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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cops posing as fake attorneys: "egregious, illegal, and abhorrent"

 Monroe County TN detectives Pat Henry and Doug Brannon  attained National media celebrity status with their 2008 stunt--posing as attorneys in order to get information from a suspect that was in custody in the Monroe County Jail.

James Patrick Henry
District Court Judge Amy Reedy, who at first shrugged it off as if it was the fault of the jailed inmate...(Reedy also lost her re-election bid in 2014), had no other option but to dismiss murder charges after the Tennessee Supreme Court ruling on the case...

As seen in Reason.com and the American Bar Association Journal. See in KnoxNews.

After resigning from the Monroe County Sheriff's Dept, and then a stint at Region's Bank, James Patrick Henry was hired by the Held Law Firm  in Knoxville TN--where as of 2014 has been working as a law clerk...interestingly, there's a link on the Held Law Firm website on how to spot crooked attorneys, and how to avoid getting ripped off.

The State of Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the circumstances surrounding the 'cops playing lawyers' case were so shocking, that  Judge James Curwood Witt called the detectives actions "egregious, illegal, and abhorrent...so egregious that it profoundly interfered with the defendant's right to counsel under the state and federal constitutions."

Doug 'E Fresh' Brannon
During an investigation to get to the bottom of how this began, former sheriff Bill Bivens testified that he was aware of the scheme and "did not see a problem with it"--he added that "if it's illegal, of course, I don't want to do it."--it gets even more shocking!...Bivens did not begin a probe or take any disciplinary action against the players, neither did DA Stephen Bebb.

The fake lawyer/cops scandal is unprecedented in the state of Tennessee, or anywhere else in the United States. 

In an interesting turn of events, Det. Brannon, (the other actor in the scandal) was profiled in a local news link on 4/11/2011 giving advice to fraud victims--the link was removed by the local newspaper--in fact, all links by the Advocate&Democrat that pointed to police misconduct were removed a few months prior to the 2014 Election--however, it was an exercise in futility.
Compare two Law Enforcement scams: Ethicsalarms.com

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