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Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

Charlemagne / Tommy,

Fair question.

The Tennessean asked Johnson about sterilization for their story on the Randers case. (http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime…)

"Torry Johnson, who served as district attorney for 26 years before leaving office last year, said he could not think of another case that involved sterilization. There was no policy because there did not need to be one, he said.

"It just doesn't come up," Johnson said."

An early version of our story cited that comment, but the story changed significantly after Holmgren was fired and we spoke to him.

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Posted by Steven Hale on 04/02/2015 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

Err . . . being properly prepared is the BASELINE performance level.

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Posted by Mark Mays on 04/02/2015 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

I worked with Brian Holmgren before he went to Nashville. He is an enormously dedicated and thorough prosecutor who is very committed to seeking justice for victims of often heinous crimes committed against some of society's most vulnerable people. I do not know and obviously cannot comment on the specific rumors being floated around. I do know from experience that there are some crimes and criminals so abhorrent that most of us law abiding (and even many non-law abiding) citizens cannot even envision or process that level of depravity. I also know that Brian was a very thorough prosecutor who insisted that every case be properly prepared and no stone left unturned. If there was a backlog I would guess it's probably related to ensuring that each case was well-prepared and not just thrown on an assembly line plus the prosecution function nationwide has been chronically understaffed and underfunded. I think it's unfortunate that a man who for decades was a hero and champion for the most vulnerable in our society is now somehow being pilloried and, even if true, I would suggest that it be considered alongside the tremendous amount of good this man has contributed in his lifetime of public service. Again, I cannot say if he was right, wrong or in between and I suspect few people really can because we do not know the truth and the entire context.

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Posted by Dick Ginkowski on 04/02/2015 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

Holmgen needed to go. He was a zealot who wore blinders. The collateral damage comment by the author was spot on. DAs have an incredible amount of power and a bad apple can do a lot of damage. Funk has proven to not be perfect but I do think he's got his eye on justice. All citizens of Davidson county are better off without John Zimmerman on the DA payroll. Unfortunately Rutherford County citizens now must deal with that dishonest ADA.

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Posted by Liberty on 04/01/2015 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

Good question, Charlemagne. How come Johnson is getting a pass ?

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Posted by Tommy on 04/01/2015 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

How come there is no request for comment from former DA, Torry Johnson, as to why this plea bargaining tactic was tolerated under his administration and how this backlog of cases developed. Funk has issues of his own re: pension, insurance,etc. but irrespective of Funk's issues, either sterilization was standard procedure under Johnson's tenure or it wasn't. Also, the alleged case backlog developed under Johnson. Shouldn't someone in the media ask Johnson for comment ?

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Posted by Charlemagne on 04/01/2015 at 8:30 PM

Re: “A voucher plan is on track for low-income kids in failing schools — but will private schools buy in?

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Posted by Marry Thompson on 04/01/2015 at 4:53 PM

Re: “How do the mayoral candidates differ? The degrees to which they'd shake up City Hall — and what for

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Posted by Marry Thompson on 04/01/2015 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

I am sure that in 15 years as an assistant DA, Mr. Holmgren saw some extremely sad and soul-crushing cases of child abuse that made him want desperately to find some ways to lessen their number. But coercion isn't the right way. I also find it interesting that he's not pushing vasectomies for men with "too many" children.

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Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

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Posted by Marry Thompson on 04/01/2015 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

Sources in the DA's office suggest that part of the reason that Mr. Holmgren had 130 unprosecuted cases was in part due the mass exodus and purge of old staff by Mr. Funk and the relatively recent reassignment of those cases to Mr. Holmgren. I am in no way justifying the use of sterilization as a prosecutorial weapon, however it it amazingly convenient that this story comes on the heals of the stories of Mr. Funk's ethical abuses. It conveniently changes the narrative to attempt to paint Mr. Funk in positive turns, and I think one has to be skeptical of his wearing the white hat in the story given his previous lapses.

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Posted by RevRev on 04/01/2015 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

130 unprosecuted cases suggests he has been very selective in cleaning up his caseload. Is he only aggressive when it suits him? Funk may want someone to be better at processing the cases, and this whole sterilization issue is only a side issue (at least as far as the firing is concerned).

Our previous District Attorney was always selective and much too good-old-boyish in his approach to the job. Funk has his own issues, but a good house-cleaning in that office may not be a bad thing.

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 04/01/2015 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Controversial (and recently fired) ADA Brian Holmgren defends plea-bargaining tactics

Mr. Justice Douglas would have had words about this. In 1942. Did this guy's con law professor skip Bell AND Skinner?

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Posted by pleasedontcallmeliz on 04/01/2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Candice McQueen, the state's new education czar, talks pre-K, teacher appreciation, and holding the line on Common Core

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Posted by Ella on 04/01/2015 at 9:48 AM

Re: “A massage-parlor sting in tony Green Hills leaves three possible victims of sex trafficking stranded in limbo

This is a joke. Why shouldn't men be allowed to get massages with "happy endings"? Who is the victim here? The men get a necessary release--something that probably can't get elsewhere--and the women and proprietor get paid. What is the public harm in this kind of business? I just don't see it.

Sure, let's crack down on "sexual slavery" or sexual "trafficking." But that's not what this is. Just because the workers don't speak English doesn't imply that they're sexual slaves who have been coerced. By that logic, any foreign worker who doesn't speak good English must be working against his or her will. That's absurd.

There are other silly claims in this article. Prostitutes are more likely to be murdered than others? It's true that prostitution often goes hand-in-hand with other illegal activities. But prostitution is not a CAUSE of these things. There are crazy people in the world who murder other people. Nothing to do with prostitution. Anyways, there are no murders happening at massage parlor in Green Hills, or anywhere for that matter.

You've never seen a prostitute that looked happy? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I've also never seen a ditch-digger that looked happy either. That doesn't mean who should outlaw ditch digging. Since when did loving your job because the standard for whether you should do something? Anyways, the claim is false--there are plenty of prostitutes who like their work. While I recognized that some girls are used and abused by pimps, there are MANY free-agent prostitutes who charge a high premium for their services and make great money. They get to set their own hours, pre-screen their clients, and demand respect and manners from the johns at all times. In other words, such women are running their own small-businesses--and in many cases, very successfully.

This article is a big "straw man" argument. You've cited the most extreme things happening in the worldwide sex trade--sex trafficking and slavery, murder--as evidence for why a harmless, mom-and-pop massage parlor, run by immigrants trying to make their way in America through entrepreneurship, needs to be raided by the police and shuttered.

You've also missed an important: Men need sexual release, and, for one reason or another, some are not able get it at home. The vast majority of men who frequent such places are not creeps or sickos, but regular guys who just want to feel good. I'm willing to bet that at least someone in your life--a brother, father, husband, or friend--has used these services at one time or another.So stop your judging.

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Re: “How do the mayoral candidates differ? The degrees to which they'd shake up City Hall — and what for

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Posted by RichardHickman on 03/28/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “How do the mayoral candidates differ? The degrees to which they'd shake up City Hall — and what for

Sounds like all of them will create more bureaucracy; more high paid jobs; and in the end nothing will change.

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Posted by Kosh III on 03/27/2015 at 1:54 PM

Re: “A voucher plan is on track for low-income kids in failing schools — but will private schools buy in?

"state-funded scholarships to students to attend private schools" is just the most ridiculous string of words. It doesn't even make sense to do this.

It is unconscionable that administrators and teachers have to constantly look over their shoulders at the looming threat of being taken over by a charter company or losing promising students to private schools with vouchers instead of focusing 100% of their attention on students, as they would prefer to do. What would make schools better is to adequately fund them instead of giving money to private organizations. It's really that simple.

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Re: “A voucher plan is on track for low-income kids in failing schools — but will private schools buy in?

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