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At 4 PM today, the jury decided that District Judge Suzanne Wooten was guilty all 9 charges.
The jury found Suzanne Wooten guilty of:
Charge 1: guilty of a lesser included charge of felony conspiracy.
Charges 2-7: Guilty of all 6 charges of bribery
Charge 8: guilty of a lesser charge of felony money laundry
Charge 9: guilty of fraudulent ethics reports.
The punishment phase of the trial will begin Monday morning, and will be decided by the jury. Suzanne Wooten faces a range of punishments from probation to
life 2 to 20 years at the penitentiary.
The charges #1-7 were 2nd degree felonies. Wooten's indictment was for a 1st degree felony (up to 99 years or life). The jury did lower that charge to a lesser included charge. The Texas Penal Code requires:
Charge # 8 was reduced to a lesser included 3rd degree felony. Charge #9 was also a 3rd degree felony. The code requires a punishment as:
The judge gave the jury a 31 page "Charges to the Jury" that explained the charges to the jury to follow on deliberations in Wooten's trial, the description of the exact laws and their options -- Guilty, Guilty of a lesser charge, or Not Guilty.
The Observer is already hearing rumors that the defense will try to accept the State to grant Wooten probation, in return for volunteering to relinquish her law license and give up her right to any appeal.
I would not be surprised to see David Cary and Stacy Cary are looking hard at facing their upcoming trial and now cutting a deal for a plea bargain.
Courthouse pundits are also wondering if Wooten's conviction will give Patricia Crigger, Hannah Kunkle and the other two District Clerk defendants shivers in their spines. Many think that they try to trying to negotiate for pleas. The ladies may want to avoid a trial at all costs, and find themselves in the same condition like Wooten.
The Observer's experts have told us that Suzanne Wooten 's felonies convictions automatically ended her term as a District Judge, so she will not receive any more salary.
And, another "win" for the tight nit good old boys of Collin County.
My Prayers are with Judge Wooten.
People will HAVE to toss them ALL out - the entrenched Republican mindset and the minions who do the bidding for the powers-that-be. Until that happens, more shame will be heaped on the county.
This jurisdiction has been the determining jurisdiction in most family law in the county since 2008. In this court, the accusers are right automatically, unless, within 6 months, the accused convinces the parties otherwise, but this 6 month provision is not disclosed to the accused so the court renders a partial/default judgement against them, but doesn't tell them that either.
Next, the trial comes you have an accused who has had partial
guilt adjudicated against them, presenting a defense under the guise that they are innocent until proven guilty. This is actually still true, but they are already guilty by default of certain issues tried by consent. The jury knows this sometimes, other times
not. So even if the jury believed Wooten was innocent, it is possible that the Jury charge included her guilt on the tried by consent issue. This would preclude the Jury from being aloud to issue a not guilty verdict.
I will tell you this, her attorney knew, as did the prosecution and the judge.
If Ovard is allowed to assign cases that are normally that of criminal court jurisdiction, then it's the end of life in this county as we know it. Will anyone listen?
PS. Now it's time to take a hard look into the rulings of Judge John McGraw in the Cary custody case. I think he's got some 'splainin to do.
Did you notice that Judge John McCraw's son-in-law (Keith Gore) represented the Cary's when they were first charged?
You yourself will be judged one day for your actions. Enjoy.
Back to the penalty discussion. Isn't this where the state brings out the "notice of State's intent to introduce extraneous offenses, unadjudicated offenses, bad acts and punishment evidence" document? Will the witnesses to the bad acts, etc. Be called to testify now?
If they sentence her to varying years of jail time for each of her convictions, will they also decide if they run concurrant or consecutive? If so and they maxout her sentence and make it consecutive, it could be 7 20 year sentences, one 10 year, then whatever count 9 would be. Thats 150 years before the 9th counts sentence. Is that possible?
I will have to say that the individual pointing out that Spencer is the biggest crook of all would be spot on - he is a slime ball that should never see the light of day again (put him in solitary, the other felons are far too ethical to risk him influencing them also).
I'm praying for Suzanne and her family.
Could you all be a little less obvious in your comments that you are advocating an agenda?
A women, mother, daughter and Judge was questionably found guilty today in a court that could sentence her to life in prison! Take a moment and imagine youThere are wheels within wheels in this county. Each one of you, Individually, is responsible for looking into the direction your group's actions are taking you or you'll find out too late that your heading for a cliff!
For those of you who might liken your efforts to that of Dave Cary et al. in supporting New Candidates for election to replace the most corrupt of the current sitting judges, I hope what happened today teaches you something. 1. These people know everything. 2. Their patience in the game of corruption knows no end. 3. No one in this county has enough money or power to challenge them and woe be anyone who dares try 3. We the people are left alone to slay this beast and employing local schemes to elect new judges will not do it.
If you all would spend the time and resources on supporting a legal and aggressive plan to take we might have a chance to survive. Organizing behind another politician who wants to mask thier pursuit of office behind Justice is a waste, and it's embarrassing that you all fall for that. I still cant believe certain people would risk Legal Interferance and Organized criminal activity to conspire to ....... Get another person reelected. What a waste.
I just wanted a fair custody proceeding in the near future, really. After the abuses I faced in the 380th, and now seeing the person who gave me a small amount of hope for a fair trial...I can't even type this anymore. It's one thing to feel helpless and entirely another to feel helpless and realize there is no hope.
My child is undeservedly stretched even more thin than I...that's the worst thing...always having that in mind...every god damned day, having that in mind...
He had damaged so many families in the family courts and sided wtih the DAs office so many times, that he drew an opponent. This is not a vindication for Sandoval - quite the opposite. If he tries to run again, he will lose again because I and other attorneys refuse to stand by and watch him verbally chastize and humiliated our clients at their most desperate hour. He is a bully and I do not know a singe litigant who has been before thim that found him to be fair or professional - maybe wth the exception of Dave Cary's ex-wife. But he won't be a judge again. And you don't want him to be a judge again.
He had damaged so many families in the family courts and sided wtih the DAs office so many times, that he drew an opponent. This is not a vindication for Sandoval - quite the opposite. If he tries to run again, he will lose again because I and other attorneys refuse to stand by and watch him verbally chastize and humiliated our clients at their most desperate hour. He is a bully and I do not know a singe litigant who has been before thim that found him to be fair or professional - maybe wth the exception of Dave Cary's ex-wife. But he won't be a judge again. You don't want to be one of those litigants crying in the hallway wondering what you did wrong to have your kid taken away from you. And you don't want him to be a judge again.
Let’s not victimize the victim here. And let us not forget the time this family has lost and the hardships they’ve endured. “Man up” and stop “passing the buck” of responsibility. It’s not about politics; it’s about people, tax payers, the folks this system is intended to serve. Judge Wooten was found guilty. A jury reviewed the evidence and concluded that she broke laws. Jennifer Cary had NOTHING to do with Judge Wooten’s choices or Stacy and David Cary’s power seeking, evil intentions. Concerned Collin County Resident, tread carefully, my friend, or risk revealing your ignorance. There’s a load of quiet contingents that are mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore. Let this be the start of raising the legal standards in Collin County for all those involved. Let the change begin here and spread far and wide.
Can I be frank here? I’m amazed at the stupidity of some “credible” politically active people in this county who have been actively supporting Judge Wooten and castigating anyone who, in trying to do the job we elected them to do, has challenged Judge Wooten’s honesty and fitness for such a position. It seems that these “credible” people did not know the judge at all, did they? I only hope they didn’t. I would much prefer to think of them as gullible and stupid than as dishonest (and perhaps stupid?) as Judge Wooten has been proven to be.
I’m not surprised that Judge Wooten initially tried to run for this office as a Democrat. The tactics that were used by this judge to stop or stall or divert the accusations against her remind me of the tactics that are routinely used by the Democratic Party – how else did Obama get elected? All Democrats are not demons, but also, as this case has proven, all Republicans are not smart. We have a responsibility, as the majority party in Collin County, to be better than this.
We must select our candidates based on what we know (I mean, really know) about them, not simply based on not liking the current office holder. We must make it OK to run against a current office-holder. How can we enjoy a spirited, fair, friendly game of football and not be able to handle a spirited, fair, friendly political campaign? We must know that our candidate is a “stand-up guy” – which means if caught doing stupid things they stand up, accept responsibility, resign and save us the money it costs us to prove their culpability in court. And we can also insist that the non-elected politically active citizens hold their fire until they know what they are talking about. We must get the “lawyering” out of politics. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. We must insist our politicians do the morally correct thing, not just the “legal” thing.
This whole situation disgusts me. I’m disgusted by Judge Wooten’s dishonesty and/or stupidity. I’m disgusted by those who would use our judicial system for their personal gain. And I’m particularly disgusted by those politicians and politically active persons who either didn’t know – and should have, or did know/suspect, and turned their heads. Shame on you! The smart thing to do is keep your mouth shut until all the facts come out. You have defamed others while protecting a person unworthy of your support. By doing so, you have forever tainted the respect that I had for you. You shoulda known better. I now know that you don’t.
My opinion is based off what I have read here and unless I'm missing something material, I believe she is innocent.
Democrat/Republican/Libertarian - doesn't matter - all corruption and money-oriented. Our system is failing us and we need a new one. One that can honestly and inherently keep us focused on people and their well-being.
Money truly is the root of all evil.
I think the 2 of you are the only ones noticing the truly interesting connections in this case.
Would love to talk off line...
Let's say that the Cary's wanted someone, anyone to beat Sandoval. They apparently hired Spencer to do some background work and recruit someone who could defeat him. There was no proof presented that Wooten knew anything was shady between the Cary's and Spencer. There was no evidence, no phone records, no bank records, proving that she received any of the funds that the Cary's gave to Spencer. It is all pure speculation and innuendo. And, if they did something illegal, which the AG still hasn't proved in my opinion, there is more than reasonable doubt that Wooten knew anything was going on between Spencer and the Cary's.
If Spencer and the Cary's did do something illegal, this still is not enough to convict Wooten of being involved. The nail that would have proven her being involved in an illegal scheme would have been her issuing a favorable ruling in the Cary case. The AG said in closing that they didn't have to prove she gave any ruling - because they didn't and couldn't prove it. She never ruled on that case.
The AG's argument was simply that Spencer and the Cary's violated the law based on the large sums of money that went to Spencer from the Cary's. Sounded to me like Spencer found someone with a great deal of money who was willing to pay him what he wanted. What's illegal about that? Then, the AG ties Wooten in by saying she must have known? But, the AG couldn't prove illegal use of Spencer's payments for Wooten, nor that she knew anything illegal was going on.
This seems alot like trying to prosecute someone for theft just because they unknowing purchase a product from a business. Let's say that you hired a contractor to remodel your home. The contractor advises you on what you need to do to get your desired home. You reach an agreement on the work and pay needed to get it done. The contractor finishes the work, submits his final bill, and you pay him. So far, all is good. The work was well done and you got what you wanted. Then, you learn that the police are filing criminal charges against the contractor for some shady dealings to get the materials he used on your home. Some of the materials may have been stolen. Are you guilty of the theft just because you hired the contractor and you didn't know he may have been involved in anything illegal? Are we all going to have to fear every time we hire someone to do work for us?
They are now set to try the clerks for allegedly showing that employees were at work on the time sheets when those employees were not actually at work. Allegedly, employee records were manipulated to get them paid when they took time off. The facts of this indictment are basically just like D.A. John Roach's incentive plan for his Assistant D.A.'s. Roach admitted to the County Commissioners that he had manipulated time sheets to show employees were at work, when they actually were not there. Why isn't he under indictment? Oh, I forgot, he was the one who got the indictments.
Who will take over for Wooten in the interim? Are there ANY judges in Collin Co. not on the Roach-Sandoval(and others that will remain nameless for now) pep squad? In case anyone need move for transfer...
Hope Wooten fights this, as far as it need go.
Just an FYI, Spencer has also helped Judge Scott Becker on his campaign as well. Guess we need to investigate everyone. It just might prove that Judge Wooten didn't do anything wrong. You CAN NOT control the actions of others. She thought that he had the money to pay for adds, and there is NOTHING wrong with TURNKEY Management. All the Judges are scared that Judge Wooten would do the right thing and turn the other Judges in for all the wrong doing they are doing. I hope and pray that Judge Wooten is able to Appeal this and get all this over turned. WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU JUDGE SUZANNE WOOTEN, WE LOVE YOU!!!!
I can tell you really know what's going on around here. It was obvious from your first post. I know the truth about this whole mishegas we call the Collin County justice system. Call me and I will set you straight. And I'm not just saying that either. I really mean it. Unlike "some" people around here.
As for Texann... if you aren't Jenifer Carey, then why such the interst in this case. We know its you, just come forward... We know you are right in the middle of all this mess... No More Secrets Here.
In particular, the citizens of Collin County are doing a good job of letting Collin County be the most corrupt justice system in Texas. Collin County's Republican majority is getting what it wants, a pure white county that runs the poor out as soon as it can.
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