Friday, April 29, 2011

Lawsuit dropped against local Republican Activist

This week, the civil lawsuit and temporary injunction was dropped against Edward and Cindy Shauberger in the Harris County 55th Judicial District Court.  The lawsuit had originally been brought by two of Shauberger's business partners the Palmarez Brothers, who were themselves accused of fraud, forgery and theft.  In a strange twist of events, Liberty County DA, Mike Little charged Shauberger with multiple criminal charges and not the Palmarez Brothers.  Evidence of selective prosecution and official oppression against Liberty County DA, Mike Little have been leveled.

Sources state that if the Palmarez Brothers and Little had substantive evidence and clean hands, they would not have dropped the Shaubergers from the lawsuit.

Shauberger has sued the Palmarez Brothers, Karie Spell, Klint Bush, Bruce Mintz and their attorney, John Stewart Fason for fraud and theft among multiple other charges in the Liberty County 253rd Judicial District court.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Representative John "King" Otto Inherits Challenger

Texas State Representative John C. Otto was first elected to represent HD-18 Liberty/Montgomery Counties in 2005.  His office is located in Dayton, Texas.

He currently sits on the Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees and has held previous posts on the Redistricting and Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

John Otto has been very controversial in his attachments and promotion of tax creating entities on the backs of Liberty County residents. Back in 2006, Otto and now Liberty County Attorney, Wes Hinch were trying to slip a water district in on Liberty County residents. Fortunately, through the efforts of Republican Activist, Ray Akins and Gunny Jorgensen- John Otto and Wes Hinch's boondoggle was soundly defeated.  Pressure from John Otto, Wes Hinch and their million dollar interest used their political persuasion and pressure to exact revenge upon Republican Activist, Ray Akins for their humiliating water district tax (profit) loss.  The political pressure from former Republican Chairman, Lester Wisegerber, Otto and Hinch to hit Akins was manifested through alleged corrupt Liberty County DA, Michael R. Little in the form of trumped up criminal charges.

Now through newly passed redistricting, Otto has inherited a very conservative TEA Party member as a Challenger to his office. The challenger is Ms. Lois W. Kolhorst- her website is located at http://www.loisfortexas.com/

Kolhorst says: "You have a right to be cynical about our government.  But if you are truly fed up, then you also have an obligation to join me in being part of the solution."

This race between John Otto and a very distinguished, well established Conservative Republican and TEA Party member should make for a very interesting political race.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dear LD

I'm an acquaintance of the family of the young 15 year old girl Charli Rae Gore who died recently. This was a troubled young girl at times and the family tried on multiple occasions to get help from Liberty County. The County Attorney Wes Hinch could have helped this girl but he wouldn't. I believe like the family that the Liberty County Juvenile criminal justice system is broken and headed by people who don't care and don't want to get involved unless it benefits them politically.

I have read on this site about Liberty County Attorney Wes Hinch and I believe he is a do noting waste of taxpayer money. How many more young people are going to be killed and raped in Liberty County with him as County Attorney?

Wes Hinch has to go immediately, like others I believe he should be recalled and or removed from office like the other criminals we have in the Liberty County Courthouse.

Our children are all we have, my God, stop the madness!

Worried...

Liberty County DA Mike Little and Ramond Burr- Ironside or Ironhole?

When it comes to people private lives I have learned to never be surprised, especially when it concerns well known public figures. Perhaps even more so when they are considered establishment, law and order types.

Even though the coming out of the closet involved an actor, I still remember the shock of when my favorite crime fighter on tv was exposed. The television show Ironside starred Raymond Burr as the wheelchair-confined Chief of Detectives, Robert T. Ironside. Not long ago we found out (after his death) Burr lived a secret gay life in Hollywood when such a revelation would destroy a career. Who would have ever guessed it?

Burr invented a biography for himself that included a wife and son who'd died, and used his busy schedule as a way to explain why he wasn't married. But Burr and his partner, Robert Benevides, had a relationship for 35 years that was secret to most of the world except for a handful of close friends.

Politicians and actors enjoy the limelight and part of the price of fame is scrutiny. With all of that said I would hope the Blue v Little case will be given the same consideration any other case in Liberty County receives. The fact that the case alleges sodomy and sexual assault by the Liberty County District Attorney, Mike Little should just mean the case should be handled openly, within a reasonable time, and no effort to get the truth should be left undone.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dear Liberty Dispatch

For quite some time I have had some serious questions about Mr. Hinch and some of the way our politicians in the courthouse do business. I see that many Liberty County people are now expressing similar questions.

I have to admit I voted for Hinch. I had high hopes that he would take a fresh look at some of the allegations about courthouse corruption. I assumed since he was a Republican he would not ignore wrongdoing by Democratic officeholders. I reasoned that since he claims to be a Christian he would give a 110% fearless effort to do things the right way.

I was shocked like many others when Hinch declined investigating and prosecuting County Judge Phil Fitzgerald and Commissioner Lee Groce for their alleged FEMA fraud, my hopes of him seeking the truth on the Judge CT Hight law library theft were not near as high. Obviously Hinch and Liberty County DA, Mike Little have proven 100% they are practicing "Selective Prosection". I thought his connections to John Otto would have made him a real leader. Now I’m ashamed of both Hinch and Otto. Just like the water district scam Hinch and Otto were pushing on Liberty County taxpayers that failed- thank God!

The worst of his follies, and probably the least well known, Hinch’s dealing with the courthouse mold, shows he has not only been willing to go along with Democrats’ scams, he also has questionable skills as an attorney.

Earlier in Hinch’s opportunities in the courthouse when one of the courthouse employees claimed in a lawsuit they had been negatively affected by mold, Hinch had to make a decision on what he should do as County Attorney. For those who believed that a few years ago more than a million dollar contract was given to friends of the Democratic Commissioners court and that little more than a new paint job was called “mold remediation”, this was an opportunity to revisit fraud claims by Bobby Davis and others.

As we all know now is his practice, Hinch never seemed to consider investigating Democrats’ wrongdoing. Unfortunately, he didn’t choose the next best thing. Instead of allowing lawyers for the county’s insurance represent Liberty County, Hinch decided to make a rare courthouse appearance of his own. Hinch’s decision cost Liberty County a great deal.

Companies that insure buildings for mold have expert attorneys that deal with lawsuits specifically concerning mold. Even though Liberty County had already paid for the benefits of this legal help, Hinch’s decision to take a personal interest in the case would make certain that Democrats assertion that their contractor friend did a legitimate remediation. Hinch decision to defend the county personally resulted in loads of time and expense beside the nearly $200,000 the county employee won in the case.

I don’t understand Hinch’s behavior or his motivation for running for office, but I do know that there have been many ruined lives and much money wasted just like by Liberty County DA, Mike Little- Hinch seems to be another Little. We no longer can afford to turn a blind eye to this kind of elected official. I appreciate you beginning to expose what has been a boondoggle for Liberty County citizens.

Friday, April 22, 2011

LIBERTY COUNTY NOTICED OF LAWSUIT

Odell McDuffie Jr.
(Liberty County, Texas- 04/21/11) On October 25, 2010- Deputy Odell McDuffie Jr. died tragically in a fiery accident while in the employment of the Liberty County Sheriff's Department. Allegations swirl around the circumstances surrounding the cause of his death. Local prominent Attorney James Evans III- has filed a"Notice of Claim" under the Texas Tort Claims Act.  Mr. Evan has noticed Liberty, County - The Liberty County Judge, Craig McNair- and The Liberty County Sheriff, Henry Patterson of his intent to sue on behalf of the Odell McDuffie Jr. estate and individual heirs.

Texas Tort Claims Act:

In 1969 Texas legislature adopted the Texas Tort Claims Act, waving sovereign immunity for governmental entities under certain circumstances. The relevant portion of the Act (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 101.021) states that governmental units can be held liable for:
(1) property damage, personal injury, and death proximately caused by the wrongful act or omission or the negligence of an employee acting within his scope of employment if:
(A) the property damage, personal injury, or death arises from the operation or use of a motor-driven vehicle or motor-driven equipment; and
(B) the employee would be personally liable to the claimant according to Texas law; and
(2) personal injury and death so caused by a condition or use of tangible personal or real property if the governmental unit would, were it a private person, be liable to the claimant according to Texas law.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

LITTLE HINCH BRACING FOR DEFEAT?

All through the long hot dry summer months of 2011 a twelve year old girl and twenty boys and young men and their parents and a great deal of the community of Cleveland have waited as the court dates grew near that would decide the fate of those involved in what has become known as the “Cleveland rape case”.

Regardless of what people think the outcome of this case should be, the one outcome that should be unacceptable to everyone could be the one we are all soon to hear.

If the outcome of any of the twenty is based on the “lack of evidence” or “tainted evidence”, then this case should leave a bad taste in almost everyone’s mouths. The victim will surely be dissatisfied. The victim and the accused will have been the subject of media speculation for nearly a year and the accused will have had their mug shots splattered all over the country. The taxpayers will be left wondering why money was spent on cases against anyone when there was not enough evidence to get convictions. Parents will have doled out big bucks for lawyers.

If most of 2011 has gone by and District Attorney Mike Little and County Attorney Wes Hinch plan to now deliver this kind of bombshell on any of these cases, it should rekindle one of the complaints that prosecutors are systematically dragging their feet on cases with no consideration of the cost to those who pay the bills.

Recently District Judge Mark Morefield, District Judge Chap Cain, County Court-at-Law Judge Tommy Chambers, and County Judge and Chief Executive Officer of the County Craig McNair improved the county’s practice of incarcerating people awaiting trial. Shortening the amount of time people spent in jail that were considered not dangerous has saved the county hundreds of thousands of dollars this year and untold amounts of money in the future.

Little and Hinch can be dragged into being more conservative and respectful of taxpayer money in some areas, but they still have areas of discretion, like the Cleveland rape case, that they can roll up a big bill for us to pay even if they know all along the evidence does not justify the efforts.

Let’s hope this kind of thing is not the final result.

READER ASK IF HINCH SWITCHING TO DONKEY PARTY

Dear Liberty Dispatch,

I was present (or I wouldn’t say so) when County Attorney Wes Hinch was basically telling a man what an incompetent idiot Sheriff Henry Patterson is and he has indicated how ineffective he feels Justice of the Peace Bobby Rader is.

I have several problems with knowing the County Attorney feels this way. Having been in court when juveniles arrested by this Sheriff’s department were standing in front of Judge Rader, I can tell you the entire court was very impressive in the way they handled the variety of situations. The thing that was “ineffective” or maybe I should say “incompetent or idiotic” was that there was no prosecutor there from the County Attorney’s or the District Attorney’s office. What is up with that?

I also am curious because I have read on here how Hinch and Mike Little seem to be siding with each other against the entire courthouse. I wonder why Hinch is at such odds with Republicans and so tight with a Democrat. Is he considering switching parties?

Name withheld because of retaliation by Mike Little.

WES HINCH DECLARES HIMSELF INNOCENT- AGAIN

Lawyers can be some of the most self righteous clueless people on earth if they are not careful. Honing the skills of arguing both sides of an argument can make a lawyer his own worst enemy with expert skills at self deception. County Attorney Wes Hinch is a prime example.

Hinch leaves little ole Liberty a nice young man, full of potential, from a good family and heads to law school. Then after being trained in law school to be able to defend any criminal and also to be able to prosecute the same person, he comes back after many years of an unusual law career to join the ranks of public servants.

With public service in mind, Hinch works hard and fights for a tax on everyone’s groundwater and water wells across the county. He must have used his debate skills to argue himself into believing a conservative community like ours would accept this kind of bogus extra tax when they are eventually informed of its evil intentions.

Hinch evidently has argued and convinced himself “doing nothing” about the juvenile problem is the best way to keep from making parents of juvenile offenders from rallying behind any potential political opponents he may have in the future. How does anyone argue themselves into believing the other 99.9% of us would ignore his lazy inaction?

More recently, this week Wes Hinch has argued himself into believing that as County Attorney he can e-mail a private citizen and chide them for filing a criminal complaint about his personal action, inaction and failure to comply with the law for his buddy-crony officials. Does Wes Hinch realize his e-mail looks like a public official is trying to intimidate a private citizen? Has he thought about how he is sending an e-mail to a witness and this could be viewed as witness tampering?

All tricks Wes Hinch has learned from his mentor, Liberty County DA Mike Little.

Dear Liberty Dispatch

I was very involved in Republican politics before 2008 and am very excited to see someone connecting the dots and exposing District Attorney Mike Little’s record, or should I say lack of a record, in performing his duties in dealing with corruption.

For years, Mr. Little and his buddy, Texas Ranger Frank Huff, made a perfect team for any public official wanting to cheat system. They were always willing to be deaf, dumb, and blind on matters certain matters and vigilante and almost hyperactive and willing to spare no expense on other matters.

Where can I go to be first in line to sign a petition for his removal from office?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hey Ray

You may want to check into the hush hush surrounding KSHN ‘s Bill Buchanan’s efforts to try and bury under the jailhouse the man alleged to have broken into his house.

Buchanan is so arbitrary in deciding what is fair and just. Many Easters his radio channel features one of his employees who is a convicted sex offender. The fact his employee attacked a mother and a daughter and traumatized them at the point of a knife doesn’t seem to deter Buchanan from exposing other people’s daughters and mothers to his employee. Buchanan considers himself somewhat of a preacher about second chances when he justifies doing this. Undoubtedly he loves the backdrop of Easter to feel good about his “reformed” sexual predator experiment.

But he is full of shit. Behind closed doors here in Liberty County for decades he is a self appointed puppet master. With no one looking, his forgiving spirit fades. He is not worried about the effects of a knife at the throats of two females near as much as someone threatening to take some of his precious silverware.

Look into it Ray. It is pitiful.

Gag Order fight to continue...

(Liberty County- 04/19/11) In the 12 years old girl Cleveland, Texas rape case, today Judge Mark Morefield has reaffirmed his original 'Gag Order' ruling and now seals the documents related to the case.

Local and national media have expressed interest in taking Judge Morefield's ruling to a legal appeals process. Briefs are expected to be filed as early as next Monday.

Sources allege that Liberty County DA, Mike Little is using the Gag Order for political cover in regard to his failure to investigate and halt the alleged sexual exploitation if the Cleveland, Texas 12 years old girl.

The news media appears to also be alienated because of false or erroneous information related to the prior reporting of the Cleveland, Texas sexual assault case.

Gag Orders- Wikipedia:

A gag order (also known as a gagging order or suppression order) is an order, sometimes a legal order by a court or government, other times a private order by an employer or other institution, restricting information or comment from being made public.

Gag orders are often used against participants involved in a lawsuit or criminal trial. They are also a tool to prevent media from publishing unwanted information on a particular topic. A Criminal Court, for instance, will issue a gag order on the media if the judge believes that potential jurors in a future trial will be influenced by the media reporting or speculation on the early stages of a case. Another example might be to ensure police are not impeded in their investigations by media publicity about a case.

In a similar manner, a 'gag law' is intended to limit freedom of the press, by instituting censorship or restricting access to information.

Dear LD

I don’t know if the two suspects accused of running over fifteen years old Charli Gore are guilty or not, but if you ask some out here in Westlake you will know how tragic and avoidable this whole mess has been.

The Dayton High School student was a resident of the Indian Ridge Subdivision and had been at a party out here near the spillway at the end of CR 443. To no one’s surprise out here an altercation occurred. Rumors about what actually happen abound, but if you know the whole story it is the years that led up to this whole mess that make you really mad and sad all at the same time.

You see the party was organized to celebrate the conviction and sentencing of Shelia Muhs for the murder of a little fellow that lived out here, Donald Coffey. She was sentenced to life in prison. But the problems started out here years ago. Nothing was done about it. Complaint after complaint after complaint fell deaf on the ears of the District Attorneys office. They didn’t want to spend the time or the money to deal with much smaller, much less costly problems. So now look what we have. Two young people dead! And people going to prison and costing us way more than what it would have cost us to deal with littler stuff.

I wish one of the Houston tv channel would come talk to some of us out here and find out how the people we trust to protect us dropped the ball and actually helped this to happen.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Liberty County Attorney, Wes Hinch- Official Misconduct

Misdemeanors are criminal offenses for which a person can be fined $4,000 or less and be sentenced to county jail for up to one year and they include crimes like simple assault, theft and DWI, first or second offense. Prosecuting this class of criminal offense in Liberty County is very important and necessary to encourage juveniles to respect the law and to keep DUI and DWI drivers off of the road - and juvenile sex offenders among many other things.

There are three classes of misdemeanor – A, B, and C. Previous investigation have indicated there is a problem in the courthouse with an unwillingness to prosecute juvenile misdemeanor cases, but complaints made to Liberty Dispatch indicate the problem is far worse than we first thought. Sources in the highest and the lowest places in Liberty County are voicing concerns that Liberty County Attorney Wes Hinch is more often than not refusing to prosecute all three classes of cases brought to him- clearly official misconduct on the part of Hinch.

Exact sentences are generally up to the judge, with recommendations from the prosecutor and, in certain cases, from the jury. In Liberty County, however, Judges and juries are far too often not even getting a chance to hear the cases. The deterrent prosecuting and publicizing things like DWI and juvenile sentences is currently an underused tool in Liberty County’s battle against crime because of the County Attorney’s inaction.

Different theories of why the County Attorney is shirking his responsibilities range from simple laziness to lack of confidence because of a lack of courtroom experience. His behavior is similar to that of the District Attorney who uses a strategy of endless delays and avoidance of courtroom showdowns to mask his own personal preferences and priorities, lack of skills, or political agenda.

It is the revelations of how the two men in charge of prosecuting cases are failing to protect us that make their participation in the annual vigil for victims so hypocritical. It is their lack of shame in using such a platform that makes the politics of both of these men – District Attorney Mike Little, a longtime Democrat and County Attorney Wes Hinch a first term Republican – obviously deceptive.

Their defense will likely be “we have budget problems”. But Hinch has stood by quietly and allowed his budget to be cut. And the fines and court costs involved in many of these cases results in a profit rather than an expense. As for DA Mike Little, his budget is bulging at the seams and has grown like a malignant cancer through thick and now thin economic times.

2012 is an election year, so get ready for political spin on this issue. In the meantime, lock your doors and get a security system for your house. The Sheriff’s Department and the JP’s and the Judges are doing their jobs, but the prosecutors are making crime the worst it has ever been in Liberty County.


LD Contributor

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dear LD

I did my part. All of the horrific business practices coming out of that courthouse can be traced back to the commissioners and the county judge. My votes have been votes to change who is making those decisions.

I agree, if we have any choice at all we should get someone better at handling both the legal and business part of the County and District Attorney’s office. But when we voted out our own neighbors out here in Hardin that should have sent a clear message to these damn lawyers. We are sick of the way you manage OUR business! We like Phil but we sent him to the house. Lee has gotten us more than any area in the county, but we sent him to the house. What makes these two men think we are going to put up with them treating their offices like their own private piggy bank? I can’t figure.

I can’t figure why the Dayton area didn’t kick Norman Brown out on his butt, but I guess they figured he may straighten up as a Republican or they figured his Democratic opponent would be just as bad. Whatever... Liberty has the worst commissioner in the county and if they don’t get rid of Todd Fontenot and if Cleveland doesn’t get rid of Melvin Hunt, it will be hard to stop the way we have wasted and misallocated taxpayer money in Liberty County.

Whatever happens, Hardin voters have done our part. We will be watching and hoping for Craig McNair to lead. He should yell from the water tower when Todd and Melvin pull some of the stuff they always pull.

Dear LD

I did my part. All of the horrific business practices coming out of that courthouse can be traced back to the commissioners and the county judge. My votes have been votes to change who is making those decisions.

I agree, if we have any choice at all we should get someone better at handling both the legal and business part of the County and District Attorney’s office. But when we voted out our own neighbors out here in Hardin that should have sent a clear message to these damn lawyers. We are sick of the way you manage OUR business! We like Phil but we sent him to the house. Lee has gotten us more than any area in the county, but we sent him to the house. What makes these two men think we are going to put up with them treating their offices like their own private piggy bank? I can’t figure.

I can’t figure why the Dayton area didn’t kick Norman Brown out on his butt, but I guess they figured he may straighten up as a Republican or they figured his Democratic opponent would be just as bad. Whatever... Liberty has the worst commissioner in the county and if they don’t get rid of Todd Fontenot and if Cleveland doesn’t get rid of Melvin Hunt, it will be hard to stop the way we have wasted and misallocated taxpayer money in Liberty County.

Whatever happens, Hardin voters have done our part. We will be watching and hoping for Craig McNair to lead. He should yell from the water tower when Todd and Melvin pull some of the stuff they always pull.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Candlelight vigil...

A candle burning for all the victims of Liberty County DA, Mike Little's - Malicious Prosecution, Selective Prosecution, Official Oppression, Refusal to Dismiss Cases of the Innocent, Sexual Assault of Prisoners, Civil Rights and Racial Offenses.

Monday, April 11, 2011

DA Promotes selfish and perverted re-election bid through candlelight vigil of crime victims.

Liberty County DA, Mike Little
Liberty County DA, Mike Little has created a candlelight vigil in honor of crime victims and child abuse victims.

HCN: "The Office of Liberty County District Attorney Mike Little has issued a county-wide invitation to attend the candlelight vigil for crime victims and child abuse victims which will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Center, City of Liberty Municipal Complex, 1829 Sam Houston Ave., Liberty, Texas.

The Liberty County District Attorney’s Office, the Liberty County Attorney’s Office, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center, BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), and New Horizon Family Center are co-sponsoring the vigil.

The purpose of the vigil is to help the public honor victims of crime, their families and those who serve them and to alert the public to the realities of crime, and express hope for a less violent future.

The vigil is a part of the local observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is scheduled for the week of April 10 to April 16, 2011.

The theme of Crime Victims’ Rights Week this year is “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past.”

The reality of what going on here is Liberty County DA, Mike Little trying to make political hay of the young girl in Cleveland Texas he an Texas Ranger allowed to be sexually raped and exploited- over and over again.

Mike Little has used his connections with Bridgehaven child advocacy to include multiple other community crime victim groups.

Liberty Dispatch has learned that Mike Little has contacted the national media promoting his shameless self promotion and re-election bid through this event.

Liberty Dispatch wonders if all the victims of Mike Little's sexual assault and selective prosecution will be honored in this tainted crime vigil.

This crime vigil would be a great showing of victims rights but for the fecal aroma that Liberty County DA, Mike Little and his office brings.

per·vert·ed/pərˈvərtid/Adjective

1. (of a person or their actions) Characterized by sexually abnormal and unacceptable practices or tendencies.
2. (of a thing) Having been corrupted or distorted from its original course, meaning, or state.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Dear Liberty Dispatch

Good luck on Liberty County getting rid of District Attorney Mike Little. It will be almost impossible. We worked hard to get him out of our courthouse and it took years to do it. He thinks way more about politics and how to get what he personally wants than cases coming up in court.

To make matters worse, Little is not going to be your only problem. You have probably already discovered that some people will try to help protect him and cover up his behavior. We discovered that happens whenever you deal with one of these people. Lawyers tend to gather together around their own and try and keep on the good side of those in power look at a website by Hunter Biederman. Biederman is an attorney and the self described “go to guy for DWI”. He has taken upon himself to put on his blog a defense of their county indicted Assistant District Attorney. This is not unusual. No matter the accusation or the evidence, prominent people in a community and in the legal profession will make it difficult to remove a bad District Attorney.

Name kept private just in case this DA has still got connections down south.

HERE COMES THE JUDGE(S)!

To many the 2010 elections ushered in a new era of hope and many much needed changes in Liberty County, but the though full of potential some have grown anxious wondering when we will witness some leadership in facing all of the problems created by poor spending practices by past leadership and a hard economic times throughout the country. But help is more than on the way. Liberty Dispatch has uncovered it is here. Off the political radar usually and the last place most would think to look for help in solving a budget crisis, Liberty County ‘s economic leadership seems to be coming from the most unlikely of places – our three Judges.

With no fanfare and no press release, Liberty Dispatch would not even know of the work County Court –at –Law Judge Tommy Chambers, District Judge Chap Cain, and District Judge Mark Morefield are doing to save the county money. These three have looked a little outside of their boxes into related areas and found ways the county can save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

These savings are no pipe dream and they come with no strings attached. A review of the “Notice of Meeting of the District, County Court at Law, and County Judges and the Chief Supervision and Corrections Officer of Liberty County” unveils what our leadership seems to be moving towards. This public document shows that the Judges have their eyes on reducing the number of days indicted nonviolent low risk defendants spend in jail while awaiting trial. With two goals in mind, reduce jail expenses and keeping citizens safe, they have carefully analyzed our jail population.

The conclusion indicates savings will be dramatic. According to public record, each prisoner cost Liberty County $46.50 a day. The public record implies estimates of twenty to twenty five percent of our jail inmates would be waiting for trial under this plan. Some wearing bracelets and some under PR bonds, etc., but all off of the taxpayers backs. With an approximate average daily prisoner count of two hundred, the county would be housing between forty to fifty fewer prisoners a day at a yearly savings ranging between $678,900 and $848,625 a year!

In our effort to gather more information we found something very unusual among our attempts to talk to two of the three Judges involved in what could be the best news for taxpayers in many years. We found a reluctance to comment or take credit for these changes. We referred to the public record we had already obtained for information by one Judge. Rather than make sure his name was associated with the savings, the other Judge hinted that he would like us to wait to report the information until several months of savings had been documented.

These Judges are a far cry from the finger pointing, money spending politicians we have suffered under in recent years. It is encouraging to know we have some elected officials who are not just interested in a larger budget for their department. These proactive public servants looking outside of their own area and at the big picture have found a great way to save money. They found it and are enacting policies and procedures without any fanfare or finger pointing.

We salute them and County Judge Craig McNair for their energetic approach to taking a fresh look at how things have been done in this county. We taxpayers encourage more of this kind of leadership.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

AIDING AND ABETTING JUVENILE CRIME

If you haven’t been affected by it or haven’t heard about it, you will soon. Liberty County is part of a juvenile crime wave and it is not going away anytime soon. In fact summertime is coming and it could get worse. Juveniles burglarizing homes, assaulting and raping girls, stealing automobiles, and buying and selling drugs have become a common news story around here. The story we are not hearing from the media is how the greed of one public official and the timidity of another are in effect aiding and abetting this trend.

“It’s like herding cats” one unnamed source said. “The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department and all of the police departments in the county can successfully chase and cage many of these young hoodlums, but what happens next is like ‘aiding and abetting’ the bad guys.”

Statistics indicate the tremendous increase in District Attorney Mike Little’s 2006 budget has not really led to any more success in his prosecution statistics. In fact, one could easily argue the money Little sucked away from County Attorney Wes Hinch’s budget is severely limiting Liberty County’s ability to deal with juvenile crime. Inexplicably, Hinch gave up three assistant county attorneys without a fight. It is as if Hinch were saying Little could spend the money better. But the fact of the matter is Little can’t. The fact of the matter is if Wes Hinch won’t fight for himself, he needs to at least fight for the taxpayer.

The numbers don’t lie. Little’s constant campaign and pressure to get more money has produced little to no results. On the other hand, Hinch would be considered to be under staffed to most. Hinch himself seems to be content with just cutting his services and responsibilities. He has areas of influence he could fight against the juvenile crime wave with additional staff. In 2009 and 2010, former Assistant County Attorney Tommy Chambers teamed with Justices of the Peace like Bobby Rader and made a great difference in making sure juvenile delinquents paid a price for breaking the law. Under Chambers juveniles would appear in court and face the consequences of their actions. The under staffing caused by the hoarding of budget dollars by Little has helped many juveniles to get off scott free and to return to breaking in houses and other crimes.

It is nineteen more months until voters will get a chance to elect a new District Attorney and two new commissioners who vote on the budget. In the meantime, it would be Liberty Dispatch’s pleasure to witness an awakening of County Attorney Wes Hinch. He appears to have reached across the Republican aisle and embraced and acquiesced to Democrat Mike Little. In many cases the cats have been herded by law enforcement, but tickets given to juveniles are going unpaid, community service is unserved, and juvenile crime is going unpunished.

Wes Hinch, if he decides to run for re-election, will appear on a ballot in the 2012 elections. He can try to sell voters on the idea he did not have the money to execute his duty and that he did the next best thing – reduce the expectations he had of his office. Or he can fall out of love with Mike Little and he can stand up for taxpayers and get the money he needs to do his job. Who Wes Hinch is will be decided in the next few months by whether he does his job or makes excuses.

Hinch is more than willing to fight to keep the small, mostly unaccounted slush fund he controls from income based off of hot check collections. But he shrinks back and goes along with anything Mike Little proposes – even if it means he loses the staff he needs to do his job. His office prosecutes several times more cases than Little’s and the budget has never been so lopsided between the two offices.

We have come to know Little is a sycophant. He is also the kind of politician who makes the word “politician” synonymous with self serving liar. Now we have to see if Hinch wants to follow in Little’s footsteps or come out in the light and work with the rest of the justice system Liberty County just elected.

I like Wes Hinch as a person. In the remaining months of 2011 I will find out whether I can like him as an elected official.

Rope -A- Dope

The Rope-a-dope is a boxing style commonly associated with Muhammad Ali from the Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman. The rope-a-dope is usually used against an opponent that has superior power; and it is most effectively performed after aggravating and agitating your opponent and then, in Ali's classic pose, lying against the ropes, and allowing the opponent to hit you over and over again. Then late in the fight when the opponent is confident he will win, the boxer has reserved all of his energy to exploit a counter-attack based on all of the flaws he observed while he was being pummeled. Now “the dope” is a sitting duck, his superior power is gone and his opponent knows all of his weaknesses, saving the exploitation of them until the end.
Liberty County has been dominated by Democrats since before our grandparents were children and some have bragged it would always been that way. Some have used and abused their power to line their pockets and to stomp any opposition through the years, but the veterans of this fight for the soul of Liberty County have collected a ring full of knowledge about the weaknesses of these “dopes’. That information and experience may never get the credit for the downfall of what is already a much much weaker local Democrat party, but in the late rounds it leaves the former Donkey party powerbrokers falling hard.

The newest example of some of the pathetic political maneuvering the good ole boys have been doing for years is currently under review by Liberty Dispatch. For years outgoing Democrat officials have taken advantage of the September 30th state mandated budget year. After their defeat or retirement and much to the harm of taxpayers, Democrats have become infamous for spending most of their budget in the interim months – leaving their successor with insufficient funds to do their job.

Liberty Dispatch has already revealed how the District Attorney, Mike Little, has pressured and intimidated commissioners into more than doubling his budget (while successfully indicting and convicting fewer criminals). We have also discovered that Mike Little’s budget is ridiculously higher then the budget of the County Attorney’s office, even though they handle about 80% fewer cases.

Now we are looking into how budgets were blown right after local Democrats were sent home by the voters. We know what we will find because when these arrogant political opportunists were at the pinnacle of their power they felt no need to hide their vulnerabilities. They must have thought “no one will believe you and KSHN and The Vindicator will never allow you to print it anyway.” But they did it,; and they are doing it. Taxpayers deserve better and so do the candidates who win election and begin their time as public servants.

Stay tuned voters for the damage from last election; and be vigilante as we watch what happens when we throw the rest of the bums out next election as we finish “roping the dopes.”

Sunday, April 3, 2011

LIBERTY COUNTY LOOKING FOR REAGAN

Liberty County taxpayers that are thirty five years are older are not likely to have forgotten what I always refer to as “the Carter years”. Until Barack Hussein Obama those four years of James Earl Carter as President were the most dreadful years we had had as a country since Franklin D, Roosevelt’s policies were rescued from the Great Depression by World War II . The last few years of the 1970’s were full of wrong-headed pitiful leadership. Similar to the voters’ response to the bursting of the housing bubble at the end of George W. Bush’s eight years as President, “Jimmy” Carter was elected as a result of a desperate electorate trying to distance itself from Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal.

Regardless of the fact Liberty County rejected the idea of electing the most inexperienced, most liberal President in American history , we were in the minority in November 2008and we are paying the price for our politicians in Washington exacerbating problems caused by the liberal policies governing the housing market for years. Liberty County refused to vote for someone so liberal despite all of the hype and good feelings some parts of the country got caught up in as they focused on the candidates’ skin color rather than the content of their character, but we still have to deal with the economic fallout.

The answer to the fallout can be discovered in one word, “Reagan”. The no nonsense, common sense approach of Ronald Reagan is what curbed the natural tendency of politicians to spend more and more taxpayer money on “do good” policies and projects. Reagan believed in a robust military in order to fulfill the Constitutional responsibility of government to “provide for a common defense”, but otherwise he minimized Congress’ shopping spree mentality and tried to slow down government growth and spending. (Note: the word “tired” is here in preparation for the liberal argument that tries to blame Democrats’ budgets on a very focused President Reagan).

Just like the entire state of Texas (perhaps the most conservative, anti-Obama state in the Union), Liberty County can’t guarantee we won’t have four more years of Obama. But we cam search and find our own Reagans. In the coming weeks and months we can try to encourage our own politicians to stand tall and be counted on every vote that involves unnecessary spending. We can also let the local politicians know we are looking for Reagan-like leadership that is pro-active in shrinking the size and scope of government spending.

Citizens have already voiced their opinion on this website about their desire to dial taxpayer spending back to the 2006 levels. Going into the fifth month of a new terms for Norman Brown and his first term as a Republican, and going into the first term for Republican County Judge Craig McNair and Republican Commissioner Charlotte Warner, voters have to hope they will act more like Reagan and less like Fitzgerald, Groce, and Democrat Todd Fontenot. Voters have to hope these people are willing to do the best thing for our economy and to get ready for what could be even tougher times if Obama’s billion dollar re-election campaign funds sentence us to another four years.

“Where can we cut?” That seems to be the Democrats effort to set voters desire for government services against Republicans. But it should not be a rhetorical question for real Republicans.

Every Republican in that courthouse should be, not only willing, but excited to cut their budget back to 2006 numbers. It is their duty as a public servant to do what is good for the public. There are places in the 2006 budget Liberty Dispatch would be more reluctant to encourage going back to than others – such as the raises for lower level employees. But there are areas that scream “please cut me”- like positions added since, such as the assistant to help with FEMA/grants added by former County Judge Phil Fitzgerald. Before Phil (or BP) we had a grant writer like many counties that was not paid by the county. Dennis Odell is the first grant/FEMA person we have ever paid. If Odell is better than the previous grant writer, and if he is a true Republican, he would gladly be paid like all previous people with his responsibilities – their fees are written into the grants they write and their success is tied to their ability to successfully obtain grant money.

As our readers have suggested, the largest area of concern in the last few years has been the growing amount of money District Attorney Mike Little has been allotted in the budget. With so much scandalous behavior in the courthouse, it doesn’t look good when the District Attorney has avoided participating in confronting so much of courthouse crime and at the same time received so much more money by what could be people that he should have prosecuted. With Groce and Fitzgerald voted out of the offices that have funded Mike Little’s hefty budget increases, voters can hope a 2012 defeat of liberal Democrat Commissioner Todd Fontenot will help end such practices.

But voters should hope we have Reagan-like people in office now. Waiting for the next election is not necessary. In fact, in this economy it could be dangerous. Real Republicans in office should be willing to turn over their slush funds or at least to have them considered in the budget process. Typical of a Democrat, Mike Little points to Austin and avoids talking about all of the money he gets from confiscating the property of convicted drug dealers. He is on the ballot in 2012 and voters can decide if we can afford the kind of politician that will use any means necessary to bloat their budget and jack taxpayers as much as they can by using local, state, and federal government regulations.

Liberty County is not a rich county. We had plenty of people who wanted to be commissioners and county judge before they raised their salaries on a regular basis. We have things we would like to be better, but at election time we have always been promised better planning and not higher taxes.