The new regional counsel appointed for Thomas J Lafoe (aka Tom, Tommy, Butch) was posted on the Case Progress Docket late yesterday. The new attorney is JOHN THOR WHITE of St Petersburg, Fl.
Admitted to the bar in 1973, he caused waves in Florida when he petitioned the Florida Supreme Court in 1988 protesting the fees he was paid. He graduated from the University of Tampa with a BA and Stetson with a JD.
A web search shows that White has defended capital cases that are quite heinous including violent sexual assault followed by murder* and murder of a police officer**. You have to wonder how he can sleep at night.
That doesn’t mean he gets them off. He tries to find cause for double jeopardy and other technicalities. It looks like we’re in for the long haul.
“Be present – it is the only moment that matters.” Peaceful Warrior
*Robert Waterhouse is on Florida’s Death Row
** Joshua Altersberger is on Florida’s Death Row