Warning. it’s a long one and hope well worth it!
Are you suppose to excuse the mistakes made by one of the smallest counties in Texas for wrongful enforcement and prosecution because it is a small county or do you hold them to the letter of the law?
I watch what is happening in politics today and see a direct parallel comparison with what is happening today due to a faulty FISA Warrant based on a dossier bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC written by a British spy, Christopher Steele-now in hiding, and a wrongful case of animal cruelty. There’s an old saying concerning warrant -Stop them at the gate…Well what exactly does that mean? Go back to the warrant and the warrant affidavit which is supposed to be attached to the warrant for explanation providing a probable cause to grant that warrant…That would apply to any warrant. If the warrant affidavit lacks probable cause or contains lies and therefore can not be verified, then you can easily stop them at the gate however, that’s not as easy as it might seem and reason that there’s an investigation into the FISA Warrants (there were four issued from 2016-2017)
I have a search and seize warrant that was used to take animals but they failed to provide the affidavit to the warrant while serving the warrant…it was issued following three days of warrantless searches…It failed to provide any probable cause. Furthermore, when executing such a warrant there are parameters provided by law…that too was a fiasco. So rather than a concise well planned execution of a warrant it became more like a mob trespassing on private property taking as they pleased for much more than what was stated on the warrant.
Considering the three days of warrantless searches, it was known what would be needed to house the animals they were proceeding to remove and should have provided what was needed for that removal. Instead, they took what they needed as well as other property not listed on the warrant with no consideration to return any animal or the property. The warrant had a criminal number assigned to it but there wasn’t a call for arrest or a second warrant for the rest of the animals. That is extremely important -no citation was ever written for ‘the rest of the animals’ by a second judge…In other words, the rest of the animals was tossed into the mix. Citations were written for 10 animals five days later following the warrant and arrest.
The most interesting aspect is the affidavit to the warrant which was obviously written by the district attorney (Bill Gleason) plus, was written as if by the person who he (the district attorney) would appoint to serve the warrant. However, second person (David McKnight) was assigned to serve the warrant with a name of a deputy crossed off (Sean Cox) the warrant.
The topper was purposely sending it to the wrong court for the appeal (*see below} The county court of Marion County is not allowed to hear civil cases and the case mysteriously changed-Not that it ever was a criminal case in JP court, the defendants and their court appointed attorneys didn’t know-You are not provided court appointed attorneys for a civil case…So either those court appointed attorneys were in on it or it was improper representation…On appeal it was suddenly civil
Notice Wedding taking property not listed on the warrant.
What judge is stupid enough to sign the warrant-JP Judge Lex Jones of Marion County, Texas, that’s who. All this without even reading the warrant affidavit which was built on hearsay as well as ‘possibly’ even though it was a known fact to be false. The contents of the affidavit read more like a bad joke. The warrant itself was vague at best without any direction as to what the officers were to take and from where they would be found. The warrant affidavit was asked for but McKnight had no clue what that was and simply said this is all you get-A green deputy, untrained in matters of law, who took an oath to obey the law was in charge of a search and seize…approximately a year later he helped Wedding trespass on John Wilson’s property with no warrant ever obtained and gave his dogs away…McKnight knew full well they were breaking the law. And Gleason knew full well about this dastardly deed -Not only did he do nothing to stop this unlawful theft of property but he proceeded to issue a warrant for John Wilsons arrest once he was released from the hospital.
The new district attorney is no better-maybe worse knowing full well that Wedding had not only committed a huge case of 78 counts of animal cruelty (yes the very same woman who ran around the county taking and doing as she pleased with citizens pets and having those citizens charged with cruelty -no matter there was no cruelty…)
Wedding committed bank fraud, she also collected donations without a not for profit license from the state or an IRS 501-c-3…But there’s more…She used collected funds for personal use as well. The board of directors denies knowing anything about anything with the new county judges wife as one of those board members…Oh Lordy, what a mess…
Lies beget lies and when caught, will lie some more…So what’s the REAL reason that Wedding has not been arrested or gone to court for her crimes-after all the people she pushed to be arrested, charged and prosecuted?!? Even more interesting, in our case, there was no criminal trial…imagine that…
Quick reminder of my last blog post:
How about an update…?!?
After seeing the news update I decided to see if the other paper picked it up and discovered the following message to me ….Followed by me letting her have it!!!
The writer’s name omitted even though she didn’t think twice about posting on a public form and how proud she is of what she helped do-Gag me…
I’m sorry you have the impression that nothing was done properly or legally in the border collie case. First hand, I can account for that situation, as I was there helping feed, water, and get those animals ready for transport, assisting Caroline and some of the owner’s family members (which alleviated the need for a warrant, as they came and worked getting the situation taken care of). None of us know when the crucial break from reality to incompetency will hit us, whether it be a stroke, senility, alzheimers, or a nervous break down; leaving one without the critical thinking skills to handle a given situation.The owner of the animals was in no shape to look after them and lived out of area. As far as his family knew, he’d been coming over taking care of them or finally selling them all; so no one really knew what was going on until it was way out of hand. The owner had one time been a top national breeder and trainer of border collies. The property was off the highway on a rural road and couldn’t be seen for the abandoned cars and bags of trash piled between the road and property. They had to come in with a bulldozer to clear the drive to get up to the house. The dogs had taken over a perfectly good brick home as their own. They all were placed with breed specific shelters. So blaming the Sheriff or Caroline, does no one any good. And sorry TopCatsRoar, I don’t know you, but I’m not ashsamed to post under my own name.
No excuse is acceptable-Of course the owner accepted help-She was in a daze with her husband in the hospital and promised there would be no arrest or charges…furthermore, she was not the owner of those dogs so don’t you dare claim you had any right to do what you did in partiscipating with that or the fact that McKnight ran over puppies…I know more about this than you obviously think I do lady. It’s called extortion and theft under color of law!!! That bulldozer did a lot of damage-seen with my eyes to the property…What you people did was terrorize every animal owner in the county…Don’t even get me going on Wedding-or I will open a can of worms for things that woman has done that you don’t really want to know…Most of it already exposed in my blogs Nine years of posts and never forgotten or gotten over it and the mob that invaded my property…Shame on you for not making sure it was done by the letter of law and shame on you for not making sure Wedding is charged 1) 79 counts of animal cruelty 2) Bank fraud 3) Collectiong donations for a none existant not for profit (obviously you think she was a not for profit-She is nothing more than a common thief and beggar) 4) Using funds collected for the care of animals at a shelter instead also used for personal use as well There was no accountability for any of the animals or the money- No different than STEALING Border Collies… And McKnight got an award from Wedding for helping her steal those animals…Not worth anything-it’s trash!
That was some board of directors…HA! By chance were you on the board of her pretend organization???
I cant help but wonder how many of those dogs were breed and sold and John Wilson was smeared in the news and thru the community-Still exists in blog posts.
And as for John; he never got over that-RIP my friend.
Oh Lordy it’s no wonder law enforcement and the courts in Marion County are completely out of hand!!! There’s no accountability for anything to this day…
Shall we talk about no ASL interpreter for the profoundly deaf…all the way thru a court hearing-funny, huh…the deaf defendant didn’t hear a thing beginning with three days of warrantless searches…Go ask McKnight about it and he’ll lie his way thru that as well-I have a copy in writing.
Oh and while looking into the sheriff’s department-How about the woman the put in a restraining chair and proceeded to taze her several times rather than take her to the hospital or called an ambulance…Hey, McKnight lied in and to federal court at least two times that I know of…Lock your gates and your doors day and night -What protection do you really have when they weren’t trained in matters of law or honor their oath of office!!! Phooey
I kept saying to myself -why don’t you tell her how you really feel…LOL!!!
Here’s what I didn’t say to her however, it is now added to my reply-
Wedding was on line in a panic that the dogs had to be gone before John was released from the hospital-Didn’t that seem a bit odd-Maybe you should re-read the articles published in this paper and bet it remains on line in a number of places.
We met John after he was released from the hospital-there wasn’t anything wrong with him except for the shock that his dogs were gone that is…You helped destroy him and I want you to know that although you’ll never feel the pain from it.
You helped give away very valuable personal property from a long standing LEGAL owner-Don’t be so proud of your wrongful mis-deeds.
Do you know that it cost the Wilson’s $5,000.00 to hire an attorney to fight the charges against John? That’s some chunk of change-The attorney could barely believe the case-Of course she was able to get the charges dropped-TG!!!
Money doesn’t grow on trees-You people stole his livelihood.
I really liked the picture set up…NOT-They didn’t live in that house with no intentions to ever live there; why not give it to the dogs? Is there a law about that-no and didn’t actually matter, there was nothing lawful about it.
David McKnight is now the sheriff of Moron County…Dollars to doughnuts he’s still breaking the law! How about what others are saying about that…
Sheriff Takes ‘Full Responsibility’ For Satiric ‘Elmer’ Facebook Post
By BOB PALMER
Above is the Facebook post made by the unofficial Marion County Sheriff’s Office account on April 24, 2019.
Marion County Sheriff David McKnight told the Jimplecute this week he accepted responsibility for a post to the “Marion County Sheriff’s Department” Facebook page that many found offensive.
“I take full responsibility,” McKnight said when given a Texas Freedom of Information request last week by the Jefferson Jimplecute. “It’s my department and I’m the sheriff.”
McKnight said he would deny the FOIA request since the Facebook page was not an official government location.
“It’s attached to a private email,” McKnight said. “Anyone can take a picture of a sheriff’s car and create a Facebook page.”
Asked whose email was linked to the page, McKnight admitted the email was his.
Previously, McKnight in media statements had asserted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook account had been hacked.
“We use the page to go on and post weather updates and things of that nature,” McKnight said. “We didn’t make this post, someone had to have hacked into the account somehow but I took it down.”
On April 24, a post on the Marion County Sheriff’s Facebook page announced the employment of Elmer as the department’s new animal control officer.
“We would like to introduce Elmer,” the announcement read. “Elmer will specialize in animal control and will be a perfect fit with our constituents who are concerned with our furry friends. Elmer says, ‘If you want them caught, fed or skint, just flag me down.’”
The language of the post and its accompanying picture of what was later identified as an unkempt homeless man quickly stirred reactions from animal rights advocates.
“Ideally, all law enforcement officers would understand that animal welfare, public trust in the integrity of our judicial branch, and appropriate use of technology by those public servants are serious issues,” Kimberly Parsons, Friends of Jefferson Animals president, said. “Everyone makes mistakes – but people of character admit their errors, apologize and make amends.”
The social media incident follows six months of controversy over the lack of sufficient animal control solutions in Marion County and the City of Jefferson following the two dramatic events involving upwards of 160 dogs found trapped in deplorable conditions.
It is doubtful that McKnight consulted with the Attorney General of the state of Texas concerning the FOIA…Then again, most things are not done in keeping with the letter of law thru the Marion County government agencies. No over-sight or accountability-We’ll see about that!!!
Well I did my rant for the night but I have one better -This writer will remain unknown as well as the comments…from a private FB wall-This gal is on the ball!!!
These ankles should be the only thing supporting David McKnight as sheriff of Marion County.
The night of his disgusting post on the Marion County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, he is quoted in the Marshall News Messenger as saying “We didn’t make this post, someone had to have hacked into the account somehow but I took it down”.
Now in today’s Jimplecute, he takes full responsibility for the post and admits his email is the one attached to the page. Before he lied to the Marshall News Messenger, perhaps he should have remembered there is always a digital footprint and he shouldn’t brag to others about creating the post.
In the same MNM article, our county judge urged the community to wait for the facts before rushing to judgement.
Well, to the judge and our county commissioners- here are the facts. The sheriff of Marion County is an admitted liar who has abused the power of his position. By using the MCSO Facebook page to express his dislike for an issue critical to many residents of Marion County, he has shown he lacks the character or integrity vital for this leadership role.
At this time in our country, police officers are attacked and murdered almost weekly as hate groups have made our law enforcement officials a target of their despicable agenda. McKnight’s lies not only wipe out his credibility as an officer but also feeds into the distrust of law enforcement that these criminals thrive upon.
Why is this ok? Is is because you are friends with him? Go to church with him? Know his family? That is all the more reason to let him know he is no longer needed as sheriff of Marion County. He has willingly lied to you and is no longer worthy of the badge. We teach our children the importance of character and honesty. Are these values no longer important if the culprit is one of our friends?
Our county commissioners and the judge must speak out against this egregious behavior. Failure to do so only solidifies the growing distrust and cries of cronyism so rampant in our community.
Marion County deserves better.
Some of the comments:
very well said and yes you are correct it’s going to take real people with real values to change years of abuse in Jefferson and Marion County. I’ve been around the world and investigated some of the worst and the Jefferson hierarchy is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. It’s a damn shame this town we all call home is being destroyed by these guys/gals. What’s even worse is when you show people actual facts and evidence they still don’t get it or you get the ole “that’s the way it’s always been” well it’s now catching up as Jefferson is a shell of what it was just six or seven years ago and the people that care aren’t even from here but live here because of the town. Now we have found out how screwed up things actually are!!! Keep up the good work we got this
A reply to a comment -I didn’t want to waste my time on the comment left-
Our county officials use social media to reach out to residents. We are also entitled to use the same forum- especially when they bring dishonor to their position through lies and dishonesty.
I hope you teach your children the value of integrity and good character as well as taking responsibility for their actions.
Please answer- why is David’s behavior ok with you? Instead of attacking and accusing us of “bashing”, reflect upon your stance and explain why a law enforcement officer should be allowed to not only abuse his power but lie to the media when he is caught. The honorable men and women of this country certainly do not need another “bad cop” fueling the hate spewed by those that wish them harm.
Perhaps you have never held a job involving a formal job description, an HR manual or a formal review process. If so, you would know that a job has expectations and responsibilities- as well as a code of conduct. Pointing out David’s failures in certain areas is not bashing- it is being accountable to the citizens of this county who pay his salary.
My question is where is the accountability and transparency ?
People should be held accountable for their actions.
When the people elect a Sheriff, this is the oath they take on the hand of the Bible.
An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services, shall take the following oath: “I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” This section does not affect other oaths required by law.
Now when an official is elected by the people and they do not uphold this oath, then The People have the right to make it know that this oath is not being upheld. This IS NOT bashing, this is information that is being put out there so The People can make an informative decision.
We all know an elected official can only be removed from office under certain circumstances. It can be for crimes of moral turpitude, a felony, or voluntarily stepping down. A lot of folks who have the best interests of this county in mind would lean toward that last choice. Of course that’s what a man of character would do.
To all the folks that keep saying leave it be, it’s counter productive, you’re hurting the county, stop bashing, move on, etc, let me pose this scenario. We have a list of alleged criminal acts that were not investigated by either law enforcement agency involved with the shelter….neglect/abuse/cruelty to animals, possession/use of a controlled substance by an unauthorized/unlicensed civilian, tampering/disposal of evidence of a crime, and malfeasance. We have two law enforcement agencies who have displayed gross negligence, favoritism, dereliction of duty, untruthfulness, mishandling of evidence, extremly unprofessional behavior, abuse of authority, intimidating/ridiculing citizens, and last but not least, reigniting the fiasco by misusing an official department social media page to ridicule those who stand up and call them out and then lying about that! So to all of you saying “sit down and shut up” let me ask you if this is the way you would want a crime against you or a loved one handled? I think not!
Maybe Mr H. is right. Maybe we should just let the good Sheriff finish out his career, such that it is. By the time any initiative to have him removed from office progresses, and it could be accomplished, his final term would be up anyway. He will leave office just the same, having been exposed for, and remembered by his lack of integrity, honesty, and character. Not exactly a good legacy to leave behind. Additionally, quite conceivabllly this could even affect a run for next sheriff by anyone else from inside the sheriff’s office, considering everything going on. It may be time for someone outside of the current administration to take charge. Just some thoughts from someone qualified to voice an informed opinion.
Had to reply to this one:
OK I don’t know you but consider the damage he can do in that position…It’s not that Marion Co deserves better, it’s that the residents of Marion Co deserve a lot better…Those judges and past judges no better and the only way you will get justice done will be from out of the county No one there is trained in matters of law with the exception of the DA and obviously she has no respect for the residents or her oath of office and every attorney in the county…Did you know…It’s an attorneys duty to speak up about corruption and mis-justice…they aren’t innocent-if anything also joined in …
He in no way should receive any retirement compensation (Paid by the taxpayers in the county) The courthouse shouldn’t be renovated…it should be torn down…
That’s it for now…I hope there will be more!
As a reminder, there is a disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned, there will be more -B
*Texas Government Code 26.258
The County Court of Marion County has the general jurisdiction of a probate court, general criminal jurisdiction, and juvenile jurisdiction as provided by Section 26.042(b) but has no other civil jurisdiction.