Anderson charged, again

Feb 9, 2012 Full story: Lincoln Journal 12

The seemingly never-ending story of charges lodged against a man who once claimed he would be a candidate for sheriff of Lincoln County are continuing in Lincoln County magistrate court.

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Local Dude

New York, NY

#1 Feb 9, 2012
Surprised that Mona is allowing herself to be used in this matter. It could hurt her in the forthcoming election. Since she dismissed (obviously without prejudice) the earlier charge because the Officer chose to not appear, she should have a conflict of interest. I would bet that Anderson could get the requisite signatures to run as a third party candidate solely on the basis that most folks recognize his problem is the result of political foul play. I am disapointed in Mona, she should have pushed this pig out the door.

what

United States

#2 Feb 9, 2012
Local Dude wrote:
Surprised that Mona is allowing herself to be used in this matter. It could hurt her in the forthcoming election. Since she dismissed (obviously without prejudice) the earlier charge because the Officer chose to not appear, she should have a conflict of interest. I would bet that Anderson could get the requisite signatures to run as a third party candidate solely on the basis that most folks recognize his problem is the result of political foul play. I am disapointed in Mona, she should have pushed this pig out the door.
How in the world could you interpret a standard dismissal as a conflict of interest? In cases where the hearing has been continued a couple times and there's a no show, a dismissal in pretty much standard. It wouldn't create a conflict of interest. I'm not sure you fully understand the term.
Local Dude

New York, NY

#3 Feb 9, 2012
what wrote:
<quoted text>
How in the world could you interpret a standard dismissal as a conflict of interest? In cases where the hearing has been continued a couple times and there's a no show, a dismissal in pretty much standard. It wouldn't create a conflict of interest. I'm not sure you fully understand the term.
As a first issue you would have no method to determine what I might understand.

It was not a "routine" dismissal as there were felony specifications and was a probable cause hearing.

Mona started her career was a political pawn and I thought had progressed well beyond the need to do that. In the last elections she was not on "the slate" and as a result she not contaminated with the Jerry Weaver style slime machine. Perhaps it is because her husband is now a supervisor in the state system but by permitting her name to be associated with a probable cause hearing on a lesser charge she will pay a price. I can tell you she has lost one vote.

Cut it any way you want to. Robert Anderson has suffered serious abuse at the hands of the Sheriff's Department and it appears the WVSP. Robinette, who appears to be a political style officer, violated ethical standards by broadcasting how he had "lectured" Anderson on target practicing. So he is the "complainant" and a "witness" in the resulting legal action.

Robert Anderson would the the type of individual that would be qualified to be appointed Sheriff for the unexpired term of Bowman. Unless, of course, there was a pending legal issue. How convenient, welcome to Lincoln County, West Virginia.

In the interest of disclosure, I do not know Anderson and to my knowledge have never as much as spoken to the individual.

There are three links that contribute to this:

http://lincolnjournalinc.com/impersonation-ar...

http://www.wsaz.com/newswestvirginia/headline...

http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201010291202

Read the comments after these articles.

I will stand by my original comment that Mona should have run from this pig. I have to conclude she didn't because she didn't want to do so. The State Police are very sloppy in their responsibility to show up at these hearings. The Defendant suffers in both the delays and in the resultant dismissal. Very often if the "complainant" know the Defendant is likely to prevail they will not show and thus prevent the Defendant from being "cleared". Charges are dropped but Defendant was not cleared.
what

United States

#4 Feb 10, 2012
Clearly, that still does not represent any sort of conflict of interest. You can berate the political system in LC all you want (it is certainly easy to do) as well as the officers, but understand the process. The majority of magistrates/judges would have done just as she did. Her actions simply do not create a legal conflict. Period. Of course that isn't to say that she doesn't have personal reasons, no one can know that. If so, there is certainly a conflict. But as it stands, her ACTIONS do not represent a "conflict of interest." You "conclude she didn't because she didn't want to do so?" How scholarly of you.

As far as Anderson goes, I'm not well acquainted with him either. And I certainly don't defend Snodgrass or any of the other cronies in Hamlin. But I also don't see the "abuse" that you allege. For one, if you are familiar with the way things are in Hamlin, the SP, sheriff's office, magistrates, and prosecutor don't historically work well together. They actually have a much more contentious relationship. Additionally, and granted this is just from what I've read in the local papers as neither I (or it sounds like you) were actually involved, I don't see that the charges were at all out of line. As a parent, the previous charges were very frightening to me (thankfully my child was not in one of those schools). And if the man shot a hole in someone's house (as the article states) then there should be some sort of action taken. You can't just go around shooting up peoples' properties.
what

United States

#5 Feb 10, 2012
I should stress though, that you may well be right and there may well be a conflict between the two individuals. I can't know that and neither can anyone without direct knowledge (rather than inferred). There simply is no legal or material conflict. That was my primary point.
tried to tell em

Red House, WV

#6 Feb 10, 2012
Why don't you try talking to the victim whose house got shot, and see if they say its political foul play. Orrrrr why don't you talk to the state trooper that filed the charges since this is for political reasons. Its not... The state police HATE the majority of the people at the courthouse. And let it be noted that the trooper didn't show up for court that day because he had a medical emergency with his son. Trooper robinette IS NOT a political officer.
Local Dude

New York, NY

#7 Feb 12, 2012
what wrote:
Clearly, that still does not represent any sort of conflict of interest. You can berate the political system in LC all you want (it is certainly easy to do) as well as the officers, but understand the process. The majority of magistrates/judges would have done just as she did. Her actions simply do not create a legal conflict. Period. Of course that isn't to say that she doesn't have personal reasons, no one can know that. If so, there is certainly a conflict. But as it stands, her ACTIONS do not represent a "conflict of interest." You "conclude she didn't because she didn't want to do so?" How scholarly of you.
As far as Anderson goes, I'm not well acquainted with him either. And I certainly don't defend Snodgrass or any of the other cronies in Hamlin. But I also don't see the "abuse" that you allege. For one, if you are familiar with the way things are in Hamlin, the SP, sheriff's office, magistrates, and prosecutor don't historically work well together. They actually have a much more contentious relationship. Additionally, and granted this is just from what I've read in the local papers as neither I (or it sounds like you) were actually involved, I don't see that the charges were at all out of line. As a parent, the previous charges were very frightening to me (thankfully my child was not in one of those schools). And if the man shot a hole in someone's house (as the article states) then there should be some sort of action taken. You can't just go around shooting up peoples' properties.
Look more closely at what I said:

"Since she dismissed (obviously without prejudice) the earlier charge because the Officer chose to not appear, she should have a conflict of interest"

My viewpoint was from her perspective and on the incorrect assumption that she actually had a "set" to dismiss something that should not have been brought to begin with, plus trooper not showing up, etc.

What was not obvious was the charge was going to be refiled less the felony component and Mona was possibly aware of that fact. Instead of the trooper having the courage to amend his complaint (the honorable thing to do) he "had a family emergency" (see later post) and the magistrate, Mona Snodgrass, cooperated and dismissed the charge. Under the stated circumstance a continuance would have been the appropriate ruling. It appears that both Mona and the trooper have an ethics problem.

I should have said "conflict" rather than conflict of interest. But, it appears Mona was not "conflicted" and rather she was "cooperative". I am disappointed as I know in the past she dabbled in the cesspool of Lincoln County dishonest politics but I thought had learned to do better.

I am not beating up on the Lincoln County government, they are doing quite a good job of it without my help. The entire effort with respect to Anderson was to eliminate or damage him as a candidate for sheriff at a time when Bowman was in the catbird seat and was hand picking his successor, aka Jerry Weaver. Anderson was a threat to that scenario.

Local Dude

New York, NY

#8 Feb 12, 2012
tried to tell em wrote:
Why don't you try talking to the victim whose house got shot, and see if they say its political foul play. Orrrrr why don't you talk to the state trooper that filed the charges since this is for political reasons. Its not... The state police HATE the majority of the people at the courthouse. And let it be noted that the trooper didn't show up for court that day because he had a medical emergency with his son. Trooper robinette IS NOT a political officer.
I can't talk to those people for a good reason. Neither the officer nor person initiating the claim can discuss it because it is a pending matter.

It is a little disturbing that you state they "HATE" the majority of the people at the court house. Hate is inappropriate as they have an obligation to be professional. Hate is not in that handbook. If they are doing something illegal then they should deal with it.

Clearly, the SP has laid down on the job. Those voter laws that were violated are both State and Federal.

As far as the political nature of Trooper Robinette, he appears in a good many publicity type photos. He is doing that to claw his way up the ladder and some of that is ok but cooperating in a suspected political prosecution is going to far. The charge against Anderson is inconsistent with the responsible image he has projected. There is a terminal illness in Lincoln County called "minding your neighbor's business" and this smells of that.
Curious

United States

#9 May 7, 2012
I am just wondering what "good many publicity type photos" are out there of Trooper Robinett. The troopers in Lincoln County are too busy working their shifts and attending court on their days off to participate in any photo ops. I'd like to see one of these "publicity type photos" that Trooper Robinett is using to "claw his way up the ladder." Earl Robinett has never had to "claw his way up" any hypothetical ladder in his life. He easily excels at everything he does simply because he has good work ethic and high personal standards. He is no politician, but it is very funny to hear that somebody is trying to make it look that way for whatever reason.
Local Dude

New York, NY

#10 May 7, 2012
Curious wrote:
I am just wondering what "good many publicity type photos" are out there of Trooper Robinett. The troopers in Lincoln County are too busy working their shifts and attending court on their days off to participate in any photo ops. I'd like to see one of these "publicity type photos" that Trooper Robinett is using to "claw his way up the ladder." Earl Robinett has never had to "claw his way up" any hypothetical ladder in his life. He easily excels at everything he does simply because he has good work ethic and high personal standards. He is no politician, but it is very funny to hear that somebody is trying to make it look that way for whatever reason.
Do your own research. You can start on the Lincoln Journal site.

A very troublesome officer. I doubt his ascent will continue when the trial for the Thomas Adkins beating is finished. Again, since the matter is pending, do your own research.
Curious

United States

#11 May 7, 2012
Local Dude wrote:
<quoted text>
Do your own research. You can start on the Lincoln Journal site.
A very troublesome officer. I doubt his ascent will continue when the trial for the Thomas Adkins beating is finished. Again, since the matter is pending, do your own research.
Well, I guess you answered my question about the photos & the rest of your comments. If you consider the Lincoln Journal to be a reputable resource for "research" then one can only imagine what else you are willing to entertain as fact or truth. Too bad since you sounded like you might have put a lot of thought into what you had to say.
watchdog

Charleston, WV

#12 May 8, 2012
As if the Journal was noted for having high standards of ethics and morality in journalism.

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