Over three years ago concerned citizens were outraged with Gilmer County Prosecutor GERRY HOUGH’S crimes of perjury, his paying people to lie on the stand on false felony cases he brought forward in a conspiracy with Judge Richard A Facemire is just one of the complaints!
Gerry Hough even had the help of the state police for their cover up of his criminal conspiracy just like West Virginia Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury had.
Judge THORNSBURY has been arrested by FEDS in MINGO COUNTY. Thornsbury HIRED the State Police to commit crimes for him against citizens … CROOKED COUNTY style.
The federal indictment charges Thornsbury with conspiring to violate a Mingo County man’s right against unreasonable arrest, guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and his right not to be deprived of his liberty without due process of law, guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment, the same way HOUGH and FACEMIRE are guilty of doing during the famous, “Travesty of Justice.” case.
The indictment also charges that Thornsbury conspired against the companies targeted by the purported grand jury subpoena, specifically, against their Fourteenth Amendment right not to be deprived of their property without due process of law.
Also involved in Gerry Hough’s criminal conspiracy are former Sheriff Mickey Metz and Larry Gerwig bought off by the Church of IKE and CROOKED AS FUCK GILMER COUNTY JUDGE RICHARD A FACEMIRE who could very well be the next judge embarrassed, laughed at and ridiculed the same way Judge “Chip” Watkins was in front of 22 million Americans on a national news service.
Judge Watkins met his fate because of actions by the Central West Virginia SS getting the matter on FOX NEWS with Megyn Kelly. The JIC was forced to bring punishment because of the fine work of the Secret Seven Coalition — The SS has vowed to do this again, but this time the targets are FACEMIRE and HOUGH!!
GOOD HUNTING West Virginia Secret Seven Coalition… go get those corrupt sons of bitches!! EXPOSE THEM IN THE PRESS for their CRIMES against the people.
CommunityConcerns™: Gilmer County Prosecutor Fails Again – Jessica Self Case Dismissed
Gilmer Free Press has continuously been receiving concerns about the state of Gilmer County Prosecution, in particular Prosecutor Gerry Hough for quite some time.
Concerns reflect great dissatisfaction with so many cases that Mr. Hough has reportedly miss-handled.
The cases reported to Gilmer Free Press are many, but as an example we are listing the following most recent case:
State vs. Jessica SelfAccording to the court document obtained by Gilmer Free Press, Gilmer County Chief Circuit Judge Alsop, dismissed the case of State of West Virginia vs. Jessica Self on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.
In this document, Gilmer County Circuit Court Case No. 09-F-15, Judge states that Gilmer County Prosecutor Gerald Hough (State) failed to prove the state’s case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Citizens’ concerns point to the fact that the Prosecutor Hough’s failure to present documents properly, clearly shows a pattern of WV State representation that has lead either to miss-trials or dismissals.
BackgroundJessica Lynn Self was indicted in November of 2008 for 19 counts of alleged embezzlement at the local Pizza Hut.
However, the case was dismissed because of a faulty indictment.
She was re-indicted for 19 counts of embezzlement in March 2009 session by Grand Jury.
On Tuesday, July 4, 2009, Self appeared and was arraigned. She entered Not Guilty to all charges of 19 counts of embezzlement, and posted $5000.00 surety bond. T.J. Drake was reappointed to represent her. Her trial was set for Tuesday, October 27, 2009.
The Trial was scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2010 .. but .. continued ..
On Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Jessica Self appeared represented by R. Russell Stobbs of Weston, and had her case continued until the March 2010 term of the court.
On Wednesday, March 10, 2010 was the State vs. Jessica Self ‘s first trial. In this trial the jury was unable to reach a verdict. The Judge declared a mistrial on March 18, 2010.
Following is from the Court Dismissal order:
Thereafter the Court heard the argument of counsel and took the matter under advisement.
Based upon the matters presented to the Court, the Court, does make the following:
FINDINGS OF FACT1. That by indictment returned by the grand jury in Gilmer County, West Virginia, in case no. 09-F-15, the defendant is charged with nineteen counts of embezzlement from the Glenville Pizza Hut, where she was employed as a manager.
2. The court permitted the case to be submitted to the jury for a decision, notwithstanding that the court had taken under advisement the motion for judgment of acquittal.
3. The jury, after deliberation for several hours, informed the court that they were hopelessly deadlocked, further instructions were given, but the jury was unable to arrive at a verdict, and were discharged, with a mistrial.
4. The State of West Virginia asserts that the defendant embezzled a total of Twenty Eight Thousand Fifty-Four Dollars and Ninety-Five Cents, ($28,054.95) between January 23, 2008 and May 15, 2008.
5. The indictment alleges specific amounts on nineteen different dates which total the aforesaid sum.
6. A full and complete audit of the sales and deposits was not performed by the alleged victim or the State of West Virginia.
7. At least four different individuals had access to the daily receipts and the defendant did not have access thereto.
8. Mike Bonnett, a regional manager for Pizza Hut, testified that the daily sales for the Glenville Pizza Hut was approximately Ten Thousand Dollars per week
9. During the period January 23, 2008 through February 14, 2008, the State of West Virginia contends that the defendant embezzled some Seventeen Thousand Four Hundred Fifty-Five Dollars and Thirty-Nine Cents, ($17,455.39).
10. Angela Carr, a bookkeeper for Pizza Hut at its home office in Beckley, West Virginia testified that there were not deposits matching the daily receipts for the days in question and Ms. Self was charged with embezzlement of the entire days cash or check receipts under a count of the indictment.
11. The entire sales and bank records were not offered into evidence by the State of West Virginia as State’s exhibits 1 (partial sales reports) and State’s exhibit 3 (partial United bank records).
12. The daily sales receipts (exclusive of credit and debit card sales) were to deposited on a daily basis.
13. Of particular concern to the court, is as to count six, the State of West Virginia charges the defendant with embezzling One Thousand Five Hundred Fifty Dollars and Five Cents ($1,550.05) on February 2, 2008.
14. The United bank records show seven deposits on February 5, 2008, with a deposit of One Thousand Five Hundred Fifty-Three Dollars and Five Cents.
15. Angela Carr testified that since this deposit did not match the sales exactly that it was not the deposit for that day.
16. Further, the bank records indicate that for the period of time from January 29, 2008 through February 24, 2008, there was deposited in United Bank the sum of Forty-Four Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty-Nine Dollars and Ninety-Seven Cents ($44,789.97). (State’s exhibit 3)
17. In addition, the bank records indicate that for the period of time from February 25, 2008 through April 21, 2008, there was deposited the sum of Eight-Six Thousand Nine Hundred Forty-Nine Dollars and Thirty-Five Cents, ($86,949.35). (State’s Exhibit 3)
18. The aforesaid deposits make the deposits from sales to United within the approximate Ten Thousand Dollars per week as would be anticipated, according to the testimony of Mike Bonnett.
19. The court finds that the evidence adduced by the State of West Virginia fails to establish, as a matter of law, a prima facie case that establishes the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.
20. The Court would note that although the State of West Virginia’s evidence established that at least four different people, including the defendant had access to the money, it is the failure of the State of West Virginia to establish, with any certainty that money was missing, especially in light that the State’s evidence established some One hundred forty seven thousand dollars was deposited from daily sales between January 29, 2008 and April 21, 2008, a thirteen week period.
DISCUSSIONIn deciding whether or not to grant a motion for judgment of acquittal pursuant to Rule 29 of the West Virginia Rules of Criminal Procedure, the court is to consider the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution, State v. Garrett, 195 W. Va. 630, 486 S.E.2d 481 (1995), and should only grant a motion for judgment of acquittal when the evidence is insufficient to justify a verdict of guilty to the crime charged. State v. Wright, 162 W. Va. 332, 249 S.E.2d 519 (1978).
The Court having reviewed the evidence adduced at trial by the State of West Virginia and considered it in the light most favorable to the State of West Virginia, the defendant is entitled to a judgment of acquittal.
Although the defendant may not have complied with proper procedure as to the timeliness of the daily deposits, the records introduced into evidence by the State of West Virginia, when accompanied by the testimony of official for the victim, does not establish that in fact the money alleged to have been embezzled is in fact missing. In fact, the evidence adduced seems to prove the contrary.
Accordingly, judgment of acquittal will be entered.
CONCLUSIONS OF LAWFor the reasons heretofore set forth, It is accordingly ADJUDGED and ORDERED that JUDGMENT OF ACQUITTAL AS TO ALL NINETEEN COUNTS is entered on behalf of the defendant, and this case is DISMISSED from the active docket of this court.
Summary of Some of the Community Concerns by Gilmer County Citizens :• Mr. Hough, if he does not recuse himself, he always ends up with miss-trials or case dismissals. Why?
• Why Mr. Hough was granted a big raise by county commission if he is not doing his job to prosecute the criminals?
• Why was/is he practicing private law if he is the Gilmer County Prosecutor?
• Why he is never available when needed?
• Why does he have signs up in town advertising his law firm?
• Why is he always un-prepared?
• Why does he make selective prosecution?
• If he recuses himself because of the parties involved in cases constantly, then he should not be in (does not fit) this position.
• Why is the Gilmer County Prosecutor’s office in his personal law office?
• Shouldn’t the secretaries who are actually doing his work be paid his salary?
• Repeatedly because he fails to investigate, charges against criminals are dropped.
• Anytime he asks for a special prosecutor he is costing the tax payer’s more money.
• He has failed to represent the Gilmer County Commission and Gilmer Countian’s in multiple cases because of HIS special interests.
• It appears that he lacks the competence in this field or does not know the importance of this position.
and the list continues …..
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It has taken this long for people to notice?
Gerry Hough is a sorry example of an attorney.
He got in the field by beating the system to get a degree just for the money part of it.
Just talk to law professors at WVU Law School and mention Gerry Hough’s name and see what kind of reaction you get.
He has no clue what a legal system is. He is a liar, unethical, and a lazy man.
Gilmer County you made a big mistake putting him in the office.
He screwed up anything he put his hand on here in Calhoun County.
Comment by Anonymous (Info on File) on 04.26.2010
Gerry Hough screws anyone in his path for his personal gain: His employees in his law office, Gilmer County Commission by approving its legal documents, his partners in his businesses, Gilmer County people by not representing them correctly, Gilmer County Businesses by going against them…
The man is good! he does all of these by never being on his job and while spending time in other places such as GSC exercise room while on duty.
He even sides with drug dealer by always dropping or reducing charges against those arrested! His motto is: Let’s make a deal, screw them.
Comment by Gilmer Citizen (Info on File) on 04.26.2010
Our county commissioners had no problem increasing Hough’s salary to $86,000 from half-time do-nothing to full time do-nothing in a flick, but they moan when it comes to others. This is how this county runs: crooks for crooks.
Comment by Anonymous (Info on File) on 04.26.2010
Has anyone ever watched Gerry Hough in court? He is unprepared and has no clue.
I bet if someone takes his secretary away during the session, he would immediately make a motion to drop the case
Comment by Billy on 04.26.2010
Who is to investigate the Prosecutor Hough for ethic violation and his corruption? Is he just let to keep doing it?
Comment by Jerome K on 04.26.2010
The person who named the parties screwed by Hough, failed to mention Hough’s own family members: stalnakers.
Comment by Anonymous (Info on File) on 04.26.2010
You’ve heard it said that, “You should love your neighbor and hate your enemy.“ But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you ,and persecute you. Matt. 5:43,44.
Love to you; my cheek will keep turning. I’m forgiven; I must forgive. And Pontius Pilate looked at Jesus and said, “What is truth?“ (and he was looking at the embodiment of the Truth). Can you see past your fear, your jealousy, your hate?
Comment by Gerry Hough on 04.28.2010
According to the what has been said, Fred Hill disappeared, Sheriff Metz started the search, he needed more resources and asked state police, they provided help, Fred could not be found, case went by the way side, Fred’s family pressured state police, finally state police took over, state police did nothing, Fred’s body was found close to sheriff’s home, sheriff called the state police, sheriff said no sign of foul play, body was removed, then Gerry Hough calls for special investigation….
Somebody explain to me, why didn’t Hough do anything from the beginning? Why does he call the state police for special investigation if the state police was the investigators? What is Hough really trying to find? Is he just wasting more taxpayer’s money by passing the buck again? How can state police investigate themselves and really come up with an honest investigation?
Doesn’t seem like Hough is just using all these parties like chess pieces? In summary, what has and does he really do? It is really shameful that he just plays the system and gets away with it. Could any of us get away acting like him? I think not.
Comment by Mike R. on 04.29.2010
I wish others could see Gerry the way that his family sees him. Gerry attended law school at 40, at a huge cost to our family, because he wanted to make a difference. He wanted to give people a voice who felt like they had no voice. Gerry is a hard worker who persists when things get tough. Commuting to law school for four years was no easy task. He spends many sleepless nights concerned about the growing number of abused children and their welfare. He also has great concern about the way drugs are tearing families apart. He has courage when people who have been sentenced are unkind to him and sometimes threaten his family. They often blame Gerry instead of taking responsibility for their actions. After twenty years of marriage and four children, my family has come to love, respect and appreciate the role that Gerry plays as husband and father and so do I. Tamara Stalnaker Hough
Comment by Tamara Stalnaker Hough on 04.29.2010
I see Mrs. Hough defending her husband. Any good lady should defend her husband in public, but not in private. Good lady she is.
I also see Mr. Hough clinging to bible now. That I do not agree. To cling to bible only in need is wrong. If one is truly religious they do that all the time.
I am not judging by here-say. I do know Mr. Hough has repeatedly failed the public for one reason or another.
I do know his failure to obey the law has resulted in criminals getting by and innocent losing.
To dear Mrs. Hough, about your comment that he worked hard going to college, we all do that. He did not do anything different that responsible students always do. Some even do it for a lot longer period.
Trying to qualify him as a good person because he went to college for 4 years is very lame.
A college education or making religious quotes does not make a person good.
What makes a person good is his action and treatment of other human beings.
Also I noticed you tried to make sure the Stalnaker name is mentioned by you. Again, just because others are good, it does not make him good.
You seem to ask for sympathy by talking about the kids he lets go, but fail to realize that those very kids are right back in when they become victimized by the criminals he has not prosecuted and let go.
Finally, when you are in public office, you cannot expect the concerned taxpayers not to state the facts.
Comment by JRC on 04.30.2010
I must agree with others about the comment made about Mr. Hough spending money and going to school for four years to be so stupid.
He chose to do it. Nobody forced him. His wife wants us to feel sorry about him! Should we do that about all the students who spend a lot money and time to go to school? Even those who could not afford it?
Mrs. Hough, Gerry simply went to law school for the money, period. He has a track record and habit of getting into businesses others are in because he thinks he should have the money others are making.
A reader had mention asking the law professors at WVU Law School about him. I decided to do that.
Four professors did not have anything good to say. One really was oppose to Mr. Hough being in field of law. Three had no comments.
One specially noted about Mr. Hough becoming the Prosecutor without any experience in the field of law. It was noted blame should go to people of Gilmer County who put an inexperience attorney in the office of prosecuting attorney.
Public records also show there has been numerous complains about him, his conduct, and his ethics in this field.
In a recent case retired Supreme Court Judge Larry Starcher was involved. Why?
Mrs. Hough, does Gerry ever talk to you about all the court trial mishaps and losses he has been involved in?
Last but not least, he is a grown man. If the information about him is false, he should speak for himself and explain them to people. Hiding behind a woman is the worst thing a real man can do.
Comment by W.J.G. on 05.02.2010
As Mr. Hough’s first child, I obviously have a different perspective. Although it IS difficult to read these comments about my dad, this post is not intended to gain sympathy. Rather, I legitimately wonder what satisfaction this hostility is bringing to your life?
First of all, few of you are courageous enough to identify yourself…because doing so would require you to verify these vague claims. Not to mention, many of you have anonymously committed libel. But since you’re so familiar with the legal system, I’m sure you already know that.
To the coward who claims to have spoken with my dad’s professors, how about providing us with names? These professors are well aware that federal law prohibits discussion of a student’s performance with anyone except the student (FERPA), so allow me to call your bluff. As a candidate of WVU law school, my name is recognized by professors who have asked my dad to speak in their class.
Furthermore, it seems that few of you comprehend the definition of competence and intelligence. My dad happens to be a MENSA…comprised of the top 2% of IQ scores in the world! Not only is my dad more than qualified for his position, but he is one of the smartest and most motivated individuals I know. To the coward who gained satisfaction from calling my dad lazy- try dealing with uneducated criminals all morning, running 4 miles at lunch, driving an hour and a half to teach all evening, and coming home to help with homework & tuck your kids in bed after that. Speaking of laziness, you may have heard of the saying, “idle hands are the devil’s playground.“ It seems that most of you would benefit from spending all of this free time on more constructive activities!
Comment by Carly Hough on 05.03.2010
Hey Carly Hough,
Sorry, this post of yours was just brought to my attention this afternoon. I would love to respond to your rather harsh criticism of the people that posted valid complaints against a public official that is not only, NOT living up to the position, but also committed criminal behavior while performing his so called duties. I have on my desk the court record from my case. I paid $2500.00 for it, and had to hire an attorney out of Elkins WV to handle the matter.
First of all in regard to your claim here is a quote, from you!
“First of all, few of you are courageous enough to identify yourself…because doing so would require you to verify these vague claims!”
I did identify myself and you will hear a lot more about me in the future I can assure you!
Check this out Carly, your father is a bold face liar and brings facts he just makes up to the courtroom! Would you like me to prove it to you? I would love to do that!
So, Carly, do you know what a court record is? (How does it feel to have someone talk to you in a condescending way- your dad is real good at it, did he learn that in Mensa?)
In the court record, your father Gerald B Hough lies to the jury, did you get that …. lies!
Here is just one example, I have many.
From the court record:
“While the husband is sick with Cancer Shirley Ball writes a check.“
Investigators discovered that Mr. Ball was not diagnosed with Cancer until TWO YEARS LATER! What a bold face liar your father is! Two years later. Mr. Ball was not sick at all on that date and did not have cancer or was he sick. Shirley Ball and your father are both liars and I will prove that in court. YOUR FATHER LIED TO THE JURY!
Mr. Ball gave me a loan, since I dropped everything, including my studio work try to save our farm. I was paying on two vehicles to the bank plus insurance. A check was written for $500.00 – Gerry gave a few different of his full time employee’s loans, since he was the man that owned the company he started from his garage.
Investigators discovered that a man named Terry that has long blonde hair also got a similar loan at the same time and had the same status as me, an employee that had been laid off. Our whole shift was laid off. Yes I actually had to work for once in my life instead of having a dream job as a disc jockey, but your father told the jury that I did not even know Mr. Ball. Your father lied to the jury and is not such a great guy!
To Terry ex Telcon employee, we will pay you for your testimony against Gerry Hough and Shirley Ball. So you don’t need to take a loan from someone if you are unemployed.
I am going to keep this real short today, because there are about 50 different examples in the court record in which your father lied to the jury and that is very serious, and in fact I will make the evidence we have against your father on CD available for your own listening and then you will discover he had a helper in his criminal activity and her name is Marilyn Matheny and my family wants her in prison and we are trying to put her there in a big way.
Right after I was falsely arrested, Shirley Ball stole my car from Gerry auto repair shop, just after he died.
I had 400 of the 500 I owed him and called him in April of that year and told him I brought my favorite car to the shop. I got his OK to give the guys at the shop the 400 and I could pay him back later. There was a witness to this and his name is Kevin Wease and the State Police know we are looking to have a little conversation with that man. We know where he lives now.
They never fixed my car. Gerry died and his wife Shirley stole my car.
Trooper Smith called me last April 2010 and told me he was under orders from headquarters to find my Volvo. So, Carly, one of your father witnesses who lied in court stole my car. I would like my car back; do you think you could make some calls?
Oh yeah one more thing, this comment of yours,
“Not to mention, many of you have anonymously committed libel”
I can’t wait to tell you what to do with that statement, but I can’t say it here, but if you see me soon in town, I will be glad to say it to your face!
Comment by Dan Bingman on 07.09.2010
Hey CARLY… how was SPAIN? .. nice to be traveling around the world on money your dad made from ruining lives by bringing false evidence and making his own rules!
Here is a little something you should know about that your father did, the same WRONGDOING you accused someone else of.
There was a disciplinary case filed against an attorney named Gerald Hough on charging violations of Rules 4.1, 4.4 and 8.4(c), in connection with the attorney making false representations in order to obtain confidential college records of a rape victim so as to benefit his client, who was charged with the rape. It was eventually resent to the Lawyer Disciplinary (I can’t understand the computer notes. The rules that are enumerated also can be found on the Office of Disciplinary Counsel website, the link to which I have already given you.
Hope that splash of cold news woke you up a bit. Take some good advice..stay out of it! It’s gonna be rough for Gerald B Hough real soon.
Comment by Dan Bingman on 10.17.2010