The Campaign For DA

12.10.2015

And Stuff Like This Is What Has Made Me Livid Lately

A long term Wise County resident gets indicted for a felony for allegedly providing snuff  (!!!!) to an inmate who is a Trustee and on a work crew outside of the Wise County Jail.

You kidding me? That's your tax dollars at work.


This is my new client. I think I could try this tomorrow, not utter a word, and get a not guilty verdict in about five minutes.

Incredible.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's ridiculous...it's not even an illegal drug...like offering a piece of candy or a drink of water...for heaven's sake...who was the idiot who did this? I would sue.

Anonymous said...

biggest waste of taxpayer money since the rhome city council

Sam Brows said...

anyone who prosecutes that has too much time on their hands and an awfully inflated opinion of their individual importance.

Anonymous said...

Snuff is a gateway drug.

DF Copenhagen Beechnut Skoal

Anonymous said...

Indictment says "confined in the jail". If he was not at that moment confined, it looks like the state is a bit vague.

Plus, can a sheriff's policy or rule even be a felony?

Anonymous said...

OMG Red Seal? That's cruel and unusual punishment for you. Fry him!
DF Walt Garrison

Anonymous said...

You're livid LATELY? It's just part of the good old boy
Wise county alumni. (wink wink) Someone musta got their corn flakes damp.

Anonymous said...

I was about to go crazy in the joint until I got a dip.


DF Snuff Dog Inmate #OICU812

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't a stern arse chewing and a note in his employment file been sufficient? When did this damn county go straight to hell. Time to clean house...I hate to say it but this is what straight party voting has gotten us. These people have no fear for their jobs so they are just doing what they please.

Anonymous said...

It won't be just a sheriff's rule or policy--there must be an actual Penal Code violation regarding tobacoo products (as well as more heinous stuff) for it to be a felony. Not defending the statute, though.

Anonymous said...

I hope you can adjust.

Should we can a psychologist for you?

Anonymous said...

*call

Anonymous said...

But that's not how it's indicted. Indictments have to reference the law, not a policy.

Anonymous said...

yeah and when York murdered the cop the county did the right thing by not seeking the death penalty. what is the cost for a death penalty case for the county? crooks and azzholes everyone of them

Roy Cooper, Jr., Jr. said...

Wise Countians voted for that right wing crap and, well I'm glad to say, they get what they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Government in everybody's business. No I do not agree with the indictment. I remember when deputies taking inmates to and from the jail to the courthouse always carried cigarettes for the inmates, even when the deputy did not smoke. Made the inmates easier to deal with, made the want to get along with deputy. And out on a work crew what does it hurt for them to have snuff.

Anonymous said...

Smokin calms ya down M-kay.


DF Mr. Mackie

Anonymous said...

Crazy. That's more of that power hungry carp at our expense!!!

Anonymous said...

Years ago, it was common practice to leave cigarettes and candy in your squad car when you got it worked on at the S.O. shop. If you did, it would always come back fixed, sparkling clean, and no tobacco or sweets to be found.

Anonymous said...

What do fish have to do with any of it? The lowly carp, you say! If it was a big mouth bass, well, maybe. But a carp? Never

Anonymous said...

So if you're pissed off about this then CHANGE THE DAMN LAW! Cops arrest, prosecutors prosecute. It's what they're paid to do. Legislators make (and theoretically un-make) laws. Tell your lawmakers about it and quit yer bitchin' about the people actually doing what the law says. And yeah, it's a stupid law!

Anonymous said...

2:52

And if they murder you it'll be a misdemeanor, Azzhole.

Power Hungry Carp said...

6:33, Some of us do both, along with voting. However, this would have been a perfect opportunity for the the cops not to arrest and the prosecuters not to prosecute. Part of both jobs is discretion, or at least it use to be.

Anonymous said...

So just to be clear, you prefer that police officers decide what laws to enforce, or at least how to enforce them, and you prefer that prosecutors decide when to prosecute; all instead of having lawmakers enact good laws. Right. Got it. Cause we do it any other way there's no one left to bitch about.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you read the Code of Professional Conduct Rule 3.07 and ask yourself if you are not committing an ethical violation with this blog post counselor.

Rule 3.07. Trial Publicity
(a) In the course of representing a client, a lawyer shall not make an extrajudicial statement that a reasonable person would expect to be disseminated by means of public communication if the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that it will have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing an adjudicatory proceeding. A lawyer shall not counsel or assist another person to make such a statement.

Power Hungry Carp said...

No, I prefer that our officials use common sense when our laws fail us, until they are corrected. We have a rich history of this in America. And despite what you seem to think, discretion is a large part of both jobs, always has been. This hard line stance on minor crimes, and sometimes no crime at all, needs to stop. You don't seem to understand what is going on in Wise right now, and how this is a huge departure from the past and how crime is handled in most of America.

Above I clearly stated that I do write my lawmakers, but the reality is that we have far too many laws. The truth is we don't need to enact any more laws, we need to spend time cleaning up the ones we already have.

So just to be clear, you support someone getting charged with a felony over snuff! Then more power to you, but a man's life was ruined over a minor work infraction. That I will bitch about, I will raise hell about and I will demand via a number of platforms that this stop. Not doing so is un-American!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like the sheriff quit just in time.

Triple Fake... said...

I will agree that it's excessive to charge somebody with a felony for this minor offense, but didn't the "long term" Wise County resident know the consequences of their actions? You're always griping about the "good ol' boy" system, but now you want us to use the resident's residency status as a factor. (and I think you mean "long-time". Long term makes it sound like an elected position. If your legal documents are as discombobulated as your blog posts, you won't win this case. But if somebody in your office is cleaning up your paperwork to make sense of it, give them a raise. Right now!)
I'm too lazy to look it up, but does the regulation cover tobacco only, or does it blanket all contraband items? Does the common sense folks are talking about here cover any other items not allowed, like alcohol or weapons? Because when common sense gets into bed with human nature, some rather unnatural acts can occur.
If common sense is being applied here, why didn't the resident consider that the inmate is incarcerated for a reason, and they should both abide by the rules that have been laid out. "Oh, but he was a trustee outside the jail on a work crew!" Yeah, and now they don't feel like he can be trusted anymore.

Tired of School Board Members Crap said...

This D.A. secures an indictment for SNUFF yet turns his back on hard evidence that elected ISD Board members are flagrantly abusing their elected office. This is just another example of the "shining" competence of our current D.A. While many on here disagree w/ Green's politics, he is spot on regarding prosecutorial abuse/incompetence. I wish he or Jana or any of the level headed qualified atty. in this county would run against this jerk.

Anonymous said...

i bet arresting officer was jtm

Anonymous said...

No matter what the substance was, it was a violation of the law.

Unknown said...

Power hungry overbearing jerk at his finest. I have seen a lot of cases in court that should never have been prosecuted.

Anonymous said...

Slidell and Decatur are the worst.

Anonymous said...

JUST PROVES GRAND JURY WIIL INDICT A CHICKEN FOR CROSSING THE ROAD THEY ARE A JOKE

Power Hungry Carp said...

Using faulty logic to defend the hard line I see. Common sense would never excuse guns or alcohol to inmates and pretending common sense is that flexible clearly shows you have none. A dip of snuff at the end of the day is much different than weapons or booze. He should have been punished for the snuff, but that should have been handled at the employer level. I even think firing was in order, but it doesn't need to be prosecuted.

Please, do me a favor...take your voter registration card out to the woods somewhere and bury that thing so deep that bloodhounds couldn't find it.

Anonymous said...

They should have borrowed Rhome's zero tolerance sign.

Anonymous said...

You never got that opportunity to arrest your mother I guess!

So you honestly think justice is being served by putting this guy in the system? How does society benefit, how will he support his family, how much will it cost county taxpayers? Where is the benefit...are we taking a criminal off the streets? Is a life and a family ruined the punishment that fits the crime? This guy will never be able to get a decent job again over snuff, think about that.

Anonymous said...

There's way more to this story than that piece of paper tells.