posted June 02, 2006 01:37 PM
Letter to the Editor Connersville News Examiner May 9, 2006
(They chose not to print this or an edited version)
The quality of being just; fairness.
a. The principle of moral rightness; equity.
b. Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude; righteousness.
a. The upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law.
b. Law. The administration and procedure of law.
3. Conformity to truth, fact, or sound reason.
a. A set of principles of right conduct.
b. A theory or a system of moral values: “An ethic of service is at war with a craving for gain” (Gregg Easterbrook).
2. ethics (used with a sing. verb) The study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person; moral philosophy.
3. ethics (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession.
Two words the prosecutors office of Fayette County, and the State Board of Accounts needs to learn.
Let me tell the citizens of Connersville a little story.
My name is Jim Keeney. I made the huge mistake of signing a contract with the Board of Aviation Commissioners in Fayette County to manage the Connersville Airport a few years ago.
The next mistake was trusting my now ex-wife to operate the airport, with the blessing of the Board of Aviation Commissioners, and now, I have to pay the price.
What the prosecutor failed to mention, in the News Examiner article May 9, 2006, is that, every charge filed was twisted, facts were ignored, and also, my name, signature, nor hand writing was on any of the documents the state intended to submit as evidence.
I still cannot understand, even though, yes, I plead guilty, why I was ever charged in the first place.
My ex-wife testified in December of 2001, under oath, that she ran the entire operation, she was responsible for any and all transactions, including fuel sales and accounting, for filing all paperwork with the City (Henrietta Ripberger), paying bills, handling accounts, cash, credit cards, reports to the Board and the City Council,,,, she was responsible for everything. The prosecutor chose, however, to accept the changed testimony of my ex-wife almost 4 years later, after we were divorced, even though my ex-wife has a criminal history, and, has been arrested and convicted of drug charges in Ohio in the last two months.
The prosecutor contended, because my name was on the contract, I was ultimately responsible, so there you go.
Of course, Bette Jones, Assistant Prosecutor, had to protect her step-father, Gene Worley, who just happens to be the Board of Aviation Commissioners President, by burning me, for things I did not do. Also, unscathed, is Henrietta Ripberger, the City Clerk-Treasurer during my tenure, who “certified” every document submitted to her from my ex-wife, after it was approved and signed by the Board President, and the other commissioners.
Why were Gene Worley and Henrietta Ripberger never charged with dereliction of duty???? Politics, pure and simple.
I personally heard Bette Jones say she “could not drop this case” because the “Prosecutor is under too much political heat, you know how that works.” She made that statement to my attorneys; I suspect not knowing I could clearly hear every word.
Even the Judge, told my attorney almost 4 years ago, that this case was a “vendetta against your client”. I asked my attorney way back then if he had filed a motion to dismiss, based upon the Judges comment. He said it “wasn’t time”. That motion never got filed because my attorney was too afraid to buck “the system”, no matter what the Judge said.
Another strange thing happens in the legal world. When you run out of money, your attorney, whom you have depended on for your future, suddenly becomes the best friend of the prosecutor. I was hammered, brow beaten, threatened with long jail terms, as a matter of fact, was assured by Bette Jones that I would be handcuffed and led from the court room straight to jail if I didn’t agree to a plea arrangement before I had a trial. My attorneys made the arrangements, and agreed up front with Bette Jones that she could hammer away at me, in her conference room, with both my attorneys present. What’s up with that???
It’s all about money with attorneys.
My attorney, of course once I was broke, told me to my face it was in my best interest to accept the plea agreement, even after I had objected strongly. I followed my attorney’s advice, regrettably, and now face serious consequences.
I had to LIE in court, admit to something I did NOT do, I had to swear I had NOT been threatened, that I was happy with my attorneys representation, and several other things that simply were not true. Is that the way our system is supposed to work? That a person can be coerced into perjury, and swear that they were not coerced? Our system needs fixed, or perhaps, it’s the people in charge of the system that need fixed.
So, here I am. Broke, divorced, out of work, facing a bleak future.
I’m not asking anyone to feel sorry for me, just warning you to look out for yourself.
The elected and/or appointed government officials in Fayette County are vicious, cold, heartless, and cruelly vindictive. Please Beware! Unless you are one of the “good old boys”, who has a close relative, say, in the prosecutor’s office, you cannot expect justice and fair treatment in Fayette County.
James H. Keeney
Englewood, OH 45322 937-603-8868
(FOLLOW UP TO EDITOR OF CONNERSVILLE NEWS EXAMINER STILL NO RESPONSE FROM ANYONE AT THE PAPER AS OF May 15, 2006)
This is a letter to the Editor, not particularly for publication.
I am really disappointed that the News Examiner didn't even contact me after the letter I submitted May 9, 2006.
I guess the stranglehold of the local politicians extends to the News Examiner.
It would seem to me you would want to let the people of the community know that they need to be very, very careful when dealing with the powers that be in Connersville. Those powers will go to any length to hose someone not "connected" simply to protect "good ole boy" wrong-doers in the community.
I'm deeply disappointed that the News Examiner won't even consider the possibility that the "system" may be twisted and manipulated.
Perhaps the News Examiner owner/operator is fearful, and perhaps should be, of what might happen to him/her, if the newspaper publishes any disparaging remarks from an "outsider" about the local power brokers.
It's a sad day.
James H. Keeney