The saga involving Oxpatch lawyer/blogger Tom Freeland has spawned several developments since August of last year when he was convicted of the misdemeanor charges involving assault and trespassing for the attempted flyby of the estranged wife of a friend. It was one of our more trafficked topics in 2011.
I mention this because an Oxpatch based reader emailed me to make sure I had seen Bellesouth’s continuing coverage of same plus the case involving Dr Cassandra Faye Thomas, who claims the defense in her criminal case was compromised due to Freeland being distracted during her trial by the above mentioned attempted flyby, which all happened right around the same time.
To the extent I’ve been missing occasional Slabbed commeneter Hendry Jones, who I consider to be the most accomplished basher in the south, and I am still interested in the doings in Oxpatch this topic needed to come back up here on Slabbed. That said I thought the following posts over at Bellesouth’s place are worth reading:
BREAKING NEWS!!!!! THOMAS H. FREELAND, IV APPEALS HIS CONVICTION OF ASSAULT AND TRESPASSING!
NMC is a Pervert
Cassandra Faye Thomas: He lied!
Patsy Brumfield of the Daily Journal lived up to her twitter moniker @realnewsqueen yesterday with her gavel to gavel coverage of yesterday’s misdemeanor trial of the century here in Mississippi. Her rolling account of Freeland’s 5 hour trial was both rough around the edges and thorough beyond all expectations. Today she followed that grand performance with an edited story that confirmed my suspicions it was them pesky text messages that doomed Team Freeland. It is another must read. Through time we’ve sent several 3 figure clicks out to other websites and today Patsy Brumfield joins an elite list of journalists so honored by our readership with her rolling account that I linked yesterday. I’ll add she is a smart journalist for making sure the readers of the Daily Journal got the news they were thirsty for exceeding all expectations in the process. Kudos to Patsy.
Unfortunately for Mr Freeland’s victim Susan White, her ordeal will continue with news of Team Freeland’s appeal to circuit court. Hopefully she’ll take solace in the fact the entire Slabbed Nation stands behind her in her the quest for justice and will remain there with her each step of the way on this very difficult journey through the historically less than transparent judiciary in North Mississippi.
Finally we’ve made a few new friends covering this story from the northern end of Mississippi that have proven themselves loyal readers of this little project. This story has captured the imagination of the legal community in 2 states so it is only right we highlight a second source of coverage on the Freeland trial in the Oxford Crime Report. Tim’s account of the trial is also very insightful and he reports the most damning text message that didn’t fit with Freeland’s account of the events back in March: Continue reading ““There is still nothing more palpable in the Faulkner landscape than the arrogance of privilege.” A Tom Freeland Assault and Trespassing Update.”
The text messages were daming IMHO. Patsy Brumfield has the skinny from Oxpatch.
Public interest is intense folks while Hendry asks if it OK to use the word “fisting” on Slabbed. (Of course it is) As soon as I get word I’ll pass along same as today promises to get a little wild and wacky here on Slabbed. Stay tuned.
I have my alarm set for August 24th folks. If one of our regular readers from North Mississippi could confirm this with the Muni Court Clerk in Oxpatch I’d be appreciative.
When I checked stats and Jason’s post on American Zombie about our coverage of the goings on in Oxpatch and read the comments, I was truly humbled to see one of the commenters mentioning us deserving the Ashley Award. For those who are not schooled in the lore of the local blogging community the Ashley Award is named for Ashley Morris, the granddaddy of us all who lost his life in the spring of 2008. Creighton Bernette from Treme’s first season was based on him in large part and his blog still lives to this day. It is a heck of an honor just to be mentioned in the same sentence.
Since our early days I thought our natural readership traffic would be largely along the I-10 corridor as we’re culturally similar. My former partner in blog Nowdy hailed from central Mississippi and while she was hip to this area she was hipper to the goings on from Jackson north. And when the Dick Scruggs prosecution met the insurance battles down here we naturally didn’t take things and the story line being peddled in both the main stream press and the blogs at face value. Nowdy well knew of the time-honored tradition of bare knuckle vendetta, Mississippi style. For me the fact that State Farm so well-integrated into the news cycle was plenty enough. She was ridiculed and derided for some of her work but by God it has somehow manged to survive the test of time in part.
I mention all this because some of the ridicule came from Tom Freeland aka NMC. He was advocating in USA v Scruggs on behalf of Judge Lackey, his daddy’s former law partner who evidently once had an office in that “quaint Victorian-style Jackson Avenue office” that “has housed lawyers since 1905.” I think William Falkner took a crap in the hall bathroom there once too. And since I brung it up I’ll add we’ve always stipulated Team Freeland bleeds blue. Along those same lines he also had IRS leins and they all put their pants on one leg at a time. But he also blogs and we’re better off for it (when he isn’t grinding an axe against Dick Scruggs or helping State Farm rat fuck ordinary people down here whose only sin was having full insurance coverage and losing their house to Hurricane Katrina) as his blog is at times very good. In fact this last January I personally recommended it to Jason at AZ and made sure Tom was aware if American Zombie. After all just because we fussed some doesn’t mean the material is crap. Bloggers are a very competitive bunch after all. Continue reading “Slabbed and Ashley mentioned in the same sentence. And as fate would have it only now that she's gone is the genius behind Nowdy's work here becoming evident.”
Here I am in the field and noticed Slabbed got a nice Tuesday happy when Jason at AZ linked our last post on Tom Freeland. The response from the local blogosphere is such that I have one last tidbit to offer from the mean streets of Mississippi blogging. Meantime check out AZ.
Team Freeland via the Missus has finally publically engaged the allegations against Hubby Tommy choosing Patsy Brumfield at the Daily Journal to tell their story.
There is not much new ground broken save the fact Hendry’s rep as a gifted basher has evidently spread statewide. I suspect Belle’s last missive on the Doc Cassandra also played a part in Team Freeland’s decision to tackle their Oxford woes in a more public fashion.
Continue reading “Team Freeland would like a word: Chooses Patsy Brumfield to respond to the Oxford allegations.”
A couple of days ago we welcomed a new commenter on an older post that brought word of a Jimmy Gates story in the Jackson Clarion Ledger that is related to our and Bellesouth’s coverage of the arrest of Oxford lawyer/blogger Tom Freeland. Hatfield later was kind enough to share the hyperlink to Jimmy’s story. The short version is Team Freeland has done some medicare/medicare fraud criminal defense work winning a notable trial last year in Hattiesburg. A short while ago they lost a similar case in Jackson and the Doc in question in that case, Cassandra Faye Thomas is staring at a very long stretch of time in the pokey now convicted for fleecing Medicaid/Medicare to the tune of $6.9MM.
A top shelf criminal defense in complex white-collar litigation does not come cheap folks and bet Doc Cassandra had to dig very deep to hire Team Freeland. I’ll be honest and say my initial reaction was to chalk this one up to a desperate person doing anything and everything they could to avoid the pen but then I checked in with Bellesouth and my reaction to her post was HOLY CRAP! There may be a sliver of hope for Doc after all.
Next up is Hizzhonner Half Moon after I received an email and one comment on the veracity of Supasleth’s bombshell comment yesterday evening regarding Henry Mouton’s cooperation with Team Letten that included serving up Ann Duplesiss and Rene Gill Pratt. Duplesiss is a key member of Team Half-Moon and Gill Pratt is facing retrial on Dollar Bill Jefferson related corruption charges as I write this. Jason was kind enough to stop by and help us close the circle on Duplesiss. So the question is whether the assertion true or not. We have no way of knowing for sure but our search for the truth has us on a path leading us back to the tip. For our newer readers I’ll add the Sleuth has been a fairly reliable commenter here over time and Jason is certainly no slouch in that department either. Continue reading “Today's rapid fire segment is sponsored by Bellesouth and Blue Moon….”
Hat tip Hatfield in comments who reached the Oxford Clerk’s office and got the low down. I think they have been fielding lots of inquiries on this case.
The upshot is we have this can to kick down the road virtually all summer.