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Friday, April 13, 2018

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Why There Are So Many Bad Sheriffs

In a job with tons of power and practically no oversight from voters, law enforcement or politicians, corruption can be easy to get away with.
BY  APRIL 2018
No matter how tight the food budget, you can always find ways to cut corners. The state of Alabama sends counties a paltry $1.75 per day to feed each inmate locked up in jail, but sheriffs often manage to spend a good deal less than that. They have a strong incentive to do so. The sheriffs get to keep whatever they don’t spend, which in some cases has reached well into the six figures. Daily ration money adds up. 
Tapping into the food fund has become a tradition in Morgan County, which hugs the Tennessee River in the northern part of the state. Back in 2001, a judge ruled that the food served to prisoners was “inadequate in amount and unsanitary in presentation,” and required that nutritionally adequate meals be served. But that court order was violated several years later by the next sheriff, who bought a truckload of corn dogs at a discount, served them up twice daily and pocketed $212,000 from the food fund over a period of three years. So the court order was expanded to state specifically that the food money was to be spent solely on food. Nonetheless, the next sheriff, Ana Franklin, took $160,000 out of the food budget and invested most of it in a used car lot.
She was forced to repay the money and was slapped with a $1,000 fine. Still, the case illustrates a fact of life among sheriffs. They control pots of money with little oversight and a good deal of potential for abuse. Because most are independently elected, there isn’t much that other officials at the local level can do to control them. A police chief may be fired by a mayor or town council for malfeasance or simply on a whim, but short of impeachment, there is usually no way to remove a sheriff -- no matter the offense. “Police chiefs run for their office every day, in the sense that they’re at-will employees,” says Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, a research organization. “You can’t really fire a sheriff.”
Like many of her peers, Franklin oversees more than a dozen discretionary funds. Morgan County devotes half its annual budget to supporting sheriff’s offices, and can keep an eye on that money. But it has no authority over the rest. So sheriffs are free to shift dollars among the funds as they see fit. “Right now, we really don’t know what comes into those 16 other accounts,” says Ray Long, who chairs the Morgan County Commission. “We don’t have any recourse. When they get into trouble, there’s nothing we can do.”
The money that passes through a typical sheriff’s hands ranges from pistol permit fees and garnishment of prisoners’ wages to cash from the seizure of cars or other assets used in the commission of a crime -- or sometimes when no crime has been charged. “In many states, if the sheriff does something wrong, it’s not clear who’s supposed to do something about it, which means no one is going to do anything about it,” says Mirya Holman, a political scientist at Tulane University who studies sheriffs. “A combination of large budgets and little information provides an environment where corruption is certainly possible, if not probable.”
In most states, the powers of the sheriff are spelled out in the constitution, so there’s little hope of rewriting their list of duties when they abuse their power. And, with more than 3,000 sheriffs elected nationwide, there are always at least a few who do. The vast majority of sheriffs are highly trained professionals managing complex operations that enforce the law, house offenders and treat the mentally ill. Still, accusations of racial profiling and excessive force are common, and there are often a few lawsuits pending for wrongful deaths.
Oddie Shoupe, the sheriff of White County, Tenn., has been sued roughly 50 times since taking office in 2006, sometimes in wrongful death cases. One particular case has recently gained notoriety: A pair of deputies were preparing to “ram” a suspect they were pursuing when Shoupe ordered them by radio to shoot him instead, saying he didn’t want them to risk “tearing up” their vehicle. The district attorney declined to press charges, even after bodycam footage emerged that captured Shoupe saying, after the suspect was killed, “I love this shit. God, I tell you what, I thrive on it.”
No matter how tight the food budget, you can always find ways to cut corners. The state of Alabama sends counties a paltry $1.75 per day to feed each inmate locked up in jail, but sheriffs often manage to spend a good deal less than that. They have a strong incentive to do so. The sheriffs get to keep whatever they don’t spend, which in some cases has reached well into the six figures. Daily ration money adds up. 
Tapping into the food fund has become a tradition in Morgan County, which hugs the Tennessee River in the northern part of the state. Back in 2001, a judge ruled that the food served to prisoners was “inadequate in amount and unsanitary in presentation,” and required that nutritionally adequate meals be served. But that court order was violated several years later by the next sheriff, who bought a truckload of corn dogs at a discount, served them up twice daily and pocketed $212,000 from the food fund over a period of three years. So the court order was expanded to state specifically that the food money was to be spent solely on food. Nonetheless, the next sheriff, Ana Franklin, took $160,000 out of the food budget and invested most of it in a used car lot.
She was forced to repay the money and was slapped with a $1,000 fine. Still, the case illustrates a fact of life among sheriffs. They control pots of money with little oversight and a good deal of potential for abuse. Because most are independently elected, there isn’t much that other officials at the local level can do to control them. A police chief may be fired by a mayor or town council for malfeasance or simply on a whim, but short of impeachment, there is usually no way to remove a sheriff -- no matter the offense. “Police chiefs run for their office every day, in the sense that they’re at-will employees,” says Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, a research organization. “You can’t really fire a sheriff.”
Like many of her peers, Franklin oversees more than a dozen discretionary funds. Morgan County devotes half its annual budget to supporting sheriff’s offices, and can keep an eye on that money. But it has no authority over the rest. So sheriffs are free to shift dollars among the funds as they see fit. “Right now, we really don’t know what comes into those 16 other accounts,” says Ray Long, who chairs the Morgan County Commission. “We don’t have any recourse. When they get into trouble, there’s nothing we can do.”
The money that passes through a typical sheriff’s hands ranges from pistol permit fees and garnishment of prisoners’ wages to cash from the seizure of cars or other assets used in the commission of a crime -- or sometimes when no crime has been charged. “In many states, if the sheriff does something wrong, it’s not clear who’s supposed to do something about it, which means no one is going to do anything about it,” says Mirya Holman, a political scientist at Tulane University who studies sheriffs. “A combination of large budgets and little information provides an environment where corruption is certainly possible, if not probable.”
In most states, the powers of the sheriff are spelled out in the constitution, so there’s little hope of rewriting their list of duties when they abuse their power. And, with more than 3,000 sheriffs elected nationwide, there are always at least a few who do. The vast majority of sheriffs are highly trained professionals managing complex operations that enforce the law, house offenders and treat the mentally ill. Still, accusations of racial profiling and excessive force are common, and there are often a few lawsuits pending for wrongful deaths.
Oddie Shoupe, the sheriff of White County, Tenn., has been sued roughly 50 times since taking office in 2006, sometimes in wrongful death cases. One particular case has recently gained notoriety: A pair of deputies were preparing to “ram” a suspect they were pursuing when Shoupe ordered them by radio to shoot him instead, saying he didn’t want them to risk “tearing up” their vehicle. The district attorney declined to press charges, even after bodycam footage emerged that captured Shoupe saying, after the suspect was killed, “I love this shit. God, I tell you what, I thrive on it.”
 
Ana Franklin was sworn in as sheriff of Morgan County, Ala., in 2011. Last year, she was forced to repay most of the $160,000 she had taken out of the county's fund for prisoner food. (AP/The Decatur Daily, Brennen Smith)
 
Louis Ackal, the sheriff of Iberia Parish, La., is currently facing a civil lawsuit stemming from the shooting death of a man who was handcuffed in the back of a patrol car. In 2016, Ackal was acquitted of separate charges of conspiracy and civil rights violations, a case in which he threatened a prosecutor by saying he’d shoot him right between his “Jewish eyes.” His defense attorney explained that he wasn’t threatening, just angry. Meanwhile, prosecutors in Milwaukee County, Wis., charged three jail employees in February with neglect and felony misconduct in a case involving a mentally ill inmate who died after being deprived of water for a week as punishment for damaging his cell. Last June, a federal jury awarded $6.7 million to a former inmate at the Milwaukee County Jail who had been raped repeatedly by a guard.
A few cases of sheriff misconduct have drawn attention from prosecutors, or at least plaintiffs’ attorneys. But most sheriffs are never called to account for their misdeeds. Individuals who have confronted sheriffs -- whether they are deputies, prosecutors or members of the public -- recall campaigns of harassment and intimidation. “In talking with people within traditionally marginalized sections of the community, it’s scary for them to speak up, because of their fear of retribution,” says Derek Dobies, the mayor of Jackson, Mich.
Before he was fired by Sheriff Robert Arnold in Rutherford County, Tenn., Virgil Gammon was third in command in the office. Gammon’s offense was blowing the whistle on Arnold’s illegal business selling electronic cigarettes to inmates. Gammon ultimately won a settlement for wrongful dismissal and Arnold was sentenced last year to four years in federal prison on fraud and extortion charges. “There were things I was doing behind the scenes for six months, before this came out,” Gammon says. “It was tough, but it was the only way to prove it was going on.”
 
In theory, sheriffs should be highly accountable, since they have to answer directly to voters. But in practice, while a police chief may be lucky to serve three years, it’s not unusual for a sheriff to be around for 20. There’s often meager interest in challenging a sheriff politically. In a small county, there may be only a few other people around with the minimum years of law enforcement experience required for the job. And with most counties dominated politically by one party or the other, sheriffs benefit from the limited attention voters pay to the post.
Quite often, the job is passed down from father to son. When Robert Radcliff was elected sheriff of Pickaway County, Ohio, in 2014, he succeeded his father Dwight, who had served 48 years and who, at the time, was the nation’s longest-serving sheriff. Dwight’s father Charles had served 30 years in the job before him, meaning that a member of the Radcliff family has been sheriff in Pickaway County for all but four years since 1931. That’s an unusual stretch, but unseating a sheriff is tough.
Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., perhaps the most famous sheriff of modern times, was unseated by voters in 2016, but not before winning a total of six terms marked by open feuds with other county officials, federal charges of racial profiling and settlement payments that totaled nearly $150 million. Arpaio, who was pardoned from a contempt of court sentence last year by President Trump, is now running for the U.S. Senate. David Clarke, the former Milwaukee County sheriff, also feuded constantly with local officials but served 15 years on the job before stepping down in 2017. Both men employed and benefitted from a time-honored tactic among sheriffs: claiming to be the toughest man wearing the badge.  Arpaio even went so far as to trademark the phrase “America’s toughest sheriff.” “I’ve been monitoring sheriffs, off and on, for 40 years,” says Martin Yant, a private investigator in Ohio and author of a book about them. “I can’t tell you the number of sheriffs who claimed they are the toughest sheriff in America.”
Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., is perhaps the most famous sheriff of modern times. He feuded with other county officials, faced federal charges of racial profiling and was slapped with settlement payments of nearly $150 million. (AP/Ross D. Franklin)Most people have limited sympathy for inmates or people who have been charged with crimes, no matter the nature of their complaints. Sheriffs are more likely to see public support erode if they’re perceived as being weak on crime. Following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel faced criticism for failing to apprehend the shooter despite dozens of prior complaints, as well as the failure of armed deputies to enter the school during the shooting.
The duties of sheriffs vary tremendously by state. In the Northeast, they may do nothing more than provide security in the courthouse. But in most other states, they’re responsible for highway patrols, and in many, they handle general policing and corrections. The job can be incredibly complex, involving the oversight of law enforcement across multiple jurisdictions; managing jails, which often makes them the largest provider of mental health services in the county; performing evictions; sometimes running the coroner’s office; and, if they’re near water or mountains, running search and rescue functions. (Sheriffs’ duties may vary, but the demographics of the officeholders are strikingly consistent. A survey of sheriffs by Holman and Emily Farris of Texas Christian University found that 95 percent of them are male and 99 percent are white. Franklin, who announced in February that she won’t seek reelection, is the only woman sheriff in Alabama.)
Increasingly, many sheriffs are operating under tremendous pressure, in no small part because of the quadrupling of the nation’s prison population over the past four decades. Apart from overseeing the day-to-day basics of their job, individual sheriffs often find ways to pursue innovative policy approaches to issues that come into their orbit, from methods of limiting domestic violence and drug overdoses to seeking ways to shelter the homeless. “In general, the average sheriff is a good guy,” Holman says. “My perception is that the average sheriff is incredibly concerned for their community.”
The fact that they’re elected make them not just accountable but highly attuned to the public’s wishes, adds Jonathan Thompson, CEO of the National Sheriffs’ Association. “They are out in their communities every day,” he says, “and will hear from the people, not just at the ballot box but at the grocery store, when they approve or disapprove of what they do.”
But no matter how innovative they may be or how much support they get from their counties or states, it tends to fall short of what they feel they need. Sheriffs have become entrepreneurs of a sort, seeking ways to augment their budgets. Most of that may be perfectly legitimate. But there are always temptations. “Because sheriffs control their own budgets, they can be a little more secret, or a lot more secret, than a police chief who has to answer to a city council or a city manager,” says Seth Stoughton, a former police officer who teaches at the University of South Carolina law school.
It’s never a smart career move to dress down the boss, in any field. But in some sheriff’s offices, it is a career-ender. In nearly all of them, notwithstanding Gammon in Tennessee, it’s not realistic to expect deputies to investigate their superiors. Even when they do, they may have no means of punishing them. In eight states, the only person with authority to arrest the sheriff is the coroner. “It doesn’t happen very often,” says Lisa Barker of the Indiana State Coroners Association. “There’s not a lot of training for it.”
In some states, governors have the power to remove a sheriff, but they are slow to do so, generally considering it a local matter. State legislatures have reduced some of the powers of sheriffs in recent years, placing limits on civil asset forfeiture and requiring state approval for some large contracts. But sheriffs are often able to block bills they see as a threat. They are a powerful lobbying force, well-connected in every part of a state. “When I was lobbying a reporting bill in Atlanta” -- requiring sheriffs to disclose the proceeds they’ve collected from civil forfeitures -- “every single sheriff in the state showed up in opposition,” says Lee McGrath, senior legislative counsel for the Institute for Justice, a conservative advocacy group.
At the federal level, the Trump administration seems to have little interest in providing aggressive oversight of local law enforcement. Trump not only pardoned Arpaio last summer, but he also kicked off a White House meeting with the National Sheriffs’ Association by promising them his full backing. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made similar statements. That means that for the foreseeable future the job of policing sheriffs will largely fall to state and local officials. (Something like 10 percent of sheriffs adhere to the “constitutional sheriff” movement, believing their authority can supersede even that of the federal government when it comes to enforcing laws they don’t like, such as gun control measures.)
But not every objectionable thing a sheriff does is illegal. In Jackson County, Mich., all the members of the county commission, along with the chamber of commerce and other local officials, have called on Sheriff Steve Rand to resign due to reports that he has used racist, sexist and homophobic language, as well as allegations that he discriminated against a disabled employee. Rand has apologized but refused to step down, and the governor has not removed him. “Anytime where there’s been such a breach and violation of the public trust, in most cases you would assume that person would resign or leave, to allow the community to heal on its own,” Mayor Dobies says. “It’s incredibly frustrating.”
In February, Sessions received criticism from some quarters for saying, during an address to the National Sheriffs’ Association, that “the office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.” Some heard a racial dog whistle in that phrase, but there’s no question that Sessions’ sense of history was correct. The term “sheriff” is derived from the “shire reeves” of Anglo-Saxon England. They sometimes apprehended criminals, but their main job was in-person tax collection, threatening or doling out violence until they received a satisfactory sum -- much of which they kept for themselves. That’s one reason England has eliminated all but their ceremonial duties. “They had a direct financial incentive in raising money because that’s how they were paid,” Stoughton says. “That incentive problem is why the sheriff of Nottingham was a bad guy.”
 
The problem of corruption has plagued sheriffs since their inception. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to raising money on the side, hosting pig roasts and golf tournaments as fundraisers for the nonprofit foundations they’ve set up. “Any outside foundations that are created -- and I think we have four that were created by sheriffs down the line -- we don’t even have the authority to audit those things,” says Joe Dill, a member of the Greenville County Council in South Carolina.
Sheriffs can award contracts to campaign contributors, with ex-sheriffs often funding lucrative retirements by winning no-bid contracts on equipment or services from their successors. But the most troubling source of money swirling around sheriffs is civil asset forfeiture. Sheriffs can seize almost any property used in the commission of a crime. They argue it’s a necessary tool in the fight against drugs. That may be so, but abuses of the process have been well-documented, from sheriffs shaking down travelers for the exact amount of cash they happen to have on their person, to ordering deputies to work traffic on just one side of the highway -- the side being used to bring back cash, not the side on which the drugs initially come in.
Civil asset forfeitures are seldom contested. Either the suspects whose property has been seized are charged with a crime, which means testimony in a property dispute can be used against them, or they may be charged with no crime, yet decide that the legal fees from fighting the seizure would cost more than the property is worth. All told, civil forfeitures have become a multibillion-dollar business for law enforcement agencies.
A number of states have sought to limit the process. Some require that property be taken only following convictions, or require sheriffs to surrender the money to the state general fund, or, at the very least, disclose their proceeds. But sheriffs have found workarounds, notably the “equitable sharing” program. That means if they can make a violation into a federal case, the U.S. Department of Justice will take a share but allow sheriffs to keep the bulk of the proceeds. In Missouri, where local law enforcement is required to send proceeds to the state, civil forfeiture cases prosecuted under state law are worth about $100,000 per year. But Missouri agencies do $9 million worth of business annually in civil forfeiture cases prosecuted under federal law -- 90 times as much. In 2015, the Obama administration curbed equitable sharing, but Sessions revived it last July.
Civil asset forfeitures have become a multibillion-dollar business for law enforcement agencies. (AP/The Commercial Appeal, Stan Carroll)
The Alabama Legislature is considering a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to hand over all civil forfeiture proceeds to the state. As is typical when such legislation is pending, sheriffs and prosecutors are pushing hard against it. Sheriffs routinely deny that they engage in “policing for profit,” but Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton stated differently in a February column in the Birmingham News co-authored with Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh. “Sending the proceeds of forfeiture to the state’s general fund would result in fewer busts of drug and stolen property rings,” they wrote. “What incentive would local police and sheriffs have to invest manpower, resources and time in these operations if they don’t receive proceeds to cover their costs?” It might be argued that the oath of office should be enough of an incentive, but not all sheriffs see it that way.
The Alabama Legislature also has passed a bill allowing voters in Morgan County, Ana Franklin’s territory, to give their sheriff a 35 percent raise. In exchange, the sheriff would be blocked from pocketing money from the food accounts. That question will come up before voters in November. Its passage will be a “slam dunk,” predicts Glenda Lockhart, a construction company owner in the county.
After being arrested in 2011, Lockhart and her husband sued Franklin for false arrest, ultimately reaching a settlement. Lockhart has remained a major thorn in Franklin’s side, running a blog that became a depository for information provided by anonymous deputies and other sources. “At least in our county, the next sheriff who decides to put their hand in the cookie jar will not be able to do so, at least not out of the inmate food fund,” Lockhart says. “It’s just totally wrong for them to be able to do it.”

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  1. The problem of corruption has plagued sheriffs since their inception. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to raising money on the side, hosting pig roasts and golf tournaments as fundraisers for the nonprofit foundations they’ve set up. “Any outside foundations that are created -- and I think we have four that were created by sheriffs down the line -- we don’t even have the authority to audit those things,” says Joe Dill, a member of the Greenville County Council in South Carolina.

    Does this sound familiar? Can anybody say "Sheriff's Rodeo?"

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    1. We need that New York reporter to come back again.

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    2. Who wants to see Ana crown herself Rodeo Queen?

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    3. Rodeo is tonight and tomorrow if weather permits. I bet those stands will be full of people wanting to pad Ana and Larry Berzett pockets. Livingston has likely got his hand out there also.

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    4. Ana? Using a mirror?

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  2. Why I never trust anyone that says "I want to be Sheriff."

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  3. Did all the real deputies blue flu Ana‘s final rodeo ? Is it just the true suck ups that are working the rodeo for Ana ? Stand proud as traitors with your criminal buddies. Anyone to stupid to realize what a criminal she and her goons are or stupid enough to stand by her anyway absolutely do not deserve the badge they wear on their chest! You are a disgrace to law enforcement! How many jailers walking around with guns looking like law enforcement will there be? Will Ana mingle with the crowd or hide in the shadows so she does not have to talk with anyone. After being such a thief and deceiving so many donating to Special Needs kids how can she show her face? How could she lie about even that and ride into an areana and say look at me I am a superstar! Theif that needs Bones as a body guard. Sad!!!!!!!!

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    1. More than likely spineless wimps that will hide behind "Just doing my job."

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  4. The retaliation part is real. That's why so many of us post anonymously .

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    1. You couldn't be more correct. Our Sheriff knew Glenda noticed bullshit when Glenda could see it and Franklin attempted to play ball with her. Glenda is no magician...but I promise you Ana can not see that ball anymore. I appreciate that sprung Glenda. She's in her wiser years but that women can see, smell, feel you screwing with what matters. She's sacrificed a lot for this county. Most won't know it, most won't care...But I do. I appreciate it!

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  5. Did anybody happen to ride by the rodeo last night? I went by and thought they were having a ghost town play about the wild west. I bet there were less than 400 people there including the participants. I didn't stop or anything but I did count at least 8 county cop vehicles insight. And with the weather predicted for today I don't think the numbers will change very much.

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    1. I don't understand why some folks feel they have to lie. I was there with my kids, and it was packed. We had a great time! There were even deputies on the way out that were letting all the kids pet their horses.
      GOOD JOB MORGAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE!!

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    2. “GOOD JOB MORGAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE!!”

      How often does anybody get a chance to say that anymore?!

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    3. If you thought that place was packed you have obviously never been to a event that was actually packed. There were so many empty seats that you could have the seat of your choice. I'm bout to drive back past the horse center in a little while and I'll take pics this time of the empty parking lot. They only checked out 2 trustees to work the rodeo so it can't be that busy

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    4. Ok the pics didn't turn out to clear but there are fewer people at the rodeo tonight than last night. But if you put all of them in a 10 x 20 shed it would be packed. Less horse trailers and vehicles also.

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    5. Not sure why you feel the need to lie, when the parking lot was full both nights, and there were so many competitors that they had to finish the rodeo after the end of the "show". I was told they call that part "slack", and it went on until after midnight. I thought the weather might hurt, but it definitely looked like another successful rodeo.
      I guess with you being so obsessed and full of hate for Sheriff Ana Franklin, you just can't tell the truth.
      What a miserable person you must be.

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    6. If that is what they and or you call a successful show y'all have no idea what a show is. There was nobody hardly at that place. I've been rodeoing for many years and have never heard the phrase 'slack". Wouldn't it make sense if the rodeo was still going on that they would do just that...rodeo until it's over? It's not like they had some extra rodeo and didn't have room for it so they added it to the end and called it "slack". If you want to see a packed rodeo that last until the end then go watch Mike blakelys rodeo. Limestone county sheriff's department rodeo.

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    7. A packed house is when all 3 overflow lots are full and none of the 3 lots had a single vehicle in it. Empty stables is another good indication of low turnout. Only 2 trustees to help with the show is also a sign. It has been a packed house before but just not this time.

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    8. You've rodeo'd for years, and never heard of slack?
      You are a liar.
      2 trustees?
      How about a whole freakin' bus load of inmates were there.
      You are a liar.

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    9. You must have been at a different rodeo. Yea I've heard of slack....slack on my rope when I threw it around a steers head. but the busload of trustees must have been behind the scenes

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    10. All those guys and gals with bright orange hats on were inmates, you already knew that but gotta keep the lie going.
      Nobody competing in even one rodeo doesn't know what slack is.
      More lying.
      Typical around here.

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    11. I know what slack is....we had a slack sherrif but she's out the door.i just called the limestone county sheriff and ask him if he knew what slack was in reference to a rodeo and he said "what"....so there you go LMAO

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    12. You called Mike Blakeley, and he didn't know what slack is? Now that's a whopper of a lie, two actually. What a sad life you must lead, having to pretend you know what you're talking about, just to perpetuate a lie.

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    13. I guess you gonna say the pics that Glenda posted showing how empty the seats were is a lie to huh? I'm sure the east side bleachers were more empty than the west side was. The north orange cushion seats were totally vacant. I'm not sure but they could have all got up and went to pee or to concession stand at same time and if that was the case they are "slack" on returning to their seats. Now shut up and take being wrong like a woman. Ps: yes I did call blakely and he busted out with his deep laugh and said "what" when I ask if he knew what slack was in reference to rodeo. Anything else you want me to prove you wrong on?

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    14. Calling him is like calling the neighbor. I said in a early post that he knows rodeo at every level and rides a horse at least 2 times a week. Goes up to owl Creek horse camp pretty regular up in bank head Forrest quite often so yea I know what I'm talking about when it comes to rodeo

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    15. nd and if you go to the 20th pic on the newest post bout the rodeo you will see the 2 inmates I said they checked out to work the rodeo. If it had been a busload as you mistakenly said was there you could see all them oranges walking around. Point proved case clothes you are the only looser here

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    16. I noticed he STFU when he seen pics of empty bleachers and not many trustees besides the two I told him about

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  6. Can vegetarians eat animal crackers or no? Just curious.

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    1. Yes, but only if they're gluten-free.

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    2. Thanks for the answer

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  7. It all coming crashing in now. Ana Bones Blake Berzetts Livingston Goodwins Powell Zivet Namey and others who are riding the fence. Time to truly come clean or all that will be left is plea agreements on the charges to come. You also all may want to go ahead and resign versus being fired or impeached. It may help to some extent. Chunn is ready to take over whenever and however needed. Many won’t escape the media but it’s impact and exposure for you individually and embarrassment for you and your families may be minimized if you get gone while the getting is good. Don’t go far though because you all still may likely have testifying yet to do. Check mate ! You can leave the keys to Saraland in your desk drawer please.

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    1. Saraland? What is there?

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    2. Lying????? Ana and gang have already been proven to lie cheat and steal over and over again. Watch Ana’s tv interviews and threats of criminal action against people. She absolutely used her office for personal gain and also did everything she could to hide assets and cover up her actions. So far as the destruction of evidence even if it did not belong to her. Pretty powerless now and no room or right to call anyone out saying that they are lying. Ana and gang have zero credibility! Her influence may get her an extra bean or two in custody. Maybe the jail she is housed in the cooks and servers will realize how much she has eaten and the food she withheld from inmates. It’s not going to be a fun ride for Ana and gang. Roar your battle cries Blake! Let’s hear how much you have to say on the 20th. A guilty coward will plead the 5th. Join Ana Bones her family and her boyfriends along with others. How many of you really are blind to the truth. Ana can’t hide Saraland. Her attempts are like quicksand for her and those involved in covering it up. Truth is coming out and time is running out for Ana and gangs freedom. The sun has set on the last rodeo.

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    3. And he don't know whats in saraland buy knows all about lying.... questionable character

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    4. You must be one of the idiots Ana has fooled or Ana and her delusional self believing her own lies.

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  8. As bad as it is for Ana and her coconspirators I hope they realize that although they will be held accountable there is much more to life. It’s never to late to turn our lives around and do the right thing. Confess and do the right thing. Move forward and do so in truth. Find the one and only true answer. End all this and make right what wrongs you have done while you can.
    To many young kids are about to grow up without there parents, grandkids without a grandmother and their mother. Kids without their fathers. You all are caught. Minimize the pain and suffering for all and just come clean. Resign and ask for mercy in the courts. It may mean the difference between years behind bars and simply probation for a large portion of that. The evidence is all stacked against you. The evidence you all created yourselves. Cousin and uncle Greg Steenson did it again after given a break to role. Steven Ziaja is coming up on his trials on only state level charges. You all need to do the right thing not only a few trying to roll and lessen their sentencing. Game over, come clean and save yourselves what you can. Continuing to lie and attempt to overpower or manipulate will only worsen the outcome.

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  9. The noose is loose but not for long. Hope it is all very public. They deserve it. From Ana to her daughters and boyfriends. To the ones with badges who don’t deserve them. Let them be very public about their dealings. They all could have done right vs try to stick together with the lies. It only further seals their undoing.

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  10. I hope Alyssa don't go to jail cause she's my go to girl. FWB girl.

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    1. That's what conjugal visits are for.

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    2. Yea but we can't get high and go out in the yard and conjugal to good

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    3. Then find another “bed buddy.” If you’ll sleep with Alyssa, you must not be too picky. I don’t see what the problem is.

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    4. Well her sister is kinda fun to but hard to get her hubby to not tag along with her. Buy it's been done trust me

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    5. Oh, don't worry, I believe you. They're both big ole whores, just like their momma!

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  11. I am so curious to know if Ana and her goon squad will show up Friday. If they will tell the truth. I'm saying she needs to donate her popcorn machine and set it up at courthouse Friday. Maybe let Dee Ann take up Dollar a bag maybe help her pay attorney fees so Morgan County doesn't have to

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    1. Oh man...that imagine is so funny!

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  12. Did the mental hospital test too many drugs on you today?

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    1. The only one being experimented on by a mental hospital around here is some idiot that keeps bragging about his disgusting sexual escapades with that dish-rag whore, Alyssa.

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    2. I think you may be wanting a little bit of the attention that Alyssa is getting huh?

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  13. Hey if you gonna delete my post about my slut not being a dish-rag whore then I suggest you delete your post as well. Alyssa is a outstanding member in a Tennessee social club a ND she generally bakes cakes and cup cakes dfor bug nights at the club.so fair is fair. Don't call my slut no dish wrag whore

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  14. And furthermore how do you know his sex is grotesque? I think you may be jealous of his honesty and openess about him and Alyssa. Don't hate on his date

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  15. Lol this is the funniest shit I have ever heard. You guys are hilarious and to think some people are actually dumb enough to believe the shit this site comes up with. Some methed out pos sitting in his underwear in mommy’s basement with the shake n bake bottle in one hand and a keyboard in the other. How pathetic can you people get to have such a shitty life you have to sit on here all day telling lies about people you don’t even know. Mommy really did a good job raising you idiots and if there was any truth to your statements why be anonymous? Jesus Christ you people should hurry up and kill yourselves already.

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    1. Uh oh sound like Jody been going to Jon stebbins house . When he go to work or go to visit ol tree trimmer Jody go knocking on that stuff. He telling the truth ol Jody can shake a bottle but it ain't in no basement and I don't wear no underwear but I'm sho telling the truth. I would say something else that would be obvious well to obvious cause I dont want to completely out anybody but ol Jody will be back over (sweet p) aka Alyssa but it will be a couple days and you know why. Muah. Oh yea ol Jody ain't gonna let him in on us.

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    2. Uh oh sounds like ol Jody been going to your house when you visit steenson. Ol Jody can sure shake a good bottle of dope just ask Alyssa but it ain't in no basement and I don't no underwear. Other than that I'ma be back to servicing sweet p in a day or so and she know it. Lol she just text me as I'm typing this for me to shhhh lol. Ok hun .

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    3. Who in the blue hell is Jon stebbins

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  16. I think I seen that stebbins name along with the other criminals. What ever he says has no merit since he's a thief and a thief is a lier so it probably ain't the real stebbins no way since the one guy is servicing Alyssa on a regular basis. It may be tree trimmer

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  17. John stebbins is just a old crusty ass piece of shit

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  18. Now how would John stebbins Know how to shake a bottle much less make a batch of dope. Hell Alyssa was helping Dale make his stuff for a long time until he got busted with Lynn Layton's daughter and Alyssa there to but no trouble.i was on my way but I called ahead and ol Wilson answered Dale's phone so I didn't go that time. He see that stebbins name everywhere , damn

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  19. Sounds like that's methed up to me lol. But I'd be hitting that stuff to cause she is a little hottie.

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