Ronald Disher Trial Scheduled For Three Days In January 2014

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As many people in central Wisconsin and elsewhere follow the strange and mysterious events in the disappearance of Marie Jost, 100, and her son Theodore, 74 comes more news from Portage County about one of those implicated in Social Security fraud surrounding the case.  Ronald Disher, 72, Delores Disher, 70 and Charles Jost, 67, are all accused of cashing more than $175,000 worth of their missing mother’s Social Security checks.

The jury trial for Ronald Disher will start on January 29, 2014 at 8:00 A.M.

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Earlier today Disher was in court.

The trial was to have been held in October.

Disher was scheduled for a plea hearing Monday, but Disher’s defense attorney had trouble communicating with him in the Lincoln County Jail, where he is being housed. Disher indicated to his attorney that he would not plea to the charges after he arrived in Portage County for the hearing, Gary Kryshak, he attorney, told the court.

Kryshak asked for a reduction in bond, saying the dollar amount was too high for what amounted to a financial crime. Disher has been in jail for more than a year on a $20,000 cash bond.

But Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur said the bond was appropriate for the fraud charges, which involve $175,000 fraudulently taken from the Social Security Administration. Prosecutors also said Disher is accused of attacking a Social Security investigator and another inmate while in jail.

Monday’s proceedings cast doubt over a potential homicide case. Authorities originally speculated that that the three might have killed Marie and Theodore Jost and hid their bodies. At Monday’s hearing, Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood told the court that prosecutors believe Ronald Disher has spoken to other inmates in the jail about committing the crime.

Speaker Boehner Jokes About Three-Thumbers In His Own Caucus

At the end of a newspaper article today on the mess caused by Republicans came this funny moment.

This month, at a private meeting of all four leaders of the two chambers — Mr. Reid; Mr. Boehner; Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader; and Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader — Mr. Reid tried to make light of the speaker’s difficulties with his more unmanageable members.       

He told Mr. Boehner that he would trade two of the Senate’s more volatile members for two of the House’s, according to three people told of the exchange. Mr. Boehner chuckled, but did not entertain the idea for long. “You don’t want mine,” he said.

President Obama Says Republicans Can Not Hold Nation For Ransom

Conservative terrorists must be stopped.

President Barack Obama warned Monday that a government shutdown could throw a “wrench” into the recovery of the U.S. economy, and said that it’s up to Congress to prevent a shutdown from starting at midnight.

Obama called out members of the tea party among House Republicans.

One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of the election,” he said.

“You don’t get to exact a ransom just for doing your job,” he added.

Ronald Disher Court Case Update

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The latest….on the case….that is a mystery.

Matters changed in court today.  What had been scheduled as plea hearing was instead a bond hearing for a reduction request.   The actual trial need to be rescheduled sometime into the new year.   Everyone seemed to understand.  Ronald Disher’s attorney made statements in support of a motion to amend to a recognizance bond. Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood stated objections to such a motion.   Thankfully for the sake of justice the motion was denied.

With such a stellar reputation as Disher showed prior to being arrested did anyone really think a recognizance bond was going to fly?

CP likes the work and tenacity of ADA Isherwood.  This is exactly the type of person this state needs steering justice.

 

 

Lets Treat House Republicans Like The Bullies They Are. “Time To Punch The Bully In His Nose”

We are now entering the final hours before the government shutdown, and by all accounts little can be done to make Republicans understand the cliff they are standing on has no soft landing for them once they jump and take the nation with them.

Unless there is a last-minute deal, and at this time that would take nothing short of a miracle, the U.S. government will shut down at midnight.  Such an action will immediately furlough hundreds of thousands of federal workers.   Meanwhile the vast majority of public and private polling shows that Speaker Boehner’s House Republicans will get blamed for the stalemate.   What is most painful, I am sure for Boehner and his top aides, its that they know it.  The speaker privately warned his leadership team that this shutdown could cost him his majority.  Even so he seems unable to rein in the wing-nuts who are in control of the House.  His 17-seat majority is not a sure thing once the fall-out from this shutdown hits every morning paper, news show, and water bubbler conversation.

2014 will not be the election cycle that Republicans had hoped for just a few months ago.  If there is a government shutdown, and it now seems inevitable, the GOP will not escape the voter’s wrath for taking the nation off the cliff with their irresponsible actions, and petty partisanship.

So what is the best way to deal with House Republicans who act like the school house bullies?  It surely is not to cave in and let the bullies win.  It is not to allow them a victory now so they can only use the same tactics again and act like terrorists when wanting their way over national policy.

No the best way to move forward comes from a top Democratic official who made it quite clear that it is “time to punch the bully in his nose.”

Everyone with any common sense, or civics, knows the way this theatre of the absurd is playing out in Washington must be stopped, and the bullies who are causing the problems need to be stomped down into a place they can no longer cause others harm.  In this case the House GOP needs to meet stiff resistance from President Obama and the national Democrats.

In 2014 the voters will finish the job of stopping bullies by removing the Republicans as majority party in the House.

There is no soft landing once you jump off the cliff.

Voters Blame Republicans For Government Shutdown Madness, Liken Them To “Spoiled Children”

It is not surprising that more people say Republicans in Congress rather than President Barack Obama would be responsible if the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law.  The latest finding come from a new CNN/ORC International poll.

With just hours before funding for the federal government runs out at midnight the poll shows most Americans think congressional Republicans are acting like “spoiled children” in this fiscal fight.  Six in 10 questioned in the survey say they want Congress to approve a budget agreement to avoid a government shutdown, and if it happens, most people say a shutdown would be a bad thing for the country.  The CNN poll is similar to a CBS News/New York Times survey released late last week that indicated 44% blaming congressional Republicans and 35% pointing fingers at the president.

The poll was conducted September 27-29, with 803 adults nationwide questioned by telephone.

Parents Should Be Held Liable For Not Locking Up Guns

Just one more reason we need to have tighter gun laws in America.

On a hot and humid August afternoon last year in Hinesville, Ga., Matthew Underhill, a staff sergeant in the Army, was mowing the lawn while his wife, Tessa, was in the house watching television with their 5-year-old son, Matthew. Their other son, Tristan, 2, was scampering down a hallway toward the bedrooms.       

It had been a good day for Tristan. He had used the potty for the first time. He and his mother had danced a little jig. Down the hall, Tristan entered the bedroom where his father had been staying because of quarrels with his wife. She had chided her husband in the past for forgetting to safely store his .45-caliber handgun. But he had recently put a lock on his door to keep out his wife and children. He thought he had locked the door before going out to cut the grass.       

The lock, though, had failed to catch. Tristan found the loaded gun under the pillow on his father’s bed. He pointed it at his own forehead and pulled the trigger. Hearing the gunshot, Sergeant Underhill sprinted inside to find Tristan face down on the bed, the gun beneath him. When he called 911, the sergeant was screaming so hysterically that the dispatcher initially mistook him for a woman.       

“My 2-year-old just shot himself in the head,” he said breathlessly. “He’s dead.”       

Tristan’s death underscored several themes running through the cases examined by The Times.       

While about 60 percent of the accidental firearm deaths identified by The Times involved handguns as opposed to long guns, that number was much higher — more than 85 percent — when the victims were very young, under the age of 6. In fact, the average handgun victim was several years younger than long gun victims: between 7 and 8, compared with almost 11.       

Over all, the largest number of deaths came at the upper end of the age range, with ages 13 and 14 being most common — not necessarily surprising, given that parents generally allow adolescents greater access to guns. But the third-most common age was 3 (tied with 12), a particularly vulnerable age, when children are curious and old enough to manipulate a firearm but ignorant of the dangers.       

About a quarter of the victims shot themselves, with younger children again especially susceptible. More than half of the self-inflicted shootings involved children 5 or under; the most common age was 3.       

About half of the accidents took place inside the child’s home. A third, however, occurred at the house of a friend or a relative, pointing to a potential vulnerability if safe-storage laws apply only to households with children, as in North Carolina.       

In opposing safe-storage laws, some gun rights advocates have argued that a majority of accidental shootings of children are committed by adults with criminal backgrounds. The Times’s review found that was not the case — children were most often the shooters — and that the families involved came from all walks of life.

Who Gives A Three-Year-Old A .22 Rifle For Christmas?

Does this mean for a fifth birthday someone gets a bottle of gin and a prostitute?  What is wrong with our country?

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Lucas Heagren with his father, Joshua, on Christmas 2011, holding a .22 rifle that was a present. The photograph was evidence in Mr. Heagren’s negligent homicide trial after Lucas shot himself.

Lucas’s father, Joshua Heagren, had tried to teach the 3-year-old to respect firearms. The boy had gotten a .22 rifle for Christmas, and his father showed him how to fire it. But he also warned him to handle it only when an adult was present.

“He never even attempted to touch guns when Josh wasn’t around,” Lucas’s mother, Kaitlin Campbell, testified at Mr. Heagren’s trial, where he was convicted of negligent homicide and endangering children. “He knew.”

On the day of the accident, Mr. Heagren had been planning to go out shooting, so he took his pistol from the bedroom, where he normally kept it in a holster between the mattress and the box spring, according to his court testimony. When Ms. Campbell and Lucas returned from buying an inflatable swimming pool, Mr. Heagren slid his gun under the couch before heading outside to set up the pool.

At some point, with his mother distracted by her phone a few steps away, Lucas discovered the gun, grabbed the butt and squeezed the trigger with his thumbs, according to the authorities.

“Our thought process was, parents have a duty to keep their child safe,” said Dr. Lisa Kohler, the Summit County medical examiner, whose office classified the case as a homicide. “Leaving a loaded weapon in an area where the child can easily access it is neglect in our mind. Therefore parents have failed to keep a child safe, and therefore it’s a homicide.”