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The Sheriff of Nottingham has nothing on this Alabama sheriff

John Archibald | jarchibald@al.comBy John Archibald | jarchibald@al.com 
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on April 23, 2017 at 6:31 AM, updated April 24, 2017 at 8:56 AM

The Sheriff of Nottingham has nothing on this Alabama sheriff

John Archibald | jarchibald@al.comBy John Archibald | jarchibald@al.com 
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on April 23, 2017 at 6:31 AM, updated April 24, 2017 at 8:56 AM
So a North Alabama sheriff took $150,000 out of the jail inmate's food account and dumped it in a skeezy investment in a used car lot that:
  1. Was owned by a felon and;
  2. Peddled in stolen vehicles and;
  3. Is not something you'd want your sheriff anywhere near. Not without a warrant.
Oh, Alabama. Why do you do what you do?
The state is left with a veritable plethora of questions. Not the least of which is ... What did the Sheriff of Nottingham have that Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin doesn't.
Not a whole heckuva lot, as it turns out.
Stealing from the rich to feed the poor is definitely not the issue here. It's the reverse, all across the lovely land of Alabama. It's robbing hoods to feed the greedy sheriffs. Not in ham, mind you, but in cheese. Good ol' green, fungible cheese.
The whole Franklin thing smells worse than the stuff she feeds her inmates. Especially because, as AL.com's Ashley Remkus has followed in somewhat shocking detail, the head law enforcement officer of Morgan County decided she was simply above the law.
Surprise!
Morgan County - with a history of inmate food profiteering - was under a consent decree when she took office. A federal judge had made it clear, because of a previous sheriff's appetite for cold hard cash, that it couldn't just keep feeding inmates nothing but corn dogs, and ordered every cent of money meant for inmate food be spent on food for inmates.
And not on the old sheriff or this new one. Or her cockamamie investments.
Sheriff Ana Franklin.jpgAna Franklin 
The thing is - the Decatur Daily reported this from the start - Franklin got legal advice before she even took office that said she had to use the food money for food. And she chose to ignore it.
She chose to get a second opinion. And now she's fighting to find out whether she'll be held in contempt.
In contempt of court, that is.
Because she's already held in contempt by me, for what that's worth. She ought to be held in contempt by the good voters of Morgan County, my sweet childhood home.
She's even argued that she invested in the car lot to recoup $21,000 lost from the food account, which makes about as much sense as, well, investing more food money in a sketchy car lot.
But the imperfection of some contemptuous Alabama sheriff is not even the big question for Alabamians who want to see their state as decent. It's not the issue for those who dream of an Alabama that is more than an illegal dumping ground for corruption and ineptitude.
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin told reporters she invested the food account money in an attempt to earn back $21,000 that she claims she lost on feeding inmates.

Because this isn't just a Morgan County problem. It's an Alabama embarrassment.
Why in the name of all that's decent does Alabama still let sheriffs in many counties scrimp on feeding inmates and pocket whatever's left?
In many counties across Alabama the state sends the sheriff $1.75 cents a day in food money for every inmate in the jail.  It tells the sheriff to feed the prisoners, and keep whatever's left.
Sheriff wants food fund ruling before contempt decision
A judge should not find Sheriff Ana Franklin in contempt for violating the consent decree if the court decides to terminate the provision, her attorney argues.

They can keep it, as a supplement to their pay. So the worst among them find the cheapest way to meet the bare nutritional demands demanded by the federal government - an endless supply of corn dogs is not good enough - and pocket the rest.
It's like going to your mechanic and saying "Hey, here's a hundred bucks. Make my car safe and keep the change."
It's like going to the doc and saying "Hey, here's a grand. Do what you need to do, but keep the change."
It incentivizes inhumanity, disregards decency and encourages corruption. And it is-- in many counties -- alarmingly legal.
It's time for that to change.

15 comments:

  1. The good sheriff of Morgan County aint so good. Maybe dog puke Berzett will go to jail of his piss poor attitude with Somerville police department. The chief should of arrested Berzett on the spot.

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    1. Arrested for what, specifically?

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  2. Let the enemy perish at Your rebuke, O LORD (Psalm 80:16)

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  3. Annon @ 12:39 shut up seriously .

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  4. Arrested for what ? Let's see he was accused of speeding again and he allegedly refused to cooperate during the stop and left. So when you do that and the officer doesn't have a chance to issue a ticket that officer can get a warrant for that persons arrest. That's how and if that happened

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    1. Does Somerville pd have the authority to arrest a deputy sheriff?

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  5. Well first of all he would have to be a deputy, and yes IF he was a deputy they can. No one is above the law and it's enforcement. Berzett may wear a badge but he isn't a deputy like so many others up there who drive marked cars and wear a uniform like the deputies who aren't state certified officers.

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    1. So your saying Berzett is guilty of Impersonating a Police Officer?

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  6. You are all too funny with this bull shit of a blog . Seriously get a damn life . Berzett isn't guilty of anything . You only slander his name because he is associated with Ana . You'd probably slander her own dogs if you knew they're names . You seriously should do everyone a favor and probably focus more on you're hole in the wall drywall business , looks a little empty here lately . Would probably be better off used as fire wood and burnt to the ground .

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  7. Give the citizens of Morgan County the ability to take all of this before a grand jury and let's see who is guilty.

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    1. Glenda and her crack team of investigators gonna bring their case before a grand jury? I'd pay money to see that!

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    2. A schizophrenic, a has-been, a dope dealer, and a pill head... quite a team.

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  8. Would the schizo be rick and pill head be carmen Collins

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  9. I wouldn't give you the time of day to speak freely , so damn sure not in the courts

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  10. Glenda sure does run her mouth a lot to be under a serious investigation herself.

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