Regarding the case of Elizabeth Moore: Animal Control officers went to her residence "the first day" and posted a notice of compliance. They returned "the second day" with law enforcement. While they were at Moore's house, she arrived with food for her animals. According to Bishop, Elizabeth Moore was a person whose "situation got out of control... seemed liek she was trying to do the right thing." There were NO photos taken at the scene, and only one skull was collected. That skull was never analyzed, and disappeared. Because of her attitude and extenuating circumstances, and "lack of evidence," the prosecutors office decided to drop the single felony charge and script a plea deal. Supposedly Moore agreed to pay back $3000 for the "cost of care" of her animals which were seized. The 3 years probation was chosen because a person has the entire duration of their probation period to pay any fines, restitution etc. The prosecutors felt 3 years gave Elizabeth Moore "ample time" while "having a deadline" to make her payments. When asked, Bishop conceded at the end of her probation Moore could declare indigent status and not have to pay a dime.
Regarding the case of Aeza Magadia: according to ASA Torres, "what happens in Judge Ward's courtroom usually isn't what really happens." A person has 30 days to appeal for a sentence modification, and that's what Magadia did. The prosecutor was present in Judge Ward's chambers, and protested the motion. Apparently Magadia's Commanding Officer stating in open court that she would be removed from military duty if given jail time wasn't taken seriously; they had to file an appeal that she REALLY would be kicked out, so Judge Ward let Magadia off without jail time.
Regarding the case of Jacoby Jackson: as SA Bishop put it "there are as many reasons to file appeal as you can dream up." Officially, Jackson's lawyer Jeffrey Toney is appealing Judge Stone's decision to allow a photo of Smokey's neck wound to be presented as evidence to the jury. The argument is the neck wound didn't directly contribute to cause of death, and was prejudicial. Because keeping a dog chained for long periods is illegal in Okaloosa County anyway, the appeal hopefully will fail.
Bishop confirmed his involvement in the "animal cruelty prosecution unit" that SA William Eddins is creating with the support of the HSUS. Bishop and Torres seemed taken ababck that we already knew about the training seminar! According to Bishop, he sent a notice to all law enforcement office of each municipality in Okaloosa County. He says he requested at least TWO officers from each branch attend the training on February 3. When asked, Bishop stated he "saw no issue" with "a couple" AJRG members attending the training seminar!