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“Reality is better than truth”

Since: Jun 07

Indianapolis

#22 Feb 8, 2008
None of which ha anything to do with this case.

Your son may or may not be guilty of anything but you weren't there and don't know for sure. And unless you spoke with the defender and monitored your son's actions, you don't know what happened there either. Expecting probation doesn't mean that there is a guarantee; a judge can overrule even a plea bargain.

BTW--it doesn't matter if "worse offenses go free"; they are irrelevant to your son's case. And no, gullibility is never an excuse.
NANCY ADAMS wrote:
MY SON A COLLEGE STUDENT AT BALL STATE WHO HAS NOT EVER BEEN IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW WAS INVOLVED IS A INCIDENT WHERE A KID PUT HIS HAND THRU MY SONS SIDE CAR WINDOW AND KICKED THE SIDE PANELS (A FIGHT OVER A GIRL) AND MY SON LEFT THE SCENE AND CALLED MUNCIE POLICE THE KID SAID MY SON TRIED TO HIT HIM AND MY SON WAS CHARGED WITH HIT AND RUN AND FELONY ASSAULT THE KID TRIED TO SUE OR INSURANCE COMPANY AND FAILED. MY SON WENT TO TRIAL HAD A WITNESS THAT TOLD WHAT HAPPENED AND WAS STILL CHARGED WITH TWO MISDEMEANORS .THE NIGHT THAT HE WENT TO TRIAL HIS PUBLIC DEFENDER TOOK HIM OUT FOR DRINKS AT A BAR AND NEVER TOLD HIM HE WOULD HAVE TO REPORT TO A PROBATION OFFICER BEFORE SENTENCING FOR A PRE PROBATION INVESTIGATION. THE THURS EVENING BEFORE SENTENCING THE PUBLIC DEFENDER CALLED AND TOLD HIM TO GET A HOLD OF A VICKY REED AT ADULT PROBATION HE CALLED HER FRI MORNING AND WENT TO CLASSES WAITING TO HEAR FROM HER AND DID NOT. THE FOLLOWING MONDAY HE SHOWS UP FOR SENTENCING EXPECTS TO GET PUT ON PROBATION AS HIS PUBLIC DEFENDER TOLD HIM AND WAS SENTENCED TO 90 DAYS IN JAIL BY WAYNE LENNINGTON WHO SAID HE DIDNT HAVE ANY EXCUSES. HEY WAYNE INSNT BEING GULLIBLE A EXCUSE? YOU COULD HAVE DONE OTHERS THINGS BUT CHOOSE TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF A KID WHO IS IN COLLEGE HAS NO CRIMINAL HISTORY AND HE SITS IN JAIL AND PEOPLE WITH WORST OFFENSES GO FREE. THANKS NANCY ADAMS

“Reality is better than truth”

Since: Jun 07

Indianapolis

#23 Feb 8, 2008
Christ, when does Granny Adams chime in?

Your son, first of all, is 22 and perfectly capable of handling things without mom and pop interfering. Secondly, "attempting to contact" a probation officer is not he same thing as doing so; you keep calling until you make contact.

The public defender cannot guarantee how any case will go or what the probabilities are; every case is different. If anything, you may have reason to dislike or call into question the competence of your defender, but the judge isn't responsible for a PD's actions or advice. He ordered contact before sentencing and it was not done. Not the judge's problem.

Did YOU speak with the defender or is all this what your kid said happened? Because, I hate to tell you, a lot of people assign blame to everyone but themselves in these situations.
Jim Adams wrote:
<quoted text>
This is a funny statement because Judge Lennington put my 22 year old Ball State student, no record ever, no arrests ever, NOTHING ever , in jail for 90 days for not contacting a probabtion officer for a pre-probabtion investigation. Now the cell phone records indicate my son called the probation office 4 times the week before the sentencing and his public defender repeatedly told him you are not going to jail. He sits in jail right now after we had to withdraw him from this semester at the cost of 40% of the term. He went from his morning class to the sentencing and has been in jail since. No offer of home detention or whatever. He took a kid out of college and admitted why on paper. Because of a pre-sentence investigation. Makes no sense!
New

Mount Gilead, OH

#24 Feb 8, 2008
I am sure every individual who walked out of his Court room unhappy said the exact same thing about him.
BSUFan wrote:
Quote of the Week
"I didn't do nothing except get screwed," the judge said.
haha, I love it
JUDY

Pryor, OK

#25 Feb 8, 2008
HE IS TOO OLD TO BE A JUDGE. TIME TO RETIRE.
oh2beme

United States

#26 Feb 8, 2008
okay some of yo may not like John Galt but what he says has a lot of merit.....

Randy Shepard is a hack, the bar association a joke, Indiana justice a bigger joke, and keep an eye out for Allen County ..... a couple of their judges are next in line.

BTW --- if this guy is guilty [and I hope they investigate his "trustee-ships"] we should all throw a party for JUSTICE
Skeptical

Indianapolis, IN

#27 Feb 8, 2008
This is nothing compared to what Judge Veronica Mia Roby and here gang of probation thugs got away with in Elwood for years. And she got nothing but a light slap on the wrist for it. Who will watch the watchers?
Bob Grand

United States

#28 Feb 8, 2008
Bad Judges exist. We all know they do. Judges can be Criminals. Very few practicing lawyers are willing or able to expose Bad Judges publicly, for they are at great risk when they must later appear again before the exposed Bad Judge. Exposure of rotten judicial apples offends and embarrasses the entire judiciary. When a lawyer, in diligent pursuit of his client's interests, dares stand up to Bad Judges, the "system" locks arms, and seeks to punish or suppress the iconoclastic lawyer. The system's resistance to admitting the existence of a bad judge can be astounding. Yet someone must stand up to challenge this cancer within the Judiciary. Bad Judges need to be weeded out. It is to the fair, competent judges that this is dedicated.
John Dean

United States

#31 Feb 8, 2008
Consider the following case: Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz wrote the well-known book Reversal Of Fortune, about his work on the Claus von Bulow wife-murder case. When talking about his book, Dershowitz publicly commented that to deal with Rhode Island judges it was necessary to have a "local yokel" to deal with them behind the scenes.

Whether true or false, Dershowitz's intemperate remark was offensive. In response, former Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux told the Providence Journal that he'd never let Dershowitiz practice in his courtroom again. According to the Journal, Lagueux said, "There's an old saying that you don't get into a urinating contest with a skunk."

Judge Lagueux was soon appointed to the federal bench. A former Dershowitz student and friend appeared before him - and asked the judge to recuse himself. But Judge Judge Lagueux refused, repeating his ban on Dershowitz's own appearances from the bench, and in a written ruling.

Dershowitz filed a complaint under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980. As a result, the judicial council of the First Circuit censured Judge Lagueux. This step was praiseworthy but rare, for in fact, most complaints are not acted on.

More strikingly, following standard procedures under the 1980 Act, the judicial council ordered that both the complaint and the censure be kept secret. The obvious question is: What good is a censure if no one knows about it? Indeed, Dershowitz was told he would face a contempt of court citation if he disclosed either his complaint or the censure.

Nonetheless, the story leaked - and was reported in a July 14, 1989 New York Times article. But if it had not, the complaint and censure would have remained entirely secret. And in this case, escaping the pitiless spotlight of publicity means, in effect, escaping any sanction at all.

Evidence Reveals Complaints About Judges Are Virtually Ignored

Dershowitz was lucky, in a way, that he was listened to at all. As Chairman Sensenbrenner's committee learned during the last Congress (when it tweaked the misconduct law), virtually no such complaints are acted on.

The subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee examining the law was told of one study from "fiscal years 1996 and 1997" that showed that "more than 1000 formal complaints were filed against federal judges nationwide. The chief judges decided that not one of these cases required official discipline." In addition, "[i]n more that 450 cases, complainants appealed the dismissal of their complaint to the judicial council of an appellate court. These councils rejected every appeal."

These statistics were deeply disturbing. As expert witness Douglas Kendall explained to the subcommittee, while no doubt some of the complaints were frivolous, "given the evidence that suggest that ethical transgressions do occur with some regularity, it strains credibility to suggest that not one of over 1,000 formal complaints warranted any official disciplinary action." (Emphasis added.) Indeed, Kendall himself provided devastating evidence about "junkets for judges" - so-called educational retreats at plush resorts to instruct judges in the law (the way the sponsor wants the judge to understand the law).

Since it is futile to file a complaint, few attorneys do so. They anticipate little benefit - and a potentially devastating cost.

Attorneys understand that the judge will be shown their complaint and given an opportunity to respond -- all in secret, of course. Thus, they reasonably fear that, if they appear again before the judge, they will be punished for their complaint in some subtle or not-so-subtle way.
State Bar

United States

#32 Feb 8, 2008
Indiana Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program
320 North Meridian Street
Suite 516
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Terry L. Harrell, J.D. LCSW, CADACI, Executive Director
tharrell@courts.state.in.us
Timothy J. Sudrovech, MA, LCSW, Clinical Director
tsudrove@courts.state.in.us
Mental Health Issues Support Group
3rd Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m.,
Call for location.
For more information call Terry at , toll free at or e-mail: tharrell@courts.state.in.us
The purpose of this group is to provide a safe and confidential place for lawyers to talk about depression and other mental health issues, to receive support and to reduce isolation.
JLAP provides confidential assistance to Indiana judges, lawyers and law students who may be encountering issues that could impair their ability to practice in a competent and professional manner.
Wonder why

Bowling Green, IN

#33 Feb 8, 2008
they're go after a Judge then go after a caseworker
The Rest of the World

Wooster, OH

#34 Feb 9, 2008
He is guilty. I don't know what we're waiting for. Let's convict him now. No need for the investigation to be complete. A trial is just a waste of time. I know, because I read it in the Indy Star. Nuff said.
Joe D Bryant

Winona Lake, IN

#35 Jun 12, 2010
So what's new? I learned the hard way 30 years ago that there's nothing more dishonorable in this state than its "judges" and their positions as front line guards of their political bosses' campaign funds and funders.
The entire system is more corrupt, evil, and dangerous than anything or anybody who could ever be brought into it.
I would not find a murdering rapist who's a Russian spy whom I saw robbing the Chase Manhattan guilty in an Indiana "court".
Joe D Bryant GREENWOOD

Winona Lake, IN

#36 Jun 12, 2010
Joe D Bryant wrote:
So what's new? I learned the hard way 30 years ago that there's nothing more dishonorable in this state than its "judges" and their positions as front line guards of their political bosses' campaign funds and funders.
The entire system is more corrupt, evil, and dangerous than anything or anybody who could ever be brought into it.
I would not find a murdering rapist who's a Russian spy whom I saw robbing the Chase Manhattan guilty in an Indiana "court".
I am not in Nappanee.
Michael Harrison

United States

#37 Nov 18, 2013
Skeptical wrote:
This is nothing compared to what Judge Veronica Mia Roby and here gang of probation thugs got away with in Elwood for years. And she got nothing but a light slap on the wrist for it. Who will watch the watchers?
I am a victim of that bitch i did 90 days in county jail for something that had been resolved for over a year i wish nothing but the worst for her and scott norrick they are both lucky i'm not a violent person
aTaleofTwoTittie s

Indianapolis, IN

#38 Nov 18, 2013
Michael Harrison wrote:
<quoted text>I am a victim of that bitch i did 90 days in county jail for something that had been resolved for over a year i wish nothing but the worst for her and scott norrick they are both lucky i'm not a violent person
Yeah sounds like your violent tendencies toward her are why you spent time in jail. Get over yourself jail bird. You are nothing but a deadbeat and you got everything you deserved!

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