May 18, 2011 by Julie Montanaro
A prosecutor resigns when the state attorney refuses to press charges in an animal neglect case. We brought you that story last week, now his supervisor is speaking out.
Prosecutor Nathan Prince resigned two weeks ago, saying he could not continue to work for Willie Meggs, if he would not pursue criminal charges against a couple on Yashuntufun Road for treatment of their horses, sheep and other animals.
Now, Prince's supervisor is speaking out, saying that's only part of the story.
Assistant State Attorney Jon Fuchs claims Prince tried to circumvent office protocol to get a search warrant for the inside of the family's home without sufficient probable cause.
Fuchs also contends Prince violated office policy when he okayed a plea deal for a school system employee which allowed her to avoid serving jail time, despite accusations that she stole more than 60-thousand dollars.
May 13, 2011 by Julie Montanaro
A prosecutor resigns in protest after state attorney Willie Meggs refuses to press criminal charges.
Nathan Prince handed in his resignation last week, saying he could no longer work for Meggs because he wouldn't "do the right thing" when it came to the treatment of horses, sheep and other animals at a home on Yashuntafun Road.
Prince felt the condition of the animals warranted criminal charges of animal cruelty, but Meggs said he consulted with animal control officers who told him the owners were trying to remedy a list of specific problems.
"Until we get a complaint and a request from Animal Control to prosecute a criminal case, this criminal case, we're not going to prosecute it," Willie Meggs said.
Prince did not want to comment on camera, but says to see the horses with splitting feet and a urine soaked sheep was not something he could live with.
Leon County Animal Control director Richard Zeigler says the owners of the animals received 11 civil citations, but have been working to comply.
Zeigler says a vet and farrier have already been out to examine and treat the animals and the county will soon set a deadline for the sheep shearing.
Zeigler says if the owners remedy the problems, the citations will be dismissed. If not, the case could be referred for criminal prosecution.
"If animal control has a case, they bring it to us. They have not brought a case to us and when they do, we will prosecute it ... if they do. So, there is no case for anything to be all about," Meggs said.