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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Closer to home

There were lots of bad things that happened during the previous administration's reign of terror.  Some of which many of her followers have left or been forced to leave their cushy positions.  One of those characters was spotted in an eatery by locals.  Sobbing in their beer they allegedly told the patron that the previous sheriff had hanged them out to dry. 

Our question is what do you expect?  When we reported that Private Investigator Hendrick traveled to Georgia to try to encourage Daniel Lockhart to change his sworn statement.  There was only one name mentioned.  That was our previous sheriff.  Yet.  None of these young adult men with children has an IQ high enough to realize that it is never too late to come clean.  Come in out of the rain as many of the SO employees did.  Instead they stand their ground looking at one another saying we just lost our jobs.  For what?  Yep.  For what?

This has to stop...

Blogger Comments:  This has to stop.  We have some really good folks working on it.  Governor Kay Ivey for one and State Senator Arthur Orr for another.  The changes that need to be made are up to the legislature.  So let's see what we get.  This is a very sad subject as inmates are in jail to be punished not starved.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Alabama sheriffs' tendency to steal jail-food funds and boost their own bottom lines can leave inmates with health concerns that last long after they are released

A food tray from the Etowah County (AL) Jail

We invite you to check out the photo above of a food tray from the jail in Etowah County, Alabama. I spent five months -- from Oct. 23, 2013 to March 26, 2014 -- in the Shelby County (AL) Jail, and the tray of food above looks a lot like what we tended to have there.

Since my release, we've seen widespread reports of Alabama sheriffs taking funds intended for inmate food and using them for personal expenses and projects -- such as beach houses, in the case of former Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, who lost his re-election bid and stepped down last month.

Exposure to Alabama jail food can be dangerous -- both due to its sparse quantity and its dreadful quality. I have reason to worry about the impact it has had on my own health.

As for Todd Entrekin -- the poster boy for Alabama sheriff corruption -- he is not the only one to essentially starve inmates, so that his personal bottom line would benefit. Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson recently sued outgoing Sheriff Ana Franklin, alleging she used inmate-food funds to pay her legal expenses from battling corruption charges.

That's not the only food-related scam involving Alabama sheriffs. I have little doubt a normal-sized adult could starve in an Alabama jail; I lost 15-25 pounds in five months -- and not being a picky eater, I usually cleaned my plate, what little was on it. As you can see from the photo above, there wasn't much on it much of the time.

Also, you can check out my mugshot (below, left) from the night I entered the Shelby County Jail and another (bottom) after I spent about a week at the Jefferson County Jail, which was near the end of my overall five-month incarceration. You can see that the fullness in my face is pretty much gone, and my shoulders look shrunken. Do people suffer in jail? Can this kind of weight loss under the extreme stress of false criminal charges affect a person's health down the road?I think the answer is obvious, and something close to starvation is not out of the question.

In order to survive, many inmates while I was in jail would have family put money in an account for the "store" or "commissary" and use that for snacks. The Morgan County Whistleblower blog has reported on this double-dipping scam, and we borrowed from their commentary in a recent Legal Schnauzer post:

. . . as you walk into the doors of the jail you immediately have access to two machines, the first is so you can put money into their account so they can buy items from the jail including food. This seems like a racket to me; first, you don’t feed them adequately and then sell them overpriced food all the while getting rich off leftover jail food money. Next to the first money machine is another money machine to put money into an account so they can use the phones.

We will not address the jail-phone scam for now. But there is an element to the jail-food scam that you likely would only know if you have been in an Alabama jail -- as I have. And it goes beyond quantity of food and isn't even seen on a tray.

Roger Shuler Mugshot No. 1

The choices on an Alabama jail "commissary" list are a nutritional nightmare. While the regular meal trays are filled with food that appears to be extremely starchy, high in carbs and sodium, the "store" list contains almost all junk food. And by junk food, I mean sweets -- as in snack cakes and pies, candy, etc.

Up until the night I was "arrested for blogging," I had been fortunate to enjoy pretty good health -- and so had my wife, Carol. But I'm not so sure that is still the case. Having been exposed to jail food for five months -- not to mention a wrongful foreclosure in Alabama, an unlawful eviction in Missouri (plus the accompanying financial stress), and the emotional strain of watching Missouri cops beat Carol and break her arm, then bring bogus "assault" charges against her, the victim of an assault -- I suspect one or two of my key health numbers are outside the normal range now. I know Carol has at least one key number that no longer is within normal.

Having someone cheated out of his job and health insurance, along with his freedom and the roof over his head, can come with health consequences for the victim and his spouse. That's one of many reasons why it is a stupid thing to do.

If we wind up with a negative health event, or dealing with a chronic, life-altering illness -- all because Alabama political thugs did not like the content of my blog -- someone is going to have hell to pay. There will be major legal liability, and we intend to make sure that dealing with that is going to be painful.

(NoteLegal Schnauzer needs your help. Loyal readers have sustained this blog for years, and support is urgently needed now that my wife, Carol, is recovering from a fainting spell, which led to a recent broken arm. The healing process is going well for Carol, but statements from her doctors indicate this likely was fallout from political thugs cheating both of us out of our jobs [and health insurance] in Birmingham -- and the stress of dealing with financial wreckage that comes from being targeted for right-wing attacks. If you are able to help along our journalism journey, please click on the yellow donate button in the upper right corner of the blog, under the "Support the Schnauzer" headline. We are deeply grateful for your support through the years.
Roger Shuler Mugshot No. 2



Anonymous said...
I'd have a hard time getting by on those rations for very long.
Chuckles said...
Hey, what's the problem with a little starvation if it means the sheriff can have a nice beach house?
Anonymous said...
Alabama's a corrupt hellhole, but it can't be the only state where this kind of crap happens.
Slapout said...
I'm sure Rob Riley and Liberty Duke were terribly worried that you might starve to death, thanks to their little courtroom charade. Hope you can roast those roaches in court at some point.
Anonymous said...
Wow, you did lost weight while in jail. I had not seen that second photo before.
legalschnauzer said...
@12:06 --

Yes, the second one has been out there for a while. There might be a third one, but I'm not sure. Seems I saw one of me in a green shirt, and it also was taken close time of release. But I might be imagining that.
Anonymous said...
Wow, it looks like your head shrunk in jail.
legalschnauzer said...
Some might say my brain shrunk, too.

It's possible having jail haircuts might have contributed to the shrunken-head look. You haven't lived until you've had a jail haircut.
Anonymous said...
That porridge, or whatever it's supposed to be, sure looks yummy on the tray.
legalschnauzer said...
@3:10 --

I think that's the jail version of cream of wheat. We had that in Shelby Co., and boiled eggs were a big item. There was always a lot of food swapping at meal time among he inmates. One thing I learned: Inmates prepare the jail food, so that's another way sheriffs save money. They get free labor and don't have to hire outside kitchen help.

One downside of that: I had one inmate tell me he had hepatitis C, and he wound up working kitchen duty. Always made me think a time or two before diving into my meal.
Anonymous said...
I'm guessing the plastic spoon and the jelly wrapper taste better than anything else on the tray.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Award Nominee


AL.COM reporter Connor Sheets (we've quoted him a lot) did a great job digging into this story and uncovered even more alleged crimes.  Up here we like to think that the Daily's Eric Fleishauer did a terrific job with the whole sordid Sheriff's shenanigans and not just the inmate food fund hijacking.  Perhaps a Pulitzer?  

Happy Tuesday, Reckon crew. We’ll start this week off with a huge congrats to our investigative reporter, Connor Sheets, who has been named a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for his stories on Alabama’s “Beach House Sheriff.” It’s a tremendous honor for a series that made a big difference in Alabama last year.

Oh and, uh, turns out he is also a finalist for the Selden Ring Award too. He's kind of a big deal.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Remarks: Donald Trump Meets with Sheriffs at The White House - February ...

Folks, something is missing from this picture.  We recall that in the previous meeting President Trump had with sheriffs across the nation one of our local sheriffs tried to hand off a note to the president.  When that didn't happen what does a desperate sheriff do?  Handoff a note to the next best thing.  The Vice President.

Wanted Employees who are honest, reliable, and credible

Looks like Sheriff Puckett is busy cleaning house and making room for a few good men and women.  Be a part of the solution.

Back Pay To Limestone LCSO Employees

Folks, See the link to an article the Daily published describing how violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act caused Limestone County to pay $50,000 in back pay to LCSO employees.   Seems like the same thing occurred here in Morgan County by our previous sheriff's office only it was a lot more than $50,000 according to our sources/

A major glitch indeed
Morgan County to use reserve to pay $1 million owed to Decatur and Hartselle school systems

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Looking Back

It didn't take long for our previous sheriff to get herself in a pickle that haunted her from February 3, 2011, thru 2018.  We have noticed a decidedly different attitude in observing Sheriff Ron Puckett and how he deals with his employee personnel issues.  His issues are not made up, contrived, or pre-planned to hire his buddies.

We deserve change.  We deserve an opportunity to rebuild our community, and to work forward to bring new citizens and business into our community.  For years it appeared that we were the METH capital of Alabama.  It was all lies.  Sure we have drug problems in our community but the METH stories were just that.  The stats that were reported locally were more than the state reported nationally as a whole.

We recently read that some of those let go or those that resigned are having a difficult time obtaining positions.  Welcome to the world that you built for multiple MCSO employees.  It appeared that many of the employees had been blackballed.  It seemed as if those terminated employees or those that resigned when applying for positions once they admitted they had worked for the MCSO there was no hope of employment.  It sounds like history is just repeating its self.   Nothing nefarious going on.  Yet.  Those that be blame everything on Leon Bradley and Daniel Lockhart.  It appears those that be slammed Sheriff Puckett and DA Scott Anderson and then turned the tables on those that they were already upset with.

We read the lawsuits against Bradley and Lockhart.  It sounds like Gray has thrown in everything but the kitchen sink

We believe the real bur in Gray's side against Daniel and Leon is the fact that Judge Thompson heard the case against Leon Bradley and called the case the way he saw it.  Look! If you don't like the ruling why not appeal it in a timely manner?

Why hire a private investigator to travel to Georgia to ask Daniel to change his sworn statement?  Why not verify the individual you hire is authorized to operate in another state before you send them out of state.  Clearly, it doesn't matter who was hired the person knew they were not authorized to work outside the state of Alabama.  We are sure that was just seen as a simple oversight.  While at the same time Bradley and Lockhart are slapped with a lawsuit because of what?  Anger, bitterness, or blame.  Blaming the victims for shortfalls of incompetent law enforcement.

Thursday, February 7, 2019


We have seen a lot of strange things in and around Morgan County in the past eight years but the most recent lawsuit against Daniel Lockhart and Leon Bradley may be the most bizarre.  It's like 'Thru the Looking Glass' where reality is reversed and truth is turned on its head.  In Bizarro World, Mr. Gray representing the former sheriff and her gang of rogue deputies would have you believe that Daniel, Leon, and 40 Fictitious Defendants conspired to commit fraud on Judge Thompson's court by doing all those dastardly things that were actually done by the plaintiffs themselves.  Incredible.  The world has turned upside down.  Bizarre indeed!