Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A History of Hickman (Updated)

On August 24th, 2007, a call was made to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's office, Sharon Grady and her husband were having a domestic dispute and the woman had attacked her husband. The call was assigned number CD070821275. When Deputies Darwin and Bible arrived, they found the man bleeding from his ear. The man said that the woman had bitten his ear. Under Texas law, when deputies respond to a domestic disturbance where there is evidence of assault, one of the participants will be arrested on assault charges. In this instance, the bleeding ear was clear indication that an assault had taken place, and since he obviously could not have bitten it himself, she was arrested on assault charges. Mrs. Grady then apparently attempted to attack one of the officers as she was being arrested which elevated the charges to assault on a police officer. Photos were taken as evidence, as were statements.

This is where the wheels start to come off the bus.

Apparently the Mrs Grady was friends with Constable Ron Hickman's ex-wife. While they were still at the scene, one of the deputies, I believe it was Bible but I am uncertain which deputy it was, received a call on his phone from Capt. Tim Cannon. Capt. Cannon allegedly told the deputy to drop the matter and to destroy any evidence he had obtained. The deputy rightly refused what he believed to be an illegal order. Allegedly Capt. Cannon told the deputy that this was what Hickman wanted. Supposedly the deputy told Capt. Cannon something along the lines of "If that is what Hickman wants, he had better tell me himself." Allegedly shortly thereafter Constable Hickman did indeed call the deputy on his cellphone and reiterate that he wanted the matter dropped and that all evidence was to be handed over to Capt. Cannon. The deputy's side of this conversation was allegedly recorded on the dashcam audio track of the deputy's cruiser. Shortly after arriving back at the Cypresswood station, Hickman's ex-wife arrived and personally took Mrs. Grady from the holding cell and drove her home. Capt. Cannon also arrived and took possession of all the evidence collected, which he allegedly then destroyed.

An anonymous letter to the DA's office triggered an investigation which led to Capt. Cannon being indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and evidence tampering. Constable Hickman has not been indicted yet in his role. Hickman fired Capt. Cannon, but then he promptly rehired him in a civilian role at his current pay and seniority. His duties however seem suspect.

My sources tell me that Cannon has not been seen in his office, but he is drawing a full 40 hours of pay, there is to my knowledge no record of him being suspended with pay. My sources further tell me that he has been seen putting up campaign signs for Hickman during work hours.

Constable Hickman's Campaign expenditure disclosures have an interesting pair of entries. Two entries, one of $1000, and another of $5000, paid to Clint Greenwood. The dates of these payments are suspect, the $1000 payment was on 9/13/07, three days after the investigation was begun. The second payment was made the day before Cannon was to appear in court. Clint Greenwood is a criminal defense attorney that specializes in defending cops, he is also a reserve deputy under Hickman. Rumor has it that these entries are payments made by Hickman's campaign to Greenwood to retain his services to defend Cannon. The timing of the payments seems to confirm that theory. This is a campaign funds violation, campaign funds cannot be used for criminal defense attorney's fees. In an interesting twist, Greenwood is campaign manager for Jim Leitner.

In an effort to ascertain the truth of the matter I have requested copies of that call record as well as cell phone records (including any paid for by campaign funds.) for Hickman, Cannon, Bible, and Darwin. I have requested all photographic, video, and audio of the call. Constable Hickman's office claims to have no records for the cell phones, and has referred all other requests to the County Attorney's office, claiming that it is evidence in an ongoing investigation.

I want to know why Hickman has not been indicted as well, especially since I am told there is recorded audio evidence that he made a phone call to the deputy telling him to comply with Cannon's illegal order. The trial has been postponed until after the Primaries, clearly in an effort to make sure Hickman's involvement does not come to light before the election. It seems clear to me that someone in the Special Crimes division of the Harris County DA's office, of which Kelly Seigler is the head of that department, is doing everything possible to make sure Hickman skates on his involvement. For some reason Cannon is falling on his sword for Hickman. Why I do not know, but I suspect when the trial gets underway and those prison doors start clanging in his ears, he will gladly give up Hickman to save his bacon, but by then, the voters will have been duped into re-electing him.

Don't make that mistake.

UPDATE: I have found two errors on my part that I should correct, plus one ommission. First off, it was Owmby, not Seigler that handled this case. Secondly it apparently occurred on August 25th, not Aug. 24th.
The ommission was that not only was the unsigned letter sent to the DA's office, it was also copied to several media outlets . It would appear that whoever sent the letter was concerned that simply notifiying the DA would probably wind up with the case buried and the sender sought out and punished. By sending it to multiple media outlets as well, he ensured that it could not be swept under the rug.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Records and Parties Involved:

Do we need to see the facts or just hear the same old BS from the Hickster?

Precisely why we should see the hard documents and paper trail, and interview all parties involved. Will they be made available to be independently interviewed without any repercussions, or handlers watching them?

Why was everything put off until after the election and not the public be able to make their own judgment from the evidence and let it speak for itself?

Would you (Hickman) be then willing to provide the cell phone records and let the paper trail speak for itself?

At the present time I don't take any side as I have not reported anything, blogged anything, however the "cone of silence" being shrouded over this and the strangeness of the records I have seen so far are leading me to investigate more information, and yet it is becoming harder to see this with clear glasses!

Once again I want to see the hard facts, paper trail and interviews after the review to see even if there is a story. If more information is necessary, then naturally I would like to then verbally talk with Hickman, however the issue could die or have life.

At last night's Cherry Tree Republican meeting, it is clear that the Hickster supporters were screening the questions as there were nearly a dozen "hard ball fact" questions that were written and yet not presented. Cherry Tree was once a respectable organization and purveyor of facts and openness, but under it's new "handlers" it would seem they are using the Hilderbeast playbook of only telling one side of the story.

Well so it be... that is how new organizations are formed everyday.

February 20, 2008 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hickman certainly needs to be replaced by the voters, and sounds as if he needs to be indicted too. If Seigler is holding him "harmless," she needs to go too. I wouldn't vote for either one of them for the position of dog catcher. Worthless pack of liars.

February 20, 2008 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy Hickman is up to no good. I have heard many stories about him and his illegal orders. I think the cannon deal will do him in. It won't be the first, but I bet it will unravel like Rosenthals problems.

February 21, 2008 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know for a fact he has been "doodling around". There is HARD evidence being held by a friend and coworker. It will all come out.

February 21, 2008 9:50 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

feel free to tell your coworker to contact me, I will be happy to publish any evidence he or she has if it is verifiable.

February 21, 2008 10:10 PM  
Anonymous TexasPatriot56 said...

Information about Hickman's opponent can be found at www.YouTube.com/TexasPatriot56

It is time for a change in the office of Precinct 4 Constable.

February 22, 2008 9:46 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

I received an Anonymous comment that I did not publish for a number of reasons but I will respond to it here nonetheless.

Yes, I mention Seigler for the simple reason that she IS the head of the special crimes unit, She did not take her "leave of absence" to run her campaign until after all of this took place, therefore mentioning her leave of absence is a straw man argument. As to the comment that I tend to see conspiracy theories everywhere, not exactly true, but I do look for interrelationships that other people do not look hard enough to notice. Seigler and Hickman work together quite a bit as a function of their jobs. It is not unreasonable to think that consideration was given to Hickman over and above what another person would have received.

The simple fact of the matter is that I am told there is evidence of Hickman's involvement. Secondly, this is involving a friend of Hickman's, why would Cannon get involved if it were a friend of Hickman's if it wasn't Hickman asking him to? If it were a friend of Cannon's that would be a different story, but it isn't. It is a friend of Hickman's. No other logical explanation exists.

February 25, 2008 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps we should publish the TPIA (open records requests) that Mr. Hickman has received and his refusal or disposition of those requests. Let's see and hear the Dash Cam and audio, Let see the facts. So what if there is an election, that is what election are for, to have the public made judgments based upon what happened and when, not to elect someone or reelect someone where decisive information may help or hinder the electoral decisions. If you hide something from public vies, then you are tampering with the electoral decision process.

Perhaps the Big Media, of which has a little more force, will step in and open up the facts and lay them out.

February 25, 2008 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An investigation of a public official would be undertaken by the Public Integrity division, not Special Crimes.

You really have no idea what you're talking about, and you're a coward for disallowing comments that disagree with your POV.

February 27, 2008 8:39 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

First off, I posted an update that corrected that error. Had you bothered to read, you would have seen that.

Secondly, isn't posting anonymously about me being a coward the height of hypocrisy?

Pot, meet kettle.

February 27, 2008 8:51 PM  

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