Monday, April 27, 2015

Meet the newest star of the Hinds County Catch & Release program. (Updated again)

Second update: The trial was continued no less than eight times in three years. The post has been updated to show that information.  

Update: WHAT THE HELL??? THIS is the video from June 2012.

This is a link to a longer WAPT video and story about the standoff. 

Original post:

Jarvis Durr became a Star member of the Hinds County Catch & Release program today.  He was arrested for kidnapping, carjacking, and armed robbery today.  The victim is reportedly uninjured although she is undoubtedly traumatized by what she suffered Saturday.  The details of his crime are provided in a JPD press release that is posted below. However,  Durr was indicted nearly three years ago for rape, armed robbery, and business burglary.   However, his tale is a familiar one to JJ readers: continuances, excuses, and no justice. 

The indictments are posted below in the court file.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan set his bond at $100,000 and then raised it to $125,000. Durr made bail.  He set trial for December 3, 2012 The case was then repeatedly continued:

1. Motion to continue filed 11-15-2012.  The trial was reset for June 7, 2013.
2. Judge Gown continued trial on  6-7-2013.  The trial was reset for 10-7-2013.
3. Judge Gowan resets trial for 4-7-2014.
4. Judge Gowan resets trial for 7-21-2014.
5. Judge Gowan resets trial for 10-6-2014.
6. Judge Gowan resets trial for 1-26-2015
7. Judge Gowan resets trial for 4-6-2015
8. Judge Gowan resets trial for 5-11-15

Kingfish note: Judge Gowan needs to get off his ass and start doing his job. Period.  


Anonymous said...

Lil' Baltimore.

Anonymous said...

No justice, no CVS!

Anonymous said...

Once again Jackson Jambalaya does the heavy lifting that the nationwide-search poseur running the news side of the Clarion-Ledger house completely fails to do.

You are an abject failure Sam R. Hall.

Anonymous said...

I take the point, KF, but how can Gowan make the DA try the case? If Gowan says, no more continuances, trial is set for THIS DATE CERTAIN, can't DA dismiss?

Maybe not, I don't pretend to know crim law, & informed corrections are welcome. But it seems that the problem is first & foremost with the DA. No?

Anonymous said...

8:15, you are so right. Why can't we get week-long series in CL on the Hinds DA office? would that be too relevant? too interesting to the subscribers? too public-minded?

Anonymous said...

Maybe 8:16 the Judges know that Smith is so incompetent that, if presented with an ultimatum to try the case, that he will indeed dismiss.

Still waiting to hear even one word of condemnation from Jackson's White Power Structure on their boy Smith after they rode Faye Petterson out of office for less.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish, please please look into the sketchy history of Probation Services Company. According to the docs you posted, Gowan put this defendant under the care of this "rigorous" monitoring service, and look what happened. It's a one man show- operated by Dennis Grant (rumored to be really close "pals" with Judge Green)- and Grant was supposedly "monitoring" this defendant while out on bond.
Grant is paid thousands of hard earned Hinds County tax dollars each month to "monitor" defendants. It would be very interesting to know if the county was paying this punk's monitoring fees when he could afford his $125,000 bond. It would also be VERY interesting to know how many of defendants have been arrested for new crimes on Dennis Grant's watch. Do some digging KF- you are the only legit news source around!

Anonymous said...

According to the Board of Supervisors claims dockets, in 2015 Dennis Grant/Probation Services Company has been paid more than $23,000 for "monitoring" defendants out on bond. Usually the board does not include their payments to PSC on the claims docket, but it seems that they slipped up two times recently. There are more than $13,000 of payments on the 1-13-15 claims docket on page 3 and on the 3-2-15 claims docket on page 3. $23,000!!! Wonder what kind of 24 hour monitoring Hinds County is getting for that kind of money?

Anonymous said...

Who is the White Power Structure? It left for Madison County years ago. Keep up.

Kingfish said...

You can thank Phil Fisher for that claims docket being online.

Anonymous said...

the clarion
Edger doesn't want to get blowed up. Neither does smith. ( im just guessing) It's a CYA approach. Look at Baltimore.

Anonymous said...

So what kind of monitoring was supposed to be being done? Ankle bracelet or what? What are we paying for? Do they urine test, check to make sure they follow curfew? Go to school, if appropriate? Need the scoop on this "service". I have never seen it mentioned anywhere or discussed. As to Jackson, can you imagine what kind of money we spend "catching" these offenders? The paperwork, the court dates, the initial equipment and manpower required. This "catch & release" system is NOT WORKING for the citizens. It is NOT WORKING for JPD's limited resources. Let's keep getting the word out that the main problem is in the DA's office and the judiciary.

Anonymous said...

And peps cry when a cop shoots little assholes like this????

No Lawyer Here said...

Interesting that someone who has not been tried, convicted and sentenced can be placed 'under the oversight' of a probation service. I didn't realize bond could be contingent on 'probation'. And if under the 'control and authority' of a probation service, having never been tried and convicted, it's odd that a person could be forced to undergo urinalysis as a condition of bond.

Even odder than the whole catch and release record is the manner in which the judge seems to enjoy operating in his own little world.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for Kingfish to post the video of the mayor of Baltimore saying she gave folks room to destroy property. The comments section will be ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Let us know 10:08 when you post the video to your blog and we'll get ridiculous over there.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:16 I don't have a blog, silly pants.

Anonymous said...

10:08 and 10:33

We knew that. Sarcasm is too complicated for you to recognize or understand, isn't it? (bless your heart).

Anonymous said...

Does Stanley Alexander have a chance? Should he have a chance?

Anonymous said...

Alexander is an idiot but Smith needs to go.

Anonymous said...

KF I'm sure if you looked at the actual orders of continuance you would find that the DAs office agreed to each of those continuances. This is the problem! The DAs office is not pushing the docket.

Anonymous said...

5:36, I worked at the courthouse while Alexander was an ADA in Hinds county and personally saw him obtain conviction after conviction in murder trials including a the death penalty for Eric Moffett. That being said, on what do you base your statement?

Anonymous said...

What really needs to be looked into is the number of rapes and statutory rapes that get no-billed in Hinds County and which prosecutor handles them.

Anonymous said...

8:39 a.m. - I've read transcripts of Alexander's trials.

Anonymous said...

I'm voting for Alexander even though I don't think he's very smart. But we have to throw out the do nothing Smith.

Kingfish said...

The DA's office agreed to several of the continuances. Indeed, the last few were a joint motion filed by prosecution and defense. As in the Melvin Potts case, not once did a prosecutor object to a motion for a continuance. Not once.

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