I was first notified of attorney Leo Haffey’s arrest on September 19, 2009. Here is the email I received:
“Why is Leo the Lawyer in Jail in Nashville?
Leo the Lawyer (Leo Haffey) is an attorney from Nashville, TN who is a tireless patriot familiar to many of us on the Internet and various blogs.
The official charges are assault. His bond was revoked. No one has been injured and there are serious questions about the political motives of his accusers who are politically powerful liberal Democrats.
Attempts are being made to administer anti-psychotic drugs to Leo even though Leo says there has been no diagnosis established.
He was not allowed to call his wife or daughter in his defense, however the prosecution has called them as witnesses for the prosecution.
I don’t know enough about this case to speak authoritatively but I do smell a rat.
I established this blog as a showcase for some of Leo’s writings and to provide an information hub for his family, friends, and supporters.
If you would like to post articles, comments, or good wishes to Leo please contact Aristotle the Hun”
I spoke to Haffey’s wife a few days later and another time. She gave me an overview of what had transpired. At no time did she ever express that she was afraid of her husband. She emphasized that she and her family had been pressured and threatened by people in Nashville, neighbors and people in the legal profession who were Obama supporters. A fellow blogger with a background in marriage and family counseling and related court cases, Aristotle the Hun, has been in touch with Leo Haffey and his wife. This gentleman and I have been in regular contact including a lengthy conversation today.
So far, everything I have been told by Haffey’s wife and Aristotle the Hun has been proven true. A complaint was filed with the Nashville District Attorney’s office regarding pressure put on the Haffey family by local legal professionals. Today I called the Nashville DA’s office and spoke with Natalie Broadway, who was allegedly contacted via email to initiate an investigation. Ms. Broadway could not answer my questions and passed me on to her boss. I left a voice message and have not received a response.
This whole matter has smelled badly from the beginning and now smells even more. I am presenting below some documents and information on this case that will help clarify it.
Three affidavits below echo what I was initially told, that the incidents involved neighbors and that no one was hurt. It never made sense that Leo Haffey was held on no bond under these circumstances. It makes less sense now unless the judge who was apparently recused was indeed biased, politically motivated or very misinformed. I do know that Leo Haffey was evaluated soon after his arrrest and found to be no harm to himself. He also is being held in a minimum security facility.
As the old saying goes, there are two sides to every story, we will not make this a witch hunt. However, something is wrong with this picture. We need to help Leo Haffey get out on bail and be allowed to have adequate representation by himself or another impartial attorney.
As you read the following affidavits, be reminded that Leo Haffey and his two accusers are neighbors. They live in a condominium complex and apparently share parking access. Also the term prosecutor means the person filing the charges.
WARRANT NUMBER: GS436425 04/30/2009 19:27:51
Filed by Traci Horst, who is apparently the wife of attorney Brent Horst.
“On 4/30/9 at approximtely 1715 hours, Ms. Horst arrived home and went to the back of her vehicle to assist her child out of the back seat. Mr. Haffey, on a 2001 Black Honda CMX Motorcycle [5696ZV] pulled up behind Ms. Horst’s parking space, pointed his motorcycle in her direction and began “reving” the engine repeatedly. Mr. Haffey then eased his motorcyle in her direction as she was assisting her daughter out. Ms. Horst told him that he was scaring her but he continued. Mr. Haffey then slowly followed them to the exterior stairs with his motorcycle. Ms. Horst stated that a similar incident occurred on 12/10/8 [08-847049] in which Mr. Haffey swerved his vehicle at her vehicle in the parking lot of their condominiums.”
WARRANT NUMBER: GS438504 05/12/2009 14:53:58
Filed by Batya D Wininger
It is believed that this is the corresponding short bio for Ms. Wininger from her UPositiveBlog:
Nashville, TN, United States
UPositive is my business: I am a life coach specializing in, but not limited to, the creative process. I am also a licensed psychotherapist, and am certified in past-life regression therapy. Nonfiction writing is as much a passion as is writing songs, short stories, and murder mysteries. Read more about my work at UPositive.com. Yes, I keep busy!”
“On Wednesday April 29, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. the prosecutor was driving on Higland Park Dr. when the defendant who was driving in the opposite direction did knowingly and recklessly swerve towards the prosecutor’s vehicle. The defendant was looking directly at the prosecutor just prior to swerving and then honked his horn immediatly after. The actions of the defendant put the prosecutor in fear of imminent bodily injury. The prosecutor has had numerous confrontations with the defendant who is her neighbor. The prosecutor believes that the defendant is intentionally intimidating her because of prior conflicts between them. This event took place on Highland Park Dr. in Nashville (Davidson County) Tennessee.”
WARRANT NUMBER: GS438505 05/12/2009 14:55:32
Filed by Batya D Wininger
“On Monday 05/11/2009 at 12:20 pm The defendant was sitting on his porch with his dog when the prosecutor (who lives in the condo next to the defendant) attempted to leave her parked car and enter her residence.The defendant, along with his dog abruptly stood up and walked toward the prosecutor in an “aggressive” manner. The dog was reared up on it’s bag legs straining against it’s leash and barking. The defendant let the dog get to within approximately 1 foot of the prosecutor before pulling it away from her. The prosecutor has had numerous confrontations with the defendant in the past and felt like the defendant was going to have his dog bite her. The prosecutor believes that the defendant is intentionally intimidating her because of prior conflicts between them. The defendants actions put the prosecutor in fear of imminent bodily injury. This event took place at 6954 Highland Park Nashville (Davidson County) Tennessee.”
There is some interesting reading at Batya D Wininger’s blog:
One thing should be obvious, this should fall into the category of he said she said. However, the more one examines the details, it becomes increasingly apparent that something is wrong with this picture.
The link for the cases and affidavits can be accessed here with this input:
Leo Haffey Birth date 01/07/1951
Leo Haffey being incarcerated wihout bond for the controversial, minimal infractions, has troubled me. There has been some controversy as to the reason. A recent inquiry made to the Nashville jail indicated that the bonding company withdrew. However, from the evidence I have, it appears that the original judge, Gloria A. Dumas, ordered no bond. It was pointed out to me that Judge Dumas may have a feminist agenda. I have no corroboration of that as yet. However, Leo Wrote a motion on a scrap piece of paper from his jail cell. In the motion he asked for judge Dumas to be recused. That apparently has happened. Here is a copy of the handwritten motion.
Leo Haffey not only spoke out about Obama, he wrote of corruption in Nashville, Tennessee.
It is apparent that Leo Haffey should be released on bond. If not, a Writ of Habeas Corpus should be filed.
The withholding of bond, coupled with the suspicious affidavits, coupled with the charges against legal professionals who support Obama, coupled with Leo Haffey speaking out against Obama, makes this a case we must get an answer to. It certainly appears that an American patriot has become a political prisoner.
We must demand answers and justice.
I am not through with this case.
I am not through examining the two affidavit filers.
I am not through examining Nashville corruption.
Oh, and by the way, I am not through with Judge Gloria Dumas.
It seems Judge Gloria Dumas has a little attitude problem.
From News Channel 5, Nov 11, 2008:
“Judge Admits ‘Issues With Being Late'”
“For more than three months, our NewsChannel 5 Investigates team watched the Metro courthouse, and one judge left people waiting more than any other judge.
That judge, Gloria Dumas, has been a General Sessions judge for 10 years. Her responsibiities that include issues affecting Nashville’s neighborhoods.”
“Still, when NewsChannel 5 Investigates set up surveillance, we discovered how she really sets her schedule. Often the last to arrive, she’s sometimes the first to leave.
“I’m not going to tell you I don’t have issues with being late,” Dumas admitted to Williams. “I’m not going to tell you I haven’t all my life had issues with being late. It is something that I have problems with, always have had problems with.”
In fact, while she leaves everyday working folks waiting, we discovered Dumas often doesn’t leave her elegant Oak Hill home until well after she’s supposed to be in court.
Usually, she arrives at the courthouse at least 30 minutes late, taking another 30 minutes or more to get on the bench.
“Am I saying that’s my big old flaw? Yeah,” she added. “If you’re looking for perfect, you need to throw me out because I am not perfect.”
On Sept. 10th, Dumas left her neighborhood at 9 a.m. — 30 minutes after court was supposed to begin.
By the time she was outside the courthouse, she was almost 45 minutes late. Then she stopped to talk on the phone.
She talked and talked — until finally, at 9:51, she pulled into the garage — almost an hour and a half late.
“If you have trouble having the discipline to be on time, do you have the discipline to be a judge?” Williams asked.
“I think I’m a very good judge,” Dumas replied.
“Even if you are chronically late?””
It appears that Judge Gloria Dumas has a total disregard for the law
From News Channel 5, March 30, 2009:
“Judges Hire Family in Violation of Ethics Rule”
“A lot of people are looking for jobs these days.
But a NewsChannel 5 investigation discovered that you never had a shot at some jobs in the Metro courthouse.
That’s because some judges hired their relatives — despite judicial rules that actually prohibit nepotism.”
“In Judge Dumas’ case, she hired her daughter, Kim Levitan, in late 2005. Levitan was a college graduate with a degree in fine arts.
“And what made you think that she could do the job?” Williams asked her.
“‘Cause she’s very smart,” Dumas replied.
“Did she have any experience?”
“Did she have any experience in being in the courtroom? No.”
For 10 months, Levitan worked in her mom’s court. The salary at the time: $44,000 a year.
Still, Dumas admits she knew that there were rules against nepotism.
“Because I was bringing her in on a temporary basis, I just did not think it was an issue,” she said.
Williams asked, “If a defendant told you, ‘Judge, I violated the law, but I only did it on a temporary basis,’ would you accept that?”
“I don’t know how to answer a question like that,” Dumas said.
But Cunningham didn’t hesitate.
“Well, I know how to answer it — and I think anybody would know how to answer it. You don’t allow favoritism on a temporary basis or on a permanent basis or on any kind of basis.”
The rules that prohibit nepotism also say that judges have an obligation to report other judges who may be engaged in misconduct.
Yet, instead of speaking up, these judges say their colleagues kept their mouths shut.