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Pinellas county clerk sues inmate over filings, harassment

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Vincent Williams

Pinellas County Circuit Court Clerk Ken Burke and County Attorney James Bennett are putting an end to the harassment by a Florida prison inmate.

The two are seeking relief over affidavits filed by Vincent Williams, who is currently serving 20 years for attempted murder. Burke and Bennett filed a joint complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief Nov. 18.

In late November, Williams filed three affidavits with the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court. The first requested Burke to be appointed a trustee for Williams.

The document stated that Burke would have a $50 million liability. The second affidavit ordered Burke to release Williams from custody. The final filling appointed Bennett, State Attorney Bernie McCabe and an employee of Burke as fiduciaries. The last added a $50 million liability to each trustee.

The suit calls these affidavits “fraudulent” and claims that they have no foundation in either law or fact. It also says the affidavits “are self-serving and gratuitous and have no legal force or effect.” All this effort by Williams was an alleged attempt to bypass court orders.

Pinellas County Circuit Court Clerk Ken Burke

The one potential effect of the documents is to adversely affect both Burke and Bennett regarding the acquisition of property in the future.

The two men have no real relationship with Williams.

Burke’s only possible contact with Williams through his official duty as the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Bennett claims to have never had any contact or relation to the convict.

Neither Burke nor Bennett authorized filing the documents.

Unfortunately, the two officials cannot do anything about the records without a court order.

County Attorney James Bennett

After an attempted murder in 2004, Williams was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 10 years probation Aug. 8, 2006. The time is being served at Suwannee Correctional Facility. He is set to be released from jail Oct. 31, 2021.

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