Saturday, January 9, 2010

Haley: Lock up the Doc

An MDOC employee stole nearly one hundred thousand smackers:
"The former chief medical officer for the Mississippi Department of Corrections may be headed to house arrest instead of prison after embezzling $94,745 from the department. Kentrell Liddell, 35, of Jackson pleaded guilty last month to 13 counts of embezzlement and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with eight years suspended.
Hinds County Circuit Judge Malcolm Harrison also ordered Liddell to pay $94,745 in restitution and a $5,000 fine to the Victims Compensation Fund. She will serve five years on probation after her release."

Unfortunately, it appears the state is going to place the Hippocratic thief under house arrest:
"Liddell reported Monday to the Hinds County Detention Center as ordered. But MDOC has yet to decide what to do about Liddell's sentencing....
"She qualifies for house arrest," MDOC Commissioner Christopher Epps said Thursday. "We won't treat her any different than anyone else. Everybody is looked at for house arrest."
With a sentence of two years, Liddell would be eligible for release in 10 months, Epps said.
The Intense Supervision Program, commonly referred to as house arrest, is for nonviolent offenders who are within 15 months of their earliest release date...

Epps, who hired Liddell as medical director for MDOC, said it would make sense to have Liddell on house arrest rather than incarcerated at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl.
"She is no danger to the community or a threat," Epps said.
Liddell's safety would be a concern at the prison where she used to work, Epps said."We would have to have her in protective custody; she would be in lock down 23 hours a day," Epps said..."

The issue, Mr. Epps, is not whether she is a danger or threat, but the fact she was convicted of STEALING NEARLY $100,000. Mr. Epps' statement shows one of the main problems in Mississippi: everyone wants to lock up the guy who steals $500 by breaking into a house, and then throw away the key, while looking the other way when it's one of their own who stole $100,000 with the stroke of a pen. The wayward doctor should have received more than two years in the first place and the fact Judge Harrison handed out this light sentence is troubling in and of itself.

There is simply no way this criminal should not spend more time in jail. If Mr. Epps wants to place her under house arrest, then place her under house arrest but in a halfway house or something similar in the Delta, where there is a true need for her medical expertise. That's right, stick her thieving ass in a halfway house in Tchula or Anguila and make her care for the poor all day long and then go back to the same room every single night where someone is telling her what to do. No friends can come visit. No comfortable surroundings. No living in the big city. No restaurants, nightclubs, bookstores, or anything else to do for more than a few miles.

Steal $100,000 and stay at home for nearly a year? Good gig if you can get it. Mr. Epps should lock her up and stop applying a different standard to white-collar criminals.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

KF,

Don't you think that her race and sex are the reasons she was given such a break? To me, this is just as bad as a certain someone with a ton of money getting house arrest after a car crash. Kinda makes you think the "system" is broken.

My three cents

Kingfish said...

No. One has been CONVICTED. Unlike some of you, I believe in due process whether it be the government trying to bust down your door without a warrant or a lynch mob trying to crucify someone who hasn't even had a trial.

Anonymous said...

she can't practice medicine while in jail.

Kingfish said...

Big deal. I want her in jail. Now if Epps is going to look out for his former employee, then I think he should take the route I suggested and stick her in the middle of nowhere serving those that need help but for stealing 100 grand, her ass needs to be in jail.

Anonymous said...

One more gets a "pass". Just like the sports "heroes" society worhips.

Lets see what the courts do to the Trustmark girl who got caught embezzling.

Anonymous said...

She needs to be in jail, but she can't practice medicine or even give a dog an enema while a prisoner. Just sayin...

Anonymous said...

I noticed part of the sentence is restitution. If she can practice medicine, she can start to pay what she embezzled. If she doesn't, I would expect her to be violated.
I don't mind house arrest for a non-violent criminal for all the practical reasons ...or I didn't mind it until I saw how house arrest is working for those charged with depraved heart MURDER!
Embezzlers tend to be people who have badly managed their personal finances and are tempted by access to money not their own and delude themselves they can replace it before being discovered.
One of the questions that SHOULD have been asked in this case was HOW she was able to embezzle that much before getting caught. It SCREAMS a lack of adequate controls in the system.

Anonymous said...

I would like to return to the time when locking someone up,be it jail or a mental institution, was about PROTECTING the community and/or punishment and not the misguided notions of rehabilitation.
But then I also wish for judges to legal scholars with common sense and not the guys who couldn't make a living at practicing law but who were adept at brown nosing politicians or telling people what they want to hear.

Kingfish said...

I consider embezzling to be thievery. Usually the amounts are larger than what is stolen by a common thief but because it is usually committed by professionals and not a thug, well, we tend to go easier on them, don't we?

Her ass needs to be in jail. Period. I'm all for rehab and in that I tend to agree with Charles Colson. I don't believe in always locking them up and throwing away the key but come one, this is nearly one hundred thousand dollars. She needs to be in jail. If it were me, she would be going to jail for at least five years but unfortunately, I'm not the judge.

Anonymous said...

What about the people who extorted a few thousand from the residents at the nursing home in Belhaven? I'm sure the devil was even caught off guard by that one.

There should be a law that triples the punishment for such offenders.

One was a social worker. So sad.

Anonymous said...

I love humanity. I just can't stand people. Sigh...
But I agree. Jail her, make her work off that time doing medical "chores" if the need calls for, like emptying bedpans.

Anonymous said...

According to a comment on the C-L article on this (consider the source and all that) she has sold her house and made restitution. Given the terrible state of the state's finances, and the huge difference in the cost to the state (i.e., us taxpayers) for house arrest vs incarceration, I wouldn't object to house arrest after at least some hard time on the insides of the bars (e.g., 90 days). On a personal level I am much more concerned about someone breaking into my home looking to steal a TV while my kids are there than someone kiting checks from an office drawer (it's the potential for violence and a sense of violation of personal space. I agree she could be let out during the day to provide ace in the Delta unless her license gets yanked (as it should).

Kingfish said...

She needs some jail time. Sitting at home while under house arrest and if she gets a sugar daddy, then restitution don't mean squat? Nope. I want her to see a cell even if for 90 days.

Anonymous said...

I know Dr. Lidell personally and while I am just learning of the charges against her I can honestly say that something must have been stressing her out on the home front for her to even consider what she did.
Believe me if she is the woman I know her to be she will pay back every penny she took.

Just my two cents.

Suscribe to latest on JJ.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel

Archives

Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

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.


Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

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.

Note: Security provided by INS
.