DAG Russell Johnson Sells Out

DAG Russell Johnson Sells Out

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Lone Ranger

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#1 Sep 17, 2011
According to the story in the KNS it looks like Loudon County District Attorney General Russell Johnson may be in the pocket of the good ole boy mafia that runs things in this area. Although DAG Johnson refused to investigate charges of white collar crimes against Winston Blazer, Gen. Manager of Tellico village, and turned over evidence given to him to Blazer's lawyer, Bud Gilbert, to investigate, he persued to the limit assault charges made by Blazer against an irate property owner, Angelo Leone, who confronted Blazer over derogatory remarks made by Blazer's and/or his employees on the Tellico Village Topix site. You can read the news article on the Tellico Village Website. It clearly reveals that the charges against this man were trumped up and dependent exclusively on Blazer's claim he has been "assaulted." After Leone was acquitted by a Loudon Co. Jury, Blazer told the reporter he was not responsible because the DAG was the one who persued the assault charge. When property owners took him evidence, encluding affadivits with whistleblowers names, that Blazer has stolen a John Deere tractor, a truck load of fuel oil and was using TV employees and equipment to do work on his farm in Streawberry Plains, Johnson told them that although it looked suspicious, he was "too busy chasing down and prosecuting child molestors and drug dealers to be bothered investigating it." He then turned everything over to Winston Blazer's attorney, personal friend, and former UT roommate, Bud Gilbert, to investigate. Gilbert charged Tellico Village over $40,000 in legal fees and reported back that there was nothing to the charges and that they were made by trouble making malcontents. Johnson closed the case. Gilbert had produced invoices for two different brand tractors which he said had both been delivered to Tellico village. The person who reported that both he and his mother were fired from Tellico Village jobs after he refused to sign invoices saying two John Deere tractors had been delivered to Tellico Village when one went to Blazer's farm, swears they are not the two tractors he refused to sign for. Blazer has refused to allow examination of the records to ascertain who is telling the truth, although two property owners sued to gain access to the records which are supposed to be available for public examination under TN law. You be the judge. Do you think Russell Johnson is in someone's pocket? Was prosecuting Leone on a trumped up false assault charge, made to discredit Leone because Blazer thought he was going to run for the Board of Directors, more important than charges that Blazer had stolen thousands, if not millions from Tellico Village? Oh yes...Gilbert's Tellico Village legal fees (beteen $100,000 and $250,000 per year) are so high it suggests payoffs and bribes may be being laundered as legal fees so the money can be accounted for on the books. If this can happen in this case, what makes you think it can't happen to you?
Leagal Matters

Knoxville, TN

#2 Sep 19, 2011
Lone Ranger wrote:
According to the story in the KNS it looks like Loudon County District Attorney General Russell Johnson may be in the pocket of the good ole boy mafia that runs things in this area. Although DAG Johnson refused to investigate charges of white collar crimes against Winston Blazer, Gen. Manager of Tellico village, and turned over evidence given to him to Blazer's lawyer, Bud Gilbert, to investigate, he persued to the limit assault charges made by Blazer against an irate property owner, Angelo Leone, who confronted Blazer over derogatory remarks made by Blazer's and/or his employees on the Tellico Village Topix site. You can read the news article on the Tellico Village Website. It clearly reveals that the charges against this man were trumped up and dependent exclusively on Blazer's claim he has been "assaulted." After Leone was acquitted by a Loudon Co. Jury, Blazer told the reporter he was not responsible because the DAG was the one who persued the assault charge. When property owners took him evidence, encluding affadivits with whistleblowers names, that Blazer has stolen a John Deere tractor, a truck load of fuel oil and was using TV employees and equipment to do work on his farm in Streawberry Plains, Johnson told them that although it looked suspicious, he was "too busy chasing down and prosecuting child molestors and drug dealers to be bothered investigating it." He then turned everything over to Winston Blazer's attorney, personal friend, and former UT roommate, Bud Gilbert, to investigate. Gilbert charged Tellico Village over $40,000 in legal fees and reported back that there was nothing to the charges and that they were made by trouble making malcontents. Johnson closed the case. Gilbert had produced invoices for two different brand tractors which he said had both been delivered to Tellico village. The person who reported that both he and his mother were fired from Tellico Village jobs after he refused to sign invoices saying two John Deere tractors had been delivered to Tellico Village when one went to Blazer's farm, swears they are not the two tractors he refused to sign for. Blazer has refused to allow examination of the records to ascertain who is telling the truth, although two property owners sued to gain access to the records which are supposed to be available for public examination under TN law. You be the judge. Do you think Russell Johnson is in someone's pocket? Was prosecuting Leone on a trumped up false assault charge, made to discredit Leone because Blazer thought he was going to run for the Board of Directors, more important than charges that Blazer had stolen thousands, if not millions from Tellico Village? Oh yes...Gilbert's Tellico Village legal fees (beteen $100,000 and $250,000 per year) are so high it suggests payoffs and bribes may be being laundered as legal fees so the money can be accounted for on the books. If this can happen in this case, what makes you think it can't happen to you?
The person who wrote this will be investigated. I will see that you are prosecuted.
Meister

Cleveland, TN

#3 Sep 19, 2011
What the he-- will someone be investigated and prosecuted for? The first amandment gives us freedom of speech. I guess when someone speaks the truth eloquently, it scares some people.
TeaBagger

Bartlesville, OK

#4 Sep 19, 2011
YEEHAW! lone ranger. Where can you find the supporting documentation? Is it online somewhere? I would like to read it.
TeaBagger

Bartlesville, OK

#5 Sep 19, 2011
YEEhaw, lone ranger! Where can you find the supporting documentation? Is it online anywhere? I and sure everyone would enjoy reading it
Meister

Cleveland, TN

#6 Sep 20, 2011
Lone Ranger says the Knoxville News Sentinel. Now we all know how reliable thay are.
Meister

Cleveland, TN

#7 Sep 20, 2011
I think the information was related eloquently and may be truthful, but not too sure about any biased news paper relaying information. I did not initially see that it was from there .
Journalism 101

Knoxville, TN

#8 Sep 20, 2011
Meister wrote:
I think the information was related eloquently and may be truthful, but not too sure about any biased news paper relaying information. I did not initially see that it was from there .
What could be more biased than a fool talking about how biased the newspaper article that he never read must be. When somebody references a newspaper article with "it looks like the newspaper said" that means it looks like that to them, not necessarily to everybody else. newspapers source information, it's called attribution. You will never find a newspaper like the News Sentinel "saying" anything in a news story except on the editorial page. The newspaper quotes other people, who may be biased, but that doesnt make the newspaper biased. Ideally the paper will try to find two biased sources with opposite opinions.
Meister

Cleveland, TN

#9 Sep 21, 2011
I have read a lot of newspapers or at least articles from them and the vast majority of them are biased one way or the other. I am not saying all are liberal or all are conservative, but the majority of them fail to give both sides of an issue or at least place more emphasis on one side than the other. I suppose they feel this will sell more newspapers.
Journalism 101

Knoxville, TN

#10 Sep 21, 2011
First of all, newspapers don't make any money by "selling newspapers" so that old saying doesnt make any sense.

Newspapers make their money by selling advertisements. They can charge more for advertisements when they have more readers. This is called circulation. Newspapers do try to encourage readership and circulation by writing stories they believe people will want to read.

Back to the issue of bias. What about when a newspaper writes about a murder, or for example the story about the Loudon man who raped his 2 year old son and put video on internet. Are you surprised that the story seems kind of biased against this child molester?

What about the stories about bank robbers? Do you ever find yourself wondering why those stories always seem biased against the bank robbers, making them look like criminals?

Newspapers tell stories. They are ethically bound to tell the truth but not necessarily to tell both sides of a story. After all sometimes the bank robber or the child molester's side of the story isn't as important as the victims.

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