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A Pregnant Damara Holness Did Not Want Media Knowing She Filed Writ Of Habeas Corpus Over Prison Conditions; She Is Currently Living In Tallahassee Halfway House

Federal inmate Damara Holness wants to go home over concerns for proper medical treatment of her pregnancy, Federal records show. In January, Holness began a twenty-four month sentence for charges stemming from COVID-19 relief fund fraud. Holness, the daughter of former Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, was sent to a Federal women’s facility in Marianna, Florida.

Holness filed a writ of habeas corpus on November 17, 2022 complaining about her medical treatment and request to be transferred to home confinement. In the rambling, single-spaced narrative, Holness claims she was promised to be on home confinement by September 2022. Holness claimed her living conditions and prison diet put her health and the health of her unborn child at risk.

However, Holness did not want the media to make a Federal case of her Federal case.

Stating hers is a “high profile case,” Holness wrote, “I didn’t want retaliation from the media picking up a legal concern with the BOP (Bureau of Prisons).”

Holness included an email documenting classes she signed up for in prison: “Walk With Ease” and “How To Talk To Your Doctor.”

On November 29, 2022 a Federal magistrate ordered Holness to resubmit her writ along with required documentation. The magistrate did wonder if some the issues were moot since Holness was currently living in a Tallahassee halfway house.

Rod Velez Attends Broward School Board Meeting A Week After Giving Statement To FDLE

After spending a few days in Tallahassee, Rod Velez attended a School Board of Broward County workshop Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale. Velez kept supporters abreast of his travels with photographs posted on social media. Judging by the comments, his supporters still believe he has a path to a seat on the School Board.

One meeting Velez did not document was another visit with representatives of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Last week, Velez provided a formal statement to FDLE.

Last month, REDBROWARD revealed FDLE received information regarding possible perjury committed by Rod Velez when he signed an oath in campaign paperwork. Sources told REDBROWARD that Velez subsequently met with FDLE agent’s who advised him that taking the oath for the School Board seat would constitute perjury. Velez attended the swearing in ceremony but did not take the oath of office.

Despite the encouragement to keep fighting, it appears Velez has no path to take office. As REDBROWARD previously reported, the December clemency board meeting was cancelled. Also, the Office of Offender Review, which reviews the clemency requests, is well aware of the FDLE perjury investigation. One source claims Velez’s application may have been rejected because of it.

It is becoming likely Governor Ron DeSantis will appoint someone to the District 1 seat in January.