May 24, 2012
Who knew little Delaware was up to so much deviousness? Sexual abuse of captive prisoners, illegally collected fines from traffic stops, secret meetings. . .
Article written by William N. Grigg, posted May 22, 2012 on Pro Libertate
In Oklahoma’s Delaware County, Sheriff’s deputies were too busy figuratively raping motorists in the village of Bernice
to supervise guards who were literally raping inmates in the county jail. As a result, the County Commission has put the screws to the entire county in the form of an 18 percent sales tax increase in order to pay the victims a $13.5 million settlement.
, which has a population of about 600, is bisected by Highway 85A. For the past quarter-century, the town has been one of the most notorious speed traps in the Midwest. Until recently, the town didn’t have a police department; instead, it contracted with the Delaware County Commission, paying $5500 a month to rent sheriff’s deputies to write speeding tickets and other citations.
A recent investigation conducted by Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary A. Jones discovered that since 1977, the municipal government had never published its ordinances as required by state law – which meant that its schedule of fines and court fees was invalid: The trustees never published the ordinances, as required by state law.
“Any ordinances (other than those pertaining to the appropriation of money) that are not published within 15 days of their passage are not in force,” notes the audit
. As a result, “the municipal court should not have collected fines of more than $50. The court has over-collected approximately $106,308 in fines through the end of June 2011”; in addition, the court also “over-collected” nearly $8,000 in court costs. The auditor directed the Bernice Town Board to reimburse those who had been subjected to illegal fines (in one instance, a motorist was given a ticket for $545). More importantly, from the perspective of those higher up in the tax-feeding chain, the auditor slammed the Town Board for withholding a cut of ticket revenue and court fees from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and state Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.
Posted in Corrupt Cops, corruption, Jails/Prison, Oklahoma City/County Government, Police, police brutality
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Just a few of the Candidates that will be speaking tonight in Lawton;
Tom Coburn, Gary Jones, Janet Barresi, and Jim Priest
Posted in Activism, Oklahoma City/County Government, Oklahoma EVENTS, Oklahoma Politics
Tagged candidates, event, Gary Jones, janet barresi, jim priest, john doak, lawton, lloyd fields, mark costello, Oklahoma, steven covert, Tom Coburn
GOP Declines CaucusOK at Oklahoma State Convention
April 23, 2009
Written by Sandra Crosnoe
Congratulations to Gary Jones and Angie LaPlant on their win at the 2009 Oklahoma State Republican Convention! Yes, I supported Cheryl Williams and was sorry to see her loose, but I am sure that in the effort to keep all factions of the party involved and included that she will rise to even greater opportunities within the party structure. She is so articulate and works well with everyone. What a gracious speech after the decision of the body! It will be very telling about the rhetoric from the podium to see what significant post she is offered in the party in the next few weeks.
Grassroots leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief that the party has now chosen to run things from the top down rather than implement the caucus as proposed. After all it is a lot less work for us to simply let the party hierarchy decide who our candidates will be. No need for grassroots activists to engage in the party efforts, we’ll get our voting instructions when we show up at the next district convention. Worked out really well for us last time with McCain now didn’t it?!
Now those of us in the grassroots side of the equation can get back to what we do best – mobilizing people on issues. Don’t tell anyone, but our numbers are growing and we are up from the last cycle in a non-Presidential year. The proposed GOP platform was improved and strengthened by the delegates on the floor. So the conservative base of our party is still present and strong and growing.