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Leon County case 8103-B

12TH DISTRICT COURT 10/15/2015
DISTRICT JUDGE DON KRAEMER THROWS UP RED HERRING ROAD BLOCK TO OBTAINING RECORDS
In a recent bid to obtain my own probation records in light of the attention being paid to my case of late, 12th District Judge Don Kraemer reverses himself over a three week period.  Never having submitted a formal open records request, The Sentinel used the phone to inquire of the court what process would be needed to obtain my own probation records since they are ‘Judicial Records’.  Ms. Hunter, the director told me the judge had cleared it but she was leaving on vacation the next day and would I mind calling back in a week or so.  During the time I was on deferred adjudication probation, I was told constantly that I could not have my own probation file records.  It was during my research to obtain the CSCD employment records of ex probation officer Keith Black that my study differentiating between Judicial records under Judicial Rule 12 and Govt body records under Sec 552 of the Govt Code showed that my own court records were quite available to me.  I had sought them for years as they contain the results of nearly two dozen polygraph examinations I took during the ten year deferred adjudication probation.  It was a probation that I completed and was released from with no finding of guilt on 7/7/07.  Once Ms. Hunter got back from vacation, the story changed.  She cited, on authority of a 1996 attorney general opinion 646 that judicial records are not subject to sec 552 of the Govt Code.  She named 552.0035 as proof my probation records are judicial records which was my position from the get go.  In a follow up, I spoke with judge Kraemer and verified that he was standing on that AG opinion and that section of 552 to deny me the records because they are ‘Judicial Records’ and not Govt records that are subject to the open records laws.  I only ever sought them as the judicial records that they are:
 RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION
Rule 12. Public Access to Judicial Records
12.1 Policy. The purpose of this rule is to provide public access to information in the judiciary consistent with the mandates of the Texas Constitution that the public interests are best served by open courts and by an independent judiciary. The rule should be liberally construed to achieve its purpose.
Judge Kramer either mistakenly thinks because the judicial records are not subject to sec 552 of the Govt Code that they are not available at all or he is stalling, not wanting to give the polygraph results out.  Rule 12 does have some stipulations regarding the release of records otherwise considered confidential under the Judicial Rule that governs the issue.  Among the exempt records are:
 (k) Investigations of Character or Conduct. Any record relating to an investigation of any person's character or conduct, unless:
(1) the record is requested by the person being investigated; and
(2) release of the record, in the judgment of the records custodian, would not impair the investigation.
(l) Examinations. Any record relating to an examination administered to any person, unless requested by the person after the examination is concluded.

As Judge Kraemer and CSCD director know, a formal written request for the records under Rule 12 is on their respective desks.  Judge Kraemer’s comment that, “You know the procedure” was a referral to the process of delay that we face.  My only question now is why does your CSCD Department continue to fight the release of my own examination results to me?  I have been asking for them since the beginning. 

 

December 12, 2003

 

Honorable Judge Robert Trapp

San Jacinto County

Coldspring, Texas

 

Your Honor,

 

When I made my probation reporting appointment immediately following the publication of my recent Letter to the Editor, concerning DA Price printing lies, Officer Scott Martin admonished me “Do NOT go into the DA’s office again or they said they WILL file charges and violate your probation.”

 

In the current political climate in San Jacinto County, I take this as a legitimate threat considering the methods DA Price has employed against those who oppose him. 

 

The day Judge Paul E. White showed up and the charges were dropped against Constable Everitt, I was seen taking a photo of the newly applied front plate on the DA’s personal vehicle and Lamott and Renfro both confronted me on the courthouse sidewalk and threatened to arrest me and charge me under the Homeland Security Act.  Renfro’s attempt to get me to swing at him moments later on the courthouse steps by hollering to the top of his lungs that I was a “Convicted Pedophile” and the address my family resides at was thwarted by Detective Healy and Judge Magee and witnessed by others.

 

With them knowing I have dug up and documented evidence against them from this small Transportation Code violation to theft by a County Commissioner and the ensuing cover-up by Judge Bill Law and DA Mark Price, there is a genuine concern that I have created a high risk situation for myself. 

 

Other evidence has surfaced showing plainly that there is a conspiracy to discredit and distribute false information against me in this community.  It all can be traced back the Lou Rogers loyalists. 

 

My intention is that you be fully aware and watchful for hasty and bogus technical violations being brought against me.  I spoke with you once about the Judge’s order signed by the Judge in Leon county changing conditions of my probation without benefit of a hearing or my presence in violation of Texas Law.  With my wife’s disability and having no driver’s license and having a baby at home too, I drop my kids at school sometimes if we miss the bus.  I do attend the ARD meetings when requested by School officials regarding their concern for my children’s education.  I didn’t go to my sons first 6th Grade band concert.  I wont go to his games cause coach does want him to play football next year.  I don’t go to class parties or open houses but technically, the new orders would find me in violation for just driving by the school.  I have completed 7 years of the deferred adjudication probation, passed all my polygraph tests and even received a letter from Leon County commending my compliance.

 

There are threats being posted on the public message board to violate my probation.  The county judges secretary is taking part in these postings along with Joe Johnson and Lou Rogers and someone named WathersPK9.

 

I appreciate your time in reading this and with all I can muster, ask you to convene a Court of Inquiry if our Grand Jury fails to hand down any indictments against this corrupt conspiracy of using criminal charges for political purposes.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Stephen C. Watson

October 20, 2004

 

Honorable Judge Elizabeth Coker

Trinity County

Groveton, Texas

 

Your Honor,

 

Please take a few moments to peruse the enclosed letters that I have written to the Honorable Judge Robert Trapp.  With the occurrence today that is outlined in the second letter, I hope you can understand my inclination to inform you of my plight.  Judge Trapp has always responded with honesty and integrity correcting a past wrong done me by the probation department.  It involved an officer bent on revoking my probation to the point she was relaying false information to Leon County that she knew was false and that I proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that she knew it was false but sent it anyway.  She is no longer with the department but her effort resulted in the court there modifying my conditions without my presence or a waiver signed by me.

 

I have not made any waves and abide by the new conditions for the most part, even though they infringe deeply on my right to work. 

 

I have the fullest confidence in Judge Trapp and his integrity and only write you so that you might be informed.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

Stephen C. Watson

 

Pointblank, Tx 77364

October 20, 2004

 

Honorable Judge Robert Trapp

San Jacinto County

Coldspring, Texas

 

Your Honor,

 

As a follow up to the letter I wrote you, 12/12/2003 (copy enclosed) it is imperative that I make you aware of a recent occurrence within your Probation Department. 

 

During my scheduled reporting yesterday to my new officer, Misty Tope, she asked me if I went to the schools.  I told her that if we miss the bus, my wife and I drop the kids at school.  She brought out the changes made in my conditions of probation without benefit of a hearing or a signed waiver (in violation of Texas Law) that state I cannot drive by the schools.  Her supervisor told Ms Tope to notify Leon County as per policy directives.  I also told her that my wife doesn’t drive due to some disabilities and that I would write Leon County about the concerns she had of me going to the school.

 

Today, at about 4:45 pm, Ms Currie (Leon County Probation Officer-903 536-2689) Called and immediately DEMANDED to know how long my wife has been an invalid and EXACTLY when it was that I struck her in the head with a gun causing her to be an invalid!!!

 

My response was “Do What?”  After the shock and assuring her that my wife was well, mobile and accompanied me everywhere, I enquired as to her source of this misinformation.  Ms Currie named Misty Tope and attributed it to a phone call from her this morning. 

 

You can, I am sure, understand my anguish over these false allegations.  It has the appearance of a deliberate attempt to so enrage Leon County that they revoke my probation on the spot.  If this turns out to be the criminal intent, I call for Ms Tope’s immediate resignation and charges filed.

 

I have not discounted the possibility of an honest mistake by her confusing me with another probationer whom did, in fact, strike his wife with a gun and cause her to be an invalid.  If it is a case of mistaken identity and can be shown as such, (i.e.: another probationer who committed this act whose case Ms Tope is supervising) I withdraw my demand of her resignation and charges filed and respectfully request another officer or at least a supervisor present during my reporting visits.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Stephen C. Watson

November 1, 2004

 

Honorable Judge Robert Trapp

San Jacinto County

Coldspring, Texas

 

Your Honor,

 

After having spoken with Ms Tope’s superviser, Ms Alexander, and relaying to her what Ms Currie (Leon County Probation officer) had said to me regarding the alleged injuries to my wife, I allowed a few days to pass and then came back to see Ms. Alexander.  We all went into Ms Tope’s office and these few facts were revealed to me.

 

1)  Ms Tope’s report (in the computer and unchangeable) states that my wife was struck in the back of the neck with a gun and was an invalid because of it.  Ms Tope asked me “Well isn’t that what you told me?”  Ms Tope claims it is no big deal because her report doesn’t read that I struck my wife although that is what Ms Currie of Leon County called and said Ms Tope told her.  Ms Tope also confirmed that there is no other probationer that she has confused me with who has committed such and act.

 

2)  Despite numerous entries in my file of the correct information, Ms Tope listed me as being out of Walker county instead of Leon county.

 

3)  Despite numerous entries in my file of the correct information, Ms Tope listed my probation officer as “Ms Sherry”.

 

4)  Ms Tope claims I blame the courts for my current situation (ie; change of probation conditions).  I have the highest regard for the honorable Judge Bournais and the district court of Leon county and was specific that is was the errant behavior of one single probation officer who manipulated the courts with false information that she knew was false.

 

5) Ms Tope claims that I feel that “EVERYONE” is against me when I was quite specific that I had made enemies in the DA’s office and one constable.  I know the majority of Law enforcement and the Judiciary of this county think well of me.  Not perfect by any means but at least honest.

 

Your Honor, I was chided by Ms Alexander that “You are not going to pick your probation officer” when I voiced my reluctance to be alone and report to Ms Tope in light of the numerous and of record errors she has made in my case.  I have no desire or thought that I would be able to pick my officer but did ask for a witness present.  When that was denied I asked that our meeting be recorded.  Ms Alexander said no that I would report to Ms Tope alone with no witness and no recorder.  I feel this would be in injustice to me and my family since all her error to date has been to my ruin.  I respectfully request that in the light of the supervisor’s willingness to right this wrong that you intercede on the behalf of fairness and justice.

 

Sincerely,

 

Stephen C. Watson

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