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Returning to the article in the current edition of Key West the Newspaper (www.thebluepaper.com), here’s the teaser, in which you can use either link to open the entire article.
“Cartwright began yelling as loud as he could, and almost immediately a large crowd began forming around us […] Within minutes a crowd of at least 50 bystanders surrounded us and Det. Wormington called for additional Officers while I held down Cartwright.”
Police officers were arresting bad boy Ricky Cartwright who had ridden his bicycle through a stop sign while texting, allegedly with a beer in his hand. They tased him in the back. He was now screaming in pain in the middle of the road, attracting an angry crowd which, according to Officer Siracuse’s police report, kept “drawing closer and closer… despite numerous commands to stay back.”
No, this is not Ferguson, Missouri. This is Bahama Village, Key West, May 9, 2014. Officer Siracuse had just tased a black man on Emma Street and yes this is the same Officer Siracuse who three years ago tased Matthew Murphy into a coma. […full article]
If you did not read the article yet, and watch the cavity search video, please do that. Otherwise, the reader comments reproduced below won’t make nearly as much sense. If you read my first comment, which was in yesterday’s post at this website, scroll down past it to John Donnelly’s comment, and go from there. It gets a bit wild.
17 COMMENTS ON “COULD KEY WEST REACH THE FERGUSON FLASHPOINT?”
Moving laterally to the Charles Eimers Grand Jury, starting with three progressive blue paper views of that case …
After Naja Girard told me that she was unable to learn from Assistant State Attorney Val Winter how many people are on the Eimers case Grand Jury, I resorted to sneaky means and called our previous State Attorney Dennis Ward yesterday, who called Assistant State Attorney Mark Wilson and then reported back to me that there are 21 people on the Eimers Grand Jury, the maximum number allowed by state law. 15 members is the minimum number of members for a quorum, for a Grand Jury to conduct its business, and at least 12 members have to vote to prosecute/indict for a true bill to be returned.
Dennis said when he was State Attorney, they always went for the maximum number of grand jurors allowed by law, because it was difficult enough just scheduling 15 members to meet an any given time. He said he didn’t think the Key West mayor’s race election being next Tuesday had anything to do with the Grand Jury waiting to meet on the day following, next Wednesday. Dennis said Mark Wilson and Val Winter and the grand jurors got out their calendars when they last met, and next Wednesday was the next day a quorum of them could meet again. I said, well, when they were looking at their calendars, they saw the mayor’s election was on Tuesday, so they knew they were scheduling their next and perhaps final meeting the day after the mayor’s race. Doesn’t pass my smell test.
On another issue, I said I sure hoped Mark Wilson and Val Winter are presenting evidence of the KWPD cover up attempts, because cops covering up something they did says they think what they did was wrong. Dennis agreed that’s what covering something up says.
I said it doesn’t matter what the Grand Jury ends up doing.
If the Grand Jury returns a true bill, the mayor and city commissioners and police department lose, because their claim that the cops didn’t do anything wrong don’t jive with the Grand Jury’s view.
If the Grand Jury returns a no bill, the mayor and city commissioners and police department lose, because many people will think the cover up was not presented to the Grand Jury.
I said the only way to overcome that would be for the entire Grand Jury proceedings be made public. Dennis agreed.
However, it will take a judge to order the Grand Jury proceedings be made public, and if a local judge did order it, that order probably would be appealed, which would make many people even more suspicious of the way the State Attorney’s Office presented the Eimers case to the Grand Jury.
Of course, a Grand Jury does not decide guilt or innocence. A Grand Jury decides whether or not someone has to stand trial for alleged criminal misconduct. During that trial, guilt or innocence is determined.
Moving perhaps deeper into the legal dog house, my interjected thoughts in italics …
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Slaton still in the race
BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
Circuit Judge Tegan Slaton is currently hospitalized on the mainland, but he remains in his judicial race, his friend and campaign manager said this week.
Key West attorney Robert Cintron discussed incumbent Slaton’s status for the 16th Judicial Circuit (Monroe County) after the judge, 56, took a voluntary medical leave of absence shortly after being removed from the bench earlier this month.
That leave came two months after Slaton fell asleep on the bench during a child relocation hearing, for which he blamed on his ongoing medical issues and the sleep-inducing drug Ambien. Slaton had been recently prescribed the medication.
Actually, another judge removed Slaton from the bench that day, and a few weeks ago, Slaton was removed from the bench again because of how he was behaving.
“There is a lot of confusion right now, but the bottom line is this: Tegan Slaton is still a candidate up for re-election, and as of right now he has no intention of withdrawing from the race,” Cintron said. “He’s currently hospitalized for multiple medical issues.”
The confusion is Slayton’s doing via his not publicly disclosing what’s wrong with him.
Cintron added he would not discuss the specifics of Slaton’s medical issues.
“And he’s not going to turn over his medical records,” Cintron went on. “He doesn’t have an obligation to do so, and the law does not require him to do so. He has confidentiality to his medical records in that regard, and at this point he is going to exercise that confidentiality.”
Slayton has no legal obligation to provide his medical records to the public, but I imagine he would have to provide those records to a judicial fitness committee’s inquiry, if he wanted to have any chance of remaining on the bench. He could decline to turn his medical records over to a judicial fitness committee, if he resigned from the bench to end the inquiry. To say Slaton has no obligation to make public his medical records, when he has this history and is running for reelection, is both laughable and offensive. If Cintron and Slaton don’t know that, they are living in fantasy land.
That issue came up at the Hometown PAC forum Monday when one of the panelists mentioned Slaton’s absence and asked the other two candidates — Upper Keys attorney Jack Bridges, 46, and Key West attorney Bonnie Helms, 49 — about their medical histories.
Both responded that a judge’s health as far as being able to serve and work is important. Neither asked for Slaton specifically to turn over his medical records. However, both said they would turn over their records if asked.
“I respect Bonnie and Jack for responding, but they did not bring it up,” Cintron said. “They have a right, if they want, to disclose their medical records, but nobody has a right to insist someone else turn over their medical records.”
The public has every right, since the public just might end up before Slaton if he is reelected. Where did Cintron and Slaton go to law school?
Cintron added he advised Slaton not to discuss his medical issues with anyone other than his doctors and Cintron himself. Slaton has not been campaigning due to his health.
“If anyone wants to be angry with him because I’ve advised him to focus on his medical issues and his doctors … I’m sorry this happened in the middle of a campaign, but as I’ve said before, his health is the only thing that is important to me,” Cintron said.
Looks to me that Slaton running for office again is important to Cintron. I would think, as Slaton’s friend, Cintron would have told Slaton to drop out of the race, or find himself someone else to front for him.
Cintron said he has discussed with the judge the possibility of dropping his campaign for the judge’s post.
“We have discussed the notion of withdrawing,” Cintron said, but the judge opted to remain a candidate.
Looks to me that Slaton opting to remain a candidate is a notion. From all I’ve heard, he was a good judge, but something caught up with him and he needs to deal with it. I wish him all the best.
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