This week, a couple stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.
Sheriff’s deputy suspended after allegations of jury tampering in Memphis rape case
A rape case in Memphis, Tennessee has ended in a mistrial and a sheriff’s deputy has been suspended after allegations of jury tampering.
Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan declared the mistrial Friday, March 29th in the case against Carl Miller Jr.
Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Govan was working in the Criminal Justice Center when he allegedly spoke to two jurors during a lunch break.
The judge told jurors that Govan said: “You know what to do when you get upstairs. It’s a circumstantial case. Get this (expletive) over with.”
The judge added that she was outraged.
Govan was not questioned in the courtroom and it was not clear why he had an interest in the case.
A new trial has been set for later this year.
Ex-Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Role in Killing
In other news, this past week a former Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty to charges that he engaged in a scheme to kill a man to prevent him from reporting the deputy’s alleged theft and misuse of his debit card.
A 60-count federal indictment unsealed charges the former deputy, Mark Hebert, with stealing Albert Bloch’s debit card and using it to make dozens of unauthorized transactions after responding to a 2007 car accident that left the man hospitalized.
Hebert isn’t explicitly charged with killing Bloch, but the indictment accuses him of either killing the man “with specific intent” or participating in unspecified conduct that caused his death.
John Fortunato, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said Bloch was reported missing but a body has never been found.
Hebert’s attorney, Davidson Ehle, said his client didn’t kill Bloch and will fight all the charges against him.
“He had nothing to do with the disappearance of Albert Bloch,” Ehle said. “Certainly, we don’t even know if Albert Bloch is dead or alive.”
Hebert surrendered to federal authorities and pleaded not guilty to all 60 counts at his arraignment.
The indictment says Bloch reported the fraudulent charges that Hebert made and had his bank block the use of his card. Hebert, however, is accused of obtaining a replacement card for Bloch’s account.
The indictment claims Bloch tried to cover his tracks by concealing Bloch’s car in the rear of a Metairie apartment complex and keeping the key to the car in his police vehicle. He is also accused of taking bank documents from Bloch’s home to get more information about his accounts.
The indictment lists tens of thousands of dollars in purchases that were made on Bloch’s cards or funds that were transferred from his accounts.
The FBI and Jefferson Parish sheriff’s office investigated the case. Hebert joined the sheriff’s office in 1988 and was fired in November 2007, according to Fortunato.
I hope you’ll take a moment to consider just what it is that you are paying for via taxation – and speak out against the corruption.
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.