Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe: Remover of Obstacles

There are beautiful things that exist in our dreams and in trancendental worlds which we cannot see or touch but of which we do receive occasional glimpses of in this world. Ganesha, the Elephant headed Deity revered by a billion Hindus as a manifestation of God, is a beautiful symbol of how faith in the Divine can help to overcome all obsticles. The very name sake of Ganesha is the “remover of obstacles”. An account of his origins demonstrates how he is not just a symbol of overcoming obstacles, but is Himself the veritable embodiment of removing obstacles.
It is believed by many Hindus that if one holds Lord Ganesha deep in their heart, Ganesha himself will help them overcome all trials, tribulations and obstacles.
Yet in 2011, the peaceful devotees of Ganesha were forced to bow their heads to an ever more cadaverous “remover of obstacles” in the form of Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe. Why is Sherri Tibbe the remover of obsticles? I’ll tell you why. Ever since that faithful night in 2006 when Sherri Tibbe assumed power, everything and everyone that has got in the way of Sherri Tibbe’s political dreams have disappeared, broke or died. Whereas kind hearted Ganesha removes the obsticles of his simple followers, the pattern shows that Sherri Tibbe removes all that stands in the way of her own carnal ambitions, holding nothing but contempt for the basic values of human life and dignity. A word for this is Machiavellianism. Sherri Tibbe has been the veritable embodiment of all that is Machiavellian since the day when a narrow election victory resulted in her being sworn into office.
Scene One: Removing the Opposition

According to the Austin American Statesman, Democrat Sherri Tibbe was first elected Hays County District Attorney in 2006 and won by a very narrow margin. She had run her election campaign on the idea that her Republican predecessors had lost half of their cases, and promised to fix that by only bringing to trial cases she knew she could win. Her record shows that she has brought to trial alot of minorities who a small town, small minded conservative jury would judge guilty by default. Problem solved. The record shows that evidence has also been going missing in cases in which she is involved.

In 2010, Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe ran for re-election against Republican Paul Velte. “Coincidentally”, Paul Velte was charged with sexual abuse of his daughter, right in the middle of his election battle against Sherri Tibbe. Conveniently for Sherri Tibbe, Paul Velte was forced to drop out of the race, leaving Sherri Tibbe’s bid for District Attorney unchallenged. After the one-man election, Paul Velte was completely cleared of all charges.

“Before his arrest last year, Velte had been planning a second bid this year against Tibbe, who instead went unopposed when no other Republicans challenged her. In a letter to supporters after his first arrest last year, Velte seemed to concede that his political career is over for the time being.
“It is, of course, impossible to mount a campaign for public office while these sorts of allegations are being made against me. This dashes my dreams to run for office where I could make a real difference in my community for the better,” Velte wrote.”
“Velte said his is a cautionary tale cast with a wayward teenager and overzealous prosecutors and CPS workers. His stepdaughter twice recanted her accusations during videotaped interviews before offering the story used to indict him. But the state declined to release the tapes to his defense team, he said.
“To this day, I’ve never been able to get a copy. Their position is that they don’t have to provide it until after she would have testified at the trial,” Velte said. “I think the average Joe would be surprised that he could be put on trial and never know exactly what the accuser is saying until the middle of your trial.”
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. She won on the basis of Paul Velte being falsely accused. Is that a coincidence? Sherri Tibbe did recuse herself from the case, as it would have been a bad PR move in her election bid to prosecute her opponent. But it was one element of seemingly freak patterns in Sherri Tibbe’s career that worked to her advantage. The keyword here is “pattern”. Lesson learned: Being an obstacle to Sherri Tibbe’s perverse political ambitions will loose you your job and your lively hood.

Scene Two: Picking on the Peach
Lynn Peach is the former assistant of Hays County District Sherri Tibbe. Miss Peach was upset when she realized the her colleagues at the Hays County District Attorney’s office were destroying evidence to gain convictions. In 2009 she stormed out and ratted her collegues out to the media and to the lawyers of Shawn Nathan Shipman, a man who she believed had been unfairly convicted on narcotics charges. Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe, on being approached by the Assistant District Attorney basically said, ”We believe you. We know that the evidence was falsified, but we don’t believe it was wrong”. Later, an investigation into the fiasco showed that that the Hays County District Attorney’s Office, under the leadership of Sherri Tibbe was indeed in the wrong. The point is that no sooner had the Assistant District Attorney tried to rectify a grave wrong, she was bullied, harassed and ridiculed by Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe that she was forced to resign. Lesson learned: Being an obstacle to Sherri Tibbe’s perverse political ambitions will loose you your job and your lively hood.
A. Peach speaks about DA controversy (In her own words)
C: Tibbe: No comment on latest Peach remarks (Sherri Tibbe says “No Comment”, but implies that Peach is a media whore)
Scene Three: “We Don’t Know What Happened to That Evidence…”

You can learn all about the trial of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati through these revealing essays:
A. Faces of Deceit: Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton destroyed video testimony to convict the innocent Swami Prakashanand Saraswati http://knol.google.com/k/barbara-witherspoon/faces-of-deceit-hays-county-district/3cf3iu9cmqygq/1#

B. Cathy Compton, assistant District Attorney of Hays County: An understanding through psychoanalysis

C. Mass hysteria and the religious trial of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati http://knol.google.com/k/barbara-witherspoon/mass-hysteria-and-the-religious-trial/3cf3iu9cmqygq/5#
D. Indepth analysis of the trial and persecution of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati by Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton http://knol.google.com/k/barbara-witherspoon/indepth-analysis-of-the-trial-and/3cf3iu9cmqygq/3#
E. 6 Stages of Reaction to Sherri Tibbe & Cathy Compton’s Religious Persecution of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati http://knol.google.com/k/barbara-witherspoon/6-stages-of-reaction-to-sherri-tibbe/3cf3iu9cmqygq/4#
In 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 Hays County judge 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 [Sherri Tibbe] 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 the defense of Saraswati, 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.[30] 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.
In an interview with Austin American Statesman, Sherri Tibbe admitted and defended 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. Most significantly, the tapes in Sherri Tibbe’s possesion were all damaged, and couldn’t be viewed. Sherri Tibbe did not order an investigation into the massive loss of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s exculpatory evidence: without which, it would have been impossible for Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s lawyers to make a case in his defense, because other than the recorded interviews with the women, there had been no other investigation done. This was yet another pattern in the tapestry of Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe’s removal of inconvenient obstacles. Lesson learned: When Sherri Tibbe wants a conviction, anything and everything is game for disappearance.
Scene Four: The Disappearing Swami

A major point of fact in the trial of 82yo Swami Prakashanand Saraswati was that his bail was the highest in history. Initially, Swami Prakashanand Saraswati was released on $1M bail. On top of this, Sherri Tibbe demanded $10M bail for Swami Prakashanand Saraswati to get his passport returned to him. After the $10 had been guaranteed by supporters of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, Sherri Tibbe took Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s passport back, but didn’t modify the terms of the bail.
After the sentencing phase of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s trial, the aged Swami disappeared without a trace. Sherri Tibbe proudly trumpeted in front of the media that she intended to retrieved every penny of that $10M. Who had the most to gain from Swami Prakashanand Saraswati’s disappearance? Who had $10M to gain from his disappearance? Sherri Tibbe’s reputation? Her career? The Hays County government? How could  a severely ill and almost immobile Swami vanish from the courtroom in his wheelchair, unless someone wanted him gone? The sentencing phase of his trial had yet to come, and he had theretofore attended every single court date.
No one will ever understand how an 82 year old, penniless and wheelchair bound holy man could have managed such a feat. There is a likelyhood, as his lawyers admitted, that the unholy hand of small town vigilante justice or the iron fist of the Hays County Democratic Government caused his disappearance. 
At the penalty hearing, a supporter who had Guaranteed the $10M claimed he hadn’t understood the terms of the original bond agreement. On Nov 04, 2011, Texas Watchdog reported that he had been required to pay only $200,000 of the $10 million bond, plus the previously disclosed $1 million. Embarassed at her utter failure in getting that cash. Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe attempted to keep the amount secret but a November 2011 ruling from the state Attorney General’s office made it clear that the amount is clearly public record.
Lesson learned: When Sherri Tibbe wants a conviction, anything and everything is game for disappearance, even people.
Scene Five: Dying to Make your Acquaintance Sir…

Charles O’Dell, Ph.D. and President of Hays Community Action Network (HaysCAN) was a very popular political analyst and activist in Hays County. His life ambition was to expose the widespread corruption and cronyism he saw in Hays County. He had a regular and popular column on Hays County Roundup. Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe was high on O’ Dell’s list of corrupt Government figures in Hays County. Here is a list of some of his commentary on her:

– Sherri Tibbe might have fallen in with the good ol’ boys (A euphamism for cronyism)

- Sherri Tibbe protected a friend from investigation
- Sherri Tibbe protected a friend on murder charges and helped smear the victim through the media
“In Hays County corrupt officials protect each other – and justice isn’t blind.”
– Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe is a dangerous woman

At 4:15 p.m on Friday 1st 2012, Charles O’Dell was killed in a freak traffic accident. Sherri Tibbe’s fiercest critic, and main person who provided material for all these articles about Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, is now lying in a graveyard. What lesson do you deduce from this? Do you still trust the Government?
A. Hays County Can’t Afford a Biased District Attorney (O’ Dell suggests that Sherri Tibbe is a crony)
B. Procession to a killing (O’ Dell accuses Sherri Tibbe of protecting a friend from murder charges etc.)
E. Hays County activist O’Dell killed in scooter wreck (Note the hateful and biased tone in this article by Brad Rollins. The record shows that Brad Rollins is a media proxy of the Hays County Government and always takes their side.)
The pattern suggests Sherri Tibbe to be a cadaverous remover of obstacles. What do you think? So do you still trust the Government, or not?