BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE FLYNN
Nephew Eugene spoke with Randolph who came back to Theta last night to eat some of his Momma’s cornbread with buttermilk. Eugene and Randolph were talking about the “going ons” that took place in Blount County General Sessions Court in Maryville, TN this past week.
Randolph went to Vanderbilt Law School and some of his classmates have experience with the Tennessee criminal justice system. Eugene was upset because it seemed justice was not served in the Larry Joe Wheelon case. Eugene said that the Assistant District Attorney General Ellen Berez apparently lost track of an important witness and that the General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick reluctantly pitched the case out at the Preliminary Hearing stage.
Judge Robert Headrick said, “There may be evidence out there, but I can only rule on what I have before me,” Headrick said. “I have no other choice but to grant Mr. White’s motion to dismiss the charge.”
Randolph said all of that was bad, but it don’t make no never mind because in Tennessee the General Sessions Court Judge doesn’t have the authority to kill a case. Randolph said all Judge Headrick’s ruling meant is that the State didn’t present enough evidence in the Preliminary Hearing to show that Larry Joe Wheelon committed a crime. According to Randolph, it does not mean the case is dead.
Randolph said that General Sessions Court is a small claims civil court and its criminal jurisdiction is limited to misdemeanor cases and preliminary hearings in felony cases.
Randolph said what all this means is that Judge Headrick could dismiss a misdemeanor criminal case, but he did not have the authority to dismiss a felony case.
Randolph said the Larry Joe Wheelon case will continue IF Blount County Attorney General Mike Flynn stays the course.
Eugene is under the impression that everything done in Tennessee is about politics. So he asked Randolph about the politics of the District Attorney General Mike Flynn. Randolph said that District Attorney General Mike Flynn is a Republican and has been District Attorney General since 1990. He also told Eugene that Maryville, Tennessee is the home of United State Senator Lamar Alexander. Alexander was President of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 1988 – 1991, and he was Governor of Tennessee.
UNITED STATES SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER – REPUBLICAN – TENNESSEE
Randolph said Lamar Alexander is a good man.
Eugene piped up and said he heard that Steve Smith who is raising $3,000,000.00 for Lamar Alexander to run for re-election was a behind the scenes Republican heavy weight fund raiser. He was told that Smith is a life time dyed in the wool “Big Licker” and a former President of the Tennessee Walking Horse Association breed registry. He also said they say that Steve Smith is running for Director of TWHBEA from Tennessee and is strongly rumored to be planning to run for President of TWHBEA in the “Big Lick” interests to take over the organization.
STEVE SMITH – REPUBLICAN SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIR
Mr. Lamar Alexander
Washington (202) 224-4944
Knoxville (865) 545-4253
Mr. Bob Corker
Washington (202) 224-3344
Knoxville (865) 637-4180
Mr. John Duncan
Washington (202) 225-5435
Knoxville (865) 523-3772
Maryville (865) 984-5464
District Attorney General
Mr. Mike Flynn
Mr. Doug Overbey
State Representative (District 8)
Mr. Art Swann
State Representative (District 20)
Dr. Robert Ramsey
Mr. Ed Mitchell
Mr. James L. Berrong
Circuit Court Judge – Division I
Judge Tammy Harrington
Circuit Court Judge – Division II
Judge David R. Duggan
General Sessions Judge – Division I
Judge Mike Gallegos
General Sessions Judge- Division II
Judge William T. Denton
General Sessions Judge Division III
Judge William R. Brewer, Jr.
General Sessions Judge Division IV
Judge Robert L. Headrick (Former Asst.DAG working for DAG Mike Flynn)
Circuit Court Clerk
Mr. Tom Hatcher
Randolph said that the Blount County Grand Jury will meet in early September.
Randolph says the bottom line is WILL the USDA OIG Special Agent Julie McMillian go before the Blount Count Grand Jury in early September and present ALL of the evidence and the witnesses, including Dr. Bart Sutherland who didn’t get to testify.
Then the citizens of Blount County, Tennessee CAN decide if they want their county to be the center of the alleged aggravated cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses scandal or instead of having the whole sordid mess being swept under the rug.
It looks like Blount County Attorney General Mike Flynn has a decision to make.
Eugene is mighty worried about justice winning out over big money and politics where the welfare of the Tennessee Walking Horse is concerned.