State Attorney Melissa Nelson has a relationship with Ben Frazier.
That, at least, is what she told the governor’s office when she asked the governor to reassign a case to another circuit.
Frazier was arrested at a press conference the governor was holding in Jacksonville, and charged by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office with trespassing. It boiled down to the fact that he was asked to leave and refused.
But the governor’s office declined to reassign the case, saying they had a conflict also because it was the governor who was the “victim” of Frazier’s headline-hunting stunt.
Frazier is known for such public disruptions in conducting his liberal activism, alleging racial injustice, criticizing law enforcement and the like. He obviously likes cameras focused on him.
Nelson then asked the 7th Judicial Circuit to take the case and, after reviewing the incident, they decided to drop the charge.
The strange request to move the case was based on the fact that Nelson has had a number of interactions with Frazier over his antics. But the state attorney interacts with hundreds of local citizens and the claim seems as weak as the trespassing charge.
We hope it doesn’t mean that she was afraid of being one of Frazier’s targets, or afraid of being criticized by the local media, which is overwhelmingly liberal and is always quick to give Frazier the publicity he is seeking.