DA won't comment on rumors of widespread FBI investigation
at Putnam County Justice Center
your name was 'Lewis' and you had stolen from prisoners while you were
a public official and you were going to prison for a long time, what name
would you go by?
Louise, Louisa or Lois?
By GEOFF DAVIDIAN
Putnam Pit editor
are a public official who bragged you could do anything you wanted. You
stole from prisoners when they had no defense. You get sentenced to prison
on an unrelated felony. The prisoners sharpen their spoons, waiting for
your arrival. You have no pals to help you. You cry out, "Jerry, Jerry,"
but no one comes. The prisoners form a ring around you . . . .
can do anything I waaaaaannnnna."
get your hair done up real purty, Louise.
Louise, tell the prisoners,
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. [April 27,
1999] -- District Attorney General Bill Gibson on Monday said he, too,
had heard rumors of a "widespread FBI investigation" of corruption in the
Putnam County Justice Center, but he would not repeat those rumors or speculate
on their validity, he said. "You can go down to Spankies [restaurant] and
hear the same rumors," he said.
Putnam Pit sources in the
Justice Center said the FBI had been investigating possible fixing of tickets
issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Such traffic cases would normally
go before the county's general sessions judges.
||Some sources claim records under the control
of Court Clerk Lewis Coomer are included in the investigation.Coomer, who
illegally charged Putnam County Jail prisoners $18 a day for years, declined
to comment on the investigation.
|"You bald-headed son of a bitch," Coomer
said. "You son of a bitch. What about you being in jail in California,
you son of a bitch?"
He then thrust his considerable girth against
this reporter and ran into the Justice Center foyer, shouting, "Did anyone
see him hit me, did anyone see him hit me?"
The Putnam Pit