Updated: 4th Feb 2012.
Faces of Deceit: Democratic Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton. Foxes masquerading as Hens.
Disclaimer: The article below only touches the surface of the dishonest and deceitful nature of Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton. You need to pursue the “further reading” links at the bottom for indepth analysis into these two public officials. Also note that this article is a work-in-progress. Check back in future for extra facts and analysis.
According to one dictionary definition, deceit means:
“The action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth.”
Since District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton took office, deceit has been a veritable cornerstone of the Hays County District Attorney’s Office. Looking at the above pictures is the closest you’ve ever been to looking into the very faces of deceit. This article will present facts and well sourced citations to explain why. (Picture above: Cathy Compton doing a demonstration of Shaken Baby Syndrome
for the media).
When former Hays County Assistant District Attorney Lynn Peach (one of the good guys) stormed out in protest in 2009 over the falsifying of evidence in the trial of a Hays County man, Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe (one of the bad guys) basically said (I paraphrase here): “We believe you. We know that the evidence was falsified, but we don’t believe it was wrong”.
With that, former Hays County Assistant District Attorney said: “Holy smokes, he’s lying” about her colleague who presented the false evidence in court and whom Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe had defended. Former Hays County Assistant District Attorney Lynn Peach then brought the attention of the world on Sherri Tibbe by revealing the facts to the man’s defense team, as well as to the media. For this, she was named “Hero of the day” by blogger and journalist Anthony Roberts.
The former Assistant District Attorney had nothing to gain, and everything to loose by standing up for justice. She was an outsider and a newbie. She had just joined the Hays County District Attorney’s office. She lost her job and her livelihood because of her honesty. After she left her job on moral grounds, only corruption was left at the Hays County conviction factory. No one was left to stop Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton from destroying evidence that Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s (a later victim of Hays County justice system) defense hinged on.
Newstreamz has repeatedly asked Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe, or an authorized representative of her office, for comment or an interview about the whole fiasco. Sherri Tibbe’s only response was that she stands by the falsification of evidence. The former Hays County Assistant District Attorney was repeatedly shunned, ridiculed and bullied by her colleagues for standing up to the status quo.
Above: The justice system offered by Hays County DA is like a house-of-cards
Hays County justice system is like a house of cards. Urban dictionary defines a House-of-Cards Justice System as “a system that gives the illusion of standing for justice, but is simply a set of barely balanced cards, stacked upon each other to suit the requirement of the time, and which will collapse on closer analysis.” According to urban dictionary, Hays County’s is an example of a House-of-Cards Justice System. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=House-of-Cards%20Justice%20System
Above: Swami Prakashanand Saraswati
IIn December 2010, it was widely reported in the media that key evidence (video) in the case had gone missing from the Hays County Sheriff’s evidence room, while the copy of the tape at the Hays County District Attorney’s office was damaged and unusable, and the computer used to copy the tape also went missing from the Sheriff’s office.
A visiting judge to Hays County had ordered prosecutors to turn over a copy to defense attorneys. A 1 1/2-hour recorded interview with one of the two women who said they were groped went missing from the Sheriff’s office. Hahn, a spokesperson for Saraswati’s attorneys, said when they asked for the original, “The prosecution said it doesn’t exist anymore, we lost it. Whether it’s been destroyed or thrown away nobody knows.” He said they received a similar answer when they asked to see the computer the file was copied to.”Hahn said the testimony on the DVD was crucial because the case hinges on it. “There’s no physical evidence of any kind,” he said. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s attorneys contended that the absence of a video record of the interview would deprive them of information and nuance crucial to his defense, including the woman’s demeanor and whether her interviewer asked leading questions. Without it, “the court must strike the testimony or declare a mistrial,” said Gerry Goldstein, a San Antonio attorney who was part of Saraswati’s defense team.
In a filing, attorney’s wrote: “The degree of negligence is relatively high, as an essential item of evidence has been lost, and the State has not given an adequate reason to explain the circumstances that led to this loss of evidence… This evidence was highly significant, as it represents the primary method by which Defendant’s counsel can impeach [the complainant’s] testimony at trial. Finally, there is no other evidence supporting this charge other than [the accuser’s] own statements and her potential testimony.” However, the judge ordered that the trial proceeded, even without the evidence.
Hays County Sherriff’s department and District Attorney Sherri Tibbe had destroyed the evidence to help their case. The fact that the evidence went “missing” interfered with the defense’s case.
Here is a shocking interview with Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe
wherein she admits and defends the loss of evidence in the trial of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati was accused of groping 3 women who were in their late 20s and early 30s. They alleged that they were groped 10+ years earlier. The three women, according to Austin American Statesman were Kate Tonnessen, Vesla Tonnessen Kazimer and Shyama Rose.
The women’s video testimony was the only investigation/evidence. There was nothing else. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s lawyers fought hard to get access to that testimony. Hays County Sheriff’s department and Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe’s office refused, but the visiting judge demanded it. The video testimony went missing from the Hays County Sheriff’s office evidence room. The backups at the Hays County District Attorney’s office were corrupted and unusable. The computers (which were demanded to be handed over for forensic analysis to retrieve the videos) used to copy the tape also vaporized from the Hays County Sheriff’s office.
Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe
, Cathy Compton
and Hays County Sheriff department did not want that video testimony to ever see the light of day because it would have been used by Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s defense team to prepare their defense. It would have revealed the inconsistencies in the women’s testimonies. The women had 3 years to smooth out the the kinks in their testimony. There was no evidence of initial recorded testimony to compare it with.
Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler, who took office in November 2010 (after the evidence went missing), said he knew of no other instances of missing evidence in his department. Hays County District Attorney said it happens “everywhere”. Did District Attorney Sherri Tibbe order an investigation?
The trial was delayed for 3 years, for various reasons including one of the three women giving birth and health problems by Swami Prakashanand Saraswati. Even after 3 years of preparation, the 3 women were unable to keep their story straight. Examples of inconsistencies are mentioned in articles in the further reading section. Defense witness after defense witness presented concrete evidence in the form of photos/documents/files/testimony which proved the women gave false statements. Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton demonstrated themselves as astute demagogues during the trial and abused, mocked and screamed at the plethora of defense witnesses (note that there were no prosecution witnesses at all to back up any of the allegations), not because they didn’t tell the truth, but because they followed a religion that was as alien to them as voodooism (i.e. Hinduism). Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and his supporters were lambasted as devil worshipers via proxy allegations during the trial. For full details of this utter embarrasment of a trial, click the further reading link at the bottom of the page which says “In dept analysis of the trial and persecution of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati”. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati was sentenced to 280 years (in concurrent 14 year terms) for a crime he didn’t commit. Needless to say, the audience in the courtroom were almost all on the side of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati. Most walked out in protest during the sentencing phase of the trial. The courtroom was left almost empty except for the three accusers, their other halves, the court officials and Karen Jonson.
On 4-25-08 (the day of the initial arrest), Hays County Sheriff’s department issued a press release about the arrest of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati. They also made claims about a 7 month investigation that began in August 2007 by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the Hays County District Attorney’s Office. The media and the blogs came alive to the tune of “
Hays County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the Hays County District Attorney’s Office brought about charges after spending 7 months investigating the allegations, so the allegations must be true”. This press release was the first wave of tainting the jury pool. Throughout the years leading up to the trial, Sherri Tibbe acted as a seasoned “media whore”. The fact is that the investigation began and ended with the video taped interviews with the three women. By the time of the trial, even video taped evidence had “vanished”. http://www.co.hays.tx.us/data/sheriff/0/pdf/Media/4.5.08%20Indecency%20with%20child.pdf
Sherri Tibbe also acted like “media whore” during the Lynn Peach (the former Assistant District Attorney who blew the whistle on corruption in her office) resignation fiasco. San Marcos record covered a story called “Tibbe: No comment on latest Peach remarks”. The irony is that Sherri Tibbe, in the midst of her “no comment” stance, basically accused Ms. Peach of being a “media whore” (but still insisted “no comment”) -
“The only side being presented publicly is Ms. Peach’s continued interaction with the press. We prefer to have the facts and circumstances presented in court proceedings where they will be properly and thoroughly addressed by a judge and jury.”
Is Sherri Tibbe a masterful demagogue and tactician? Does everything she say, both to the media and inside the courtroom, have a strategy to it? Take a look at the case of Christina Suzanne Lyons, a Kyle daycare owner indicted in the death of the 10-week-old boy. Sherri Tibbe’s only comment to the media was that “her office will not pursue the death penalty.” Ask yourself why Sherri Tibbe, who hadn’t thitherto sought the death penalty, would announce that she will not seek the death penalty? On what basis will she not seek the death penalty in a capital murder case? If she is not seeking the death penalty, why mention it at all? Wouldn’t mentioning “the death penalty” at all taint the jury pool? Wasn’t that her motivation? Why mention it if she was not seeking it, and if it had never been sought in Hays County in the past. Look through news archives for Sherri Tibbe’s statements to the media. Can you find any seemingly innocuous, yet out of place loaded statements (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loaded_language
), that are actually intended for introducing bias into the jury pool? Look at how one commentator said: “…and then the reporter asked the district attorney WHY she won’t be seeking the death penalty in a capital murder case???”
In 2008, Richard “Ricky” Perez was also indicted for capital murder for killing his girlfriend’s baby boy. It was a fairly obvious case of guilt, and the jury eventually found him as such. However, before the trial even started, Sherri Tibbe made the same statement to the media:
“This was a violent crime and we take these cases very seriously especially because there is a six-month-old victim.” But, she said, “We are not going to seek the death penalty in this case.” She declined further comment, citing her office’s policy of not discussing pending criminal cases. Look at the wording of that statement again, and ask yourself why she basically said “No Comment”, but also used the word “Victim” (shouldn’t it be “alleged victim” as it had not been established whether it was an accident of not; or else issue no comment at all) and the words “death penalty”. Again, the question remains, “why are you not seeking the death penalty, or why mention death penalty at all?”.
Is Hays County District Attorney’s use of the term “we will not seek the death penalty in this case” the prosecutorial equivalent of a backhanded compliment? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backhanded_compliment
Tibbe is entitled to say whatever she wants to the media, but I’m recording these facts as it’s somewhat deceitful to say “No Comment” along with a side comment that could sway public opinion. Most people would go away thinking that Sherri Tibbe hadn’t commented on the case, but the tainted view would also stay with them. Does Sherri Tibbe act according to the basis: “You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time”? If the reader gets only one thing from this article, it should be to be aware of the duplicity of Tibbe’s and Compton’s statements, and actions. The duplicity, I believe, is a deliberate tactic because it is, without exception, a prominent feature in EVERYTHING that Tibbe and Compton do and say. I challenge the reader to look through some of Tibbe and Compton’s past actions and statements in the news archives. I GUARANTEE you will share my conclusion, that these are two very deceitful Government officials.
On October 27, 2010, the Austin American-Statesman reported Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton as saying: “Every single time somebody came here
seeking delay it was because he [Swami Prakashanand Saraswati] was too ill to travel. Enough is enough.” Yet, on October 6, 2009, the same newspaper reported that a reason for delay was one of the accusing women having given birth. The fact is that ALL the initial trial delays were at Sherri Tibbe’s discretion. Did Cathy Compton know this, or did she give false statements in order to taint Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s name? Do you notice anything odd about that statement ”somebody came here” (meaning the courtroom)? Every delay that Sherri Tibbe requested was done out of court
, whereas Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s lawyers made the requests in court
. So Cathy Compton’s underhand comment “somebody came here”
was used to disguise the fact that most of the delays were actually called by the Hays County District Attorney’s Office – albeit not “here”, in this exact place
. Notice that she didn’t say: “Every single time somebody was seeking delay it was because he was too ill to travel. Enough is enough” (although it seemed like that’s what she was saying), because that would have been inaccurate. This goes to show the naked face of Cathy Compton’s deceit. Most people, however, unquestioningly assumed that all the trial delays were at Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s request. http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/investigative/entries/2009/10/06/swami_trial_delayed_again.html
On April 24, 2009, Sherri Tibbe reported to Eric Dexheimer of Austin Statesman “It is true that cases typically are not reset or canceled this many times in my experience,” although she conceded that “I do not have any statistical information to document that point.” Why didn’t Sherri Tibbe admit that all the trial delays uptil that point were requested by herself? As it happened, her other false case, the Lehman High School football players sexual assault trial also took 3 years from arrest to acquittal.
On Mar 17th, 2010, while the trial of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati still loomed, Sherri Tibbe made a big song and dance to the media about falling victim to “identity theft”. Who knows whether or not this was a real issue, or a PR stunt to satisfy Tibbe’s media-lust. Sherri Tibbe claimed that an anonymous stranger, acting as herself (she is, after all the DA that everyone wants to be?) waltzed into a store and bought a Christian-themed video, wrinkle treatment and a fill up at the gas station. All the items were bought on Sherri Tibbe’s credit card. How many identity thieves stop at a Christian-themed video, wrinkle treatment and a fill up at the gas station? Knowing Sherri Tibbe as you now do, is there a remote possibility that the Hays County District Attorney bought the items herself? Did she then parade herself as a victim to the media in a kind of display of prosecutorial Münchhausen Syndrome
? Considering that the trial of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati was a bashing of the Hindu religion by Sherri Tibbe’s brand of Christianity, it is likely that the Christian-themed video was bought by none other that Sherri Tibbe herself. Needless to say, when the talk of an investigation was raised, Tibbe ran for the hills.
A recent expose by the Hays County Roundup demonstrates how Hays County public officials, including District Attorney Sherri Tibbe, have engaged in injustice, political dirty tricks, documented cover-ups and conspiracy. These facts can be read below.
There is an interesting case about former Hays County District Attorney Paul Velte. He was accused of sexual abuse of a child right in the middle of an election battle against Sherri Tibbe in 2010. Conveniently for Sherri Tibbe, Paul Velte was forced to drop out of the race, leaving Sherri Tibbe’s bid for District Attorney unchallenged. As in Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s case, the state refused to release the taped interview with the accuser. As in Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s case, it was a cautionary tale cast with overzealous prosecutors. However unlike in Paul Velte’s case, the state had been ordered
to hand over the tapes to Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s legal team. The state proceeded to unceremoniously destroy testimony. Mr. Velte denied the allegations all along. Recently the case against him was dismissed. http://haysfreepress.com/archives/20498
The false charging of Mr. Velte was a convenience for Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe, but it was a nightmare for the Hindu community in Hays County. The Hindu community were left to the mercy of Sherri Tibbe who would otherwise not likely be sitting in the District Attorney’s chair/throne right now.
Sherri Tibbe excused herself from the case. Take a re-look at the Hays County Roundup’s report on the widespread collusion and dirty tricks involving multiple Hays County public officials. Then tell me what you think.
Above: Hays County District Attorney has been accused of cronyism
Another article in the Hays County Roundup accuses Hays County District Attorney of having “fallen in with the good ol’ boys?” (a euphemism for cronyism). Dictionary.reference.com defines cronyism as:
“the practice of favoring one’s close friends, especially in political appointments.” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cronyism
Hays County Roundup and their attorney’s reviewed documents by Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe’s in the form of two opinion letters (about a road investigation in Hays County). What they found out was that the road investigation by Sherri Tibbe included little more than a few phone calls, a trip to the cemetery, hearsay testimony and reliance on irrelevant statutes. Some official documents that Sherri Tibbe claimed she used in her conclusions were not included in her response to their open record request.
Hays County political analyst and watchdog Charles O’Dell reports that Sherri Tibbe protected a friend from murder charges, smeared the victim through the media, and tainted the grand jury pool. O’Dell concludes that “In Hays County corrupt officials protect each other – and justice isn’t blind.”
Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe, Hays County District Attorney Cathy Compton and James Kohler are members of the Hays County Democratic Party and are trying to get their own puppet elected into the Hays County Sheriff’s office. They want Gary Cutler out, and are using this smear campaign to taint the electoral pool. Sherri Tibbe was forced to apologize and admit that her friend has “mis-interpreted” the situation, and that the accusations were untrue.
Sherri Tibbe was forced to apologize and admit that her friend has “mis-interpreted” the situation, but I think the damage is already done.
Personally, I am more philosophically aligned to the Democratic Party than the Republican party, but the Hays County Democratic Party is a bastion of corruption not seen anywhere else and are the main perpetrators of the trial and persecution of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati.
In another article in Hays County Roundup, Charles O’Dell comments “More dangerous are elected officials Conley, Barton and our DA, Sherri Tibbe.” and “Tibbe wouldn’t even investigate documented allegations of wrongdoing in the Environmental Health Department, and when the same protected Tom Pope kills an unarmed young man who comes calling on a bicycle, shooting him through the door and in the back, Tibbe protected Pope from the grand jury.”
[For the record, please note that Charles O’ Dell died on Feb 3rd 2012, in a freak traffic accident. Is it a coincidence that all the people who Sherri Tibbe doesn’t like, or who speaks out against her, or her party (the Hays County Democratic Party), are lying in graveyards, disappearing or having accusations or charges leveled against them? Charles O’ Dell said the Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe was a “dangerous” woman- and now he is dead, in rather freak circumstances. He was a main source of information about Sherri Tibbe’s crooked past and present. Do you think that’s a coincidence? Do you still trust the Government?]
The biggest criticism of the persecution of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is the way in which the Hays County District Attorney and Sheriff’s office led the joint investigation into the allegations against Swami Prakashanand Saraswati. In fact, there was NO investigation WHATSOEVER. Sherri Tibbe refused to investigate the allegations against Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and relied completely on hearsay testimony (which she also destroyed before the trial). How could the Hays County District Attorney and Sheriff’s office bring about charges against Swami Prakashanand Saraswati when they:
1. Didn’t interview Swami Prakashanand Saraswati at all;
2. Didn’t interview anyone at his temple;
3. Didn’t even visit the Barsana Dham temple, the alleged scene of the crime, to see that Swami Prakashanand Saraswati was surrounded by crowds all the time;
4. Didn’t visit any of the locations where the alleged events occurred.
The ‘evidence’ and ‘investigation’ were 100% the women’s statements. Furthermore, ALL of the Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton’s “information” about Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and Barsana Dham was scraped from wikipedia, ant-Hindu facebook pages and other internet sites. They cited information about Swami Prakashanand Saraswati that had been incorrectly posted on wikipedia (i.e. that Swami Prakashanand Saraswati had a center in England). Echoing Charles O’Dell, Sherri Tibbe’s slip-shod investigation is a dereliction of duty and a disaster for justice in Hays County.
In the same month that Swami Prakashanand Saraswati was charged in 2008, a group of boys were charged with gang rape based on the allegations of 2 girls in Hays County. One week before Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s trial began, the boys’ cases were finally thrown out of court. What is the relationship between the two cases?
The same District Attorney Sherri Tibbe pursued both cases. In both cases, the accused were assumed guilty unless proven otherwise. Both had their reputations destroyed. There is one glaring difference though. The boys’ cases were dismissed based on the tape recordings of interviews of the two girls. The girls’ video testimony proved that their version of events wasn’t true. However, in Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s case, the tape recordings were lost simultaneously by the Sherrif’s office and by District Attorney Sherri Tibbe. Copies of the dvds didn’t work. The original tape vanished from the evidence room. The dvd copier went missing from the Hays County Sherrif’s office. The computers used to copy the dvds went missing from the Sherrif’s office too. In other words, every trace of the original original tape recordings vanished, and as yet, no one can explain why?
To make up for this loss of tapes, Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s defense lawyers demanded that the case be thrown out, or that they at least be given a chance to reinterview the girls before the trial. Judge Charles Ramsay refused every single request. No investigation was done, by either the Hays County Sherrif’s office or District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton’s office into how that testimony vanished. A recent expose by the Hays County Roundup demonstrates how Hays County public officials, including District Attorney Sherri Tibbe, have engaged in political dirty tricks, documented cover-ups and conspiracy.
Another trick used by the Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton’s Office (and possibly other public offices in Hays County) is to hire a team of astroturf commentators and bloggers to promote their agenda. Read the wikipedia article on astroturfing.
In style reminiscent of the Old Communist regimes or Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, in Oct 2011, Sherri Tibbe’s prophetic campaign material quickly started vanishing from the Internets into the Hays County memory hole. Sherri Tibbe’s sudden decision to delete websites containing campaign slogans are evidence of her realization that the campaign slogans, themselves, incriminate her in her crimes.
To begin with, here are screenshots of some of the missing web pages-
Lets summarize some of the main points from these screenshots:
1. Sherri Tibbe’s facebook page said: “In 2004 and 2005 the District Attorney’s Office lost HALF of their felony cases and had 11 felony mistrials. This record illustrates that there is a clear problem with the current District Attorney’s Office – we need change. San Marcos cannot afford 4 more years of failure.”
Analysis – If the previous Hays County District Attorney’s Office lost HALF of their felony cases, what exactly did Sherri Tibbe have in mind to change this? Her answer was she wanted to increase the prosecution rate by bringing to trial only cases that had a clear burden of proof of a crime being committed. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s case had no investigation whatsoever, and there was not a shred of evidence, plus video testimony had been corrupted in Sherri Tibbe’s office. The truth is, and the reason why Sherri Tibbe had this campaign material deleted is, because her solution to increasing the prosecution rate was to make sure the video testimony and computers went missing from every location, including backups etc. The video testimony was the crux of the case, because without it, the accusers had 3 years to solidify their story, with nothing to compare it with. Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe won her quota of prosecutions – a quota that she had promised during her campaign. Now she is destroying evidence of that campaign promise because it highlights her dishonest means of gaining prosecutions. Sherri Tibbe only brings cases to trial that she knows she can win – not cases with clear burden of proof of a crime being committed – but cases that appeal to popular prejudices, e.g. sexual abuse cases involving minority race defendants and minority religious leaders who Hays County juries would find guilty by default. This is the secret to Sherri Tibbe’s success as a District Attorney, if improving the conviction rate is the criterion of success. Sherri Tibbe, herself, campaigned on the idea that improving the conviction rate is the criterion of success. For the record, my criteria for success is improving the overall level of justice in Hays County, not just the blind conviction rate.
2. In the discussion section of her missing facebook campaign page, a UT student asked: “On your website you list one of your platform goals as increasing the prosecution rate. Does this mean you have already determined the “SUSPECTS” as guilty – and failure to prosecute must mean that someone is screwing up somewhere? Could it possibly mean that innocent people are being prosecuted and taken to court without cause? Will there be any kind of inquiry to find out if I give my vote to Sherri Tibbe? I’ve seen far too many examples of abuse by the local police to believe that all the people they charge are actually guilty of ANY offense. Let alone the ones listed. Could this perhaps be why there are so many mistrials?”
Analysis – This is exactly what I said previously – Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe had already determined the “SUSPECT”, Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, as guilty as soon as three women walked into the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and gave testimony. No further investigation was done. From that point onwards, Sherri Tibbe used only prosecutorial tactics to ensure a conviction. Sherri Tibbe wasn’t interested in justice, or wasting her time on irrelevant matters such as investigations. She was interested in fulfilling her quota of prosecutions, because that’s what she had campaigned on.
3. Sherri Tibbe’s spokesperson and campaigner, one of the moderators of the facebook page, replied to a question: “Some of the issues you brought up, specifically the behavior of the police officers, are not entirely under the control of the Hays County District Attorney’s office, unless their actions are criminal actions.”
Analysis – Leading up to the trial of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, when the accuser’s video testimony vanished from the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, Sherri Tibbe DID NOT order an investigation into the missing evidence. On the contrary, she said that: “This does not happen often, but it does occur.” Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler, who took office in November 2010, said he knew of no other instances of missing evidence in his department. Yet, why did Sherri Tibbe did not conduct an inquiry into that missing testimony. And why did the backups, which were in her possession also become unusable? Criminal actions? No investigation? Also note that Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Sheriff’s Office share the same website - www.co.hays.tx.us. They have the same employer – the voters and the taxpayers.
4. Another UT Austin student asked: “If police are “not entirely under control of the Hays County District Attorney’s office,” how exactly would this help the student body of Texas State uphold their rights? Is the abuse of power not a prime problem? And if not, what is? How are you intending on defending the younger generations? Further, you state only unless the acts are criminal actions, but this is the local authorities…Won’t there be some dispute between officer and “criminal’? In the trial, would not the officer’s word have a higher toll vs the suspect?
Analysis – Sherri Tibbe did not want us to see this comment anymore because it deals with the issue of abuse of power, and Sherri Tibbe has been at the very center of abuse of power (as detailed in the Hays County Roundup blog, as well as through the facts on this page and in the further reading section at the bottom). Hays County Roundup says that Sherri Tibbe has also abused her power by shielding friends from prosecution. Enough said.
5. The same UT Student asks: “You present me with facts stating the District Attorny’s Office has lost over half of its cases, but lack the idealogy of how Sherri Tibbe will change this matter? What makes her distinct from any other competitor?”
Analysis – I already said: I believe that Sherri Tibbe destroys evidence to meet her prosecution quota.
6. A spokesperson for Sherri Tibbe says: “The current District Attorney’s Office (which her opponent works for) has adopted a philosophy of prosecuting students to the extreme. They are not at all sympathetic towards students and waste a lot of time and resources prosecuting minor offenses. Since they are so focused on these minor offenses they waste taxpayer money and lose almost HALF of their FELONY CASES (such as sexual assault on a child, other forms of assault, etc.). “
Analysis – Same unverified propoganda as before.
7. The same spokesperson says: “Sherri Tibbe cannot change the law enforcement in this town, but she can change how the District Attorney’s Office prosecutes students. Instead of prosecuting them she will try to get them to do community service, etc. Instead of focusing on student crimes she will focus on the real crimes in San Marcos.”
Analysis – Re-read the section above about the group of boys who were charged with gang rape based on the allegations of 2 girls in Hays County. This happened one week before the arrest of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati. One week before Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s trial began, the boys’ cases were finally thrown out of court because the video testimony of the two girl’s proved that they were untruthful. Sherri Tibbe made sure that video testimony in Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s case vanished forever, so he couldn’t get a fair trial. Try telling the brutally smeared boys that Sherri Tibbe has improved the way students are prosecuted.
So you now see that Sherri Tibbe was fulfilling her quota. Her rapidly disappearing websites only go to prove that Sherri Tibbe herself knows this. She knows that the public are drawing a connection between her over prosecution rate, and her promise for a higher rate of prosecutions than her predecessor. With unlimited power, prosecutions turn to persecutions. We will never know what her youtube campaign video said, because its gone completely. But we found this 5 year old campaign video on google video:
Sherri Tibbe for District Attorney
There is a quote in Hays Free Press from Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe herself which says: “We just don’t have those types of people on staff for those kinds of investigations”. Em, that’s the whole point, Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe’s staff are utterly incompetent and incapable of conducting ANY investigations whatsoever. In at least two investigations, evidence has gone missing. In another investigation Lynn Peach resigned and walked out because her colleagues at the Hays County DA’S office were presenting false evidence in court. Sherri Tibbe has been called out multiple times by the Hays County Roundup for cronyism and protecting friends from an array of different charges including murder.
Tibbe goes on to say that law enforcement agencies such as the Hays County Sheriff’s Office typically conduct investigations, not the District Attorney’s office. That seems reasonable. But wait a minute, that’s not what Hays County Sheriff’s office said in their press release about the arrest of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati. See: above. The truth is, and the record shows, that Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe has poked her nose into all of the Sheriff’s office’s investigations that she liked. Who had the most to gain from the missing evidence? Did Sherri Tibbe get involved so she’d have access to key exculpatory evidence? Which she could destroy in future?
So there you have it, Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe admits to having unqualified staff, and also admits that she selectively gets involved in investigations. Ask yourself why Sherri Tibbe ever meddled in the investigation of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati (which consisted of nothing more than the taping the statements of the three accusers, and loosing video tape of those statements). Ask yourself why Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton admitted, after being forced to, that it was SHE, and SHE ALONE, that chose the dates on which the women were groped. If she chose the dates, what were those dates doing on the Hays County Sheriff’s office’s report? Why did Hays County Assistant District Attorney tell the women what to say to the police? Ask yourself why the judge didn’t agree to a mistrial on that basis alone? Ask youself why Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe, Hays County Sheriff’s office and Hays County Judge all share the same website and have the same employer, yet people have the impression that they are separate and independent aspects of the legal system?
For further research on Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton, please read her obscure 2006 interview with Mark Donald of Texas Lawyer. In her spare time, Cathy Compton coaches her own all female roller derby team. The main points, which reveal some insight into the personality of this corrupt Government worker, include the following – draw whatever conclusions you like about her personality:
Finally, take a look at the comment section of any online newspaper/blog article critical of Hays County District Attorney’s office or Hays County Sherrif’s office and tell me what you think. The off-the-wall comments are self-demonstrative of astroturfing, such that no normal person would think like that. I can show you examples if you wish.
NOTE: Recent articles in Austin Statesman which relate to Hays County District Attorney’s office all carry a notice: “User comments are not being accepted on this article”. This is interesting because local journalist Eric Dexheimer followed the case of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati since its inception and acted as a mouth-piece for the Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton. Eric Dexheimer is an Austin Statesman reporter. His articles about Swami Prakashanand Saraswati were partially or fully ghost-written by an anti-Hindu blogger and professional ghost-writer, Karen Jonson (aka Rishika XCult). He was the only journalist to follow the case. All other news sources based their information on Eric Dexheimer’s articles. Thus almost every news source that you will find about the trial of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati had its origins in an anti-Hindu blogger and professional ghost-writer, Karen Jonson (aka Rishika XCult). Eric Dexheimer’s bias, combined with Austin Statesman’s turning off of comments relating to Hays County public officials… well I’ll let you do the math.
Prior to the trial, KXAN-TV reported that Swami Prakashanand Saraswati had volunteered for, and passed, a polygraph test. KXAN-TV said that the examiner asked him twice if he had touched the girls’ breasts (which he had been accused of doing), he replied “no”. KXAN-TV said that the test results indicated that he was truthful. Polygraph tests, however, are not admissible in Texas courts.
Youtube video with a summary of the facts of the trial of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati.
In dept analysis of the trial and persecution of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati.
Mass hysteria and the religious trial of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati.
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Cathy Compton, assistant District Attorney of Hays County: An understanding through psychoanalysis
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