Friday, September 10, 2010

On Demonizing and Other Such Activities

As readers know, I take no prisoners on my blog. This is not exactly a tack taken to win friends and make people happy, and I remember one faculty member from Covenant College wrote that the tone of my blog "saddened" him. Well, I guess he will have to be sad when he reads my stuff.

Nonetheless, every once in a while I believe I need to step back and take a hard look at what I am doing and saying, as the perspective of things when one is in the middle of things. As always, there are the regrets, but there also comes the realization that I don't regret what I have been doing.

I have seen a lot of dishonest, abusive prosecutions in my life, but I never thought I would see something on the level of what occurred in the trial of Tonya Craft. Usually, prosecutors and police try to be somewhat discreet when they try to frame someone, judges at least want to give the impression that they are being fair, and witnesses generally will try to hide their perjury.

None of that was the case during the Craft trial. In fact, I don't think I ever have seen a trial in which the prosecution's dishonesty was more blatant and such that prosecutors did not even try to hide what they were doing. They appealed to what they hoped would be the lowest instincts of jurors -- racism, resentment against "outsiders," and homophobia (although Ms. Craft clearly is not a lesbian, no matter what French Smith and his daughter, Sandra Lamb, along with the Stinky Henkes might have to say) -- and the reluctance to take a hard look at evidence.

More important, they not only lied to jurors (and a number of jurors pointed out that Chris "Alberto-Facebook" Arnt lied during his closing arguments), but they also encouraged their witnesses to lie, and especially Joal and Sarah Henke. Arnt and Len "The Racist-Misogynist-The Man" Gregor really made no bones about the fact that the Henkes were making up new stuff out of whole cloth, and I don't think they cared.

As I can see it, there is a real entitlement mentality with the LMJC crowd. First, they believe that they are entitled to do whatever they please, the law be damned. If it takes suborning perjury, forging documents, bullying witnesses, lying, or anything else that is dishonest and sleazy, they will do it. People like that should be given no quarter because as people in positions of authority, they are expected to maintain at least a MINIMAL level of integrity. However, when they decide that truth is whatever they wish to make of it, then I feel no obligation to hold back whatever it is that should be said about them.

If there was a "they will stop at nothing" moment, I think it was when Tim "Dirty" Deal insisted that the document that he and his friends obviously had just fabricated was authentic and had been in his files for nearly two years. That was not true and Deal knew it, and so did Gregor, who had the audacity to ask Deal if the "defense is lying." When that occurred, I knew that we were dealing with people who simply have no shred whatsoever of integrity or even human decency.

Yes, I am making a serious charge, one that if prosecuted could send people to prison, and I further believe that had "judge" Outhouse permitted the defense to have "Dirty's" computer checked and have the document's ink checked for when it was produced, the results would have demonstrated that the document was fabricated. However, I also believe that "judge" Outhouse knew that was to be the case as well and did what he could to protect his people. In other words, I am saying I believe that a judge was in on this whole caper, which is a serious, serious charge.

However, since prosecutors don't investigate themselves and the Georgia authorities and the feds refuse to get involved, nothing will happen to any of this band of criminals. And, yes, I believe that these people are as dishonest and venal as the worst set of lawbreakers that might be hauled into an LMJC courtroom. There really is no difference between someone who is charged with attempted murder and Chris Arnt, in my view, except I do believe that the person charged with attempted murder has a slim chance at being rehabilitated, while I believe Arnt is hopeless.

Furthermore, by putting an attack on the defense in his Facebook page -- something that Arnt KNEW violated the codes of ethics of his profession -- Arnt was letting it be known that he was above the law and had the right to do whatever he pleased. As for Len "Racist-Misogynist-The Man" Gregor, here is a guy who was screaming about a picture of a woman in an evening dress (claiming that made her a "narcissist"), but proudly had a picture of himself on his Facebook page standing next to a woman (who was not his wife) who was in a sexually-provocative pose. Again, we had a prosecutor saying that everyone else had to live to standards that he did not have to meet -- because he is a prosecutor, and prosecutors get to be "the man."

So, I have no problem at all making the statements I do about "judge" Outhouse, Arnt, Gregor, Deal, Steven Keith, and Alan Norton. None of them believe the law applies to them, they are willing to commit felonies, suborn perjury, lie, and generally piss on the law, all while claiming to be doing it "for the people."

As for the witnesses, I don't believe it is possible to demonize people like Sandra Lamb, Sherry Wilson, or the Henkes. Their words and deeds speak for themselves, and they knew exactly what they were doing when they lied under oath on the witness stand. Furthermore, all of them knew that "judge" Outhouse, Arnt, and Gregor had their backs, so they were free to lie, which they did.

This leaves the CAC witnesses. Readers already know the utter contempt I have for Ione Sells and her arrogant, eye-rolling crew. True, I am sure that Holly Kittle's husband, family, and friends have not appreciated my take on her performance either as an interviewer or as a prosecution witness.

Now, even though I believe that Kittle is a mediocre photographer, nonetheless I would prefer she do that job full-time and leave the CAC employment altogether. She has no business interviewing children, especially since she cannot tell the difference between legitimate statements and outright babbling nonsense. From what I can tell, she sees herself as someone whose job it is to help the prosecution make its case, no matter how dishonest or ridiculous it might be. Kittle is a good soldier, but that only puts her in the category of the Waffen SS, as those men also were very good soldiers for the Reich.

So, while I might be called out for "demonizing" certain people in the LMJC, nonetheless I believe my characterizations are not wrong. Yes, I am sure there are people who think Len Gregor is a great guy, but if they had to be on the receiving end of his dishonest and bullying tactics, I'm sure that their opinion of him would be much different.

Likewise, I am sure that there are people who believe Holly Kittle is a wonderful person and a good friend. However, they have never experienced Kittle interviewing their child or being in a situation in which Kittle was trying to get a child to say something against them that clearly was not true. Furthermore, no matter what one might say about her, eye-rolling, laughing rudely, and generally acting contemptuous is not behavior one expects from a real professional on a witness stand.

(Observers have told me that the difference between the CAC witnesses and the experts brought in by the defense, such as Nancy Aldridge, was night and day. Of course, Sells told me that those experts were a bunch of liars and her interviewers were superior. Yeah, in her dreams.)

In short, I will continue to take no prisoners. When the prosecutors, police, judges, and CAC personnel of the LMJC begin to act like professionals and honest, law-abiding citizens, I will look elsewhere on my blog. Until then, however, I am not going to back off an inch.

However, I have advice for all of the aforementioned people: just act in a manner that you demand from the rest of us, and then I won't have any reason to write the things I do. That is the deal I am offering to you, and it is much more fair than anything you have offered to others.

26 comments:

Victoria said...

Keep your teeth in them like a pitbull and don't let go.

I think their crimes make them worse than murderers and rapists. After all, suppose Tonya had been locked away. Perhaps she would be attacked, raped, mutilated or killed. Her kids would be without a mother, her husband without a wife, her parents without a daughter. All this damage caused by the prosecution, judge, LE, and CAC. Now multiply the travesty for all the other innocent people that meet the same fate and that makes the perpetrators of these crimes serial murderers, rapists, etc. So they are much worse and more dangerous than any of the guilty they have put away.

KC Sprayberry said...

Bill, several people have contacted me anonymously about things they've observed and endured in LMJC. To a one, they all agree on one thing. Those men and women representing law and justice in this area must be put out of a job. You have become their touchstone, a place where they can daily observe someone taking on a system so broken the only way to fix it is to dismantle the whole thing and begin anew. Like you, I am in this for the long haul. To quote the probate judge, come November any incumbent not on the ballot will breathe a sigh of relief so great is the anger in this county because of the public revelations about this corruption. However, this same judge worries about continuing her job in another 2 years. She doesn't think this will blow over. So, you have already made a difference. Granted, the probate judge hasn't acted as the others have but she is still caught up in the smell of the mess and realizes she'll probably pay. Keep up what you're doing. We'll do our best to clean out this system at the polling place, and hope the governor appoints new judges worthy of the title.

Lame said...

Dr. Anderson,
In your fourth paragraph you make the statement: "They appealed to what they hoped would be the lowest instincts of jurors -- racism, resentment against "outsiders" --

You should add homophobia, sexism (because only a slut would wear a thong or mow the lawn wearing shorts, right?), and the belief that only someone who has something to hide would refuse to speak to the police without their lawyer present.

I find encouragement in the fact that the prosecution played to all these base/mistaken beliefs, and the jurors not only was not persuaded by them, they recognized them for what they are, a thin veil used to disguise the fact that they had no case. The prosecution thought that by coating their huge, rotten case with a thin candy coating of demogogery that they could get the jury to swallow it.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that I'm 34 years old and I've never even registered to vote. I was ok with the status quo ... until now. I recently registered to vote and I will be voting to oust the incumbents.

It is time for the people of the LMJC to send a strong message to the courthouse that we're not going to take it anymore!

Perhaps the citizens of the LMJC jurisdiction should take on "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister as their battle cry. It's very fitting ....


Oh We're Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
oh We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

we've Got The Right To Choose And
there Ain't No Way We'll Lose It
this Is Our Life, This Is Our Song
we'll Fight The Powers That Be Just
don't Pick Our Destiny 'cause
you Don't Know Us, You Don't Belong

oh We're Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
oh We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

oh You're So Condescending
your Gall Is Never Ending
we Don't Want Nothin', Not A Thing From You
your Life Is Trite And Jaded
boring And Confiscated
if That's Your Best, Your Best Won't Do

oh.....................
oh.....................
we're Right/yeah
we're Free/yeah
we'll Fight/yeah
you'll See/yeah

oh We're Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
oh We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

oh We're Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
oh We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore
no Way!

oh.....................
oh.....................
we're Right/yeah
we're Free/yeah
we'll Fight/yeah
you'll See/yeah

we're Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
we're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

we're Not Gonna Take It, No!
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
we're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

just You Try And Make Us
we're Not Gonna Take It
come On
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
you're All Worthless And Weak
we're Not Gonna Take It Anymore
now Drop And Give Me Twenty
we're Not Gonna Take It
oh Crinch Pin
no, We Ain't Gonna Take It
oh You And Your Uniform
we're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

Kaye said...

Anon 7:20 Yay for you! We need more people to register to vote and go to the pollls to get rid of these horrendous individuals!

The people are not being demonized! Bill just decides not to sugar-coat their deeds by pretending that they are just acting in accordance with "doing their jobs."

Keep on them, Bill. You've helped wake up the sleeping giant!

Anonymous said...

Seems Dirty deal has been busted down to burglary duty. Probably easier to frame a thief!

Anonymous said...

Thank you 7:20! Not sure why you haven't in the past, but I sure am glad you decided to do it.

If you know any others who have never voted, encourage them. It is so simple & so needed. I too know people who either have never registered or just quit voting because they felt like their voices weren't being heard. This case has certainly opened more eyes & voices & I hope we scream at the polls this November and every election from here to eternity. Remember, since you've never voted, there are always "little" things to vote for that come up. Special elections, primaries, etc., be sure to vote in those too. We need you and so many others. Many of us will help you research candidates & issues which go on ballots. Just ask & we will help.

Keep up the good fight Bill! You haven't demonized anyone nor have you shown any signs of anarchy (unlike Callahan proposes). You've only opened a lot of eyes. Another thing, contrary to what this Callahan fellow believes, we all don't agree with everything you say. We're not sheeple & most of us have minds of our own. You have just taken to task the people who have committed wrong doing & give us a voice. Thank you & God bless!

kbp said...

”…had "judge" Outhouse permitted the defense to have "Dirty's" computer checked and have the document's ink checked for when it was produced, the results would have demonstrated that the document was fabricated”

The ‘ink check’ of the ORIGINAL document is not something that time prevents, it can be accomplished years later. Of course you must have that “ORIGINAL” to do that! The loss of that ORIGINAL document will allow a jury in the civil trial to form an opinion as to WHY it was lost, so losing it probably will not help Deal.

As for the computer, that is a tough one to be certain of. Most LE offices run on a network, often handled through a “server”, the majority of which have multiple hard disk drives. In addition to all to those drives, many times work is done on desktop PC’s and laptops that have hard drives, some with backup drives. They just plug into the server and share with each other there.

If the files Deal claimed was to have been typed long before the trial actually existed then, EVERY hard drive that ever opened those files would have record of such still on them. In addition to that, it is VERY, VERY common for backups to have been produced on drives they can’t even get to.

It is possible that some of these old files were written over on one or more of the various drives they would have been on, but very unlikely all records of them are gone.

Proof of Deal’s innocence should be in place still (!), unless ALL that proof has somehow magically been destroyed (nearly impossible). Then we'd be back to the jury forming their opinons as to HOW that happened!

kbp said...

It takes many feet on the ground, knocking on doors, spreading the message ...to get votes.

Justine Valinotti said...

Professor Anderson, you are right when you say that Chris Arndt is worse than a murderer because there's no hope of rehabilitating him. I agree with you, and I will give you another reason why he's worse than a murderer: When someone destroys a person's reputation or life, or tries to do so, the victim never completely gets back what someone like Chris takes or destroys.

Also, people like him allow real criminals to be free. Because every system has limited resources, the time those employed in the criminal justice system spend on framing people and prosecuting the innocent is time taken away from investigating legitimate cases. Then, everybody loses: the innocent are persecuted and the guilty are not apprehended or punished.

Professor Anderson, you are doing the real work of a professor: seeking and disseminating the truth. Keep it up.

Anon 7:20: Good for you! I can understand why you didn't vote: Sometimes it doesn't make a difference. But now you see where it can matter--at the local level, and to root out corruption. Let's just hope that you have better people to vote for in the next election!

Justine Valinotti said...

Lame: I'm glad you picked up on the sexism and homophobia of the prosecution. As a transgender woman, I am subject to both--but, surprisingly, less often from so-called common people than from those in positions of authority, who will often invoke fears about what I "might" do to rationalize their own hateful behavior. To me, few things are more base than to use those prejudices simply to carry out some agenda or personal vendetta or another. That is one reason (among many) why my sympathy is with Tonya Craft and I have scorn for those Professor Anderson has exposed for what they are.

William L. Anderson said...

I agree that I should have put the whole homophobia stuff in there, too, and I will add it in a minute.

Next week, I will have a new post that I believe will be one of the most important ones I have done yet. You have to understand that we are dealing with people for whom there is no tactic dishonest or smarmy enough. Once someone decides that it is just fine to lie, since there will be no consequences for the liars, then that person is free to use whatever tactics he or she wishes to pursue a sordid goal.

What I will write is going to be very shocking, that I promise.

KC Sprayberry said...

kbp, there is tech that can bring back files that are overwritten, unless military grade programming is used to do the erasing. That's pretty much permanent. But most small town law enforcement don't have the funds, even with the extra federal money, to access that kind of software. The files are there, even if our motley crew have erased them and believe them gone. It's just a matter of the right person and program coming together to find them. With the civil trial looming, and all the pre-trial depositions that will happen, I'm betting that judge will demand a very close examination of any and all 'evidence' claimed by the respondents. Dirty Deal will regret the day he butted up against Tonya Craft, including his infamous comment that she didn't need a lawyer to answer his questions.

Anonymous said...

I am the 7:20 anon .. I forgot to put my tag at the bottom. I don't really know why I never voted before. I guess part of it was that as a Gen X'er, I felt like it didn't really matter .. that my ONE vote wouldn't make a difference. Mostly I just felt like it didn't matter who was elected b/c all policitians seem to be the same. Say one thing, and do the complete opposite whenever it benefits them.

There are 2 factors that have changed my mind. The Tonya Craft debacle and my own personal experiences with the judicial system in the past 2 years dealing with my ex. The situation with my ex has really been an educational, eye-opening, depressing experience with the court systems in both Catoosa and Hamilton Co.

When I was in high school, I dreamed of being an attorney, specifically a prosecutor. I wanted to put the bad guys away to make the world a better place. I catch myself now wondering if I would've ended up Tonya Craft (on a crusade for change) or Chris Arnt/Len Gregory (non-caring, corrupt, and power hungry).

Mad As Hell in Catoosa Co

Doc Ellis said...

I have shared this.

re: voting
I vote candidates and issues at the local level, issues at the county and state level, and not at the federal level. I have noticed that the farther away from me the officeholder, the less responsive and the more likely to try to reduce my liberty, s/he is.

Doc Ellis 124

Anonymous said...

KC

You must be referring to a probate judge in Walker or Dade. Gene Lowery is the Probate Judge in Catoosa and is in league with Sheriff Phil Summers.

They both need to be unemployed in 2 years.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of real criminals, in February 2009, one Shamal Thompson robbed and murdered cancer researcher Eugenia Calle in her Atlanta condo. Thompson was already a 3-time loser as an adult, but the authorites had thrown out charges against him in a fourth case, and charges were still pending in a fifth case.

A few weeks ago, Thompson pled guilty to the Calle murder and was sentenced to "life in prison." What the report didn't say was Thompson will come up for parole in about 22 years.

Each time he was convicted, Thompson enjoyed "first time offender" status. He would tell the judges fairy tales about being a first time offender and college graduate and they would go easy on him, without checking out any of his phony claims. And Eugenia Calle is dead.

The next time you hear the "blacks are treated worse in the justice system" bit, think of this case and MANY others like it (Google Michael Chesney, Dan Giles).

KC Sprayberry said...

Anon 1:31. Walker Probate Judge. She's good and I haven't really heard anything bad about her. But she just does her job and keeps her head down. Unfortunately, she'll probably get caught in the housecleaning with everyone else. That old tar brush taints all within its reach. And she has to have known about the corruption but chose to keep silent. Almost as bad as participating.

Anonymous said...

Keep it coming, Mr Anderson. I have some more Papers, I am going to send you. Brad Wade's Mom...

MikeZPurdue said...

I love how people try to intimidate you by saying "that's a very serious charge you're making" -- it sure is, and that's why these people deserve some very serious jail time!

Holly Kittle can say whatever she wants, but it's clear that her and her counterparts at the CAC feel it's their job to help the prosecution.

And it's my understanding that Arnt said his facebook account had been hacked into, which is a lie.

But, of course, Gregor and Arnt are just doing their jobs ...

Anonymous said...

Firstly, I agree with every word written. Unfortunately, the fact that nothing has been done to get rid of these people means that tragically they HAVE gotten away with it and shall continue to do so.

The flip-side to that though is that if anything you were saying Bill was untrue (or even slightly embellished) then you can bet your a$$ they would have sued the pants off you for defamation months ago.

One small typo...being pedantic I know...but...you wrote, "So, I have problem at all making the statements I do about "judge" Outhouse, Arnt, Gregor, Deal, Steven Keith, and Alan Norton."

Think you missed a "no" about 4 words in :)

William L. Anderson said...

If any of the people I have criticized were to sue me, the problem for them is that I could get them into a deposition in which my attorneys could ask them ANYTHING. For example, there is that matter of Chris Arnt's alleged behavior on a cruise a few years back, and I would love to know what he would have to say.

(I'm not alleging any misconduct on his part, by the way. For all I know, he could have brought his Georgia law books and studied in his cabin the whole time. No doubt, he only drank water and Coca-Cola.)

As for Sandra Lamb, I'm sure she would lie in a deposition just as she lied everywhere else, but the difference would be that the lies would be quite obvious and even with the LMJC not prosecuting her for perjury, nonetheless committing perjury would create difficulties for her.

Furthermore, all (or at least most) of these people have been involved in divorces or other marital issues which would make real interesting copy, and I would not hesitate to make public.

Arnt, Gregor, Outhouse, Deal, and Keith would have to sue me as private citizens, which would force them to give up their legal immunity which they enjoy right now. All that they would have to do would be to lie one time, and if I could demonstrate they were lying, then there would be publicity about these "public servants" openly committing perjury. No, they would not be criminally prosecuted for it, but nonetheless being an open perjurer would not be good for their careers.

On the flip side, I have been quite open, hiding very little, if anything. True, one could try to force me to reveal my sources, but that would be about it. I have a divorce decree (in Walker County) from 1994, but it was no-fault and the separation was amicable and my ex-wife and I remain on friendly terms.

So, to go after me personally would not be a costless activity for any of these people. Furthermore, they took real hits during the trial, and I can guarantee you that they would take even more hits if they took me to court. We are dealing with bad people, and bad people do bad things, and bad people who generally have immunity do even worse things.

These also are people who have made enemies, and sometimes those enemies have a way of letting others know about things that the bad people have done. No, I think that the Arnts and Gregors of this world simply are going to take my criticism. They don't like it; they would kill my family and me if they thought they could get away with it, but they can't.

They are very powerful people in their little chicken yards, and I suspect that they understand that perfectly well. These people have the power to destroy the lives of others, and I can tell you that men like Arnt, Gregor, Outhouse, and Deal love doing just that. They are not people with a whit of conscience or honor, and it is interesting that they occupy positions in which conscience and honor is expected of them.

Narcissist07 said...

The part that scares them the most is they can't sue you in the LMJC for an internet blog that you conduct in Maryland. They would have to go Federal, and they wouldn't have their cronies covering their backsides in a kangaroo court that they would conduct here. God help you though if you ever get a seatbelt ticket in LMJC. I have never heard of anyone getting a life sentence over a seatbelt ticket, but something tells me that they would try to throw you under a prison so you wouldn't have access to blog anymore.

William L. Anderson said...

Oh, I have family members there, and I am sure they would love to attack them, but my parents have good connections and if they went after them, then a number of prominent people would wake up and be forced to deal with the situation.

Look, if Deal or his friends could kill one of my family members and get away with it, they would do it in a heartbeat. Cops kill people all the time and all that they receive is a paid vacation (administrative leave with pay). But, there would be a price to pay for doing so, as it would rouse a lot of people who now are not saying anything.

As for suing, they could claim LMJC jurisdiction, and I am sure that a judge in that kangaroo court system would refuse to dismiss it no matter what previous rulings had been. However, putting me on trial would be very public and, again, it would further expose their dishonesty. They know that.

Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve said...

Truth is ALWAYS a defense against a claim of libel. As I have stated previously, Dr. Anderson writes the truth. The thugs in power in the LMJC think it’s hell but it is simply the unvarnished truth about their lawlessness.

This latest post reminds me once again of Emile Zola and his bravery during the Dreyfus Affair in France. Dr. Anderson’s willingness to speak the truth to power is today’s equivalent of Zola’s J’accuse (I Accuse) and takes the same kind of courage because the truth will eventually end the lawless reign of these liars.

The truth, no matter who is saddened by its tone, resonates with its own pitch. It is a sound that enrages the criminal element that operates the LMJC as their personal little lawless kingdom.

Keep up the fire, Dr. Anderson! The truth is being heard and that is enraging those in the LMJC who think that they are a law unto themselves.

Anonymous said...

KC, you are exactly right about the computer files. A friend of mine does computer forensics as a side job (for now), but also that is part of his job with his company. With it's popularity growing, he hopes to do it full time, independently. He has already done many assignments in the private & public sector and traveled the country to not only do the assignments, but to testify in civil & criminal trials. All using vacation time. Luckily, he has worked for his company for 20 years, so he has the leeway.

He is very interested in this particular situation & said during the trial (when the magic document appeared), that he would LOVE to be able to get into that system. He knows many who work for CC & knows the system is archaic, so it would be very simple for him or for any modern IT person to get in there & find out the validity of the document in a matter of a couple of hours. He enjoys the real digging, but said he would love to be the one who said, "this document was produced during the trial".

I told him to contact Tonya, Dr. Lorandos, Scott or Cary King & see if they would or could use his assistance. It all depends on if they are able to get a ruling for their computers to be forensically checked. But, whether they use him or anyone else, the truth will come out regarding that document. Also regarding the "missing" email. That also can be easily proven that it was sent, received & opened by the prosecution.

It is one of my prayers that those two incidents are able to be produced in the civil trial. It would simply warm my heart to have it proven, so our bad guys with the LMJC can't skirt around it anymore & say that we all live in a fantasy world.