Jeb Bush was the Governor of Florida at the time Murray Cohen was murdered. Murray Cohen's son believes that justice has been denied for over a decade because Governor Jeb Bush decided that political loyalty was more important than justice being served for the murder of Murray Cohen. James Casey, who was the head of the Jacksonville F.B.I. headquarters conducted a 7 month investigation into the death of Murray Cohen. Mr. Casey concluded that there was probable cause that Murray Cohen was a victim of a homicide and also concluded when Bush ordered F.D.L.E. to only conduct a review, it doomed any chance of justice being served. Bush refused all requests for him to appoint a special prosecutor and order a full blown investigation into the Sarasota Sheriff Department's deliberate destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice.
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______________________________________________________________________________ Governor Charlie Crist, Florida Attorney General, and Sarasota State Attorney allow Sarasota Sheriff's Council Kurt Hoffman to get away with violating Florida public records request laws.
See Letter from Orlando Sentinel Letter
Sarasota Sheriff's detective, Chris Hallisey,
who was assigned to look into the Cohen case falsified witness
statements and with the help of Detective Dave Scott and Sergeant Paul
Richards, altered evidence of murder. Eventually, Detective Chris Hallisey was arrested for felony doctor shopping and possession of a large quantity of the pain killer, Oxycodone. See News Article. In the ultimate move to obstruct justice and make sure that the true cause of Murray Cohen's death would never be known, Hallisey,
Scott and Richard altered the 911 recording in which Murray could be
heard being murdered in the back ground . They deliberately took the
crystal clear digital recording of the 911 call and transferred it on
to a cassette tape. They then made multiple generations of the cassette
tape until Murray's voice could hardly be heard. This poor quality
version was sent to the FBI requesting an analysis. Hallisey,
Scott and Richard knew that the FBI would not be able to clearly hear
Murray's voice or be able to determine if the voice in the background
was coming from inside his house. See letter. The FBI report which was used to neutralize any attempt to prove murder: See FBI Report. Unfortunately for Hallisey,
Scott and Richards, they made their deliberately poor quality version
after Murray Cohen's son obtained a clear version through a public
records request shortly after his death.
On December 7th, 2005, Murray Cohen’s son hired computer expert, William
Tidwell to retrieve the pristine crystal clear 911 call directly from
the hard drive of the system in place the day Murray Cohen was murdered.
In spite of a court order to retain and protect the hard drive
containing the call, Mr. Tidwell discovered that all the 911 calls for January 13, 2003 were deliberately deleted from the main hard drive and the back up auxiliary recorder. See Tidwell Affidavit.Sheriff’s
Counsel/ Major, Kurt Hoffman was present for the examination. Hoffman
was shown what Mr. Tidwell discovered. Murray Cohen’s son demanded an
investigation of the deleted calls. Hoffman refused. Murray Cohen’s son
contacted the Orlando Sentinel newspaper to tell his story, because the
Sarasota Herald Tribune newspaper had no interest. The day the Orlando
Sentinel did a public records request for access to the hard drive,
Sheriff’s Counsel Kurt Hoffman ran to Circuit Court Judge, Andrew Owens
and obtained an ex-parte Court order allowing Hoffman to have the hard
Murray Cohen died an unattended death with a lethal poison found near
his body. In spite of Florida law requiring an autopsy, and his family
requesting one, no autopsy was performed.