couldn't investigate *my* complaint on grounds that they could only investigate non-legal issues, excluding rulings, I RE-submitted my complaint - under the understanding that if they could uphold the law regarding Holloway's questionable ruling(s), then they could do the same for the illegal ruling of Davey, the judge who illegally refused to hear my case, and then dismissed it in violation of Chapter 102, Florida's state election laws.
* I am asking my State Representatives to look into the JQC's cowardice to act - and, specifically, I am asking that either the House impeach - or that the Governor remove - this judge. I am sure he will be alright and be able to find another job, which is good, because I am not seeking revenge - just justice!
* An unnamed FBI special agent, of the Tallahassee Bureau of FBI, has not promised anything, but did ask me to submit documentation of fraud, which is outlined in the "5120" breif's "Argument I."
A few media reps have asked me "what do you do for a living?"
Class of 1984, Plant City High School
Class of 1988, United Electronics Institite & Valedictorian!
Class of 2000, FSU, Double Major: Biological and Chemical Sciences: GPA was about 3.310 after I took supplemental classes after my December 2000 graduation, to bring up my GPA and get "specialized training."
I would be looking for a genetics job in my field now, but I was delayed by a serious injury to my hand - and then by these legal problems.
You ask: "Gordon, what do you do for a living?"
My answer: "I work part-time for my father as a gofer, and do legal work, acting as my own attorney - though I am NOT a law student or lawyer. *** I "get paid" in attorney's fees if I win either of my cases against the Florida Department of State's Division of Elections! (Am I worthy of my wages?)
--- the result: The Courts may try to "sweep me under the rug" if no NEWS COVERAGE - and it's HARD to get news coverage if the court sweeps me under the rug. (Becasue, contrary to common sense, the media views a LOT of mistreatment and dismissal or refusal to hear a case as "less" newsworthy than "my day in court" and me losing: Catch 22- I can't win for losing)
Dear International Newspaper:
I have come to realise that the America News Media seems unwilling to give press coverage to a brewing election lawsuit in the State of Florida - which, by the way, was involved in the 2000 Presidential Election Recount Fiasco. (Do you remember?)
In a nutshell, here is the situation:
Florida Law allows taxpayers to "contest" (challenge) an election in much the same way as may be done by a person who is running in the race - and doesn't agree with a decision. A lawsuit was brought by Gordon W. Watts, a Florida voter and taxpayer (and former student of The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida), alleging voting irregularities. The suit does not appear to be a "frivolous" lawsuit, but I may not be objective. You see, I'm Gordon Watts, but I must speak up, because "the squeaky wheel gets the grease."
Besides (#1) the laws broken (which are the subject of the lawsuit), (#2) the courts have failed to grant an "immediate hearing," as required by law. (There might be a "federal" investigation for "obstruction of justice," by the court officials involved, but I am "not at liberty" to divulge details - for the obvious reasons. Now, (#3) the news media - the American Press - has failed to report it. (Three Strikes & They're out: As a side note, Am I living in a Communist Country? Well, #1, they don't count the votes all the time; #2, the courts are "kangaroo courts," like in other Communist / Socialist countries, where you can't get a fair trial unless you are rich, powerful, or "know someone" - and #3, The News Media in America is obviously suppressed somewhat, another indication that Amerika, uh, America, is possibly somewhat Communist! - as in the "Communist States of Amerika" = CSA, not USA!) The story - with links verifying my claims - is all below, however, here are some hypotheses to explain the silence of the press lambs:
(a) In the past recount debacle / election dispute, a Republican (George W. Bush) was close to losing, but in this election (a "primary"), both contestants are Democrats. Also, if Janet Reno, the losing contender is deemed the winner in the mandatory machine recount of votes, then the Democratic Party - by most accounts - would have a harder time beating Florida Governor, Jeb Bush - than if Bill McBride remained the nominee. This hints that the American press is left-wing, liberal, and supportive of the democrats. (The Democratic Party, which demanded a "recount" of the 2000 Presidential Election, would be "frozen" if there was a recount in this 2002 Gubernatorial (Governor's Race) Election.) THUS, the Democratic Party Heads probably oppose any "recount," even though this would be siding with the law-breaking Secretary of State's office; also, Liberal elements of American Press probably oppose this move.
(b) The Republicans would also stand to lose because Republican Secretary of State, Jim Smith, was the agency head who failed to order the recount. (He is the replacement to Katherine Harris.) Thus, the Republicans have a motive to "not rock the boat," because they would lose face and appear inept, incompetent. THUS, the Republican Party Heads probably oppose this, as this would embarrass them for their handling of the 2002 Florida Elections Primary.
*However, the Democrats, Republicans, and press are probably less biased that I guessed; and, the last reason is probably the dominant problem:
(c) I am not well-known. Thus, the American press is like the "Paparazzi" news media, chasing after "celebrity," such as Princess Di or any other fameous actor, politician, sports star, or whoever. (I am not "fameous" (probably the British spelling of "famous"), thus some actor coughing or making a goofy remark is "news," and my more legitimate matters do not gain the favour of the news media as more rich or fameous peers. (Is this right?) THUS, American Media are less than enthusiastic about "G.W. Watts."
d. HOWEVER, most citizens who know about this have expressed interest in seeing this story. "You'd be surprised at how much news goes unreported."
One concern is that if the news media does not give this any public coverage, then the courts may continue to refuse to give me a fair hearing, and then - later - if your news investigators want to do a story on it, forget it: it would not be a story then: Like any fruits or vegetables, this story is "ripe" now and may be "rotten" if you wait too long. ***
Immediately below are updates to my Election lawsuit, below, and then right below them is the "original" press release, with web links, verifying most of my claims: Please investigate and do news coverage if it would be possible; I don't mind being interviewed or having my brief or letter here quoted, but that is not required for news coverage.)
* Atty. Janet Reno called me on the telephone the other day, a fact which can be verified by calling either of my parents - or speaking with my boss or co-workers. This is not news in and of itself, but the fact she called indicates that my lawsuit *is* news.
* I have filed appeals in the 1st DCA (Florida's First District Court of Appeal) and also the Florida's State Supreme court, but I fear the courts will continue to deny hearings, in violation of the State Laws cited in my lawsuit. This would be in addition to the laws broken that are the *subject* of the lawsuit. (Also, I have notified the Dept of Justice, Election Crimes Division by Certified mail, but I fear they will be too slow to act.) ~~Please give this news coverage.~~
Here is the press release - a history of events, primarily in chronological order, starting with the oldest and progressing as time flows:
To: News Media
From: Gordon W. Watts
Subject: Press Release
Date: Tuesday, 08 October 2002
On Thursday, September 19, 2002, I filed a lawsuit in Leon County's Second Judicial CIRCUIT Court, contesting the recent 2002 Florida Democratic Primary Election. –It looks frivolous until you read the “additional grounds to contest,” invoking F.S. 102.168 (3) (and evoking surprise) after the introductory information. Here are the particulars:
Gordon W. Watts, Plaintiff v Florida Dept of State, Defendant
Civil Case Number: 37-2002-CA-002267
Circuit Judge Assigned: Hon. P. Kevin Davey
IN AND FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA
County of Leon - Second Judicial Circuit Court
RE: My lawsuit against the Florida Dept of State, Division of Elections (in which, if the court rules in my favor, the State would be forced to order the mandatory machine recount of votes, as required by law - and as was done even in the last - botched – election, which had nowhere near the 2,500 lost votes)
Grounds to file: Florida State Statute 102.168 states that: "(1) ...[T]he certification of election...may be contested in the circuit court by any unsuccessful...or by any taxpayer [that's me]..." and "(7) Any candidate, qualified elector, or taxpayer [me] presenting such a contest to a circuit judge is entitled to an immediate hearing [which has not so far been honored]."
"(2) Such contestant shall file a complaint, together with the fees prescribed in chapter 28, with the clerk of the circuit court within 10 days after midnight of the date the last county canvassing board empowered to canvass the returns certifies the results of the election being contested." (I filed immediately after the election was improperly certified.)
Also, I have legal standing to sue, that is damage was done to me by the Division of Elections: I am being denied the right to be able to choose between two candidates who are properly certified as the top vote-getter because the election results are in doubt. I am registered as a Republican voter, but I sometimes cross party lines in the general election, so the illegally certified primary affects me.
Grounds to contest: Contestant Janet Reno requested an automatic recount immediately after the election as allowed by F.S. 102.141 (6) "If the unofficial returns reflect that a candidate for any office was defeated or eliminated by one-half of a percent or less of the votes cast for such office...the board responsible for certifying the results of the vote on such race or measure shall order a recount of the votes cast with respect to such office or measure. A recount need not be ordered with respect to the returns for any office, however, if the candidate or candidates defeated or eliminated from contention for such office by one-half of a percent or less of the votes cast for such office request in writing that a recount not be made."
Secretary of State Jim Smith illegally refused Reno's request because the newly-found votes totaling approximately 2,500 put the difference at about 0.4 percent, less than the one-half percent cutoff. If Reno “formally” conceded (assuming she made her request in writing as required above – not just “verbally” as in recent news interviews), then the State could not be “prosecuted,” e.g., forced under F.S. 102.141 to order a statewide machine recount. However this is a relevant point because this calls into question the integrity of The State of Florida, who willfully violated this statute for a short period of time.
Additional Grounds to Contest: F.S. 102.168 "(3) The complaint shall set forth the grounds on which the contestant intends to...set aside the result of the election...The grounds for contesting an election under this section are:"
"(c) Receipt of a number of illegal votes or rejection of a number of legal votes [those approximately 2,500 votes] sufficient to change or place in doubt the result of the election."
These votes were sufficient to both change and place the "result of the election" in doubt: they narrowed the margin to less than 0.5 percent, which was sufficient to force an automatic recount, a change, and by this definition, also place the result in doubt. Therefore, the relief sought is...
Enforcement of current State Law requires that the State set aside certification of any election whose results are found to be in doubt, according to State Law and Case Law – and the remedy sought would be for the State to Order a Statewide machine recount.
Helpful links are below, but here are some “talking points:”
* I motioned the Florida Supreme Court to order a manual hand-recount of the votes in the 2000 Florida Presidential election, opposing fellow-Republicans at the time – arguing that the results of this election were also in doubt due to the closeness of the margin of victory by eventual winner (for whom I voted), then Gov. George W. Bush (R-TX). Thus, it can not be construed that I am partial or partisan, biased in my request that a mandatory machine recount be ordered, which might overturn candidate McBride’s victory, and which would definitely cause a lot of headaches. (Cause of headaches is not legal basis for not upholding the rule of law.)
EVEN MORE MOVING FORCE TO ORDER RECOUNT
* As mentioned previously, even in the past 2000 election, the statewide machine recount was done, and this election had far fewer problematic votes, much less than the 2,500 or so in this election.
EXTRA TIME – RULE OF LAW
This 2002 election is unique in the fact that is has no primary runoff, so extra time is available to uphold the law. If the rule of law is not upheld, then this decision, like the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling (over Senate candidate, Torrecelli), would send a message that “go ahead and write laws – they will be unenforceable anytime someone doesn’t like them”…if that someone just so happens to be an activist court: The rule of law will have been undermined.
I am not trying to get Florida Governor Jeb Bush an “easy” opponent in the general election. (Polls show Bush more easily defeating Janet Reno than Bill McBride.) Both Bush (in recent interviews) and myself think that Janet Reno would offer a tougher opponent, in contrast to uncertain recent polls.
CURIOUS REACTIONS BY DEMOCRATS AND SOME MEDIA
While liberal Democrats complained vociferously about a “recount” when a potential defeat of a Republican was eminent, it seems odd that there is eerie quite from Democrats now. Hypothesis 1: Democrats don’t want to “rock the boat.” Hypothesis 2: “When Reno merely talked about a lawsuit, this got news media coverage, yet, when a more meritous suit was brought, it was given less attention because the plaintiff, Watts, is not well known.” CONCLUSION: Watts’ suit is just as news worthy, win or lose, or even more so because it has no perceivable flaws in its argument. This apparent bias against non-celebrity (think chasing Princess Di) denies the public of a newsworthy story – and may allow the courts to “sweep this matter under the rug.”
Here are those helpful links I promised:
Where you can grab a photo of me:
Where you can look up the Florida State Statutes that I quote in my lawsuit:
Where you can look up my current lawsuit in Leon County's Second Judicial Circuit (the judge assigned to my lawsuit is the Honorable Judge P. Kevin Davey)
NOTE about above link:
In order to view *my* case, you have to click on "» Search Court Databases," and then you have to "accept" the disclaimer that they put before you. When you have put in your name and hit "continue," you may search for me under: last name "Watts," first name "Gordon," and then you click on my case number... To see some REAL funny stuff, put in "department of state" under "company name," and notice that Pat Buchanan, case number 37 2000 CA 002203, is the third from the bottom, and my case is still "open," on the bottom. (So, I am up there with the "big names”...)
Info about a motion I made in the 2000 election - to count all the votes and remove doubt, etc. (totally unrelated to this case, but interesting nonetheless as an "angle.")
which is an online listing of a motion I made before the Florida Supreme Court to count votes to avoid doubt in Bush's eventual win. However, you may go to the higher directory, http://www.flcourts.org/pubinfo/election/
to see that mention of my brief, the "Order on Watts Amicus" is mixed right in there (near the bottom of the page; use "Edit" and "Find on this page" in Internet Explorer) with other "big" names like "Response to Bush Motion by Gore." I hope that these links are helpful. If you have any questions...
Gordon Wayne Watts
A.S., United Electronics Institute (1988), Electronics Technology
B.S., The Florida State University (2000), double major: Biological and Chemical Sciences
Member, Golden Key National Honor Society
Currently residing in: Lakeland, Florida, USA
Web Address: http://hometown.aol.com/gww1210
Random thoughts: “The mouse that roared” – “Watts: ‘The emperor has on no clothes.’” – David v Goliath (2002) – “The defendant is guilty as charged, your honor.” - "I sympathized, but now I empathize and feel it." - "Gordon, you can't fight City Hall!" - "Don't listen to him: One person CAN make a difference." –GW (((PLEASE NOTE: An update to this Press Release follows directly below.)))
Subj: Motions, Certificate of Service
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 17:26:18 -0400
Cc: DOE@mail.dos.state.fl.us, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com
IN AND FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA – County of Leon – Second Circuit Court
Gordon W. Watts, Plaintiff
Florida Department of State, Division of Elections, Defendant
Civil Case No.: 37-2002-CA-002267
Judge Assigned: Hon. Judge P. Kevin Davey
MOTION OF DISCOVERY
Whereas Florida Statutes 102.168 (7) allows that Plaintiff is due the right of immediate hearing; and, whereas election in dispute is of a time-sensitive nature, therefore Plaintiff hereby motions this court for DISCOVERY of the reasons and justifications of the great time-delay in granting hearing to said Plaintiff.
MOTION TO EXPEDITE
Whereas said election is of a time-sensitive nature, therefore Plaintiff motions court to expedite.
MOTION TO PERFECT
IN SPITE OF Plaintiff’s earnest desire for Defendant to be able to submit an answer brief and have an opportunity to contest allegations brought by Plaintiff and have a robust review by Court, Law, and Public; NONETHELESS, Whereas F.S. 102.168 (6) prohibits Defendant from being granted a hearing in court if Defendant files no answer within 10 days after the complaint has been served; and, Whereas the record clearly reflects that Plaintiff served all parties, Defendant included, both by Postal mail and by telephone FAX, on 19 September 2002, 18 days ago; and Whereas Defendant has had ample opportunity, EVEN considering time delay in Postal mail delivery and notification by Court; and, Whereas proof of delivery of FAX transmissions is evident, THEREFORE, Plaintiff makes motion to Court to PERFECT said case and allow the Contest to be heard on the Merits of the Case.
MOTION TO OPEN COURT PROCEDINGS TO MEDIA
Whereas Florida has “Sunshine Laws,” which generally allow open court proceedings, and Whereas such open Court proceeding would tend to expedite trial and suppress delay, and WHEREAS News Media is highly knowledgeable to this particular matter and attentive, as protected under U.S. Constitutional First Amendment rights of free press, speech, religion, assembly, and redress of government, THEREFORE Plaintiff respectfully motions this Honorable Court to open any and all proceedings of trial and record to news media scrutiny.
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I HEREBY CERTIFY that a true and correct copy of the foregoing was sent to the following parties and by ALL THREE methods mentioned as so noted:
Division of Elections, Department of State:
· By Electronic mail this 07th Day of October 2002: DOE@mail.dos.state.fl.us; and firstname.lastname@example.org
· By Postal Mail to this 07th Day of October 2002: 107 W. Gaines St. The Collins Building, Room 100, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
· By FAX to this 07th Day of October 2002: (850) 245-6125, to the Attention of Attorneys, Clay Roberts and Jerry York
Second Judicial Circuit Court, Leon Count Florida, USA:
· By Electronic Post Form on this 07th Day of October 2002: http://www.clerk.leon.fl.us
· By Postal Mail this 07th Day of October 2002: Clerk of the Circuit Court, 301 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301-1803
· By FAX this 07th Day of October 2002: (850) 922-4310
Janet Reno for Governor Campaign:
· By Electronic Mail to this 07th Day of October 2002: email@example.com
· By Postal Mail to this 07th Day of October 2002: 15495 Eagle Nest Lane, Suite 2002, Miami Lakes, FL 33014
· By FAX to this 07th Day of October 2002: (305) 822-5885; HOWEVER, be it known that the attempt at FAXing to this number resulted in a telephone message of "all lines are busy" or to that effect.
McBride 2002 Campaign:
· By Electronic Post Form on this 07th Day of October 2002: http://www.mcbride2002.com
· By Postal Mail to this 07th Day of October 2002: P.O. Box 300, Tampa, FL 33601
· By FAX to this 07th Day of October 2002: (813) 986-5789
GORDON W. WATTS, Plaintiff – (address suppressed)
X (see now: my electronic e-mail signature)
"from: Gww1210@aol.com" equals "Gordon Wayne Watts," as certified by America Online, "AOL"
GORDON W. WATTS, PRO SE - DATED: Monday, 07 October 2002
Briefs: Circuit, District, and Florida Supreme Court
Before you view the briefs, here is an exhaustive set of links, including a few extra than mentioned above:
You may click on http://Gordon_Watts.Tripod.com for a link to my TRIPOD mirror site.
You may click on http://HomeTown.AOL.com/Gww1210 for a link to my *HomeTown - AOL* mirror site.
I try not to overemphasize any one aspect in order to be balanced. But everything has a place, and a place for everything. * And be sure to check out my links below. *
My Favorite Links
Fla Laws LOOK-UP
The Register: Gordon W. Watts tells of *current* Florida Elections Violations
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