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1.07.2009

Crazy News: Defendant Bolts

Shocking news moments ago from the Wise County courthouse. In the case I have been following (see below), the jury announced they had reached a verdict --- but during the break before they could be brought back into open court, the defendant, James Carroll Franklin, 47, of Azle, bolted from the building during a bathroom break. Here's the kicker: the verdict was for six years to do BUT WITH THAT SENTENCE PROBATED! Yep, the guy took off when he would have been free to go home any way. The verdict had been reached, so that's a done deal. The cops caught the Defendant out on 730 and he's in the Wise County Jail tonight. He'll be brought up to the courthouse tomorrow morning at 10:00 for sentencing and, you guessed it, he'll get probation -- no one has any other choice. (But the judge can hit him with a bunch of conditions including 180 days in jail.) This is bizarre. And there really isn't an "escape" charge that he can be hit with because he wasn't in custody during the trial. Developing.

40 comments:

Starr said...

Oh man. That can't end well.

RPM said...

I bet he found out they filmed Prison Break there.

Anonymous said...

Thats some top notch courthouse security right there. Yep, top notch!

Anonymous said...

Why the heck would you run from Court when you are fixin to get probation. Oh yeah cuz your a doper and gotta get to the house to hide what you cooked this week while the trial was goin on...

Anonymous said...

Good Job Greg, Welcome to the world of a "Guilty Verdict" and a Wise County Jury. Maybe if you hurry you can buy all the newspapers and pick-up all the Updates before anyone sees this big news!

Anonymous said...

Greg's got 'em running skeered.

Anonymous said...

Might want to tighten up on that court house security with all these big trials coming from the new DA.
These fellas panic even when they are about to get a get out of jail free card from a wise county jury.
Sometimes you get a job and just wonder why you wanted it so bad!

Anonymous said...

If I get a guilty verdict and then a probation sentence....well, I need to go back and rethink my final argument. I hope Wise County doesn't go broke from these extra trials, just to find drug dealers are getting probation now, instead of accepting a plea to serve time.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Wise County Jury. They never let you don. You can even almost get away with murder in this county. At least the new DA has the repeat customers running out like a mad dog, something the old DA couldn't do. Guess one day the people of this county will get fed up with the shame of letting people walk, oh wait half of them are doing the same thing or have done the same thing. Way to serve. Keep up the good work new DA.

Anonymous said...

Courthouse Security is a JOKE!! Fire them Walker

Anonymous said...

All that traffic on HWY 287 headed north into Decatur are defense lawyers saying...."Don't take that plea now, we are going to trial. This simpleton is in WAY over his head.

Anonymous said...

I dont know what the security would have done in this situation, he was not in custody,therefore he didnt have to be watched, our local cops did a great job at getting him back in custody the boyd officer who followed him into azle while waiting for back up did a great job and he was in custody within 30 minute after running from a probation sentence to more felony charges.this guy didnt know what his sentence was he ran before knowing more tha he could be faceing 99 years.

Anonymous said...

Note to Grego:

Might be time to dust off those books. My suggestion would be:

Criminal Law 101
What to do after a guilty verdict IF the defendant is not in custody.......
Good Luck Bro, your going to need it!

Anonymous said...

Fellow bloggers. There was a trial, a conviction and a stupid defendant. He is enjoying his evening in jail. As all of you want huge tax breaks because you believe you deserve them, please help me understand how we can make the system run better with less funding. When any of you choose to participate ( jury duty) or CASA or just sitting in the courtroom and observing the proceedings your views will be more accurate. Until then, I think you lose your bitching rights. I believe that your new DA will do a great job. Chaos at the courthouse cannot be contributed to clowns who could not hang around.

Anonymous said...

Why was he not in custody after the verdict was read....that's how we do it in the city.
I have never heard of such a crazy jail break and your DA needs a FREE legal hotline if he did not know better.

Anonymous said...

Do me if I'm wrong but I don't think they work for Walker. Don't they work for the judge?

Anonymous said...

Ok, so explain to me????
After the guilty verdict, why was he not placed in custody?
Then you could charge him with the Escape!
Who was in the bathroom?
The DA, the defendant or both...?
I hear the metroplex media is headed our way on this one.
Nice job you idiots!

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of anything as stupid in my life. The whole bunch should have to take mandatory IQ tests tomorrow at 10 AM.
Dumb Dope Dealer
Even Dumber DA

Double Fake Racehorse Haynes

Anonymous said...

I'm no lawyer, but this just sounds like somebody messed up.
Why would you give a dope dealer probation and how can you let him escape by going to the bathroom?
And then because of some oversite, it is not even possible to charge him with the escape...because he was not put in custody!
Oh MY!

Anonymous said...

Saturday Criminal Mind Workshop

If you were involved in this Circus, you attendance is expected.

Morning Programs
1. How to get a jury full of meth heads to send a meth head to prison.
2.Don't let a Guilty Defendant go to the bathroom alone, even if he has to do #2.

Afternoon
1. Make stategic plan to keep the media (including Barry Green) out of our next major screw-up!
2. Consider hiring someone that has a clue up here!

Adjourn and go to IHOP
so we can smoke!

Anonymous said...

The defense out smarted the DA on Jury selection. Or it could have been the pool from which the jury panel was pulled! Even had a cop hater on the jury.

Anonymous said...

I knew I should have voted for that other fella....

Denney Crane said...

Defendant was still high... or brain dead... he didn't get far!

Anonymous said...

This is all SO interesting. Having served on a jury before, we were lambasted about, "don't talk about this case, etc. blah blah blah".....

..and now all this play by play about this trial.

..so who is talking now and why?

Anonymous said...

And Tom Bishop has been on the job 8 days and still no big news!
I bet if he had been around he would have stopped him.

Anonymous said...

Most comments made about this incident are ignorant. It's a perfect example of individuals letting their mouth overload their brain. Example, voting for someone you know nothing about. If you don't know the law and you don't know procedure you don't need to make accusatory comments. If you believe you can do a better job and no mistakes are made at you present employment, get after it. It's not television people and it's obvious most of you believe "real-life" is like television. The guy was not in custody for a reason, maybe it had to do with the law. If he's not in custody no one is required to go with the defendant when he takes a leak or pinches a loaf and most individuals do have a right to probation according to the law. Give it a rest!! The only security needed at the Courthouse is metal detectors but those individuals in the Courthouse can't make that final decision, again, learn the law.

Anonymous said...

Can you folks not read? He bolted BEFORE the verdit was read.

DUH

Anonymous said...

If the defendant wasn't in custody how did law enforcement have cause to chase him down and arrest him?

Anonymous said...

I know that the Courthouse Security guys work for the judges. BUT, they are commissioned through Sheriff Walker. I know t his because I work here at the Courthouse. The only thing they do is haul the ladies and the judges in the county vehicles to lunch. Courthouse security is a joke and they need to be FIRED.....WALKER come to the Courthouse and look around and watch them......FIRE THEM TODAY

The Prawn said...

time for the government to give up the "Drug War", admit they lost and let people get high in peace.

Anonymous said...

Did he really go tee tee or was that a decoy

I think he was late to his banjo lessons

Anonymous said...

The first time prawny has said anything I can agree with.

When the amount of a drug (cocaine)that can be compared to a sweet and low packet would be enough to get two maybe even three neophytes high is measured in TONS of how much gets in this country every year.

When our neighbors to the south are literally dying by the thousands every year over drug distribution wars.

When over a trillion dollars has been wasted.

When drugs from pot to heroin can sometimes be measured in hundreds of times of potency from when legislation first started being initiated.

I think it's time to admit defeat and try something else. You can only cage so many people and you cannot legislate a persons behavior which is based on innate brain chemistry anyway.

Anonymous said...

7:06 - not sure who you are talking about with your comment, " voting for someone you know nothing about" - maybe you should elaborate on that - tell us who you are talking about.

If you mean DA Greg Lowery, I voted for him BECAUSE he was doing a good job as county attorney and not actively trying to keep his name and face in the newspaper.

Anonymous said...

Ditto 11:14
And just for the record he bolted between the verdict and sentencing.
Which if somebody had done their job he would have been placed in custody as soon as the verdict was read.
Not sure DA knew what to do, just lucky that no body was hurt.

Anonymous said...

Folks, let's quit throwing rocks at the Courthouse Bailiffs. With the defendant's bond not being held insufficient after the guilty verdict, there was very little they could have done. Not saying this is what happened, but if a defendant in this situation started walking out of the courtroom (which is in recess, by the way), and went all the way out to his car, a bailiff really couldn't do anything--he might be going to get something out of his car, etc. All you could do was report his actions if he got into the car and drove off (if you couldn't stop him in time). Maybe if a defendant bolted and ran out of a courtroom, THEN the bailiff could observe that his intent would be to not attend the trial, and could then forcibly stop him, but unless his actions were that obvious, the bailiff has very little authority to restrict his freedom by detaining him.

Another point to ponder. When a bailiff does a good job, you almost never notice it--because nothing happens! I can't count the number of times our bailiffs have skillfully defused a situation by calming down agitated individuals BEFORE they became a problem. All the negative commentors (most of whom don't have a CLUE about what goes on in the courthouse, or what happened in this incident) need to say THANK YOU to the bailiffs for all the times they have kept the courthouse SECURE and SAFE. The title says it all, anyway--Courthouse SECURITY (not Courthouse DETENTION). Yes, bailiffs DO take people into custody, but only when they are authorized to do so.

Also, just because someone "works in the courthouse" doesn't mean they know ALL of what the bailiffs do. As someone who "works in the Courthouse", AND also works closely with the bailiffs and observes their performance in ALL of their duties, I feel very SECURE with them being here. They really do a good job. If Walker looked into it, all he'll see is a reason to keep things the same.

Anonymous said...

Keep your head up Greg! It was just a mistake. You will know better next time. I seriously doubt that the big boys in the media are going to beat you up over this!

Anonymous said...

Hey idiots.......he was not in custody...HELLO!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey idiot...he should have been!
I have a law degree, maybe you should get one!

R and R said...

I'm with 7:20

If the defendant wasn't in custody how did law enforcement have cause to chase him down and arrest him?

Anonymous said...

7:20 & 7:39 Because the judge said so. Peace Officers authority to arrest: Offense on view, warrant, by order of Magistrate (Judge) for you folks that don't understand dem big words!