Sheriff Violates Acceptable Standards and Guidelines

In 2012 we opened a suit against Marion County, officials, organizations, agencies and individuals. After two and a half years the case was dismissed largely due to us representing ourselves but we did have awareness and concerns that needed to be addressed. Unfortunately, the judge presiding over the case did not address a single issue which concerned numerous civil liberty issues. I’ve discussed this many times in this blog and TopCatsRoar; documenting the case as it were/is all this time. Until now, the general public; particularly the residents of the county. Often the things we spoke of seemed unbelievable but case files reveal the truth; submitted as documented evidence yet ignored by the courts.

As time went on, I have waited for the corruption to surface-Bad Karma always has a way of showing itself as it did for Weddings Dixie Humane Society of Marion County and Sheriff David McKnight as well as the Marion County type of judicial system which does nothing for the community. This business with McKnight has run amuck as he continues to be supported (protected) largely by District Attorney Angie Smoak.

Sheriff Elmer

https://jimplecute1848.com/2019/07/05/sheriffs-elmer-facebook-post-violates-county-city-school-computer-guidelines/?fbclid=IwAR0LDgPTsRsOU6IuTjVab6y8Ukn_MwBdJKOuYpl4o8XRRh0YpQeEA2l7FmM

Sheriff’s ‘Elmer’ Facebook Post Violates County, City & School Computer Guidelines

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

If Sheriff David McKnight had been a county employee rather than an elected official, his famous “Elmer” Facebook post could have resulted in disciplinary action or termination.

According to a copy of the Marion County Employee Manual the Jimplecute obtained through a Texas Public Information Act request, “the use of Marion County information systems, including computers, fax, machines, smart phones, tablet computers and all forms of Internet/Intranet access, is for Marion County business only.”

McKnight originally denied making the satirical post portraying an unkempt homeless man as the county’s new animal control officer, but TPIA requests unearthed text messages from McKnight to Chief Deputy Frank Cason where McKnight admits making the post.

[Bloggers Note: Sheriff McKnight LIED-How many times has he lied is the question!?! He began as a deputy with the sheriffs department and became an elected official after McKay left that position-How can anyone trust a sheriff that lies???]

“I was trying to piss of (sic) the shaw bunch,” McKnight said in the text message to Cason.

The employee manual is clear on the subject.
“Electronic communication should not be used to solicit or sell products or services that are unrelated to the County’s business; distract, intimidate, or harass coworkers or third parties; or disrupt the workplace,” the manual states.
The employee handbook warns,

“Employees must be aware that the electronic mail messages sent and received using county equipment are not private and are subject to viewing, downloading, inspection, release and archiving by the county.”
The threat of dismissal is repeated.

“Marion County monitors its entire informational systems and employees may be subject to discipline up to and including termination for any misuse of county informational systems,” the policy states.
Sheriff McKnight is an elected official, however, and not an “at-will” employee who can be terminaRules against misuse of government-owned electronic equipment or private communications devices used for a public purpose are also found in employee manuals for the City of Jefferson and Jefferson Independent School District.
“Employees representing the City government via City social media sites must conduct themselves at all times as a representative of the City and in accordance with all City policies,” the City of Jefferson handbook states.
Guidelines also include prohibitions against “profane, obscene, violent, or pornographic content or language,” as well as, “defamatory or personal attacks.”
The JISD Employee Manual is available on the district’s website. Employees are cautioned about the content of their electronic posts.
“As role models for the district’s students, employees are responsible for their public conduct even when they are not acting as district employees. Employees will be held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct,” the manual states.
“If an employee wishes to use a social network site or similar media for personal purposes, “the ted or reprimanded by a department head.

Rules against misuse of government-owned electronic equipment or private communications devices used for a public purpose are also found in employee manuals for the City of Jefferson and Jefferson Independent School District.

“Employees representing the City government via City social media sites must conduct themselves at all times as a representative of the City and in accordance with all City policies,” the City of Jefferson handbook states.

Guidelines also include prohibitions against “profane, obscene, violent, or pornographic content or language,” as well as, “defamatory or personal attacks.”

The JISD Employee Manual is available on the district’s website. Employees are cautioned about the content of their electronic posts.

“As role models for the district’s students, employees are responsible for their public conduct even when they are not acting as district employees. Employees will be held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct,” the manual states.

“If an employee wishes to use a social network site or similar media for personal purposes, “the employee is responsible for the content on the employee’s page, including content added by the employee, the employee’s friends, or members of the public who can access the employee’s page, and for web links on the employee’s page.”

Although the three manuals vary on specifics, the message is clear that at city, county and schools insulting, abrasive electronic posts are forbidden.

Jefferson Mayor Charles “Bubba” Haggard said the city has never had the need to discipline anyone under these provisions of the employee manual and was not sure how the city would exercise its right to monitor electronic messages.
“We would have to hire a tech person,” Haggard said.

The Jimplecute reached out to County Judge Leward LaFleur and Superintendent Rob Barnwell for comment, but had not received a reply by press time Wednesday

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This is the most backward place I’ve ever been to but not due to the residents of the county however, those elected officials as representatives of the county have left a very bad taste in my mouth and a horrible impression of the place. Imagine what a sheriff can do to your life when he’s a habitual liar…Yes, he is…He’s the high school bully wearing big boy pants unable to tell the truth. No one is safe in Marion County as long as McKnight remains in office.

What one resident had to say:

“The sad thing is that nothing has happened to him and nothing will, not even a formal response from the county commissioners or the county judge concerning the inappropriate actions of the sheriff.
The sheriff misused government property to harass citizens, and then lied he about it. This should be dealt with.”

It’s all a joke to these elected county officials including the fact that district attorney did NOT adhere to the guidelines of the law for prosecuting an animal cruelty case so, Carolyn Wedding runs free althou guilty of abusing 79 dogs with 2 freezers of dead dogs and a puppy stabbed to death found in her residence. Charges would also include bank fraud and fraudulently collecting donations. Any place else, she’d be locked up-Friends in high places allow murders to run free-makes me sick-just the thought of it…

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned, there will be more -B

DragnetJust the facts ma’m-then we’ll consider letting you go after we strip your property of the assets, prosecute you under color of law and then pat you on the ass so you can get more for us to take from you in the future.

 

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Marion County, Texas is a Hot Seat Citizens Unhappy with Law Enforcement Specifically-Sheriff David McKnight

If you are the local government it would seem to me you should be mindful of the citizens who put you there!!! Not the case in Marion County-that’s for sure-Corruption coming from every department-Does McKnight actually believe the citizens aren’t going to do something about him to end his reign of terror before his two years are up??? Talk is, they want a full investigation…they want to impeach. Note: just imagine the harm a corrupt sheriff can do in 2 years besides being known as a liar.

You’d think to get the AG of his back, he’d do his best to comply with the law but this is LAWLESS Marion County where criminals run free and not charged with crimes when others have been charged with for far less…People go to jail there even thou they would be minding their own business and doing nothing to break the law.

Drugs are still a major issue and crimes go by as if they never happened at all…This group of law enforcement and the judicial system is the worst in the state and likely due to it’s remote location however, that doesn’t mean that that no crime exists or that the problems are solved quickly; far from it actually, including obeying orders from the Attorney Generals office.

What began as a ‘dig’ directed towards the residents involved in animal rescue has escalated to a much bigger issue as Sheriff David McKnight lied to residents about a FB post that he himself made. Rather than own his dastardly deed; he lied, claiming the FB site had been hacked-The only person to hack the account was himself.

The Jefferson Jimplecute stayed on top of this story causing friction between the local newspaper and McKnight. McKnight vowed not to supply the paper with public information after the paper exposed that he was responsible for the post and had lied to the public…A FOIA was then filed with the AG by the paper. The weekly arrest information that they place in the paper came to a screeching halt forcing the paper no other option than to contact the Ag office once again.

The FOIA request concerned not only the arrest reports but text messages on McKnights phone…All official equipment is supplied by the taxpayers and is subject to FOIA requests.

Hopefully I got all that pertinent information correct but certain you can understand the gest of it. Here’s the latest report published in the Jimplecute:

https://jimplecute1848.com/2019/06/28/ag-urges-marion-county-to-comply-with-tpia-request-smoak-says-no-more-text-messages/?fbclid=IwAR1bewELsgJfibftJvm_LJambHlcgx-o-9dqu16Wh-cx_9_tLJZt8LNoPo4

AG Urges Marion County to Comply with TPIA Request, Smoak Says No More Text Messages

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
JEFFERSON – County Attorney Angela Smoak advised the Jimplecute in a letter dated June 12 that all available text messages and emails sought in a Texas Public Information Act request had been delivered.

In a related matter, the office of the Texas Attorney General advised in a June 19 letter that Marion County comply with TPIA requests from the Jimplecute. “In response to your letter dated 6/6/19, please be advised that there are no emails or social media messages that are responsive to your request,” Smoak wrote to Jimplecute Publisher Mica Wilhite.
In her June 6 letter to Smoak, Wilhite reiterated the Jimplecute’s request for more than the screenshots of text messages on the night of April 24 where Sheriff David McKnight admitted posting the satirical “Elmer” post on the Marion County Sheriff ’s Department Facebook page.

“As you know, we requested ‘Records and copies of any electronic communication created, transmitted, received, or maintained on any device if the communication is in connection with the transaction of official business by Marion County for Sheriff David McKnight and Chief Deputy Frank Carson from April 17, 2019 through May 12, 2019,’” Wilhite wrote.

The publisher continued: “To date, we have received phone records for David McKnight dated April 24, 2019 through May 9, 2019 as well as screenshots of text messages from Frank Cason’s phone dated April 4, 2019 through May 23, 2019.”

Since Smoak’s June 12 letter, Wilhite has responded that Smoak’s claim that no additional messages exist is implausible. “Our request is not limited to messages regarding Facebook activity, but for all messages from Sheriff McKnight’s cell phone, Chief Deputy Frank Cason’s cell phone and all their emails whether those messages are to each other or to someone else,” Wilhite said.

State law does allow law enforcement officers to redact messages pertaining to a criminal investigation. The letter from the Education and Enforcement Section of the Open Records Division of the Texas Attorney General’s office was in response to a complaint filed by the Jimplecute when Marion County failed to comply with its request for text messages within the 10 business days.

“The easiest way to resolve this open records complaint is to release the requested information provided the information is not confidential by law,” the AG letter stated.
A Texas Attorney General’s ruling (No. 2011-08166) has determined text messages by public officials are public records. Phone calls and text messages made from cell phones either owned or paid for by the county are public records.

Related:

Hacking Claims False; Text Messages Show Sheriff Made ‘Elmer’ Facebook Post
In “Community”

‘Jimplecute’ Quest for Sheriff’s Text Messages Prompts Attorney General to Open Inquiry
In “Community”

Sheriff’s Department Misses TPIA Deadline, Blames Jimp for Missing Request
Updated: June 14, 2019, 10:16 a.m. Posted: June 13, 2019, 6:46 p.m. JEFFERSON – The Marion County Sheriff’s Department failed to meet the 10-day deadline of a Texas Public Information Act request by the Jimplecute. Sheriff David McKnight said Friday, the reason he had not complied with the request is…
In “Community”
June 28, 2019 Jefferson JimplecuteCommunity

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The Jimplecute does have a FB page however, not all the news coming from Marion County is shared on FB. It’s so great having a newspaper that will stay on top of a story that concerns the community!

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned and follow this blog -B

 

 

 

 

Demand Justice for the Dogs

 

Kangaroo Court in Session

Kangaroo court

Review of the facts concerning severe animal cruelty by Carolyn Wedding; assigned the simple task of caring for animals for the city of Jefferson, Texas and Marion County. It’s not a difficult job to provide proper food and shelter at a place created as a safe haven for animals in need. Some simply lost, others taken from their longstanding rightful owners then to be placed in humane conditions.

However, Wedding is a one-woman show who would not allow the public in; nor would she allow for volunteers for help. No one knew that there was something she was hiding behind those locked gates? Why is it that she was accustom to police officers and sheriff deputies coming out with animals needing rescue yet not one noticed the conditions? That smell alone had to be putrid.

I’m the last person that anyone would expect would be screaming about animal cruelty-however, it was intentional folks and went beyond that she had plenty to hide-Wedding knew all along that she wasn’t properly providing for those animals or there would have been people streaming in and out on a daily bases…Help with the care and to search to see if their missing dog had been picked up or simply to look around and take one home-In the end she’d claim no one would come to help-slick answer from someone who had three full freezers of dead animals and a puppy that had been stabbed to death…a dead dog found in her residence

You be the judge-Time for a little Kangaroo Court, after all, it’s Marion County and they do as they please and Kangaroo Court goes with the territory-It is befitting and considering the Grand Jury decided there wasn’t enough evidence to demonstrate any criminal offence was due to the fact that district attorney Smoak was over her head in pulling off her usual trickery; at least one juror was a city council woman…just as I had suspected…

Animal cruelty was NOT the main topic discussed with the Grand Jury, barely talked about but what did that matter-Calling for a Grand Jury for an animal cruelty case simply is unheard of and is not consistent with Texas Health and Safety Code 821-829, Government law.

Marion Co Courthouse

I call this Kangaroo Court to order-only fitting for the need for true judgement and conclusions…Presenting the evidence:

 

 

How much more evidence do you need-Had I been on that jury I would have had to be excused as I ran out of that courtroom to hurl…

GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!!

LOCK HER UP!!!

Wedding was whisked into and out of that courtroom that day…She was present for about 30 minutes before her daughter, a dis-barred attorney herself, took her home as if she was in some frail condition-If she was so unable to stand trial then get her to a doctor and demand that she receives treatment.

As promised, more from the Jimplecute:

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Dixie Dog Disaster Results in No Indictments By Marion Grand Jury

Some Outraged, Some Okay

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

JEFFERSON – Numerous area residents lashed out following the Marion County Grand Jury’s decision to “no-bill” operators of the Dixie Humane Society.
“Just goes to prove it’s who you know and not evidence that gets you brought up on charges in this town, and how many dollar signs are behind your name,” Rita Barr wrote in a Facebook post.

“This verdict comes as no surprise,” Christie Woodson, who lamented that District Attorney Angela Smoak limited her testimony to the alleged trespassing, said. “None of us were asked about a single dog. Not one dog. Angie (Smoak) never said the words dog, abuse, freezer of dead animals or anything relevant to the true crime.”
Bob Avery, attorney for the Marion County Humane Society, which operated the Dixie shelter, disagreed. “The Grand Jury was in the best position to evaluate the evidence and I am certainly not going to second-guess them,” Avery told the Jimplecute this week.
Stephen Youngblood agreed, “The jury made their decision, I’ll have to agree with them.” A statement given last week by the Marion County District Attorney’s office revealed that the June 14 Grand Jury session resulted in no indictments of Caroline Wedding and the other operators of the Dixie Humane Society shelter.

Charges will also not be pursued against some who may have entered the property off SH 49 on North Street despite police warning tapes. More than 70 dogs were rescued in November and December by local volunteers at the shelter amid charges of neglect and abuse.

Following an investigation, Jefferson Police Chief Gary Amburn said violations of the law had occurred at the shelter and referred the matter to the district attorney’s office. D.A. Smoak presented the evidence to the Grand Jury.“

On June 14, 2019, a Marion County Grand Jury spent all day listening to the testimony of 13 witnesses, including those who faced potential criminal charges relating to the operation and eventual closure of the Dixie Humane Society in Jefferson, Texas,” the statement from Smoak read.

“When the facility closed, over 70 dogs were housed there in what were alleged to be inhumane conditions which sparked media coverage and calls from some members of the community for charges to be pursued for animal cruelty,” Smoak continued.
“At the end of a long day and after review of testimony from 13 witnesses and additional evidence, the Grand Jury found insufficient evidence to charge the operator of the facility or others who were facing potential criminal trespass or tampering with evidence charges.”

Smoak noted the dogs have since been placed with other facilities or individuals by community volunteers “who responded quickly after the facility closed.” Attempts to solicit comments from Sheriff David McKnight, Jefferson Police Chief Gary Amburn and MCHS Board President Brooklynn Bradley-LaFleur were not successful.
Volunteers active in the Friends of Jefferson Animals, however, were vocal.“The evidence that they should have concerned themselves with was the 70-plus malnourished and sick dogs living in their own filth, some of whom needed immediate medical attention,” Dina Carroll said.

“Of the 11 witnesses I saw enter the building, not one of them was there to speak up and out for the mistreated or dead animals found. As for insufficient evidence, it is my opinion that not all evidence was heard or even asked for.”

“Curiously, as I walked into the courthouse before the commencement of the proceedings I was approached by a prior DA who reminisced about a previous animal abuse case prosecution where they called in experts from Arlington, measured the level of contaminants present, etc.
He commented that they got a conviction and the perpetrator is still on probation,” Steven Shaw commented. Based on his observations, Shaw also reported to that none of that investigation was replicated on this case.

“The most disappointing part to the events surrounding the Dixie Humane Society was the overt, double standard application of the law,” Steve Woodson said. “We’ve got freezers full of dead dogs, dozens of neglected and malnourished animals, but apparently, that doesn’t warrant even a minor citation.

Instead, the volunteers have been treated like second-class citizens and were forced to defend their actions.” “By the grand jury not bringing charges against Caroline Wedding or the oversight board, they are allowing dog abuse to go unpunished and letting everyone know that abused dogs are not a concern of Marion County,” said Kim Shaw.
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Abused dogs were never a concern for Marion County-It was just another way to make criminals of the residents, get them locked into the system and take their money which could be as much as a thousand bucks…possibly more. Besides hiring an attorney for representation (minimum $5,000.00).

Plead guilty or I won’t represent you said Gleason to one longstanding resident who was charged althou innocent of those charges-he was her court appointed attorney…for what, she could have represented herself -he was useless.

Take all the animals in civil court but we’ll never take them to criminal court-We’ll get them next time because she can have animals, just not those animals (well of course not, nearly half were murdered or died by their unskilled hands.) No matter or attention of actual law was paid to by the JP judge, at that time, Lex Jones, that nothing was done according to the laws in Texas…County Judge Phil Parker took the case on appeal althou beyond subject matter jurisdiction of that court to hear the appeal but what did those defendants know? Parker was told how he would be ruling that day by Gleason, it was already discussed and decided before court even began; including denying the motion for a jury demand. Neither judge was trained in matters of law and Jones who knew one defendant was deaf, allowed the case to go to court without an ASL interpreter…No ASL interpreter was provided for any of it for him. And while I’m at it, I should add that the police records indicated that the defendants cooperated and no call for arrest was listed on the warrant but the two defendants that Wedding said of ‘alleged’ animal cruelty, were taken to jail with no consideration for PR bond. Instead, those defendants would remain in jail until it was decided that all charges would be dropped by giving up some of those animals (extortion used by Gleason) yet they held court the following day and decided to award the animals to Wedding…partially due to the fact that Wedding had a lot of weight affiliated with Sheriff McKnight…partially due to the fact that without permission from the court and without medical testing or permission from the defendants who remained in jail until the hearing, slaughtered nearly half the animals in the name of rescue under the color of law…Many animals died in the Weddings hands and the hands of Dr. Carol Hedges -Hedges complained that she was loosing business due to this blog accounting of what happened and occurred.

Karma played a role in seeing that Hedges, the Angel of Death got what she deserved…No rescue had occurred, in fact what occurred was animal cruelty by the accusers.

No justice was ever served.

With all charges dropped, the animals should have been returned according to the Texas Health and Safety Code…and the lives of the defendants were destroyed…Nothing would ever be the same with the only way out to relocate once again.

We left Marion County seven years ago and only now meeting its residents from beyond the gates of our property in another state.

Carolyn Wedding should have not only been charged with animal cruelty but numerous other charges including bank fraud and operating a NFP not listed with the state of Texas.

You can only find one conclusion-If Carolyn Wedding is not charged with over 70 counts of animal cruelty then there is no such thing as animal cruelty in Marion County and they need to answer to anyone and everyone previously charged.

What say you?

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned…follow this blog or join TopCatsRoar FB page…there will be more -B

DragnetWhat ya think Joe-Will she talk now? The facts just the facts.

 

Lawlessness Runs Deep in Marion County

Texas Health and Safety Code 821-829 addresses animal cruelty. It includes a remedy for animals found in deplorable conditions. -Those animals are to be removed and placed in humane conditions immediately. Animals are considered perishable property. People removing those dogs to place them in better conditions were never in danger of being charged-that was a community effort of actual necessary rescue.

Carolyn Wedding has broken more laws in the last 10+ years including claiming animal cruelty for members of the community when no cruelty ever existed. She was never properly trained to run such an operation and obviously was never an expert trained in matters of animal cruelty. She continued as a one woman show that failed miserably at the task of providing proper animal care. This was demonstrated years ago when she would haul animals to Marshall Animal Control where most were euthanized and without notification to the community that if they were missing their dog or cat to check in Marshall with MAC.

OMG they stole Kenny 2If it’s not nailed down-take it.

Marion County has never stuck to the rule of law concerning any issue of animal cruely, including when no animal cruelty ever exisited. ‘Dog and pony show’ for all of those cases-but this one is over the top. No where does the TX Health and Safety Code state that there is to be a grand jury. The rule of law is actually very specific. Marion County has denied a simple jury demand in order to get the end result they sought yet provides a grand jury for Carolyn Wedding without addressing the issue of cruelty and without calling in experts that took care of those dogs who are well versed in issues of animal cruelty. The vet in Marshall has handled quite a few cases of actual animal cruelty.

I venture to say, and I’ve said this for nearly 10 years, if they can’t get an animal cruelty case right, the lawlessness runs rampant in Marion County and runs deep. I’d put money that not a single case of animal cruely has ever been handled accordingly to the rule of law.

Carolyn Wedding and the board of directors must to be held responsible for the severe cruelty that took place. She must be held responsible for running a non-registered Not for Profit business. There is also an issue of bank fraud. There were so many crimes involved in this case that have never been addressed and that issue falls back on the very people who took an oath to obey the law and protect the community.

As a result there should be an all out protest including complaints filed. This case is an example of just how deep the lawlessness runs with people who are not qualified to hold any government position.

Kangaroo courtKangaroo Court exists like no place else in the United States-Law…What law? No one is innocent unless they make it so…A society of lawlessness where everyone is considered guilty of crime-Depends on who you’re related to or who ya know…Just who stabbed that puppy found in Carolyn Weddings freezer?!?

Intentional cruelty happened at the Dixie Humane Society of Marion County and Carolyn Wedding wasn’t accepting any help from anyone for any reason. After a bit of coaxing a volunteer was allowed to come in and help. What she saw was horrifying so she reported it to the chief of police for the city of Jefferson. She returned the following day and took numerous pictures to document what she saw. Those conditions didn’t happen overnight and those dogs were subjected to the worse conditions than anyone would have thought imaginable…If Carolyn Wedding isn’t charged with a crime then there is no such thing as animal cruelty. I wouldn’t subject a dead dog to such conditions.

Dixie HS is not a registered not-for-profit. Checks were written to the Dixie Humane Society –

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Jefferson Jimplecute reports-

https://jimplecute1848.com/2019/06/21/grand-jury-doesnt-indict-dixie-humane-society-operators/?fbclid=IwAR1BGhFGJ19TmMA7DTSZyqXh3M-PiY8SXYf7gmcLjdDutP7EYl3KU01lOgo

Grand Jury Doesn’t Indict Dixie Humane Society Operators

GraPosted: 6/21/19 at 10:33 a.m.
Updated: 6/22/19 at 11:50 a.m.

A statement given this week by the Marion County District Attorney’s office to witnesses at the June 14 Grand Jury session indicates no charges will be brought against Caroline Wedding and the other operators of Dixie Human Society Shelter.

Charges will also not be pursued against some who may have entered the property off SH 49 despite police warning tapes.

More than 70 dogs were rescued in November and December by local volunteers at the shelter amid charges of neglect and abuse.

Following an investigation, Jefferson Police Chief Gary Amburn said violations of the law had occurred at the shelter and referred the matter to the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Angela Smoak presented the evidence to the Marion County Grand Jury.
“On June 14, 2019, a Marion County Grand Jury spent all day listening to the testimony of 13 witnesses, including those who faced potential criminal charges relating to the operation and eventual closure of the Dixie Humane Society in Jefferson, Texas,” the statement from Smoak read.

“When the facility closed, over 70 dogs were housed there in what were alleged to be inhumane conditions which sparked media coverage and calls from some members of the community for charges to be pursued for animal cruelty,” Smoak continued. “ At the end of a long day and after review of testimony from 13 witnesses and additional evidence, the Grand jury found insufficient evidence to charge the operator of the facility or others who were facing potential criminal trespass or tampering with evidence charges.”

Smoak noted the dogs have since been placed with other facilities or individuals by community volunteers “who responded quickly after the facility closed.”
“This verdict comes as no surprise,” Christie Woodson, who lamented Smoak limited her testimony to the alleged trespassing, said. “None of us were asked about a single dog. Not one dog. Angie (Smoak) never said the words dog, abuse, freezer of dead animals or anything relevant to the true crime.”

Complete coverage on the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict the persons involved in the Dixie Shelter collapse will be in the June 27 issue of the Jimplecute.nd Jury Doesn’t Indict Dixie Humane Society Operators

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GRAND JURY Marion County

This small town enforcement and judicial system is political and behaves much like organized crime rather than any effort to protect the community. The sheriff, David McKnight, went out of the way to mock members of the community on the sheriff’s official FB page. A feud has begun between those in charge and the lawful community-Times have changed and they must be held accountable for current and past mockery of the law and the oaths they took to protect the community.

What others are saying:

“Wedding denied anyone entry. She knew all along that her actions were criminal. I find it hard to believe that law enforcement were unaware as they continued to bring dogs to that facility. Easier to believe they were in cahoots as they have been in the past. Carolyn Wedding goes out of her way to destroy lives of people and has amazed me that anyone would depend on her to provide properly for animals.
Way out of her league to properly provide.”

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“No judge. Just the DA and her agenda.

The grand jury was composed of 12 people she picked!! They serve a six month term and then a new grand jury is formed.

This grand jury’s term is almost over. So she has had this group for almost 6 months and knew how to play them.

I assure you, some of these people looked like they would be the type to be completely in awe and impressed by anyone with a badge or a title.

Smoak has only made things worse for themselves. This isn’t over and will be taken to the Attorney General.”

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Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned and follow this blog…There will be more -B
Dragnet

Hey Joe, did you remember to bring the taser? 

 

A Bogus Attempt At Justice -DA Angie Smoak Fooled No One -HOAX

I’m not surprised…I am more than mildly annoyed…Truthfully, I’m fuming and my blood pressure is thru the roof…My heart is racing and feels like its beating out of my chest-No need to prepare you for a rant…If you find yourself reading my blog, then you know there’s going to be a rant as well as some documenting of the facts. Not sure if this will be one very long post or if I’ll divide it out-Its just so damn unbelievable. Once again, a Marion County district attorney has laid out bullshit for the community to wade thru and baffle any attorney that reads this stuff.

Only in Marion County can a Civil case be classified as Criminal in a court that is not allowed to hear a state criminal case yet has two court appointed attorneys (what were they thinking???…Oh they didn’t realize…that’s pretty scary within itself) but then on appeal it goes to another court lacking subject matter jurisdiction over the Civil appeal…Criminal is Criminal and Civil is Civil-Never the two shall meet…But in Marion County they can…

I have said this numerous times over the years that there is no justice in Marion County and the place is lawless including the ‘new’ District Attorney for the state, DA Angie Smoak or is that DA Angie Schmuck?!? The community is in shock tonight wading thru the absolute bullshit that this district attorney attempted to pull off but once the information settles, truth surfaces if you know the law concerning animal cruelty.

No where does the Texas Health and Safety Code that addresses animal cruelty does it allow for a Grand Jury-but Smoak made an attempt to pull it off.

Seriously?!? None of the people that has ever been accused ever had the benefit of a grand jury-This is not how animal cruelty cases are to be handled as dictated by the state.
The handling of such cases is very specific. See TX Health and Safety Code, Title 10 Health and Safety of Animals, Chapter 821-829
Refers to Disposition of Animals and refers exactly how it is to be prosecuted when criminal charges are filed.
If law enforcement and the judicial system of Marion County don’t get this right then I venture to say they have abused this community beyond what anyone could even imagine!!!
GRAND JURY Marion County

Note: She still states alleged and she is non-specific pertaining to the 70+ dogs being in inhumane conditions. Animals are considered perishable evidence and immediate rescue with or without a warrant it wouldn’t matter in this case considering the retched conditions for animals putting them in harms way. All the rescuers were residents of Marion County and ignored by the sheriff department as well as the Jefferson Police Department. If anything, they would be considered witnesses…But Smoak figured she would appease the residents of the county; Carolyn Wedding is her friend and a board member is the wife of the new County Judge LeFleuer.

By law the CEO and the board members would be held responsible-What a scandal…No matter what Smoak does its a scandal…but she’s a snake with a community crying foul-From the start she stated she needed to hold a Grand Jury and she guided it to suit the need. No only that, but this so called Grand Jury was loaded-When I first saw the item in the Jimplecute, I asked if the jury contained city council members and guess what…It did!!! Holy Smoak what were you thinking?!? There was at least one council member as identified by a witness who was there to testify….

INTERESTING and should be noted-No one called the vet who was hired to take charge of the 70+dogs…The rules of the Texas Health and Safety Code 821-829 weren’t applied-What’s going on here?!? I’ll tell you exactly what’s going on-KANGAROO Court…Marion County is famous for them…This time designed to fool the community-Epic FAIL!!!

Kangaroo court

When there are numerous complaints filed with the Attorney Generals office, the Texas Rangers and the FBI someone is bound to take notice.

How about I include just a few comments that I read today to finish this post off-tomorrow this will continue.

“In Marion County, TX., it’s legal to have 70+plus neglected dogs, 3 freezer full of dead dogs and a stabbed dead puppy .”

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“Sweetheart, I am so proud of you for standing your ground, upholding your convictions, and being naive enough to still believe that “justice would prevail”

“After spending the entire day with you as witness after witness went into the grand jury room and thereafter emerged totally dumbfounded that no questions were asked regarding the conditions of the abused animals, their strategy was apparent.”

“The DA had obviously structured the “dog and pony show” so that she could later state that the Grand Jury did not find sufficient evidence to indict. As I sat outside the grand jury room, never did I see anyone from the Marshall Animal hospital show up to testify as to the abusive conditions of the dogs they treated, no local vet to testify whether he authorized the “euthanasia” or killing of the three freezers of dead dogs, no expert witnesses on the level of contaminants present at the facility, and so on, and so on.”

“As a witness before many grand juries I know well that the entire process is orchestrated and controlled by the DA. If the DA wants an indictment it will happen. If not, no way in hell will it happen. ”

“Curiously, as I walked into the courthouse before the commencement of the proceedings I was approached by a prior DA who reminisced about a previous animal abuse case prosecution where they called in experts from Arlington, measured the level of contaminants present, etc. He commented that they got a conviction and the perpetrator is still on probation. ”

“The fact that none of that investigation was replicated on this case (which was much worse) can only point to the bias and desire of those in charge to insure the outcome of a No Bill.”

“After speaking to judges in surrounding counties I had been previously cautioned as to the “pervasive corruptness” that they saw as existing in Marion County for years, if not decades. I chose not to believe those allegations, and, instead to wait and make my own decision. Well, that decision is now clear and evident. It’s so sad, because we deserve more.”

“Again, thanks for your efforts and for being a champion for the true underdogs of our county. I love your passion and commitment. But most of all, I love you!”

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“all of this makes me ill. Since I moved here I have watched good honest working people get their names ran through the mud, my name included, crimes that go unpunished, people not getting the help they need because of who they are or where they live, businesses hurt because of what or who they support. This is a small town and county, this isn’t New York. If they want JFK status, then they are in the wrong place. We need strong leadership here, our judicial system is a complete failure here, Hell our city government is a failure and this is sad. If I was any of these people I would not be able to sleep or look at myself in the mirror. I have friends who this system has failed, shot the system failed my husband and I and now this with the Dixie humane society, I am blown away. Guess I have the wrong type of friends if I need any assistance in Jefferson. I love Jefferson and for the most part the residents of Jefferson. It just sucks that the underbelly of Jefferson it government and judicial system makes it an ugly place. So I guess if you are an animal, a child who is touch by an adult or a person who is the victim of someone trying to hurt them, look some place else for help or action cause unless you are Jefferson elite, you won’t find assistance here.
Sorry for the confusing rant, I am just so unbelievably upset at how wrong this is”

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One of my numerous comments-

“Please see Texas Health and Safety Code 821-829
No where does it state that a Grand Jury is to be called. This is a rather bogus attempt to allow a Wedding to go free and was at taxpayer expense. How many city council members were on the jury? Gives new meaning to jury of your peers doesn’t it!?! All hand picked to suit the need…Grand Jury while others are denied a jury-interesting isn’t it!?!”

“I expect them to be dipping into the funds for the Courthouse restoration…Keep your eyes on that money and hold them accountable…Actually, it’s not possible to hold them accountable and this proves it.”

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Those of you reading this can help-Call the Texas Attorney Generals office and advise them that the corruption  runs deep in Marion County; both law enforcement and the judicial system…This one case demonstrates how horribly corrupt it is for members of the community. Surely somebody knows someone who can make a big difference for the people who reside there #MarionCountyMatters

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion n and the opinions of other…Stay tuned, follow this blog…there will be more -B

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Mic-Drop…BOOM!!!

I’ve waited years for the officials in Marion County to be caught. It wasn’t a high profile case that was never prosecuted even though it should have been looked into with every reason for concern for a proper investigation as our civil liberties were severely abused with an extreme loss of property. Nope it was a simple matter of the sheriff disrespecting the citizens with a FB post of the official FB government site for the sheriff department.

Sheriff Elmer

This was not the first time McKnight has lied…He has always lied-When he was growing up they called him the school bully…While no one was paying attention to the deputy who was relatively new on the job in 2010…He made his way to sheriff based on lies on top of lies. From what I’ve been told, about the only time the county was run accordingly was way back when Attorney James Finstrom was the district attorney-I wasn’t around at that time but I know him  and he testified in court, as a character witness, and when asked if he truly believed what we were accused of his reply was NO!!! Too bad the fake County Judge wasn’t listening…but he was hearing a case outside of his jurisdiction-What does an accountant know about law?!? He sure did know it was beyond his jurisdiction. (TX Government Code 26.258) Swept it under a rug now surfacing again and again in social media.

OMG they stole Kenny 2

Now what appears as a simple innocent thing to an outsider-The citizens in Marion County are not taking this lightly and neither is the asst Attorney General of the state of Texas-She’s soon to hear from us! Maybe now that the Jimplecute got their attention they will look into ALL the corrupt officials of Marion County and ‘clean house’ once and for all.

Take my advise McKnight-step away because the freight train of your continued lies is coming your way. From the first night we met and the lie about Wedding being in charge of animal control for the county (She most certainly was NOT) to Elmer revealing the truth about what kind of bully you truly are!!!

There s nothing worse than a county official disrespecting it’s citizens including Angie-the latest District Attorney for the state of Texas who is refusing to charge Wedding for a long list of crimes. What does it say when a district attorney is friends with the lowest of criminals like Wedding!?! The previous District Attorney now court appointed attorney for the county forces the people who he is supposed to represent to cop a plea? That broke numerous civil liberties while acting as the district attorney for the state and now county attorney-Gleason…You bet this asst Attorney General for the state of Texas will be hearing from us!!! Exactly how can a court appointed attorney also represent as the county attorney-HUH?!?!
Wedding McKnight Award

Thank you Bob Palmer for staying on top of this!

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Hacking Claims False; Text Messages Show Sheriff Made ‘Elmer’ Facebook Post

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

JEFFERSON – In a text message to Chief Deputy Frank Cason, Sheriff David McKnight admitted he made the satirical “Elmer” post on the Marion County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page on April 24.
A letter, containing copies of the text messages, dated June 3 from County Attorney Angela Smoak arrived at the Jimplecute office Thursday morning. The Jimplecute sought the text messages through a Texas Public Information Act request 15 business days ago on May 15.
McKnight’s exchange with Cason occurred the same night the post announcing the hiring of Elmer as the county’s new animal control officer appeared on Facebook, April 24.

Copy of text message exchange between Marion County Chief Deputy Frank Cason and Sheriff David McKnight April 24, 2019.
Cason – “Did you post something on Facebook about Elmer?”
McKnight – “Yes he starts next Monday.”
McKnight – “I was trying to piss of (sic) the shaw bunch. I think I was successful.”
“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.’”
In an interview with the Marshall News Messenger published April 25, McKnight claimed the department’s Facebook page had been hacked.
“I don’t know how it happened,” McKnight told the News Messenger. He added, “We didn’t make this post, someone had to have hacked into the account somehow but I took it down.”

In the same news story, Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur supported McKnight, yet called for the facts to be known.
“I share the concern regarding this post. As you know Brook (LaFleur) and I have worked
tirelessly towards ensuring the wellbeing of our homeless pet population,” LaFleur told the News Messenger. “As for the content of this post, I’m inclined to believe that the sheriff’s post was somehow hacked.

Screenshot of “Elmer” status update posted on the Marion County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page on the evening of April 24, 2019.
“As you recall, Sheriff McKnight, despite the baseless accusations levied against him during the Dixie Animal Shelter crisis, wrote a pretty compelling op-Ed to our local paper in which he called for all parties to move forward,” he said. “Given that, let’s not jump to any conclusions until more information becomes available.
“As a judicial officer, I always base my conclusion on fact and fact alone.”

The contacted LaFleur, McKnight, and Cason for comment today but email requests were not returned.

Kimberly Shaw, a volunteer with Friends of Jefferson Animals (FOJA), did not find the post funny and McKnight’s admission targeting Shaw pathetic.
Shaw and other animal advocates stepped in following the collapse in December of the Marion County Humane Society and the Dixie Animal Shelter dumping almost 70 dogs on the community.
“All that my friends and I have wanted to do is to correct a travesty that allowed someone to milk untold dollars out of good-hearted people while letting animals suffer,” Shaw said. “To make fun of that in such a hideous way is unconscionable.”
Shaw denied she sought any advantage from the controversy.
“This has never been political for me,” Shaw said. “I believe Sheriff McKnight owes me, my husband and his [McKnight’s] constituents an apology, but more so, I believe (McKnight) should search his own heart to decide whether public service is really his true calling.”
Shaw also considered McKnight’s attack on a fellow peace officer, her husband Steven Shaw, a former Dallas Police Department officer, offensive. “I am hurt and appalled that a law enforcement official would intentionally do or say anything to publicly and personally attack a fellow law enforcement officer,” Shaw said after learning McKnight admitted to making the Elmer post.
Previously, McKnight accepted “full responsibility” for the Elmer post, but stopped short of admitting that he had personally made it. He has not made a public apology for the post or expressed regret.
McKnight also scoffed at possible fallout from the Elmer post.
“They [animal welfare advocates in Marion County] can’t do anything to me,” McKnight said to the Jimplecute on May 2 in regard to complaints that the “Elmer” post was inappropriate.
McKnight previously said he will not seek re-election. He has two years left on his current term.
In her cover letter to the Jimplecute, Smoak questioned the Jimplecute’s news coverage of the matter.
“Attached please find copies of the text messages requested in your previous PIA request. Personal information has been redacted as allowed under the act, however I believe that information is outside the requested time period,” Smoak wrote. “It is only included so that you would not assume, as you [Bob Palmer] are prone to do, that information had been left out. Again, I believe that you are already in possession of this information based on statements by your staff but it has been provided to you again herein.”
Jimplecute Publisher Mica Wilhite in a letter dated June 6, pointed out to Smoak the county has still not complied with the newspaper’s May 15 request.

“As you know, we requested ‘Records and copies of any electronic communication created, transmitted, received, or maintained on any device if the communication is in connection with the transaction of official business by Marion County for Sheriff David McKnight and Chief Deputy Frank Carson (sic) from April 17, 2019 through May 12, 2019,’” Wilhite wrote.
Wilhite went on to note, “As you know, text messages are only one type of electronic communication. We continue to look for your complete compliance with the PIA request with emails and social media messages as well as the results of Tamara Smith’s investigation.”
Assistant Texas Attorney General Tamara Smith has opened an investigation into Marion County’s failure to comply with the Jimplecute within the 10-day limit provided by law.

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What others are saying:

“We knew David McKnight was lying all along. Someone so dishonest and lacking integrity isn’t worthy of the badge and should resign immediately. There is no defense of his actions that warrants any further support for this fool.
Not only do his actions and lies reflect his poor judgement and character, they mock every individual who stepped up in December and rescued the 80 abused and suffering dogs from the horrific conditions at the Dixie “Humane” Society. Every blanket, bag of food, leash, towel, monetary donation etc. generously offered was desperately needed and much appreciated. Donations and volunteers came from the area as well as from surrounding states. Good people- young and old- doing their best to come together to help these dying and abused dogs and show that Marion County is better than the horrible actions of a few citizens.
These people are who McKnight mocked in this post and his follow up interviews filled with his “we were hacked” lies.
Please share.”
Marion County deserves better.

“We knew from the beginning that the post on April 24 was not a hack and was directed at me and my husband.
To use his position and the office to specifically target and maliciously carry out a personal vendetta warrants an investigation and/or a resignation.
Sheriff McKnight’s actions go against everything he swore to uphold and protect when he took the job.”

“It’s pretty pathetic when a law officer thinks they are untouchable and above the law.
They are the worst ! They make it especially hard for respectable, ethical LEOs to do their jobs.”

“If he is willing to lie about a FB post, how can he ever been seen as a credible witness when it really matters… like on the stand when he’s testifying???”

“And what has our county judge said now? He wanted “the facts”! Now he has them! But we all know there is zero accountability in Marion county!”

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Now if your confused, please see previous posts that began shortly after Thanksgiving last year. Google Marion County+topcatsroar and you will see this has gone on for many years and truth be told, Elmer would be a sincere improvement for sheriff than the one they’ve got, apparently Sheriff David McKnight knows it.

Exactly when was Gleason appointed County Attorney? Wouldn’t it be a conflict of interest for him to also be a court appointed attorney?!? hummmmmmmmm

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned…Prepare to see what happens when people abuse their position that they have been entrusted with-The officials of Marion County are all liars and do not deserve to be in office. I’m hoping the Attorney General shuts them down for a full investigation on what really is going on in Marion County. -B

Kangaroo court

 

Not So Fast-Marion Co Sheriff’s Text Messages Prompts Attorney General Investigation

Woo-Hoo!!! I think McKnight messed with/threatened the wrong person…He has two years left on his current term but claims he will not be seeking re-election. Well of course not- the corruption is catching up with him…The lies…the trespassing…the theft of property…He’s knee deep in it and no one is watching the hen house.

All cases going back at least 12 years need to be investigated as well as the case against Carolyn Wedding that has not been charged…How many cases did they consider this animal abuser an expert witness…How many people has Gleason told to cop a plea and pled guilty or he won’t represent them while acting as a court appointed attorney-and how come he never challenged the taking and keeping of numerous animals without a search warrant or the proper procedure of a civil case? And what about that new District Attorney, Angie not pressing charges on her criminal friend Carolyn Wedding?!?! Why isn’t Sheriff McKnight going after the case which involves more than an animal cruelty case!?!
Wedding McKnight Award

McKnight and Wedding have worked together closely for years-I assume these corrupt officals are in fear of what Wedding might say…It really doesn’t matter what Wedding uses for her defense…everything she could expose is well documented-As concerned citizens watch all this, they aren’t letting it go and why should they?!?

McKnights only hope of remaining on the job would be to NOT be on the job and resign effective immediately. Two years is a long time to wait for a new sheriff in town!!!

Hell McKnight lied in a federal court case and no one even questioned it…Including the defense attorney-imagine that…

There’s new people trying to make Marion County their home, they have noticed plenty and demanding answers-So is the local newspaper, The Jefferson Jimplecute, Bob Palmer

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‘Jimplecute’ Quest for Sheriff’s Text Messages Prompts Attorney General to Open Inquiry

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
JEFFERSON – An assistant Texas attorney general said Friday her office will open an investigation into Marion County’s failure to provide copies of Sheriff David McKnight’s text messages and other forms of electronic communication requested by the Jefferson Jimplecute within the 10-day period provided by Texas law.

On May 15, the Jimplecute, acting under the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act, requested Marion County Auditor Shanna Solomon furnish the Jimplecute with “billing records for all electronic devices purchased or leased, paid for or expensed to Marion County for Sheriff David McKnight and Chief Deputy Frank Carson (sic) for the billing period that includes Wednesday, April 24, 2019.”

Additionally, “records and copies of any electronic communication created, transmitted, received, or maintained on any device if the communication is in connection with the transaction of official business by Marion County for Sheriff David McKnight and Chief Deputy Frank Carson (sic) from April 17, 2019 through May 12, 2019.”

The name of the Marion County Chief Deputy is Frank Cason rather than Carson.
Although Solomon did furnish billing records, copies of text messages and other forms of electronic communication were not delivered to the Jimplecute by May 30, the tenth business day following May 15.

Tamara Smith, an assistant attorney general in the Open Records Division, said she had received copies of correspondence between the Jimplecute and county officials, as well as, the Jimplecute’s Texas Public Information Act request.“We will be looking into it,” Smith said.

Assistant County Attorney William Gleason told the Jimplecute Wednesday that he had reviewed text messages from McKnight on Cason’s telephone.
“There are some that are embarrassing,” Gleason said. Gleason said he would deliver copies of the messages before 5 p.m. Thursday to the Jimplecute, but the deadline passed without the requested copies being delivered.

Solomon also verbally told the Jimplecute that the county’s cell phone provider had emailed that she could not ask for the copies. The Jimplecute has not been furnished with that message for review.

Attempts to reach Gleason on Thursday and Friday were not successful.
On May 29, Gleason in a response to the Jimplecute’s request, argued the TPIA request should be directed to Sheriff David McKnight.

“The Public Information Act designates each county officer as the officer for public information created or received by that person’s office,” Gleason wrote. “By way of example, the auditor is the officer’ custodian of records maintained in her office (i.e. billing records). But the auditor is not the custodian of records maintained by the sheriff’s office, the county attorney’s office or the district clerk’s office.”
The Jimplecute contended in a letter dated May 31, “cell phone text messages and other electronic communication requested by the Jimplecute can only be requested from Verizon by (Solomon), the auditor and custodian of the Verizon account, or any other county official that supervises official business conducted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.”

A satirical post to a Facebook page entitled “Marion County Sheriff’s Department” on April 24 lit the fuse on the controversy resulting in the demand for the sheriff’s text messages announcing the employment of Elmer as the department’s new animal control officer.

Sheriff Elmer

“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.

Initially, McKnight told the Marshall News Messenger that he did not know who made the post. “I don’t know how it happened,” McKnight said, speculating the site may have been hacked. “We didn’t make this post, someone had to have hacked into the account somehow but I took it down.”

On May 2, however, McKnight said he accepted “full responsibility.”
“It’s my department and I’m the sheriff,” McKnight said.

In response to an earlier TFIA request, McKnight stipulated only he and Cason could post to the department’s Facebook page.
McKnight also revealed that no criminal investigation had been made, no one was punished for the post and no attempt had been made to contact Facebook to determine who may have made the post.

The Texas Public Information Act grants the public access to many government records. The Jimplecute pointed out to Gleason the records include text messages by government officials on both private phones and phones owned by the county.

“A Texas Attorney General’s ruling (No. 2011-08166) has determined text messages are public records. Phone calls and text messages made from cell phones either owned or paid for by the county are public records,” the Jimplecute wrote May 23. Personal electronic devices used for official business are also covered by TPIA.

Further, “the Facebook page, “Marion County Sheriff’s Department” is a de facto government site since the site is maintained by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Text messages relating to content of the site and postings to the site must be considered official business.”

“They [animal welfare advocates in Marion County] can’t do anything to me,” McKnight said to the Jimplecute on May 2 in regard to their complaints that the “Elmer” post was inappropriate.
McKnight previously he will not seek re-election. He has two years left on his current term.

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Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others….Stay tuned and follow this blog -B

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Kangaroo Court/Show Trial

Kangaroo court

KANGAROO COURT / SHOW TRIAL

The term show trial is a pejorative description of a type of highly public trial. The term was first recorded in the 1930s.[1] There is a strong connotation that the judicial authorities have already determined the guilt of the defendant and that the actual trial has as its only goal to present the accusation and the verdict to the public as an impressive example and as a warning. Show trials tend to be retributive rather than correctional justice.

Such trials can exhibit scant regard for the principles of jurisprudence and even for the letter of the law. Defendants have little real opportunity to justify themselves: they have often signed statements under duress and/or suffered torture prior to appearing in the court-room.

A kangaroo court or kangaroo trial is a colloquial term for a sham legal proceeding or court. The outcome of a trial by kangaroo court is essentially determined in advance, usually for the purpose of ensuring conviction, either by going through the motions of manipulated procedure or by allowing no defense at all.

A kangaroo court’s proceedings deny due process rights in the name of expediency. Such rights include the right to summon witnesses, the right of cross-examination, the right not to incriminate oneself, the right not to be tried on secret evidence, the right to control one’s own defense, the right to exclude evidence that is improperly obtained, irrelevant or inherently inadmissible, e.g., hearsay, the right to exclude judges or jurors on the grounds of partiality or conflict of interest, and the right of appeal.

The term is often applied to courts subjectively judged as such, while others consider the court to be legitimate and legal. A kangaroo court may be a court that has had its integrity compromised; for example, if the judge is not impartial and refuses to be recused.

It may also be an elaborately scripted event intended to appear fair while having the outcome predetermined from the start. Terms meaning “show trial”, like the German Schauprozess, indicate the result is fixed before (usually guilty): the “trial” is just for show

Subject Matter Juris -TX

TEXAS JUDICIAL SYSTEM: SUBJECT MATTER OF THE COURTS.

All civil jurisdiction of the county court, except probate and juvenile, has been transferred to the district court in three counties, and the district court has concurrent with the county court the criminal jurisdiction of a county court:

Eastland (91st District court) -24.193, 26.167

Morris (76th, 276th District Courts) -24.178, 24.453, 26.272

Marion (115th, 276th District Courts) -24.217, 24.453, 26.258

Sec. 24.217.  115TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT (MARION AND UPSHUR COUNTIES).

(a) The 115th Judicial District is composed of Marion and Upshur counties.

(b)  In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 115th District Court has the civil and criminal jurisdiction of a county court in Marion County. The County Court of Marion County has concurrent jurisdiction to receive guilty pleas in misdemeanor cases. Matters within the courts’ concurrent jurisdiction may be filed in either court and may be transferred between the district court and county court.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.12(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.453.  276TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT (CAMP, MARION, MORRIS, AND TITUS COUNTIES).

(a) The 276th Judicial District is composed of Camp, Marion, Morris, and Titus counties.

(c)  The jurisdiction of the 276th District Court is concurrent with the jurisdiction of the 115th District Court in Marion County and with the 76th District Court in Camp, Morris, and Titus counties.

(d)  The 276th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts in Camp, Marion, and Morris counties over all matters of criminal jurisdiction, original and appellate, in cases over which the particular county court has jurisdiction under the constitution and laws of this state. In each of the counties, matters and proceedings in the concurrent jurisdiction may be transferred between the 276th District Court and the county court.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.

Texas Government Code Sec. 26.258.  MARION COUNTY.  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.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 187, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Subject-matter jurisdiction can never be waived. There is no statute of limitations to challenge the orders of any court which has acted without subject-matter jurisdiction, as the orders are a legal nullity and are void ab initio. And the void orders can be challenged in any court, in any state, as they are, as one court stated, nothing more than a blank piece of paper.

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Reminder-Disclaimer connected to this blog, things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others -B

Sheriff Takes ‘Full Responsibility’ For Satiric ‘Elmer’ Facebook Post

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

OMG they stole Kenny 2

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:

Sheriff Elmer

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

Wedding McKnight Award

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…
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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.
Jimplecute Editor
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.

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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!!!

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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!!!

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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.

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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

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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.

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My question is where is the accountability and transparency ?
People should be held accountable for their actions.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 …

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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

Kangaroo court

*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.

What the Heck is Going on in Marion Co Texas

Seriously? The new county judge isn’t even a high school graduate? I realize it’s a position for an elected official but this is way over the top. It’s not that Lex Jones was doing the job any better cause he wasn’t but seems to me that people in charge that hold court hearings, making decisions on residents in the county, should at least have some knowledge in law…I don’t mean to pick a fight with this guy but certain he was elected to that position because he married Dr. Bradley’s daughter…not on his own merit…now where have I heard that name before-The plot thickens-Don’t you just love small town politics? Just wait for it cause I don’t even know where I’m going with this as reason for this post…Lets just say this tiny, barely a dot on the map, is in the news a lot lately…Praise the day that property is gone!

Let me back up, it’s difficult to wrap my brain around all this…

Leward Lafleur is the county judge.  Only has a GED. [Note: this was a small county election with a lot of Bubbas in charge-It’s surprising that anyone votes!!!]

Brooke Bradley (Dr. Bradley’s daughter) is his THIRD WIFE.  He won just by putting the Bradley name out there and lying about his past.

He also has a daughter from when he knocked up some chick before he married wife #2.  That lady had to take him to court considering the fact that Lafleur was denying paternity.

Wife #2 said he was a horrible husband.  No regular job and always overdrawing their account at the casinos in Shreveport. WAIT…we’re talking about the new county judge-which is basically an administrative job…Oh Lordy

Lafleur lied to the press about a tax lawsuit from Gregg County.  He wasn’t paying taxes on a property.  He told the media it was property he inherited in the Longview area and that he was unaware.  Wife #2 said this was a lie and that they received notices constantly regarding the past due taxes.

Moving right along-

Brooke has been overheard saying she and Lafleur will be the next JFK and Jackie O. Of Podunk Moron County-That’s a real jewel of a statement…

All the people involved with the Dixie Humane Society previously known as the Humane Society of Marion County are all intertwined.

Brooke was the Dixie HS president but denied involvement all together when the truth was exposed. Brook is Dr. Bradley’s daughter and married to the new county judge-Dr. Bradley is a vet who had to know something was up.
Dr. Bradley must have been the one to provide Wedding with the euthanasia drugs.   She was killing animals on the Dixie HS site and I truly doubt it was done in accordance as specified by law. Dr. Bradley he did not go out there but all the same by supplying those drugs he would know how many animals had been or intended to be euthanized. Wedding said the dead animals in the freezer came from Dr. Bradleys office…Maybe what she meant was that the result of the drugs provided by Dr Bradley…

Bradley went strangely quiet as soon as the crap hit the fan for Wedding.  He also sent those involved in rescuing the animals from the Dixie HS certified letters dropping them (the ones speaking out about the horrible conditions there and still in need of an actual rescue center) as patients.  The letter said he was downsizing his practice but everyone knows otherwise. [Note: no one downsizes their business turning away current patients it’s customary to no longer accept new patients however, it’s not a super busy office either.]

The DA, Angie Smoak, is a close friend of Brooke’s.  Amburn is a tight friend of  Wedding and even wrote “Happy Birthday Friend” on her Facebook page in January.

Birthday wishes Wedding
Betty McKnight is Sheriff McKnights wife…
Supposedly the results of Amburn’s “investigation” are sitting on Smoak’s desk.  She will NEVER bring this to a Grand Jury. Grand jury?!?…now that’s funny-no one puts together a grand jury over an animal cruelty issue…especially when Texas has set regulations on how to handle cruelty cases and they still don’t have a clue about processing a case in regards to the law. There’s also a matter of embezzlement of the funds intended for the humane society…the lest of issues goes on and on.

Bob Avery and his wife Kay funded many Dixie HS items (the van etc.) and then LIED that there was ever a Dixie board to oversee anything.  Everyone knows otherwise and they have the minutes from an August meeting as well as screenshots of incriminating Facebook posts.

But the law here (Marion Co) DOES NOT CARE.   Misappropriated city funds, collection jar donations misused, dead animals, abused animals- but no one will do or say anything because it involves their friends.
Marion County Judge

Stupid Bob Avery is an attorney yet he was too dumb to make sure Dixie HS was set up as a proper 501c3.  There is no Dixie Humane Society registered with the state.  Plus, Wedding was the only person on the bank account with no oversight. How dumb is Avery???? Frankly, no dumber than to rest of the gaggle of attorneys in Marion County.

Its also known there was no accountability for anything with Wedding at the helm…Not the animals, not her purchases, not nothin’ I can only imagine Wedding spilling all the dish she has on the entire county…She could easily strike a deal for spilling the beans…any place except Marion County that is.

Now I’m sitting here knowing all this when another bit of information came shooting at me with the worst kind of fast ball.

I found it odd that the new county judge, Lafleur, would leave his position and become a judge fulltime but figured that would become known soon enough-Boy did it ever!!!

This guy is in charge of what?!? Oh Lordy you just can’t make this stuff up!!!

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[NOTE: Video can be viewed at the link]

Historical Marion County Courthouse to undergo multi-million dollar restoration

JEFFERSON, TX (KLTV) – They have been raising money since 1999 for it, and talking about it even longer than that, but it’s finally going to happen: The Historically Designated Marion County Courthouse is going to be renovated. Now that the funding is in place, and a contractor hired, we take a look at the temporarily empty courthouse.

It’s been standing in downtown Jefferson since 1913, and has gone through a few changes, but Marion County Judge Leward LaFluer says it’s going to be fixed back to original. Joe R. Jones Construction got the winning bid to just that.

“It’s overseen by the Texas Historical Commission, so basically what they’re going to do is they’ve got all the specs of what this courthouse looked like; the flooring, the granite walls, all the arbitrary fixtures, and they’re going to put it back just the way it was built,” LaFluer said.

Marion County asked for a grant in 1999, and recently the Texas Historical Commission had good news.

“We were the recipient of a $4.7 million grant this award cycle,” LaFluer revealed.

And since 1999 the county has raised about a million for the renovation. They had to vacate the courthouse to have the work done so:

“We bought a building, and it saved the taxpayers a tremendous amount of money over the next two to three years in rent,” LaFluer stated. There are stories permeating the building, like in the courtroom where every judge taking the bench rests a hand in the same place as they walk by which has worn the woodwork.

Komatsu Architects were hired to get the restoration correct based on:
“A sister courthouse up in the panhandle: Roberts County. They did a renovation I want to say five to ten years ago and everything is just about like ours,” LaFluer explained.
The floating ceiling will go, and so will a lot of 1970s paneling. LaFluer says, bottom line:
“It will look like a completely different building.”

Maybe they’ll get the sliding cabinet on the judge’s bench opened. The key was lost and it’s been locked for years. They have no idea what’s in there.
And below the vaulted County Clerk’s office is what Judge LaFluer calls a secret room; spiral stairs in the floor leading to..

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You can follow the link for the video showing the hidden room but then you have to waste a lot of time watching the entire video until the end which reveals a prison like structure located under the clerk of the courts office. It likely was a holding area back in the day that building was built. The sheriffs office and the courthouse are all together located just behind the courthouse and across the street from the local bar and grill.

No matter what changes they make to that building-the corruption is apparent in the court cases. Now here’s where I see trouble starting as they likely will be able to misplace or even destroy cases they don’t want revealed…such as the fake animal cruelty cases with Wedding staking a claim to the animals and pushing for full prosecution. They gave her a free get out of jail card…Ringing in my ears is a statement made to us-It’s just business, nothing to worry about-Don’t take it personal-Boy what a smart ass statement that was when you consider the value of more than $300,000.00 compared to Wedding having nothing in it and able to live off the green pasture she created for herself…

Many of the animal cases are lacking a civil hearing over the animals in JP court with a judge not trained in matters of law, or a criminal case heard by any judge or wrongly placed in the county judges office who by law can not hear civil cases as he too is not trained in matters of law and anyone can become one of those judges -Your education or lack of education doesn’t matter obviously as long as you have some connection such as the connection to Dr Bradley-Lafleur sure made it quick to county judge and will be in charge of a multi-million dollar renovation…Watch the money!!!-It’s going to flow once no one is watching but if your friends with the current district attorney-well that’s OK then; it won’t be prosecuted.

This type of small town corruption will continue until others in the community step up-For one, they need to vote and take over these elected positions of government power.

In the meantime members of the community can report this to the state authorities-Hey, the older court cases are already boxed and ready to be removed. They need to collect the cases from the DA, the sheriffs office reports and the jail. And I wouldn’t stop with state authorities who have provided a free pass for this county for years. All state and federal representatives need to be informed for action.

Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton on line contact: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/contact-us-online-form

Texas Governor has several ways for contact:                                       https://gov.texas.gov/contact

https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/assistance.aspx

Texas Rangers main office: https://www.dps.texas.gov/TexasRangers/contact.htm

From the website:

Ranger Responsibilities

The Texas Ranger Division is the primary criminal investigative branch of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Murder, robbery, sexual assault, burglary, theft, and fraud;
bank fraud;
theft by credit card and computer generated counterfeit checks;
misuse of criminal history information;
misconduct and corruption of public officials;
threats against the governor and other state and federal officials; and
missing persons, parental abductions, questionable deaths and unidentified bodies

The activities of the Texas Ranger Division consist primarily of conducting criminal and special investigations, apprehending wanted felons, suppressing major disturbances, protection of life and property, and rendering assistance to local law enforcement officials in suppressing crime and violence. Programs under the direction and supervision of the Texas Rangers are:

  • Border Security – Ranger Reconnaissance Teams (Riverine operations);
  • Public Corruption investigations;
  • Major Case investigations;
  • Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program – Cold Case investigations;
  • Special Operations Group – Special Weapons and Tactics, Regional Special Response Teams, Crisis Negotiation Units and Explosive Ordnance Disposal;

[Ding-Ding-Ding so why didn’t he look into this problem?!? Oh I see the local Texas Ranger made a few calls and the county told him they were handling it-No not to the liking of the residents of Marion County-Time to become a nag and call again…Handling it really means I’m not doing anything about it…To Hell if she isn’t and can send the case to Texarkana]

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Complaints need to go to all agencies until someone steps up to the plate for a full blown investigation into the affairs of Marion County

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https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/map?address=&city=Jefferson&zip=

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Texas division of the FBI, Tyler office:

https://www.fbi.gov/tips

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I tried but needs to be more than just one voice-Explain what you know about what’s going on in Marion County -Had I known any of this I would have never relocated there in the first place!!! It’s cost me plenty including my career and life as I knew it just as it has for some many others who are tired of the double standard.

Remember, disclaimer connected to this blog, things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B

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