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It's been a pretty heavy week on this website. Here is a little break.
Friday, July 31, 2009
The kidnap victim in the Heather Spencer murder case filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Circuit Court last week against Robbie Bell, the mother of George Bell, III. Copy of lawsuit. She is suing Ms. Bell on the following counts: Negligence and Gross Negligence, Negligent infliction of emotional distress, Premises Liability, and Punitive Damages.
The plaintiff seeks "compensatory damages to make her whole. These damages include an amount to be awarded within the discretion of the jury at a trial of this case, to cover any and all injuries or damages the Plaintiff has suffered, including, but not limited to, any and all medical expenses including future medical expenses associated with the incident described herein, pain and suffering, court costs and attorneys' fees. Additionally, Plaintiff seeks an award of punitive damages in an appropriate amount to punish the Defendant and deter others from committing acts which are grossly negligent and in wanton and reckless disregard for the safety of individuals such as the Plaintiff, and should be assessed with punitive damages in an amount to punish defendants and deter similar conduct by others in the future. Plaintiff seeks any and all additional damages appropriate under the law and deemed by the Court to be just and proper. Plaintiff also seeks both pre-judgment and post-judgment interest."
The lawsuit claims Ms. Bell bore responsibility for the gruesome events of September 10 and 11, 2007. It lays the blame at Ms. Bell's feet, arguing she helped him avoid prosecution for the June 2007 beating of Ms. Spencer as she was instrumental in getting him admitted to a drug rehab facility out of state (and away from JPD jurisdiction by inference). It accuses Ms. Bell of pressuring Ms. Spencer to drop the charges she had filed against her son even though she knew of his "propensity for violence."
One question that has never been asked is why didn't the District Attorney's office prosecute Ms. Bell for helping George avoid prosecution for the June assault. She undoubtedly knew where he was. It is doubtful he found the facility all by himself and given his money troubles at the time, its also doubtful he paid for it. Ms. Bell knew there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest and no judge had dismissed the charges against her son.
The lawsuit also claims Ms. Bell breached her duty to the victim as she "took no action to call the authorities or to otherwise report her son's actions." The crux of the whole case will come down to two issues: what actions did Ms. Bell take to help her son avoid prosecution for the June beating of Ms. Spencer, and why she didn't call the police when given ample opportunity to do so on the morning of September 11, 2007. Indeed, Ms. Bell called James Bell she and George were leaving because they feared he would call the police (not to mention she refused to leave with him and the victim when given the opportunity to do so).
One of the main reasons this case has generated so much controversy is that no trial was ever held and thus the public was denied its right to know what happened. Hopefully this case will go to trial and finally the public will learn the truth about what took place when George Bell, III went on his rampage on that awful night.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Update: Called Chancery Clerk's office. No power of attorney for George Bell, III or Robbie Bell is on file.
One sickening feature of the Heather Spencer murder is found near the end of the police report for the murder of Heather Spencer posted earlier this week on this website. JPD returned the gun George Bell, III used to kidnap Heather's roommate to his mother, Robbie Bell. Ms. Bell showed up at JPD with a cute little court order decreed on April 9, 2008 "the personal property taken into evidence from the home of Robbie Bell, the holder of the durable power of attorney of George Bell, III, shall be released and returned to Robbie Bell." Copy of court order and police report on return of firearms. Ms. Bell wasted no time in getting the guns back as JPD released them to her on the same day.
The fact that Ms. Bell was able to get the gun used to kidnap and threaten others returned to her is an outrage. If a gun is used in the commission of a felony, it should be forfeited unless the owner charges the person using the gun with theft. There is no way JPD should be able to legally return the .38 special used to kidnap Heather's roommate to Ms. Bell and is yet one more example of how justice continues to be abused in this case.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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There is a serious question that needs to be asked in the Heather Spencer case: Why is Jim Hood claiming she was beaten and strangled to death? The Mississippi Attorney General stated in his press release announcing the guilty plea of George Bell, III "He went into rehab and, within 48 hours of getting out, he had raped her, beat her with a flashlight and strangled her until she no longer breathed. Heather gave her life trying to change the unchangeable.”
The only problem with that statement is the word "strangled" is never mentioned in the case until the day George Bell, III pleaded guilty to capital murder and kidnapping. Its not mentioned in the coroner's report, media coverage before that day, the police reports, nowhere. Yesterday's post stated:
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart reported the time of death as 3:00 AM (page 1). A cold chill runs through the body when reading the evidence list: shorts, panties, red stain swabs, a .38 special revolver, post-mortem prints, and a skull fragment. Dr. Hayne reported Ms. Spencer suffered "severe lacerations to the brain, stress fractures, forced anal penetration, and severe tearing of the rectum. The official cause of death was ruled a Homicide with the underlying cause being Cranium Subreial Trauma/Blunt force trauma to the head." Coroner's Report
JJ questioned Hood's statement last year in a post reporting on Bell's sentencing:
"I just saw something that caught my eye on the WAPT website:
"Bell admitted to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and then beating and strangling his girlfriend, Heather Spencer, to death. " http://www.wapt.com/news/15211732/detail.html
This very interesting for several reasons. This is the first time a possible strangling was mentioned. All other media coverage has omitted that word as it has been consistently reported Mr. Bell beat the late Heather Spencer to death and sexually assaulted her. It is strange suddenly today, Mr. Bell said under oath that he strangled Ms. Spencer.
If Ms. Spencer's death was caused by strangling, that would mean she probably died during Monday evening, not Tuesday morning. This is VERY important since Mr. Bell's mother, Robbie Bell, was indicted for being an accessory after the fact as the media reported it was possible Ms. Spencer died Tuesday morning, not Monday evening. Such a scenario would provide Ms. Bell with a possible defense as she would probably not at home when the attack occurred.
There is just one problem with this defense and it is the fact the autopsy established a time of death. Either she died earlier of strangulation, which would shut off the oxygen to the brain or she died of the beating. This is important as it has been alleged Ms. Spencer did not die for several hours. The coroner's report will state the cause of death and if the allegations are true, consequently, there remains a strong possibility a conspiracy between Mr. Bell and his mother exists and his statement he strangled Heather (the family was outraged when they heard this, one of the relatives started shouting it was a lie in the courtroom) is his attempt to get Robbie Bell off the hook."
Thus the question remains: Why did Jim Hood repeat a claim that was only made by the defense and not supported by any available evidence as fact?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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One previously unknown and highly relevant fact about the Heather Spencer case is that Ed Peters represented Robbie Bell when the investigation into the murder began. Detective Derrick Jordan states in his report:
"On 9-25-2007, I, Detective Derrick Jordan along with Sgt Eric Smith, Sgt. A. Cooper and Detective Sparkman meet with Attorney James, Kelly and Attorney Edward Peters in reference to this case. Mr. Kelly and Mr. Peters represent Ms. Robbie Bell. The purpose of this meeting was to obtain a statement from Robbie Bell in reference to the murder of Mary Heather Spencer..." Copy of statement
Ed Peters represented Robbie Bell. That fact alone should give everyone reason for concern. She was later represented by Bobby DeLaughter's current lawyer, Cynthia Speetjeens. Judge DeLaughter heard her arraignment when she was indicted for accessory after the fact and was scheduled to preside over her trial when he was suspended from the bench. The other two lawyers of the Ed Peters gang, Tom Royals and Tommy Mayfield, represented George Bell, III on his murder and kidnapping charges. The only thing missing from this reunion is Dale Danks serving up some drinks and Coppertone.
Keep in mind Ms. Bell came home at approximately 8:00 PM to a home awash in blood and a victim who lay dying, as pieces of her skull littered the floor. She was there all night long, making no attempt to call for the police or medical help for Ms. Spencer (who didn't die until 3:00 AM).
Ms. Bell made no attempt to contact the authorities even when she was alone for an hour. Ms. Bell faced serious charges when George was arrested based upon her conduct. The entry of Peters and the rest of his gang into this affair only makes Jim Hood's decision to drop the indictment against Ms. Bell even more suspicious, given his ties to Dickie Scruggs. The question that remains is whether hiding the role Robbie Bell played in the death of Heather Spencer was another example of Ed Peter's talent for helping his friends escape justice.
Warning: This post and accompanying materials contain information of a violent and graphic nature.
Jackson Jambalaya recently obtained a copy of the police report submitted by JPD on the murder of Heather Spencer. It describes how George Bell, III went on a violent rampage of rape, murder, and kidnapping fueled by cocaine on September 10, 2007. A conspiracy of events and legal actions worked together to keep the public from learning the truth about what happened at Robbie Bell's home on Trawick Drive. What emerges from the report is a horrifying story overwhelming the senses. Copy of report
The file contains several statements written by police officers involved in the investigation and capture of George Bell, III, a coroner's report, an evidence list, a toxicology report and other documents.
George Bell, III dated Heather Spencer for nearly two years. The son of Robbie Bell, who was then a Vice-President at the Mississippi Business Journal, George severely beat Heather with a mallet on June 7, 2007. Ms. Spencer required 57 staples in her head. George fled the state and eventually entered a rehab program in Oklahoma for three months. Meanwhile, Heather filed an affidavit requesting the charges be dismissed (she had charged him with aggravated assault). When he returned to Jackson on September 8, 2009, the family had a dinner party for George at Ms. Bell's home the next evening.
The following Monday, a coke-crazed George raped Heather while bludgeoning her to death with a flashlight. After beating her to a bloody pulp, her body was moved from the hallway to another room. Blood became the new theme as there was blood on the floor, the walls, everywhere. Pools of blood were the new flooring as Heather lay dying in Ms. Bell's home. Skull fragments littered the floor as ghastly souvenirs of George Bell's rage. This is the scene Robbie Bell faced when she came home around eight that evening: a blood-soaked house and a dying victim betrayed first by her boyfriend and later his mother.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart reported the time of death as 3:00 AM (page 1). A cold chill runs through the body when reading the evidence list: shorts, panties, red stain swabs, a .38 special revolver, post-mortem prints, and a skull fragment. Dr. Hayne reported Ms. Spencer suffered "severe lacerations to the brain, stress fractures, forced anal penetration, and severe tearing of the rectum. The official cause of death was ruled a Homicide with the underlying cause being Cranium Subreial Trauma/Blunt force trauma to the head."
The police found a scene gruesome in nature. Officer Ereka Williams reported (pages 27-30):
"At the end of the entry way was a hallway placed on the north side. This hallway runs east and west. In the middle of this hallway a second hallway that runs north and south starts in the middle of the east and west hallway. A pool of blood was observed at the comer where both hallways meet. It appears that the incident occurred in the hallway. Blood splatter was observed in both hallways. Items 2,5 and 7 (shorts, cellphone, holster, paper towel) were observed in the bedroom at the east end of the hallway. These items were collected at their noted times. Items 3 and 8 (shorts and shirt) were observed in the living room which is placed on the east side of the dinning room and south side of the hallway that ran north and south. These items were collected at their noted times.
The complainant's body was observed in the bedroom place on the north side of the residence. A purple tank top clothed the complainant's body. The complainant was partially lying on her right side with item 10 (towel) covering her lower portion of her body. I observed a lot of blood on the complainant's upper body, head and face. It appeared that the complainant had several gashes in her head. Item 4 (flashlight) was observed on the bed next to the complainant's body was collected at its noted time. It appeared that the complainant's body was dragged into this bedroom from the hallway. It appeared that there was not any blood on the lower portion of the complainant's body. The Hinds County Coroner arrived on scene at 1231 hrs and the body was placed into her custody at that time. During the examination of the complainant's body it appeared that the complainant was bludgeoned to death and had several fractures on his skull. It also appeared that the complainant could have possibly been sexually assault also. The complainant's body was transported to the state crime lab for an autopsy to be performed on this date at a later time. When the body was removed I observed item 6 (pants and panties) which was lying the complainant's body. This item was collected at its noted time. Item 9 (skull fragment) was also observed in the area were the body was located.."
Another report (p.6) describes the crime scene in further detail:
"During the processing of the scene, investigators discovered a Mag Flashlight on the bed in the bedroom where the victims body was discovered. This flashlight was covered in blood. The flash light was photographed and recovered as evidence. The victim was struck with a unknown blunt object and this flash light could have been the murder weapon..... The victim's body was partially covered with a bath towel. The bath towel was covered in dried blood and was stuck to the victim's body. There were bloody feet prints through out the kitchen and the hall area of the house. There were large pools of blood in the hallway leading to the bedroom where the victim's body was found..."
Detective Derrick Jordan describes what he found upon entering the house:
"After viewing the hallway of the right side of the foyer, Sgt. Smith observed what appeared to be patterns of blood cast off on a door. We then proceeded to this area and observed a large area of coagulated blood on the floor. Two door to rooms, one to the left and one directly in our sight to the right were closed. A bedroom down the hallway was opened. Sgt. Smith then pushed open the door to the right and observed nothing in this room. The door to the left was then accessed and there lay the motionless body of an unknown gender Caucasian individual. The light to the room was off, a large flashlight was seen on the bed. The subject's body was covered with towels. The head of the individual appeared to be bloody, possibly indicating this is where this individual sustained some time of trauma or injury."
George Bell, III left his mother's home at approximately 7:30 AM on September 11 and went to the home of Heather Spencer. His mother made no attempt to contact the police while George was gone despite sitting in a house literally awash in blood while Heather's body lay in a bedroom. The kidnap victim (she will not be identified in this post) states (p.4) Bell told her he killed Heather, "displayed a handgun", and demanded oral sex from her, which she refused to do. Bell forced her at gunpoint to accompany him back to his mother's house. Ms. Bell later called local attorney James Bell (George's uncle) around 10:30 AM and told him to come over. James Bell did so and tried to talk George into turning himself in, which the younger Bell refused to do. When George went inside, James Bell grabbed the roommate and ran to his Jeep. (It should be noted Ms. Bell refused to leave with Mr. Bell when urged to do so.) A few seconds later they flagged down a JPD cruiser at the intersection of Northside Drive and Ridgewood Road. The officer ordered them to follow her to Highland Village. Once in the parking lot, they informed the officer what took place. Upon receiving this information, the officer then called for backup and spotted Ms. Bell's Inifiti driving past them on Northside Drive towards the interstate. They went to the BP station where the well-known standoff took place.
The rest of the facts are known to all. George surrendered to the police a few hours later. He was indicted for capital murder and kidnapping. He pled guilty to both charges and is currently serving a sentence of life without parole. A Hinds County grand jury indicted Robbie Bell for accessory after the fact but Jim Hood dropped the prosecution shortly before the trial was scheduled to take place. Since no trial was ever held, the public never learned exactly what happened that night.
There are too many unanswered questions about this case. Why did JPD reduce the charges against George Bell, III from his June beating of Ms. Spencer? Why didn't Ms. Bell contact the police when she had ample opportunity to do so? Why did Attorney General Jim Hood adopt the defense claim that Ms. Spencer was beaten and strangled when there is no indication of strangling in the coroner's and police reports? Why was the entire Ed Peters mafia brought to bear on this case? Too many people think with good reason justice was never truly served, even though George Bell, III is in prison for the rest of his life. Until a full accounting of the case is provided (and that includes releasing all of the evidence and reports), there will always be the sense that others escaped justice because the Mississippi good ole boy system decreed the fix was in.
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Monday, July 27, 2009
Zero Hedge published a pretty good article on its website arguing the recession is not over. In "The End of the End of the Recession", ZH posits "It is our hope that this piece will provide some badly-needed perspective on "the recession is over" debate, a topic that has become as one-sided as it is wrong-headed." The format of the article is similar to a power point presentation with many graphics. It's worth reading and more informative than what you see on CNBC.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
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The Clarion-Ledger has recently caught some heat from people who wondered why it would not publish the race of the suspect(s) involved in the recent spat of home invasions in Belhaven and Eastover. Unfortunately for residents of those and other crime-afflicted areas in Jackson, the newspaper doesn't think its public safety obligations include providing all information on suspects to the public so they may be apprehended. Ronnie Agnew, the Executive Editor of the Clarion-Ledger, adamantly defended the policy a few years ago (after the CL omitted the race of a rapist in Ridgeland who was on the loose) in a column that has since been forgotten. Since we never forget anything at Jackson Jambalaya, we thought it our duty to remind you of the CL's policy. Some choice quotes:
"The suspect, in this case is a black man, but readers of the Clarion-Ledger didn't know it because we chose not to tell them. It was not an oversight.....
But it is our policy not to run vague descriptions of suspects no matter what their race....
Its my contention that such information serves no value in helping the public assist police in identifying the suspect..."
It never ends. $236 billion in short-term Treasuries go on the market next week to finance Obama's deficit spending. The Wall Street Journal reports "The Treasury said it plans to sell $205 billion in government debt next week, including $109 billion in nominal coupon notes, a $6 billion reopening of 20-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities and $90 billion in three-month, six-month and 52-week Treasury bills." Marketwatch (owned by Dow Jones) reported this sum did not included the auction for four=week T-bills, which was $31 billion this week.
Friday, July 24, 2009
A grievance was filed against the Hinds County Public Defender's office by one of its attorneys. Sources informed JJ the grievance was filed after it became known one of the attorneys, Matt Eichelberger, received the highest salary in the department even though he has less senority than other public defenders (See table below.).
Mr. Eichelberger receives a monthly salary of $7,135, $800 more per month than the next lowest salary. His salary is paid out of the JET (Jackson Enforcement Team) Grant program. The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics issued the grant to Hinds County using funds from a Katrina grant. The grant funds two extra circuit court judges, two prosecutors, a public defender and other staff and is for two years. It should be noted that although the position pays $85,620, it is temporary in nature, as the grant expires next year. The HCPDO will release Mr. Eichelberger unless additional funding can be obtained or a position becomes available through attrition.
Sources have said the head of the department, William Labarre, chose Mr. Eichelberger (who was already on staff and his former employee in Washington County) to fill the position without advertising its availability to the rest of the office. Mr. LaBarre told JJ he would not discuss why he selected Mr. Eichelberger or what criteria was used in making his decision. Mr. Eichelberger worked under him for 16 months. He tried 18 cases, including three where the prosecution sought life sentences.
A review of the payroll information for the Hinds County Public Defender's Office below (obtained through a public records request) reveals that although he is the highest paid attorney, there are eight lawyers with more seniority and six of those were admitted to the bar earlier than was Mr. Eichelberger. One former head of a state public defender agency in another state said there was no standard procedure for selecting the attorney in such situations and that some offices will advertise such an opportunity while other's will not as they use it as a chance to reward friends and allies.
While Mr. Eichelberger is a very capable attorney with a good reputation, Mr. Labarre should have given his other public defenders the opportunity to apply for the job. There is this little thing called "appearance" and it applies in this case. The fault lies not with Mr. Eichelberger (Who after all, is going to turn down a higher salary?), but Mr. LaBarre, who knew better than to risk creating turmoil in his own office when the payroll is a public record. This isn't the Delta where things tend to be swept under the rug but Jackson where public records are a way of life for government officials and the media.
The following information was obtained through a public records request:
Attorney Monthly Salary Hire Date Bar Date
Marjorie Davis $6,335 7-5-00 1-1-79
Greta Harris: $5,993 10-23-01 9-30-97
Alice Stamps $5,426 9-16-02 9-27-90
Virginia Watkins $5,739 2-17-03 9-26-91
Frank McWilliams $5,559 2-1-04 8-1-77
James Powers $5,025 4-12-04 9-24-02
Jacinta Hall $4,496 8-22-06 10-05-05
June Hartwick $4,496 7-01-07 5-03-07
Matt Eichelberger $7,184 11-26-07 10-7-03
Gian Barnett $4,496 2-11-08 10-10-07
Jennie Pitts $4,096 8-11-08 10-10-07
Lesley Priest $4,132 12-08-08 10-5-05
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Read this in a story about Jack Dempsey yeeeeaaarrrrs ago:
"Late one night during the 1960s, Jack Dempsey stepped out of a taxicab in front of his apartment on East Fifty-third Street, after a long evening of presiding at his Broadway restaurant. He had passed his seventieth birthday. His deep black hair had gone gray.
"Two muggers, seeing an elderly party who looked well dressed and well walleted, sprang out of the darkness. Dempsey spun and flattened both. He stood over them and waited while the taxi driver called police. Having felt Dempsey's fists, the assailants refused to get up until the police arrived to protect them."
Stood over them? Bet that was a long count.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The Inspector General goes on CNBC to discuss the potential exposure of taxpayers of $23.7 trillion only to get mugged by the CNBC talking heads who don't want to hear about it. However, he takes their arguments and shoves them back down their throats. Starts getting good at 4:30. If using Firefox, switch to IE, there is a bug somewhere. Enjoy.
The mortgage industry website The Implode-O-Meter reports mortgage lender Taylor, Bean, & Whiticker (One of the top five lenders nationwide) is having problems in funding refinances:
"Funding issues remain on the forefront of wholesale client concerns. From an email sent out on July 20th:
"Any refinance closings scheduled for Wednesday July 22nd (including those already schedule and on our closing calendar) will not fund in the month of July, they will fund in August. There are no exceptions available." Article
This is a disaster as closings have to be redone, days of interest have to be reset if not paid by TBW, payoffs are delayed, and more problems are created for all parties involved in a closing. TBW later told the IOM the problems were suddenly resolved. The article also said the CEO of TBW stated it was not clear if the recapitalization of Colonial Bank in Montgomery, Alabama, would take place.
Why is Kingfish wasting time on this mundane story? TBW is the number two lender in the country. Colonial is the largest issuer of credit lines to mortgage lenders. Underwriting and closing times are already backed up at most lenders. TBW uses large credit lines to fund its loans. If it suddenly can't fund loans because its warehouse lines have filled up, that is a huge problem in the industry. If Colonial has to stop issuing and carrying warehouse lines for mortgage lenders, then many lenders will have problems operating as they will find it nearly impossible to find a line of credit in the current financial climate. What eventually may happen to avert this disaster is Fannie, Freddie, or the Fed may start issuing lines of credit to the lenders which would give some stability to the mortgage industry.
From an email sent by Greater Belhaven to its members this week:
"Belhaven Heights neighbors on Jefferson Street report that this Saturday, a white minivan drove by their house with two young black males. The guys asked some questions about whether the house was for rent, then drove away, returning a couple of minutes later. One of the males (approx. 5'10", 170 lbs, with corn rows) approached the neighbors on the front porch and demanded the husband’s wallet at gunpoint. The wife yelled and hit the guy over the head with a piece of wood, and he ran away. JPD officers responded and told the neighbors that this method (pulling up to ask questions, leaving and then returning soon after to try to hold up the homeowner) has been used before. So, as I said last week – be careful out there, and please call JPD and Securitas to report any suspicious persons in the neighborhood!"
Meanwhile, over at WLBT, a Belhaven resident questions the police sketch of suspect. WLBT story
Millsaps announced the appointment of Howard McMillan as interim President of the local college. The Clarion-Ledger reported
"Frances Lucas, who became Millsaps’ first female president in 2000, announced in April her plans to step down as leader of the private liberal arts college effective June 2010.
According to today’s news release from Millsaps, Lucas will use accrued sabbatical leave until June."
Here is what the newspaper didn't report: The board had a ten hour meeting then announced the appointment of Dr. McMillan. Dr. Lucas had already announced she was leaving in April, yet the board couldn't wait and showed her the door before then as part of the board wanted her gone now. Wonder what that story is.
Update: Well, here is what that story is. She brought in a bunch of Emory cronies and the Queen of Millsaps became a drama queen as she bad mouthed Millsaps after the Board extended her the professional courtesy of giving her a transitional year. Instead of moving on, she began "lashing out" (as one source told me) at everyone in sight: alumni, donors, trustees, and the now-departed Dean of the College. In fact, it was so bad it was described by another source as
"the most amazing display of immaturity and unprofessionalism" that source had ever seen. The Board thus moved to terminate her Presidency in order to put an end to the whole ordeal. As a former Millsaps student, I will say Millsaps College is a first class institution that is a credit to Mississippi and its nice to see it has a board that is looking out for the school's and students' best interest.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A Hinds County Circuit Court issued an order on May 5, 2008 to expunge Robbie Bell's name from all documents concerning her indictment in 2007 for the crime of accessory after the fact in relation to the Heather Spencer murder.
Ms. Bell requested the Court "expunge any and all official records and or recordation including docket book entries, affidavits, arrest warrants, mug shots, fingerprints, motions, orders, judgements, and any other materials or data in the possession of the Circuit Clerk of Hinds County, the Justice Court of Hinds County, Mississippi, the Hinds County jail, the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, the Criminal Justice Information Center, the Identification Division of the FBI, and any other agency in possession of any records relating to the arrest and non disposition or dismissal of the above-named defendant in the above case number.."
Order of Expungement
The order cites Mississippi Code section 99-15-26 which states:
"(5) Upon petition therefor, the court shall expunge the record of any case in which an arrest was made, the person arrested was released and the case was dismissed or the charges were dropped or there was no disposition of such case."
The Court then rules "the interests of justice would best be served by expunging the records relating to the above-named defendant in the above-styled and numbered cause."
The Court ruled properly as it followed the law cited above. The fault lies with Jim Hood, who helped a defendant represented first by Ed Peters then by Bobby DeLaughter's lawyer and decided to drop the charges. He did so even though Ms. Spencer didn't die until 3:00 AM (according to the coroner's report) and Ms. Bell did not contact the police after her son left her home to kidnap Heather's roommate. Does anyone think justice was served?
Ipse Blogit posted a copy of the restraining order Mrs. Pickering sought in the Alienation of Affection lawsuit she filed against Elizabeth Creekmore-Byrd. IB has provided the best coverage on this story and not received proper credit for doing so.Click Here to Read More..
Monday, July 20, 2009
"Copy of motion"
The prosecutor filed a motion to preserve testimony in the Karen Irby case July 17, 2009. The motion states:
"On or about April 24, 2009, Hinds County Investigator Kenny Lewis attempted to contact Mr. Irby in an effort to obtain Mr. Irby's recollection of the events that caused the injuries sustained to his person and the deaths of Mr. Pouge and Ms. Dedousis. Investigator Lewis was unable to speak with Mr. Irby but requested that Mr. Irby contact the District Attorney's Office at his earliest convenience.
4. On or about May 1, 2009, the undersigned (Patrick Beasley) received a phone call from Lisa Binder (formerly Milner), Esquire. Ms. Binder stated that she represents Mr. Irby in this matter and requested that the State not speak with Mr. Irby until she had the opportunity to speak with him first and ascertain his medical condition. The undersigned informed Ms. Binder that Mr. Irby was a victim in this matter and as such, the state had an affirmative duty to speak with him. Ms. Binder was also informed that Mr. Irby is a victim and a material witness; consequently, his recollection of the events that led to the collision is crucial in the State's preparation of its case."
Ms. Binder informed Mr. Beasley she would be in Jackson in early June and would discuss the issue of testifying with Mr. Irby. Ms. Binder apparently stated she would not waive her client's medical privilege and was very "cryptic" about her client's "willingness to cooperate." Mr. Beasley states in his motion that this "warrants the State's concern regarding Mr. Irby's medical status. Ms. Binder then claimed on the day she was to speak to her client she had a personal emergency that prevented her from doing so that day. (Is anyone surprised?) Ms. Binder repeated to Mr. Beasley she was not waiving his medical privilege and would contact him later in the week. The motion states Ms. Binder "failed to honor her commitment."
The prosecution claims since Ms. Binder repeatedly insists she will not waiver Mr. Irby's medical privilege, the State has "concerns that Mr. Irby's medical condition may be of a nature that requires immediate action be taken in order to preserve his recollection"... The State fears that unless immediate steps are taken by the Court, this information may be lost due to the severe head trauma and/or other injuries sustained by Mr. Irby....
Here is where the motion gets really good:
"This concern was further warranted when on July 16, 2009, the State received a letter from Ms. Binder, emphasizing the fact that Mr. Irby has "suffered substantial head trauma as a result of the collision..." See Letter from Ms. Lisa Binder, Esquire, dated July 16, 2010. See Exhibit "B". (The letter was not included in the filing as the two exhibits were filed under seal).
It is unclear whether Mr. Irby will be well enough, both mentally and physically to testify at the trial. His memory and recollection of the accident is material to the case at bar, and thus his testimony needs to be taken immediately and preserved for later use at trial..."
State requests that this Court compel the testimony of Stuart M. Irby be served and memorialized under oath as soon as practicable."
Apparently some legal gamesmanship is going on in this case. Mr. Irby hires a lawyer from Nashville (formerly of Jackson) who claims due to his severe injuries to his head, he can't testify. The State calls Ms. Binder's bluff with this motion to compel his testimony while justifying it on the grounds that if his condition is so serious it might get worse, the State needs to get his testimony now. What is interesting is Ms. Binder's attached letter doesn't state that Mr. Irby can't testify, it instead states "he does not want to speak with you." One should ask Ms. Binder if Mr. Irby is unable to testify because of his injuries how he can go to his condo in Destin. In any case, what is clear is the State is telling the Irby's it will call their bluff and raise them one.
It should also be noted that under the Article V, Rule 504 (d) of the Mississippi Rule of Evidence, Stuart Irby is barred from asserting the privilege of spousal immunity from testifying, as his wife is accused of committing a felony against him.
Subpoenas have been issued in the Heather Spencer lawsuit against George Bell, III, Robbie Bell and Narconon Arrowhead. The plaintiff and deceased's mother, Linda Francombe, subpoenaed (and subsequently took) the deposition of George Bell, III on July 7, 2009 at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. Mrs. Francombe also subpoenaed from Narconon Arrowhead of Canadian, Oklahoma all records in connection with George Bell, III. Narconon is the treatment facility where Bell spent three months for "rehab" after he beat Heather Spencer in June of 2007.
Copy of subpoenas
Sunday, July 19, 2009
JJ recently conducted an online poll asking what your favorite blog was. Some may claim it was rigged as JJ was entered in the poll but au contraire, last year Folo won the poll and beat the rest of us pretty well. In fact, JJ came in second to last place last year. 241 votes were cast this year, a huge improvement over the 59 cast last year. The results this year were:
Ipseblogit (Jim Craig)
Ms Litigation Review
State Street Posts
Majority in Mississippi
Right of Mississippi
Phil Hardwick's Weblog
Magnolia Daily Photo
Mississippi Brew Blog
Marie Antoon, Executive Director of MPB, is retiring in August. As far as I'm concerned, the woman who destroyed PRM and hijacked Mississippi public radio can not hit the road soon enough.
Earlier post on the destruction of Mississippi public radio
The Jerusalem Post published an interview with a member of the Basiji militia that has played a key part if the Iranian government's brutal crackdown on protestors. The interview gives a better idea of the savage nature of the crackdown and how Iran operates internally:
"The Basiji member, who is married with children, spoke soon after his release by the Iranian authorities from detention. He had been held for the "crime" of having set free two Iranian teenagers - a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl - who had been arrested during the disturbances that have followed the disputed June presidential elections. ....
Then he discusses the marraige-rapes:
"He said he had been a highly regarded member of the force, and had so "impressed my superiors" that, at 18, "I was given the 'honor' to temporarily marry young girls before they were sentenced to death."
In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a "wedding" ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard - essentially raped by her "husband."
"I regret that, even though the marriages were legal," he said.
Why the regret, if the marriages were "legal?"
"Because," he went on, "I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their 'wedding' night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. And they would always fight back, so we would have to put sleeping pills in their food. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die.
"I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over," he said. "I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her finger nails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her...." Article
By the way, Madison residents can rest easy as these are Shia Muslims whereas the proposed mosque will be on of the Sunni persuasion.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
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Yesterday was the one year anniversay of when I got Louis XIV, this Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel you see in the photos. He is spoiled rotten of course and has even been on WAPT. Great dog and got spoiled last night: steak and ice cream treats.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Jim Craig and Matt Eichelberger's blog, Ipse Blogit, broke the story about Chip Pickering's wife filing an alienation of affection lawsuit yesterday. Mr. Eichelberger explained later he was in court, happened upon the hearing, and dug up the file, later posting it. There is no question he broke the story and since he was the one who was in the courtroom, it IS original work, not just trolling through public records as some will claim (although he should've tried to grab one of the lawyers for a quote).
NOT ONE SINGLE media outlet gave IB credit for the scoop yesterday but instead ripped him off. I'm singling out the JFP because they have made the most (and only) noise about this issue. Remember this?
"Well, they'd better not plagiarize Adam and not say where they got the story from. This one will be a good test of the ethics of our local media. Will they, or won't they?posted by ladd on 09/01/06 at 10:53 PM"
"It's truly bad form not to give credit where it's due. We do it all the time. They've done better by us in the past, but I guess they couldn't resist trying to own this one themselves. That's too bad. posted by ladd on 09/01/06 at 11:20 PM"
"Here's a hint, insidestory: When someone else reports a story first, just say, "As reported on the Jackson Free Press Web site this afternoon ... ." It's simple. We do it all the time. posted by ladd on 09/01/06 at 11:39 PM"
The media should credit Ipse Blogit for the scoop. period.
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Beck nails it yesterday about Goldman Sachs. I can assure you from my own reading he has his facts straight and its about time the media started laying it out as he does for the American people. The Obamabots who think they voted for change just voted for more of the same: a Goldman Sachs takeover of the government. One fact Beck does leave out is that it was a Paulson-led Goldman Sachs which led the effort to remove the leverage limits from firms such as Merrill Lynch, Lehman, Goldman, and Fannie, thus creating this meltdown.
Update: Compare this post to the story in the Clarion-Ledger
This is an excerpt from an email sent out to members of Greater Belhaven this week after a meeting was held at the college about security:
"JPD command staff, detectives, and officers in attendance reported that JPD is actively looking for an individual who is believed to be responsible for several recent home invasion crimes in Northeast Jackson and Belhaven.
"The individual is described as an African-American man, about 25 to 35 years old. He is 5'8" to 5'10" tall and about 170 to 180 pounds, with a medium complexion and a clean-shaven appearance. He may be driving a gray PT Cruiser or a white sedan believed to be a Pontiac Grand Prix or Grand Am. He has typically approached homes where a woman is home either alone or with children, and knocked on a garage door or front door, asking to use the phone because his car is broken down. If the homeowner does not let him in, he has broken in to the home and stolen jewelry and other valuables. He has not been seen to be carrying a gun but has used a knife. If you have any information about this person, or see him or these cars, JPD encourages you to contact them either using 911 or by calling 601-960-1234. Also, be aware of suspicious individuals in your neighborhood and approaching your home.....
Precinct 4 Commander Ken Goodrum and JPD staff encouraged neighbors to call whenever you see something suspicious, whether regarding this suspect or anything else. They also reported that they have leads on three suspects who are believed to be responsible for car break-ins in the Greater Belhaven area; they encouraged neighbors to be sure that no valuables are left in cars and to lock your car and use an alarm. Many recent car break-ins have been because something attractive (purse, camera, electronics) was left visible in the car. Despite these recent events, Cmdr. Goodrum said that crime is down 10.8% over last year in Precinct 4 and it is the safest precinct in the City."
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Reservoir Patrol Officer Wes Flynt stopped Mrs. Irby (then Ms. Collins) in her BMW on Spillway Road at 2:20 AM on December 28, 1997. Flynt wrote on the ticket for reckless driving she was driving 70 mph in a 45 mph zone and that she "stated (she was) in a hurry".
Mrs. Irby was convicted of all charges in Rankin County Justice Court on Febuary 23, 1998. Judge Ken Warren fined her $500 and a special assessment of $202 for the DUI conviction, as well as a $100 fine and a special assessment of $51 for the reckless driving charge.
Mrs. Irby immediately appealed her conviction to the Rankin County Court. Judge Kent McDaniel granted the prosecution's motion of Nolle Prosequi on June 24, 1998, thus dismissing the case. Mrs. Irby was represented by attorney Dan Duggan.
One must wonder why the prosecution dropped the case when it had already obtained a conviction in a lower court. There is a possible explanation, one that is not too flattering to say the least. Ms. Collins was dating someone at the time who just happened to be the bachelor son of a former Rankin County Sheriff. Given Rankin County's reputation for shenanigans in the courtroom (See the Berry v. Aetna post), it would not surprise anyone if such connections played a part in the prosecutor's decision to drop the case. Regardless of why the prosecution requested the dismissal, the fact remains Mrs. Irby was convicted in a court of law for a DUI and speeding more than 20 miles over the speed limit, even though it was struck down by a higher court that never addressed the merits of the case.
It should also be noted Mrs. Irby was also found guilty on June 17, 1998 of the charge of Disorderly Conduct. Judge McDaniel fined her $1000 but suspended payment of $500 provided she did not get arrested again for one year.
Note: By the way, this post shows that once again, Jimmie Gates displayed his knack for getting basic facts wrong on this case. He wrote in the Clarion-Ledger: "Karen Irby has no prior criminal history, according to police and court records in Hinds County." Do I need to say it?
Copy of DUI & Reckless Driving case
Copy of Disorderly Conduct Case
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Swedish Sensation BEATRICE in Jackson Thursday Night
The Peavey Stage at The Auditorium in Jackson, Mississippi will take an international turn Thursday night July 16th when it welcomes Swedish Sensation – Beatrice. A well known artist on the Scandinavian music scene, Beatrice brings her unique blend of country, Mississippi blues, folk and gospel to every performance.
Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Beatrice has been an entertainer since she was a little girl. Formally trained at the Stockholm Music Conservatory, her singing roots trace back to the days when her mother would play the piano and Beatrice would join. Exposure to Elvis Presley church hymns took Beatrice in a whole different direction both professional and inspirationally. Beatrice acquired a great respect for Mississippi born musicians and became inspired by the blues sounds of Howlin Wolf & Muddy Waters and the country tunes of Charlie Pride, Paul Overstreet, Faith Hill, Tammy Wynette, and LeAnne Rimes.
Dynamic, electrifying and exciting are only a few words to describe each of Beatrice’s performances. The Auditorium and The Peavey Stage are proud to welcome this world renowned sensation to Mississippi.
The show begins at 9:18 p.m. Limited tickets are available for this one night only performance and can be purchased at The Auditorium. For more information on this event visit www.theauditoriumrestaurant.com or call 601-982-0002. You can listen to samples of Beatrice’s music by going to www.beatricemusic.com.
Clips of her music Click Here to Read More..
I know I pimp Karl Denninger's Market Ticker here all the time but here is the other guy I read every day: Mish. This column by him on the housing market is a great reason why he should be on your daily reading and another reason why CNBC is having a meltdown over financial bloggers. Mish writes (as Meredith Whitney, Denninger, PMI, and even I have said) the housing market is nowhere close to bottom:
"Housing prices are now one notch closer to their final destination. The US Timeline scale is compressed. At the current pace, housing will bottom in about 7 years....
The Case-Shiller charts suggest that the worst may finally be over. However, so far all we can say is that things are getting worse at a decreasing pace. This is not the same as getting better. Indeed it may take 2 years or more to cross the zero-line in the second Case-Shiller chart. That would be consistent with a bottom in 2011.
Thus I see no reason to switch from my long-held estimate of a 2011-2012 timeframe for a bottom. Furthermore, even once housing does bottom, do not expect a V shaped recovery. Housing prices are likely to remain weak especially in real (inflation adjusted) terms for another decade..." Mish's column
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
CNBC's Gasparino calls out Goldman Sachs and it's worth watching. He starts discussing GS in the first video at the 2:00 mark.
Goldman sends him a nasty email and he has this to say:
Translation: The Fed Discount Window is a taxpayer-funded ATM that bankrolls Goldman's bets and trading, which Goldman should not be doing as a bank.
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Earlier post: Bennie lives it up in Carribean, Citi pays for it
Roll Call is reporting the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into Bennie Thompson and several other Congressmen:
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"The Office of Congressional Ethics reported Monday that it has recommended the House ethics panel open five investigations — which focus on trips to the Caribbean by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, according to the ethics committee.
This marks the first time that the panel has made recommendations since the House voted to establish the quasi-independent ethics watchdog in early 2008.
Although the OCE status report does not detail the recommendations, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct confirmed the proposed investigations concerned five Members who attended privately sponsored trips to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008…
The ethics panel announced in late June that an investigative subcommittee will evaluate whether the Members who attended the Caribbean trips, sponsored by the New York-based Carib News Foundation, violated House gift rules.
“While the committee was investigating the Carib News matter already, there were OCE referrals related to five Members. Those Members were named in the [June 25] statement,” said Blake Chisam, ethics committee staff director and chief counsel.
That statement listed Democratic Reps. Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (Mich.), Bennie Thompson (Miss.) and Donald Payne (N.J.) as well as Del. Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands)."
By now, everyone has probably heard about the last round of layoffs at the Clarion-Ledger. 20 were released and unfortunately for them, Gannett changed the terms of the severance package from those provided in previous rounds. Previous severance packages gave the employees one weeks' pay for each year of service and covered COBRA. The current deal is a cookie cutter one-size-fits-all: they all get the same package regardless of time of service: they cover the difference between state unemployment and salary. Health benefits are not covered. There is also a thread about the layoffs on Gannettoid.com.
Unfortunately for the local newspaper, Gannett is running it into the ground with poor business decisions while a weak economy and changing environment deprive it of much-needed revenue. Even if the newspaper were profitable, Gannet will suck every dollar it can out of its balance sheet. There are many good people at the Clarion-Ledger and our hearts go out to those who must now look elsewhere for employment.
Monday, July 13, 2009
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Meredith Whitney says financials will rise in the short term but in the long term the economy will get worse and unemployment will top 13%. Karl Denninger over at the Market Ticker strongly disagrees in this post.
If you can't see video, switch to IE. There is something about the CNBC code in Blogger when trying to view in Firefox which makes the video disappear. There was a section of code pushing the video waaaaay down the page. Took it out and in IE it appears normally, but not at all in FF. Sorry.
You won't believe this but remember Jackson's proposed $95 million interest rate swap for its 2002 and 2004 municipal bonds that died recently? Remember the $4 million in fees ($60,000 to Sarah O'Reilly-Evans, $60,000 to Anthony Simon, $120,000 to Baker Donelson, and $476,000 to Robert Smith Jr.'s firm, Sterne Agee) that were to be paid?
Apparently the City and the City Council are discussing whether the lawyers should still be paid even though the deal is dead. There is a resolution on the agenda for Thursday's meeting of the City Council:
"21. RESOLUTION authorizing and encouraging the payment of all legal fees related
to the SWAP for the Water and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2002 and
the Water and Sewer System Revenue and Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series
2004 (Bluntson, Stokes)" Agenda
Considering the deal was never actually DONE much less closed, they should not be paid anything.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Former Jackson mortgage broker Bryan "Bo" Barry was sentenced in U.S. District Court Friday according to PACER: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III:Sentencing held on 7/10/2009 for Bryan Barry (1), Count(s) 1&2. Defendant sentenced to 5 yrs supervised probation on each count to run concurrently, 6 mos. home confinement, $36,473.05 restitution, and $200.00 special assessment."
Count I was "Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and/or wire fraud". Count II was "Fraud by wire, radio, or television". Mr. Barry was forced to use a federal public defender after local attorney Robert Louis Williamson withdrew from the case and Mr. Barry met the financial requirements for qualiflying for the the use of a public defender. The case number is "3:07-cr-00102-DPJ-LRA".
Copy of indictment
Saturday, July 11, 2009
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Recently a Republican State Senator spoke to a national meeting of the Council of Conservative Citizens in Jackson, MS. Some local liberals as well as the local progressive weekly alternative rag sharply criticized her for speaking at the event and the state Republican party chairman for not more forcefully condemning her actions. Since I and many others don't know much about the Council of Conservative Citizens, I decided to check out their website. Buckle your seatbelts.
(picture used on Alabama Chapter's website)
On the national organization's website, six of the nine "stories" posted are about race-related matters. For a group that touts itself as a leading conservative organization, there is no mention of taxes, deficit spending, expanding government, the erosion of civil liberties but there are more than a few words given to what blacks are doing to whites.
The blogs make for interesting reading. One accuses New York of "declaring war on white people". It blames the train operator's falling asleep causing the train wreck in Washington, DC on "diversity hiring", never mind that DC is heavily minority in population (Someone should tell him that in DC, hiring a white person would be the diversity hire.). He also mentions blacks robbing graves in Chicago.
Then there is the anti-Semitism. The same blogger refers to an L.A. Times article about Michael Jackson as a "piece of Jewish garbage" and opines about Steve McNair's death:
"McNair may have been a decent guy, but nothing can hide the obvious truth that wherever blacks go, crime, death, and misery follow. The sports channels will recount all McNair’s stats as they lionize him as a hero and great American. I’ll certainly rank him well above Michael Jackson, but let’s not get carried away. Could you imagine the howls of laughter if the sports TV Jews like Chris Berman, Rich Eisen, Linda Cohn, (the list could go on and on)"
Christians don't escape their ire as the Family Research Council, attacked by liberals everywhere for being conservative in nature, apparently doesn't meet his definition of conservatism:
"Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, and the evangelical’s man in DC, recently held a rally in the nation’s capital to oppose same-sex marriage. There were several speakers at the rally -- Perkins, the FRC’s Uncle Tom “Bishop” Harry Jackson, some brown guys who can’t speak English, etc...".
He even bashes Billy Graham. You got it. Even Billy Graham is the enemy.
Other money quotes from this blogger:
"The sooner the GOP collapses, and is replaced by a party that will speak up for white people, the better."
"Anyone who thinks free speech can survive in a multiracial America is dreaming."
Another blog on the website has the headline "Saving the White Race" and has a few things to say:
"The civility in this Forced Union is 3000 miles wide, but only an inch deep. And anytime you come into contact with murderous negros or other non-Whites, that civility has collapsed."
So murderous whites don't cause a collapse in civility? Oooook.
Over at the Alabama chapter's website there is a post titled "Stuff black people don't like" with the above picture and a link to a website containing black jokes. The chapter has a list of "recommended reading". Here is a taste of the vintage found in this winery of racism:
- The Citizens’ Council: Organized Resistance to the Second Reconstruction, 1954-64″ by Neil R. McMillan
- “You and Segregation” by former Georgia Sen. Herman E. Talmadge
- “Mississippi’s Defiant Years, 1953-73″ by Erle Johnston
- “The Authentic History of the Ku Klux Klan, 1865-1877″ by Susan Davis
- “Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization” by former Mississippi Sen. Theodore Bilbo
Chairman Brad White should forbid any Republican from speaking at one of these events. A group like this shouldn't get the attention it has recently as it is a fringe group but since a Republican State Senator decided to welcome them, the onus is on the Republican Party to show these guys the door and make it clear the Council is not welcome to Republicans or true conservatives. William F. Buckley and others threw out the Birchers when it became clear the Birchers were not true conservatives. Mr. White, Governor Barbour, and others should do the same and show the Council of Conservative Citizens the door. Click Here to Read More..
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Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).
Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.
Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".
In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.
In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.
Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.
Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!
This is definitely a Beaver production.
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There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.
If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!
This is definitely a Beaver production.
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