Judge refuses to dismiss Rebekah Jones case
Jones had raised questions about Florida’s COVID-19 data. Image via CNN.

She received national attention after alleging that Gov. DeSantis’ administration manipulated data about COVID-19 cases and deaths.

A Leon County circuit judge Tuesday refused to dismiss a criminal charge against former state COVID-19 data analyst Rebekah Jones, who has been accused of illegally accessing a Florida Department of Health computer system.

Judge Francis Allman issued a one-page order denying Jones’ motion to dismiss the case but did not explain the decision. Jones, who was fired from her health department position in May 2020, has received national attention after alleging that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration manipulated data about COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The attention increased in December when Jones posted a video of armed state agents executing a search warrant at her home. Prosecutors in January charged her with illegally accessing the computer system Nov. 10.

Authorities have accused her of sending a message on an internal Department of Health multi-user messaging account.

“It’s time to speak up before another 17,000 people are dead. You know this is wrong. You don’t have to be part of this. Be a hero. Speak out before it’s too late,” the message said. Jones has denied sending the message. In a June 10 motion to dismiss the case, her attorneys said the system was used by multiple people who shared a username and password. “For purposes of this motion to dismiss, the allegations do not amount to a crime no matter who accessed the (account), because all access was accomplished through a widely available username and password,” the motion to dismiss said.


Republished with permission from The News Service of Florida.

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  • Ed

    June 29, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Rebekah Jones is a lunatic. She is no “scientist” but rather a data entry person with a political agenda. She has had run ins with the law at LSU, FSU, and then was fired as a data entry person at the Florida Department of Health. She was initially embraced by Nikki Fried and the liberal news media as she promoted their anti Trump agenda. What is amazing to me is the amount of money this crazy person has raised through her “Go Fund Me” page.

  • Tom

    June 29, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Just part of the Soros, fraud Fried network.
    Needs to be indicted, convicted and sentenced by next October so all Floridians can be witness as Gov Ron gets re-elected. Typical Dums abuse.
    Btw, anyone see the Freak, Fraud Fried. Just a joke.

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