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David Robinson Can Serve Sentence At Home
Corrupt Government and Animal Abuse
Good day everyone. Today I'd like to talk about the corrupt lawmen, judges and other officials in a position of authority who use the "good old boy" system to get away with animal abuse. Many get away with MURDER!
I decided on an article when I received and email from a friend concerning a man who killed a cat in front of many witnesses and, because he was one of THEM, nothing was done. He was personal friend of the deputies sent out to investigate when a witness called to report the incident.
This is called nepotism, which means favors granted to family or friends with no regard to merit.
I'm sure my readers all know of a case in their area where this has happened. I welcome and encourage comments at the end of this story of any links or examples spotlighting cases where the animal abuser wasn't charged at all or got off with a very light punishment.
You also have animal abusers who are former police personnel, related to the judge, related to the magistrate. This is what America has always called the "good old boy" system and it has to stop. I guess it really comes in handy to be related to someone who can let you off for murdering a helpless animal.
Here are a few examples I've found.
1. Henrico Circuit Judge Burnett Miller III has announced that former Richmond sheriff's deputy David W. Robinson can spend the remaining 10 months of his 14 month sentence at home. Robinson was charged with animal cruelty when 16 of the 22 malnourished dogs he owned died or had to be humanely euthanized. Judge Miller still hasn't taken credit for what he has done. http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2010/nov/03/dog-abuser-allowed-serve-time-home-ar-628564/
2. Chief of Police Vince Hatthorn of Danbury, Texas made the news in January 2010 when he stood by and did nothing in an abuse/neglect case reported by many residents. Neighbors were trying to keep the dogs fed until the police intervened, but at least one dog had died. The man "caring" for the dogs has the same last name as Chief Hatthorn's wife. Her maiden name was Bingham. Hmmmmm...........
Click here for video on this case.
There are cases such as this happening all over this country. I, personally, was involved in a similar case about ten years ago and this is what taught me how well the "good old boy" system works and how it's still alive and well, especially in rural areas.
I was visiting a friend on the other end of the town where I was living when three young boys ran up and informed me of a man who had poured kerosene on a dog and was threatening to set it on fire. I called the police on my cell phone as I ran down the street to where the dog was being abused.
I found a beautiful adult black lab and a man standing beside him with a cigarette lighter. It was at this time the police drove up and I thought my problem was over. After all, aren't the police supposed to protect everyone? Keep the peace? All I'll say to this is HELL NO! I really hate to use bad language, but wait until you read what happened next.
The man holding the lighter went over and talked to the police. Apparently he was friends with them and had been a member of the force years before. He totally conned them. When I asked one of the officer's to smell the dog, he replied "who would do that to a dog?" He REFUSED!
Then he left and as much as threatened me with arrest if I called them back out on another "nuisance" call. This occurred after hours, which meant the Humane Society wouldn't come out except when called by the police.
So I took the dog and placed him in a good home until the situation could be sorted out. My car spelled of kerosene for over two weeks. The black lab was never claimed so a friend of mine got herself a good dog out of a bad situation.
I'm writing this article for two reasons. The first is to inform my readers that cases like this occur every day. You have corrupt lawmen. Take the story I did for hubpages where this man wasn't immediately charged with animal cruelty because he knew the sheriff. If you think this legal system corruption doesn't exist, you're going through life with blinders on. While most of those involved in our local government are normal animal loving citizens at the end of the day, the few who aren't are a risk to our very safety.
It's been shown there's a close link between animal abuse and criminal domestic violence. So by allowing these animal abusers to walk free, the safety of the public is in serious jeopardy.
The second reason I'm writing this is to ask (BEG) for help. Legal help. Is there anyone out there who knows how to deal with a system where the guilty go free because of who they are or who they know? Nepotism shouldn't dictate who does and doesn't pay for their crimes!
I spoke online with my dear friend Roger Cotterman, who is an animal rescuer and an investigator. He is one of many I admire for the work he does for animals everywhere. He sent me this comment, which I am proud to include in this article. I hope he will also respond to the article on how we can all stop corrupt government concerning animal abuse.
Roger Cotterman: "That is something that needs to be stopped. Nepotism is something that hinders those who are dedicated to solving crimes and helping animals in need. You can quote me on that. Nepotism, allows people who should be punished go free to commit their crimes or abuse animals again. I am getting with a state representative to make the laws in this state more severe for dog abuse, backyard breeders and dog fighting rings. This has to be stopped."
I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
Elisa Black-Taylor is a regular contributor to pictures-of-cats.org
Also see related hubpage story