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The new Collin County courthouse will need to find room for two large cases involving corruption of their own Collin County officials.
The county's largest courtroom is the Nathan E. White, Jr. Ceremonial courtroom. For the last 2 weeks, the Ceremonial courtroom has been used for the Suzanne Wooten trial.
On Tuesday afternoon, Wooten was convicted of 9 felonies. On January 5, 2009, Suzanne Wooten was sworn-in as a District Judge in that same courtroom.
The courthouse also holds two small auxiliary courtrooms and usually the other courtrooms are used for the judges.
On Monday morning, Suzanne Wooten trial's begins the jury punishment phase of her trial.
At the same time, the District Clerks' corruption trial is scheduled in that same Ceremonial Courtroom. The District Clerks' trial will need the biggest room the court can find. All four of the Clerks will be on court at in one trial. There will at least 2 members of the prosecution, the 4 defendants, and at least 4 to 6 defense attorneys in the courtroom. The judge will probably call a jury panel of at least 100 citizens.
The former elected District Clerk, Hannah Kunkle is charged with Abuse of Official Capacity, and Conspiracy to commit Abuse Of Official Capacity.
Patricia Crigger, the serving elected District Clerk is charged with Abuse of Official Capacity, and Conspiracy to commit Abuse Of Official Capacity.
Rebecca Littrell, is the current appointed Chief Deputy District Clerk and is also charged with Abuse of Official Capacity, and Conspiracy to commit Abuse Of Official Capacity.
And Sherry Bell a supervisor at the District Clerk's office is only charged with one count of Conspiracy to commit Abuse Of Official Capacity.
Kunkle, Crigger and Littrell are facing 3rd degree felonies, than can result in imprisonment in Huntsville for 2 to 10 years, and may also include a fine of $10,000 or less. All 4 defendants also face a conspiracy charge that is a State Jail Felony, that can result is jail time from 6 months to 2 years, and may also include a fine of $10,000 or less.
The county is presently building a new wing of the courthouse, but I'm sure the county never planned to hold two simultaneously trials of their own employees.
The trials begin on Monday at 9:00 AM.
The Collin County responds:
The State dismissed all charges against Mathis and Robertson "without prejudice"
As far as the alleged corruption trials begninning Monday - it is much ado about nothing. EVERY, and I do mean EVERY, local government head has discretion in giving time-off. This is another witch-hunt that I pray has the correct ending this time.
As for Judge Wooten, she is a wonderful person. She has always been one who has put her clients first. On several occassions, during the holidays she got up late hours of the night to go and help a client who had the police at her house, she arranged for a clean up crew to come to a clients house after the husband had commited suicide, and paid for it out of her own pocket, DID SHE CHARGE THE CLIENT, NO, because that was the kind of caring, loving, person she is. Judge Wooten has everyone behind her, and will help her.
I do know Mr. Willis and think he is doing a good job as DA, but I still wish he would have pursued an active role in this trial.
And Collin County is the pinnacle. Judge Wooten got elected in the same criminal way as the rest of them. She's no innocent.
But neither are the rest.
Let's take Shakespeare's advice...
A lot of things are going to be coming to light real soon. TRUST ME!!! Judge Wooten was trying to Clean Up the Corruption and Mess that Roach created, as have Judge Rusch, and Roach Jr. and several other individuals who DO NOT DESERVE TO BE ON THE BENCH!
"Judge Wooten was trying to clean up the corruption that Roach created . . . ." Really?
While Judge Wooten was under investigation/indictment, she used her power as a judge to impanel a grand jury. The Wooten Grand Jury was comprised of Derrik Walpole (One of the district clerk's lawyers and known hater of Roach), Judge Wooten's attorney's dad, Piper McCraw (who was fired from Roach's DA's office) and many others with one agenda - to investigate Roach. They had a special prosecutor appointed to aid in their investigation. They spent their entire six month term investigating Roach, his "high five" program and other investigations the DA conducted. THEY FOUND ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! NO INDICTMENTS AGAINST ROACH'S OFFICE - except one against Greg Davis which a non-Collin County judge dismissed within 2 days.
Then while Wooten was under investigation/indictment, she contacted the FBI to investigate Roach and his entire office. They did a very thorough investigation and FOUND the Office's investigation of Wooten (and Willis) was completely justified.
So all your allegations about the prosecutors who prosecuted Wooten have been investigated completely and cleared. Wooten was convicted unanimously by random members of our community.
Quit blaming people who did their jobs. Put the blame where it belongs - on a crooked, felon, ex-judge. Collin County is better off today than it was two weeks ago.
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