jury Oct. 12 says Cookeville did not violate law by denying
Putnam Pit a link
to its web site that every other applicant was granted
in another case Davidian v. O'Mara Click
The Putnam Pit v. Cookeville
By SAMUEL J. HARRIS
Geoff Davidian got a fair trial before a
good and honest judge and jury. And it happened in Cookeville
Putnam Pit columnist
Determining whether the government
is abusing its power must be
checked by a jury from time to
time. In fact, Judge Wiseman must know this case had to be submitted to
a jury. Column
Vaden's high jinks go postal
Pick a pair of underpants
for 'Huffy' John Duffy
'Huffy' John Duffy put underpants on Michelangelo's David.
Former Cookeville City
Councilwoman Bettye Vaden, pictured at left, says she'll bring
a federal lawsuit if her picture appears in The Putnam Pit. The
threat was made Friday after a federal civil rights trial in which a jury
found Cookeville did not violate The Pit's rights by denying it a link
to the government's web site.
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law firm Watson, Hollow & Reeves thinks Michelangelo is smut: Would
you want a child to see the most famous statue on earth,
David, sculpted by
who also painted the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican? Michelangelo's
greatest achievements parallel important developments in his life. His
sense of local patriotism inspired one of his grandest and most noted works,
the gigantic statue of David, which he carved between 1501 and 1504. It
was done to inspire the people of Florence who were at the time facing
adversity from outside threats to the city. The Biblical character of David
was a symbol to the people of the weak, with God's help fighting, the Goliath-like
forces who were threatening the city. Not to be inspired by anything so
mundane as a Biblical concept, Knoxville
lawyer "Huffy" John Duffy, of the pro-establishment insurance-paid
civil rights defense firm Watson, Hollow & Reeves, wants you to think
it is smut. Tennessee Municipal League civil-rights hit man asks a federal
jury in Putnam Pit v. Cookeville, 'Is this what you'd want children
to see?" Later, he urged the two-man, six woman Middle Tennessee jury,
in so many words, "Forgive me for being a long-winded fool and for making
the judge scream at me for going on and on and on and on." He did not ask
the jury to contemplate why he was fixated on the statue's genitals.
Attorney General William Gibson
offered false testimony for the government's defense in Putnam Pit v. Cookeville,
the federal civil rights trial bankrolled by Tennessee Municipal League's
civil rights lawyer asks . . .
City Manager Jim 'The Hunk' Shipley's relationship with former City Councilwoman
Bettye Vaden the target of an attack by The Putnam Pit?
And the answer
is . . .
NO -- Bettye
Vaden's donation of a used mascara to a fund in memory of a murdered Cookeville
school teacher is the reason why The Putnam Pit finds her a legitimate
subject of journalism.