The Florida Bar Inquiry/Complaint Form
PART ONE (See Page 1, PART ONE – Complainant Information.):
Your Name: Joe E. Griffin
Organization: Retired, Citizen Activist
Address:16589 Mill Street
City, State, Zip Code: White Springs, Florida 32096
Telephone: 386 397 2951
ACAP Reference No.:
Have you ever filed a complaint against a member of The Florida Bar: Yes No:XXX
Does this complaint pertain to a matter currently in litigation? Yes No XXXX
PART TWO (See Page 1, PART TWO – Attorney Information.):
ttorney’s Name: Rhett Bullard, esq.
Address 100 Ohio Avenue South
City, State, Zip Code: Live Oak, FL 32064
Telephone: 386 362 2040
PART THREE (See Page 1, PART THREE – Facts/Allegations.): The specific thing or things I am complaining about are: (attach additional sheets as necessary)
See attached sheet(s).
“Lawyers holding public office assume legal responsibilities going beyond those of other citizens. A lawyer’s abuse of public office can suggest an inability to fulfill the professional role of attorney.” COMMENT SECTION Rule 4-8.4
(b) commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects;
Mr. Bullard regularly breaks the town Charter of the Town of White Springs and the following Public Statutes: FS 119, FS 286.011, FS 112.313 (6), 839.13, 838.022 and a host of other statutes which will be highlighted in this complaint.
(c) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation,
He regularly makes False Statements concerning the Town Charter. These false statements (We’re not subject to Roberts Rules of Order for example) plus multiple other statements all having one goal in mind and that is to keep himself and the Town Council from having to take a stand on Citizen Complaints offered by the accuser and others. As such he falsifies (minutes of the Town of White Springs, Florida) public documents, Florida Statute 839.13 and 838.022. He assumes for himself and other council members numerous violations of Florida Statute 112.313(6). He takes for himself and others privileges and rights not available to citizens or even other members of the council. He unilaterally authorized the town manager to work a four day week but when this citizen complained Bullard wouldn’t allow the complaint on the floor of the meeting. Members of the Council are and were unaware of this granting of special favors by Bullard to the Town Manager. Bullard also allows the Town Manager to live “out of town” by about 160 miles when the town charter clearly says it requires a vote of the town council to allow such a policy. It’s in a Citizen Complaint that Bullard won’t allow to be heard.
(d) state or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or official or to achieve results by means that violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law;
He regularly influences improperly a government agency or official (Town of White Springs and associated Council members) with the promise that he will not allow complaining citizen to be heard in the quasi-judicial forum prescribed by the Town Attorney, attached to this filing.
In short Mr. Bullard, a practicing attorney, lies to the Citizens of White Springs by using “tools” he learned from being a member of the Florida Bar. He does so frequently without fear of retribution because he is the Mayor and thus controls the meetings and agenda without citizen input. He is the “King of Darkness” as far as the Sunshine Law (FS 286.011) is concerned. He rules the town and the council like a dictator. His actions were challenged to the State Ethics Board who found proof of his misdeeds but was unable (according to the Rudd Amendment) to make formal ruling. The State Ethics Board said you were a forum that I could appeal to.
Bullard’s actions of denial are in direct opposition to the paid Town Attorney yet Bullard doesn’t care. He gives the Town Attorney a “Black eye” on matters of legal decisions such as how to handle Citizen Complaints.
When Bullard was asked by this citizen what were the procedures for handling Citizen Complaints (even though the clear directives are in the Town Charter and Town Attorney) Bullard turns to a friend of his (a council member from another town) and asks what they do with Citizen Complaints the other person said “WE go to our attorney”. Bullard has already gone to the Town’s Attorney and got a ruling that he, Bullard, didn’t like. Citizen has filed over 30 Citizen Complaints since Mr. Bullard became Mayor of the town and not a one of them was handled in accordance with the town charter. At a recent Town Council meeting complaining citizen was arguing for a hearing on a particular Citizen Complaint, an act not required by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On each of my citizen complaints I state the law (state federal or local) that the supposed guilty party broke. Mr. Bullard said “You want me to admit that we broke the law.” To which I answered “Yep”.
Bullard knows full well what the stakes are yet he continues to fail to follow the town charter. I am not a dumb man but even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then. Yet here we are, 30 complaints in with no Due Process or finding of probable cause. Mr. Bullard does not believe in Due Process for Citizen Complaints and regularly ignores the Constitutions of the U.S. and the State of Florida plus the town charter for the town of White Springs. Due Process is required by quasi-judicial boards and hearings, according to Blacks Legal Dictionary and several legal articles. Bullard doesn’t believe in Due Process in Town affairs especially when the results of a hearing undoubtedly would go against Bullard.
He regularly comes up with off the cuff rules that keep complaints from being handled or even brought up. He “forces” the other council members to follow his lead. One last point, he oversees a council that votes 98% of the time 5-0. Mr. Bullard would not allow dissent and encourages such unanimity of votes to prove that he is the “King of Darkness”
As a Justice of the Supreme Court said “Sunshine is the best disinfectant for government corruption.” Mr. Bullard fights that premise with every action he takes as Town Mayor.
PART FOUR (See Page 1, PART FOUR – Witnesses.): The witnesses in support of my allegations are: [see attached sheet].
Dr. Helen Miller, Council member, Town of White Springs, P.O. Drawer D, White Springs, Florida 32096 telephone number 386 397 1111.
Lt. Brownfield, Police Lieutenant WSPD, Town of White Springs, P.O. Drawer D, White Springs, Florida 32096 telephone number 386 397 2222.
PART FIVE (See Page 1, PART FIVE – Signature.): Under penalties of perjury, I declare that the foregoing facts are true, correct and complete.
Joe E. Griffin
- Quote of Town Charter 2.04
- Note from Town Attorney on Complaint Hearing Procedures
- Quasi Judical Body when Judging Citizen Complaints
- Note from Town Attorney on Required Use of Roberts Rules of Order
- Quote of Town Charter and Roberts Rules of Order
- Sample Citizen Complaint no law broken except U.S. Constitution
- Sample Citizen Complaint with Town Charter Broken
- Definition of Malfeasance per Blacks Legal Dictionary