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Saline County Sheriff has interesting thoughts about evidence

The Saline County Sheriff testified Wednesday, April 25th, in a criminal trial that the best evidence in the case would be the officer's written report, not the video of the incident in the jail that his staff failed to preserve. Unbelievable in so many ways. First,  does he really think a judge, jury, or individuals cannot look at a video and determine what it shows? Secondly, an officer's report in and of itself is hearsay.  An officer can refer to it to refresh his memory, however, he must testify from his own personal knowledge. So an officer's written report is not evidence. 
The Sheriff  evidently did not know that his own department's policy required the department to keep video when criminal charges were going to be filed. Nor did he know that over a year ago the policy changed from keeping the video for 3 months to keeping it 6 months based upon a sound thrashing on a case where videos were not kept.  In that case the judge told them that storage for digital media was cheap and they needed to make arrangements to save it when a criminal charge was filed. As a result, the Sheriff's office removed all cameras from the BAC room at the jail.  So there is never any video when someone is being tested on the BAC machine for DWI.  Somehow the video is always kept if it helps them. Why is it never kept if it might show something beneficial to the defendant?
Is this what Saline County really wants? If it is, then Saline County citizens get the justice they deserve. I am not supporting any particular candidate for Saline County Sheriff, but I will not vote for the current one.

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Comment by Peter Glenn on April 28, 2012 at 10:50am

Gina, I put more stock into what you post than Mr. Tripp because you are in a position to know and even though he is doing an "investigation" it only means he will be digging up info to post which is furnished to him by someone else.  I have concerns about our jail and the sheriff also.  Regarding the jail, when someone is incarcerated and stripped of all defenses it is the responsbility of those acting as caretakers to insure that the prisoners are safe and are not mistreated by anyone.  If that happens there will be lawsuits. It's better for everyone if all measures are taken to avoid that scenario.

I have a question that you may or may not be able to answer.  A few days back on t.v. news there was a resident of Bryant who is unable to reside in her home because it had been used as a meth house before she purchased it.  Isn't there a law or procedure in place where law enforcement is supposed to leave the crime scene tape in place until the drug task force makes a determination that it is cleaned up?  I remember something from a few years back but don't know their procedures now.  On t.v. the form showed Sheriff Pennington's name on the report so I am wondering if there is some type of procedure his office should have followed to make sure the clean up/release was done.  If anyone else knows the procedure, feel free to post. 

Comment by Casey Smith on April 28, 2012 at 10:16am

Thank you for posting Gina, this is good information with the new election around the corner. As usual, Ricky is the spokeman for the NEW TRIBE, just ignore him. He will be back with the twisted facts as usual. Please keep us updated with the Truth as much as you can.

Comment by Ricky David Tripp on April 28, 2012 at 9:20am

Name calling?  READ BELOW, GINA.  There is none of it, just curt disagreement.  To say it doesn't make it so.  At this writing, there are only you and I commenting.  I found your remark about not knowing who you are voting for to be silly, and said so. 

Ms. Reynolds, I didn't call you names, nor will I and I would appreciate it very much if you would respect the intelligence of those of us who can read and refrain from pretending that it happened so that those who read only your last remarks will believe that it did.

You will receive courtesy for courtesy shown.

Comment by Gina H. Reynolds on April 28, 2012 at 9:12am

Ricky, this is the first time I have ever posted a new topic.  I didn't realize I had the approval whatever on, but I have no problem approving every comment.  I don't censor people's thoughts.

I know that James Ward is running in the Republican primary, however, I haven't seen any information about whether someone is running as a Democrat.  I had heard Larry Davis was running as a Democrat, but have not seen any publicity regarding that. So, I haven't made up my mind.  I have in the past, just not voted in a specific race when all the choices were repugnant to me.

Please do check out the facts behind my post.  It was in Saline County District Court in front of Judge Mike Robinson.  Although that court is not a court of record, there is an audio recording made and kept for one year. Please do check out my facts.

Mr. Tripp, I don't call you names or speak for other people.  I would appreciate the same curtesy from you.  It degrades this board.


Comment by Ricky David Tripp on April 28, 2012 at 9:04am

And I will also out the fact that you are restricting comments here to ones that have been reviewed.  You have the right to do it -- and I have the right to expose it.

Comment by Ricky David Tripp on April 28, 2012 at 9:03am

Oh cute -- you have comment approval turned on!   Fine.  I will post my findings in a separate blog.

Comment by Ricky David Tripp on April 28, 2012 at 9:02am

I will thoroughly investigate your entire allegation and, unless censored, will be back here to respond to it.

As for this statement, you have got to be kidding me: "I am not supporting any particular candidate for Saline County Sheriff, but I will not vote for the current one."  Let's see....hmmmm, who does that leave?  You're serious?  You consider that to be a coherant remark?  Like the recent poster who ripped Dennis Milligan wide open, and then said her mind WASN'T made up as to who to vote for?

Did you drink the same water, Gina?  Funny how you come here and you're always the expert on everything involving the court system and now even the Sheriff's department, always the same feigned authority about everything.  I can't wait to dig into this one.

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