Tuesday, April 17, 2012

IS PHIL FITZGERALD ABOVE THE LAW?

Perhaps one of the big questions that have been on many of Liberty County taxpayers’ minds for years is whether Phil Fitzgerald is above the law? With the FEMA scandal nearing its crescendo someday soon, we will all have more information to form our opinion.

To avoid the cold water some throw on cases that have not been completed, Liberty Dispatch wants to respond to the standard idea from those who are defending people accused of a crime. That idea sounds very American. Here it is: “A person is innocent until proven guilty.” But aren’t there extenuating circumstances when it appears those officials who were suppose to pursue prosecution appear to have been amazingly reluctant to “prove anyone guilty”?

Here are a few problems our local officials presented to us when it comes to the FEMA/Fitzgerald, et al and other related problems from the Liberty County D.A.’s office:

*D.A.’s office and the County Attorney’s office have refused to prosecute Fitzgerald and all connected- period!

The basis of their refusal was not that Fitzgerald was innocent or there was a lack of evidence. The basis of the refusal to prosecute was as near a confession to their participation in a good ole boy system as we are likely to ever see. The D.A.’s office and the County Attorney are paid to prosecute and they are paid to seek justice. Every taxpayer in this county is likely to have a strong opinion on the FEMA contracts and the misuse of FEMA assets that happened after hurricane Ike.

*D.A. Mike Little when confronted by law enforcement with evidence against Fitzgerald tried to suppress it.

One scenario has Constable Royce Wheeler and LCSO Detective Chip Fairchild in the D.A.s office with evidence that is not only rejected, but the two men are rebuffed for bringing it. Another scenario has five men, Wheeler and Fairchild accompanied by Sheriff Henry Patterson and two right hand men, LCSO Captain Jim Cooper and Ken DeFoor at the county gun range- in a Fitzgerald discussion. Again, Patterson and the D.A. will have nothing to do with evidence against Fitzgerald- clearly a strong case of selective prosecution.

*The D.A. appears to be a witness FOR Fitzgerald’s defense!

When considering the idea that one is innocent until proven guilty when applied to people expressing their opinion on this case there are two areas worth discussing. The first one is the opinion by many in this community that regardless of what the courts decide or whether what was done was legal or not, many people believe what was done was just plain wrong.

The second area is the opinions of some that there is at the very minimum a verifiable case of selective prosecution that exist. The selective prosecution can be traced not only to the D.A. Mike Little, but to current Liberty County Sheriff Henry Patterson and some of his men. The lawmen who brought the evidence are not perfect men, but they are good men who are listened to when evidence is brought forth in a case.

Why did the D.A. try to shut down any investigation of these alleged Fitzgerald criminal acts? And then… when an investigation was inevitable, Mike Little becomes THE “star” witness for the Fitzgerald defense. Why have we never heard from Sheriff Henry Patterson? Or have we? Fairchild was fired. Wheeler and his daughter both had county “budget cuts” suddenly whack their little corner of the world. DeFoor resigned soon thereafter- all obvious “retaliation” by candidate Sheriff Henry Patterson.

Why would Patterson suddenly be a defender of the status quo – wasn’t he suppose to be the man coming into office to clean up the county?

Is the timing of Patterson’s silence on this case suspicious when one considers the D.A.’s involvement in investigating Patterson and his close friend Harry Kelly? Could there be a quid pro quo? Kelly is serving a short sentence in Leavenworth prison but there were more serious charges and potential prison time that some believed should have been laid on Henry Patterson as it related to hundreds of stolen guns from the Cleveland P.D. evidence room he was responsible for. Obviously, Henry Patterson got a deal pass…

There is a great deal of money and power that swirls around the justice system. The D.A. is retiring under many clouds of suspicion and charges of selective prosecution. Mike Little is suspiciously working overtime to install his handpicked “questionable” replacement. Mike Little is pushing the voters to elect the youngest, most inexperienced Assistant District Attorney in the history of his office, candidate Logan Pickett. In this already dysfunctional D.A.’s office the current D.A. is pushing Pickett to make sure anything he has done that is illegal is never questioned or surfaced after he is gone. As for Logan Pickett, his win-loss record in the D.A.’s office certainly does not instill confidence in the idea that the D.A. has found the ultimate protégé’. Also, there are serious allegations of spousal abuse by Logan Pickett along with terroristic threats, intimidation and strong-arming against his wife’s ex-husband.

Is Phil Fitzgerald above the law? We will soon see. Our opinions may vary, but as John Adams famously said, “Facts are stubborn things.” Many of the facts of this case are well known by the community and more importantly by the Liberty County D.A. along with his sidekick candidate Logan Pickett. The court of public opinion might think the net is yet to be cast broad enough to catch all of the wrongdoing in this case.

The Cleveland Advocate has also written a related story

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Royce Wheeler and Chip Fairchild tried to do what they are paid to do - uphold the law, but the DA and sheriff wanted no part of that. Instead Patterson and Little protected Fitzgerald and warned him that law enforcement persons were looking at him. He had time to cover his tracks.

The reward for Wheeler and Fairchild for trying to do the right thing? Wheeler's budget was cut by the county judge and he suffered harassment. Fairchild was demoted from captain at the sheriff's office and ultimately left there for another law enforcement agency.

Meanwhile Patterson might be reelected to another term (gulp) and Little will be allowed to enjoy his county retirement. Does this seem fair?

Anonymous said...

The previous poster is right on except that Patterson will not win.

Anonymous said...

Logan Picket is a sad excuse for an attorney and candidate for dog catcher.

Anonymous said...

Phil, you are too slick dude, whats next? Run for president? You made those feds look like idgets eh?

Anonymous said...

Classic Liberty Dispatch, glad to see you back on top of your game again, welcome back old friend!

Anonymous said...

I appreciate that Royce Wheeler and Chip Fairchild tried to get Little to do that right thing. Thanks guys...

Anonymous said...

Little, Fitzgerald and Patterson are a dynamic team. Obviously, no federal prosecutor can against them.

Anonymous said...

Lets see, how many people has Henry Patterson sold his soul to?

Anonymous said...

Teflon Phil!

Anonymous said...

I think Phil got a raw deal and he is innocent.

Anonymous said...

yeh right

Anonymous said...

You guys shouldnt say things about "Little Lord Fauntleroy" er Logan Picket.

Anonymous said...

All you little you people are going to vote for Logan Picket whether you like it or not, get it! LMAO

Anonymous said...

Liberty County is a $hit hole but it will smell a whole lot better after May 29,

Anonymous said...

now, do you understand why a key re-elect Patterson player.... is Harry Williams. Yes, he has the real estate and elderly abuse crimes, that must never be prosecuted! Remember the Gene Campbell money, and how so many of those transactions, magically ended up fraudulently deeded into Harry's name??? That's why he's in favor of Pickett, too.

Anonymous said...

well, hold on to your hats, folks; but there's some slush fund candidates for those little old tax evasion olympics, and indictments!!!

WHAT! Same Beaumont office? Same bank building, second floor?
At 10th and Calder? Same feds????

Say it isn't so....

Anonymous said...

We need Democrats back in public office - vote for Tim Allison, Constable Prec. 1!

Anonymous said...

Not to mention that Phil's trucks continued to Chambers County after they clean up in Liberty County. Wonder how much money they cleaned up on down there? Have heard nothing about that cleanup.

Anonymous said...

Mike Little is pushing Logan Pickett so hard because Little cannot afford the election of an "outsider"...one that WILL find all the skeletons that Little has tried to bury in his office.

Just hang on, Mike...YOUR time is coming! We'll see how YOU like it when the prosecution tables are turned against you! Many of us who have been abused by you will be standing by, pleased that you've finally gotten your due!

Anonymous said...

Joe Warren, a victim of Patterson and the outsiders.

Anonymous said...

Alls you have to do is change the Judge from Giblin to this new judge and a little grease in the old palm and abra gadabra. Bahahaha.

Anonymous said...

Karen McNair has been using a great "talking point" in her forum appearances. She says it is time for the DA's office to act responsibly in local public integrity cases rather than wait for the fed's sporadic actions. Interestingly, during the campaign is when Danny Diaz was indicted in one case at least. Is McNair already having an impact on cleaning up abuse of power cases? I think quite possibly there is a connection.

We as voters really need to look at who will act with integrity rather than who is the most popular good ole boy or girl. Constable Tim Allison (Pct 1) is a case in point. Here is a man who is friendly and kindly. His opponent is gruff though decent. His opponent Bowdain would be full time. Tim never shows up to act as bailiff in JP Court. I hear it was a couple of times in 13 years. Allison works a full time job out of Liberty. He is seldom heard on the radio. I guess he serves some papers, but the point is he is too busy to be doing the job really. It is a side line for him. He is liked by a lot of people and will probably get re-elected but this is the same mind-set that gets crooks elected- although other than not doing a thorough job I wouldn't call Allison a crook per se.

We have other people all over the place who want a public office but who also want to use it as a side-line. Their elections depend mor on how many people they have ingratiated themselves with, not on whether they can or will do a good job. Cleaning up the county means looking at all the offices and choosing people who can do the job and will be dedicated to doing it right. The price of being a Republican is eternal vigilence, just like the price of freedom.

Anonymous said...

Wheeler paid a price to reveal what he knew about Little and Patterson and Fitzgerald. Whatever else he has done, he did the right when the ehat was up high.

Anonymous said...

That Democrat-turned-Republican, Timothy Allison, is a tool for Friendly Fred McGuire and Egghead Norwood. However, he has a very charismatic wife.