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Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Fine Tuned Hearing - Along With A Few Good Men

Blogger Comments:  Folks, I sat through a hearing yesterday like no other hearing I have ever had the honor to observe.  Before I go forward I would like to say that for those who believe that all law enforcement representatives are bad and out to get you, think again.  I have never experienced a more professional group of law enforcement than what was in Judge Glen Thompson's courtroom. It was obvious that Warden Leon Bradley's attorneys were there to get to the bottom of the truth about what happened to Warden Bradley.  It was refreshing that when the proceeding started that Billable Barney was not present for the hearing.  I observed him in the hallway but was shocked that he did not enter the courtroom.  I later found out the ole Barns was a witness.  That is probably why he was in the corridor flaying his arms around like a chicken with his head cut off.  Ole Barns was being naughty and a little to touchey and finished his day out outside the building in a corner huddling with Ana, Bones and the like flaying his arms like a madman and stomping around.  I wonder if Barney was the schoolhouse bully?  Billable Barney sure had some pushy problems yesterday.  It is good some folks take the high road while the Barns in this world act like jackasses.

Attorney Tutten started off with the big dog first.  Sheriff Ana Franklin.  I felt as if I was in the room with Pinocchio. Franklin lied at every turn.  She didn't know anything about Keylogger Software before Federal Court with the whistleblower.  As usual Sheriff Ana Franklin went into bully mode but I believe she met her match with Attorney Tutten yesterday.  Franklin also was at a loss because Billable Barney wasn't allowed in the courtroom to spring butt up and down screaming like a wild man with flaying his arms.  He had to take his parade outside.  One thing is for sure Barns sure is scared to try and push people around.

I didn't realize until yesterday how many agencies Franklin contacted to obtain a warrant to search our office and the Warden's house.  Franklin was the first of thiefdoms to testify but it only got better from there.

Attorney Tutten didn't let up on the all-powerful Bones Wilson who followed Ana into a pack of lies along with specific dates and events but little recall of some of their more famous acts of corruption.  Bones followed Ana's path when he swore under oath that he knew nothing about the Keylogger Software until our federal court hearing until October 14, 2016.  Guess they didn't read the blog...  We already knew about the Keylogger and their corrupt attempts.  Bones like Ana seemed to be somewhat prepared as if they had somehow written or prepared a script or a timeline for themselves and rehearsed it.  The reason I say that is because there was a whole lot of forgetting going on until it came to specific dates and events and then they were Johnny on the spot.

Justin Powell was witness number three.  Another of Warden Bradley's attorneys Nick Heatherly took over the questioning.  All I can say is poor Justin took the entire blame for the Keylogger Software.  It appeared he was ready to fall on his sword for Sheriff Ana Franklin and Bones Wilson.  Though JP appeared to try and prepare for his part in the hearing he missed the mark.  He brought in his timeline or personal notes that he claimed to have prepared the night before.  But he had trouble with just about everything except for his role in the Keylogger Software.  By the time his testimony was over it must have been clear to the thiefdoms that the gig wasn't working.  

The attorneys for Warden Bradley had fine-tuned their part of the hearing in a manner that it appeared that Judge Thompson, one of the most respected judges in Morgan County, had been lied to as well as the citizens of Morgan County.  I realized during the hearing that the thiefdoms' motives against me and Leon Bradley were to destroy us, our lives, my business and families using any means possible.

Attorney Heatherly next called Blake Robinson to the stand.  Robinson followed the same trail or trap that Sheriff Ana Franklin and Bones Wilson followed but was not nearly as accomplished as a liar as Franklin and Bones appeared to be.  Blake became frustrated at the questioning and complained that he hadn't known this kind of questions were going to be asked and if he could go get his timeline, it would help him with the questions.  Folks, that is not a verbatim quote but it is exactly how I interpreted his answer.  In my opinion, Blake told more of the truth than any of the above witnesses.  On the other hand, it appeared that Attorney Heatherly had to pull the half-truths out one at a painful time.

Now the rest of the story as the hearing proceeded on Friday.  The witnesses that were called before Judge Thompson said it best.

The Etowah County Sheriffs Office Investigator Stephen McGlathery  oath that they lied to him.  "They lied to us, they used us," McGlathery testified today about the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.

Glathery continued his testimony with another staggering revelation which is as follows.  Franklin, Robinson and Lt. Robert "Bones" Wilson today denied under oath today having knowledge of the keyloggger software until after the search warrants were obtained. But, according to McGlathery's testimony, the Morgan County crew admitted during a meeting that one of their staff members had given the keylogger software to a confidential informant, who installed it on Lockhart's computer.

McGlathery also testified that had he known what he knows now he would not have been a part of the investigation.  

Wow! What an honest and true testimony of a good law enforcement officer that the criminals tried to ensnare in their ugly attempt to corrupt the court systems, other law enforcement officers and the hard-working men and women who work their butts off with little pay but hard honest work and dedication.

I experienced an opportunity yesterday that I will never forget.  A circle of Federal, State, County, and City law enforcement officers fighting for the truth and honesty that they believe in.  I have much more to say about the other witnesses that I will share later in the day.

In closing, I am so proud to live in a country and a state that is fighting for the good of the people.  Thank You, Judge Thompson, for allowing us to hear the truth.  Your name is the only thing you come in the world with and the only thing you leave with.  You are a fine and decent man and Judge.

'They lied to us:' Investigator says sheriff's office was untruthful in probe of warden, blogger

An investigator testified today that Morgan County Sheriff's Office officials "lied" and provided "piecemeal" evidence to have the fired jail warden arrested during an investigation into a local blogger.
The testimony came during a hearing in the criminal case of Leon Bradley, the longtime Morgan County warden who was fired after Sheriff Ana Franklin said he leaked information to blogger Glenda Lockhart.
Lockhart authors the Morgan County Whistleblower, a blog that has, for years, been critical of the sheriff and her office. (On the blog, Lockhart was the first to prove Franklin had used the jail's food fund to invest $150,000 in a crooked car lot.)
The sheriff contacted several law enforcement agencies about getting search warrants and pursuing a case against the warden. Among those agencies was the Etowah County Sheriff's Office, which sent Investigator Stephen McGlathery to take over the case for Morgan County. McGlathery got a warrant for the warden's arrest in September 2017 on a misdemeanor charge of tampering with government documents. Lockhart hasn't been charged with a crime.
McGlathery, an Etowah County sheriff's investigator, testified today that he used information gathered by the Morgan County investigators to get probable cause for Bradley's arrest.
"They lied to us, they used us," McGlathery testified today about the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.
McGlathery was one of several witnesses to testify in Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson's courtroom. The sheriff and two investigators also testified, as did other current and former employees of her office.
Ana Franklin

A central question of the hearing was whether Franklin and her office illegally obtained evidence to get Thompson to issue search warrants for Bradley's home and Lockhart's office in October 2016. The hearing was set after Bradley's lawyers filed motions for dismissal of the charge.Lawyers Robert Tuten and Nick Heatherly have said they believe Franklin and her deputies concealed their use of a paid confidential informant and a surveillance software to gather information about Lockhart and the warden. The lawyers have alleged Franklin and the deputies didn't tell the judge about that when they requested the search warrants.

The hearing was tense, at times, including when the sheriff -- the first witness to take the stand -- became combative during questioning by Bradley's lawyers.
Franklin testified about giving Lockhart's grandson Daniel $500 to work as a confidential informant and provide evidence to the sheriff's office. Daniel Lockhart provided emails from his grandmother's computer to the sheriff's office.Daniel Lockhart has said in a sworn statement that he was paid to install keylogger software on his grandmother's computer. The software was provided by the sheriff's office, he said in a November 2016 deposition.
Daniel Lockhart said he was approached in August 2016 by sheriff's deputy Sgt. Blake Robinson. Robinson, who worked with Daniel Lockhart at the Falkville Volunteer Fire Department, offered to pay him for gathering information about any sheriff's office employees who were providing information to the blog, according to a transcript of the deposition. The sheriff's office didn't tell Daniel Lockhart that his grandmother was a target of the probe.
At the time, Daniel Lockhart, a 2016 graduate of Falkville High School in Morgan County, was 20 years old. He was working as a laborer at his grandmother's business and said he made a copy of a key he borrowed from her so he could get into the property after hours.
In the statement, the 20-year-old said he hacked his grandmother's email account and the blog. He also said he took pictures of emails between his grandmother and the ex-warden, as well as correspondence she had with Chris Hendon, an FBI agent. Hendon sat in the courtoom today behind Bradley and the defense attorneys.The keylogger software captured Glenda Lockhart's passwords, which Daniel Lockhart claimed he wrote down and gave to the sheriff's office.
Franklin, Robinson and Lt. Robert "Bones" Wilson today denied under oath today having knowledge of the keyloggger software until after the search warrants were obtained. But, according to McGlathery's testimony, the Morgan County crew admitted during a meeting that one of their staff members had given the keylogger software to a confidential informant, who installed it on Lockhart's computer.
That staff member was Justin Powell. At the time, he was a jailer, though he was transitioning to the position of IT director.
Powell admitted today in testimony that he gave Daniel Lockhart the keylogger software and showed him how to use it. But, Powell testified that the sheriff didn't know about that until weeks later when it was revealed at a federal court hearing.Glenda Lockhart, who watched today's hearing in the courtroom, has filed a civil suit in federal court alleging Franklin and her office illegally gathered information for the search warrant by paying Daniel Lockhart to break-in, hack and steal her data using the keylogger. Glenda Lockhart's computer was at her business, Straightline Drywall and Acoustical, LLC, a federal contractor that installs drywall and acoustical products. The business is located in Falkville, a small town in south Morgan County.Falkville, a small town in south Morgan County.
Heatherly, one of Bradley's attorneys asked Robinson today whether the sheriff's office had ordered Lockhart to commit burglary at his grandmother's businessDaniel Lockhart lied to his grandmother to get into the business after hours, according to the defense. He told her he and his girlfriend needed to use the internet. Heatherly asked Robinson about whether it was legal for Daniel to go into his grandmother's personal office and access her personal email accounts without permission.
"How do you justify that what you had this young man do was not burglary?" Heatherly asked. "You had no evidence or documentation showing he had a lawful right to enter that business, access those records and access that personal email account?"
Robinson told the court that he believed Daniel Lockhart's actions were "lawful."
McGlathery disagreed.
"From the way it sounds, they paid him a substantial amount of money and he did go into the property he didn't authority to and took items that did not belong to him," McGlathery told Heatherly during questioning.
Franklin, Wilson and Robinson also denied coercing or threatening Daniel Lockhart to work as their informant. Heatherly questioned them about whether they threatened to arrest Daniel Lockhart if he didn't provide information they wanted.
McGlathery testified that if he knew in September 2017 what he knows now, he wouldn't have decided to get a warrant for Bradley's arrest.Bradley's case is being prosecuted by the Alabama Attorney General's Office because Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson recused his staff.
More than a dozen witnesses were sworn-in today, though only seven were called to testify before the end of the business day. Testimony will continue Tuesday morning.


  1. Great Job Whistle Blowers! We appreciate all your time and efforts, you didn't back down when Ana and her crooks threatened you or tried to scare you. She still has the title mart case against her too and the IRS about all the hundred thousands of dollars she has stolen from morgan county sheriff's office accounts, our tax monies. I, for one, am glad the high and mighty, as she presented herself, is not high and mighty any longer. You can come down off that "no one can arrest me or touch me, I know people in high places" pedestal.

    1. Or rather you've been knocked off that pedestal. Good riddance.

  2. Yesterday was a long time in the waiting. Truth being exposed in court not only on this blog. The hard work of so many coming into the light.
    Hope everyone comes to see the conclusion of this case in Judge Thompson’s courtroom on Tuesday morning. Finally, the employees and others are safe from the lies and deceit of Ana and gangs retaliation. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard. It’s not over, there is much more to come but the time we have all been waiting for is here. To Ana and her coconspirators, I wish you the best in the future but it is time to say goodbye. Wherever you go you left Morgan County much worse off but it will be repaired as you all become a distant bad memory. Truth and Justice will prevail. Thank you Glenda Lockhart for your tremendous reasearch and dedication to exposing all this corruption. It all has been a tremendous team effort by so many and it’s all but over now. Accountablity time!

  3. I hope everyone of them receive a very harsh and lengthy sentence in the prison system.

  4. There is no telling how many warrants and arrest these liers have made that had no truth whatsoever to them people arrested for no cause other than these clowns didn't like them