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Judge backs out of ex-police chief's case

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Putnam County Circuit Court's office confirmed Friday that Judge Matt Headley has recused himself from hearing the civil lawsuit launched against the town of Cloverdale by the former chief of police.

Charlie Hallam, who was demoted to deputy marshal last November, sued the town council following a Jan. 29 meeting in which he was told he would be removed from the police department as of March 1, believing the council failed to follow proper procedure.

Earlier this week, the judge agreed to hear Hallam's case and scheduled a trial for next week, but has since decided not to hear the case.

A special judge will have to be appointed and attorneys for both parties will have 10 days to pick from a panel of three judges to hear the case.

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Given the circumstances, I think Judge Headley made a wise decision.

-- Posted by captain crunch on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 8:19 AM

A perfect decision, everything fell into place right down to the last detail. I can't believe it was planned this way so I'm chalking it up to luck.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 4:15 PM

What in the world are you people talking about? If GINGB, Xgamer, and linnie are so smart, why don't they run for town board and stop all this mess?

-- Posted by strings on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 10:55 AM

Because at least one of them doesn't even live in town.

-- Posted by Brad Roberson on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 11:35 AM

If Headley (judge left off intentionally, I agree with GINGB)heard cases regarding everyone he knew, he'd have to recuse himself from the whole county. So why have him as judge? Check his record and see how many cases he's already recused himself from. Why did he recuse himself? Because he knew all parties involved. So I ask myself, what makes the difference? He should be impartial. If that's the case, we should vote in a judge from another county. I say, just hear the cases, judges are supposed to be impartial, allowing them to hear all cases. That's why they are being paid.

-- Posted by cty-govt-a-muck on Mon, Feb 25, 2008, at 7:19 AM

What about this angle? The whole case is ugly from the start, but needs a hearing. So, grant the hearing because it should be heard.

Now, recuse yourself so any backlash from the melodramatic community and their wordpress blogs will land on someone else throughout the trial.

Then, when the self absorbed become libellous on the internet, you can download it for evidence before they have a chance to put it in a safe place.

Then the case goes to trial with someone else residing and may the best lawyer win.

Perfect off the wall angle, if you ask me. But no one asked, so nevermind.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Mon, Feb 25, 2008, at 7:46 PM

Hmmm, agree to hear a case, then days later bail out on it.... Something smells fishy

-- Posted by clearwat on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 7:24 AM

The only thing that smells fishy is the town of Cloverdale

-- Posted by stay at home mom on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 1:53 PM

Oh, that was foul.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 4:36 PM

If there is a conflict on Judge Headley's part, then a special judge is the best option. His wife is a Cloverdale graduate, and if what GINGB says is true about the board president's wife, perhaps it is best to have another judge. The best judge is one who can be impartial, but the next best judge knows when he can't be and steps aside. But this is really about what is best for Charlie Hallam. I wish him well, and hope the town board is put in their place for a change.

-- Posted by cloverlady on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 8:02 AM

I can't say I agree with you cloverlady. Your comment implies that the the Honorable Headley can't be impartial.

Any judge on this case will be accused of being impartial once a decision is made. It's already happened within 18 hours of him granting a hearing.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 5:23 AM

Unfortunately the truth can't be spoken here without people claiming to be offended Xgammer. In fact I can't speak your real name even though I know it. You need to talk to some other people than on here or the past elected officials. The ties between people are not what you think. Headley stepping down from a Cloverdale political suit is not a first. You should know all of the situations leading up to this event before making judgments here.

Meet me behind the high school dumpster at midnight under a full moon and I'll give you the scoop, since I can't speak your name, mine, or the truth without offending someone.

-- Posted by CdaleResident on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 6:11 PM

Ever have a Thanksgiving dinner with your family and inlaws sitting around talking and catching up with each other? Ever have religous and/or political topics come up in the conversations? Pretty volatile isn't it?

Opinions are like "posterior openings of alimentary canals", we all have one and we think everyone else's stinks. I personally have never considered someone's opinion as fact, and I never expect anyone to accept mine as fact as well.

The truth is that we are reading and commenting on a newspaper blog in a small town where most people believe that the paper gets it wrong to start with. Anyone who uses the comments as a source of facts or bases decisions on such comments is in for a surprise. The same goes for taking these comments seriously, nothing is gained or solved through any comments on this blog. When people are jabbing each other through topic comments, it's bound to get out of hand (as you can see). Sometimes comments cross the legal line. It still all starts with an opinion.

The next time I upset any of you reading Banner blogs, ask yourself if it really matters what Xgamer thinks! For now I'm just a gastrointestinal vapor in the wind. Here today, gone tomorrow, a rambler- I've seen fire and I've seen rain. I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end. I've seen lonely times where I could not find a friend, but I always thought that I'd see you again, right here in the comment box.

Have I mentioned the topic in this comment?

(I only raid the school dumpster the day after they serve salisbury steak)

-- Posted by Xgamer on Fri, Feb 29, 2008, at 6:13 AM

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