In the Collin County courthouse, due process has a funny way of expressing itself: payback, personal vendettas and overzealous prosecutions


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THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 AT 4 A.M. BY THOMAS KOROSEC

In the Collin County courthouse, due process has a funny way of expressing itself: payback, personal vendettas and overzealous prosecutions.

1.Tim Gough

Piper McCraw received her grand jury summons with just a day’s notice. She didn’t have to travel far to answer it considering her job was in the same building, the Collin County Courthouse in McKinney. The vaguely neoclassical hulk with its columned entry and glass rotunda was only two years old. Year three was about to dawn as the annus horribilis for a number of the public servants working there, including McCraw.

The 33-year-old felony prosecutor had been called as a witness in the waning days of an investigation into the on-the-job activities of another Collin County official, Greg Willis, a former misdemeanor court judge. Just two months earlier, in October 2009, Willis had announced his candidacy to become the next Collin County district attorney, and the men in charge of the office he was seeking were now investigating him for abusing his office as judge. Then-District Attorney John Roach, though retiring, was no fan of Willis, and he refused to endorse him for the job he was vacating; in fact, he had opposed the appointment of Willis’ wife before she became district judge. Roach, by commencing a grand jury investigation of Willis a few weeks after he announced his candidacy, raised the stench of political vendetta.

According to several sources, Special Prosecution Division chief Chris Milner, who was heading the Willis investigation, was pursuing the theory that Willis, as judge, had somehow funneled bigger fees to court-appointed attorneys by conducting trials rather than taking pleas in cases where the defendants were guilty beyond doubt. McCraw was called, along with other prosecutors, because she had been assigned to Willis’ court several years earlier.

The grand jury refused to indict Willis, and in an attempt to remove the stain on his political reputation, even took the unusual step of issuing a report completely exonerating him. Willis went on to win the race and is now the district attorney of Collin County. McCraw, however, wasn’t as fortunate: She became collateral damage in the investigation.

Because grand jury proceedings are held in secret, McCraw would not divulge the details of what incensed Roach and his lieutenants about the testimony she gave to the grand jury in mid-December 2009. “They didn’t tell me what to say in there,” she maintains in a recent interview. “Let me just say, they weren’t happy with me when it was over.”

Shortly after her appearance, McCraw, who had a spotless personnel file, was suspended from her job. One month later, on January 14, 2010, she received a voice mail that she had been fired, effective the following day. The career she envisioned for herself as a life-long prosecutor was over. “They never explained what I supposedly had done,” says McCraw, who then set up a criminal defense practice and recently took time off to have a baby. A year after her firing, she found herself reading a Dallas Morning News account that said she had been fired “for insubordination.” The line came with no particular attribution but to McCraw the source was clear. “Now they’re dragging me through the mud,” she says.

That a straight-arrow public servant like McCraw would have her career derailed as a bystander to an investigation with political overtones that eventually went nowhere comes as little surprise to many who watched the last year of Roach’s two-term administration. Before 2010 was over, a sitting district judge, the newly elected district clerk and five other clerk’s office employees would be under felony indictments.

So what came over placid, conservative Collin County (or as some defense attorneys call it, Colon County, for the lowly way those representing the accused can be treated and the harsh policies used to hammer their clients)?

Some say it was Roach’s flinty style and ego, which came with a mean streak and a will to win forged in his early career in Dallas County under the tutelage of famed District Attorney Henry Wade.

Others say it grows from the rock-ribbed tenor of the place. The conservative Republican electorate gives so much deference to those upholding the law that prosecutors start believing they can use their power to investigate and accuse to settle scores with no political risk.

In that atmosphere, what one lawyer called “chicken-shit offenses” can be blown up to felonies and enemies run over by the heavy wheels of criminal indictment, even if a conviction never results.

Others see it as taking root in a locale that has rapidly grown into an urban area, but one with so many family ties and close relationships at the center of things, the county still resembles a small town.

Former Collin County DA Tom O’Connell and former District Judge Verla Sue Holland both admitted in 2008 depositions that they had engaged in a lengthy extramarital affair; a habeas corpus proceeding challenged the fairness of Holland sitting in a capital case that O’Connell had prosecuted years after their relationship had ended. Roach’s son, John Roach Jr., is a district judge who did not hear criminal cases until after his father left office, and now Willis has a wife on the bench, who in turn is not hearing criminal matters. It’s not unusual for Collin County law offices to feature several generations of attorneys from the same family.

Two sets of headline cases are pending in Collin County today. The first is the October 14, 2010, indictment of state District Judge Suzanne Wooten and three others on multiple bribery charges and one count of engaging in organized crime in connection with the campaign funding of her 2008 primary win against an incumbent judge. The second is the July 29, 2010, indictment of Patricia Crigger, the incoming Collin County district clerk, and five other office supervisors on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. The investigation led by the Texas Rangers alleges that Crigger and other supervisors manipulated employees’ time records and granted them time off for various reasons, including time spent campaigning for Crigger. The case was reindicted September 23, 2010.

Defense attorneys in both matters say these cases sprang from courthouse politics, from a runaway district attorney’s office that has for years been off its leash, and its former DA who treats professional slights as probable cause for bringing to bear the full investigative power of his office. Roach, in his defense, contends that blaming the prosecutor is just an old criminal lawyer’s trick, a way to deflect attention from those who are truly culpable. Either way, the result has been a courthouse shaken to its very foundation, where claims of prosecutorial overreaching, political payback and abusive power games can take precedence over due process of law.

That Greg Willis could do something worthy of investigation was astonishing to many in the courthouse. To Sharon Curtis, president of the Collin County Defense Lawyers Association, it was plain from the timing and lack of substance that this was “a political witch hunt.” Willis, she says, “is the kind of individual we all wish served in a powerful position like the district attorney. He has no ego. He wants to do the right thing.”

His résumé—starting with the brainy-jock combination of National Honor Society and captain of the football team at Spring High School outside of Houston—includes stints at the top-shelf firm Jones Day LLP, the Collin County DA’s office and his own criminal defense practice before he was elected to two terms as judge of Collin County Court at Law No. 6. His GOP credentials, a must in one of the most Republican counties in Texas, were also solid, with appearances as a delegate at the state Republican convention every two years going back to 1998.

Even those who voice respect for Roach paint a picture of a harder-edged man.

Dallas criminal defense attorney Ted Steinke met Roach in the 1970s when they were both working in Wade’s Dallas office. “He was and still is a very law-enforcement-oriented person. He is a hard-charger, and he attracted those kinds of personalities in his hires. The Collin County office took on his personality, and it rubbed a lot of the local defense bar the wrong way,” Steinke says.

On the job starting in 2003, Roach was fastidious—perfectly suited, not a silver hair out of place. He possessed the posture of an Olympic diver—and was formal, insisting he be called “Judge Roach” in deference to his nearly 17 years on the bench of the 199th Judicial District Court in Collin County and nearly four on the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas.

 

Others saw something else, some deep flaws behind the obvious intelligence and strong ego. “He has a mean streak. He’s a games-player and he’s gonna win,” says Bill Baumbach, a print shop manager and blogger who has been following Roach the past four years for his Web site, The Collin County Observer, which broke the story of the Willis investigation and followed it to conclusion.

 

Howard Shapiro, a long-time Collin County criminal defense attorney with no interest in the current cases, says, “I’ve known John for 40 years and he’s an honorable man.” He went on to say that, “John Roach is self-righteous…and he’s been that way his entire career.”

 

There’s evidence Roach didn’t care for Willis, although nobody, not even confidantes of the new DA, knows why.

 

In 2008, when Willis’ wife Jill was up for an appointment by Governor Rick Perry to a state district judgeship to fill an unexpired term, Roach opposed her and made his views known to people vetting candidates. Perry picked her anyway. And when Roach at age 64 announced he would retire, Greg Willis approached Roach for an endorsement but none ever came.

 

 

The grand jury probe that threatened to do much harm to Willis’ candidacy was rooted in a Roach office policy that drove defense lawyers to distraction, a policy one won’t find in Dallas or Tarrant counties today.

 

According to several lawyers, including one close to Willis, Roach would not permit his assistants to dismiss cases, even weak ones or cases that had fallen apart. Instead, they’d take it to a judge and have the judge find the defendant not guilty in a so-called bench trial, without a jury.

 

“It’s unfair to the judges because these would be things like weak DWI cases,” one defense lawyer says. With Mothers Against Drunk Driving and others assembling report cards on elected judges, a judge with numerous dismissals could be construed to be “weak.”

 

Willis, the source says, nudged prosecutors and asked them to help even the score by trying a few cases in front of him that were likely to result in guilty verdicts. “The allegation was that these cases should have been dispatched with guilty pleas and that court-appointed defense attorneys were collecting bigger fees [by trying them],” the source says. That ended up being unfounded because all the defense lawyers in the cases at issue were privately hired, the source says.

 

The grand jury investigating Willis did not return an indictment against him by the end of its term in December 2009. And to quell any lasting taint that Roach’s probe might have spread, it went further by issuing a report.

 

In the brief statement, the jurors wrote that nothing that happened in Willis’ court could in any way be construed to be a crime. “While Judge Greg Willis may have run his court in a manner that is different than another judge may run theirs, that is not a crime and should not be viewed as one,” they said.

 

Roach declines to discuss the Willis grand jury or his successor. “I don’t have an opinion on him at all,” he says.

 

With no damage inflicted, Willis won 65 percent of the vote in the three-candidate March Republican primary and 73 percent in the November general election. He took office the first of the year.

 

Looking back, criminal defense attorney Deric Walpole wished he hadn’t avoided what might have been a caustic conversation with Chris Milner, then one of Roach’s top assistants. Milner had taken an interest in a misdemeanor case Walpole was defending arising from “an old man’s dispute with a bank.”

 

Rather than drop off a discovery motion in the case with Milner on a Friday afternoon, Walpole went to another prosecutor working in the court where the case had been filed. His earlier conversation with Milner had been contentious, so he was trying to avoid a bit more unpleasantness, he recalls.

 

Within two hours of Walpole filing his paperwork, records show, Milner went to work unsealing an unrelated year-and-a-half-old case that Walpole had defended. His purpose: to pursue a felony criminal charge against Walpole.

 

“With me, it wasn’t anything political. It was personal. It was petty. I’d ticked them off,” Walpole says. “And if it’s something they could have convicted me on, they never would have let it go.”

 

On December 11, 2003, Walpole was indicted and arrested on a charge of tampering with a government record, a state jail felony for which he could have been locked up for two years.

 

The alleged offense involved a motion he had filed in a hard-fought aggravated assault/family violence case he had defended. He failed to have an affidavit to the motion notarized before he filed it with the court. Several days later, when it was brought to his attention, he had a court clerk notarize the document, which was already in brads in the court file and had the earlier time stamp on it. “For that I was charged with, let me read it, ‘with an intent to defraud or harm, intentionally impaired the verity of a governmental record,'” he says. “That’s just bullshit.”

 

The charge caused a lot of worry for his wife, who was eight months pregnant at the time, Walpole adds. But his law partner offered him a free defense. He got the case dismissed in early 2004, before it went to trial.

 

Felony prosecutions against two other defense attorneys for what were widely seen as petty offenses involving routine legal matters led to an air of intimidation. And Milner, who declined to return several phone calls seeking comment for this story, gained the reputation as Roach’s unchained attack dog.

 

“They were just warming up on me,” Walpole says. “It started with filing bullshit cases on lawyers, and they just kept ramping it up until they started going after judges and clerks. I don’t think any of those people did anything wrong.”

 

 

In July, six women, several of whom are old enough to be grandmothers, were arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime. The term normally associated with thick-necked guys with nicknames like Fat Tony or Jimmy the Weasel was being applied to timekeeping matters involving the incoming Collin County district clerk and five other clerk’s office supervisors.

 

Since the early 1990s, after Hannah Kunkle was elected district clerk, employees were given time off through a system called the “blue book,” according to an affidavit filed by a Texas Ranger investigating the case. This was an informal system of awarding days off, beyond regular vacations and holidays. (The most recent blue book was actually a red spiral notebook, the investigation found.)

 

Hourly employees, whose time was monitored by swipe-card readers at the doors, were required to leave their cards behind so supervisors could clock them in and make certain that those extra days off were paid. An office memo had been sent laying out the procedure.

 

Last March, five unnamed employees blew the whistle on the system and the way it had allegedly become enmeshed with Chief Deputy District Clerk Patricia Crigger’s campaign to succeed Kunkle, who was retiring. They told state investigators that clerk-employees were encouraged to campaign for Crigger, whom Kunkle endorsed as her successor and who easily won the primary that month, and that employees had been given “blue book time” off in return for their work on Crigger’s behalf.

 

In addition, district clerk employees were accused of using county computers and office time to work on campaign materials. Crigger allegedly used her computer during work hours to create her campaign “bio” and compose and transmit an endorsement letter purportedly written by Kunkle, according to the Ranger’s affidavit.

 

“I am the campaign queen around here and Patricia has named my truck the “Campaignmobile,” wrote defendant Sherry Bell, who managed the civil family section, in an e-mail quoted in the affidavit. “I have her signs as well as the signs for the man that is running for District Attorney who happens to be the husband of the Judge that I have started going to church with.” That would be the Willis couple.

 

In thick filings with headings such as “Notice of Overt Acts of the Combination” and a dump of 1,300 pages of records by Roach’s assistants, there’s evidence that clerks were doing election work on taxpayer time.

 

It was politics, however, that suddenly had people blowing the whistle on what appears to have been a customary policy in the clerk’s office to juggle records to account for time off, Crigger’s lawyer, Bob Hinton, says. And that assertion leads straight to DA Roach.

 

“This is politics at its Collin County worst,” Hinton says. “It’s the way things happened there. You have the king and you have the serfs.”

 

Some of the whistleblowers are clerks permanently assigned to the court of Judge John Roach Jr., the son of the DA who also was up for re-election in 2010, Hinton says. The judge wanted Crigger’s people to hold up his campaign signs at polling sites along with Crigger’s. They didn’t, contends Hinton, and all of a sudden Roach’s clerks were lined up to spill the beans on the “blue book” system and how it was employed to help Crigger’s campaign.

 

The elder Roach refuses to identify the whistleblowers but confirmed he and his son played a role in bringing the case forward.

 

“There are only a few people who you can trust at the courthouse. One of those persons was me and the other was my son, Judge Roach. Whoever these whistleblowers are, they first reported it to him, he reported it to me and I reported it to the Texas Rangers.”

 

In the strongest terms, though, both Roach and his son say Hinton’s scenario of political payback is wrong.

 

“That is just not true,” Judge John Roach Jr. says of Hinton’s account. “I never discussed my campaign with Ms. Crigger or her staff nor did I ever ask her people to campaign for me.”

 

He says a single employee, not assigned to his court, came forward with allegations. “I was alerted to the possibility a crime was being committed to the detriment of the taxpayers of Collin County. I had no choice but to report it,” he maintains, adding that he reported it to his father, the DA. “They could have found nothing. They found a lot and that led to indictments.”

 

Hinton contends that there was nothing illegal about the way time off was awarded and that a similar system had been used in the elder Roach’s office.

 

Indeed, in an affidavit filed in the case last October, prosecutors revealed that workers in the district attorney’s office had a similar system of awarding extra time off. It said the DA office’s timekeeper “believes that ‘everyone’ in the county was altering employees’ time records, including persons in the Collin County Human Resources Department.”

 

 

“This is also our defense,” Hinton says. “They relied on the fact that if the district attorney’s office was doing it, the thing must be legal.”

 

Kunkle, reached at her house in Anna, says she never had to deal with running a campaign while in office because she didn’t have an opponent during her six terms dating back to 1987. She says she warned employees about doing campaign work on taxpayer time, and as far as she knows, everyone who worked on Crigger’s campaign took legitimate paid time off.

 

Collin County Courthouse is rife with “politics,” “personal grudges” and “envy and jealousy,” and all are behind the case against her successor, she says, declining to be more specific.

 

Of the indictments, she says, “This never should have happened. Nobody did anything wrong.”

 

In late January, Hinton and lawyers for the other five clerk defendants met with special prosecutor John Helms in a closed-door conference. According to Hinton, the prosecutor told them that the organized crime charges would be dropped and a new grand jury would be asked to explore whether there were campaign activities on taxpayer time that violated other laws. Helms did not return phone calls seeking comment.

 

Crigger, who ran unopposed in the general election, took office in January and her name is now routinely stamped on courthouse filings, as if nothing is amiss. She’s two months on the job; all charges remain pending.

 

The word “feud” has been used to describe the relationship between John Roach and state District Judge Suzanne Wooten, who clearly has gotten the worst of it since she unseated a Roach ally in 2008 and took her district court bench.

 

Wooten was indicted on bribery and organized crime charges in October. Wooten, on the other hand, had a role in assembling the grand jury that in December indicted Roach’s first assistant DA Greg Davis on a records tampering charge.

 

According to some courthouse observers, neither case seems to have been made by clean hands. They grow out of efforts to push the law and legal procedures to the limit to yield criminal charges. “They tried every way in the world to get Wooten indicted to no success. Then they finally succeed with this last grand jury. It’s plain these allegations have no merit,” attorney Shapiro says.

 

He’s just as critical of the grand jury that indicted Davis, which happened to include the father of Wooten’s lawyer and several others such as lawyers Walpole and Piper McCraw who have reason to be less than objective about Roach and his office. “These appointments are supposed to be a coincidence. I’ve been a defense lawyer here 37 years. I’ve never been asked to be on a grand jury,” Shapiro says.

 

The charge against Wooten, who is currently suspended with pay by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, stems from her successful GOP primary campaign in the spring of 2008 that unseated three-term incumbent Judge Charles Sandoval. Sandoval, the only Collin County judge to face an opponent in that election, might have been vulnerable all on his own, given that he had the lowest scores of any judge in the county in the election year bar poll. Some 46 percent of attorneys participating in the poll gave him the lowest rating—needs improvement—on impartiality, for example.

 

But Wooten, a McKinney family lawyer and mediator before her run, also came on with a crack campaign. She used radio ads on WBAP, home of GOP-friendly conservative talk hosts, and outspent Sandoval $125,000 to $43,000.

 

Most of that money Wooten collected after she had won the primary, campaign finance reports show. Prosecutors allege that the front-end financing was provided by a Park Cities couple who had a case in Sandoval’s court, and that their payment of $150,000 to Wooten’s Austin-area campaign consultant constitutes bribery.

 

David Cary, chief operating officer for TDi Technologies, a security software company with headquarters in Plano, had lost a custody battle in a bench trial before Sandoval in 2006. The next year, the judge ordered $50,000 in sanctions against Cary for filing motions the judge said were designed to harass his ex-wife.

 

The indictment against Cary, his current wife Stacy Cary, campaign consultant Steve Spencer and Judge Wooten details six payments, ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 made by the Cary couple to Spencer between January 4, 2008, and March 14, 2008, about two weeks after the primary. It alleges that the money was paid for favorable rulings by Wooten in pending cases involving the Carys but gives no details of how the money flowed or which rulings or cases were involved.

 

In a November arraignment hearing that received no media coverage, Brian Chandler, an assistant state attorney general brought in as a special prosecutor after the investigation had begun, explained to state District Judge Kerry Russell, a visiting judge from Tyler, a few critical details about the case:

 

 

“It’s the state’s position that there were certain funds that came from the Carys that were directed to Spencer. Acting as Judge Wooten’s campaign manager, Mr. Spencer made direct campaign expenditures on behalf of Judge Suzanne Wooten. Those contributions were not reported and we believe that this whole scheme in directing these funds to Spencer was done to curry favor and to have Suzanne Wooten run for the position, to be elected, and when she was elected, rule in favor of the Carys.”

 

Bruce Anton, Spencer’s attorney, was just as succinct in previewing his defense: “Mr. Spencer had an independent contractual relationship with the Carys,” he said. The payments were “income derived. It had nothing to do with the campaign but was for other legitimate work that he was doing for the Carys.”

 

Spencer, operating as a company called SpenOff Strategies, had a consulting contract with Stacy Cary going back to 2007 in which he was obligated to help the Carys with regulatory matters involving several oil and gas, electric energy and other projects, one source claimed later. Spencer had been a campaign consultant on only one other campaign before Wooten’s, the source added.

 

Although David Cary filed to reopen his divorce case within a month after Wooten took the bench, the judge recused herself and made no rulings in the matter. The only thing she has ever done that appears to have benefited the Carys was to unseat the judge who had ruled against them in the first place.

 

And from late February to August, 2008, Wooten paid Spencer’s firm about $92,000 in various installments, with most of the payments coming after the primary when contributions flowed in. The payments are marked as going for radio buys, direct mail, campaign consulting and other election expenses, according to her filings with the Texas Ethics Commission.

 

In a January 25 motion asking Russell to quash the indictment, Wooten’s attorney, Peter Schulte, contended that Texas law requires that in bribery cases involving campaign contributions, prosecutors much allege and prove there was an “express agreement” between the person giving the campaign money and the public official. The defense denies there was ever such an agreement.

 

The indictment is also faulty, according to the motion, because it should have spelled out what rulings Wooten is alleged to have made in return for accepting campaign money.

 

Wooten’s legal team of Schulte and Toby Shook fought to thwart prosecutors for a year-and-a-half while at least three different grand juries were investigating, and they repeatedly accused Roach’s office of carrying on a political vendetta. Roach’s office only recused itself from the case last July.

 

Citing a gag order issued in November, Schulte declined to be interviewed for this story.

 

“It was the Attorney General who brought the last part of the case to the grand jury and got six indictments against not only Judge Wooten but three other people,” Roach now says. “Any idea that this is politically motivated has no basis in fact. It’s an absolutely outrageous, stupid statement and if it’s coming from the defense it means they’re just trying to convince the possible jury pool that there’s some kind of misconduct here.”

 

The defense ascribes political motive to the prosecution in part from the doggedness with which it pursued the judge. In a court filing last June, Schulte recounted an October 2009 meeting with Milner, the red-meat prosecutor on the case at the outset, that seemed to go beyond the normal scope of prosecuting law breakers.

 

Milner demanded that Wooten resign her bench, Schulte said in the court document. He said Milner told him, “Judge Roach looks favorably upon public servants who accept responsibility for their actions and resign.” When Schulte asked what the accusations were, Milner told him, “She knows what she did.” When Schulte went on to say he couldn’t advise his client to resign in the face of undisclosed allegations, Milner let loose: She needed to resign to avoid the taking of “her law license, her family, her home, her liberty and her reputation,” the motion quotes Milner as demanding.

 

The investigation got going the day after Wooten’s election in November 2008, Schulte alleges. In a meeting between executive level prosecutors in Roach’s office and the defeated judge, Sandoval made the claim that Wooten “must have cheated.”

 

In that motion and others, Schulte has attacked the lengthy process that led to the indictment. He is presently challenging whether special prosecutor Chandler’s appointment passes legal muster, because at one time he was working directly for Roach on the case and Roach recused himself.

 

If Schulte can either dislodge the indictment or the special prosecutor, the matter would likely die because nobody expects Willis would take up the mantle.

 

 

That appears to have happened in the shortest-running indictment of the whole saga, the late-December indictment of Greg Davis, Roach’s top assistant.

 

The grand jury indictment grew from Davis’ work as the lead prosecutor in the clerks matter. In October, the DA’s office disclosed in a legal filing that the district attorney’s office also had a policy of altering time records to indicate some employees were at work when they were not. The document said about 40 employees had been granted time off for good conduct. It was accompanied by another court filing in which the DA’s office recused itself from prosecuting the six clerks.

 

The Davis indictment alleged he “intentionally and knowingly made, presented, and used a government record with knowledge of its falsity,” a state jail felony. Davis had reported in an October filing in the clerks’ cases that he had “first learned” of the DA’s time-off program on three dates in October. In fact, he learned about them some months earlier because it had been raised by the clerks’ defense lawyers,” says Ted Steinke, Davis’ attorney. “It was a tortured reading by the grand jury, but that’s how they did it,” he adds.

 

The indictment had a major legal problem, though. It didn’t spell out what was allegedly false. “Everybody, including me as his lawyer, was left to guess exactly what the falsity was,” Steinke says.

 

Within a week, the charge was quashed on this technical point.

 

No betting person, including Steinke, expects anyone to have an interest in resurrecting it. Wooten’s grand jury, which in Steinke’s view hardly passed the smell test of impartiality, has seen its term expire. And the special prosecutor lost his authority with it.

“I hope the new administration isn’t going to revisit it,” Steinke says.

To the elder Roach, this was just an attempt at payback. “This grand jury was created for the purpose of investigating my office. I believe Judge Wooten has stated to other persons I have statements from that she was going to pay the bastard back for daring to investigate a district judge….

“There’s a lot going on in Collin County that people don’t know about,” Roach concludes. “Much of the push-back that is coming toward me, my office and my administration is the result of our inquiry into those things.”

Usually when a reporter telephones a freshly elected official, and is persistent about it, the official or a spokesman calls back. They tend to welcome the chance to talk about their new policies, their new hires, the new energy they intend to bring to the job.

 

It was odd, then, and a sign of the times at the courthouse, when newly elected District Attorney Greg Willis didn’t return a phone call for this story. Then, after two weeks of silence, his lawyer, Michael Pezzulli, phoned.

“When you have a sitting district judge under indictment, a bunch of Collin County employees under indictment, an assistant DA for Collin County indicted…With that much stuff going on, the most you’re gonna get out of the DA himself from an ethics standpoint is, to quote Teddy Roosevelt, ‘No comment and don’t quote me on that,'” Pezzulli says. “Greg thought rather than tell you that, I’m calling about it.”

As much as that demonstrates the poisoned atmosphere fogging up the courthouse, exhaustion has also set in after a year of turmoil.

“People want this in the past. They’re tired of talking about it,” says criminal defense attorney Curtis.

In Willis’ office, Roach’s top assistants, including Davis and Milner, were let go and the top posts are filling up with new hires.

As Willis’ stand-in Pezzulli put it, “You’re already seeing a lot of change in that office. It’s a new day.”

 

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And when you watch this short documentary you’ll understand why.

Click here to see why…

The other day I was talking to a democrat at a show I was invited. He mocked the general concern about Obama being the next Adolf Hitler, arguing : “This could never happen here.  Congress and the Supreme Court would never allow the rise of dictatorship on U.S. soil.”

This cancer of thought has eaten away more than 3 quarters of all Americans who fail to see that Obama is almost there, just a few executive orders away from being an absolute ruler.

When he took office, almost 7 years ago, he issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum, using it ever since to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders than any other U.S. president.

Like executive orders, presidential memoranda don’t require action by Congress. Some of his most totalitarian decisions have come not by executive order but by presidential memoranda.

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Obama’s presidential mandate declares that he and his Secretaries have the authority to seize all transportation, energy, and infrastructure inside the United States as well as forcibly draft American citizens into the military.

Executive Order 11921 allows the FEMA to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and flow of money in the U.S.A. financial institution in any undefined national emergency.

The word throughout Europe is that Barack Obama is not America’s savior, but the man who will take the United States into a new era of World Government.

When I heard on the news Russia is calling Obama the last American President, it sent a shivering chill down my spine.

The United States is now moving into some very dark territory and confidence has been shaken.

All that’s missing now from Obama’s plan is the right pretext to declare Martial Law and seize America and Americans in the blink of an eye.

According to this touching video that really blows the whistle on Obama’s secret plans, it looks like all that Obama is waiting for… is a declaration of war from Russia.

One thing is for sure, we are heading with lightning speed towards a war between the world’s most powerful dictators… Obama and Putin.

For the American citizen, it doesn’t matter who will win, our old way of life will be lost forever… and this incredible material explains it beyond a reasonable doubt.

What kind of world are we leaving our children to face?

We Americans have lived so long in a naive faith that the government is working on our side, truth is, its not. We are not free, and we’re losing our freedoms more and more very quickly through clandestine laws being passed by executive order, and by government agencies and online providers secretly spying on us in the name of advertising or “making our online experience more personal and rewarding”.  It goes way deeper than that.

Its the end-times, or so a lot of people believe.  Why do they believe that? Are they going by the bible and what was prophesied?  Many of the atheists are prepping, maybe out of fear?  Simply because of  the events going on around them.

The Catholic Church has had a long history of sinister secrets and violence. You may have heard of their major involvement in violent historical events like the Inquisition, Crusades, Excommunication and witch hunts.

These 3 modern day cover-ups prove the Church has not changed much during the years and is far from being an example of morality.

3. Nazi Gold In The Vatican Bank

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In 1947, a US Treasury agent named Emerson Bigelow apparently penned a highly classified report which alleged that the Catholic Church had smuggled Nazi gold through the Vatican bank. Although the report itself has been lost, a letter written by Bigelow explained that it contained information from a reliable source revealing that the Nazi’s puppet Utashe regime in Croatia had smuggled around 350 million Swiss francs in gold out of the country at the end of the war.According to Bigelow, perhaps 200 million francs of this was briefly held in the Vatican bank for safekeeping.

Bigelow’s letter also referenced information that the gold had subsequently been funneled through the “Vatican pipeline” to Spain and South America, where it was used to help Nazi officials escape punishment for their crimes. The letter only came to light in 1997, after being declassified by the US government the year before. A spokesperson for the Vatican bank denied the claims, but the Catholic Church remains embroiled in lawsuits over its alleged laundering of Nazi gold.

In 2000, a class action lawsuit was brought by around 2,000 Holocaust survivors and relatives who sought restitution from the Vatican up to $200 million, using the Bigelow letter and other recently declassified documents to allege that the Vatican had improperly harbored gold stolen from Europe’s Jews. The suit has since stalled, with American courts split on whether the case can be tried in the US.

2. The Rwandan Genocide

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The Rwandan genocide—the slaughter of the Tutsi minority and some Hutus by the Hutu majority—claimed an estimated 800,000 lives in only four months in 1994. As much as 20 percent of Rwanda’s population was senselessly killed, and about 70 percent of the Tutsi minority.

At the time of the genocide, the Catholic Church was called “the most powerful social institution in Rwanda.” Around two-thirds of the population of Rwanda is Catholic. Human rights groups and survivors’ groups claim the Catholic Church was complicit in allowing the genocide to occur, while some Catholic clergymen participated in the massacre themselves. In addition, the Catholic Church and its clergy have helped some of the perpetrators of the genocide flee Rwanda to escape persecution or shielded them from extradition.

An organized network of Catholic priests helped and protected the genocidal priests. The network smuggled the criminals out of Rwanda to Europe, where they could be sheltered from prosecution and even continue preaching in Catholic churches.

One such priest was Father Athanase Seromba. During the Rwandan genocide, Father Seromba told around 2,000 Tutsis that they could take refuge from the violence inside the church he operated. On April 6, 1994, when 2,000 of the Tutsis gathered inside, Seromba ordered the Church to be bulldozed with the Tutsis inside. After the Church was flattened, Father Seromba and his henchmen shot the remaining survivors.

After the genocide was stopped, Father Seromba fled Rwanda with the aid of a network of sympathetic clergymen. He continued to practice as a priest for the Catholic Church under a false name in a church near Florence, Italy. He went unnoticed until 2002, when he was uncovered by investigators working with the International Tribunal for Rwanda. The Chief Prosecutor for the tribunal claimed the Vatican had fought Father Seromba’s extradition to face his trial. The Vatican told the prosecutor that Father Seromba was “doing good works in Italy.”

Human rights advocates around the world have long called for the Catholic Church to apologize for its role in the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath. Thus far, the Catholic Church has not issued any such statement.

1. Hiding America’s True Place in History According to the Bible

Does it not seem odd to you that America, the greatest nation on Earth, the greatest evangelical Nation, the richest and the most powerful country today in not even mentioned in the Bible?

After all the church teaches that the Bible accurately predicts so many other historical events: the two world wars, man reaching outer space and the return of the Jews to their homeland after centuries of exile…

Dr. Nathan Shepard, a world renowned theology and archaeology scholar believes the Vatican is actively covering up one of the most important biblical prophecies hidden in the last chapters of the Bible.

Together with a small team of researches they have put together one of the most shocking independent documentaries exposing this sinister cover up.

According to Dr. Shepard the church was fully aware of this as 2009 but they chose to keep it under total secrecy. And there is a very good reason for that. You can watch their entire documentary here:

With the elections coming up, I worry about more to come up too.  Before the elections.

I wonder if Obama really plans to leave office at the end of this year? Why? Look at the alternatives that we have running for office – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?! Really?!

Hillary will most likely be indicted for her email scandal and Donald Trump? Really??  He’s a dog an pony show. A distraction.  He is a costumed clown.

Then, Ted Cruz –  – uh … whose that? Have we even really heard from him? Is he campaigning at all?

Lastly Bernie Sanders… little ole Jewish guy who wants to make sure we all eat, have homes, and electricity…. i kinda like him….

I think Obama is going to stay in office via martial law called in after some widespread event that causes riots or damage – such as storms.

I think something will happen, like the Charleston shooting – or a cyber-attack (supposedly) that takes down all the banks and food stamp cards, and people will panic and riot and loot and

wah-lah–martial law.

End of election.

Obama Stays.

Hillary goes to jail.  Trump goes home.

There is a change in religion.  It is all planned.

The elite get what they want – a New World Order.  One currency. One religion. Less people that eat and waste resources they want for themselves. ALOT less people – most of the people – gone.

History rhymes – remember that ….

Hitler killed millions with everyone watching after ciizerns voted him in – approving him in!  He pulled an old bait and switch.  The true narcissist rears his true personality and agenda after getting deep enough in  that they can’t reverse what he does.

Genocide. Agenda 21. Agenda 2030. The UN.

Decide for yourself what is going on.  What kind of world are we leaving as our legacy?  Is it too late to stop the events as they unfold?

Wake up.

 

Teaching children to Read and Write


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By:ChildrenLearningReading.com

Most parents, at one point or another, frets over the education and the development of their children. Many concerned parents research and seek information on the topic of teaching children to read and write. I for one, am glad to see so many parents wanting to get an early start for their children in reading and writing, because studies have shown that developing these abilities early on before entering school provides numerous benefits and advantages later on as the child progresses through school.

More worrisome should be the fact that over one third, 38% to be exact, of all grade 4 students cannot even achieve a basic level of reading ability according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This is an alarming statistic. Will your child become one of the 38% who cannot reach basic reading achievement by grade 4? For most children, this poor ability to read can be easily prevented with early phonemic awareness teaching.

Reading must begin early in the life of a child, whether it is just an alphabet letter, a word, a sentence, a paragraph, or a story. Teaching children how to read must begin early on, and children should be exposed to books, stories, rhymes, and be read to on a daily basis. Children as young as 2 years old can learn to read if you teach them to read with the proper instructions. Please watch the video below of a 2 year 11 months old reading randomly constructed sentences.

As Lida Williams said, almost 100 years ago:

Phonics is not a method of teaching reading, but it is a necessary part of every good, modern method. It is the key to word mastery, and word mastery is one of the first essentials in learning to read. A knowledge of the sounds of letters, and of the effect of the position of the letter upon its sound, is an essential means of mastering the mechanics of reading, and of enabling children to become independent readers.

100 years later, this still holds true. There has been a great debate on what method of teaching is best to teach children how to read: whether phonics or the whole language method is better. The whole language learning to read method is more of a “word memorization” plan, where a young child is supposed to memorize the “shape” of the word, and say it.

It is important to distinguish the difference between phonological awareness andphonemic awareness. Phonological awareness is very broad, and includes phonemic awareness as a sub category. Phonemic awareness is very narrow, and it is only focused on the phonemes, which are the individual sounds of letters. There are no shortage of studies which have repeatedly found and concluded that teaching phonemic awareness to young children produces exceptional reading and spelling abilities. You can read more about research on phonemic awareness here.

The whole language method simply expects a child to “read” when presented reading material, and by memorizing sight words. The phonics method is a bottom up approach where you teach children to read in a logical and sequential order. You first teach children the alphabet letters and the sounds they represent; then you teach children to combine (or blend) various letter sounds together to form words; which is then followed by reading sentences and simple stories. This is a logical progression for children learning to read, where they develop accuracy in decoding words and pronouncing words. This method of teaching also helps the child to spell correctly.

There’s no doubt that phonics and phonemic awareness instruction is the superior method to teach children how to read. We have successfully used phonemic awareness instructions to teach our children at age 2 to read words, sentences, paragraphs, and simple story books. If you would like to learn about our simple, step-by-step method to teach your children to read and write, please click below:

Teach your child to read today using our step-by-step, proven method for teaching young children to read

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One is to many…(remembering…)


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Please take and have a  moment of silence for these children listed below,  and pray for these brave children that have given their life to this war.

All of these deaths have happened when the children were in the custody of the state – with the support of your tax dollars.  The government could do more to help in stopping this but first, they need to reminded that we remeber these children.  These are not just files, these are babies.
I want to announce that there is a holocaust going on in America today.

Please support us in stopping this.  If you know a child who died while in state care, please add it to this list in the comments.

This page is in memory of children who died after social service agencies removed them from the care of their parents, placing them with fosters, adopters, group homes, or psychiatric facilities.
(Source:Connecticut DCF Watch)

As you read this list, and cry for these innocent lives that are stolen from them, please do not forget that these are only children that died.

-This does not include the countless children that are abused in foster care that you never hear about.

-Also consider how many of these children were taken by mistake or as the result of false allegations.  

-How many of these children would be here with us today were it not for the mistakes of overzealous or negligent social workers/law enforcement officers? 

-How many of these children would be here were it not for the spite referral called in by embittered ex-spouses or in order to get standing in a custody battle?

-How many of these children were taken for reasons that could’ve been remedied with in-home services; such as substance abuse cases where no abuse/injury to the child existed or because poverty was confused with neglect?

How many of these children did not have to die?

ONE is too many!

1.. Genesis Acosta-Garcia, Las Vegas Nevada, three months old, November 19, 2005, septic shock

2.. Travis C Adams, Salem Oregon, August 8 2000, December 16 2002, wandered into creek

3.. Kayla Y Allen, Richlands North Carolina, November 10 1995 – August 24 2003, poison

4.. Martin Lee Anderson, Panama City Florida, fourteen years old, January 6 2006, beating/sickle cell

5.. Richard L (Ricky) Aragon, Albuquerque New Mexico, January 24 1991 – April 12 1993, battered

6.. Shirley Arciszewski, Charlotte North Carolina, April 19 1992 – September 11 2004, restraint 

7.. Miguel Humberto Arias-Baca, Westminster Colorado, two years old, February 2 1999, battered

8.. Ian August, Sevier Desert Utah, June 21 1988 – July 13, 2002, exhaustion

9.. Denzel Bailey, Los Angeles California,eleven months old, April 2001,malnutrition

10.. Jeffrey Baldwin, Toronto Ontario, December 20 1996 – November 30 2002,malnutrition/pneumonia

11.. Casey Paul Barrow, West Valley Utah,eighteen months old, October 22, 2003,battered

12.. Anthony Bars, Indiana, four years old, January 20 2004, starvation, battered

13.. Shelly Bash, Midland Michigan,eight years old, March 2005, transplant rejection

14.. Nadine Catherine Beaulieu, Dauphin Manitoba, twenty three months old, February 1996, battered

15.. Teddy Bellingham, Smiths Falls Ontario, sixteen years old, August 1992,beaten

16.. Jerome Bennett, Oshawa Ontario,fifteen years old, February 3 2006,homicide

17.. Maria Bennett, Lancaster Ohio, two years old, October 23, 2002, battered

18.. Modesto Blanco, Lubbock Texas,twenty two months old, March 2 2002,battered

19.. Christian Blewitt né sik, Halesowen England, three years old, December 2002,poison/battered

20.. Deondre Bondieumaitre, Florida,sixteen months old, April 16 2003,battered

21.. Timothy Boss, Remsen Iowa, ten years old, February 23 2000, battered

22.. Alex Boucher, New Port Richey Florida, January 25 1997 – September 25 2000, asphyxiation

23.. Ashley Boyd, LaFayette Georgia,twelve years old, December 13 2005, hit by car / suicide

24.. Kerry Brooks, Los Angeles California, nine years old, February 10 2001, suicide

25.. Talitha Brooks, Colorado, one year old, July 1998, heatstroke

26.. Amira Brown, Reading Pennsylvania, twelve years old, September 4 2005,battered / restraint 

27.. Diminiqua Bryant, Dothan Alabama,two years old, May 1999, battered

28.. Scott Buckle, Swansea Wales, twelve years old, February 6 2005, hanging

29.. Latasha Bush, Manvel Texas, January 2 1987 – February 28 2002, restraint

30.. Michael Buxton, Miami Oklahoma,five years old, July 5 1998, battered

31.. Eduardo Calzada, Bakersfield California, three months old, March 2004,battered

32.. Chris Campbell, Toledo Iowa, thirteen years old, November 2, 1997,restraint

33.. Gladys Campbell, Philadelphia/New Jersey, two years old, ca 1988

34.. Edith Campos, Tucson Arizona,fifteen years old, February 4 1998,restraint

35.. Latasha Cannon, Boston Massachusetts, seventeen years old, April 2001, slashed throat

36.. Mario Cano, Chula Vista California,sixteen years old, April 27 1984,untreated blood clot

37.. Joshua K Causey, Detroit Michigan, March 21 1998 – March 18 2003, battered

38.. Sherry Charlie, British Columbia,nineteen months old, September 4 2002,battered

39.. Sarah Angelina Chavez, Alhambra California, two years old, October 11 2005, battered

40.. Felix Chen, Bloomington Indiana, August 27 1997 – April 1 2004, treatment withheld

41.. Sky Colon Cherevez, Paterson New Jersey, three months old, August 6, 1998,battered

42.. Tiffany H Clair, Fort Worth Texas, September 6 1985 – May 4 2001, heroin

43.. Brian Clark, New Jersey, three years old, January 2002, untreated pneumonia

44.. Angelic Clary, Bakersfield California, three months old September 14 2003

45.. Roshelle Clayborn, San Antonio Texas, sixteen years old, August 18 1997,restraint

46.. Casey Collier, Westminster Colorado, seventeen years old, December 21 1993, restraint

47.. Desiree Collins, Los Angeles California, fourteen years old, February 10 2002, gunshot

48.. Nicholas Contreras, Queen Creek Arizona, January 15 1982 – March 2 1998,untreated infection

49.. Adrianna Cram, Veracruz Mexico (US supervision), August 25 2000 – June 13 2005

50.. Christopher Henry Cryderman, Springfield Missouri, July 27 2004 – November 22 2004, untreated infection

51.. Dirk D Dalton, Clarkston Washington, June 7 1989 – May 1 1994,battered

52.. Arieale Daniels, Naples Florida,fifteen years old, 1999, car crash

53.. Tajuana Davidson, Phoenix Arizona,three years old, November 3 1993, battered

54.. China Marie Davis, Phoenix Arizona, March 23 1991 – October 31 1993, battered

55.. Sabrina Elizabeth Day, Charlotte North Carolina, July 4 1984 – February 10 2000, restraint

56.. Tyler Jospeh DeLeon, Stevens County Washington, January 13 1998 – January 13 2005, dehydration

57.. Kameron Justin Demery, Long Beach California, two years old, October 14 1996, battered

58.. Connre Dixon, Ridgefield Township Onio eleven years old, October 18, 2004,stabbing

59.. Mark Draheim, Orefield Pennsylvania, October 10 1984 – December 11 1998,restraint

60.. Charmaria Drake, Cleveland Ohio,twenty months old, March 13 2003, battered

61.. Stephanie Duffield, Manvel Texas, July 14 1984 – February 11 2001, restraint

62.. Willie Lawrence Durden III, Citrus County Florida, seventeen years old, October 2005, unknown/died in cell

63.. Brian Edgar, Overland Park Kansas,nine years old, December 30 2002,asphyxiation

64.. William Edgar, Peterborough Ontario, thirteen years old, March 1999,restraint

65.. Tiffany Eilders, Rancho Cucamonga California, fourteen weeks old, December 7 2005, battered

66.. Kayla Erlandson, King County Washington, two years old, April 1991,battered

67.. Luke Evans, Lowell Indiana, sixteen months old, November 30 2001,malnutrition/battered

68.. Roberta (Berta) Evers, Bayfield Colorado, six years old, June 13 1998,restraint

69.. Sara Eyerman, California, twenty months old, ca 1986, untreated pneumonia

70.. Miranda Finn, Lake Butler Florida,nine years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

71.. Laura Fleming, Palmdale California, October 11 2004 – November 21 2004, cause unknown

72.. Sarah Jane Forrester, Woodlawn Maryland, October 30 1985 – found May 13 1999, battered and stabbed

73.. Kameryn Fountain, Bibb County Georgia, two months old, November 20 2005,unknown cause

74.. Henry Gallop, Boston Massachusetts,two years old, 1987, poison

75.. Alexander Ganadonegro, Albuquerque New Mexico, March 10 1998, February 4 1999, battered

76.. Christening (Mikie) Garcia, Ingram Texas, twelve years old, December 4 2005,restraint

77.. Dylan George, Fremont California, April 16 2002 – October 4 2004, battered

78.. Corese Goldman, Chicago Illinois, two years old, 1995, drowning

79.. Mollie Gonzales, Jefferson County Colorado, ten years old, November 18 2002,drug overdose

80.. Julio Gonzalez, Glendale California, May 10 1995 – December 29 1996, battered

81.. Elizabeth (Lizzy) Goodwin, Coeur d’Alene Idaho, March 22 1996 – October 22 2002, drowning

82.. Anthony Green, Brownwood Texas, fifteen years old, May 12 1991, restraint

83.. Sabrina Green, New York City, nine years old, November 8 1997, burned and battered

84.. Lamar D Greene, Jacksonville Florida,sixteen years old, 2001, car crash

85.. Corey Greer, Treasure Island Florida, four months old, ca 1985,dehydration

86.. Gage Guillen, Boston Massachusetts,three years old, 1995, strangulation

87.. Darvell Gulley, Lincoln Nebraska,thirteen years old, April 27 2002,restraint

88.. Savannah Brianna Marie Hall, Prince George British Columbia, September 9 1997 – January 21 2001, malnutrition/restraint

89.. Latiana Hamilton, Jacksonville Florida, seventeen months old,July 18 2001, drowning

90.. Mykeeda Hampton, District of Columbia, two years old, August 1997,battered

91.. Kelly M Hancock, Malden Massachusetts, November 6 1985 – July 18 2000, stabbed

92.. Laura Hanson, West Palm Beach Florida, May 17 1981 – November 19 1998,restraint

93.. Jerrell Hardiman, La Porte Indiana, four years old, October ca 1993, exposure

94.. Diane Harris, Seguin Texas, seventeen years old, April 11 1990, restraint

95.. Jessica Albina Hagmann, Prince William County Virginia, two years old, August 11 2003, smothered

96.. Letia Harrison, Akron Ohio, October 23 1999 – September 19 2002, baked in attic

97.. Jordan Heikamp, Toronto Ontario, May 19 1997 – June 23 1997, starvation

98.. Eric Hernandez, Cedar Hill Texas, January 6 1999 – March 7 1999, suffocation

99.. Zachary Higier, Massachusetts, May 24 2000 – August 15 2002, battered

100.. Dwight Hill, Tucson Arizona, four months old, November 16 2005, cause unknown

101.. Nina Victoria Hilt né¥ Vika Bazhenova, Manassas Virginia, thirty three months old, July 2 2005, battered

102.. Steven A Hoffa, Des Moines Iowa, February 4 1993 – May 18 1996, battered

103.. Richard (Ricky) Holland, Williamston Michigan, September 8 1997 – July 2005, battered

104.. Michael Anthony Hughes, Choctaw Oklahoma, March 21 1988 – September 12 1994, kidnap/missing

105.. Joseph (Joey) Huot, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, two years old, January 27 1988, battered

106.. Dion Jack, Sproat Lake British Columbia, six years old, March 1 2006,untreated seizure

107.. Walter Jackson, Chicago Illinois,ten months old, August 9 2005, battered

108.. Dominic James, Springfield Missouri, June 4 2000 – August 21 2002, battered

109.. Billie-Jo Jenkins, Hastings East Sussex England, thirteen years old, February 1997, battered

110.. Demetrius Jeffries, Crockett Texas,seventeen years old, August 26 1997,strangulation

111.. Dontel Jeffers, Boston Massachusetts, four years old, March 6 2005, battered

112.. Stephanie Jobin, Brampton Ontario,thirteen years old, June 21 1998,restraint

113.. Aaron Johnson, Boston Massachusetts, fifteen months old, 1987,poison

114.. Xolani Nkosi Johnson, Cape town South Africa, twelve years old, June 2 2001, AIDS

115.. Elijah James Johnson, Los Angeles California, three years old,May 10 1999,scalded

116.. Lorenzo Johnson, Queen Creek Arizona, 17 years old – June 27, 1994,drowned during escape

117.. Quartrina K (Snappy) Johnson, Pikesville Maryland, December 25 1988-July 20 2004, beaten and choked

118.. Christal Jones, New York City (Vermont ward), May 24 1984 – January 3 2001, suffocation

119.. David L Jones, Chicago Illinois, April 15 1992 – March 7 1998, battered

120.. Dennis Jurgens né Serry Sherwood, White Bear Lake Minnesota, three years old, April 11 1965, battered

121.. Marissa (Shorty) Karp, Pompano Beach Florida, December 6 1985 – August 19 2002,gunshot

122.. David Ryan Keeley, New Haven Connecticut, six years old, August 12 1998, battered

123.. Ashley Keen, Lake Butler Florida,thirteen years old, January 25 2006,traffic accident

124.. Cassandra Killpack, Springville Utah, November 29 1997 – June 9 2002,water therapy

125.. Ahmad King né ‘awls, Alma Georgia,three years old, January 24 2006, homicide

126.. Heather Michell Kish, Berlin Township Michigan, September 15 1987 –found October 6 2002, murdered

127.. Noah Knapp, Marysville Washington, six years old, May 30 2005, automobile collision

128.. Zaire Knott, Newark New Jersey, September 16 2005 – October 20 2005, cause unknown

129.. Anatoli Kolenda, Westfield Massachusetts, May 20 1991 – October 20 2002, stabbing

130.. Yana Kolenda, Westfield Massachusetts, December 31 1990 – October 20 2002, stabbing

131.. Anthony Lamb, Lake Butler Florida, twenty months old, January 25 2006,traffic accident

132.. Keisha Shardae Lane, Hagerstown Maryland, fifteen years old, August 17 2005, gunshot

133.. Shawn Lawrence né ndy Mohler, Shelton Washington, ten years old, October 9 1999, drowning

134.. Brittany Legler, Millcreek Pennsylvania, fifteen years old, May 9 2004, battered

135.. Jacob Lindorff, Franklin Township New Jersey, five years old December 14 2001, battered

136.. Christian Liz, New York City,three weeks old, November 29 2004,suffocation

137.. James Lonnee, Guelph/Hamilton Ontario, sixteen years old, September 7 1996, beaten by cellmate

138.. Gregory Love, Florida, twenty three months old, April 2005, head injury

139.. Nikki Lutke, Cheyenne Wyoming,five years old, August 28 2003, drowning

140.. Zachary James Lyons, Winston-Salem North Carolina, January 24 1992 – October 8 1996, battered

141.. Shaquella Mance, Belton South Carolina, seven months old, March 27 2005,battered

142.. Elizabeth Mann, Lake Butler Florida, fifteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

143.. Heaven Mann, Lake Butler Florida,three years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

144.. Johnny Mann, Lake Butler Florida,thirteen years old, January 25 2006,traffic accident

145.. Cynthia Nicole (Nicki) Mann, Lake Butler Florida, fifteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

146.. Logan Marr, Chelsea Maine, October 14 1995 – January 31 2001, asphyxiation

147.. Stephanie Martinez, Pueblo Colorado, five years old, December 31 2001, untreated burns

148.. Tiffany Laverne Mason, Folsom California, June 11 1986 – August 9 2001,battered

149.. Viktor Alexander Matthey né – Sergeyevich Tulimov, Hunterdon County New Jersey, six years old, October 31 2000,hypothermia

150.. Dominic Matz, Osawatomie Kansas, July 6 2002 – February 15 2004, treatment withheld

151.. Jamie Mayne, Atascadero California, March 24 1995 – February 10 2000, battered

152.. Kristal Mayon-Ceniceros, Chula Vista California, sixteen years old, February 5 1999, restraint

153.. Emily Ann Mays, Tucson Arizona,sixteen months old, August 24 2005,battered

154.. Andrew McClain, Bridgeport Connecticut, December 6 1986 – March 22 1998, restraint

155.. Cory Bradley McLaughlin, North Carolina, four years old, July 4 1997,battered

156.. Jerry McLaurin, Brownwood Texas,fourteen years old, November 2 1999,restraint

157.. Maria Mendoza, Katy Texas, fourteen years old, October 12 2002,restraint

158.. Caleb Jerome Merchant, Edmonton Alberta, thirteen months old, November 26, 2005, battered

159.. Denis Merryman né .ritsky, Harford County Maryland, eight years old, January 2005, starvation

160.. Jacob Miller, Georgia, twenty two months old, November 20 1997, battered

161.. Clayton Miracle, Georgia, three years old, August 11 1993, battered

162.. Hanna Denise Montessori, Santa Ana California, March 16 1988 – January 19 2004, homicide/head-injury

163.. Alfredo Montez, Auburndale Florida, two years old, July 1 2002,battered

164.. Zachary Moran, Charlotte North Carolina, fourteen months old, August 8 2003, battered

165.. Christina Morlan, Scott County Iowa, September 3 2003 – November 30 2003,unknown

166.. Carlyle Mullins, Nashville Tennessee, five years old, May 27 2005,battered

167.. Cedrick Napoleon, Killeen Texas, June 26 1987 – March 7 2002, restraint

168.. Candace Newmaker né¥ C Tiara Elmore, Colorado, November 19 1989 – April 19 2000, re-birth asphyxiation

169.. Jonathan Nichol, Cook County Illinois, two years old, June 16 1995,drowning

170.. Trevor Nolan, Mono County California, five years old, April 12 1997,treatment withheld

171.. Sierra Odom, Arlington Texas,three years old, August 11 2005, battered

172.. Keron Owens, Walterboro South Carolina, three years old, January 19 1992, battered

173.. Sean Paddock né ?ord, Johnston County North Carolina, four years old, February 26 2006, battered

174.. Omar Paisley, Miami Florida,seventeen years old, June 2003, untreated appendicitis

175.. Terrell Parker, Buffalo New York,two years old, 2003, battered

176.. Travis Parker, Cleveland Georgia,thirteen years old, April 21 2005,restraint

177.. Alex Pavlis, Schaumburg Illinois,six years old, December 19 2003, battered

178.. Dawn Renay Perry, Manvel Texas,sixteen years old, April 10 1993,restraint

179.. Angellica Pesante, Seneca County New York, four years old, April 18 1997, battered

180.. Terrell Peterson, Atlanta Georgia,five years old, January 16 1998, battered

181.. Cynteria Phillips, Miami Florida, December 10 1986 – August 14 2000,rape/murder

182.. Marguerite Pierre, West Orange New Jersey, five years old, December 2005,poison

183.. Emporia Pirtle, Indiana, six years old, November 11 1996, battered

184.. Jason Plischkowsky, Southampton England, May 25 1985 – December 19 1986,head injury

185.. Huntly Tamati Pokaia, New Zealand,three years old 

186.. David Polreis, Greeley Colorado, two years old, February 6 1996, battered

187.. Maryah Ponce, Rialto California, December 5 1997 – June 29 2001, baked in car

188.. Constance S Porter, Kearney Missouri, July 20 1998 – February 12 2001,battered

189.. Dakota Denzel Prince-Smith, Lancaster California, five years old, July 8 2003, baked in car

190.. Nehamiah Nate Prince-Smith, Lancaster California, three years old, July 8 2003, baked in car

191.. Karen Quill, St Louis Saskatchewan, twenty months old,September 13 1997, internal injuries

192.. Rodrigo Armando Rameriez Jr, Victorville California, eighteen months old, July 6 2001, drowning

193.. Stephanie Ramos, New York City,eight years old, July 9 2005,dumped in garbage can

194.. Bobby Jo Randolph, Houston Texas,seventeen years old, September 26 1996,asphyxiation

195.. Jacquelyn Reah, Grand Rapids Michigan, ten years old, November 27 2004,runaway / hit by car

196.. Latayna Reese, Bradenton Florida,fifteen years old, April 1996

197.. Caprice Reid, New York City, four years old, June 1997, starved and battered

198.. Jonathan Reid, Gardena California,nine years old, June 9 1997treatment withheld

199.. Matthew Reid, Welland Ontario,three years old, December 15 2005,suffocation

200.. Dustin Rhodes, Litchfield Park Arizona, nine years old, August 13 2003,battered

201.. Eric Roberts, Keene Texas, June 16 1979 – February 22 1996, restraint

202.. Ana Rogers, Sparks Nevada, four months old, July 2005, pre-existing injury

203.. Genevieve “Genny” Rojas, Chula Vista California, four years old, July 21 1995, starvation, scalded

204.. Paola Rosales, Milton Ontario,fourteen years old, July 3 2001, suicide

205.. Kyle Anthony Ross, Massachusetts, September 7 1995 – June 9 2001, rottweiler

206.. Marlon Santos, Worcester Massachusetts, five months old, November 5 1998, missing

207.. Andres E Saragos, Warm Springs Oregon, August 5 1995 – July 13 2000,baked in car

208.. Gina M Score, Plankinton South Dakota, May 7 1985 – July 21 1999, baked by boot camp

209.. Caprice Scott, Florida, infant, 1999, mother in foster care

210.. Ryan Scott, Sheffield Lake Ohio,two years old, March 27 1998, battered

211.. Krystal Scurry, Aiken County South Carolina, February 1989 – November 2 1991,rape/murder

212.. Andrew (Andy) Setzer, California, April 27 1995 – August 2 1999, battered

213.. Ariel Shaw, Bibb County Georgia,nineteen months old, January 26 2000,battered

214.. Vivan Uk Sheppard, Jacksonville Florida, eight months old, May 15 1999,suffocation

215.. Joseph H Shriver, Pennsylvania, March 2 1997 – October 5 1997, battered

216.. Quincey L Simmons, Omaha Nebraska, August 21 1997 – March 24 2001, battered

217.. Christopher Simpson, Michigan,seven years old, November 14 1998, fire

218.. Jordan Simpson Howell Morrison II, Howell Michigan, five years  old, November 14 1998, fire

219.. Nicole Simpson , Michigan, seven years old, November 14 1998, fire

220.. Devin A Slade, Milwaukee Wisconsin, October 23 2000 – June 19 2001,asphyxiation

221.. John Smith, Fishersgate England, four years old, December 24 1999, battered and bitten

222.. Mikinah Smith, Cincinnati Ohio,one year old, March 18 2003, battered

223.. Tristan Sovern, Greensboro North Carolina, sixteen years old, March 4 1998, restraint

224.. Jushai Spurgeon, North Las Vegas Nevada, fourteen months old, April 3 2005,scalding

225.. LeRon St John, Detroit Michigan,fifteen years old, March 1 2003, untreated tuberculosis

226.. Lloyd Stamp, Edmonton Alberta, seventeen years old, September 29, 2005,suicide

227.. Tommy Stacey, Carmichael California, three months old, January 3 2005, SIDS

228.. Elizabeth (Lisa) Steinberg né¥ Launders, New York City, May 14 1981 – November 4 1987, battered

229.. Yasmin Taylor, Paterson New Jersey, seven months old, May 8 1994,virus

230.. Lakeysha Tharp, Irmo South Carolina, six months old, April 7 2004, asphyxiation

231.. Adam Michael Thimyan, Riverview Florida, October 2 1986 – April 3 2004,gunshot

232.. Timithy Thomas, Banner Elk North Carolina, nine years old, March 11 1999,restraint

233.. Liam Thompson né “mitry S Ishlankulov, Columbus Ohio, October 3 1999 – October 3 2002, scalding

234.. Michael Tinning, Schenectady New York, two years old, March 2 1981,asphyxiation

235.. Kelly Ann Tozer, Egg Harbor City New Jersey, eighteen months old, July 30 2005, drowning

236.. Patrick Trauffler, Phoenix Arizona, six weeks old, February 18 2003,battered

237.. Demetrius Tyler, Johnson City Tennessee, six months old, November 10 2004, drowning

238.. Tyler Vanpopering, Southgate Michigan, September 23 2003 – April 14 2004, battered

239.. Jacqueline Venay, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, six years old, September 21 1998, battered

240.. George Walker III, DeKalb County Georgia, ten months old, November 7, 2002,choking

241.. Michelle Walton, Boston Massachusetts, October 6 1994,asphyxiation

242.. Erickyzha Warner, Utica New York, July 19 2002 – May 31, 2004, untreated burns

243.. Shane Devell Washington, Fresno California, fifteen months old, circa 1996, drowning

244.. Evan Watkins, Las Vegas Nevada,twenty one months old, July 11 1996,battered

245.. Devin Wilder, Cleveland Ohio, July 29 1998 – April 21 2001, battered

246.. Dominic J Williams, Saint Louis Missouri, June 8 1987 – June 3 2004,strangulation

247.. Andrew Wilson, Owensboro Kentucky,three years old, August 7 2005, drowning

248.. Lorenzo J Wilson, Seattle Washington, January 29 2004 – October 22 2004, battered

249.. Rilya Wilson, Florida, born September 29 1996, disappeared 2001

250.. Michael Spencer Wiltsie, Silver Springs Florida, September 18 1987 – February 5, 2000, restraint

251.. Jimmy Allan Wood, Adams County Colorado, fourteen years old, November 13 2002, drug overdose

252.. Jonnie Wood, Springdale Arkansas,eight years old, August 13 2005, drowning

253.. Braxton D Wooden, Missouri, May 15 1997 – June 2 2005, gunshot

254.. Donte L Woods, West Palm Beach Florida, February 25 1986 – May 27 2002,gunshot

255.. Thomas (T J) Wright, Providence Rhode Island, three years old, October 31 2004, battered

256.. Willie Wright, San Antonio Texas,fourteen years old, March 4 2000,restraint

257.. Rufus Manzie Young Jr, Michigan,four years old, April 6 2003, battered

What’s the Minimum?


Accountability in the foster care system – is there such a thing?

Who makes sure that children removed from their own homes receive SUPERIOR care by comparison?

MINIMUM STANDARDS regulating the Texas Foster Care System

If a child is removed from his/her home, that child should be placed in a home or facility that EXCEEDS the standard of care given in the home the child is removed from.

IT ONLY MAKES SENSE!!!

Why would the government child welfare system workers remove a child in the name of “child protective services” only to place him in a WORSE situation?

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Unconditional love


Every night at 8:00 pm he’d call me
Every night at 8pm
my world stopped
No matter where I was
or what I was doing
At 8pm
I was safe and sound
at home
Getting ready for bed
& he loved me.
I’d hang up the phone
and reconsider my life for a brief moment
as I rationalized the
lies I told
him
So he wouldn’t worry about me
So he could sleep
They were good lies
Then I remember
So vividly
The first time that call didn’t come.
I had no choice but to sit idly by
As the truth was told
i was in jail
He took a bus,
He was denied a visit with arriving during off hours
But he insisted and got angry
slapped his bar card
on the jailers desk.
They complied with him
He was an attorney after all.
I cried as I saw him
Sitting on the other side of the glass
In the form of a fragile old man
who shookfrom Parkinson’s
Who had the most beautiful soul
He was so frail and full of
honesty and love.
he said to me
“I knew something was wrong”
84years of life and wisdom-
The latter half of that life
he had held the purest
most perfect & unconditional love for me.

“I called all night”

As he told me, all I could do was cry, thinking of how many nights I lied
But that day, i would have given anything to be
safe and sound
at home, getting ready for bed.
he made that happen, he posted my bond that afternoon just to be able
to call me at 8pm that night.
He was tired and needed sleep
I told him I was gettng ready for bed
(Actually, I hadn’t made it home yet).
I thanked him for my freedom and said I was sorry he had to see me in jail
He told me he loved me more than ever before, especially when I made mistakes because love like his came from God, was unconditional, and needed to be stronger when I messed up, in order to get me through the harder times in life. We all need love too make it through this life.
I was an imperfect human and would surely make mistakes .
After all. Mistakes are there for us to learn from, it didn’t mean I wasnt still worthy of being loved, it meant I needed more love. He said no matter how old I got, or what happened,   I’d always be his little girl. He loved me.

Then I so vividly remember
the second time the call didn’t come.
It was 8pm
May 11;2010
I knew it wouldn’t come and I didn’t know what to do.
I stared at the phone all night.
I shouldn’t bother being near a phone, I told myself, but I had to, just in case, somehow, there was a way
If there was a way, we had promised to find the way.
I didn’t cry though. Not then .
I knew he loved me
I knew that love would never come from anyone else
I knew he’d sleep that night and every night,and i knew he wouldn’t worry about me anymore
.
I knew I’d never have to lie to him again because
he’d never call again
..
At 8pm
,& tell me he loves me.
Happy Birthday, Daddy
I love you so much
I miss you even more
I miss knowing
you
would always be there for me
And if you couldn’t be there for me,
you would look for a way
to get to me.
I miss your calls at 8pm.
Knowing every day that I wasn’t alone
in this world, even rho now I am.
alone in this world.
Why is it that way, daddy?
You’re the only one whose love never failed.
That no natter.what I did,
where I went,
how I looked,
How I felt,
It mattered not

You were there
each night
who had to tell me you loved me just so I’d know,
‘Just in case’
  you’d say.
in case you didn’t wake up.
I was so lucky to have someone who’d call me
just hear my voice in order to find peace
enough to sleep
sound. Someone who would check on me
To make sure I was OK.
Never forgetting
Never being too busy
I’m not OK without you
I miss you.so much.
Have you found our perfect tree yet?
I know you’re waiting for me to build our tree house
in Heaven.
Until I get there Daddy please watch over my children.
I don’t know how to call them at 8pm to tell them they are not alone in this world. To make sure they’re OK.
Will you do that for me until I get there,  please? Thank you Daddy.
I can’t wait to see you again.
Love, you’re little girl

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And

Plano firefighter accused of fondling children neighbors at McKinney home


Chris Beattie, cbeattie@starlocalmedia.com
Jan 8, 2016 

Courtesy of Collin County
Larry Edward Combest

A Plano firefighter was arrested this week and accused of fondling multiple children at his McKinney home.

Larry Edward Combest, 45, is charged with aggravated  indecency with a child and attempted indecency with a child for incidents that allegedly occurred at his home in recent months. He was subsequently charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child after detectives connected him to an offense from about 10 years ago in Wylie.

Combest, a lieutenant with Plano Fire-Rescue, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

On Dec. 10, a fellow Plano firefighter told detectives he believed Combest “could have possibly been inappropriately touching two young boys in his neighborhood,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The firefighter advised police that the boys’ stepmother could provide details.

The day before, McKinney Police had been notified of a child victim’s outcry alleging the abuse. Police determined that Combest, who has a child close in age to the victims, would occasionally watch the alleged victims overnight.

The two boys’ stepmother told detectives “something wasn’t right” about Combest, their neighbor, “freakishly controlling them and constantly texting them,” the affidavit states. The boys told her in late November that Combest forces them to sleep in his bed and touches them.

When the boys’ father stopped allowing them to go to Combest’s home, the suspect began begging the boys to come over and play with his sons, according to the affidavit.

In ensuing forensic interviews, one boy recounted how in October, while sleeping on Combest’s bed, he was awoken by Combest fondling him over his clothes at least three times. The other boy said Combest had “touched his bladder” aan his fingers down his back and touched his bare buttocks, according to the affidavit.

Police arrested Combest on Dec. 21 and charged him with indecency with a child. Upon his arrest, detectives tied him to “an additional offense” that happened in Wylie about 10 years ago, McKinney Police spokeswoman Officer Sabrina Boston stated in a release.

On Tuesday, police added an indecency with a child charge against Combest. He is being held at the Collin County jail on a total bond of $850,000.

Combest joined Plano Fire-Rescue in May 2002 after serving with the Corpus Christi Fire Department for more than five years. He is assigned to the Plano department’s Training Section.

McKinney Police is requesting anyone with relevant information to contact Detective Jason Pruett at jpruett@mckinneytexas.org

Children On Drugs


7.5% of Children 6-17 Given Psychotropic Medication

According to a study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 7.5% of children ages 6-17 were prescribed medication for “emotional or behavioral difficulties” during a 6 month period from 2010-2011. More than half the parents of these children reported that the medication helped “a lot”.

In addition those children enrolled in Medicaid or Child Health Plus were more likely to be prescribed medication as were children whose families were 100% below the poverty line.

Male patients were prescribed medication significantly more than their female counterparts at a rate of 9.7% vs. 5.2%. …

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