Lack of Confidence in the Legal System
Letter to Editor Temple Daily TelegramJanuary 2, 2017 — Fort Worth, Texas
It’s not a new revelation that most Americans have little trust in the political process as evidenced by the recent presidential election. Statistical analysis also shows that Americans have little trust in the legal system which clearly shows that something isn’t working in our nation’s courtrooms.
Since March 2013, I have been following the C. J. Grisham case in Temple, Texas, which supports my opinion that regardless of party, elected officials need to address the public’s growing concerns over civil justice.
Temple officials halt AG request: City to release documents
City gives up the fightNovember 14, 2014 — Temple, Texas
The city of Temple officially withdrew its request for a ruling from the Texas Attorney General’s Office in reference to public information request by Larry Keilberg, national director of the Self Defense Fund.
Keilberg is representing C.J. Grisham in his appeal of a misdemeanor convection related to his arrest by Temple Police on March 16, 2013.[READ MORE]
City, Grisham still dueling in court
Police department hiding recordsJuly 18, 2015 — Temple, Texas
Blue Rannefeld, Grisham’s attorney, stated in the document filed with the Third Court of Appeals on July 30, 2014 that the city never investigated the allegations of officer misconduct, never disciplined the officers and doesn’t adequately train its officers on the proper use of force.
Larry Keilberg, executive director of the Self Defense Fund, said he tried to access many current civil cases dealing with the Temple Police Department, but was denied access in each instance.[READ MORE]
The price of defending yourself in courtJuly 31, 2014 — Belton, Texas
The Self Defense Fund has paid for two Class B misdemeanor trials of U.S Master Sgt. Cristopher Grisham…[READ MORE]
Many toothbrushes unfurled as lawyer tells judge off.
By Jim Parks a news reporter present in the courtroom.March 13, 2013 — Belton, Texas
Attorney Rannefeld had just come out of the judge's chambers – mud in his eye, hot, tired, and frustrated – after an extended conference with prosecutors about pesky disagreements over the jury charge. He reminded the judge that he had not ruled on a motion he made for the Judge's recusal after hearing “your previous statement you made referring to my client and his wife as yokels and how you will teach them a lesson in parenting...”
From that upside down attitude, he continued to gain altitude, adding “You may call me a liar, and it's true I do stand up to bullies, even those in black robes. In fact, you can hold me in contempt of court. I brought my toothbrush.”[READ MORE]
Two civil lawsuits filed for Grisham and son
“C.J. Grisham is a member of the Self Defense Fund and we will aggressively protect and defend him…” Keilberg wrote.March 15, 2015 — Belton, Texas
“BELL COUNTY — Two civil lawsuits were electronically filed Friday in Bell County — one for Temple resident Christopher “C.J.” Grisham, and the other for his teenage son, Christopher John Patrick Grisham.
“We haven’t forgotten what the city of Temple did and we’re not going to let them get away with it,” C.J. Grisham said Friday.
The Self Defense Fund is funding Grisham’s lawsuit but not the one for his son, Larry Keilberg, executive director, wrote in a Friday email.[READ MORE]
Judge’s conduct under question
“…county attorney office and the judge have engaged in a criminal conspiracy…”June 11, 2014 — Temple, Texas
Months after the second trial of Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham was over and several complaints were filed against Judge Neel Richardson, several people were called Tuesday by Katherine Mitchell with the State Commission of Judicial Conduct and asked to provide a written statement about the judge’s alleged misconduct.[READ MORE]
Reporting the Grisham case
Letter to the editorDecember 11, 2013 — Temple, Texas
I would like to thank the Telegram for reporting the Grisham incident. They were doing their job.
The judge and prosecutor openly rigged this trial. I believe that if the decision is appealed and a
lawsuit filed, the Temple Police will be held liable.
The Police Department did the right thing by taking action against the officers who bullied and
punished the Hispanic boy. What could they have been thinking?
Request made for expunged records in C. J. Grisham case
Deleated police files from district cleark recordsJuly 7, 2015 — TempleOpen , Texas
Attorneys representing a Temple resident who is suing the city won’t have access to certain case documents that they hoped would support their case, according to the Bell County district cleark.
Larry Keilberg, the executive director of the Self Defense Fund representing C. J. Grisham in a civil law suit files and open records request Monday for copies of sealed Temple Police Department files.[READ MORE]
Sticking to their guns
Grisham case declared a mistrial; retrial set for NovemberOctober 13, 2013 — Belton, Texas
BELTON — After 16 hours of deliberation Friday, a jury of four men and two women were unable to agree on the guilt or innocence of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Christopher “C.J.” Grisham. The jury’s inability to render a verdict in the misdemeanor trial resulted in a judgment of a mistrial.
Because of the deadlock, Grisham’s retrial has been reset for Nov. 18. Grisham is still charged with interfering with the duties of a Temple Police officer after his March 16 arrest by Officer Steve Ermis while Grisham and his son, Chris, were on a 10-mile hike for a Boy Scout merit badge.[READ MORE]
Carrying a gun is not against the law in Texas
Police are abusing power by arresting law-abiding residents.October 29, 2013 — Fort Worth, Texas
Texas is in the national news in a big way because Texans like to catty their guns. Some law enforcement officials say some Texans hold their weapons in such a way that they are menacing or even threating, which they say is reason enough for them to be slapped with a criminal charges.[READ MORE]
Gun Carry ReviewsAugust 16, 2015 — Powhatan, Virginia
It’s no secret that I only bother to write positive reviews. I don’t see the point in wasting my time writing or your time reading about things neither of us wants. But sometimes I come across something that really excites me and I really want to share my finding. This is the case with the Self Defense Fund.
I met the man behind the company at industry day at the range this year. Our conversation blew my mind. I had known about an insurance service with flashy magazines and a couple hundred thousand in legal coverage for concealed carry folks. I also knew it was not cheap. Then he told me of the SELF DEFENSE FUND.
The SDF provides a membership that provides up to ONE MILLION DOLLARS in legal defense, both criminal and civil! That means attorneys are paid, expert witnesses are paid, testing, bonds, impounds ALL PAID! Coverage for any self defense situation whether with a gun, a rock or your bare hands. Plus other perks which we will discuss. ALL THAT FOR $12.50 PER MONTH and if you want to add a spouse it’s only $5 more.[READ MORE]
“Shoot, No Shoot” Tactical Drill Training Instruction by Sgt Damon Ing
SelfDefenseFund.com Legal Defense Rolls Out Programs to Aid PublicJuly 6, 2016 — Forth Worth, Texas
SelfDefenseFund.com is a litigation protection membership covering individuals, families and businesses in regards to personal protection with the use of any weapon in all 50 states, U.S. Territories and Tribal Lands.
“The license to carry a gun community continues to be the least likely to commit crime. Most gun owners pass a criminal background check to be able to purchase a gun; however, licensees undergo even more scrutiny,” says Larry Keilberg, National Director for SelfDefenseFund.com.[READ MORE]