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Stolen: $150,000 by unindicted city of Rusk, Texas employee; Bailiff gets 10 years in federal prison

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Cherokee County, Texas has for decades gotten away with operating jurisprudence procedures completely opposite of the intent of the law. Attorneys from out of the region walk into a netherworld of lies and misdirection as soon as they set foot in the Rusk, TX courthouse.  Cases and hearings on the docket are postponed on the day they were set months earlier for, all without a phone call to the other party. Unsigned indictments are issued and a fresh batch of defendants are never notified, as to create an arsenal of arrest warrants to spring on political rivals- or to later drop the charges, all unbeknownst to the un-summoned defendant, in order to boost the county’s crime rate. The fines and citations they issue never even get reported to the DPS in Austin. Instead, they pocket it.

Rusk, Texas court employees simultaneously supplement their incomes by serving as anonymous informants by monitoring and manipulating jury pools. They switch judges, state attorneys and charges, as they move freely from one courtroom to the next [Juan Rosa appellant vs.  Judicial District Court of the State of Texas, Cherokee County, Texas (2006)]. The DA’s office is a revolving door position for the Jacksonville, TX law firm that supplies Cherokee County’s state attorneys. This is done to create the most confusing, convoluted scenario as possible for outsiders or as they see them as: interlopers. In other words, out of county travelers who make the mistake of driving through Cherokee County, Texas and get pulled over and cited on trumped up charges.

Those out-of-towners who decide to fight the shakedown, face a morass of accusations in the hallways by courthouse personnel paid to perpetuate any lie they are told to repeat. Escorting defense attorneys to the wrong chambers, lying about the district attorney being sick, changing judges at the last minute and so on. Read the appeal of a probation violator from Cherokee County whose 2006 judgment was signed by a district judge who had nothing to do with the case:  http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/states/Tex.App.12/7632.html

This premeditation of judicial “errors” is done not for the sake of distracting outsiders from the stench of corruption these people have associated with for decades.  But for the sake of intimidating defense attorneys and their clients into paying up and disappearing. And the bailiff coordinating cases in the past would’ve been none other than Constable Randall Thompson, federally convicted meth distributer.

Randall “Randy” Thompson was facing his federal drug charges prior to January 2006 after he sold the makings of illegal narcotics to an undercover federal agent. Nonetheless, Constable Thompson was allowed to continue to operate as the 369th District Court bailiff and issue citations in his precinct up until his federal indictment.
Beloved members of Cherokee County’s notorious drug task force, slash narcotics division, slash semi-retired, he’s-been-arrested-but-we-don’t-know-where-he-is, slash decorated constables and patrolmen have made their way into the federal prison system in 2007.

Of course, Cherokee County doesn’t arrest their own cousins caught dealing drugs, raping women during traffic stops or stealing from the city coffers. It takes the US Attorney’s office to round them up. That is just the standard practice of small town law enforcement and their citizens have to accept it if they choose to live in East Texas. Cherokee County doesn’t cover up its corruption; it parades it around for everyone to bask in its glory. They admire it and relish the thought of nailing some more “city folk” and foolin’ their Big City lawyers with more lies.

If there is a law or standard practice to be broken, then the Cherokee County Texas district court is always finding a new one.  Most bizarre is the Cherokee County, TX grand jury system of empanelling piecemeal cohorts from an unknown jury pool, meeting for up to 6 months at a time. Then if a big city attorney has the audacity to challenge the “overwhelmed and underpaid” district attorney during the petit jury selection, Cherokee County, TX will summon every registered voter in the county to appear for voir dire. Investigators even car pool in illegal jurors from neighboring counties. This is designed to accomplish two things:

1. Smear the defendant in front of the entire voting populace for months, where the district attorney can argue his case without rebuttal; and

2. drag the case out indefinitely so opposing counsel cannot file any motions of discovery or federal lawsuits.

All the while, officers of the court openly discuss the case with anyone who’ll listen. Or as Cherokee County’s district attorney Elmer Beckworth calls it “an open policy.” Of course everyone in the Rusk, TX courthouse will work as one tight little unit, gleefully obstructing, subverting and deflecting the entire process. Trumping charges up to get misdemeanors into the district court, or citing felony charges in the County Court at Law. Whatever it takes to collectively violate the United States constitution by creating a hodgepodge of allegations, hoping one will fit one Texas legal precedent. If it doesn’t, they’ll make it up as they go along, claiming “to be the first to discover the flaw in the Texas constitution.”

Cherokee County district judges allow the district attorney’s office to try criminal cases based upon ‘the preponderance of the evidence,’ as if in a civil trial instead of ‘beyond a shadow of the doubt.’ Therefore the Cherokee County district attorney really does not have to prove anything at trial. Timelines need not be established and hearsay is allowed during most Cherokee County Texas court cases. Trial attorneys are warned in pre-conference not to speak of exculpatory evidence that might make for grounds for dismissal or for an embarrassing appellate ruling. And you can bet the court reporter (married to the sheriff) misses all the relevant details when a deputy lies on the stand. Arbitrary and capricious, you say? No, a deliberate and systemic method of covering up the stench from the bench.

Court appointed attorneys’ meager paychecks depend on pleasing the Cherokee County district court, therefore representation is derelict and deliberately incompetent. They even have appointed alcoholic criminal attorneys who themselves were facing DUI charges and Injury with a Motor Vehicle suits within the county. Sending them to indigent clients for a quick resolution and defending the drunken attorney’s behavior until the lawyer literally drinks himself to death.

And if one of the members in their Cult of Confession gets caught with their hand in the taxpayer cookie jar, they collectively circle the wagons and wait it out.  This is why a City of Rusk, TX employee decided to embezzle $150,000 in a town of less than 5000 people. They knew they could get away with it.

Case in point: a total of $150,000 has been stolen from the city of Rusk, TX water department over the last few years. A suspected city employee was terminated in March 2007 and the Texas Rangers called in to audit the city government treasury. Several Cherokee County grand juries have convened behind closed doors in 2007, however no indictment has been levied regarding the theft. Excuses in the local Cherokee County newspapers have been printed that perhaps a conflict of interest was present with the suspect and members of the district attorney’s handpicked grand jury. In other words, the City of Rusk, TX employee fired in March has had relatives seated on their behalf for every grand jury sworn in for the year of 2007.

The fact is if the Cherokee County district attorney wanted to indict the suspect, then the Sheriff’s Department would have arrested their buddy or buddette working at the water department. The City of Rusk, TX with a population of 5000 citizens has a tiny operating budget, even less for the city’s water department. $150,000 is a lot of money to come up missing for a town that small. But because the terminated employee is related to everybody working in the city hall and courthouse, the case will be drug out forever. Deals have to be made when co-workers are caught stealing and the district attorney is forced to prosecute one of their own. The fact is theft of public funds by elected officials has been going on in Cherokee County, TX for decades.

Insurance fraud, murder, drug dealing, rape and other horrors by its law enforcement will continue in the center of the East Texas ‘Nowhere Land,’ as long the Attorney General’s office allows Cherokee County to make up its own legal precedents and modus operandi with a total disregard of the Law. These men and women of the district courts, grand jury panels and peace officers all swore an oath to uphold the institutions of the great state of Texas, not to lie, cheat and steal their way out of the poorhouse.

 Cherokee County Texas on The Burnt Orange Report

Written by Cherokee County, Texas

01/20/2008 at 7:57 PM

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    Abi BENNETT

    06/02/2010 at 9:30 AM

  2. this is a very informative website. I like the no BS attitude and writing style. Thanks for keepin us aware! Since you have some great observatory skills. Could you publicly or privately recommend one of the criminal defense attorneys from rusk or jacksonville? Desperately seek a honest attorney who won’t “standardise” their attitude about my case! Thank you so much!!

    Anonymous

    02/09/2011 at 12:29 AM

    • Don’t hire or otherwise retain any lawyer living in East Texas, much less Rusk or Jacksonville. Their livelihood depends upon appeasing the same old corrupt system.

  3. Damn good reporting. Thanks for keeping us posted on the dirty deeds going on in Cherokee County.

    Same story goin on in Lee County. If you drive through the town of Lexington on hwy 77 be careful. Don’t bring any valuables with you.

    Big story goin on in Lexington. KXAN news report here:

    http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/investigations/some-say-its-abuse-of-power-by-police

    yhs67934

    02/22/2011 at 6:36 AM

    • Cherokee County is not known for asset seizure, per se. They rob citizens by over-inflated property taxes, while giving their cousins a break on their inherited acreage. They kill each other and burn each other’s property for insurance payoffs. If you drive through Cherokee County, keep driving. If you spend the night at the local hotel/motel then expect law enforcement to be eavesdropping on you. Don’t talk on a payphone at the gas station.
      The Cherokee County Sheriff Department uses partylines to piggyback off the motel telephone drops, the Shop-A-Lot payphones and just about everybody’s landline phones to illegally monitor people conversations.

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