Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Here is the REST of the story, Bert.

WLBT video

Bert Case interviewed Sheriff McMillin yesterday about the issue of whether large campaign donations made to him by the Irbys affected the Karen Irby investigation. Mr. Case pointed out in his story they gave $9,000 to Mac in the 2007 election. Unfortunately, Mr. Case didn't bother to report what was in earlier campaign finance reports. If he had, he would have discovered they gave $23,600 to Mac's campaigns over the years. Regular readers of JJ already knew this from an earlier post, Toxicology reports & campaign donations.

It also would have been nice if Mr. Case asked Mac more pointed questions. What did he think he was going to say? "Yes Bert, I did allow their money to affect how she was treated by JPD." Please. How about asking him why he refused to release toxicology reports when most jurisdictions do release them in a timely manner. How about asking him about his stating he wouldn't arrest her because she couldn't go anywhere or how could the county be responsible for her medical bills why she is out on bond? She is still going to therapy and under the care of a doctor yet the county isn't paying for those bills now while she is out on bond. What changed? I'm being harsh and Mr. Case has a reputation over the years for asking tough questions. One wishes he has reported the campaign finance angle in more detail and asked some tougher questions.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who was driving the Mercedes when it left the country club? Were they stopped prior to the accident?

Anonymous said...

The Irbys were both drinking and were fighting at the CCJ before they left with Karen driving the Mercedes. Witnesses have said she was weaving in and out passing cars driving very, very fast on Old Canton Road. No, the Mercedues was not stopped until it hit the truck causing the two young doctors to burn to death in it.

Anonymous said...

When did all the witnesses show up? I didn't remember that from the original Feb. story. I remember the one guy that said he saw the police car in his rearview mirror chasing a car.

Anonymous said...

There was a comment left by someone a while back stating that when he came out of i believe it might have been a bar he was leaving from. He said a police women had the Irby's pulled over and was talking to who he thought was Mr.Irby.This was just before the accident.After reading that i did post asking him to please report this.

Anonymous said...

I believe it was a patron of Time Out sports bar who made that statement. Wonder what happened to him?

Anonymous said...

While many, myself included, would have liked for Bert to ask more pointed and direct questions there is some value in letting Sheriff Campaign Contribution just talk -- because we all know he will.

Watch the video closely. McMillin isn't saying that Karen didn't receive special considerations, he says she got the same as Melton.

McMillin's drawing of a stretched equivalency between Melton and Karen Irby -- somehow as if he believes the community at-large will approve even though Melton wasn't involved in the drunken and reckless taking to two lives -- was a serious mistake.

What McMillin did was confirm that not only was Karen handled with the kid gloves not extended to the commoner but, more importantly, our Hinds County Sheriff revealed that he does indeed dole out differing levels of preferential treatment to people of stature in Hinds County.

Anonymous said...

I have heard that the Irby's fight alot.If they were fighting at the Country Club and she was acting a fool i hope that the people that are a witness come forth and report this.How could there be a defense for those find of actions.It appears that she goes Crazy Mad with Jealously.But with this out burst she took the lives of two other people.

Anonymous said...

And does he have any short comings?
Why is it always about her faults?

Anonymous said...

because she incinerated two people, not him.

Anonymous said...

Everyone should keep in mind that McMillin is a master at misdirection. His saying that he hasn't had any communications with "her [Karen's] attorney" is another of those neatly packaged throw away statements he predictably tosses out to confuse the local media bloodhounds in order to get them off his scent. That doesn't mean that he has not spoken with Stuart, Charles, their attorneys or any number of other possible go-betweens who could be shuttling messages between the parties and the Sheriff.

Anonymous said...

http://www.clarionledger.com/assets/pdf/D0134587511.PDF

See indictment. It says Karen Irby was consuming alcoholic beverages, driving at an excessive speed, and indiscriminating passing other motorists on the road. The authorities obviously have witnesses that saw her drinking and driving.

Anonymous said...

Well, no one can say that JPD Chief McMillin didn't give people special privileges during his short time in the job. The overlay precinct downtown where less than 1% of all Jacksonians live was a big time sop to a very small group of beneficiaries.

Anonymous said...

Let me give you a hand. Here is the indictment.

Kingfish said...

What Bert also didn't do was point out they were among his top three donors.

Very sloppy.

Anonymous said...

We should still give Bert some credit though for going in there and asking the question. Haven't seen anyone else push the issue. Bert has covered enough big stories real well over the years to earn my pass for not being perfect. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what McMillin is doing. If Bert breaks the story when the other shoe drops then all of this will be forgotten.

Kingfish said...

That is why I was a little surprised.

Anonymous said...

I agree, 10:01.
It is no secret that McMillin never answers questions he doesn't want to answer. He always has a sarcastic and curt way of dealing with those who dare ask him certain things. He can be quite brusque and harsh.
I think Bert handled his questions the only way possible.
I used to admire and support McMillin until he started acting so pompous.

Anonymous said...

Yes, she was driving at the time of the accident, but Stuart was driving initially, and the cops that stopped them thought he was too buzzed to drive, and asked Karen to. But for a few minutes, it could have been HIM driving and killing.

Where in the World is MADD's Tricia Raymond? said...

Where is our local Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter? Where is Tricia Raymond? Maybe Bert Case or some other member of our local press can get Tricia on the record to comment specifically about these senseless avoidable deaths. Have you read MADD's suggestions how to help reduce the deadly statistics that result from drunk driving?

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO LOWER THESE STATISITICS * Don’t drink and drive.
* Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking.
* Be a designated sober driver.
* Wear your safety belt. Make sure your riders do too.
* Properly secure children in child safety seats.
* Be a responsible host. Do not let your guests drive after drinking and never serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
* Support drunk driving and underage drinking prevention laws and victim’s rights legislation by contacting your elected officials.
* Report drunk drivers immediately to law enforcement.
* GET INVOLVED. Call 601.939.0233 or 800.368.6233 for more information.
* Check out MADD MS at madd.org/ms


Is MADD only going to make noise about drunk driving when the victims were not killed by well known, wealthy people sporting prestigious local names? Is MADD only going to comment when their current director doesn't have previous connections to the offender and their family? Is Irby money silencing every one of the watchdogs in this community?

What the hell are you waiting for Tricia? Why should anyone get involved if MADD is going to pull its punches. Are you afraid of offending the country clubbers?

Next time MADD asks you to support their legislation or contribute your money to bolster their coffers everyone would do well to reconsider. Because this situation proves that when criticizing a drunk driver gets too close to friendly donors and too politically dicey MADD will remain, no pun intended, dead silent.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't believe anything from the people at Time Out. They all suck. They are just glad that they aren't in the news this time.


Still miss you Eddie!!

Anonymous said...

Any "Witness" from Time Out is worthless!!!

Anonymous said...

That's for sure, the only DWI my friend got was when WE LEFT "Time Out"

Anonymous said...

They certainly know the police dept. number by heart in that place.

Anonymous said...

MADD needs to fire Tricia Raymond and close their offices in Mississippi. They are completely worthless and do not actually do what the organization was designed to do. Hell, go to their website and see what they "CLAIM" to do for "victims".

They are truly a joke and the organization should be dissolved.

Anonymous said...

Mac's endorsement will really hurt Crisler, just watch.

Anonymous said...

Word on the street is that the Irbys had dinner at Crechale's Tuesday evening, May 12 and that she walked in without assistance - no crutches, no boot, no wheelchair. They were dining with another couple.

Anonymous said...

word on the street is wrong. she is wearing an ankle bracelet.

Anonymous said...

Anybody else notice how eerily silent the Northside Sun has been?

Kingfish said...

They don't cover this kind of stuff. really don't.

Anonymous said...

Emmerich likely had too many of his paid subscribers there at the JCC drinking alongside the Irbys that night. Of course he's not going to touch something that would slow the flow from his gravy train to a trickle.

Anonymous said...

No, pretty sure Kingfish is right.

Anonymous said...

Provided some of the rumors are true re: blue lights, being pulled over to switch drivers, generous treatment, etc. Is it possible civil litigation could be filed not only against the City of Jackson, but directly against Malcolm McMillan?

Anonymous said...

does an ankle bracelet imply "house arrest"?

I don't know if she had the ankle bracelet Tuesday evening, but I do have an eyewitness account of Karen walking into Crechale's un-assisted; no wheelchair, no crutches, and no boot.

Anonymous said...

Sorry. Not her. Impossible.

Kingfish said...

She has an ankle bracelet. Don't know what color it is or if a designer one was available.

Anonymous said...

KF, do you know for certain that Karen is on " house arrest" for certain? I would expect the perimeters of the ankle bracelet to allow her to go to medical appointments.
What do you know about Hinds Co's monitoring system?
Did you call Bob? Stuart could have been at Crechale's with someone else...his looks are more distinctive and harder to confuse.

Anonymous said...

Got curious about ankle bracelets and monitoring criminals. Found out there are many different kinds...GPS, radio transmitted, cell phone transmitted, home telephone linked, and pocket computer types.
Who monitors and how varies as well as the costs.
KF, what do you know about Hinds CO's system and how effective it is?

Kingfish said...

I found out from law enforcement sources she got her's on Wednsday, two days after she posted bond. It does take time to set those things up as they have to install some equipment in the home so she could've gone to dinner without the bracelet on one or two nights. No condition saying she couldn't so its not that big of a deal to me.

From what I found out her bracelet keeps her within a 150-200 yard radius or so. this is typical for such bracelets as I am told.

My main concern is suppose she had an ankle tatoo. Would look really tacky covered up by said bracelet and even worse if the colors don't match.

Anonymous said...

Thanks KF, on the monitoring info...might be hard to set up in Eastover as all sorts of electronic/satellite/radio problems in that neighborhood but glad she can sun and visit a neighbor or two ...sounds like the radio or telephone type.Might want to read NOLA's experience with those.

The fashion worry is Karen will be so limited on summer pant lengths and colors! And, the cute shoes might never be noticed!

Anonymous said...

Why don't you all back off a little. Really no need for the little comments.

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