Case file reveals query raised local temperatures

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM.

Investigators and the SAO

The first meeting, on Aug. 14, 2013, was detailed by Steve Thomas, an investigator with the Northwest Florida division of the FWC.

The meeting was with FWC investigators, Assistant State Attorney Gary Pack and SA employee James Conway.

Pack began the meeting, Thomas wrote, by asking if any in attendance had a recording device or was recording the meeting.

After being ensured no one was, Thomas wrote, Pack told investigators “the investigation was a political nightmare, that people were upset and that we needed to back off.”

Thomas said he told the attorney that those upset were not even suspects and investigators could not treat the case differently than if those involved were “Joe Schmoe.”

“Anyone involved had to be treated like anyone else would be,” Thomas wrote he told Pack.

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