Most of our local judges are tough on Domestic Violence issues except for Jennifer Howell. Yes, folks, you got it. Jennifer Howell, a female judge in Morgan County, Alabama failed not once but multiple times to do the right thing and help Kay Stevens. Kay Stevens was gunned down in cold blood outside the bakery she owned along with her sister in Decatur, Alabama. Howell said that Ms. Stevens case did not meet the criteria for the issuance of a protection order. We provided Judge Howell the Alabama Guidelines that constitute justification for domestic violence protection after Kay Stevens death. Aren't judges supposed to know these things? Does it take a part-time blogger to show a full-time judge what the rules are?
After Roger Stevens killed his wife in cold blood, he ran. He ran to his big rig work truck in Madison, Alabama. Hid in the truck like the coward he is. Our Sheriff Ana Franklin, yes folks Ana Franklin our female sheriff, rushed to the scene of the stand-off and took over from professional law enforcement who had the situation under control. Franklin and her side kick Limestone County Sheriff Blakely (AKA Dumb and Dumber) got in the big rig truck with Stevens and sipped whiskey with Stevens until he agreed to turn himself in. Franklin placed Stevens in her vehicle with no handcuffs and promised him she would take him by his house to see his daddy before taking him to jail.
I do not find this behavior acceptable whether or not it is male or female members of the court or law enforcement agencies. Two female elected officials disgraced themselves and their positions by their conduct in the mishandling of this case before, during, and after the death of Kay Stevens.
We also posted pictures of another woman, Ms. Stephanie Cook, who said she was physically abused by Morgan County Deputy Joey Coburn when she was arrested. Stephanie Cook was found guilty of a misdeameanor in regards to that arrest. To date Joey Coburn has never been investigated for that incident. Stephanie Cook appealed her case to the Alabama Appeals Court. The court upheld the conviction of the misdemeanor. Stephanie Cook worked hard to ensure she did not get into any further trouble. Ms. Cook is not a hardened criminal. Ms. Cook is the sole caregiver for her Grandfather who suffers dementia. Stephanie Cook is sitting in jail right now because Morgan County Judge Jennifer Howell decided that Stephanie Cook did not promply report the Appeals Court Decision to the county. What Stephanie Cook did do was to call the Circuit Clerks office multiple times to ensure that once the documentation was received she was prepared to meet with the probation officer and put a closure to criminal aspect of this case so that she may pursue all other options for the physical abuse or domestic violence she believed she received during the arrest. Stephanie Cook showed up for her first probationary meeting with money to pay her court fees/fines in hand to begin the final journey of completing her probation. When Stephanie Cook was called for her meeting with the probation officer Morgan County deputies was there to arrest her for non-compliance. The probation officer did not report Stephanie Cook for probation violations. Judge Howell took it upon herself to decide that Stephanie Cook should not have waited for the clerks office to receive and process the official order from the state appeals court. Why?
We can make a difference. Stamp out incompetence in our elected officials.