Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Former assistant DA Stephen Hatchett, working the other side of the fence

The aftermath of what some saw as a 'Bebb-clone' in the making


Stephen Hatchett, former chief deputy DA under former DA Stephen Bebb, has taken a job in the Public Defender's Office.

Stephen Hatchett
It was clear from the start in 2014; Hatchett wasn't ready to take over the reins of his former boss—it was as if a 'not ready for prime-time' halo followed him at every turn during the district attorney's race—if a day passed, and he didn't stick his 'foot in his mouth'--the day was considered a major success.

Signs that he lacked the maturity of his opponent were evident from the start: major blunders included posting family pictures on his election website; any experienced LEO would never do that--why on earth would someone who was vying for the position of District Attorney, Sheriff, or Judge be flashing personal family information, which can at a later time be used against them...? Is being a Prosecutor a Dangerous Job? see The Crime Report
Then he proposed that since “Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” he would, if elected, stay on for only 2 terms.
Okay let's see, one term as DA is 8 years, two terms is 16—at what point, by his own admission, would he begin to feel a 'temptation' to engage in less than ethical conduct?...would it start after 3 years, 10 years...simply put, it was a ridiculous argument to propose.
Former DA Bebb, who Hatchett defended to the end, resigned before his first term ended, under intense scrutiny by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Former drug-task force member Eric Allman, who was among the first to raise concerns as to whether the head of Bebb's Drug task force (Mike Hall) was using drugs--claims he was 'grilled on the carpet' by then assistant district attorney Stephen Hatchett. 

The final straw came during the week that DA Bebb was accused of assault by Cindy Schemel, then, an assistant district attorney (and now serving as chief deputy DA)--Hatchett appeared on the local news saying the assault allegation was "just politics" and money should not be spent on an investigation.

His opponent in the race Steve Crump fired back with, “I agree with my opponent that Stephen Bebb is entitled to every presumption of innocence, however, an alleged victim is entitled to fair treatment and protection as well--I am disappointed that my opponent would publicly attack an alleged crime victim in the media before the facts have been heard or the investigation is even completed.”


A couple of days after the alleged assault incident, Schemel and Bebb worked out their differences, without a nasty court battle--Hatchett immediately did a (flip-flop) with an angry write-in to the Cleveland Daily Banner, claiming there should be an investigation in the alleged assault incident.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Forensic Linguistics plays important role in solving TN 'FaceBook Murders'

Judge John Kerry Blackwood, who has tried high profile cases throughout Tennessee, called this case the most bizarre thing that he has seen in his career as a judge. During the Christian-Newsom case, Judge Blackwood publicly scolded D A Randy Nichols, see DA Nichols gets an 'ass chewing' from Judge Blackwood.

What started as a feud in social media by local Mountain City TN residents, resulted in the brutal slaying of a married couple, and lengthy prison sentences for four others.
An elaborate scheme of deception was uncovered through careful examination of the family's computer, phone messages, and texts.

Authorities were able to show that a fake profile on social media, described as a 'Chris' was actually Jenelle Potter, the daughter of Barbara and Marvin Potter--who were both convicted in the murders along with Jenelle and her boyfriend Jamie Curd.

Catch the entire episode on ABC's 20/20, before your next hateful text message puts you in a spot that you will forever regret.

Forensic Linguistics, and careful analysis of 'ironic repetition' in emails and text messages played a major role in solving this case and many others--Journal of the Humanities--Legal questions involve language, for instance, who wrote a ransom note--What is the meaning of a phrase in a contract?...To understand Law, one must understand language.