Foreperson of Roger Stone Jury was a Democratic Activist, Active as a Never Trumper on Social Media…The Fix Was In

maxresdefault (12)“Oh, what a tangled wed we weave…”

FoxNews.com reports that

Former Memphis City Schools Board President Tomeka Hart revealed Wednesday that she was the foreperson of the jury that convicted former Trump adviser Roger Stone on obstruction charges last year — and soon afterward, her history of Democratic activism and a string of her anti-Trump, left-wing social media posts came to light.

In at least one case, Hart even posted specifically about the Stone case, as she retweeted an argument in January 2019 that it was hypocritical to say federal authorities had used excessive force when a tactical team arrested the 67-year-old Stone in a dramatic predawn raid.

Meanwhile, another Stone juror, Seth Cousins, donated to former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and other progressive causes, federal election records reviewed by Fox News show. And, it emerged that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had denied a defense request to strike a potential juror who was Obama-era press official with admitted anti-Trump views — and whose husband worked at the same Justice Department division that handled the probe that led to Stone’s prosecution.

The revelations came as President Trump has called the handling of Stone’s prosecution “ridiculous” and a demonstrably unfair “insult to our country.” They raised the prospect that Stone’s team could again seek a new trial, especially if Hart or other jurors provided inaccurate responses to their pre-trial questionnaires concerning their social media activity.

The drama began when Hart confirmed to CNN and other media organizations Wednesday that she had written a Facebook post supporting the Justice Department prosecutors in the Stone case who abruptly stepped down from their posts on Tuesday, saying she “can’t keep quiet any longer.” The prosecutors apparently objected after senior DOJ officials overrode their recommendation to Jackson that Stone face up to 9 years in prison.

“I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis — the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial,” Hart wrote in the post. “It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice.”

Hart added: “As foreperson [of the jury], I made sure we went through every element, of every charge, matching the evidence presented in the case that led us to return a conviction of guilty on all 7 counts.”

Independent journalist Mike Cernovich, not CNN, then first reported that a slew of Hart’s other publicly available Twitter and Facebook posts readily suggested a strong political bias. Some of Hart’s posts were written as Stone’s trial was in progress.

Hart, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2012, quoted someone in an August 2017 tweet referring to Trump as a member of the KKK.

In January 2019, she retweeted a post suggesting that it was hypocritical to argue that excessive force was used in Stone’s arrest.

In August 2019, Hart called all Trump supporters “racist.”

“Gotta love it!” Hart wrote on Jan. 13, 2018, in response to a news report that a vulgarity had been projected onto the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

A week later, on Jan. 21, 2018, she shared an opinion piece entitled, “What’s so extremely, uniquely wrong about Trump’s presidency.”

On March 24, 2019, Hart shared a Facebook post saying that Republicans who complained about then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe were deliberately “ignoring the numerous indictments, guilty pleas, and convictions of people in 45’s inner-circle,” referring to Trump.

And, on Nov. 15, 2019 — the day she voted to convict Stone on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress — Hart tweeted two “heart” emojis, followed by two pump-fist emojis. (None of Stone’s charges accused him of engaging in a criminal conspiracy with Russia or any other actors concerning election interference; instead, his offenses related to his statements concerning his contacts with WikiLeaks and others.)

Hart’s tweet linked to a Facebook post that has since been taken down from public view.

If Hart have provided misleading answers on her jury form concerning her political or social media activity, her views on Trump and the Russia probe, or other related matters, there could be grounds for Stone’s team to seek a new trial, legal experts told Fox News.

Hart did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. The Memphis Commercial Appeal noted that she was a native of the city and had served a term as the president of its school board.

Hart’s posts surfaced the same day that Jackson, who oversaw the Stone case, unsealed her order from earlier this month denying Stone’s request for a new trial.

What the above article does not mention is the fact that the Memphis City School Sytem no longer exists.

The Memphis City School Board used some legal loopholes to bail out of a horrible demise, caused by their own poor stewardship, by taking over the Shelby County School System, which they are presently running into the ground.

That act forced at least of the municipalities in Shelby Country to formed their own separate school systems in order to avoid what happened in Memphis.

But, I digress…

So, not only were those who prosecuted Stone biased toward the Democrats, the foreperson of the jury was a Democratic activist and several of the jurors were biased as well.

To say that the fix was in would be an understatement.

isn’t it interesting how so much of the fallout and judicial action that was taken in the “Russian Collusion Investigation by Mueller and his Democratic Lynch Mob centered around the State of New York, specifically the Southern District of New York in addition to the courtroom of Judge Amy Berman Jackson?

The SDNY had been the stomping grounds of several of those involved in that Legal Lynch Mob out to get President Trump, including Former FBI Director Comey, FBI IG Horowitz, Mueller Investigator Andrew Weissman, and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr.

All of them either worked in that office or had judicial standing in that district.

To have a well-known no-class Democratic Activist like Tomeka Hart be named the foreperson on the jury hearing the case against Roger Stone was simply the cherry on top of the Russian Collusion Fairy Tale Sundae.

Until He Comes,

KJ

The Shelby County School Consolidation: A Lesson in Liberal Overestimation

children41313I was entering the tenth grade in 1973, when forced busing began in the city of Memphis, TN. To say that it was a time of great upheaval would be an understatement.

In my Middle Class neighborhood, in my typical Memphis City School, our administration tried to make accommodations for the new students. They decided that there would be two Sophomore Commissioners on the Student Council, a White one and a Black one. I was elected as the White Commissioner, and the last I heard of the fellow who became the Black Commissioner, he was a Doctor at Johns Hopkins.

And now, 40 years later, students in the Former Shelby County School System, are beginning to enter their own “Brave New World.”.

You see, a couple of years ago, the then overwhelmingly majority-Black Memphis City School System was swirling down the ol’ porcelain receptacle at an alarming rate. Decades of poor management and fiscal irresponsibility had taken a fatal toll. The City School Board was besieged by parents and city leaders alike, wanting them to actually do their jobs, and turn the struggling school system around. Of course, neither they, nor the school system’s overpaid administration had a clue as to how to actually be fiscally responsible leaders.

So, one of the mountebanks on the school board had an idea: Surrender the System’s Charter to the state, thereby dissolving the System, and forcing a merger with the fiscally sound, White-majority Shelby County School System.

In fact, in the “interest of fairness”, they held a referendum to allow the citizens to vote on whether to merge the school systems or not. The motion overwhelmingly passed.

Of course, the fact that they only allowed Memphis residents, and not the entire county to vote on the measure, probably had something to do with the outcome, don’t ya think?

An Interim School Board was formed, whose make-up just happens to have more representatives from the city system on it than the county’s. (Yeah. I was shocked, too. …Not.)

Then a discussion was started as to which School Superintendent to keep, the City’s or the County’s.

They “compromised” and gave both of them the boot.

But, not so fast. Again, “in the interest of fairness”, an attorney for the City Schools was made the new Superintendent. (Are you catching on, yet?)

Sounds like things were going just as the City School Board’s Professional Politicians planned, huh?

Well, in every life a little rain must fall. The Tennessee State Legislature ruled that the municipalities in the county could form their own separate school systems, if their citizens voted for it.

They did. (Dateline: July 16, 2013)

Voters in six Memphis suburbs decided Tuesday [July  to start public school districts in the municipalities where they live.

Residents of Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington overwhelmingly approved separate school systems in the second vote on the issue in less than a year. A federal judge invalidated the first vote.

More than 90 percent of voters in four of the six suburbs voted to approve new school systems, according to the Shelby County Election Commission. Eighty-seven percent of voters in Lakeland and 74 percent in Millington voted “yes.”

The suburbs want to avoid the massive merger between the struggling Memphis City Schools system and the more successful Shelby County Schools system. Suburban leaders and many parents fear that education quality and academic achievement will suffer if they join the huge merged system — known as the Unified School District — and they want control of their own school systems.

The merger, which has created a school system of 150,000 students, is to begin operating when classes start in August. Experts say the merger represents one of the largest school consolidations in decades.

But the makeup of that system could only last a year — the six new suburban systems could start operating in 2014.

Critics say the suburban separation will hamper the massive consolidation efforts, which have included intense budget battles and layoffs of hundreds of teachers and office employees. Some board members in the unified district worry about losing quality teachers and administrators to the new districts. They also stand to lose valuable tax dollars to the breakaway systems.

But the six suburbs have been galvanized in their efforts, spending hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars in a campaign that has included community meetings, public rallies and a bitter legal fight in federal court. All six municipalities already have voted to raise taxes to pay for schools.

A judge in November ruled that the earlier suburban schools vote in August 2012 violated the Tennessee constitution because it dealt with only one county. Lawmakers in Nashville wrote and passed a new law that applied statewide and allowed Tuesday’s vote.

You know , I saw yesterday where Nancy Pelosi and her Liberal brethren want to have a “National Conversation on Race”, in the wake of George Zimmerman being found not guilty of murder, in the case of Trayvon Martin.

This would not be a conversation, it would be a lecture, given by a bunch of didactic, pompous Liberals, who believe that they are smarter than average Americans.

Just like the Memphis City School Board thought that they were being smart by completely destroying what was once an award-winning school system, instead of taking responsibility for their own actions, or lack thereof.

Do you see the parallel, boys and girls?

Liberals overestimate their own intelligence…and nothing good ever comes from it.

Until He Comes,

KJ

Rumble on the River, Part 2: The Citizens Speak

I rarely write about what’s going on in my neck of the woods. However, as a product of the Memphis City Schools System (Wooddale  Class of ’76), I want to catch y’all up to speed on the biggest kerfuffle since forced busing was implemented in 1972.

In February of 2011, I wrote:

After over 30 years of mismanagement, poor stewardship, and the downright dumbing-down of an excellent school system, the politicians of the city of Memphis, including the School Board, the City Council, and the Mayor, himself, have decided that they will surrender the charter of the Memphis City Schools System in order to merge with the Shelby County School System…by any means necessary.

After the citizens voted down consolidation of city and county services last November, the Memphis City School Board , in an attempt to save their failing school system and their phony baloney jobs, came up with the plan to surrender their charter, thereby forcing consolidation with the Shelby County Schools.

In the last few days, things have really come to a head in this scholastic soap opera:

  • The Memphis City School Board voted Monday night, December 20th, 2010 to let City voters decide on March 8th whether to surrender its charter.
  • On Thursday, February 10th, 2011, the Memphis City Council voted 10 – 0 to accept the decision by the Memphis City Schools Board of Education to surrender its charter, wiping out the city school board in one vote.
  • On Friday, February 11th, 2011, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslan signed into law a measure designed to delay any merger between the two systems.

And, through all of this, the wishes of the Shelby County School Board and the citizens that it represents have been tossed aside, because…wait for it…it’s for the children.

Well, the merger is now under way and the unified system is supposed to be in place by 2014.

On June 14th, 2012, the Transition Planning Committee released the following report:

After more than eight months of research, discussions, and planning, the Transition Planning Commission is confident that the talent and resources in this community will enable the merged SCS to achieve the vision in this Plan. The merger presents a unique opportunity to build from the existing strengths and emerging success of both systems, of which there are many. The merger also prompts this community to step back and ask, “Why not here?”, and adopt best practices in education from around the world. Both districts employ talented leaders, who are true experts in their fields. This merger enables these leaders to join forces to build a district that improves upon both districts today.

And finally, this merger presents an opportunity for community, business, philanthropic, faith, and government leaders to unite to guarantee the success of this system, for the benefit of all of Shelby County’s children.

Well…The  other cities in Shelby County aren’t too keen about allowing the clowns who ruined the Memphis City Schools System to gain control of their schools.

The Commercial Appeal Reports:

Declaring they want no part of a unified countywide school system, voters in Shelby County’s six suburban municipalities gave landslide approval Thursday to referendums establishing their own districts and, in every town but one, agreed to raise sales taxes to pay for them.

Measures to create school districts sailed through with margins ranging from nearly 2 to 1 in Millington to 7 to 1 in Collierville. Even in Lakeland, where a former mayor led a political action committee opposing municipal schools, the referendum was favored by almost two-thirds of all voters.

By somewhat lower margins, voters in five of the suburbs also approved separate referendums to raise municipal sales taxes from 2.25 to 2.75 percent to fund the districts. The tally in Millington, however, showed the measure getting three more ‘no’ than ‘yes’ votes.

“How does it feel to win?” Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald asked a group of municipal-district supporters after the votes were counted showing a 4-to-1 approval margin. “It just shows what grass roots can do.”

In Germantown, cheers erupted at a watch party hosted by the My Germantown Schools group at Garibaldi’s pizza. With an 87 percent yes, vote, Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy called the citizen response a “mandate.”

But despite the resounding approval of the municipal school districts, the issue is far from settled. In a trial slated for Sept. 4, U.S. Dist. Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays will rule on a suit filed by the County Commission charging that the state law allowing the referendums violates the Tennessee Constitution.

The battle over schools, which underscored urban-suburban and black-white rifts in Greater Memphis, began with the December 2010 vote by the Memphis City Schools board to surrender the system’s charter and force a merger with Shelby County Schools. Memphis voters endorsed that decision in a landslide of the their own in a March 2011 referendum.

The consolidation of the MCS and Shelby County systems takes effect in the 2013-14 school year

Suburban reaction to the pending merger has been overwhelmingly critical, with municipal leaders and citizens chafing at the prospect of joining a unified district they said would be dominated by Memphis. County Commissioners, however, have charged there was a racial component to the opposition, saying the mostly white suburbs are seeking to carve out districts segregated from predominantly black Memphis.

Turnout for the referendums ranged from less than 31 percent in Millington to about 42 percent in Germantown and Lakeland. About one-third of the ballots were cast during the early-voting period that ended Saturday.

Throughout the day Thursday, the turnout in Bartlett was at best steady as voters and campaign workers sought relief from the heat. Supporters sat under umbrellas or tents and waited in their cars, emerging if someone approached the polling location.

There were few Better Bartlett Schools signs supporting the municipal school signs at the various voting precincts. Derek Venckus, spokesman for the pro-schools citizen group, said the main reason was supporters already had the bulk of the 1,500 signs ordered by the group in their front yards.

“We held a few when we started running out, just so we would have some at the polling places,” he said.

While there were few pro-municipal school signs in Bartlett, there were no opposition signs at a random number of precincts checked in the suburbs.

Across the suburbs, the most visible opposition group was in Lakeland, led by former Mayor Jim Bomprezzi

Leaders of suburban groups favoring municipal schools said they expected to win.

“I’m not surprised. Pleased obviously,” said Phillip Walker, one of the leaders of Better Bartlett Schools. ” … We pretty much were expecting a wide majority to vote for it.”

By comparison, the sales-tax referendums received tepid support, trailing the approval levels for the district referendum by 10 to 20 percentage points.

Suburban leaders had avoided using references to schools in the wording in the referendums so that all of the money was not required to go to education. Bartlett Alderman Emily Elliott, who worked early voting, said many voters were unclear about where the revenues would go, leading to some confusion.

In each suburb, however, supporters’ euphoria over the referendum results was somewhat tempered by uncertainty over the legal wrangling in the schools issue.

“Now we take a big deep breath, get up in the morning and move on with the business at hand, which is litigation,” Goldsworthy said.

Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner said he’s pleased about Thursday night’s outcome but it’s just one obstacle the town has to clear.

“We are like Olympic runners — we get over one hurdle and there’s the next one we have to clear. I’m still guardedly optimistic.

But Portia Scurlock, a Germantown resident with two elementary-aged children, said she wasn’t worried that her vote would later be ruled unconstitutional.

“If all the other Podunk towns in Tennessee can have their own school systems, why keep a larger municipality from doing the same? It doesn’t make sense.”

Ms. Scurlock, do not put anything past the hack politicians in Memphis, Tennessee.

There’s a reason I moved across the state line to DeSoto County, Mississippi back in ’97.

A lot of y’all may soon be joining me.

You eeevil suburbanites.