Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Judges know their power over me diminishes each day as increasingly, serving a long prison sentence is no longer possible for me.


Galveston Art Museum.  One of these people is the Mayor of Galveston, the other is my daughter. carry on.


Lawyer is sanctioned $250 for flinging coffee toward opposing counsel during deposition

Jan 31, 2017, 7:00 am CST


Judge who set $250K bond for seat-belt violation gets probation in deferred disciplinary agreement

A Tennessee judge accused of requiring defendants to pay unwarranted fees and setting a $250,000 bond for a mother’s child-seat violation has been placed on disciplinary probation as a result of a deferred disciplinary agreement.
The judge, Amanda Sammons, accepted the agreement and acknowledged temperament issues, but did not admit fault, the Knoxville News Sentinel and WBIR report. Though she was “too hasty to judge and too quick to be angry before,” Sammons said in a letter to disciplinary authorities, she is now “a more temperate and patient person.”
The disciplinary agreement (PDF), dated Jan. 23, summarized the complaints against Sammons, without making findings of fact. The seat-belt complaint had alleged that Sammons imposed the $250,000 bond because she thought the case involved aggravated child abuse, without making a determination of the facts. The defendant was a mother who didn’t use seat belts or child seats to restrain her children in the car.
Other complaints had alleged that Sammons:
• Required defendants to pay fees for court-appointed counsel even though they had private lawyers.
• Purchased drug testing kits and ordered drug tests on individuals in her court without probable cause. The drug-tested individuals were also ordered to pay for the tests.
• Issued an ex parte order causing two children to be taken from their custodial parent, and issued another ex parte order that allowed a mother to take her child out of the country on vacation.
Sammons had also faced criminal charges of official misconduct for allegedly misusing her authority in the seat-belt case. But a senior judge tossed the charges against Sammons in November, saying Sammons had made an honest mistake of fact when she set the bond, according to this prior story by the Knoxville News Sentinel.




Trump Says He Heard Frederick Douglass Was Alive from Betsy DeVos


Dairy Queen Supervisor Charged With Manslaughter After Suicide By Teenager

by jonathanturley
aamwy0pThere is a novel criminal case in Missouri where the supervisor of a Dairy Cream has been charged with manslaughter in the suicide of Kenneth Suttner, 17.  Suttner lived a tragic life -- tormented by bullies about his weight and his speech impediment.  He finally could not take anymore of the abuse and on December 21 took his own life.  It is horrific to think of all of the people who made this boy's life such a living hell.  However, the criminal charge against Harley Branham is problematic in seeking to hold her criminally liable in a suicide case.


Navy Confirms Special Warfare Unit Flew Trump Flag

by jonathanturley
imgresThe military has confirmed that a special forces unit flew of Trump flag from a military convoy in Louisville.  In a nation that has prided itself on an apolitical military, it was an insult to the professionalism of our military personnel and their traditions.  Our Republic once had military officers who viewed their allegiance to the Federalists and led to partisan conflicts.  Our tradition of an apolitical military is one of the most cherished in our country.


Former city bar president convicted in $300M web gambling case will get new trial

Feb 3, 2017, 8:00 am CST

Resentencing ordered in controversial child sodomy case that led to efforts to recall judge

Feb 3, 2017, 7:00 am CST


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