Isn't it against the law to give false statements to Attorney General special investigators?
Chief of Police Jamie Campbell is set to resign October 30, 2016 after the Texas Rangers conclude their local wiretapping investigation. (Source: KETK) Jamie Campbell is the son of Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell. During an open council meeting earlier this year, Campbell's lieutenant accused City Manager Mike Murray of "illegally tape recording phone conversations" and "retaliation." (Source: KETK) Upon the recommendation of outgoing Cherokee County District Attorney Rachel Patton, the Texas Rangers and Texas Attorney General's office were called in to quell the coup. Murray was quickly and quietly exonerated while his future in Rusk, Texas politics remains in limbo. (Source: Daily Progress) After leading the local media down rabbit holes, Murray's accusers have agreed to RESIGN to avoid further scrutiny of the wiretapping claims.
Why was the City Manager falsely accused of a federal crime?
When factions split inside corrupt small town government, their goal is to enlist more fingerpointing on one side than the other. More and more people become involved in the smear tactics until they are ALL criminally compromised. Cherokee County has reached a breaking point. They publicly divide the Rusk City Council meetings into groups, those they claim are pro-Police and those against. They have an ongoing desire to parade in the Texas Rangers to affirm that their side of the fence will be held unaccountable.
Isn't it against the law for local law enforcement to falsely accuse someone of a federal crime?
The families of Cherokee County law enforcement have always gotten their marching orders from Sheriff James Campbell. Somewhere in the remote past, Cherokee County's sheriffs convinced themselves that it was a moral duty for their deputies to intercept telephone calls, justifiable under penalty of perjury. Always accuse your small town rivals of the same crimes you commit every single day.
Rusk, TX wiretapping is the biggest 2016 story in the region, so why doesn't it get properly reported?
The Texas Rangers and Attorney General's office are 100% cognizant that Cherokee County law enforcement routinely violate federal wiretapping laws. They are also aware that Mike Murray has been accused of exactly what goes on in the Rusk Police and Sheriff Departments. Knowing that the accusing parties have spilled the beans and will never kiss-and-makeup (and go back to the way it used to be for 30 years), they offer clemency. Guilty parties are advised to retire and keep the taxpayers in the dark. They turn a blind eye to the warrantless interception of citizens' phone conversations to keep their own abetting hands clean.
Mike Murray is lucky that Elmer Beckworth is not the current DA; otherwise a jury of Jamie Campbell’s relatives would have been empanelled to convict on a fictitious statute. All with the blessing of complacent agencies in the region who make their living violating Civil Rights.
As usual, accomplices in local media are more than willing to bury their previous stories and keep the public hanging after it is discovered that they all lied. According to KETK and the iterim City Manager, following an October 12, 2016 "complaint" Jamie Campbell's departure has been in the works for weeks with the grooming of his replacement.
Rusk Iterim City Manager Jim Dunaway said the interim police chief is Russell Pancoast, a retired police chief from Bee Cave, Texas. He will start duty Thursday morning. (Source: KETK)
Local newspapers and distractors from both sides continue to repeat the lie of "low morale in the police department" affecting the outcome of the "investigation" after being warned again by the Texas Attorney General's office not to publicly discuss the common Cherokee County practice of illegal wiretapping. This is why there is never a straight comment or factual representation of exactly what the hell goes on in Rusk, TX. Wiretapping is a federal offense that if properly investigated would be conducted by the US Attorney's office and not local chapters of the DPS (many of whom are former Cherokee County law enforcement). They send the fox to count the chickens.
Illegal 3rd party phone lines pay off
Private and business phone conversations are illegally intercepted and recorded by Cherokee County law enforcement, especially by those in "retirement." They have nothing better to do. They are paid to do so, some from the comfort of their own homes via the county's multitude of outlaw telephone drops. They've been spying on each other for decades. They have no intention of ever stopping because they know they will never face federal prosecution. A true audit of Cherokee County investigator funds would show how these designees supplement their income as reserve deputies after "retirement."