Statement of Facts
RE-STATEMENT OF STATEMENT OF FACTS
Mr. Daiak testified that he believed that someone was breaking into his home, at
one-in-the-morning, during Hurricane Frances, on September 5, 2004 in Holiday,
Florida. He yelled and screamed at them to go away, then in fear and desperation, he
fired two warning shots from his legal revolver into his sofa and one of his bookcases.
The unseen intruders fled into the hurricane night, into a night where thousands of
homes, two blocks away (but not Mr. Daiak's concrete-block home), were under
mandatory evacuation orders, as the winds of Hurricane Frances neared the 40 mile-per-
hour mark at which all police response would cease. Not “martial law,” but “no law;” you
would be on your own. The State’s N.O.A.A. hurricane map showed 39 M.P.H. winds.
Mr. Daiak found out two days later, from the hospital, that it was Pasco County
Deputies who had been sneaking around his home that hurricane night; with no patrol cars,
no sirens, no lights, or loudspeakers, to alert Mr. Daiak that it was anyone except
looters or intruders, at one-in-the-morning. The deputies opened his front screened
entry-door, without a warrant, in “order to see better inside,” about a minute before the
two warning shots into a sofa were heard at 1:07 A.M. This was some fifty-six (56)
minutes after the initial response of the deputies at 12:11 A.M.; a response that Mr. Daiak
knew nothing about. The deputies testified that they thought they were responding to a
possible suicide threat, based solely on Mr. Daiak’s fiancée’s statement that in a split-
second glance, without a word being said, thought she saw Mr. Daiak pointing a
handgun at his head. Mr. Daiak testified at length, and demonstrated for the jury, that
he was not suicidal; that he had simply taken his legal revolver out of his Brink’s safe,
and done a quick safety inspection, including opening the cylinder, and glancing at the
barrel to check for any blockage. Mr. Daiak had had a concealed weapons permit
The deputies testified that they believed that they were at Mr. Daiak’s home, to
“help” what they wrongly believed could be a suicidal situation. Yet, the deputies
waited 56 minutes, to “help,” from the 12:11 AM initial response, unknown to Mr.
Daiak, until they opened his front entry door at 1:07 AM, without a warrant, a minute
before Mr. Daiak’s warning shots, as he believed someone was breaking into his home.
The deputies testified that they had “exigent circumstances,” and a “barricade situation,”
so that they did not need a warrant before opening his front door. However, they waited
56 minutes, and had time to bring machine-guns with them, to “help” a man who knew
nothing about the situation at all, and had gone to sleep about 12:15 AM, during
Mr. Daiak testified that at, what turned out to be 3:30 AM, he woke up when a
bomb, a flash-bang bomb, went off two feet from his head; then he was beaten by men-
in-black in military commando clothing, all with machine guns pointed at him. They
hand-cuffed him, and they hog-tied him, but they did not “arrest” him, until 18 days
later, when he got out of the hospital, with a $38,000 bill. Instead, “in-lieu-of-arrest,” a
deputy who never had seen him or talked to him, signed a Baker-Act form, saying that
Mr. Daiak was possibly suicidal, because he had shot at deputies, and that someone
thought he had pointed a gun at his head. However, the deputies never told the
hospital or doctor that a heavily-armed SWAT team had just bombed, beaten, hand-
cuffed, and hog-tied Mr. Daiak: It was not until two days later that the doctors
believed Mr. Daiak, that a bomb had gone off next to his head, then men-in-black-
with-machine-guns came into his home.
The deputies did not have a warrant at 3:30 AM, either; some two-and-a-half
hours after the 1:07 AM shots were heard. Although they had 2 ½ hours to seek a
warrant, they chose not to do so, before using a battering ram to destroy a solid-wood
front door, then broke out a back window with a hooligan-tool, then set off a bomb, a
flash-bang bomb, two feet from Mr. Daiak’s head; and then rushed into his home to beat,
hand-cuff, and hog-tie him; all without a warrant.
The evidence technician failed to find any bullet slugs, despite an hours long,
destructive search, tearing apart Mr. Daiak’s walls, drywall over 8” concrete block.
The State also failed to test for gun-powder residue on Mr. Daiak’s hands, or to test the
Smith & Wesson revolver found, to see if it had recently, or ever, been fired, or was
capable of being fired. Before Mr. Daiak testified, the only proof the State presented
was that the deputies heard what sounded like two gunshots, and that they saw the
second of what could have been a muzzle flash. They never saw Mr. Daiak, or a gun,
even though they testified that deputies with machine-guns in hand, were standing
directly in front of what they said was a wide-open front door; a door they said did
not slam shut until they heard what sounded like gun shots, at 1:07 AM; a minute after
they had opened his front screened door, without a warrant, “in order to see better
Mr. Daiak was a 52-year-old citizen, a lawyer from the University of Florida
College of Law (1994); and had been an International Petroleum Economist for the
Department of Defense, buying crude oil and military jet fuel. He had moved to
Florida in 1980, and had opened and operated a retail picture-framing store; then had
become a real-estate broker, before starting law school, on a merit scholarship (top 2%
LSAT), at 38 years old.
Mr. Daiak is now “Unknown Prisoner No. C00407,” imprisoned for twenty
years, mandatory, for firing two warning shots into his sofa to avoid harming the
persons that he believed were breaking into his home, at one-in-the-morning, during
WHEREFORE, Appellant Joe Frank Daiak, Jr., begs this Court to grant his
Motion for Rehearing pursuant to rule 9.330(a).
Joe Frank Daiak, Jr.
382 S.W. MCI Way
Madison, FL 32340