Tramel Exonerated of All Charges

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The Winner

Argyle, FL

#1 Sep 28, 2009
The Floridan was so busy writing bad articles about Mr.Tramel, why haven't they wrote that all the Faked Charges against him were dismissed-the School was found to exist and Mr.Tramel does have degrees!
Why don't they write of all the lawsuits he is working on against Sneads-The person that filed the False Complaint-the previous investigator-the Sneads Town Attorney, and possibly more! Oh Yes, this will happen.
Really

United States

#2 Sep 29, 2009
Did anyone think the charges would stick to Tramel? Not in this good ole boy neck of the woods.
lost

Brunswick, GA

#3 Sep 29, 2009
I am sorry, I don't get the paper only what's available online; What has been happening?
1st AmendmentFan

UK

#4 Oct 3, 2009
For over two years, former Sneads City Manager Jerry G. Tramel Ph.D. who is a graduate of Canterbury University, has fought to clear his name and confirm the bona fides of his credentials. Justice was finally done on August 26 in the 14th Judicial Circuit Court when Judge William L. Wright dismissed all charges against him after the Prosecution was forced to admit that his degrees were perfectly legal.

This stunning victory took just 27 minutes during which every facet of the State’s case against Dr. Tramel collapsed. Dr. Tramel had been dismissed from his job as Sneads City Manager, a post that does not require a degree, when it was correctly pointed out that his degrees from Canterbury University did not have accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education. Such accreditation is voluntary and is not possible anyway because the Secretary of Education is prevented by statute from accrediting foreign degrees, institutions or programs.

Judge William L. Wright described the case as “perplexing” while the State’s own Prosecutor, Gregory Wilson ASA, had to admit, in a quite damning comment on the case,“It doesn't make sense. It is not grammatically correct and doesn't statutorily illicit any facts on the information. So the State is hard pressed to deny his Motion to Dismiss.”

Gregory Wilson ASA placed the blame for the debacle squarely on the shoulders of his ‘predecessors’. Under previous State Attorney Steve Meadows, Deputy Chief Investigator Robbie Wester and Mark Sims ASA prepared the original case based on incorrect conclusions drawn from a fundamentally flawed investigation. None of these people still work in the Office of the State Attorney.

The core of the case revolved around Florida Statute 817.567, under which Dr. Tramel had been charged. It had been previously struck down as an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment rights in Samuel Bartow Strange, III v. Michael Satz, 884 F.Supp.504; 1995 U.S. Dist and Saavedra v. State of Florida 1995 U.S. Dist, Florida 13th Circuit, Case no. 95-7194. In both cases Court injunctions prevent the State Attorney from prosecuting. The problem with the unconstitutionality of Florida Statute 817.567 had been discussed in Florida Senate Bill CS/SB 96 by Senator Grant in 1996.
1st AmendmentFan

UK

#5 Oct 3, 2009
Even though Dr. Tramel, who had performed his duties as a City Manager in an exemplary fashion, won both his Tribunal for unfair dismissal and a subsequent appeal by Sneads, the Council and the State Attorneys Office pushed ahead with the prosecution. This was despite being informed several times that Dr. Tramel’s degrees were legal and that Florida Statute 817.567 had been declared unconstitutional more than once. The State Attorney’s Office even continued with the case after it was pointed out that Walter McNeil (ex-Police Chief of Tallahassee and current Secretary of Florida’s Department of Corrections) had a similar degree and was not only not prosecuted, but was promoted by the Governor.

“Many people do not understand accreditation” explained Dr. Tramel.“They think it is compulsory when in fact it is voluntary. They think it is a kind of warranty of degree quality when actually it is not. Its function is to allow access to Federal Tax Dollars. Institutions that wish to have Title IV Federal Funding have their academic freedom restricted to what the Federal Government dictates. I believe that access to academic programs that are independent of Government finance and interference is an essential factor in a free society.”

Citing a recent example, Dr. Tramel mentioned how under two Bush Administrations, stem cell research was banned in any institution that had access to Federal funding. That policy was immediately reversed by the Obama Administration. The science, the technology and the ethical considerations all remain identical, but during eight years US institutions were left behind their foreign competitors because of their dependency of Federal funding. Now those same institutions are conducting stem cell research.
1st AmendmentFan

UK

#8 Oct 3, 2009
Well versed in the matter, Dr. Tramel went on to mention that in the highly critical study on accreditation conducted by George Leef and Roxana Burris for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, "Can College Accreditation Live Up to Its Promise?" the authors state clearly that,“Accreditation is voluntary. No law requires that a college or university seek to be accredited,..” and conclude,“Putting the matter in a nutshell, we conclude that accreditation has not served to ensure quality, has not protected the curriculum from serious degradation, and gives students, parents, and public decision-makers almost no useful information about institutions of higher education."

Dr. Tramel’s legal defense team came to the Court with a battery of Motions to Dismiss based on clear violations of his First, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment Rights. In the event, none were needed since the Prosecution’s own reliance on Long vs State 536. So. 2d 622 (Fla. 1st DCA 1993) proved their undoing. This ruling clearly established that Florida Statute 817.567 was unconstitutional if applied to degrees without accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education.

The dismissal of all charges against Dr. Tramel came days before the conclusion of another long running Florida case in which Naples Police Officers Joe Popka and Drew McGregor were similarly vindicated over their use of unaccredited degrees. The case of Officers Popka and McGregor is estimated to have cost every resident of the City of Naples between $15 and $20. The Officers had previously been reinstated and given full back pay. It is not known how much of taxpayers’ money went into prosecuting Dr. Tramel. Popka and McGregor were never actually charged under Florida Statute 817.567.

These crushing victories echo rulings and outcomes outside Florida where attempts to make voluntary accreditation effectively compulsory foundered on First Amendment grounds. Similar Cases in Oregon, which resulted in a complete re-write of Oregon Law and compulsory lessons in defamation law for ODA personnel from the State Attorney included Benton v Svejar/Contreras, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Case Numbers 00-61771-HO and 02-7070-HO, 200. The judge ruled that Benton’s constitutional rights had been violated. Oregon settled out of court in Kennedy Western v. Oregon. As part of the settlement the Attorney General's Office also agreed to provide ODA personnel with a training session on defamation law. The Oregon ODA now avoids using defamatory terms such as ‘degree mill’ and instead refers only to ‘accredited’ and unaccredited’ for the purposes of Oregon law.

Concluding that the law had been unconstitutionally applied, Judge William L. Wright dismissed the charges and wished Jerry Tramel good luck.
1st AmendmentFan

UK

#9 Oct 3, 2009
“I lost my job over this.” Dr. Tramel, a Veteran, points out.“But it is worthy of note that nobody involved in the investigation or prosecution of this case remains in the employ of the State Attorney’s Office. I have been advised that I can expect substantial compensation for being put through this terrible ordeal, which my wife and I have endured to clear my own name and to make a stand for academic freedom for every Citizen of this great State and this great Country.”

Bibliography:

(1) Samuel Bartow Strange, III v. Michael Satz, 884 F.Supp.504; 1995 U.S. Dist – see online Federal district court strikes academic credential statute: http://brechner.org/reports/1996/rpt9601.htm

(2) Saavedra v. State of Florida 1995 U.S. Dist, Florida 13th Circuit, Case no. 95-7194

(3) Florida Senate Bill CS/SB 96 - Education Committee/Senator Grant - http://www.flsenate.gov/data/session/1998/Sen...

(4) Similar Cases in Oregon, which resulted in a complete re-write of Oregon Law and compulsory lessons in defamation law for ODA personnel from the State Attorney:

Benton v Svejar/Contreras, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Case Nos. 00-61771-HO and 02-7070-HO, 200 – The judge ruled that Benton’s constitutional rights had been violated.
http://www.expertwitness-on-education.com/ben...

(5) Kennedy Western v. Oregon – settled out of court
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/googl...

Oregon Settles Federal Lawsuit Filed by Kennedy-Western University; State Officials Will Seek Changes to State Law Regulating the Use of Degrees from Unaccredited Universities….– As part of the settlement the Attorney General's office also agreed to provide ODA personnel with a training session on defamation law. The Oregon ODA now avoids using defamatory terms such as ‘degree mill’ and instead refers only to ‘accredited’ and unaccredited’ for the purposes of Oregon law.

(6) US Department Of Education - http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

(7) Can College Accreditation Live Up to Its Promise https://www.goacta.org/publications/downloads...

(8) Naples Police Officers vindicated http://m.naplesnews.com/news/2009/sep/02/two-...

(9) Walter McNeil http://www.sptimes.com/2007/10/27/State/Degre...

(10) Steve Meadows, Robbie Wester and Mark Sims leave the State Attorney’s Office
http://www2.jcfloridan.com/jcf/news/local/art... #
1st AmendmentFan

UK

#12 Oct 3, 2009
“I lost my job over this.” Dr. Tramel, a Veteran, points out.“But it is worthy of note that nobody involved in the investigation or prosecution of this case remains in the employ of the State Attorney’s Office. I have been advised that I can expect substantial compensation for being put through this terrible ordeal, which my wife and I have endured to clear my own name and to make a stand for academic freedom for every Citizen of this great State and this great Country.”

Bibliography:

(1) Samuel Bartow Strange, III v. Michael Satz, 884 F.Supp.504; 1995 U.S. Dist – see online Federal district court strikes academic credential statute: http://brechner.org/reports/1996/rpt9601.htm

(2) Saavedra v. State of Florida 1995 U.S. Dist, Florida 13th Circuit, Case no. 95-7194

(3) Florida Senate Bill CS/SB 96 - Education Committee/Senator Grant - http://www.flsenate.gov/data/session/1998/Sen...

(4) Similar Cases in Oregon, which resulted in a complete re-write of Oregon Law and compulsory lessons in defamation law for ODA personnel from the State Attorney:

Benton v Svejar/Contreras, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Case Nos. 00-61771-HO and 02-7070-HO, 200 – The judge ruled that Benton’s constitutional rights had been violated.
http://www.expertwitness-on-education.com/ben...
(5) Kennedy Western v. Oregon – settled out of court
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/googl... - Oregon Settles Federal Lawsuit Filed by Kennedy-Western University; State Officials Will Seek Changes to State Law Regulating the Use of Degrees from Unaccredited Universities….– As part of the settlement the Attorney General's office also agreed to provide ODA personnel with a training session on defamation law. The Oregon ODA now avoids using defamatory terms such as ‘degree mill’ and instead refers only to ‘accredited’ and unaccredited’ for the purposes of Oregon law.

(6) US Department Of Education - http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

(7) Can College Accreditation Live Up to Its Promise https://www.goacta.org/publications/downloads...

(8) Naples Police Officers vindicated http://m.naplesnews.com/news/2009/sep/02/two-...

(9) Walter McNeil http://www.sptimes.com/2007/10/27/State/Degre...

(10) Steve Meadows, Robbie Wester and Mark Sims leave the State Attorney’s Office
http://www2.jcfloridan.com/jcf/news/local/art... #
The Right Way

Niceville, FL

#13 Oct 8, 2009
I admire Dr.Tramel He fought a tremendous battle and won. The "good ole boys" got their Butts kicked!! I think he should run for Public Office, at least we know he will fight for what's right! He must have some BullDog in him, because he latches on and just want let go till he wins! Of course when you have broke no laws and you are right you should fight. There are so many schools today that the majority isn't accredited. Why, is because you have to pay accredited schools out of your Tax Money. This should be a wake up for everyone.
I hope you win The Town Of Sneads in your lawsuit and sell it for $1.00, thats all it's worth.
Winner

Argyle, FL

#14 Oct 11, 2009
Really wrote:
Did anyone think the charges would stick to Tramel? Not in this good ole boy neck of the woods.
Yes, everyone did! Are you so slow that you can't see he had to fight for 2 years? He certainly is not one of the good ole boys! The charges didn't stick because he didn't break the law.
I understand he made some Old Man (that thinks all the girls love him), angry in Sneads. This Old Man got Greg Lewis,(the one that isn't the smartest Council person) and put together a scheme to get rid of Tramel. The problem is they used Pug Ballister or whatever his name is. Read the 02/14/2007 Town Meeting Minutes. They tried to say "Pug" was a Law Enforcement officer, so they gave him all of Mr.Tramels personal information.(Very Illegal!) THEN,they found out "Pug" isn't a Law Officer and they knew they screwed up! Attorney Guy Green was in the middle, with Chief Burt McAlpin. THEN McAlpin tried to say he was a VOLUNTEER OFFICER!! Get Real. Now, "Pug" is close to State Retirement and this WILL hit him at work (ANY DAY,NOW)and you better believe he will talk his 400 lb. Bottom off, to save his neck!!(Who names their child PUG!"
No wonder they are getting rid of McAlpin and probably Green! Tramel was the best Town Manager Sneads has ever had. All the GOOD people know that. Lewis wanted the publicity Tramel was gaining for the Town. Notice when Tramel left, Lewis took all his volunteer positions! By the way, did anyone know they never terminated Mr.Tramel. He was on medical leave and never notified he was terminated or of the special meeting! He read it in the paper! NOW DO YOU THINK HE HAS A LAWSUIT? WHERE IS THE BEST ATTORNEY, TRAMELS CASE CAN MAKE THEM WEALTHY!!
Oxford man

Destin, FL

#15 Oct 11, 2009
For some reason-- I think 1st Amend fan is actually Trammel. The dismissal of the criminal charges in no way make his "degrees" credible.
Looking

Argyle, FL

#16 Oct 11, 2009
Oxford man,
I think you are way off base. 1st. Amend Fan can not be Tramel! He lives in Florida.
Yes, the dismissal of the charge does make the degrees credible. They were already credible.Other cases in Florida had been ruled on the same Statute 817.567 and the Statute was found unconstitutional, even by a State District Court and Hillsborough Circuit Court! Tramels charge was ruled on by a Circuit Judge and Asst.State Attorney. But, in the Tramel file is a complete Apostilled Letter from the school and the Supreme Court that the School is located, stating Tramels credentials and the Good Standing of the school! What else could you ask for?
What I find odd is ,"why didn't the Town Of Sneads just write and request a copy of his credentials?" That would have solved all the problem. Tramel did not state his credentials were accredited, But it would have made no difference. The job did not require any education level!
Oxford Man

Miramar Beach, FL

#17 Oct 14, 2009
I certainly don't pretend to know where first amend fan lives and I don't have specifics of the Canterbury University's claim to credibility. I do know there is a lot of internet chatter that says it is a diploma mill located is the Seychelle islands not in the UK. It may be a valid online college or it may be fraud or it may be a little of both.

Certainly Trammel would have more credibility if he went to a bricks and mortar school like the universities in Oxford or Cambridge. I also don't know if we ever will find out if this is just a Canterbury Tale. I guess if Mr. Trammel files a civil action discovery will revel more about Canterbury University. Perhaps he will do just that and the questions can be answered. I am sure Sneads has insurance coverage for this type of claim and the cost of international discovery will not be an issue.

I wonder why Trammel has not filed suit yet?
Cambridge For Real

Crestview, FL

#18 Oct 15, 2009
Oxford Man, How horrible, sunshine.
Lots of internet rumors about Cambridge. Not approved in Oregon.
Maybe Mr.Trammell has filed a suit???? Maybe it was filed in more than a circuit court???? That is what a real professional would do! Take it to the District or higher level. I mean he did have Governmental Attorneys following the case and the actions of the State Attorney and Sneads! I do know the name Glen Roderman has sure been bounced around.

Good Day, Sunshine
Oxford Man

Miramar Beach, FL

#19 Oct 20, 2009
Cambridge,
Where did you go to college? Cambridge College in Augusta, GA? https://www.cambridgecollege.edu/augusta

What do you mean "take it to District or higher level? There is no court other than the Federal Court for Northern District of Flordia that takes direct filings of civil actions.
Cambridge For Real

Crestview, FL

#20 Oct 20, 2009
Sunshine,

If you don't know where Cambridge is, I doubt you would know where Oxford is! Wake up, old man. Read on the internet about Oxford-Diploma Mill. You can read anything you such desire into whatever you are reading!
Hence, did you notice how you used the word Northern "District" Court. My goodness that was intelligent. It is daylight not dark sunshine! This is a case built for a much higher Court.
By the way, in the official records, the Supreme Court from the schools country sent a letter of good standing that was Apostilled! Legality!!It is in the news article. Search "Canterbury Tramel" and read the results. Or just read the one above.
Why should I continue to give you info., about Trammell? You seem to be an enemy that would like to hurt him,and I have been where Trammell has. I know he has completed putting together the best Legal Team that can practice law in Florida. From Miami to Tallahassee. The Southern Center For Human Rights is aware. This may be simple and a forget type issue to others, but not to him. People owe Trammell 2 years of his life and alot of money!
Go get them Trammell and get them for me,too!

I will be out of the country for an extended period so you can Blog on your own Sunshine.
Good Day,Eh
The Accountant

Cape May Court House, NJ

#21 Mar 7, 2010
I lived in England from I was six months old. I returned to the United Stated and I have a MBA from the same Canterbury University and I have worked for some of the largest corporations in America and I have trained employees in accounting,taxation and compliance at Mutual of O'Maha, Met Life, New York Life and Prudential. Today I am part of a law firm that represents clients (corporations) at the IRS for various tax issues. If the school was forced to change then we need to find out why. It was a good school for me.
a Canterbury Tale

Argyle, FL

#22 Mar 25, 2010
Wonder when Tramel is going to cash his check? If he has slander claim the statute of limitations is two years.
Cambridge For Real

Miramar Beach, FL

#23 Mar 25, 2010
a Canterbury Tale wrote:
Wonder when Tramel is going to cash his check? If he has slander claim the statute of limitations is two years.
Please read the Statute. It is two years after charges are dropped, if charges were implied! Yes, there is a check - Yes there is a Multiple Lawsuits. Wouldn't you sue them, if they ATTEMPTED to destroy you, BUT Failed!
CanterburyDead

Perth, Australia

#24 May 14, 2010
The PDF was too large to upload so I copied the statement verbatim, except for the name of other companies on the list
**********
No.307 of 2010
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(Cap 100A)
Section 97(3)
Notice is hereby given under Section 97(3) of the International Business Companies Act that the names of each of the following International Business Companies -
Canterbury University Limited;
Earlscroft University Limited;
Bridgewater University Limited;
(and others....)
will be struck off the Register, owing to its conduct of business affairs or other activities which are or are likely to be contrary to the Laws of the Seychelles and the Company no longer satisfying the requirements of the Act for an international business company, unless the company or another person satisfied the Registrar that the name of the company should should not be struck off.
Seychelles International Business Authority
**********
So, as SIBA rightly point out, all prior (and future) so-called degree documents sold by these legal entities are null and void due to them being issued in contravention of the Act.

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