Letter to the Press
An American Dream Destroyed by The Florida Bar
CASE NO. 19-CV-22135-RS
As our country is ravaged by a foe we cannot see, millions of Americans have been forced to retreat within their homes as their livelihoods, health and wellbeing, and the future of their families is left hanging in the balance. This foe has exacerbated the inequalities embedded within the fabric of our nation, as leaders we have entrusted with protecting us fail to live up to the task. Americans have felt this uncertainty, anxiety, and fear for months, but because of the fraudulent actions committed by The Florida Bar, my mother Anne Telasco has been in this trapped state of despair for 20 years.
On August 19th, 2020, United States District Judge Rodney Smith entered an unprecedented judgement in Anne’s defamation suit against The Florida Bar. In her 318-paragraph complaint with over 235 pages of evidence, Anne documents how The Florida Bar knowingly submitted false documents, improperly withheld material information, forged Anne's name on a post office return receipt card, concealed evidence, filed and buried documents that Anne filed within unrelated files, intercepted, backdated and improperly filed documents without Anne’s knowledge, and in the interim fabricated (5) five cases against her in order to secure an order of disbarment for theft against her in early 2000. In deciding the motion, Judge Smith accepted all allegations in Anne’s Second Amended Complaint as true. However, The Florida Bar has and continues to hide behind 11th Amendment immunity, as the case was dismissed without prejudice for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
Prior to this Judgement, Anne spent the last 20 years of her life wrongfully branded a thief by The Florida Bar. A Haitian immigrant who started her own practice one year out of The University of Miami School of Law in 1993, Anne garnered a reputation for winning race, age, and gender discrimination cases against major corporations; Anne was one of forty attorneys worldwide invited to the Oxford Round Table Forum on Civil Rights in 2001. However, Anne’s victories made enemies.
After a 28-month long assault on her career and moral fitness, Anne was forced to resign in 2001 and her bright career as a civil rights attorney was cut short. Due to the fabricated cases, Anne became unemployable, ostracized, and threatened on a daily basis for supposedly stealing settlement funds from her own people. Anne was forced to flee from Miami with me in tow, convinced that she would be wrongfully branded a thief for the rest of her life. Thanks to Judge Smith’s ruling, my mother is finally vindicated. However, the Florida Bar continues to hide behind the veil of immunity, refusing to take accountability for launching my mother into a 20 year purgatory of shame, depression, and financial ruin as she makes less than $20,000 a year and carries over $300,000 in student loan debt.
Anne is currently in the process of appealing the judgment in the appellate courts on the grounds that The Florida Bar’s egregious, unlawful, and life ruining actions cannot fall under 11th Amendment immunity. Anne is going up against law firm behemoth Greenberg Traurig. Their team against Anne is led by firm partner Barry Scott Richard, a lawyer who represented George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election challenge. The Bar has refused to acknowledge their actions or mediate, stating that doing so is a “burden.” If The Florida Bar cannot be held accountable for criminal actions it knowingly committed, it is a grave threat to the American people.
I ask of you, as the lifeline of information to the people, to inform the court of public opinion of what the federal court has accepted as true; a state agency created to defend and uphold the rights of our citizens has used its power to defame and destroy a lawyer who fought for justice and upended the status quo, simply because it decided that she is not allowed the American Dream.
Attached is Judge Smith’s ruling and Telasco’s Second Amended Complaint with all unrefuted and verified documented evidence. Please note that I have also attached the documents titled “Second Notice of Filing” and “Third Notice of Filing” containing crucial exhibits, as the clerk misfiled them. Please visit www.annetelasco.com for a full picture of Anne and the case, the men involved in her downfall, and hundreds of pages of evidence supporting the validity of this story. Thank you for your time.
Anngelica-Marie Eshesimua - Anne’s Daughter