THE ENTIRE LARRY JOE WHEELON CASE HINGES ON BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE FLYNN

BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE FLYNN

WILL THIS MAN HONORABLY PROTECT THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE OR PLAY POLITICS AND NOT LET IT GO TO THE GRAND JURY?

WILL THIS MAN HONORABLY PROTECT THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE OR PLAY POLITICS AND NOT LET IT GO TO THE GRAND JURY?

DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE FLYNN (FAR RIGHT)   daily beacon photo

DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE FLYNN (FAR RIGHT) daily beacon photo

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.

THE POLITICS
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

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER

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

BIG MONEY MAN - TENNESSEE POLITICAL INSIDER - RUNNING FOR TWHBEA DIRECTOR

BIG MONEY MAN – TENNESSEE POLITICAL INSIDER – RUNNING FOR TWHBEA DIRECTOR


Blount County Republican Elected Officials (partial list)

U.S. Senator
Mr. Lamar Alexander

www.alexander.senate.gov
Washington (202) 224-4944
Knoxville (865) 545-4253

U.S. Senator
Mr. Bob Corker
www.corker.senate.gov
Washington (202) 224-3344
Knoxville (865) 637-4180

U.S. Congressman
Mr. John Duncan
www.house.gov/duncan
Washington (202) 225-5435
Knoxville (865) 523-3772
Maryville (865) 984-5464

District Attorney General
Mr. Mike Flynn

State Senator
Mr. Doug Overbey

State Representative (District 8)
Mr. Art Swann

State Representative (District 20)
Dr. Robert Ramsey

County Mayor
Mr. Ed Mitchell
www.blounttn.org/coexec.asp

Sheriff
Mr. James L. Berrong
www.bcso.com

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.

BGB

8 thoughts on “THE ENTIRE LARRY JOE WHEELON CASE HINGES ON BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE FLYNN

  1. Steve Smith has been a heavy supporter of Alexander’s since at least the 1990’s. Thick as thieves…..

  2. Looks like we are about to know. He has a reputation as a man of principle. It will be interesting to see if the principle triumphs over his money backers. I would say the Tennessee Walking Horse is depending on Lamar Alexander. BGB

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  4. So the “Sore Lickers” call this case a win and a ray of hope that the padded horse house of cards will stay standing. Have you heard the rumor that HSUS is refusing to return the 19 horses seized?

  5. I hope and pray that Mr. Flynn will do the honorable and protect these beautiful wonderful living breathing animals and monster Wheelon and all the other so called trainers and owner that allow or think this type of abuse to the Tennessee walking horse breed is okay under the jail where they belong. I have two Tennessee walking horses that I love with all my heart and I would never never send them to such a monster that calls himself a trainer both my horses are natural gaited and are beautiful the way they are born. nothing to anyone that abuses a horse for the almighty dollar and to win a stupid show. these trainers and owners are nothing short of being monsters and need to be given a very very harsh punishment.

  6. Hoping and praying that for once someone will take a long view of this situation. It simply cannot continue this way without the TWH market and resultant economic influence on the locality diminishing into nothing. TWH’s are an agricultural crop after all, since Tennessee has a bit of trouble with corn, soybeans, and such, and there is no need for the crop without a use. Dump the pads, chains and soring, do what should have been done in the 1950’s or 1960’s, go to reasonable shoeing and hinged quarter boots that are fixed, not spinning. There is a great show horse begging to be found in the natural TWH bloodlines. Other breeds have exciting shows, the TWH can also, while promoting the best pleasure horse in the world to boot.

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