Appeal Denied for Misty Croslin

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NEW 4 JAX is reporting …

Misty Croslin was denied a motion for a reduced sentence on a  2010 conviction on drug trafficking charges.

Croslin testified in St. Johns County in March, asking a judge to overturn her conviction and sentence. But the judge found Croslin had adequate representation and denied the motion for a reduced sentence.

Croslin claimed that her plea was involuntary because her lawyer, Robert Fields, told her that if she pleaded no contest, she would be sentenced to a maximum of six years in prison as a youthful offender.

“He pretty much just told me not to worry … everything is going to be OK,” Croslin said. “I was under medication and wasn’t fully aware of what was going on. I put all my trust in him.”

Croslin admitted that judges in both St. Johns and Putnam counties told her she would face a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence, but thought that was the maximum, not the sentence she would receive.

Croslin’s father, Hank Croslin, also testified that Fields said repeatedly that his daughter would not get more than six years in prison because she had never been in legal trouble before.


Now my personal comments:

This is terrible news. Thoughts and prayers go out to Misty and her family. The American justice system is rigged and broken. Two 25 year sentences for selling $3,000 worth of pain pills?

All the result of being set up in a police sting that was organized in direct relation to an entirely different investigation. It’s obvious that law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office and Judge Wendy Berger are not being truthful when they say Misty’s drug case had nothing to do with any other legal matter.

I call upon the U.S. Justice Department to launch an investigation into the improper entrapment, prosecution and sentencing of Misty Croslin.

Free Misty Croslin!

 

 

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Still waiting

Everyone is still waiting anxiously for word on Misty Croslin’s appeal for a new trial. As soon as word comes through you’ll find the news here. Hope and pray.

Misty Writes From Prison

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Misty Croslin in court with her attorney.

“I’m back from court. I pray that something good comes out of it this time. My mama, she is really sick and I need to be out to help her. So I really hope the judges are fair.” — Misty Croslin

Misty appeared in a St. Johns County courtroom on Tuesday, March 8th, to appeal her “no contest” plea to eight charges of drug trafficking in 2010. Since her conviction involved charges in St. Johns County and Putnam County, judges from both counties were present to hear her petition for post-conviction relief.

Misty is appealing her conviction on the grounds that the plea was involuntary based on the failure of Robert Fields (her original attorney) to advise her of the mandatory sentence and that her plea was based on off the record promises made by her attorney that would receive a maximum six year sentence.

Although she was eligible for sentencing as a youthful first offender with a maximum six year sentence, Misty was instead sentenced to two 25 year terms in prison plus a $500,000 fine plus five years probation at the end of her time served. All that for being entrapped in a police sting during which she sold $3,000 worth of pain pills to an undercover police officer.

“I put my trust in him (attorney Robert Fields),” Misty testified. “I didn’t understand any of it.”

 

Legal Fees

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Misty Croslin has come so far. But fighting for her freedom against ridiculous drug laws comes at a price. To pay for her appeals attorney, the family is trying to raise $17,500. (Remember, Misty has to appeal convictions in two separate counties.)

You can donate as little as $5 and as much as your heart and circumstances allow. None of us can do it alone. But if we all come together and pitch in what we can, the goal will be reached. Paypal and all major credit cards are accepted.

The fundraiser is being done by Misty’s father and a friend of the family. All money raised goes for Misty’s legal defense. (This blog has nothing to do with setting up the fundraiser.)

If you would like to donate, go to http://www.justiceformisty.com/

November 6, 2015

Misty Croslin is due back in court for her appeal on Friday, November 6th. She is still in need of an attorney.

What you should know about this appeal:

  1. Public defenders are not provided for appeals in Florida.
  2. The cost of appealing her convictions in two counties is approximately $20,000. Obviously Misty does not have any money.
  3. Her only hope is for an attorney to step forward and take her on as a pro bono client. So far this has not happened and time is running out.
  4. If Misty loses this appeal she does not get another chance. Since there is no parole in Florida, she will serve at least 21 years in prison — even with good behavior — for selling $3,000 worth of pain pills to an undercover police officer in a sting operation designed to entrap her. This is insane.
  5. Misty needs your help. If you know an appellate attorney in Florida, please make him or her aware of Misty’s situation and her urgent need for representation. Time is fast running out.

Pro Bono Appellate Attorney Needed for Misty Croslin

With the appeal date coming up soon, the search is still on for an appellate attorney to step up and take on Misty Croslin as a pro bono client. At a time when federal drug sentencing guidelines are being re-examined and reduced, it makes no sense for a first time youthful drug offender like Misty to be sentenced to two 25 year terms in prison and two $500,000 fines. All for convictions on selling about $3,000 worth of pain pills.

But without the help of a skilled appellate lawyer, Misty will be condemned to spend at least 21 years in prison even with time off for good behavior. There is no early parole. She has been in custody since January 2010. She was eligible for sentencing as a first time youthful offender with a maximum six year term. Misty should be getting ready to be released from prison, but she is less than 25% into her sentence.

Who gets a 25 year sentence? Drug kingpins who sell millions of dollars of illegal drugs. Mob hitmen implicated in multiple murders who have good lawyers. Not teenagers on a first time non-violent drug offense. The 25 year sentence is the result of a witch hunt by law enforcement and an over-zealous judge on one side versus poverty and an inept public defender who told Misty she wouldn’t get more than six years if she pled guilty.

While Misty did a great job of winning her right to appeal on her own, she now needs a skilled appellate attorney to handle the actual appeals.

Who will step forward to correct this injustice?

Misty Wins Right to Appeal

A court has ruled that Misty Croslin can appeal both her convictions in St. John’s County and Putnam County. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the clock is ticking. The judge gave her 60 days to appeal her first conviction and 90 days to appeal her second. She will need a good lawyer to help out. The actual appeals are complex and she will be up against experienced prosecutors. It will be like throwing Christians to the lions without a skilled appellate attorney by her side.

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