Sunday, March 18, 2012

GROCE INJUSTICE

If recent media reports are correct and former County Commissioner Lee Groce signed a document attesting to the fact he “Did knowingly and willfully make a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation” in the infamous Liberty County FEMA fraud case, then why would anyone consider allowing taxpayers money to pay Groce’s legal bills?

The government may have agreed to drop all other charges against Groce and they may have given him a deferred sentence of 12 months and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. But are we missing something here and there is some common sense reason that Groce’s plea-bargain should lead to more disrespect of the taxpayers of this county by trying to force Liberty County to pay a bill for $85,000 for the legal fees he incurred while fighting the indictments against him.
Media reports describing advice from the Attorney General’s Office and Robert L. Hobbs, the attorney in charge of the U.S. Attorneys Office in Beaumont to our County Attorney, aside … Is there no one who is going to protect the taxpayers of this county after a crime has been committed against them?

Considering the statement coming back from that request for advice from the US Attorney’s office and Liberty County Attorney Wes Hinch- “ Groce acknowledges his culpability on multiple points ... though the pending indictment will be dismissed, the situation could hardly be characterized as exoneration.”

Perhaps it is time for Liberty County’s District Attorney’s office to do what many felt they should have done in the beginning. Continued concerns about the selective prosecution by the attorneys in the D.A.’s office will not be tempered - as Groce sends taxpayers a bill and reminds us that the good ole boy system may be close to being gone, but nowhere near forgotten.

If taxpayers pay this bill, is it the result of a D.A.’s office that sits on its hands when a case is presented against political allies while they freely accept cases that are of no interests to the people of the county when it is a political enemy? If that happens, it is a gross injustice to the taxpayers of this county and it shouldn’t be tolerated. Why would any self-respecting lawyer work in a department with such practices going on, then turn around and run for public office?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Democrats that have spent this county into debt want us to pay for defending them in a FEMA case they have had to plea out? As Gomer Pyle use to say: "Surprise, surprise!"

Anonymous said...

At one point in time it may have been worth $85,000 to get rid of this "former" public officials. But now that they are gone, no deal.

Anonymous said...

Bill Buchanan's boy Phil is squirming and lil Lee is sending out bills?

Anonymous said...

Liberty County should be requiring these fraudsters to pay for the hours of legal work it takes to straughten their mess out.

Anonymous said...

The voters spoken loud and clear. they said something very different than Bill KSHN on this matter.

Anonymous said...

If Little Lord Fauntleroy didn't see enough evidence to go to grand jury on the eleven kids tied to bed posts, it probably was because his mentor,Big Mike, avoided cases like the FMA case. If we want something done we may need someone other than Little and Logan to do it.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the Feds didn't have a case against Groce or they wouldn't have agreed to a pretrial diversion!
Wonder how much their investigation thus far has cost the taxpayers?????

Anonymous said...

Put this bill paying to rest. Liberty County WILL NOT pay Groce's legal bills.