Kim Gasperson-Justice: Crooked Clerk of Court?
Posted in the Hendersonville Forum
#1 Dec 21, 2008
Kim Gasperson-Justice: Crooked Clerk?
Or, Is Justice Delayed Justice Denied?
The reason I ask is that several mossbacked Hendersonville lawyers have managed to hook their claws into a Polk County controversy over Mickey Cochran's 100 acres of land his family has owned for over a century. Somehow he lost his roadway to get into his land from the public road and had to go to court to have a jury of twelve citizens order him a road. Which they did--- and long ago. If I told you how long ago, you might not even believe it. But trust me, you'd be shocked. It was years ago and many thousands of dollars in attorney fees-- and should have been settled within a year.
If the Clerk of Polk County were honest instead of slithery, this matter would have been concluded in that year. But she went the route so many public officials go -- she was corrupted. She made up false facts and ruled against Cochran, so he went to a jury and Judge James Downs. In a one-day trial the jury quickly ruled in Cochran's favor and ordered Cochran a road. But that hasn't helped because more public officials are apparently corrupt too. Or at least lazy and incompetent. That judgment was signed by Judge Downs over 18 months ago, and the crooked, but delicate, clerk of Polk County in a fit of spite removed the case file out of Polk County to Henderson County because she said Cochran's lawyer hurt her feelings. Poor thing must have been shamed to have a jury show her up.
So now for almost a year and a half, Clerk Kim Gasperson-Justice, who has a law degree and should know better, has moved Cochran's road file along about like a slug. Months and months ago, she appointed three commissioners who are landowners to lay off the road.$1,000 apiece for these men just sleeps there in the Hendersonville Clerk's office gathering mold, waiting for those three men to lay off the road and collect their money. But they have done nothing. Why?
Day after day after day, year after year, Cochran wonders why he won his road but has lost because everything has ground to a halt like a train, wrecked and derailed. He wonders if he will ever get justice as the years file by.
This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. The parties to it understand it least, but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes without coming to a total disagreement as to all the premises. Innumerable children have been born into the cause; innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old people have died out of it. Scores of persons have deliriously found themselves made parties in Jarndyce and Jarndyce without knowing how or why; whole families have inherited legendary hatreds with the suit. The little plaintiff or defendant who was promised a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away into the other world. Fair wards of court have faded into mothers and grandmothers; a long procession of Chancellors has come in and gone out; the legion of bills in the suit have been transformed into mere bills of mortality; there are not three Jarndyces left upon the earth perhaps since old Tom Jarndyce in despair blew his brains out at a coffee-house in Chancery Lane; but Jarndyce and Jarndyce still drags its dreary length before the court, perennially hopeless.
-- from _Bleak House,_ by Charles Dickens
#2 Jan 2, 2009
Months ago, the clerk, Kim Gasperson-Justice, who is also an attorney, appointed three men to lay off a road in Polk County under the style of the lawsuit, Cochran vs. Womack, and you know what? Those three men have apparently done absolutely nothing about laying off that road, even though $1,000 is awaiting each of them when they conclude their work and turn it into the clerk. Does the file disclose an order to which the men consented, and a deadline?
It's an enigma. It's a puzzler. It's, well, very strange.
#3 Jan 15, 2009
The three commissioners were appointed to lay off this road over a year ago, on January 10, 2008. Apparently two of the commissioners have been ready and willing to lay of the road and file their reports to the clerk, and collect their $1,000, while the third one makes himself scarce and appears to cuddle with at least one of the mossbacked Hendersonville lawyers who'd rather see the matter drag on until doomsday.
Every two or three days that goes by without action in this file, I am going to write a report here, with copies to various WNC media.
Justice delayed is justice denied!
Copy of this to the Citizen-Times, to the Hendersonville media, and to WLOS-TV. And if that doesn't get any action, about 10 of us are going to picket the Henderson Cy. Courthouse.
The Chancellor is about to bow to the bar when the prisoner is presented. Nothing can possibly come of the prisoner's conglomeration but his being sent back to prison, which is soon done. The man from Shropshire ventures another remonstrative "My lord!" but the Chancellor, being aware of him, has dexterously vanished. Everybody else quickly vanishes too. A battery of blue bags is loaded with heavy charges of papers and carried off by clerks; the little mad old woman marches off with her documents; the empty court is locked up. If all the injustice it has committed and all the misery it has caused could only be locked up with it, and the whole burnt away in a great funeral pyre--why so much the better for other parties than the parties in Jarndyce and Jarndyce!
from _Bleak House,_ by Charles Dickens
#4 Jan 17, 2009
Husband and wife serving as judges in the same town is not wise. That's why I didn't vote for Kim's husband for judge. We don't need any more incest in our county government. I hear she is kind of slack. Is that right?
#5 Oct 6, 2012
She is certainly able to screw people's lives.
My boyfriend's mom will loose her rights because of this crooked <fill-in-the-blank-of-nasty -words>.
This judge should sit behind the bars instead of sending people there.
Anyways, I'm casting a voo-doo spell to get her removed from the Earth's face.
I should have done it long time ago. But to my defence I have to say I didn't know this shrew.
#6 Oct 6, 2012
I do appologize for the double
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