Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Mayfield Widow Strikes Out Again

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler and a Madison police officer in their personal capacities from Robin Mayfield's lawsuit against the city of Madison yesterday.  Madison police arrested her late husband, Mark Mayield,  for allegedly participating in a plot to use pictures of a vegetative Rose Cochran in a campaign video attacking Senator Thad Cochran in 2014.  The Ridgeland attorney committed suicide a few weeks after his arrest.  However, the lawsuit is still pending against Mayor Hawkins-Butler and  several Madison police officers in their official capacities.

Mrs. Mayfield and her family sued  Lord Snow, Lord Snow CEO Don Clark, City of Madison, Madison Police Chief Gene Waldrop, The Queen, Madison Police Investigator Chuck Harrison, Madison Police Investigator Vickie Currie, Attorney Richard Wilbourn, III, and a bunch of Does in U.S. District Court in 2017.  All government officials were sued individually as well.  The lawsuit claims the defendants are guilty of kidnapping, false imprisonment, depriving the late Mr. Mayfield of his civil rights upon arrest, and other torts. Attorney Dorsey Carson represented Mrs. Mayfield.   Judge Reeves dismissed Butler Snow, and Mr. Clark from the lawsuit last year.

However, the lawsuit survives against Madison and investigator Vickie Currie.  Judge Reeves said the lawsuit can proceed against Ms. Currie:

It was not objectively reasonable for her to present to the judge such a bare-bones warrant application lacking any underlying facts and circumstances showing  Mayfield’s unlawful conduct. See Malley v. Briggs, 475 U.S. 335, 341 (1986). On the other hand,  Officer Harrison has shown that the erroneous legal citation in his application was the kind of  negligent “mistaken judgment[]” that merits qualified immunity. Id. at 343. The motion is, therefore, granted as to Officer Harrison and denied as to Officer Currie.
An earlier post contains copies of the chat logs and other evidence in the criminal case.



17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish Mr. Mayfield would have told those people he didn't want to be a part of that.

Anonymous said...

Sad, sad, sad state of affairs. The McDaniel clan drove Mark to assist in the invasion of poor Mrs. Cochran's privacy. The investigation was poorly handled. The circumstances of his arrest were embarrassing. Everything was so against his character, and he could not overcome it. All so unnecessary.

Anonymous said...

If Dorsey & Mayfield want to get at anyone, they need to sue the McDaniel Klan & Kampaign. Even though Mayfield was on the same team. I do find it humorous that with Dorsey being such a staunch liberal and democrat that he would even entertain such a shot in the dark lawsuit for someone that admittedly worked for such a Alt-Right(whatever the heck that buzz word means) group like McDaniels. I guess money does talk, even if it's against his core values.

Anonymous said...

Butler Snow sure gets named in a lot of lawsuits-

Anonymous said...

@ 2:09 when you get your hands dirty, that tends to happen.

Anonymous said...

" I do find it humorous that with Dorsey being such a staunch liberal and democrat that he would even entertain such a shot in the dark lawsuit"

It's all about the money, and nothing but the money.

Anonymous said...

So now political opinions determine whether someone deserves to have adequate representation in court?

Anonymous said...

he can roast for his role in taking pictures of Mrs Cochran. no sympathy here.

Anonymous said...

3:25 Hey Dorsey, apparently not that adequate, she's not won yet.

Anonymous said...

Appears the anti-McDaniel slugs are still clinging to the underside of every wet rock in the city hall garden up in Madburg. Takes not much to bring them out. Like an untimely fart rushing out of open elevator doors.

Anonymous said...

I had no doubt Mayor Mary was not individually guilty. However, she's still a supreme dunce for supporting Cochran all these years. She will never escape that, even with 'Suntan Dale' by her side.

Anonymous said...

So the guy that actually did the crime got 2.5 years with a DUI attorney representing him, but an esteemed attorney, with resources and connections, killed himself over indictment for allegedly helping plan the "crime". I don't condone what Kelly did, but is that action, even if he was involved, worth killing yourself? I've always believed there had to be more to the story. Is this really all of it?

Rod Knox said...

It does seem that there's a lot more to it 4:10. But there's likely a great deal to lose and nothing to gain by digging it out. "Let sleeping dogs lie" might apply here.

Circe said...

Mrs. Cochran was totally oblivious to the whole thing, and was not harmed. Why was such a big deal:made of it?

Micah Gober said...

8:48 Mrs. Cochran had her rights. Have you ever heard of the HIPAA Privacy Law? If your family members were being used for someone else's political game you wouldn't like it either. Mark and Clayton were both wrong and you people know it.

Anonymous said...

May 1, 2019 at 6:57 PM, you and your political views are just as disgusting as the language in your comment. How gross of you!

May 2, 2019 at 8:48 PM, are you insane??? She had a right to her dignity and privacy whether she was aware or not!!!!!

Anonymous said...

If Dorsey & Mayfield want to get at anyone, they need to sue Richard E.Wilbourn III.

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