Famed attorney Roy Black filed a prosecutorial misconduct motion today against Bay County, Fla. State Attorney Steve Meadows, claiming Meadows exhibited a "pattern of blatant abuse" in his prosecution of "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis. Black is asking that the case against Francis be dismissed.
The 62-page Motion To Dismiss claims Meadows violated Florida's professional code of conduct and infringed on Mr. Francis' Sixth Amendment U.S. Constitutional right to a fair trial. The motion says Meadows has a "conscious and brazen disregard for its professional and ethical obligations and the Constitutional rights of the [Francis]."
According to Black, Meadows has repeatedly painted Francis as an "enemy combatant," so deriding his character that Francis will be unable to find objective people to serve on a jury.
Another of Francis' attorneys, David Houston, says, "From the moment Joe Francis and the Girls Gone Wild bus rolled into Panama City during that infamous Spring Break more than four years ago, local politicians and police have waged war against Joe."
"Apparently," Houston says, "Joe's desire to enforce his Constitutional rights has rendered him to the officials of Panama City Florida the equivalent of a terrorist cell."
Francis has been in jail for over six months, without ever having been convicted of a crime.
Meadows' office had no comment.