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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Blogger Opinion

The anonymous comments that are showing up on the Hernandez jail escape have nothing to do with his escape.  Nobody is talking about the multiple felonies to include 1st-degree robbery and a host of other felony convictions.  In addition, the last time he was released from jail he is said to have fled to Puerto Rico and was missing for approximately 8 months. Why hasn't anybody mentioned that he is accused of being a psychopath and how dangerous he is?  Why aren't you asking why he was a trustee in the laundry room at the jail with easy access to others attire?

I find it interesting that anonymous is bickering back and forth over Randy Cavnar or any of the other candidates.  I want to assure you that if I decide to enter the communication regarding the candidates for sheriff I will sign my name to the document.

I also find it interesting that anonymous continuously uses Ron Puckett and Ray Long's name in their comments.  Sounds like someone may be intimidated.

Geeze I am surprised that you haven't thrown Darrell Childers under the bus yet.  Whoever anonymous is they are trying to eliminate the competition which leads me to believe that Childers Puckett and Ownes are on the right track.

Please be assured that I will voice my opinion and make an endorsement in due time but that time hasn't come.

I will lay out all I know in regards to the candidates I decide to speak of.  I will also say what I think of the candidate(s) should I choose to.  I will also lay out some dirty dealing behind the scenes in the sheriff's race in due time.

This is not the time.  I like all of the rest of the citizens in Morgan County do not want us to be confronted with yet another sheriff not worth their weight.

The person commenting all of the derogatory comments is not using his/her own name.  I wonder why?

You can slam me, Rick Sherman, Ron Pucket, Darrell Childers, Owens, and any of the other candidates that you wish to on the blog, however, I will address my concerns/opinions on the blog and as myself when the time comes.

//signed//
Glenda Lockhart


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Think Morgan County Sheriff is Corrupt?

Well, yes.

But the Blog was in Georgia recently and the talk turned to corruption.  One of the locals recommended looking into Dekalb County, Georgia, and it's long line of crooked sheriffs.  Wow.  Compared with these guys, Ana would be up for the Efrem Zimbolist, Jr Straight ArrowTrophy.  Read on.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MOST CORRUPT SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IN THE COUNTRY

Martin was the Sheriff of DeKalb County from 1965 until 1973, when he was charged and convicted of taking bribes. He eventually pleaded guilty to taking 5 percent of every bail that was posted at the DeKalb County jail. Naturally this is problematic as it would give someone—in Georgia during the 60’s no less—motive and incentive to arrest as many people as possible.

Ray Bonner

Ray Bonner replaced Lamar Martin and ran the department for only a brief time. He was indicted in 1976 for misrepresenting a fundraising company, but managed to avoid conviction. He resigned because of those charges and after his time as sheriff, he was later charged with murder.  Bonner was acquitted and went on to live his merry little life. He may be dead by now, but we were unable to confirm this.
Pat Jarvis
Pat Jarvis, a former pitcher for the Atlanta Braves who only played 83 games and received the nickname “Little Bulldog,” was sheriff DeKalb County from 1976 to 1996. He had to step down because he was charged and later convicted in a kickback scheme. He was taking money from vendors who had contracts with the jail that he supervised. He pleaded guilty in 1999 and was sentenced to 15 months and ordered to pay a $40,000 fine. Jarvis is still alive and is currently an organic farmer in Georgia somewhere.

Sidney Dorsey
Dorsey was the first African-American Sheriff in the history of DeKalb County. Dorsey’s crimes are also the most notorious of all the offenders to head the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. Like just about all of his predecessors, Dorsey was being investigated for assigning personal tasks to deputies and for abusing contracts with the DeKalb County Jail. (The jail, which can house at least 3,700 inmates, is said to be the largest in the south.)
During the 2000 election for Sheriff, Dorsey lost his position to Derwin Brown. The campaign was by all accounts pretty brutal and Brown campaigned on the promise that he was going to get rid of the corruption that had plagued the department for decades—and specifically that he would probe rumored corruption by Dorsey. He also said that he was going to fire 38 deputies when he took office.
A few days prior to Brown being sworn in, he was shot dead twelve times while walking in his driveway.  Dorsey was eventually convicted of ordering the murder in 2001.  Dorsey was also convicted of racketeering charges and sentenced to life in prison where he is currently rotting.
 Jeffrey Mann
Which brings us to our most recent f--- up and current sheriff, Jeffery Mann. As we previously wrote, Mann was caught by a cop on a bike late one night in an Atlanta park with his d--- out. When the officer tried to arrest him he ran. Mann continues to maintain his innocence and is somehow still serving as sheriff. 
So rejoice, MCSO.  We can all take pride in that Ana hasn't shot anybody, as far as we know.  A few shot glasses, maybe.   And Dekalb County (GA) can take pride in that none of these sheriffs made profits from under-feeding their inmates.  Once again, as far as we know.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Jail Break Another Update

NOT a rumor.  A Hispanic inmate in jail for 1st Degree Robbery and a probation violation walked off (escaped) from duties in laundry about 7:30 this morning.  He was a TRUSTEE.  Which begs a few questions:

Why is an alleged felon a trustee?
Is he an illegal alien and if so, why was he a trustee?  ICE notified?
Why has the local media not been notified?

Here's the story from AL.com (but not the Decatur Daily):.

An inmate at the Morgan County Jail escaped Monday morning after he changed into clothing worn by the inmates approved to work outside the jail, according to AL.com news partner WHNT News 19. 
Alexis Jaime Hernandez, 29, was serving as an in-house inmate worker in the laundry area, said Chief Deputy Mike Corley. He said Hernandez changed into clothing worn by jail trustees allowed to work outside the jail. 
Alexis Jaime Hernandez escaped Morgan County Jail Monday morning after he put on clothing worn by jail trustees allowed to work outside the jail, officials said. He has not been located. Corley said he left the jail around 7:30 a.m. and has been missing since. 
Jail officials told WHNT Hernandez was initially jailed for a probation violation after he was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana. He was scheduled to be released in about 12 months, according to WHNT. 
Anyone with information on Hernandez's whereabouts should call the Morgan County Sheriff's Office at 256-301-1174.
The Blog is glad to correct errors caused by the rush of events. However, according to other sources, Hernandez was a trustee.  Still, it's pretty interesting:  just change clothes--it was the laundry, after all-- look like a trustee and walk away.



Civil Asset forfeiture

Blogger Comments:  How can law enforcement seize assets with no intention of returning those assets back to the rightful owner? Even though you have not been charged with a crime or convicted of a crime your property can be seized, trust me I know?  For those of you in Morgan County who are curious enough to want to know how much property has been seized in Morgan County, I recommend that you visit abamalegal.com. 

https://www.alabamapublicnotices.com/

Civil asset forfeiture harms innocent Alabamians like me

By Guest Voices  on February 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM, updated February 18, 2018 at 7:02 AM

By Jamey Vibbert
Most people learn about civil asset forfeiture in law school, if they learn about it at all. I learned about it when law enforcement tried to take about $25,000 of my money. The lesson cost me my business, my savings, and my reputation. I am still working to rebuild.
Civil asset forfeiture is a process that allows the government to assume ownership of people's property if they believe it's connected to criminal activity.
Originally intended as a way to take the ill-gotten gains of drug kingpins who were beyond the reach of the law, it has been transformed into an unaccounted-for revenue stream for law enforcement, who use it to take money, vehicles, and even homes from ordinary people without ever convicting, or even charging them with any crimes.
This year, Alabama legislators have legislation in front of them that would end this abusive program.
This sensible legislation, which protects property rights while maintaining a robust mechanism for depriving criminals of ill-gotten gains, should be a no-brainer for anyone who respects the constitution and the right of private citizens to keep their earnings.
Instead, it has been met with full-throated opposition by leadership in Alabama's law enforcement community, who in a recent op-ed claimed the current system is only used against people who have committed crimes. 
I know from personal experience just how false that is. And my story is just the tip of the iceberg.
I own a car dealership in Dothan, Alabama. I am also the past president of the Dothan/Houston County Rotary Club and former member of the board of directors and three-time "Ambassador of the Year" for the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.
In 2015, in a transaction no different from hundreds of others over my years selling cars, I sold two vehicles to a young man. Later, I learned he was an alleged drug dealer.
When law enforcement found it would cost them almost as much as the cars were worth to try and have the young man forfeit them, they set their sights on me.
After a two-month investigation during which I was led to believe I was going to be a helpful witness in a case against a drug dealer, they seized about $25,000 from one of my business accounts.
They claimed this money was my take from somehow helping this drug dealer - a man who, like most of my customers, was a total stranger to me before I sold him some cars - launder his money. A few days after they seized the money, they arrested me. 
A judge found me innocent in early 2016. At the trial, he said explicitly that he didn't think forfeiture laws should extend to people who, like me, unknowingly conduct business with someone who committed a crime. I was sure I'd get my money back right away - but I didn't.
Even though a judge agreed that I had done nothing wrong, the district attorney still tried to use the civil forfeiture process, which has a much lower standard of proof than the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard used in criminal cases, to keep my money.
I had to hire my own attorney and, eight months after I was found innocent, I finally got my money back. Even then, the DA threatened to tie it up by in an appeal. By the time it was over, I had lost my dealership, my life savings, and my reputation as an honest businessman.
It has taken everything I have to rebuild, and I'm still not back to where I was.
In a recent-op-ed, the presidents of the Alabama District Attorneys' Association and Alabama Sheriffs' Association wrote that "[l]aw enforcement uses civil asset forfeiture only to go after criminals."
My case is proof that this is false, and I'm not an outlier. According to a recent study by Alabama Appleseed and the Southern Poverty Law Center, about a quarter of all civil forfeiture cases filed in 2015 were not linked to any criminal charges. The state won 84 percent of those cases, raking in more than $670,000 from people who were never even charged with a crime.
The law enforcement leaders also claimed in their op-ed that ending civil asset forfeiture would result in less policing, asking, "What incentive would local police and sheriffs have to invest manpower, resources and time in these operations if they don't receive proceeds to cover their costs?"
Aside from the fact that they got the law wrong (the proposed legislation would allow law enforcement to keep proceeds from most criminally forfeited property), this claim raises serious questions about how these law enforcement leaders understand their roles in society.
As taxpayers, we employ them to protect and serve us, not to make policing decisions based on where they can make money. I have always been a supporter of law enforcement, and I believe they should get the funds they need to do their work. But they shouldn't be allowed to take those funds from innocent Alabamians, which is what the current law allows. That's just wrong.
There is nothing anti-law enforcement about opposing unfair laws. In living memory, Alabama has repeatedly revisited laws that were popular at the time they were made, but in practice turned out to be unjust and ill-advised. We have done the right thing and changed those laws. And now it's time to change this one. 

Excerpts from an AL.com article, Feb 18, 2018

Blogger Comments:  It is hard to believe that a sheriff, any sheriff, would take inmate food funds be held in Contempt of Court and still make the comments "I won".  Is the position of sheriff so powerful that some sheriffs think that they are above the law and they cannot be touched.  The sheriff of Morgan County has been taking money from the sheriff's office since 2013.  Franklin wrote counter checks on the inmate food funds during one trip to the bank for $160,000.00 dollars.  While other sheriffs have not removed that much money over a 3 - 5-year timeframe.  We can't help but wonder how much has really been taken.  That was a lot of money to take in one sitting.  Franklin also claims that she lost $40,000.00 dollars last year.  Really Ana?  Are you telling us that your sheriff's office check was cut and all you brought home after paying the $40,000.00 out of pocket was approximately $24,000.00?

Alabama sheriffs pocket tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars allocated to feed inmates

Saturday, February 17, 2018

One Rotten Apple Can Spoil The Whole Barrel

Blogger Comments:  It is disgusting what one or a few spoiled apples can do to the rest of the barrel. We have learned this well in Morgan County.  We have those that lie, cheat, abuse their positions, and make life miserable for the good deputies, corrections officers, and the employees as a whole here in the MCSO.  The employees know that if they keep plugging along and hold their sheriff's office together they will be the winners in the end.  We will continue telling the truth until those who have chosen to destroy the sheriff's office, citizens, and the community as a whole can say goodbye to Sheriff Franklin, Bones Wilson, Blake Robinson, and Justin Powell.  There are a few others that the newly elected sheriff will most likely dismiss once taking office.  Once the newly elected sheriff takes office it is our hope that they will request a forensic audit for all of the sheriff's office accounts.  In addition, the newly elected sheriff will have the authority to release these records to the public as well as the posse account.  That should be interesting.  The sheriff may use fuzzy math on the sheriff's office funds for now but the real records will be held in a bank that cannot be altered.

What kind of sick animal would do this to a woman?  What kind of sick animal would use inmate food funds so that they can invest in a used car dealership? Once found in contempt of court with a slap on the hand Ana tells those that will listen "I won".  No Ana you didn't win.  What is wrong with these people?  Money, abuse of power, greed and not to mention people like this has been corrupt for a LONG time. 

Woman wins $3 million against former deputy named in 'S-Town' podcast

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Another one bites the dust

Blogger Comments:  The three months Mickey Hammond will be spending in prison may not seem like a long time to me and you but I bet that he will remember his punishment for the rest of his life.  He will also remember the fines that he will be paying for his actions.  Last but clearly not least Mickey will have to suffer the embarrassment of what he did along with his family for the rest of his life, and theirs too.

BTW.  Read the last paragraph and let your imagination run wild.

Former Alabama House majority leader sentenced to 3 months in prison


What's going on?

What's going on in the sheriff's office?  Ana is at the 2018 Winter Conference and from what we understand she has worked very hard crying her way through the conference ensuring that everybody knows that a crazy woman is stalking her.  Professing that she has done nothing wrong and that she can't control what a few rogue deputies have done.  Is that so, Ana?  Is that why you have Blake back here in Morgan County digging away? 

You goons will stop at nothing to try and prove the whistleblower is crazy.  Good luck on that one. 

One can only hope that Blake has pulled together everything that mama Ana needed to try and prove her point.  We really don't know what to make of Ana and her goons.  We have shown time and time again that we are telling the truth about their dirty dealings and still they continue to BS their way around the county as if they have done nothing wrong.  The lies they've told will and have caught up with them. 

All we can do is say 'keep on lying.' 





To Ana, Bones, Blake, and Justin



Your problem is getting others to believe the lies you continue to tell.  How's that working for ya?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

See Al.com Article below Blogger Comments

Blogger Comments:  We ask the same question AL.com ask about the corruption.  Who would have believed we had jackles prowling arund our county.  Who would have believed those jackles would be the elected sheriff of our county, Bones Wilson, Blake Robinson, and Justin Powell?  Why? That is the million dollar question?  The answer is greed, power, and prestiage.  It is sickening to think about how these dirty law enforcment officers disgraced their badge, their county, and their families.  Sheriff Franklin announced she will not seek a third term as sheriff of our county.  Why?  She is busted becasuse of her greed, abuse of power, and has fallen from grace and prestiage to a disgrace to our county.  What makes no sense at all is Bones, Robinson, and Powell following her around like sick puppies who has tried to protect her at all cost to include their freedom.  Now the three jackles have nothing except empty promises.


The Morgan County Jackles are not sick puppies or sleeping puppies the are corrupt to the core and should not be allowed to maintain their positions with the MCSO office once this mess is over.

Why is Alabama so corrupt? The ancients knew

By John Archibald | jarchibald@al.com 
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on February 14, 2018 at 6:30 AM, updated February 14, 2018 at 6:31 AM

Why, why, why?
Alabama asks it every day.  Why do our politicians always rise to power on the promise of reform, only to fall on their own greed and hubris?
Governors, House speakers, lawmakers. Robert Bentley thought he was divine, and Mike Hubbard thought the world owed him. Oliver Robinson sold his constituents for pieces of silver. And now legislators scramble to change ethics laws rather than their own behavior.
Why? Why do our elected always become infected?
It is, as it turns out, an age-old question.
I mean really, like 3,500 years old, at least. In India, wise ones warned of it in the ancient fables of the Panchatantra, passed down orally for a millennium before finally being written in Sanskrit a couple centuries before Christ.
Simple wisdom. Like the story of the blue jackal.
One night a jackal found himself starving in his woods. The antelopes were too fast, and freeloading foxes stripped the berries from bushes near his den.
So, muttering about the inherent unfairness of the world, he slipped into a village looking for food.
There he found a garbage pile filled with wonders. There were scraps of goat meat and rice and the sweet plums the humans called jamun.
It was all his, a bounty well earned, he thought. He began to root and snort and eat with such gusto that it drew the attention of village dogs.
Dogs, you may not realize, don't care for jackals. They think of them as greedy, self-serving liars, which they are. So the growling and howling began, and the whole pack of dogs descended on the trash heap and surprised the jackal.
He took off just as they crested the rubbish heap. Down the streets he ran, the pack nipping at his heals. Left he went, and right. Until, growing tired, he found himself running straight toward a wall. There was nothing he could do but take a flying leap. So he did. And ...
Splash!
The jackal landed in the old washer's backyard, right in a vat of indigo dye. When he emerged, he was blue as a royal sapphire.
The dogs took one look at him and - failing to recognize him in his new hue - turned tail and ran. They weren't the only ones.
As the jackal slipped back into the forest all the animals bowed. "The gods put me here," the cunning blue jackal declared. "Serve me and I'll bring prosperity, full bellies and jobs, jobs, jobs."
"I'll make the foxes pull their weight," he went on. "I'll build a barrier and keep the weasels out of our wood."
The squirrels showed reverence and even the foxes paid respect - and berries. He banished the other jackals, so they wouldn't recognize him, and began to rule as king. He grew fat, and comfortable, and demanded that even the tiger bring him tribute.
He forgot who he was.
Until one night a family of traveling jackals happened into the wood and began to howl at the full moon. The blue jackal couldn't help himself. Instinct took over and he began to howl in harmony.
The spell was broken. The creatures of the forest saw him for what he was: Nothing but a skeezy jackal. They chased him down and - things were tough back then - ripped him to shreds.
The moral of this story? If you pretend to be something you're not, it's gonna catch up to you. No matter what color you drape yourself in.
Ancient wisdom. It's as old as time, and as Alabama as ill-gotten gains.

Reference Decatur Daily Article - Jail food amendment to be on November ballot By Eric Fleischauer Metro Editor

http://www.decaturdaily.com/news/morgan_county/jail-food-amendment-to-be-on-november-ballot/article_f996ebcd-0087-5adc-9da6-641090422a1b.html

Senator Author Orr spearheaded a senate bill that if favorably voted on by the citizens of Morgan County the citizens can stop corrupt sheriff's such as Sheriff Ana Franklin from partaking in the inmate food funds.  Those funds are set up to feed the inmates and should not be used to fatten the sheriffs pockets. 

Check out the Decatur daily for more information