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County Attorney Says NO Sunshine Law Violation

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Told You

Cookeville, TN

#1 Jan 7, 2013
Putnam County Attorney Jeff Jones has concluded his investigation into the nine county commissioners who met privately back in August and found NO violation of the Sunshine Law. Sounds like Commissioners Bryant, Randolph, Blair, Medley, Trobaugh, Burroughs, Gentry, Shanks and Bowman owe the nine commissioners they accused an apology.
got2go

Cookeville, TN

#2 Jan 7, 2013
Told You wrote:
Sounds like Commissioners Bryant, Randolph, Blair, Medley, Trobaugh, Burroughs, Gentry, Shanks and Bowman owe the nine commissioners they accused an apology.
Vote these troublemakers out next election. Most of them are Kim Blaylock's hacks who just stir things up and whine when they don't get their way. Get rid of Blaylock too.
Stanley

Cookeville, TN

#3 Jan 7, 2013
Those are the best ones. They help keep our taxes down. If you don't believe me just vote them out.
I think some of the trouble makers was in the meeting.
homeboy

Manchester, TN

#4 Jan 7, 2013
Has any Putnam Co. resident asked to address the County Commissioners? I did and it was no go.
Not true

Cookeville, TN

#5 Jan 8, 2013
Stanley wrote:
Those are the best ones. They help keep our taxes down. If you don't believe me just vote them out.
I think some of the trouble makers was in the meeting.
Bryant and Blair voted to raise taxes the last two years in a row.
Interesting

Cookeville, TN

#6 Jan 8, 2013
If these people met privately and held a meeting that pertained to public interest, then how could it NOT be a violation of the Sunshine Law? Is there any statutes that was quoted that explains why it was not?
Interesting

Cookeville, TN

#7 Jan 8, 2013
Tennessee's Sunshine Law

"The General Assembly hereby declares it to be the policy of this State that the formation of public policy and decisions is public business and shall not be conducted in secret."

Title 8, Chapter 44
(T.C.A. 8-44-101-201)
Legal Mind

Cookeville, TN

#8 Jan 8, 2013
Interesting wrote:
If these people met privately and held a meeting that pertained to public interest, then how could it NOT be a violation of the Sunshine Law? Is there any statutes that was quoted that explains why it was not?
The Sunshine Law isn't that simple. You can view the entire legal opinion at Putnam County's official website. The county attorney gives a detailed explanation of why this meeting was not a violation.
Tolerant

Crossville, TN

#9 Jan 9, 2013
Legal Mind wrote:
<quoted text>The Sunshine Law isn't that simple. You can view the entire legal opinion at Putnam County's official website. The county attorney gives a detailed explanation of why this meeting was not a violation.
Read it..... and everything he said and the tone of his entire answer sounded like it was a violation. Remember.... he is the COUNTY attorney. If he says it was a violation, he would have to defend the county, not the individual commissioners involved, from any legal action brought by any citizen, a commissioner or not. It would be impossible to defend the county after having publicly stated that he had made a determination that a violation had occurred. It is ridiculous that anyone would publicly ask his opinion. What else would he say?????????? If you want to know the truth, you need to ask a state or private attorney with no interest in the outcome.
Apples

Crossville, TN

#10 Jan 11, 2013
You can get an attorney to say whatever you want him to say, it just all depends on who is signing their paycheck.

From what I read the sunshine laws are very strick, and very exact. A meeting of nine commissioners by chance to discuss something other then public policy? You can't get me to swallow that Kool-aid.

Since: Sep 09

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#11 Jan 11, 2013
County Attorneys will often decide in favor of the county where he/she works. It's in a higher state court you usually have to take it to get a fair ruling concening violations of Sunshine or Freedom Of Information laws.
Tolerant

Crossville, TN

#12 Jan 11, 2013
___Jenny___ wrote:
County Attorneys will often decide in favor of the county where he/she works. It's in a higher state court you usually have to take it to get a fair ruling concening violations of Sunshine or Freedom Of Information laws.
You mean county judges????? County attorneys don't make legal decisions in courts.... they represent the counties in court in front of a judge. This issue has yet to go before a judge.

Since: Sep 09

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#13 Jan 11, 2013
Tolerant wrote:
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You mean county judges????? County attorneys don't make legal decisions in courts.... they represent the counties in court in front of a judge. This issue has yet to go before a judge.
Yes, I knew Post #1 was talking about an investigation by the County Attorney. Too many people will accept his/her word at face-value and proceed no farther with pushing the possible violation. I would venture to guess the local Judge would attempt the same tactics. Higher courts are the only ones with a history of taking Sunshine, Right To Know, or Freedom Of Information laws (varying states have different names for them) seriously. I only shortened my answer in the other post. I guess I could have worded it better but at the time I thought it was enough to get the idea across. I found long drawn-out posts bore people and they don't read all of it.

Depending upon what state you live in there are usually ways to file complaints at the state level. Most states have people (agencies) which assist people with these type problems.
This SUCKS

Tullahoma, TN

#14 Jan 11, 2013
I say thanks for a job well done for those who publicized the shady behavior of this bunch of sleazy commissioners, regardless of what some hack county attorney thinks. His opinion is not law.

And thanks to the media for making the public aware of these shenanigans, as well.
Tolerant

Crossville, TN

#15 Jan 13, 2013
___Jenny___ wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, I knew Post #1 was talking about an investigation by the County Attorney. Too many people will accept his/her word at face-value and proceed no farther with pushing the possible violation. I would venture to guess the local Judge would attempt the same tactics. Higher courts are the only ones with a history of taking Sunshine, Right To Know, or Freedom Of Information laws (varying states have different names for them) seriously. I only shortened my answer in the other post. I guess I could have worded it better but at the time I thought it was enough to get the idea across. I found long drawn-out posts bore people and they don't read all of it.
Depending upon what state you live in there are usually ways to file complaints at the state level. Most states have people (agencies) which assist people with these type problems.
10-4. A local judge will never rule against a county or city in this part of the country. Sadder yet, such cases will never even make it to court because the district attorney will never file charges. If you take these cases to the grand jury, there will always be those couple of illiterates who will not vote for a true bill, thereby preventing prosecution of these cases. We have all seen how our corrupt DA has not prosecuted those involved in illegal activities at the UCDD and UCHRA, along with violations of voting laws, etc. We all get mad when people talk about how ignorant and backwards we are here, but yet we daily give them all the evidence they need to prove their point. Like all the other corruption that has been swept under the rug this past year, folks will forget this whole affair in a matter of days. And we will elect the DA again to continue the cycle of corruption. How pathetic we are!
Questionable

Crossville, TN

#16 Feb 6, 2013
It is strange to me that the commissioners who had an issue with the meeting were the same ones who had previously held "private" meetings themselves. Probably jealous they weren't included. Also, doesn't anyone think its strange that these "concerned commissioners" became concerned at about the same time Kim Blaylock was getting some heat over the living the dream debacle? Wow how convenient and easy...take the attention off from the person who screwed this county out of millions and point the finger at a few commissioners who couldn't have done anything anyways because they didn't even have a majority. Talk about continuing the cycle of corruption. There are alot of county commissioners and only 1 county executive that writes big checks. Who is the bad guy here?

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