Did Brian Thomas break the law?

Did Brian Thomas break the law?

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tax payer

Winchester, KY

#1 Jul 28, 2011
While being the county attorney, working on behalf of the citizens of Clark County, he took a job as a private attorney suing the city of Winchester over a guitar shop being flooded. He worked out a settlement with city officials while he was the sitting county attorney.

Is it illegal or just unethical for the County Attorney to work out a deal with city officials to pay off one of his clients?
People who live in the city were already paying his salary. Then, they had to pay him again as a private attorney when he got his clients a huge payoff over a building flooding. How likely would this settlement have been had the city leaders not been sitting across the table from the elected County Attorney when this payoff was brokered?

After the guitar shop received the settlement check, there was a picture on their webiste of the owners and County Attorney Brian Thomas. Mr. Thomas was smiling as he stood between the two owners as they held up the check that had been paid to them on behalf of the City of Winchester.

I suspect Mr. Thomas was smiling because we paid him to be our County Attorney. Then, we paid him again when he sued our city.
The guitar shop case will always be the legacy of Brian Thomas.
Not Sure

Lafayette, IN

#2 Jul 28, 2011
Don't think it's illegal, but would say it is an unethical situation where he should have decided not to take the case due to a conflict of interest.
shaking my head

Dayton, OH

#3 Jul 29, 2011
tax payer---do you really think it was illegal/unethical for Brian to have done this when like you said city officials, including judges,knew about it? I'm sure not all of them would have turned a blind eye to it. You just dont like Brian and are trying to start something. Your an idiot.
hmmmm

Richmond, KY

#4 Jul 29, 2011
shaking my head wrote:
tax payer---do you really think it was illegal/unethical for Brian to have done this when like you said city officials, including judges,knew about it? I'm sure not all of them would have turned a blind eye to it. You just dont like Brian and are trying to start something. Your an idiot.
Just because no one said anything about it, doesn't mean it was unethical. Do you really trust your city officials that much? I'm the one shaking my head, you are an idiot.
Just Me

Winchester, KY

#5 Jul 29, 2011
tax payer wrote:
While being the county attorney, working on behalf of the citizens of Clark County, he took a job as a private attorney suing the city of Winchester over a guitar shop being flooded. He worked out a settlement with city officials while he was the sitting county attorney.
Is it illegal or just unethical for the County Attorney to work out a deal with city officials to pay off one of his clients?
People who live in the city were already paying his salary. Then, they had to pay him again as a private attorney when he got his clients a huge payoff over a building flooding. How likely would this settlement have been had the city leaders not been sitting across the table from the elected County Attorney when this payoff was brokered?
After the guitar shop received the settlement check, there was a picture on their webiste of the owners and County Attorney Brian Thomas. Mr. Thomas was smiling as he stood between the two owners as they held up the check that had been paid to them on behalf of the City of Winchester.
I suspect Mr. Thomas was smiling because we paid him to be our County Attorney. Then, we paid him again when he sued our city.
The guitar shop case will always be the legacy of Brian Thomas.
I doubt that its illegal, but I for one consider it seriously unethical. But hey, thatís just the way the good ole boy network works in small towns. Our officials will do all kinds of things that are unethical and count on the average citizen to either not know, or not care when they find out about it. If Brian Thomas dome this, and this is the first Iíve heard about it, he needs to be held accountable. Iím not the smartest man in the world, but I know for a fact that that is entirely inappropriate for him do such a thing. But, as I said earlier, the city officials count on us not knowing or not caring, If this is true, the public needs to be made aware of it come election time.

Personally, I donít think Brian Thomas has done a very good job as county attorney. To my knowledge, he hasnít taken any initiative whatsoever in trying to help curb the illegal drug, problem in the city of Winchester. Iím certainly not saying that he hasnít prosecuted those that were found guilty of illegal drug traffic, but I think as count attorney he should take the lead in getting the community involved, and coming up with some constructive ideas to help the epidemic that is destroying families, and strangling and killing our children. As far as Iím concerned, he gets a big fat F in my book.

Also, I know for a fact that there are illegal gambling machines in some of these small mom and pop stores here in Winchester. I could care less one way or the other if someone wants to gamble or not, but the law is the law. Isnít he suppose to uphold the law? As a private citizen I can tell you for certain that the police department will certainly make sure they uphold it for you and me if we break the law. So what gives? Are some laws ok to break and others not? Please explain Mr. Thomas

I wont say anymore. But I can tell you for sure, that come election time, Iíll remember.
shaking my head

Lexington, KY

#6 Jul 29, 2011
hmmmm wrote:
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Just because no one said anything about it, doesn't mean it was unethical. Do you really trust your city officials that much? I'm the one shaking my head, you are an idiot.
Then F'n move if you not happy with it....geez...no one cares if you stay or go!
jackass

Winchester, KY

#7 Jul 29, 2011
tax payer wrote:
While being the county attorney, working on behalf of the citizens of Clark County, he took a job as a private attorney suing the city of Winchester over a guitar shop being flooded. He worked out a settlement with city officials while he was the sitting county attorney.
Is it illegal or just unethical for the County Attorney to work out a deal with city officials to pay off one of his clients?
People who live in the city were already paying his salary. Then, they had to pay him again as a private attorney when he got his clients a huge payoff over a building flooding. How likely would this settlement have been had the city leaders not been sitting across the table from the elected County Attorney when this payoff was brokered?
After the guitar shop received the settlement check, there was a picture on their webiste of the owners and County Attorney Brian Thomas. Mr. Thomas was smiling as he stood between the two owners as they held up the check that had been paid to them on behalf of the City of Winchester.
I suspect Mr. Thomas was smiling because we paid him to be our County Attorney. Then, we paid him again when he sued our city.
The guitar shop case will always be the legacy of Brian Thomas.
please file complaint,just type in were to file complaint on attorneys.
joyce

Winchester, KY

#8 Jul 29, 2011
do what i did,go to squeaky wheel.com it will cost 5.00,but everytime some one reads it will go to his email,lets stand up and fight for our rights,his email is under brain thomas,county attorney.
shaking my head

Lexington, KY

#9 Jul 29, 2011
I see another this b**** is stalking me on topix...
lol

Lexington, KY

#10 Jul 29, 2011
Maybe the families and parents should step up and stop the epidemic with their own family and kids. The County Attorney isn't a babysitter, he's a prosecutor.
Kathy

Winchester, KY

#11 Jul 29, 2011
Joyce you need to give up honey
Just Me

Winchester, KY

#12 Jul 29, 2011
lol wrote:
Maybe the families and parents should step up and stop the epidemic with their own family and kids. The County Attorney isn't a babysitter, he's a prosecutor.
I have never called anyone a name on here, but I feel like I have to just this one time. You are such a dumbass. No one ever said he should be a babysitter, but he is elected to prosecute criminals, and help the community solve the problems that arise from illegal activities. Thats what we pay them and elect them for. Are you really that stupid? Jeez!
joyce

Winchester, KY

#13 Jul 29, 2011
Kathy wrote:
Joyce you need to give up honey
NEVER!
lol

Lexington, KY

#14 Jul 29, 2011
"...the law is the law. Isnít he suppose to uphold the law? As a private citizen I can tell you for certain that the police department will certainly make sure they uphold it for you and me if we break the law."

BS. Clark County has the lowest DUI charge rate in KY and drunk drivers and driving junkies are everywhere here.
lol

Lexington, KY

#15 Jul 29, 2011
Just so you know the meaning of stupidity:

The county attorney's office performs many services and duties. The most obvious responsibility is the prosecution of all violations of criminal law within the jurisdiction of the district court; that includes all misdemeanors, such as DUI offenses, other traffic violations, assault, and theft of less than $300.

County attorneys have prosecutorial jurisdiction over juvenile issues, which include criminal acts, dependency, neglect, and abuse. County attorneys also work with judges to issue emergency protective orders in domestic violence cases, handle extraditions, and oversee mental commitments and disability cases.

In circuit court, county attorneys handle felony preliminary hearings and prosecute to recover delinquent taxes.

In addition to these prosecutorial duties, county attorneys serve as counsel to their counties' fiscal courts, districts, commissions, boards, and county officials in all legal issues (excluding Fayette County). For example, if a new easement is to be constructed, county attorneys have to advise our elected officials on the county's rights as a landowner. Where does our land end and someone else's begin? If a county government or agency is sued, the county attorney advises elected officials and defends the county's position in court.

Beyond these duties, many county attorneys choose to take on additional responsibilities to help their communities, such as collecting cold checks on behalf of merchants and businesses, delinquent property taxes for their counties, and delinquent child support payments for parents.

Do you see anything in there about running any programs to curtail drug activity or acting as a social director for the junkies? What exactly do you want him to do?
Just Me

Winchester, KY

#16 Jul 29, 2011
lol wrote:
Just so you know the meaning of stupidity:
The county attorney's office performs many services and duties. The most obvious responsibility is the prosecution of all violations of criminal law within the jurisdiction of the district court; that includes all misdemeanors, such as DUI offenses, other traffic violations, assault, and theft of less than $300.
County attorneys have prosecutorial jurisdiction over juvenile issues, which include criminal acts, dependency, neglect, and abuse. County attorneys also work with judges to issue emergency protective orders in domestic violence cases, handle extraditions, and oversee mental commitments and disability cases.
In circuit court, county attorneys handle felony preliminary hearings and prosecute to recover delinquent taxes.
In addition to these prosecutorial duties, county attorneys serve as counsel to their counties' fiscal courts, districts, commissions, boards, and county officials in all legal issues (excluding Fayette County). For example, if a new easement is to be constructed, county attorneys have to advise our elected officials on the county's rights as a landowner. Where does our land end and someone else's begin? If a county government or agency is sued, the county attorney advises elected officials and defends the county's position in court.
Beyond these duties, many county attorneys choose to take on additional responsibilities to help their communities, such as collecting cold checks on behalf of merchants and businesses, delinquent property taxes for their counties, and delinquent child support payments for parents.
Do you see anything in there about running any programs to curtail drug activity or acting as a social director for the junkies? What exactly do you want him to do?
Well, that sounds about right. Itís business as usual for someone thatís elected to his position. Itís business as usual. He got elected,, can do a mediocre job at his job description you just posted, and go home with his paycheck funded by the taxpayers of our community and rest well thinking he has made some kind of impact to help everyone. Bullshit! Thatís the problem in our society today. Itsí business as usual. Do you think that families that care about their young people arenít fighting like hell to keep their kids off drugs? I know my family is doing just that, and so are a lot of others. Weíre not asking for a babysitter, weíre asking for someone to grow some balls and help us with a lot of the tremendous problems we have in our community, and not just worry about carrying out their stupid job description. And by the way, I donít even think he does what you described very well at all.

It seems to me that there are more private citizens trying to form programs to help with these issues more than our elected officials have ever thought about doing. Maybe I am the dumbass. I thought we elected people to help and serve their communities with the major problems we face. But I forgot. It may not be in their job description. Silly me.

Uri think all of them, including our beloved county attorney, need to get off tier sorry asses and start helping more, instead of worrying so much about cold checks out at Wal-Mart, or how many flowers we need down on main street. But thatís ok, you got your paycheck right? Go home and donít worry about it, because its quite apparent that none of you are going to do a damn thing beyond your precious job description. Just do one favor for me if you can. Donít make all these big silly ass promises all of you make come election time. Weíre tired of hearing your bullshit.
Electoral Vote

Pflugerville, TX

#17 Jul 29, 2011
I did not vote for him the first time and sure as Hell won't vote for him the next time either. Not so sure that anyone else could do any better but I would like to see a change....... Personally, I feel that anyone in any elected office should only be allowed to serve ONE term. That way there is always a change in leadership with fresh and new ideas..... Just my opinion.
lol

Lexington, KY

#18 Jul 29, 2011
If you want to help your family with drugs, stop allowing them to do it on your time and money. It doesn't take an elected official to sit the little punks down hard and tell them about life BEFORE they get out of hand with it. It takes a parent who is less concerned about their own partying and acting like it's not happening because they're too lazy to take control, and more concerned about knowing where their kid is, who they're with and where they need to go in life.
This is all the family's job, not the cops, courts and certainly not the prosecutor. Lead by example and don't enable them all their life, they'll get it.
wait what

Lexington, KY

#19 Jul 29, 2011
Lets all rip the hardest farts and break the law with the smell of our farts and silly poopies!!!
Holy Shiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiit

Winchester, KY

#20 Jul 29, 2011
Ok... enough is enough... First of all... it is not the county attorney's job to arrest anyone. It's not his job to investigate drug trafficking, and it's not his job to see to it that every junkie in the world gets put in jail or rehab either. Arresting people and investigating crimes is the job of the CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT and the COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT!! Thats why these departments have DETECTIVES... DETECTIVES investigate crimes, gather evidence, and make arrests... county attorneys take the evidence the detectives give them and decide if they have enough to move forward with a trial or not and then move forward accordingly. This is in addition to the other duties a county attorney has such as taking citizen complaint reports and getting warrants signed by the judges. They also take responsibility for collecting child support, collecting back taxes, and many many other duties.... HOWEVER... not a single one of their duties including being a detective and gathering evidence or arresting anyone. The police and sheriff's departments are the ones that handle investigations and make arrests. Seriously people... if you wouldn't have been sleeping or looking down Mary Rotten Crotch's top during civics class you morons would know this stuff.

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