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Our County has already quite the history,

1. We had two County Sheriffs go to federal prison in the past, one for
 drug dealing and another for bull-whipping a fifteen year old during
questioning. The Sherriff's Office previously had problems with the
 prison guards having sex with the inmates

 2. A female County Commissioner who got caught naked in bed with
 the drug convicted sheriff.

3. We have had former treasurer Sheree Jones convicted of felony
 embezzlement. We had the precinct chairs of the Republican Party
kept vacant to illegally appoint Bill Sinclair as County Treasurer over
 Jane Cullins, who received 46% of the vote against Ms. Jones during
the general election. The rules of the Republican Party states that ALL
 precinct chairs must be filled for an appointment and half of them were
 kept vacant to slide in Sinclair.

4. We have nepotism, including the former county judge Bill Bell's
 daughter working in the District Attorney's Office and his wife as the
 only paid position on CASA. We have Judge Holloway and two
daughters and a mother working in his office. We have Chris Florance
 the current county judge place his daughter into the Sherriff's Office
 right after getting elected and his sons working on Rockwall City Police.

5. Chris Florance after being elected County Judge supposedly sold his Dallas Courier Service, but as of his 2007 fillings, he is still president. He lists his sister Virginia as vice president living on Fannin Street in Rockwall, not her address she actually lives in Florida. Chris Florance supposedly spends "overtime" arraigning prisoners at the jail to raise his salary $15,000, thus he committed perjury under oath and falsified his fillings for his courier service as he does not arraign prisoners for any significant amount of time . He and the commissioners then gave themselves a fat 19% pay raise in a single year.
6. Bruce Beaty's son Emerson Patterson broke into a house naked and drunk asking a 16 year old to perform a sex act on him. Sumrow was the District Attorney. Sumrow did not arrest him and the case was delayed. And the arson cases involving Patterson in Hunt County has been delayed by Ray Sumrow's Good Ole Boy Buddy the Hunt County Attorney Joel Littlefield, who was Rockwall's former assistant district attorney. The relationship between County Commissioner Beaty and Sumrow is Sumrow was on the City Police force when Beaty was Chief of Police.
7. Tax Assessor appointed, Barbra Barber. No education and minimal experience. Florance sent a letter to Merkel saying that he would not ever get it prior to that meeting. Barbra Barber appointed over Rene Ivey's multiple masters and career experience qualifications.
8. Human Resource Manager is felon from Hunt County, hired by Current County Treasurer Bill Sinclair.

9. Assistant DA Condrat commits suicide after being caught soliciting sex from a minor on NBC To Catch a Predator

10. Sumrow indicted on multiple felonies, brought to Hunt County to be fingerprinted by his nice buddy Joel Littlefield, former Rockwall assistant DA. Should have been fingerprinted in Rockwall but the law got bent and he was permitted to be driven to Hunt County for fingerprinting.

11. Sumrow Convicted of Theft Charge and more is to come.

***This is only a small list, as we go back through our own data banks and documents this list is going too expand......
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SUMROW CONVICTED ON FELONY THEFT CHARGES AND THE HISTORY OF ROCKWALL's CORRUPTION TIMELINE
1. We had two County Sheriffs go to federal prison in the past, one for drug dealing along with deputy James David Knight, and receiving kickbacks from bail bonds and another for bull-whipping a fifteen year old during questioning. The Sherriff's Office previously had problems with the prison guards having sex with the inmates(Dallas Morning News, 6/17/ 1994: "Jailer was convicted of abuse - Official defends ex-Rockwall sheriff" http://www.weddlelaw.com/The%20Dallas%20Morni... )
(Dallas Morning News, Nov 28, 1990 "McWhorter guilty in drug conspiracy Ex-Rockwall sheriff may face life term" Document ID: 0ED3D1420C5448B7
2. A female County Commissioner who got caught naked in bed with the drug convicted sheriff McWhorter.
3. We have had former treasurer Sheree Jones convicted of felony embezzlement. We had the precinct chairs of the Republican Party kept vacant to illegally appoint Bill Sinclair as County Treasurer over Jane Cullins, who received 46% of the vote against Ms. Jones during the general election. The rules of the Republican Party states that ALL precinct chairs must be filled for an appointment and six of them were kept vacant to slide in Sinclair.(Treasurer Embezzlement: "Ex-Treasurer Gets Probation" Dallas Morning News August 21, 2006)
4. We have nepotism, including the former county judge Bill Bell's daughter working in the District Attorney's Office and his wife as the only paid position on CASA. We have Judge Holloway and two daughters and a mother working in his office. We have Chris Florance the current county judge place his daughter into the Sherriff's Office right after getting elected and his sons working on Rockwall City Police.
5. A Well published personal issue between the County Commissioners and Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Judge Karr, where out of the entire elected body, the commissioners court denied, for personal motives, the pay raise and car allowance that the rest of the elected get.
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6. A well published war in the papers over freedom of speech involving the City of Rockwall against the No Higher Taxes Group, where the city invoked and played with their sign ordinance to create undue burden on the group's access to freedom of speech (See NHT Lawsuit Button). In addition, a well published issue between County Commissioner Bruce Beaty and the members of the NHT Group, turned dirty when Bruce Beaty attempted to isolate and label his suspicions naming names of possible members of the NHT Group, in a witch hunt manner, through letters to the editor appearing in Rockwall Herald Banner.("Beaty names JP, others as political group members", Rockwall Herald Banner August 4, 2006).
7. Chris Florance after being elected County Judge supposedly sold his Dallas Courier Service, but as of his 2007 fillings, he is still president. He lists his sister Virginia as vice president living on Fannin Street in Rockwall, not her address she actually lives in Florida. Chris Florance supposedly spends "overtime" arraigning prisoners at the jail to raise his salary $15,000, thus he committed perjury under oath and falsified his fillings for his courier service as he does not arraign prisoners for any significant amount of time . He and the commissioners then gave themselves a fat 19% pay raise in a single year.(Pay Raise: "New Compensation Proposed for Rockwall Employees", Rockwall Herald Banner, August 17, 2007 )
8. Bruce Beaty's stepson Emerson Patterson broke into a house naked and drunk asking a 16 year old to perform a sex act on him. Sumrow was the District Attorney. Sumrow did not arrest him and the case was delayed. And the arson cases involving Patterson in Hunt County has been delayed by Ray Sumrow's Good Ole Boy Buddy the Hunt County Attorney Joel Littlefield, who was Rockwall's former assistant district attorney. The relationship between County Commissioner Beaty and Sumrow is Sumrow was on the City Police force when Beaty was Chief of Police.(See Dallas Morning News Dec 7. 2006, "County Commissioners Step Son Indicted")
9. Tax Assessor appointed, Barbra Barber. No education and minimal experience. Florance sent a letter to Merkel saying that he would not ever get it prior to that meeting. Barbra Barber appointed over Rene Ivey's multiple masters and career experience qualifications.
10. Human Resource Manager is felon from Hunt County, hired by Current County Treasurer Bill Sinclair.(See Dallas Morning News Sept 21, 2007).
11. Assistant DA Condrat commits suicide after being caught soliciting sex from a minor on NBC To Catch a Predator (See MSNBC
"County assistant district attorney commits suicide as police serve warrant," Nov 6, 2006, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15592444/ )
12. Sumrow indicted on multiple felonies, brought to Hunt County to be fingerprinted by his nice buddy Joel Littlefield, former Rockwall assistant DA. Should have been fingerprinted in Rockwall but the law got bent and he was permitted to be driven to Hunt County for fingerprinting.
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1. We had two County Sheriffs go to federal prison in the past, one for drug dealing along with deputy James David Knight, and receiving
kickbacks from bail bonds and another for bull-whipping a fifteen year old during questioning. The Sherriff's Office previously had problems with the prison guards having sex with the inmates
(Dallas Morning News, 6/17/ 1994: "Jailer was convicted of abuse - Official defends ex-Rockwall sheriff" http://www.weddlelaw.com/The%20Dallas%20Morni... )

(Dallas Morning News, Nov 28, 1990 "McWhorter guilty in drug conspiracy Ex-Rockwall sheriff may face life term" Document ID: 0ED3D1420C5448B7

2. A female County Commissioner who got caught naked in bed with the drug convicted sheriff McWhorter.

3. We have had former treasurer Sheree Jones convicted of felony embezzlement. We had the precinct chairs of the Republican Party kept vacant to illegally appoint Bill Sinclair as County Treasurer over Jane Cullins, who received 46% of the vote against Ms. Jones during the general election. The rules of the Republican Party states that ALL precinct chairs must be filled for an appointment and six of them were
kept vacant to slide in Sinclair.(Treasurer Embezzlement: "Ex-Treasurer Gets Probation" Dallas Morning News August 21, 2006)

4. We have nepotism, including the former county judge Bill Bell's daughter working in the District Attorney's Office and his wife as the
only paid position on CASA. We have Judge Holloway and two daughters and a mother working in his office. We have Chris Florance
the current county judge place his daughter into the Sherriff's Office right after getting elected and his sons working on Rockwall City Police.
5. A Well published personal issue between the County Commissioners and Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Judge Karr, where out of the entire elected body, the commissioners court denied, for personal motives, the pay raise and car allowance that the rest of the elected get.

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Originally, the District Judge Brett Hall hand picked his grand jury to save on paperwork. This is against state law. He chosed community leaders and some wealthy folks and recycled them over and over. Only until recently did he open te juries to the local population. In Rockwall, there was a case where a man admitted to and wrote a letter of appology to his wife and daughter for rapeing a child. And guess what he got off. Tell me that this is not Rockwall's corruption at its finest. There is way too much going on in this county. And that is what happens when a county is 100% a single party. I would prefer a rough balance of 50-50 Repubs and democrats so they can watch each other and keep each other from running rampant. Unfortunately, Rockwall's Dem party is defeated, do nothing and does not have a chance. So we are left with the juggernaunt of a good ole boy Republican Party that seems to protect and cover for their own. I should have left Rockwall Years ago.
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Judge Florance is a dissappointment. He won on the Lake Pointe vote for supposedly being a man of character and God, but he has shown he is nothing but a crook. He raised his salary more than doubling it to over 100K, he snuck in Barbra barber as the head of the tax office, without advertising the position or offering it on merit. He falsefied his own company's filings. He falsified a public document as he certainly is not arraigning prisoners 40% of the time. And he has no experience as a legal specialist and no law degree qualifying him to hear misdeameanor cases. The man is an idiot. Then we had the government center, Chris managed to sneak it passed the voters without public input or say. Chris never stopped the Nepotism in the county government. Bill Bell's daughter is still in the DA's office. An entire family is in Holloway's office. Lucila Bell is still the only paid member of Casa and is on the library board. Every good ole boy's wife is on the library board or is appointed to some committee. I don't know with all the years that Chris Florance has been out here, which rock he crawled out from, but I wish he would sure crawl right back into the gutter.
CHRIS FLORANCE YOU FOOL

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State law requires this bond for the government center, which is supposedly and emergency, in that we MUST build it....... to be paid back within 7 years. The auditor and idiot county judge Chris Florance missed on that. So imagine paying a 30 million dollar bond back in 7 years. At this rate, they are going to run everyone out of the county.
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First, 30 million dollars of anticipation bonds were issued, in previous posts/ replies and public forums some have called them tax notes or special issue notes, this is incorrect terminology.

Second, the government center is to be located near the new library, the former Utley Freshman Center, which is to be renovated into a middle school, and also right near the Methodist Church. Prisoners will be brought there for trail and transported back and forth. Its location near a school/ church does pose a degree of public safety concern in regards to children and may conflict with city code. We prevent pedophiles and the presence of alcohol from places of public gathering such as churches, the library and a school. The government center WILL have all sorts of individuals going through the judicial system. As for a jail to be amended to the government center, the bond did not include a new jail. Current county plans are to expand the current jail located down the street.

Third, there is no recall. In the Dallas Morning News, the newspaper quoted Mary Lou on thoughts of issuing a recall. There is nothing in the state law that allows the recall of the county commissioners. It was a simple misunderstanding.

Fourth, there is no criminal charges that can be ran either through the District Attorney, District Judge, or Attorney General's Office. They cannot be removed from office on voting for the government center. The government center was not illegal as some call it, it was sneaky and it was inconsiderate to the will of the voters and to public safety in regards to its location. The best thing that the public can do if they are upset about the government center is to remember it when you vote. The only potential criminal charges/ removal from office for the county commissioners would involve the three audits linking the county commissioners to knowing about the Sumrow scandal. In theory if it was prosecuted, it would be felony conspiracy to obstruct justice and result in removal from office.

Five, while the voting public can petition against the government center, such a petition would not be legally binding, Can and Would be ignored by the County Commissioners. Rollback on the taxes may be possible, as the county may be exceeding the amount that they can raise taxes in a single year. More research is needed to examine this avenue.

Lastly, while some have suggested, intended and acted towards getting a lawyer file an injunction and or stall to the government center, the only way a judge would agree is in the interest of public safety, as the current location of the government center can be considered a public threat. There is no argument that can be made for an injunction calling this bond "illegal."

Also, we did not start this forum, someone has copied articles from the website and has massed published them. We ask that whomever is publishing in these posts to cease unless they obtain permission.
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Look at the WFAA investigation on Sumrow on nohighertaxes.org . I wanted to get it off Dallas Morning News but they kept wanting me to create a log in. On NHT's website, they post the better stories on it, that I don't even have to read the local newspapers. They never have anything in them anyways.
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Jun 1, 2008
 
YOU HAVE TO SEE

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Jun 13, 2008
 
nohighertaxes.org posted evidence from the independent auditors linking Rockwall County Commissioners and District Judge Brett Hall into involvement in the Ray Sumrow District Attorney Scandel(s). The Commissioners testified in court, that they knew nothing of the Sumrow crimes until the read it in the newspaper. Thus, since they ALL were aware way before Sumrow's case was in the newspaper, they are guilty of PERJURY!!!!
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May 13, 2009
 
This method of selecting a Grand Jury is not against Texas law. It is called the key-man system and is perfectly legal. When it's open to the local population it's called the random system. Both are legal, and both are frequently used in counties all over Texas. Get your facts straight. You may also want to use spell-check.
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May 13, 2009
 
WELCOME TO ROCKWALL
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Jun 3, 2009
 
Two many lawyers is problem in rockwall. Like to scare folks into be quite. Lawyers in government almost all excecutive board lawyers. Feed lemons into the system and get sugar out. Now we have new lobbyest mr.bailey as commissioner, wife is dispatcher just like how Florance got his daughter as dispatcher in sheriff. And Beaty has brother as dispatcher in city police. Too much imbreeding when term limits up we will recycle candidates. Somes that are currentley in office who term limit is up will find other office to run for. If it is not a lobbyest be a hot shot attorney next in office. They must play well with the boys. If cant meet in the basement of the powers that be then they cant be in office. In rockwall, we used to swear in our less than fine elected officeholders at courthouse. now wese will swear them in at the harbor. and When Rockwall cant find some attorney to be in the club go to Kaufman County where Condrat and juvenille services coordinator was dug up from. rockwall must spend money so we make a director of main street and other happy positions. Buy dogs thousand dollar vest too can't donate money to food shelters.
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Jun 5, 2009
 
If you want to learn what's going on across Rockwall County, please visit and send comments to us at www.TheRockwallNews.com . We're working to bring a new brand of journalism to Rockwall County, including investigations. Please tell us what people need to know about!
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Jun 5, 2009
 
Joan needs to take some spelling, grammar and typing lessons before spewing on blogs.
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I bet all of you have family members you are not proud of.....actually I know for a fact you do. Dont associate the county with the city as they are 2 different governments. Half of the crap written above is pure BS and those writing the comments are trouble makers with no life...............GET ONE YOU HACKS
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I live in Rockwall. The fact that Ray Sumrow did 20 months on a 15 year sentance, prooves again that the good old boy system is alive and well. I dare not say my name because Rockwall has a shit list that alerts police of target trouble makers. I know of someone who has hit that list and was pulled over and searched so many times that it was in itself criminal. He eventually was given a three year sentance and did 24 months on it. Too bad he didn't have an insider like Sumrow and have oonly done 4 months. I am leaving Rockwall. I'd rather live where the corupt can't hide behind a badge or position.
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Aug 23, 2011
 
i have been in rockwall and have seen the corruption myself. i dont live there but would like to see the people that do stand up to the corruped officials. i believe that if they all come together they can make a diffrence. but i think they are scared of the retaliation and i dont blame them. however come together so you all can change the way things are done in your city...thats where you live dont let them tell you what you can do...its not right. they are there to protect you all not scare you all. i myself am doing something about what happen to my family and i wont stop until someone lisens to us...the corrupt officials in rockwall will be stoped...they will them selfs go to jail. you cant cover the sum with one finger the truth will come out andy everyone will find out the truth. meanwhile all the good people in rockwall keep your heads up help will come.
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Aug 24, 2011
 
Whats all this about corruption. I want details. lots talk about it but no one gives specifics.

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