Mack Williams Case in Retrospect
By John Taft
Pass, OR - The following article is a must read! This is an
introduction and commentary on a story written nearly seven years ago
by Investigative Reporter Edward Snook of the US~Observer. This story
documents the arrogant abuse of power by state, county, and city public
employees. They used their governmental powers in an attempt to cover
their own illegal and evil acts by blaming an honest citizen and then
they tried to destroy his reputation, ruin his life and have him sent
to prison through the local courts with the full cooperation of the
Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.
Reporter Snook shows how in the intervening seven years nothing has
changed in the local criminal justice system; corruption and arrogance
are still the rulers. In his April, 2000, article he documents how perjury
occurred in a courtroom upstairs in the Josephine County Courthouse.
Prosecutor Michael Sanchez admitted before a sitting judge that the
DA’s office didn’t have enough evidence to proceed with
the state’s case against citizen Mack Williams. This was done
after the DA’s office had postponed Williams’ trial 16 prior
times. This time of postponement was used to harass and attempt to intimidate
Williams into a plea bargain. Their unethical tactics failed when Williams
stood fast on principle and won. Williams had spent approximately $100,000
to defend himself from this vicious assault. He was later compensated
an undisclosed amount by the State of Oregon.
Clay Johnson never filed charges against state and county officials
for lying under oath. Johnson appears to have condoned the acts of Scott
Titzler, Michael Sanchez, Ulys Stapleton and others who have remained
mute on this subject over the years. In this case the devils in the
courthouse didn’t get their man; they indeed were exposed, but
Bow Before the King
Josephine County public officials walk while citizens are held accountable
and prosecuted. Nothing has changed in the past seven years. Clay Johnson
did not stay for his full term but fled with a tidy public pension.
District Attorneys come and go and his successor, crawler, and Boswell
is DA Steven Campbell who was pulled from the same cesspool of corruption
that prosecuted Mack Williams. I have found Mr. Campbell to be arrogant
and disdainful of the residents of this community. I was told by an
editor at newswithviews.com that he recently approached DA Campbell
and began talking to him at a public meeting. Campbell’s response
was, “You can’t speak to me without my permission.”
The editor responded, “Who do you think you are, the King?”
County still remains under the thumb of a corrupt criminal justice system.
It’s time for DA Steven Campbell to pack his arrogance, conceit,
false charges and contempt for the people of Josephine County in his
roll away suitcase and get out of town.
– Same as Present
State drops Williams’ case
- The (4) four-year-old false and malicious prosecution case of Mack
Williams was dismissed Thursday, April 6, 2000, by Josephine County
Judge Gerald Neufeld.
Deputy District Attorney Mike Sanchez, after spending three days attempting
to present his conspired case against Williams, bowed his head in shame
and admitted the state didn’t have enough evidence to convict
Mr. Williams, a long time resident of Grants Pass. In fact, the only
evidence that the state could present were out right, conspired lies.
was charged in 1996 with relocating Allen Creek in southwest Grants
Pass. He was also charged with removing riparian brush and polluting
the creek. Over the years the state had to postpone scheduled trials
16 times as they attempted to browbeat Williams and place liability
belonging solely to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) on
his shoulders. Deputy DA Scott Titzler, an easily provable liar, attempted
to prosecute Williams until shortly before the April 4, 2000 trial,
when the state turned the case over to another liar and master of “false
prosecution,” Mike Sanchez.
4 long years the state held false charges against Williams and for 4
years they forced the determined man to spend tens of thousands of hard
earned dollars defending himself.
state had more than compelling evidence for years, which proved Mr.
Williams’ innocence, yet it continued to attempt to falsely prosecute
him. The state offered to drop their false charges on different occasions
if Mr. Williams would plead guilty to a violation and pay a nominal
fine. In fact, according to Williams, “they wanted me to plead
guilty at one point and donate a small amount to the parks. I didn’t
do anything wrong and I wasn’t about to admit to something I didn’t
do, no matter what the cost.”
State of Oregon has attacked Williams civilly, in bogus hearings, where
arbitrators spent over $400,000 dollars attempting to prosecute Williams
civilly and an estimated $100,000 criminally. Williams spent well over
$100,000 fighting the convoluted and conspired case against him.
false prosecution trial
April 5, 2000, the second day of Williams’ trial, Bob Brown admitted
under oath that he had lied under oath in previous hearings. On the
third day, as Williams’ attorney Terry McCauley was ready to expose
a dozen blatant lies, which Brown had told under oath, the state dropped
to witnesses, Brown made the following comment to Williams in 1996:
“You’re (referring to Williams) going to take responsibility
for the job. It’s embarrassing to me and to the state. You’re
going to take responsibility or I’m going to ruin you. I’ll
turn this over to the Attorney General. I’m going to fine you
and you are going to restore the creek.”
then informed Brown (in front of witnesses) that ODOT had done the job
and that he had sent Brown his incomplete application along with a letter
explaining that ODOT was looking into cleaning the creek, so he wouldn’t
be needing a permit. Brown has lied under oath on numerous occasions
regarding this fact. Brown then reportedly continued, “You’ll
take responsibility for this or I’ll make a felon out of you.”
Brown’s arrogant abuse didn’t work and now the shoe is on
the other foot.
files federal lawsuit
Terry McCauley filed suit on Williams’ behalf on February 3, 2000
(covered in the February edition of The Oregon Observer) in federal
court against Bob Brown (DSL), Mark Grinde (ODOT) supervisor), Ulys
Stapleton (Grants Pass City Attorney), and the City of Grants Pass.
Williams is currently amending the federal suit to include David Haight
from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and Roy Lee Manning
with the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Both testified for the state
and both allegedly lied under oath in their attempt to bolster the false
Hamilton, an adjacent landowner at Allen Creek, is also expected to
be named in Williams’ federal lawsuit, as is Larry Doe, a retired
Oregon State Police Officer (OSP) who presently practices taxidermy
in Josephine County.
admitted under oath that she had logging done in or near the bed and
banks of Allen Creek and she admitted that she allowed the Crawford
family to live in an unauthorized trailer near Allen Creek for two years.
Williams been allowed to put on his case, evidence would have shown
that the Crawfords were allegedly dumping raw sewage into Allen Creek,
that there was no permit for the trailer, and that Ulys Stapleton knew
so. It would have come out that numerous violations took place at Allen
Creek that trooper Doe knew or should have known about, yet they were
all too clear that Doe was intent on manufacturing a case against Williams,
as is witnessed by the numerous lies contained in his reports. A prime
example would be that Doe stated that the creek had been moved 150 yards.
This would have placed the creek completely outside of the basin. Bob
Brown testified that Williams removed and or replaced a thousand cubic
yards of material as he moved the creek channel and filled the old channel.
These things never occurred, according to the state’s own witnesses,
yet the false case continued.
operator Jack Evans cleared the creek and ODOT’s plugged grate
(which was responsible for the problems), for ODOT. Riverside Ready
Mix billed ODOT for the complete job and ODOT paid the bill in full.
Grinde claimed that he was a partner with Williams. He testified at
previous hearings, under oath, that he had seen Williams’ application
and that Williams had “led him to believe that he had a permit.”
On the third day of Williams’ trial, Grinde was expected to testify
that he knew there was no permit before the job commenced and that he
never saw Williams’ application. Grinde should be commended for
finally telling the truth, however his expected 12th- hour confession
doesn’t erase the 4 years of hell that the state has put Mack
Williams and his family through.
evidence would have come out at trial, had Williams been able to present
his case, such as an altered topography map showing the wrong elevation
for a portion of the basin in which Allen Creek flows. The map has writing
on it stating that it was submitted into the record by Ulys Stapleton
and obtained through Barbara Hamilton. Realizing that water can’t
run uphill, Stapleton apparently had to show the elevation on Mack’s
property lower than it actually is. Barbara Hamilton testified that
in May of 1994, she had Bob Montgomery contact Gene Leupold, a surveyor
from Portland, to come clear to Grants Pass (3-4 hours south of Portland
– a driving time of at least 7-8 hour) to survey her property
near the creek. It appears that she actually did this even though the
City of Grants Pass had a valid topography map on file at the time,
just as did the title companies in Grants Pass. Come on, Barbara, I
didn’t just fall off a pumpkin truck! Doesn’t make much
sense, however the alarming issue is that Leupold’s survey seems
to have been altered. This evidence would have come out in Mack’s
trial had the charges not been dropped, but is now left for the federal
suit. There is also a mountain of damning evidence against Ulys Stapleton
and others waiting to be brought out in federal court.
Pass City manager Bill Peterson also lied about Williams’ involvement
in the Allen Creek job and we certainly don’t want him to think
he is forgotten.
Grants Pass Daily Courier
Continues Practice of Lying
the state brings false charges against citizens (which happens all too
frequently), they commonly turn over their lies to the local media.
This is exactly what occurred in the Mack Williams case. Back in 1996,
the Daily Courier, without any investigation whatsoever, reported to
the public that the Allen Creek project was Mack Williams’. This
is a proven lie, which could have been recognized with even a brief
investigation into the case. On April 6, 2000, the Courier continued
its practice of lying to the citizens of Josephine County. Writer Shaun
Hall of the Daily Courier reported, “In 1996, Williams got the
financial help of the Oregon Department of Transportation to clear vegetation
along the creek by telling ODOT he had a permit for the work from the
Division of State Lands. ODOT never confirmed the existence of any permits.”
This is an absolute lie. It would be real newsworthy if the Courier
and Shaun Hall would inform us as to why they needed to publish this
lie and who prompted the lie. Mack Williams never “got the financial
help of the Oregon Department of Transportation” and he certainly
never told anyone that he had a permit.
Courier continues, “After some $1,100 worth of stream work was
done in 1996.” How hard would it have been for Shaun Hall to contact
Riverside Ready Mix to find out what they were paid for the work they
did in the creek for ODOT? If Hall had taken the time before publishing
this further lie, it would have been discovered that there was only
$758 worth of work done. It would have also been discovered that Riverside
billed ODOT this amount and that ODOT paid the bill in full, a fact
that Shaun Hall conveniently left out. I wonder why? Shaun Hall and
the Daily Courier need to stop publishing lies and start presenting
Josephine County residents with the truth.
it newsworthy that a high ranking official such as Bob Brown with the
DSL admitted that he lied under oath? Isn’t it important that
Mark Grinde from ODOT lied under oath? Isn’t it important that
jurors felt Mack was innocent after the state’s case was barely
half over? Etc., etc., etc. All these facts are important to The Oregon
Observer, Mack Williams and his family, and to thousands of concerned
Josephine County residents; however they are apparently about as important
to the Courier as ODFW employees clubbing and electrocuting thousands
of supposedly endangered salmon to death. Get a life Shaun Hall; you’re
beginning to sound just like Howard Huntington!
it possibly be of any importance to taxpayers that we are surely going
to have to pay a few hundred thousand dollars in damages for the state’s
false prosecution case? If the state didn’t have a case half way
through their conspired trial, they didn’t have a case two weeks
prior to trial, they didn’t have a case two months prior to trial
and they certainly didn’t have a case 4 years ago. But they continually
attempted to extort from Mack Williams. This is a proven fact. Any prudent
person must conclude that it is much more than disgusting for the Daily
Courier to keep this information from the public. Why in the world wouldn’t
this media inform citizens that Williams filed a major civil rights
lawsuit some months ago, in which he charged public officials with conspiring
against him, a fact that now has gained all the credibility in the world.
local media would expose corruption, it would rarely raise its head
and I would assume that Grants Pass, Oregon, wouldn’t have picketers
in front of the courthouse day after day, month after month. Maybe those
celebrated and much needed picketers need to start splitting the valuable
time they spend in front of the courthouse with the Daily Courier.
public officials and employees who have lied under oath (and now, caught
red-handed) are certainly responsible for damaging Mr. Williams, for
putting him and his family through 4 years of tragic abuse and for costing
him a portion of his life; however another is even more guilty than
County District Attorney Clay Johnson is that person. Although Mike
Sanchez was the DA’s scapegoat, or in other words his “disposable
assistant DA,” Clay Johnson is responsible for the false charges
and the unwarranted trial, which Mr. Williams was forced to endure.
Assistant DA Scott Titzler, until recently throwing the case to Sanchez,
is also highly responsible. Former DA Tim Thompson was responsible for
three-plus years of repeated attacks against Williams and for numerous
extortion attempts directed at Williams, however Johnson has had the
evidence of the lies and false charges at his disposal and still he
chose to take Williams to trial.
know, folks, I have always been under the impression that perjury was
a crime. I guess I have been sadly mistaken or could it be that perjury
just isn’t a crime in Josephine County, Oregon, under the “special
guidance” of District Attorney Clay Johnson? We’ll soon
find out because Johnson has in his possession perfect examples of perjury.
Will he prosecute, or will he attempt to sweep criminal conduct under
the carpet? Rest assured, Josephine County and the rest of this country
will soon be informed!
number of citizens have begun speaking of another recall. I am one such
person and short of a public apology from Clay Johnson and a settlement
for the great expense, both physical and monetarily, which his office
has cost Mack Williams, a recall is certain to occur. If one is started
I hope to be one of the petitioners and I can promise Clay Johnson that
the effort will be well planned out and definitely successful.
taxpayers of Josephine County also deserve an apology from Clay Johnson
and his assistants for wasting tens of thousands in hard earned tax
dollars. Rarely if ever do the citizens receive the truth regarding
the DA’S office and the continual need for more funding. This
article presents the reasons in a nutshell.
of arrogance we don’t expect any apologies; however there is always
room for surprises. Short of a surprise, I promise the Williams family
that I will do everything in my power to get Clay Johnson and his “responsible
assistants” out of Josephine County and I’ve had a great
deal of practice at doing so with other “bad people in government.”
Williams and his family would not go along with calling anyone a liar,
even after those certain “anyone’s” had attempted
to wrongfully ruin their lives. This is unbelievable to me. I would
just love to share their compassion but I don’t. I’m not
here doing what I do to seek the Williams’ favor or anyone else’s.
I’m simply doing my level best to stop liars who are hurting others.
When a person lies they haven’t made a mistake, they have lied,
like it or not!
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