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Supreme Court strikes a blow for fairness - Ruidoso News

There are 24 comments on the Ruidoso News story from Aug 21, 2008, titled Supreme Court strikes a blow for fairness - Ruidoso News. In it, Ruidoso News reports that:

The notion of fair play is innately American. The concept should - but doesn't always - extend to everything from organized sports to the criminal justice system to politics.

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Since: Aug 08

Ruidoso, NM

#1 Aug 22, 2008
I agree. It is a shame it had to go to the NM Supreme Court. It should have been handled locally by the county clerk office, but the result is welcomed. To have an uncontested race for the office of sherif would have been a disservice to the voters of Lincoln County.
machines

High Rolls Mountain Park, NM

#2 Aug 22, 2008
You are so very right. But the Republican machine in this county would so very much disagree with you -- and went to great lengths avoid a choice.
Katie Bar the door

Muncy, PA

#3 Aug 23, 2008
Someone somewhere said that an election is a job performance review. This is especially true of an incumbent. I agree with rifleman about having a choice. The Supreme court, Secretary of Stats office and the A.G all agree that he should be on the ballot. The Clerk and the cult of the Republicans disagree. Let the current sheriff go through the campaign and election process and let his record be public and let the people decide.
Hell Boy II

Missoula, MT

#4 Aug 24, 2008
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is getting wilder and more dangerous to those of you who slink around in the darkness. Last time I wrote, there were all sorts of speculation about why I knew so much about the insides of this cesspool. When one moves among overturned stones, care must be taken to avoid snake bites. I’ve learned the hard way to move quietly among the snakes of Lincoln County. I told you all before that you cannot stop a man in the right, merely slow him down. It seems that Mr. Sederwall has dealt another blow to the corrupt machine one calls Lincoln County government. The current efforts of Mr. Sederwall are merely an example of things to come. Can anyone say,“Grand Jury?”

Please understand good residents of Lincoln County, there are significant differences between unintentional error or incompetence and collusion to make corrupt decisions. Only one will result in a prison sentence. One only needs to look at the decisions over the past several weeks in Carrizozo at both the city level and the county. What thread of duality ties both together. Could it be the relationships among the players? I noted that retired Sheriff Sullivan once referred to Rick Virden as his loyal friend and undersheriff. I am betting that eventually that loyalty will be examined more in-depth.

What is it about plane crashes, drugs and money that have such a bonding effect? One person blogged,“Follow the money!” Mr. Sederwall has years of experience in just that method. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Sederwall were once considered friends, but that friendship seems to have been overshadowed by the “loyal” relationship between Sullivan and Virden. Mr. Sederwall has a significant history of “stumbling” onto criminal enterprises so don’t be surprised when he actually begins looking for them. Missing railroad ties, voter fraud, Socorro bar fights over a girl friend, or getting caught drunk with a “chippy” in the car
pale in comparison to drugs, money and dead bodies. Lincoln 17, Deputy LaBelle probably understood “loyalty” as well as anyone when he found Mr. Sullivan with his pants and belt undone, bleeding from the mouth and inebriated after getting beaten profusely by an aggrieved boyfriend and his brothers in a Socorro bar, or even being directed to investigate the current Sheriff over stolen railroad ties. Guess the outcomes of those episodes! I guess loyalty is thicker than friendship, but at what cost to the good people of this county?

One has to question the “loyalty” between Virden and Sullivan when voter records demonstrate that Virden was a Democrat until he registered as a Republican in order for Sullivan to hand him the reigns of his office. How ironic that as a long time Democrat-turned-Republican, Virden probably never voted for Sullivan. So what does “loyalty” really mean? This resembles the mutual grooming of horses standing end to end.“You bite my rump and I’ll bite yours?” The significance here is that eventually, one will eat cheese on the other and it will be a race to see who gets the best deal. Did I mention,“Grand Jury?” Oh yeah, I already did that. When that occurs this little criminal empire is going to crumble and all those buried skeletons are going to be excavated. Mr. Sederwall will probably be there with a front-end loader. He has lots of experience with this type of exhumation. A real estate sale is probably a good idea for some individuals. Drive on, Mr. Sederwall. No one can say it hasn’t been exciting.

Stay tuned. Hellboy II will be back.
Xena

United States

#5 Aug 24, 2008
My thoughts are why do to all this trouble if you think you can win? Virden keeps sneering about how he will win and yet he's like the Snoopy cartoon and trying to pull out the football just in time. IT's a RACE....let the RACE begin. This is going to be fun.
Snap

Muncy, PA

#6 Aug 24, 2008
Did you know that the people on the blogs knew way before the rest of the country about presidential candidate Edwards affair? Did you know that his supporters were screaming, "it's a lie, It's a lie". Same thing Bobby has been screaming at the republican dinner and over the phone. Retired law enforcement unseated Bobby's boy Foley and it looks like retired law enforcement just might unseat her boy Virden too. Maybe she is the kiss of death.
Xena

United States

#7 Aug 25, 2008
Well the blog I've been watching is the one that says Hussian Obama is not an American citizen but was born in Keyna. Wonder if that is HillBillaries "wild card" that she is holding up her sleeve?

The other lady judge did include some illegal votes and deemed them a mistake. That probably was bad enough although her intentions were good. BUT it should have made other election officials did out the rule books and ask themselves...."What was that again?"
Jeeez

High Rolls Mountain Park, NM

#8 Aug 25, 2008
I dont' think good intentions belong on bench ..the law does.
again

High Rolls Mountain Park, NM

#9 Aug 25, 2008
Xena wrote:
IT's a RACE....let the RACE begin. This is going to be fun.
I've got money on the horses butt in front. But the donkey in back....seems a good bet.
long time local

Shannon City, IA

#10 Aug 25, 2008
Plenty of people know the stories mentioned above but nobody has ever been brave or strong enough to take on the criminals in office. I'm glad a "trouble maker" finally showed up.
Zima

High Rolls Mountain Park, NM

#11 Aug 25, 2008
Hell Boy? The plane crash is driving me crazy. I can't remember enough of it to ask questions. What year was that? Help me track down the truth about the plane crash?
To Zima

Shannon City, IA

#12 Aug 25, 2008
The money was in a Enstrom F-28F serial number 703, Turbo shaft, 225 horsepower, helicopter. Crashed on May 12, 1985, at 1700 hours. The chopper was last inspected on December of 1984. Registered to the O bar O at P.O. Box 195, Capitan, New Mexico. victim was Robert Leitzman 48.

The crash occurred because of a worn out eng driven fuel pump which allowed fuel to be pumped overboard. There was no flight plan, and when the bird went it it failed to auto rotate.

The last time the bird lifted off was in Albq. Investigator Verlin Tranter and Terry Martin investigated the crash.

But what the hell do I know?
Xena

United States

#13 Aug 25, 2008
Well that was good info! OK now tell me who the "switched body" was...or they think it was and who were the cops who showed up first?
Document reader

High Rolls Mountain Park, NM

#14 Aug 25, 2008
The guy in the chopper, Robert Leitzman (well so they say) had just made some sort of deal with the IRS for a big bunch of back taxes ..they were breathing down his throat pretty hard.

Was it a coincidence that a just a couple months later he slams his bird into the Carrizos?
long time local

Shannon City, IA

#15 Aug 26, 2008
I don't know about that coincidence but the financial good fortune of several of the deputies and the sheriff at the time should raise a few eyebrows.

P.S. How did the current Sheriff afford such a big ranch paid in full right after a nasty protracted divorce. Again, not the good fortune that most law enforcement personnel enjoy. For christ sake, LaBelle can't even pay his water bill.
Hell Boy II

Helena, MT

#16 Aug 26, 2008
To "long time local". Very good grasshopper, except that the chopper was a 1983 model.
Hell Boy II

Helena, MT

#17 Aug 26, 2008
Xena, if you are into checking deeds and mortgages, you might be interested in the facts surrounding the purchase of the Virden ranch 4500 acre property. It was originally purchased by Rick's brother and Rick's girlfriend prior to his divorce. Neither of these individuals had any money to speak of at the time. After Rick's divorce, the property was quit claimed from Roy and Rick's girlfriend to Rick and and his girlfriend, soon to become his new wife. I wonder who financed the original purchase. If you don't find a filed mortgage at the court house on that property, the answer might be more obvious. Look deeper into the records and follow the money.
long time local

Shannon City, IA

#18 Aug 26, 2008
How come Rick's girlfriend didn't just purchase it under her name? How come the brother was on the deed too. Could there have been trust issues between the love birds? Were they hiding assets from the then wife? Where is she now?
Xena

United States

#19 Aug 26, 2008
Already did that Hell Boy and you are right. No mortgages. Not even on the new house where they live. Oops! Shouldn't have said that since he claims to live within the C'Zozo limits.
long time local

Shannon City, IA

#20 Aug 26, 2008
Are you talking about the empty house with all the RAILROAD ties out front? Virden's wife is the village clerk in Ruidoso Downs and as such she knows the law about illegal voting in municipal elections. I would be curious to know if she has ever denied anyone the vote in the Downs because they don't live in the village limits. Someone in the Downs want to check that out?

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