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Sumter County 2016

Sumter County sheriff found guilty, ousted from office
Kelsey Davis, Montgomery AdvertiserPublished 1:34 p.m. CT July 27, 2016 | Updated 5:31 p.m. CT July 27, 2016

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange discusses Sumter County Sheriff's impeachment. Kelsey Davis/Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama Supreme Court Justices have found Sumter County Sheriff Tyrone Clark guilty of willful neglect of duty and corruption in office.
Their decision signals Clark’s automatic removal from his position, to which he was elected in 2011.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said this was the first time in 44 years that a sheriff has been impeached.
"It’s extraordinarily rare, but it’s extraordinarily important because a violation of public trust by a law enforcement official is about the highest level of corruption I can imagine," Strange said.
A litany of allegations against Clark were fleshed out during his trial. Most of them centered around Clark's friendship with Rodney Coats – an inmate at the Sumter County Prison who was made a “trustee.”
Inmate trustees are typically low-risk, nonviolent offenders, said Assistant Attorney General Megan Kirkpatrick during her opening arguments on Monday. By contrast, Coats has eight criminal charges pending against him with a bond totaling $675,000.

Because of his "trustee" status, Coats was granted special privileges. But Coats' privileges went beyond what is normally granted to an inmate trustee.
A former chief deputy to Clark testified Tuesday that Coats had unsupervised access to what was known around the jail as “Coats' Quarters,” located in the administration building.
Found in “Coats' Quarters” was a television, bus seats from Clark’s old campaign bus, a couch, a toolbox and a laptop labeled “Sheriff” that Coats used to monitor his drug operation from jail, testimony indicated.
One woman testified Monday that she was held against her will in a trailer controlled by Coats, which was equipped with surveillance cameras that fed into his jail laptop. She said she was regularly made to bring drugs to Coats in his quarters, where he and other detention officers raped her. She also accused Clark of sexual assault.
Clark denied her allegation, as well as being aware that she had been brought to Coats.
He was also found guilty of allowing Coats and other inmates to leave the jail to go work on his house or perform other jobs for community members. Under cross-examination, Clark admitted to knowing this was a crime when he allowed it to happen.

Defense counsel argued during trial that Clarks’ case was one of small town politics that had been blown out of proportion.
“This case illustrates a conspiracy by political opponents by the sheriff who were sore losers,” said defense attorney Robert Tuten during closing statements Wednesday. “They couldn’t beat him in an election, and attempted to knock him out of office so they could take his place.”
The investigation into Clark's activities was initiated by the Sumter County District Attorney's Office. Any criminal charges brought against Clark would be a separate matter. Sumter County District Attorney Greg Griggers said he could not comment on any ongoing criminal investigations pertaining to Clark.


17 comments:

  1. Whistleblower, I know you mean well by posting these two blogs about how long it takes to conduct a thorough investigation, but you may be giving Ana's sympathizers too much credit. I'm not sure they're gonna understand the point you're trying to make about it taking a while to conduct an investigation into police or political corruption. "Wheels of justice grind slow but grind fine." - Sun-Tzu

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  2. You got that right. Ana watched to much Columbo when she was growing up. She will be in jail for two years before she figures it out.

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  3. I'll go you one better, you show me one shred of verifiable evidence that Sheriff Franklin has purchased any property in Saraland, Al, I'll never post here again and I'll actively campaign against Sheriff Franklin between now and June.
    Ball is in your court.

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    1. It doesn't matter! Because Ana's big, fat ass is gonna be arrested and locked behind bars LONG before June (or she ever has a chance to make a run for re-election).

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    2. Give me a break, why does anyone have to show "YOU" anything? Why are YOU so important that anyone should feel the need to bow down to you? Why do you think anyone cares if you campaign against Ana? Does the world revolve around YOU? You have to be an Ana goon the way you so self righteously talk. Here is a clue...eventually the truth will come out in its own time regardless if YOU beg for the info. Ana won't get re-elected even if YOU campaign for her or not. The world doesn't revolve around YOU! Besides, I think Saraland is the least of Ana's worries right now.

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    3. So indignant, so many words.
      ZERO substance.
      ZERO evidence.
      Lies.

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    4. I agree. Anytime I think about Ana's big, fat ass, that's exactly how I feel:
      So indignant, so many words.
      ZERO substance.
      ZERO evidence.
      Lies.

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  4. Ana, why don't you cry us a handful? The house is your and everybody at Libby’s knows it. Have you ever known Alyssa to keep her mouth shut? Lulu and Alyssa set at Libby’s and talk about the damn house. Go pull Alyssa’s hair out again in the front yard of your house in Decatur. Maybe when you pull enough of it out she will learn to shut up.

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    1. I doubt it. She's dumb as a sack of hammers.

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  5. The hair story is true, it really did happen. Alyssa was disrespectful to her mom so Ana grabbed hold of Alyssa's hair and took her down in front of one of the clerks. She actually pulled wads of her hair out.

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    1. See? Ana's just as sweet as she can be...

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  6. Did I read that right? Did someone say Hi Karmen? Does that mean Karmen was the witness to the hair pulling? Thanks Ana for verifying the substance of the comment? Way to go Karmen....

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    1. Has it ever occurred to you idiots that just because somebody called someone else "Karmen" on these user comments, they may not be right? The person who actually posted that comment might not even be Karmen at all. Whoever "Karmen" is.

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    2. Maybe they meant to say "Karma"

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