posted by Ethan at 10/02/2006 07:00:00 PM
Instead of Backtalk, check out this serious smacktalk buried in a local candidate's website:http://www.carrieforclerk.com/links/To see the really bizarre, go to Sherrie News and read the ones under sexual harasment. It doesn't look like some of this stuff could have been legally released. I don't know who this Nick guy is but he definintely has some office behavior issues.Get out there while you can. Once they realize what they've posted, it will probably come down.
I am not the "anonymous" who posted the preceding link to the Carrie Dickson campaign website, nor am I responding to it as part of a contrived and coordinated stunt. However, I must disclose that I am in complete sympathy with its apparent purposes.I have read several of the newspaper articles listed under the "News about Sherrie Swensen" link before. One of them, however, contains a quote that hits me everytime I read it. I think it is very telling:"It's not just the activities of Nick Floros that make me mad," said Democratic County Councilman Jim Bradley. "What really makes me angry is that he got away with it for years. It may be that the good ol' boy network protected him." ("Cronyism is hinted in sealed sex probe - Harassment allegation: Some say a former employee is being protected by his colleagues." Christopher Smart, Salt Lake Tribune, December 18, 2004)Firstly, I am impressed with the integrity of Democrat Jim Bradley in addressing the corruption of fellow Democrat Nick Floros and the "good ol' boy network" that protected him.I think most of us political junkies have a pretty good idea of who he is talking about when he refers to a certain "good ol' boy network." (Democrat insiders, David Yocum, Randy Horiuchi, Joe Hatch, and Sherrie Swensen come to mind.) The fact that Bradley would call them out is impressive. Some things are more important than party affiliation and he seems to get it. God bless him.Secondly, I am frustrated with the lack of quality journalistic coverage of county government issues and races. Because of this defficiency, the average voter in our community has no idea of who they're voting for when they walk into the booth on election day.Yes, the press was there to cover David Yocum's prosecuting of Nancy Workman when she used county funds to subsidize the services of an employee for her daughter at the Boys and Girls Club. (She, of course, was later exonerated of any criminal wrong doing.) But, where were they when David Yocum allegedly used his office to provide official favors for his son?There have been allegations that David Yocum made his son's recent DUI arrest quietly go away. This is the same son, Jason Yocum, who took Nick Floros' place as Sherrie Swensen's chief deputy. If this "good ol boy network" that Jim Bradley refers to really does exist, then why doesn't Salt Lake's media cover it?If they did, maybe the voters could provide a little housecleaning this year. Goodness know that it is far overdue.
Oh, did you mean this DUI disappearing act?-------------------------3RD DISTRICT COURT - SALT LAKE SALT LAKE COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH STATE OF UTAH vs. JASON YOCOM CASE NUMBER 015911566 Misdemeanor DUI ____________________________________________________________________________ ____ CHARGES Charge 1 - 41-6-44(10) - DUI REDUCED TO RECKLESS-ALC/DRUG RELATED Class B Misdemeanor (amended) to Class B Misdemeanor Attributes: Alcohol. Plea: March 11, 2002 Guilty Disposition: March 11, 2002 Guilty Charge 2 - 41-6-69 - TURN/STOP/CHANGE LANES W/O SIGNAL Class C Misdemeanor Plea: December 20, 2001 Not Guilty Disposition: March 11, 2002 Dismissed Charge 3 - 41-6-24 - RED LIGHT VIOLATION Class C Misdemeanor Plea: December 20, 2001 Not Guilty Disposition: March 11, 2002 Dismissed CURRENT ASSIGNED JUDGE ROGER A. LIVINGSTON PARTIES Defendant - JASON YOCOM SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84105 Represented by: GREGORY G SKORDAS Plaintiff - STATE OF UTAH DEFENDANT INFORMATION Defendant Name: JASON YOCOM Date of Birth: February 11, 1973 Law Enforcement Agency: UHP - Salt Lake City Prosecuting Agency: SALT LAKE COUNTY Citation Number: D389025 Violation Date: November 02, 2001 EB 900 SOUTH 200 WEST ACCOUNT SUMMARY TOTAL REVENUE Amount Due: 1,007.01 Amount Paid: 626.77 Credit: 380.24 Balance: 0.00 REVENUE DETAIL - TYPE: FINE Amount Due: 1,000.00 CASE NUMBER 015911566 Misdemeanor DUI ____________________________________________________________________________ Amount Paid: 620.00 Amount Credit: 380.00 Balance: 0.00 REVENUE DETAIL - TYPE: INTEREST Amount Paid: 6.77 Amount Credit: 0.24 Balance: 0.00 Account Adjustments Date Amount Reason Jun 18, 2002 7.01 Interest Posted to Date CASE NOTE 1992 ACUR A PROCEEDINGS 11-19-01 Filed: Citation 11-20-01 ARRAIGNMENT STATE scheduled on December 20, 2001 at 02:00 PM in DUI Court with Judge SKANCHY. 11-20-01 Notice - NOTICE for Case 015911566 ID 963203 ARRAIGNMENT STATE is scheduled. Date: 12/20/01 Time: 2:00 PM Location: DUI Court 450 SOUTH STATE STREET SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111 Before Judge: RANDALL SKANCHY 11-20-01 Judge SKANCHY assigned. 11-20-01 Note: ******THIS IS A GRAY FILE****DA NOTIFIED BY DOCKET**** DEFT NOTIFIED BY CERTIFICATE OF MAILING 11-27-01 Note: NOTICE RETURNED BY POST OFFICE MARKED ATTEMPTED NOT KNOWN 12-04-01 Filed: Demand for Jury Trial 12-04-01 Filed: Appearance of Counsel 12-04-01 Filed: Request for Discovery 12-20-01 PRETRIAL CONFERENCE scheduled on January 14, 2002 at 02:00 PM in Fourth Floor - W43 with Judge SKANCHY. 12-20-01 Minute Entry - Minutes for Arraignment Judge: RANDALL SKANCHY PRESENT Clerk: ginam Prosecutor: TANGARO, CARA Defendant Defendant's Attorney(s): SKORDAS, GREGORY Video Tape Count: 2:14 CASE NUMBER 015911566 Misdemeanor DUI ____________________________________________________________________________ ARRAIGNMENT Defendant waives reading of Information. Defendant is arraigned. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE is scheduled. Date: 01/14/2002 Time: 02:00 p.m. Location: Fourth Floor - W43 Third District Court 450 South State SLC, UT 84111-1860 Before Judge: RANDALL SKANCHY 01-11-02 Filed: Motion for Continuance 01-14-02 Filed order: Order continuing pre trial conference Judge rskanchy Signed January 14, 2002 01-14-02 PRETRIAL CONFERENCE scheduled on March 11, 2002 at 02:00 PM in Fourth Floor - W43 with Judge SKANCHY. 01-28-02 Filed: Request for discovery 03-11-02 Charge 1 amended 03-11-02 Charge 1 Disposition is Guilty 03-11-02 Charge 2 Disposition is Dismissed 03-11-02 Charge 3 Disposition is Dismissed 03-11-02 Minute Entry - Minutes for Change of Plea Judge: RANDALL SKANCHY PRESENT Clerk: ginam Prosecutor: KNELL, BRADLEY J Defendant Defendant's Attorney(s): SKORDAS, GREGORY Video Tape Count: 2:16 The Information is read. Court advises defendant of rights and penalties. Defendant waives time for sentence. SENTENCE JAIL Based on the defendant's conviction of DUI REDUCED TO RECKLESS-ALC/DRUG RELATED a Class B Misdemeanor, the defendant is sentenced to a term of 180 day(s) The total time suspended for this charge is 180 day(s). SENTENCE FINE Charge # 1 Fine: $1000.00 Suspended: $0.00 Surcharge: $461.65 CASE NUMBER 01 5911566 Misdemeanor DUI ____________________________________________________________________________ ____ Due: $1000.00 Total Fine: $1000.00 Total Suspended: $0 Total Surcharge: $461.65 Total Principal Due: $1000.00 Plus Interest The fine is to be paid in full by 03/01/2003. SENTENCE FINE SUSPENDED NOTE Credit for cost of counseling towards fine. SENTENCE FINE PAYMENT NOTE Defendant to pay $100 a month beginning 5/1/2002 ORDER OF PROBATION The defendant is placed on probation for 1 year(s). Probation is to be supervised by Probation Services. Defendant is to pay a fine of 1000.00 which includes the surcharge. Interest may increase the final amount due. Pay fine on or before March 1, 2003. Pay fine to The Court. PROBATION CONDITIONS Submit to searches of person and property upon the request of any Law Enforcement Officer. Do not use, consume or possess alcohol or illegal drugs, nor associate with any people using, possessing or consuming alcohol or illegal drugs. Submit to tests of breath and urine upon the request of any Law Enforcement Officer. Violate no laws. Submit to drug testing. Not frequent any place where drugs are used, sold, or otherwise distributed illegally. Refrain from the use of alcoholic beverages. Report regularly Complete level I dui class and MADD victim impact panel 03-11-02 Tracking started for Fine. Review date Mar 01, 2003. 03-11-02 Tracking started for Probation (Other). Review date Mar 11, 2003. 03-11-02 Tracking started for Stay / Clerk Stay. Review date Jan 11, 2003. 03-11-02 Fine Account created Total Due: 1000.00 04-03-02 Fee Account created Total Due: 7.01 04-03-02 Fine Payment Received: 97.30 04-03-02 INTEREST Payment Received: 2.70 04-03-02 Filed: Receipt #35997 $10.00 CASE NUMBER 015911566 Misdemeanor DUI ____________________________________________________________________________ 04-03-02 Filed: Proof of payment to probation services $100.00 04-03-02 Fine Payment Received: 0.00 Credit Received: 10.00 Note: Treatment Program 04-03-02 Fine Payment Received: 0.00 Credit Received: 100.00 Note: Treatment Program 04-23-02 Fine Payment Received: 400.00 Note: Mail Payment; 06-14-02 Note: Credit given for receipt #020908 and MADD panel 06-14-02 Fine Payment Received: 0.00 Credit Received: 270.00 Note: Treatment Program 06-18-02 INTEREST Payment Received: 0.00 Credit Received: 0.24 Note: Fee waived 06-18-02 Fine Payment Received: 122.70 06-18-02 INTEREST Payment Received: 4.07 07-29-02 Filed: Probation Services stay report. The defendant has completed the dui class and attended t he Victim impact panel. Defendant has paid fine and is maintaining monthly contact. 01-01-03 Judge LIVINGSTON assigned. 02-11-03 Case Closed Disposition Judge is ROGER A. LIVINGSTON 02-11-03 Filed: Probation Services Stay Report recommending successful termination 02-11-03 Tracking ended for Probation (Other). 02-11-03 Tracking ended for Fine. 02-11-03 Tracking ended for Stay / Clerk Stay.
How interesting...I didn't know that Jason Yocum's attorney was Greg Skordas -- the long time leutenet of David Yocum. That information makes this old Paul Rolly blog entry even more fun to read:-------------------------The Boomerang Effect Here's a potential irony shaping up for next year's election season.Democratic Salt Lake County District Attorney Dave Yocom filed felony charges against then Republican County Mayor Nancy Workman for alleged misuse of public funds.Workman was defended by Greg Skordas, a Yocom protege who at the time was the Democratic candidate for attorney general. Workman was acquitted by a jury and Yocom and Skordas' longtime friendship was severely damaged.Yocom is not running for re-election and Skordas likely will seek the Democratic nomination for D.A. next year. Salt Lake City prosecutor Sim Gill also may seek the Democratic nomination and Yocom already has said publicly he is supporting Gill.Lohra Miller, who ran against Yocom four years ago, has said she again will seek the Republican nomination for D.A. She has been a harsh critic of Yocom. Meanwhile, Kent Morgan, a trusted deputy in Yocom's office also has said he will run for the office as a Republican.So the race is shaping up as a pro-Yocom vs. anti-Yocom fight in both the Democratic and Republican parties for the D.A. seat. Here's the intrigue. Workman is sitting on about $200,000 she raised for her re-election bid before the charges filed by Yocom forced her out of the race. Yocom has indicated that if she uses that money for personal reasons he will file charges against her for violating county election laws. He says she only can use the money for political purposes.And those political purposes, some are speculating, could be the support of whoever Yocom does not want to succeed him as D.A., including the one-time protege who has not been forgiven for his successful defense of Yocom's mortal enemy.Cheers, Paul Rollyhttp://blogs.sltrib.com/politics/archive/2005_11_01_archive.htm
Does anyone know what Mayor Workman ever did with that $200,000 war chest?The last polling data I saw showed that the Republican Lohra Miller was running neck and neck with the Democrat Sim Gill. If there was ever a time for the former mayor to step-in to free us from Yocum's network (either for revenge or principle) now might be the time. I'm sure that a nice donation to both the Lohra Miller and Carrie Dickson campaigns would do a lot of good. And, a little advice to the Lohra Miller campaign wouldn't hurt either.I think that their graphic designers made a huge mistake in just printing LOHRA on their campaign signs and billboards. I suspect than more than one person out there thinks that LOHRA is someone's last name.If Nancy Workman does come through with a last minute donation, my advice to the Lohra Miller campaign would be to replace all those signs that Sim Gill's people keep steeling with new signs that show her full name!The name on the ballot is going to be Lohra Miller...not LOHRA. Think about that and do the wise thing. (Just a note from a friend who wants you to win for the good of us all.)
Nancy is still sitting on all that cash. I don't know of any campaigns that have been able to squeeze a dollar out of her. And that makes me real nervous about the next couple of election cycles. One can only hope and pray that she will stay out of politics for good. As for the signage. I agree. It doesn't really make much sense to just promote your first name.
Is she sitting on the money because she has plans to run for office in the future, or is it because she hasn't forgiven the county Republicans for booting her in favor of Ellis Ivory?Ironically, if your suspicions are correct, I think the smartest thing she could do politically would be to spread some of that money around within the party.Neither she nor the party has really forgiven the other. Thus, helping the party to win some key races (and the community to clean out some corrupt trash) would go a long way in repairing bridges--not to mention her reputation. But, that's not a very likely scenario. If we weren't constantly trying to destroy one another, we wouldn't be Salt Lake County Republicans.
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