Archive for the ‘Lincoln Parish Sheriff’ Category

Sumlin Trial Put Off Until October

04/19/2017

Trial for former State Representative William Sumlin was rescheduled for 9:00 AM, Monday, October 30. It had been set for next week.

The action came yesterday afternoon at Division B Judge Tommy Rogers’ Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court in Ruston.

Yesterday’s hearing was on a motion to strike by the defense, but that too was reset for 1:30 PM, July 18.

Sumlin was charged in October, 2015 with indecent behavior with a juvenile, and a Lincoln Parish Grand Jury returned an indictment in December, 2015.

Representing Sumlin was Lavalle Salomon, and representing the State was Chief Felony Prosecutor Lewis Jones.

Speed Trap: Slaughter, LA

04/19/2017

From The Hayride

Needless To Say, Slaughter’s Mayor Robert Jackson Ought To Resign Yesterday If Not Sooner

By Scott McKay

Something both conservatives and liberals ought to be able to agree upon is that the traffic and criminal laws shouldn’t be a vehicle for local government revenue.

Which is to say, it is an abuse of power to see the writing of tickets as a means of taxing the populace rather than to promote public safety. That’s why Louisiana law, in RS: 40:2401.1, declares…

“municipalities and their police departments are prohibited from establishing or maintaining on a formal or informal basis policies which require or suggest predetermined or specified number of any type or combination of arrests or traffic citations.”

Unfortunately, the town of Slaughter, which is in East Feliciana Parish northeast of Baton Rouge, has a mayor who doesn’t give a fig about his constituents and certainly has no regard for state law. Bobby Jackson was caught on tape commanding the town’s police chief and his chief deputy to have his officers write 40 tickets apiece each month, which is about double what they currently write. Regardless of what it’ll take to write those tickets.

Thankfully, the chief deputy recorded the conversation and gave it to WBRZ-TV…

It’s fair to say the mayor acquitted himself poorly in that interview. It’s also fair to say he’s not exactly a leader you’d expect great results from.

But Bobby Jackson, who ought to clear out of his office and go back to whatever private sector job he has on the side before lunch today, isn’t alone. This business of using law enforcement to prey upon the populace in order to raise money for the ruling class, is a lot more widespread than it ought to be. It’s a practice which goes all the way back to medieval times; there is an unquestionable feudal odor to the idea of manipulating the law so as to squeeze the serfs out of their spare change.

And in larger towns than Slaughter – Baton Rouge is a great example – using the cops as a cash generator by hammering away at tickets for inspection stickers and driving five miles an hour over the speed limit rather than having them concentrate on fulfilling the vow to protect and serve is common practice. One of the expected results from the Alton Sterling investigation the Justice Department is going to release soon, while the police officer who shot Sterling is likely to be exonerated, is that the BRPD and city-parish government will come under fire for burying its citizens, and particularly poor and black citizens, under a financial burden with excessive and expensive traffic and other tickets. That was one of DOJ’s key findings when it investigated the Mike Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri – that town was using the issuance of tickets as a means of alternative taxation, and forcing lots of poor citizens into outlaw status because they simply couldn’t afford $500 for a speeding ticket, and so forth.

This should be greatly discouraged. It’s one thing to enforce traffic laws, though those can be enforced by a police officer stopping a motorist and delivering a friendly lecture on road safety just as much as sticking a driver with hundreds of dollars in fines. It’s another to use the police as something akin to mob enforcers. It’s correct that this should be illegal, and if Jackson won’t resign here’s hoping Attorney General Jeff Landry writes the mayor a big ticket of his own.

Lincoln/Union District Courts Order ROR for Some Misdemeanors

04/11/2017

Following the action of Ruston City Court last month, judges of the Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District have also issued an order rescinding the misdemeanor bond schedule in effect, and adopted a revised policy regarding bond requirements.

Wrote Judges Cynthia Woodard, Tommy Rogers, and Jay McCallum:

Considering the need to reduce the number of persons who remain incarcerated because they cannot afford to post bond misdemeanor charges, the Court after consultation with the Sheriff and District Attorney deemed it appropriate to rescind the misdemeanor bond schedule currently in effect and to adopt the following policy and procedure with regard to misdemeanor arrestees:

1) After arrest, all misdemeanor arrestees – except those expressly listed in Section 2 below and those who are non­ residents of the State of Louisiana – will be released on their own recognizance after the completion of standard booking procedures.

2) For arrestees charged with offenses listed in (i) – (liv) below or non-residents, the duty judge will make a case-by­ case determination as to whether the arrestee will be released on recognizance or if bond will be required. This determination will be made after review of the affidavit for probable causes.

See here the complete order with offense list.

All You Need to Know About the Detention Center

04/09/2017

Five years ago, the entire budget for the Lincoln Parish Detention Center was $2.1 million, when LaSalle Southwest operated the facility. For 2017, the payroll alone is more than that figure. The jail is now operated by Sheriff Mike Stone.

Your tax dollars at work.

Some Ruston Misdemeanors Will no Longer Require Bail

03/31/2017

Some violators of City of Ruston misdemeanor ordinances will no longer be required to post a bond, and will instead be released on recognizance (ROR), which only requires a signature by the accused offender as a promise to appear at a court date. Among the offenses that may still require a cash bond are: assault, battery, DWI, resisting arrest, and flight from an officer.

The new policy was spelled out in an order by Ruston City Court Judge Danny Tatum.

Previously, there was a preset bond schedule for offenses.

See here the order.

Third Judicial District Court judges are said to be contemplating a similar order for that jurisdiction.

The action came as a result of a federal lawsuit in Bossier Parish that challenged the practice of preset bonds for minor crimes. The plaintiffs alleged that indigents charged with crimes often served jail time awaiting trial because they couldn’t afford bail, nor could they afford the $40 fee for an indigent attorney.

The new policy could result in a reduction of inmate population at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, and negate the need to expand the jail’s capacity.

Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone is currently lobbying the Lincoln Parish Police Jury to “co-sign” for a $2.5 million construction project to add nearly 100 new cells at the jail.

Stone’s plan is also threatened by reductions in state funding for housing state prisoners, a major source of revenue for the local jail.

According to a 3/10/17 New Orleans Times Picayune news story, the daily rate which the state reimburses may be cut from $24.39 to $10.25.

Sheriff Continues Push for Jail Addition

03/19/2017
New Additions to Lincoln Parish Detention Center

New Additions to Lincoln Parish Detention Center

Last Thursday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission saw a continued push by Sheriff Mike Stone for additional beds at the parish jail, albeit scaled back from the original want list.

Warden Jim Tuten said they had re-evaluated and are asking for the trustee dorm only. That would cost about $2.5 million, furnishings and all, he said.

Said Tuten, “We won’t have the final numbers until the bids come in.”

Tuten said if bids were let this fall, then occupancy could begin next summer. The new dorm would be able to house 96 trustee/work release prisoners.

Stone said that the jail pays $1/2 million a year to Ouachita Parish for overflow prisoners, and that money could go toward paying for the new construction.

In other business, the commission re-elected Police Juror Joe Henderson as President.

Detention Center Commission Meets Today

03/16/2017

The Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission will meet today, (Thurs, March 16), 10:00 AM, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor.

Here is the agenda.

Sumlin Trial Rescheduled for April

02/22/2017

The March 20 trial for William Sumlin was rescheduled for April 24, Division B Judge Tommy Rogers ruled yesterday in Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) in Ruston. Yesterday’s hearing on a Motion to Strike was also rescheduled, to March 14, 1:30 PM.

Sumlin’s attorney, Lavalle Salomon, claimed his wife was scheduled for surgery the week of the March trial dates.

Sumlin was arrested in October, 2015 of indecent behavior with a juvenile. In December, 2015 a Grand Jury returned a Bill of Indictment on the charges.

Representing the state was Assistant District Attorney Lewis Jones.

Sumlin Hearing Delayed, Again

01/17/2017

Once again, a hearing on a Motion to Strike on behalf of William Sumlin was delayed in a Ruston courtroom of Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Court late this afternoon. The hearing was reset for February 21, 2017.

Additional motions will be filed prior to that date, the court was advised.

Sumlin is scheduled to be tried in March on charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Presiding was Divison B Judge Tommy Rogers.

Appearing for Sumlin was Monroe attorney LaValle Salomon, and for the State of Louisiana, Assistant District Attorney Lewis Jones.

What They’re Paid

01/12/2017

sheriff
Information from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report 7/1/15-6/30/16
clerk
Information from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report 7/1/15-6/30/16
assessor
Information from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report 1/1/15-12/31/15