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Leo Haffey, Nashville TN district attorney, Judicial misconduct, Judge Gloria Dumas, New bond hearing, Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, Joseph S. Daniels, Officers of court, Justice

I was encouraged to discover recently that a formal complaint was filed against Judge Gloria Dumas on September 21, 2009 by the Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary. We will await the results and hope for justice in that matter. However, what is protecting defendants such as attorney Leo Haffey, from statements and rulings by Judge Dumas? I contacted the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary and spoke to Mr. Joseph S. Daniels about this problem. He informed me that it was not their duty. I spoke to a friendly press liason from the Nashville District Attorney’s office today. She was not aware of the complaint filed against Judge Dumas. Well, now they have no excuse. From the Nashville District Attorney’s office, headed by Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III.

 

Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III

District Attorney General

20th Judicial District

NashvilleDATorryJohnson

 

“He is to judge between THE PEOPLE and the government; he is to be THE SAFEGUARD of the one and the advocate for the rights of the other; he ought not to suffer the innocent to be oppressed or vexatiously harassed, anymore than those who deserve prosecution to escape; HE IS TO PURSUE GUILT; he is to protect innocence; he is to judge the circumstances, and, according to their true complexion, to combine the public welfare and the safety of the citizens, preserving both, and not impairing either; he is to decline the use of individual passions, and individual malevolence, when he cannot use them for the advantage of the public; he is to lay hold of them where public justice, in sound discretion, requires it.”

Catherine Fout vs. State of Tennessee, 4 Tenn. 98 (1816)

http://da.nashville.gov/portal/page/portal/da/home/

The district attorneys and prosecutors are officers of the court and their duty and obligation is to seek justice.

From a legal dictionary:

“officer of the court n. any person who has an obligation to promote justice and effective operation of the judicial system, including judges, the attorneys who appear in court, bailiffs, clerks, and other personnel. As officers of the court lawyers have an absolute ethical duty to tell judges the truth, including avoiding dishonesty or evasion about reasons the attorney or his/her client is not appearing, the location of documents and other matters related to conduct of the courts.”

 

The Nashville District Attorney’s office is now aware of the formal complaint filed against Judge Gloria Dumas on September 21, 2009 by the Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary. I notified them today, Friday, October 9, 2009. Joseph S. Daniels of the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, is now aware that Judge Dumas presided over Leo Haffey’s hearing a few days before the complaint was filed. Once again, here is the handwritten motion written by Leo Haffey in jail.

LeoHaffeyJailMotion2

 
  

Here is the formal complaint filed by the Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary against Judge Gloria Dumas for judicial misconduct.

 “1. Following a full investigation authorized under the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated 9 17-5-304(b)(3), the three judge investigative panel composed of the Honorable Pamela Reeves, the Honorable Jean A. Stanley, and the Honorable Dwight E. Stokes found, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 5 17-5-304(d)(2)(A), that there is reasonable cause to believe that the Honorable Gloria Dumas has committed judicial offenses alleged herein in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated 5 17-5-302, and directed disciplinary counsel to file formal charges pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 17 -5-304(d)(2) (A).”

Read the entire complaint

http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/geninfo/COJ/documents/DumasGloria%20Formal%20Charges.pdf

The more I read and experience the judicial system in Nashville and Tennessee, the more concerned I become for this nation and for citizens like Leo Haffey.

From the Chattanooga times Free Press, June 21, 2008:

“Study: State low in judge disciplineARTICLE TOOLS”
“Tennessee’s system of evaluating judicial misconduct is too secretive and does not include enough ordinary citizens in the process of disciplining judges, according to a new study by a legal watchdog group.

“Judges are being allowed to judge other judges in Tennessee when it comes to ethical breaches,” said attorney Suzanne M.

Blonder, senior counsel for Halt Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based, nonpartisan group that monitors accountability in the

judicial system. “That gives the appearance of impropriety and makes the system seem self-protective.

Tennessee’s commission responsible for overseeing judicial ethics is a 16-member panel called the Court of the Judiciary.

Halt’s 2008 judicial accountability report card, released this week, ranked the state’s procedures for disciplining

judges as 31st in the nation based on criteria such as public participation and transparency. Washington state’s system

of judicial oversight ranked first in the study, while those in Maine and Mississippi tied for last place.”

“Ms. Blonder said the problem with Tennessee’s private letters of reprimand is that “they’re so lenient that they do not

adequately deter judges from abusing their power on the bench.”

The most egregious actions, however, lead to public reprimands, Judge Daniel pointed out. In rare instances, a judge may

elect to go through a trial to dispute allegations of misconduct.”

Read more:

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2008/jun/21/study-state-low-judge-discipline/
The District Attorney of Nashville, TN has an obligation, as an officer of the court, to promote justice.

Once again, to quote the Nashville District Attorney’s office:

“He is to judge between THE PEOPLE and the government; he is to be THE SAFEGUARD of the one and the advocate for the rights of the other; he ought not to suffer the innocent to be oppressed or vexatiously harassed, anymore than those who deserve prosecution to escape; HE IS TO PURSUE GUILT; he is to protect innocence; he is to judge the circumstances, and, according to their true complexion, to combine the public welfare and the safety of the citizens, preserving both, and not impairing either; he is to decline the use of individual passions, and individual malevolence, when he cannot use them for the advantage of the public; he is to lay hold of them where public justice, in sound discretion, requires it.”

The Nashville District Attorney’s office must immediately grant attorney Leo Haffey an emergency hearing to set bond and promote justice. Anything short of this is abject hypocrisy and dereliction of duty.

Leo Haffey, Update, October 9, 2009, Political prisoner, Nashville TN corruption, Judge Gloria Dumas, Suspicious affidavits, Obama thugs, Grand Jury indictments, Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary

***  Update below  ***

I received this in an email on Thursday, August 27, 2009, 12:38 PM

“obama co-conspirators. Charges should be brought against bo & his co-conspirators in every State in the USA. Then bo etc. can be prosecuted criminally and civilly. I have the Brief to get it before SCOTUS upon Original Jurisdiction.
 
Leo Haffey”

I posted this in an article on September 29, 2009

I do want to make the following crystal clear:

“To Nashville and Tennessee courts and politicians and the Obama camp. We are watching you. If there is the hint of inpropriety in regard to justice and the treatment of attorney Leo Haffey, we will find out, report this to the entire world and descend upon you with righteous indignation and legal recourse such as you could not imagine in your wildest dreams. Clear?”

Update, Friday, October 9, 2009 11:00 AM ET:

 

Now, with what I know about the charges that were filed against attorney Leo Haffey, the harrassment of and pressure placed on the Haffey family, the formal charges recently filed against Haffey’s hearing judge, Gloria Dumas by the TN Judiciary Committee, the suspicious affidavits that were filed against Haffey and other details, I am outraged.

I contacted the Nashville District Attorney’s office several days ago and contacted the recipient of a request for investigation. She could not talk to me. Her boss has not returned the call.

Yesterday, Thursday, October 8, 2009, I spoke to the office of Joseph S. Daniel of the  Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, and left a message for him to call me. As of 11:00 AM ET, today, Friday, October 9, 2009, I have received no call.

It is clear that Leo Haffey did not receive a fair hearing. Allowing the recusal of Judge Gloria Dumas is not enough. At the very least, Leo Haffey should immediately receive a new hearing and be released on bond.

Reported here on September 29, 2009

“Think UR safe N US?
I was arrested 4 times without probable cause & imprisoned at Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute. I’m a Lawyer who knows his rights so I forced the “doctors” to release me, but if they can arrest a lawyer without probable cause and falsely imprison him in Nashville, merely because the lawyer was speaking out against Obama, imagine what Obama’s goons will do to the average American who speaks out.”
Citizen Wells vow to get the facts

Fellow blogger, Aristotle The Hun, has been in constant contact with Leo Haffey and his family and provided some background information from Leo Haffey: 

“Excerped Notes From Leo’s Jail Letters
Sept 28-29, 2009
Admittedly I am in a minimum security cell block, but I only see a handful of the 50+ who deserve to be in Prison. Far too many are falsely accused and many other simply have mental problems that make it impossible for them to navigate the Helter-Skelter Brothers Johnson “judicial” system. I trust that good Patriotic Americans like the 2 million who marched on DC on 9/12 will be appalled by what they see of Brothers, Johnson, Dean & Serpas. As I have always said, the seemingly petty crimes of the crooked politicians of Nashville will make Watergate look like an insignificance. Can you imaging the audacity of letting the BO campaign steal computers from the Nashville Election Commission and then covering it up, not to mention covering up for the child molesters at Al Farooq? Keep the Faith! Leo

I am shocked at the level of corruption in the “legal” system in Nashville. I never dreamed it was this bad. The Duke Lacrosse case pales in comparison and the North Carolina Supreme Court did the right thing, and disbarred DA Nifong. It is so perverse and entrenched here that the reckoning will be very long and messy and don’t have time for it. If I had known 25 yrs ago what I know now, I would never have moved here.”

“Sept 30, 2009

Let me emphasize again that the Nashville Judicial System is a Mother Lode for lawsuits for malicious prosecution cases. I am collecting names of other individuals who are innocent and being maliciously prosecuted by the DA, Torry Johnson. As you know, Johnson refused to prosecute known child molesters who were associated with the BO campaign in Nashville. Yet he prosecutes innocent men, based upon false accusations by disreputable people. Also he is covering up for the theft of two computers from the Nashville election commission by the BO campaign…

… The tipping point seemed to e when I wrote about Citizen Grand Juries and exposed DA Torry Johnson’s cover up of Sex Crimes at Al Farooq. Despite all the hardship that has befallen me, I am glad that I spoke out for a peaceful revolution for our Legal Systems. I have just now realized how horribly corrupt the Legal System is.”

“Oct 6, 2009 Sam speaks: We got a call today from Leo in prison saying he received notification that they will not deliver any of his mail to him. Thus far he has been able to send mail, which has been stamped “unopened.””
Leo Haffey reveals corruption in Nashville and why he is a political prisoner

Three very suspicious affidavits and a judge investigated for illegal activities and unprofessional behaviour.
“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.”
Charges filed against Leo Haffey – why no bond?

Formal charges were filed against Judge Gloria Dumas on September 21, 2009 by the TN Judiciary

“1. Following a full investigation authorized under the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated 9 17-5-304(b)(3), the three judge investigative panel composed of the Honorable Pamela Reeves, the Honorable Jean A. Stanley, and the Honorable Dwight E. Stokes found, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 5 17-5-304(d)(2)(A), that there is reasonable cause to believe that the Honorable Gloria Dumas has committed judicial offenses alleged herein in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated 5 17-5-302, and directed disciplinary counsel to file formal charges pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 17 -5-304(d)(2) (A).”
Leo Haffey hearing judge subject of TN Judicial formal complaint

We are not trying to prejudge the trial of Leo Haffey. We are not presuming guilt or innocence. What we are asking for is justice.

Attorney Leo Haffey deserves a fair hearing and release on bond.

For more information on the progress of this travesty of justice check back here

And

http://freeleohaffey.blogspot.com/

***  UPDATE – October 9, 2009  3:45 PM ET ***

Over the past hour I have had 2 conversations with TN judicial and prosecutors offices.

3:04 PM – Mr. Joseph S. Daniels returned my call from this morning. I discussed the formal complaint against Judge Gloria Dumas and asked if there was any procedure to protect defendants who are affected by her recent rulings. There is none. I explained my reason for calling and asked if he was familiar with the Leo Haffey case. He was not. He suggested that a complaint form be filled out. I would like to thank Mr. Daniels for returning my call.

3:25 PM – I received a call back from the Nashville District Attorney’s office, press liason. I mentioned the formal complaint lodged against Judge Dumas. She was not aware of it. They, of course, cannot discuss the details of pending cases. I expressed my deep concern that Leo Haffey did not receive a fair hearing from this apparently biased judge. I also referred to the suspicious affidavits that were filed and the request for an investigation that was sent to the DA’s office. The lady I spoke to was friendly and indicated she also wants justice to be served. I urged her to read the formal complaint lodged against Judge Dumas. I would like to thank the DA’s office for returning my call.

Citizen Wells comment – I do not know how other jurisdictions handle such situations, but I think this is a sad state of affairs when the public is not more protected by judicial misconduct.