The Law Can Move Fast, Sometimes

The wheels of justice can move fast, when the circumstances are just so, it appears.

In the fall of 2008, Town of Jonesboro District B Councilwoman Renee Stringer was arrested on a charge of “improper telephone communication,” LA RS 14:285. The arrest was made on a Monday, after the Friday night incident, or within less than 72 hours.

In other words, an investigation was conducted, a warrant was prepared and signed by a judge, and an arrest was effected over a weekend.

A lawsuit was filed by Stringer, after the charges were thrown out by the district attorney.

Complaint
First Amended Complaint
Defendant’s Answer

Compare the above to the glacial pace of the legal system in dealing with the perjury that allegedly occurred last May 8th, in a Jackson Parish courtroom.

Willie Joseph Convicted of Battery in Jonesboro – Witnesses May Have Perjured Themselves
Active Investigation Ongoing of Alleged Perjured Testimony in Jonesboro Trial
So… Who Lied? The Judge, or the Witnesses?

What is taking so long? In the Stringer case, they didn’t bother with a grand jury hearing, or lengthy investigation. Bang, she was arrested almost immediately. On a bogus charge, it appears.

Now we have a judge alleging perjury in his courtroom, but no one seems able to do anything about it.

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74 Responses to “The Law Can Move Fast, Sometimes”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Just guessing….I am supposing it was fast since the NAACP was not gonna get involved on behalf of the person arrested.

    I ain’t got no fancy education …never shook hands with the president of our country….don’t teach at a university …so from me, it just a guess

    • Jessie Says:

      Someone forgot to explain to the rest of the free world that “special interest groups” control the speed at which the criminal justice system functions, lest we forget, that only works in Jackson Parish.

  2. Rastus B. Gumm Says:

    It all depends on what side of the aisle you are on and who has the upper hand.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    How do we discover the final out come of Ms. Stringer’s lawsuit?

    Did she prevail against the TOJ, et al?

    Was there a judgment against the TOJ given?

    Why is this document was not provide with the others?

    Thanks!

  4. Bubba Gump Says:

    This is how the next few months will play out around here , they will never do anything about the perjury, it will be put under the rug. As for the Mayor nothing there it will be prolonged again & again & again & again I hope you are getting the point ! Just like the ” Mayor’s little side kick will never get anything done about the charges he has from May !

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Oh come on we know in less-lie town that an improper phone call is a lot worse than simple battery and perjury. so that should explain it to everyone.

  6. toldyouso Says:

    God is the Supreme and Final Judge and His justice will be swift.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Hope les lie feels better. He was in hospital in Ruston last week. Get well les lie you need to be well for the court date that is coming up.

  8. Bob Mc Says:

    Now you have peaked our interest. Why isn’t the whole case displayed? What was the bases on her arrest and the outcome of the suit. Did the town have to pay out to Stringer? Selective reporting?

  9. Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

    You people amaze me, you think just because Renee is doing her job, that she hung the moon. Many on here believe she will be the next mayor of Jonesboro, IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!!!! Please don’t get me wrong, Renee is the best that ya’ll have now. If Leslie isn’t in jail he will be your mayor, if he is it will be someone just like him. The people that want a change can’t vote and the people who support the crap you have now are gonna keep the crap. You need to stop lying to yourself by saying the blacks want a change too, they don’t. Their belief is the government is made of money and it’s about time we have control of it.

    • not all fools Says:

      maybe you might get a surprise, and if not at least the people will have a choice, we still America. they can vote for who they want. at least she does her job not like them that just follow or cow down. i think it funny you think you speak for all of the black people of Jonesboro, but i don’t think you do. you sound jealous to me.

      • Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

        not jealous, just know the system! Just remember what I said here after the election. Then we will see who the fool is!
        I personally don’t have anything at all against Renee. Its just a fact that the voting population of Jonesboro is black and they will stick together like glue! Ask anyone that has ever ran for public office and they will tell you that this is fact. Not to sound racist I probably could say the same for white people. Although white people can buy the black vote and beat another white person that didn’t buy it.

        • not all fools Says:

          sometime doing your job gets votes not $$$. if you are for a better Jonesboro why do you put down everybody ? not all black people want the crap as you call it and not all white people want good things.

          • Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

            name one time when doing your job has gotten someone elected?? The only time in my short history I can say a politician did his job was Mr. Randy Ewing, did he get elected Governor after doing his job?

            Just please do me one favor, after the next election, come back on this board as “not all fools” and let me tell you I said so!

            • not all fools Says:

              what joy will you get if you are right,will it give you some sort of happy feeling if the town goes down, please do us 1 favor-try to open your eyes and see something positive for us all. at least if folks vote then it will be done by them not you. things can get better but not when all they see is bad.

              • Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

                you are absolutely wrong! i left jonesboro because of the crap you guys have. i would love to get on here after the election and say i was wrong!!! but sitting back and wishing won’t do anything for the future of jonesboro. you say if people at least vote, well they have been voting. open your eyes and look around, jonesboro isn’t the only town in this much trouble. the people that vote are being bought, they are being deceived. the majority of the good people left in this country are busting their butts to make things better for themselves and their children on their own! they aren’t wishing the right politician is getting in office to help them. we’ve got to stop thinking a politician is gonna help us. we have to help ourselves!!! we the people have to take this country back from the government. if you think i’m wrong name me 2 good politicians, 2 good people that have made a difference without making a living off the government. you can’t they are all the same, get elected and then the power goes to their heads. they forget about the people and only think about how they can retire as wealthy as they can.

  10. No doubt Says:

    Matthew 10:22

  11. Anonymous Says:

    The law still moves in Madison Parish it just cant find Jonesboro .Where is Jonesboro?

  12. Anonymous Says:

    the law shall rise again

  13. not all fools Says:

    it want matter who is named you will find something wrong with them because it looks like all you see is bad-no good in folks. I hope you find a person that fits your mold but since you say you left then why does it even matter to you. at least those that stayed have more reason now than before, look around-no where but up and up it will be.

    • Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

      that’s bs!! i probably own more property in jonesboro than you do, i probably pay much more in property taxes in jonesboro than you ever will!!! it does matter to me! i just think that there is no politician left in jonesboro that is concerned more about jonesboro than they are concerned about themselves. Since Richard Zuber there hasn’t been a politician that wants to do what is right instead of what benefits them more. i’m sorry Don Essmeier should be there with Zuber.

      • hmmmmm Says:

        No politician left? Where have you been? Ms. Stringer is the ONLY one who has stood up for us. What is she in it for? $500 a month and being insulted every meeting by the mayor and his crew? Get for real!

        Yet, maybe I should apologize to you. She isn’t a politician she does her best to help people.

      • D.M. Jackson Says:

        “You people amaze me, you think just because Renee is doing her job, that she hung the moon”. If you recall that is how you started this thread, you admit she is doing her job, although you are amazed that people appreciate her work, or as you say…..think she hung the moon. You contradict yourself when you say that there has been no one since Zuber and then add Don to the mix. The people in her area must be pleased they voted her in and then no one challenged her in the last election. I would say that is indicative of someone doing their job. 500 doesn’t begin to pay for all the crap she has endured since she took office so she must love Jonesboro more than you do or she would have moved too. Since you have such a way to gauge the black vote and first hand knowledge of the white male vote, why don’t you run for office and give everyone a chance to put you in the position to do something besides hide on a blog behind a fake name and ridicule and criticize everyone that stayed in Jonesboro. That might take more effort and a considerable amount of courage, something you obviously do not have.

  14. Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

    i can’t understand why you think i’m being negative? I want what is best for Jonesboro, Louisiana and the United States. You are one of those who probably thinks that Bush was good for the US and the Jindal is good for Louisiana! We are in a mess, with the government taking control of everything! Look around, the only people building, the only people advertising, the only people that are spending money is the government. We the people are giving the government the money we must stop and demand representation! Its getting close to a revolution!

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:
    07/30/2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply

    you are absolutely wrong! i left jonesboro because of the crap you guys have. i would love to get on here after the election and say i was wrong!!! but sitting back and wishing won’t do anything for the future of jonesboro. you say if people at least vote, well they have been voting. open your eyes and look around, jonesboro isn’t the only town in this much trouble. the people that vote are being bought, they are being deceived. the majority of the good people left in this country are busting their butts to make things better for themselves and their children on their own! they aren’t wishing the right politician is getting in office to help them. we’ve got to stop thinking a politician is gonna help us. we have to help ourselves!!! we the people have to take this country back from the government. if you think i’m wrong name me 2 good politicians, 2 good people that have made a difference without making a living off the government. you can’t they are all the same, get elected and then the power goes to their heads. they forget about the people and only think about how they can retire as wealthy as they can.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    I stayed in Jonesboro for the reason that as bad as the politics are it is better than anywhere else that I know of. Is there a better town to live in in north Louisiana. Please don’t say Grambling!

    • Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

      How do you figure Jonesboro is as good as any town in north la? Have you looked at property values? dropping like theres no tomorrow. Have you looked at the schools? graduation rates, rates of students attending and graduating college? how many of these kids are we paying for now, how many will we continue to pay for?
      Its time to realize that the government isn’t here to take care of us, we should start taking care of ourselves!!!

      • Wayne Says:

        If you don’t have to live in (it) why do you care? There are people that exercised their right to stay, just like you say you exercised your right to run off. Hope our family never has to wake up to such a negative mind set. If you are so concerned why don’t you come back and put your shoulder to the wheel and help or like an earlier comment, run for office and get the problems you keep pointing out corrected……much easier to be an arm chair quarter back isn’t it?

        • Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

          Hello Wayne, seems you are an armchair quarterback too!
          BTW I didn’t run off, like earlier post I still own several properties in Jonesboro and pay my fair share of the taxes that are being wasted. I saw the writing on the wall and wanted much better for myself my wife and my kids. (and that’s what I have now)

  17. Anonymous Says:

    If Rene is the best we have we are in trouble!

  18. Anonymous Says:

    one more time what city is better than Jonesboro?

    • Anonymous Says:

      most of them, even Winnfield!

      • Anonymous Says:

        Yep thats sad the even Winnfield is better than Jonesboro. Honestly I believe all north la towns are better than Jonesboro, heck all south LA towns are better too. I think even New Orleans under Nagins watch is better than Jonesboro is now. That’s a sad, sad truth!

  19. Anonymous Says:

    The writer of the “Leslie is King” messages may pay property taxes in Jonesboro, but he or she is not able to vote for mayor and aldermen, and that is what this town desperately needs: more voters who will bravely go to the polls and vote for qualified persons, no matter what their race. Everybody has a right to live wherever they want, but it is pretty hard to help the town that you moved out of if you can’t vote. This type letters won’t help. Walter Abbott manages to do much more than his share, probably more than most of us who still live in Jonesboro by revealing what is going on, but there just are not many like him.

  20. Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

    This is the point i’ve been trying to make. (IF) Jonesboro had enough people who cared, you wouldn’t have Leslie as mayor.
    (BUT) you don’t! And as sad as it is you never will again. To many like myself, who had strong ties to the community have left, to better themselves, and will never ever come back, even when I retire.

    • You Aint the King either Says:

      you wont be missed.

      • Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

        Blast me if you want, I don’t care. But the sad thing is I miss the old Jonesboro, probably more than most! I’m just smart enough to realize it will never be that way again.
        There’s nothing I want more than for Jonesboro to get back to what it used to be. I would love to say I’m wrong. I would love to retire there, I know a lot of the people and have a place to go.
        I’m just not blind and stupid.

      • Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

        BTW I know “I aint the king either”
        I’m just not gonna be blinded and say well ole Leslie will get what he deserves one day or we’ll just show him we will elect Renee!
        Jonesboro has changed and it will never be the same, no matter what we hope for.
        Dude, you can just walk around Wal-Mart and see how much it has changed. Ask any business owner in Jonesboro how its changed. Open your eyes and you can see it too. Saying the majority want a change is being blind, the majority has voted more than once for what they want. Either join the majority or wine and complain like everyone else on this board or leave and change yourself. Its all up to you.

        • T. Domingues Says:

          I have been reading this thread for a week now and whether you know it or not, you don’t speak for anybody but you. They get it, they hear you loud and clear. You think your former town is past redemption, no one will vote for Renee Stringer, those people can either agree with you or shut up and complain.

          What do you think you are doing? I see no where in your posts where you offer any solution or hope, just doom and gloom and almost damning people that have chosen to stay and live in that town. I have to agree with the post that asked why don’t you return and run for the office if you have such a keen observation of the demise of your town. It appears that you are no better than the ones you castigate for trying to believe that their town will return to normal. One inept person destroying a town is equal to one that decries any person willing to try to make a change for the better.

          • cc rider Says:

            Thank you, T. Domingues!! You hit the nail on the head. I’ve encountered this kind of person, who basically sat back and told me what I needed to do but they didn’t have the balls to step up – just wanted someone else to do something and continue to sit back and complain and bellyache about the situation. I think I have a good idea of who this person is that constantly complains on here and whines so loud!

  21. dirk Says:

    The initial question was: What is taking so long? I think the answer lies within the article itself. “In the Stringer case, they didn’t bother with a grand jury hearing, or lengthy investigation. Bang. She was arrested almost immediately”. Perhaps a lengthy investigation and grand jury hearing would have resulted in there never having been an arrest of Ms. Stringer nor the lawsuit that followed. Perjury cannot be tolerated and should be punished. What is wrong with going through the proper, prudent process to get there instead of another rush to judgment ?

  22. Anonymous Says:

    nobody could think winnfield is better than Jonesboro unless they live in Tallulah or ruston

    • Anonymous Says:

      why do you think Jonesboro is better than Winnfield? I’ve always thought Jonesboro was better until now.

  23. Anonymous Says:

    Jonesboro’s bad times is better than Winnfields good times.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    I see “Leslie is king” has given those of us who remained in Jonesboro three options:. That is very generous, coming from a person who left, regardless of the reasons. It is simple arithmetic: leaving Jonesboro will never make it a better place. There is still a chance, as long as those of us here continue to vote and speak out for what is right (or “whine” as he or she puts it), there is still hope. Don’t know what the purpose of these letters are, but they sound like “whining and complaining,” and none of the options offered sound like the best ones to many of us. Thanks, but no thanks.

  25. Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

    So Just say I’m wrong and all you people that can’t see the writing on the wall elect Renee, then what??? You don’t have a council that let her do what needs to be done! So how does Jonesboro ever get back to where it needs to be? IT DOESN’T! You don’t have the people living and voting there that you need, see it’s only down hill from here.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    OK gloom & doom. You have made your point, but thank goodness a lot of us do not want to accept your “solution.” There have been a lot of battles throughout history that appeared could never be won, including the Revolutionary War, but they were. And they were not won by throwing in the flag, giving up, and moving somewhere else. Don’t know why you keep sending these messages, but it appears that you really believe the first three words in your title. .

    • rewind Says:

      Thompson’s billboard has spoken again.

      Perhaps the following will give you some insight:

      (1) The legislative powers are vested in and exercised by the board. (R.S. 33:362(A)(1))

      The mayor is the chief executive officer. (R.S. 33:362(B))

      To supervise and direct the administration and operation of all departments, offices,
      and agencies, other than a police department with an elected chief of police, in conformity with
      ordinances and law; however, no ordinance may limit the authority granted to the mayor by this
      provision. All administrative staff are subordinate to the mayor. (R.S. 33:404(A)(1))

      Guess the L A W reads differently to your hypothesis…..thank God!

      • leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

        There are 2 different city charters, one that is run by the council with or without the mayors approval, and 1 that is subject to the council but approved by the mayor. I think you need to see how the Town of Jonesboro is. If you look deep enough you will find that it doesn’t matter what the council wants if the mayor see different, he has his way! This was set up under Zuber’s administration and still holds true to this day! Don’t believe me go check for yourself, ask Bea Rice or Don Essimier they both can tell you the truth!!

  27. leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

    What I don’t understand is all you people on this board, think I doom and gloom. You think I what the worst for Jonesboro, since I moved and all. I’m completely opposite from that. I want nothing more than for Jonesboro to get back on its feet and be the great little town that had more money in the bank than most big towns in our area. It’s just gonna take a whole lot more than getting on this board saying Renee is the answer to all our problems. Its so much deeper than that. We have to take our schools back get the property values back up, so people want to live in Jonesboro not be stuck in Jonesboro. It’s gonna take a whole lot more than Renee bucking the mayor. Its gonna take everybody sticking together wanting the same things for our town. Without a good school system, without good government, without property values it aint gonna happen, with Renee or anybody else. There’s nobody that as sick as I am about the current situation in Jonesboro or the future of Jonesboro as I am.
    But instead of sitting here whining about it or blaming someone like me you people continue to let the things happen that have been happening, even Renee, just gripe and complain but have no answer to the problem!

  28. Anonymous Says:

    OK since you are so critical of we “fools” who have stayed, here, voted our beliefs, spoke our minds about what is happening, encouraging those who are taking an active part in trying to reverse the direction in which we all see it going, tell us what you have done that is so much more productive than those who stayed. Walter Abbott is a good example of what can be accomplished by someone who lives elsewhere, but is interested enough in his former home town to report in detail what is happening . Looking forward to your list.

    • leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

      what have you done? except maybe vote, which didn’t help!!
      how many council meetings have you been to since Leslie has been elected? I’ve been to all but maybe 4 or 5! I have an interest in Jonesboro!!! I’m just sick and tired of people thinking that the majority of Jonesboro want any better, they don’t! wake UP! They have voted for and will continue to vote (and elect) what they want, and that has been Leslie. And unless his is in jail will continue to vote for him. It just makes me very sick to look on here (btw I think Walter has done more for Jonesboro since Zuber) and see the stupid people thinking just because Leslie has so much bad that the majority of people in Jonesboro will elect Renee next time, IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN! I wish it would but IT AIN’T GONN HAPPEN!

  29. Anonymous Says:

    I think the key statement in the above is “except maybe vote, which didn’t help!” As long as we have a mindset like that, that our vote doesn’t count or mean anything, we will continue to wallow in the mire of people like Leslie. Voting, and encouraging others to vote, is the single most important thing we can do to reverse this process. Going to council meetings may help a person be better informed as to what is happening, but it won’t do anything to change it.

    • Leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

      I totally agree, everyone here thinks I’m against Joesboro, I’m not. The one thing I keep trying to say, but no one is listening is that the majority of people that can vote is Jonesboro is the majority that has spoken. You can’t change the vote, even if you get all the minority to vote, you still are in the minority!!!

  30. Anonymous Says:

    OK, we finally agree on everything said in the last two messages. However, I do not agree with your heading: Leslie is not a “king,” although he thinks he is, and all the rest of Jonesboro are not fools, there simply are not enough of us now. Too many people have moved away, just like you did.

    • leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

      Wow someone finally got it! Anonymous 5:05 I totally agree!
      Sad thing is we have made Leslie KING and the rest of us are FOOLS!
      I have watched this very closely for several years, there’s people like Walter May, Jim Fannin, Jonathan Stewart, and many, many more that we don’t even know about. That thru the years have given Leslie money to turn out the black vote. Wether they cared or not they created a monster, and we the people that voted for these fools (I did vote for several of them) in turn created what is Leslie Thompson today. Leslie told the black vote that he was doing something great for them, thus the KING. And sadly we created a monster that can’t be taken down. Leslie is so connected to the whole political system that no one whats to touch him.
      And even though most on here get mad at me, Renee can’t do it!
      I think what Renee has done, is awesome, but what she and most people on here doesn’t realize is the majority of the voting population of Jonesboro wants Leslie not Renee or anybody else.
      Sad, Sad, Sad.

      • anonymous Says:

        Ok,at least those that do want someone other than the “king” as you refer to him will have a choice, many choices as a matter of fact, so let them vote and please move on.

        • leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

          they can vote but they are gonna get the same results!
          remember this is the definition of insanity

  31. Anonymous Says:

    I would like to believe by now everyone knows leslie is a moran.Now if your race thinks you should vote color instead of ability to do the job, go do it.I don’t think any of our elected officials have the guts to prosecute anyone that the news media talks about a lot because people will look at them a little closer.

  32. Anonymous Says:

    To “Leslie is king and the rest of you are fools”: Thought you finally “had it” when included yourself in the “fools” category in the 8-7 message. Now, however, you have gone back using “the rest of YOU.” We probably saw what was happening way before you did, with the help of Abbott’s reporting, but there was not enough of us to do anything about it. You still have not offered any helpful “advice.”
    Maybe if you and others moved back to Jonesboro so you could vote and do some good, if you think so much of your former home and the people in it? Votes are what we need.

    • leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

      I agree voters are what you need, but why in God’s name would we move back?? BTW I saw what was going on long before Walter came along!

      • Blake Says:

        You have to be the most insipid moron that has every pulled a chair up and pressed the power button on a computer.

        • leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

          Just keep believing this crap and keep living in jonesboro and giving your tax money to Leslie. As long as you do this he will remain in power!!!

  33. Anonymous Says:

    OK Walter, I think it is time you put this subject to bed in the “Older entries archive.” Out of the 70 or so messages, it seems like half of them have come from “Leslie is King etc.” author, and he or she has not offered a single helpful suggestion to help our situation, just repeated how hopeless it is. Somehow “King” wants us to see that this is rendering a great service to the critics of the Thompson administration, but I for one fail to see how.

    • leslie is KING and the rest of you are FOOLS Says:

      Why can’t any of you fools see that Leslie will remain in power of Jonesboro as long as there are people that think he is doing good for the community? There aren’t enough good people left in Jonesboro to make a change!!!

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