Ellis County Observer publisher Joey Dauben finally gets a court-appointed attorney

Joey Dauben

Joey Dauben, the publisher of the now-defunct Ellis County Observer, finally got to see a court-appointed lawyer this week to help him fight the three felony counts of child sexual abuse that have kept him in the Navarro County Jail without legal advice for almost two months now.

Edward Jendrzey, whose office is in Waxahachie in Ellis County, received the court-ordered appointment Thursday, Feb. 16. Jendrzey accepted the case after Steve Keathley, a Corsicana attorney whose wife is the president of the Navarro County Bar Association, declined an appointment by District Court Judge James Lagomarsino to represent the journalist.

In a telephone interview today, Jendrzey said, “Yes, he knows I’m representing him,” when asked whether he had met with his new client, who reached out for help from the media this week in a handwritten letter from jail. When a defendant declares himself to be indigent and asks for a court-appointed attorney, that is supposed to occur within 72 hours. In the letter, Dauben also again claimed he is innocent of the charges.

Jendrzey said his first step in Dauben’s representation will be to conduct an independent investigation of the case to learn the circumstances and to attempt to get Dauben’s $200,000 bond set by Lagomarsino lowered. “I’ll be meeting with the prosecutor about that,” Jendrzey said. Dauben’s family and friends have been unable to raise the 10 percent (or $20,000) payment bond agencies typically charge to get a defendant released from jail.

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But if we’re deported and jailed on a remote island, we won’t care if you call us ‘vermin’

So quick question: If you were given the choice between (a) being called “vermin” because of who you are and who you love or (b) being exported or jailed for the same, which option would you choose?



We ask, because Family Research Council Senior Policy Fellow Peter Sprigg is currently working this canard on the FRC’s blog:

Where is [J. Richard Cohen's] evidence that Family Research Council, or anyone who works for FRC, has ever said that “all gay men and lesbians are ‘vermin’?” You will search in vain for such a statement.

For the record, FRC believes that every human being, including those who experience same-sex attractions and those who engage in homosexual conduct, is created in the image of God and is loved by Him. How this qualifies as “hate” is a mystery.

SPLC Equates FRC to Neo-Nazis—So Who’s “Demonizing” Whom? [FRC blog]

Which very well may be true. We certainly don’t remember ever hearing the word “vermin” come from FRC, and we monitor those kids pretty closely.

But going back to the choice stated at the beginning of the post: Would you rather (a) be called a “vermin” or (b) exported or jailed:



*SOURCE: Gays seek immigration reform [Medill Reports]



*SOURCE: MSNBC

We know which we would choose for our lives. And thanks to Peter Sprigg’s loose lips, we have good (read: mind-numbingly frightening) insight into what he’d choose as well.




Good As You

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