Category Archives: The Murder of Jeremy Wayne Dock

Bailey case updates – clients continue to be mistreated on motions to open

Attorneys take cues from the courts and seek sanctions from Bailey client

As we brought to you in our update on the Bailey class clients who have filed their own motions to open judgment, Judge A. Richard Caputo denied the motion filed by Deborah Phillis, and the opinion was immediately released into the public domain through a private research service.  Caputo’s Orders in the Miles Thomas and Jeffrey Dock cases were released to the same service.  Another Caputo Order conspicuously came through the same service sanctioning Bailey in the Dave and Pam Morris case, who have filed a motion to open of their own.  Caputo piles on.

In accord with the serious developing theme, i.e. the Conklin case and Bailey disciplinary proceedings, none of these Bailey clients are getting due process hearings, or any procedure whatsoever.

The first attorneys to take the bait, so-to-speak, come from the Harrisburg law firm of Shumaker Williams, through attorney Michael Rowan, who has filed a Motion for Sanctions sanctions against Deb Phillis, citing a lack of any reasonable basis to her claims that she has suffered prejudice because of who her attorney is that affected her case before Judge Yvette Kane, who has recused herself from all Don Bailey cases, and initiated disciplinary proceedings of her own, which have not been discussed in any detail.   Deborah has filed a reply brief, citing significantly that they have operated under an entirely false factual construct, and objecting to her mistreatment for being clearly reasonable.

The Motion for Sanctions essentially cites Phillis’ statement that she intends to do anything and everything she can to get her justice, which is not asking for anything at all.  The motion for sanctions is, on its face, more punishment for daring to raise issues of bias against Don Bailey, and the civil rights causes of his clients, and simply smack of an attempt to oppress and silence an innocent American citizen for daring to raise an issue that is reasonable on its face.  There are 70 votes of general support.  Their reason cannot withstand that.

Mr. Rowan was kind enough to speak with us about the filing, and assured it was directed by his clients, but was equivocal in his support for such a drastic measure, citing only Ms. Phillis’ “pattern in this case” to support the motion.  Pattern?  In this case?  Rowan also suggested that there was a proposal to resolve the matter by withdrawing the motion for sanctions in exchange for withdrawing the case.  That’s the removal of the proverbial boot from the throat, but Phillis may have no choice.

Rowan did say that he was familiar with this site, but that he had not read it in any depth.  He based a motion for sanctions an a filing by Deborah Phillis that specifically cited this site as support.  There do appear to be questions of good faith involved, a lack of diligence at least.  We discussed the fact that this is exactly what opportunist attorneys do when they read clear judicial attitudes in our struggle behind the civil rights struggle essay.

The entire tone again is set by the lengths to which some personalities, judges unfortunately, have gone to create a public “smearjob”, as Bailey has been heard to say.  Judge Rambo has already threatened Jim Dewees and Vicki Smith with sanctions, and barred the door to the courthouse against them, and the dissemination of the attacks on Bailey speak for themselves.  See Politics of personal destruction.

What is wrong with these American citizens asking for fair access to their courts?  Why are they being subjected to mistreatment and sanction freely for suggesting they have been subjected to mistreatment and sanction?  There would appear to be many opportunities for the courts to still discipline themselves and remedy what is on record here as being serious wrongs.   We will continue to bring you these updates.

Bailey discipline case update

The Supreme Court has entered an Order scheduling the submission of post-hearing findings of fact and conclusions of law, tentatively believed to be due in mid-February.  The process requires each side to submit “proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law” in support of their respective positions.  Presumably, because the Office of Disciplinary Counsel carries the burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence, they will be required to make a submission making their case against Bailey.  This will be based upon the hearing transcripts and exhibits submitted into the record on August 11 and 12, 2011.

Bailey, of course, has raised, once again, substantial due process issues, which have led to an infirm record to support anything, but the Supreme Court has denied his substantial and repeated pretrial motions, largely in one-line orders, despite Bailey’s pleas for due process.  Every reader of this right now is in the absolute dark of the this judicial decision-making, and that simply is not fair to the large numbers of people who have significant interests at stake.

It is assumed that “they” again are attempting to back Bailey into a corner so they can see what he says about the record before the Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, most of which has been made public here, and then fashion whatever it is that they are going to do, which will likely involve more of the same.  Through the disciplinary process, however, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court still has the opportunity to fully  address the substantial issues raised by Bailey throughout these proceedings, and to do complete justice in this case, and to all of us.  There are many issues to address, well before any issues concerning the “complaint” against Bailey are reached, and we are all entitled to the transparency that is inherent in the notion of due process.

We will keep you updated on these efforts.

Thank you.

Snyder County prison inmate with information on unsolved murder case and drug trafficking involving prison officials was found dead, ruled a suicide, yet the autopsy and opinion of renowned pathologist Dr. Cryil H. Wecht suggest foul play, but Judge Jones throws out case

While incarcerated in the Snyder County Prison on April 17th, 2007, twenty-nine year-old Jeremy Wayne Dock was beaten by guards and/or others while in protective custody for “his own safety.”  Former Snyder County District Attorney Michael Sholley, current District Attorney Michael Piecuch, Coroner Bruce Hummel, Prison Board Solicitor Robert Cravitz, PSP Trooper Richard Blair and Dr. Barbara Bollinger (the county’s hired pathologist) insist he committed suicide by hanging himself with a bed sheet.  In our opinion (and based on the limited information they’ve given us access to); we strongly disagree with their consensus!

The previous summer, Jeremy was coerced by Snyder County Probation, Officer Kerry Davis into working as a confidential informant for Gary Heckman, an agent from the PA Attorney General’s Office. He was released from jail for the explicit purpose of making controlled drug purchases and did as they requested throughout the summer.  As summer ended Jeremy was expected to make buys from Jay, a heroin dealer in Allentown, which he refused to do because he feared retaliation.  Jeremy became unproductive for them, so he was again incarcerated at the Snyder County Prison on probation/ parole violations for a supposed ‘hot urinalysis’ test.

Jeremy’s girlfriend contacted Gary Heckman to ask for his help.  Jeremy was again pressured to help set up the heroin dealer in Allentown, which Gary told Jeremy would cut his impending state prison sentence in half.  Jeremy declined to provide any further assistance because he feared for his family’s safety.  It was then he was abandoned by his mentors, Kerry Davis and Gary Heckman.   After his re-incarceration in Sept. 2006, Jeremy’s “confidential informant” status was exposed by one who had the distinct responsibility of protecting his identity.

At the end of October 2006 the Snyder County District Attorney’s office alleges that a smuggling ring was operating within the Snyder County Prison involving outside persons.  An investigation was conducted by Enoch Powell, a detective from District Attorney Sholley’s office.  According to Jeremy’s letters, during interrogation on November 13th he gave Powell information on others involved in the smuggling.  He also wrote “he’s (Powell) already talked to people in here cause when they walk past or I go out in the hall they call me a snitch, plus… (another inmate) just told me today that one of the CO’s (Correction Officers) told him what I did; they (guards) are not supposed to be saying shit like that, so you and Gram need to call my lawyer John Reed about getting me transferred to Union County.”  Also present at the interrogation on Nov. 13th was Watch Commander Donald Campbell who witnessed Jeremy’s statement that implicated no less than a dozen people in the smuggling.

In a letter dated 11/15/06 Jeremy writes “I’m down here in f…… Protective Custody now” and “since I’m only PC (Protective Custody) I get a whole 2 hours of rec. instead of 1, Oh!!! The benefits of being a snitch you got to love it (not)!  Do you have any idea what it’s like to go out in the hall now when they escort me and don’t have any inmate movement they (guards) are basically telling the whole jail I’m a snitch, are they going to come home with me, and protect me and my family?”

As a result of the harassment; followed by a beating by guards, Jeremy made a written request, intended for Warden Ruth Rush, but that was intercepted by, and responded to by Watch Commander Donald Campbell in which Jeremy writes “I am writing you in regards to my housing status, how is it that I have to be housed down here, when I can be placed on G-Wing.  There have been child molesters that have been placed up there simply by Mr. Reade (the Deputy Warden) telling the wing that if anyone touches them they will be criminally charged.  I am willing to take that chance!  And if not I request that I be transferred to Union County in accordance with a violation of my 14th Amendment.  Thank you.  Jeremy W. Dock. ”  The response from WC Campbell reads “You know why you are locked up you will remain where you are located.”

In another letter dated 11/24/06 Jeremy said, “I’m in P.C. (Protective Custody) because of telling them what they wanted to know” and later “because there is supposedly so many people in this jail pissed off at me.”

On 11/27/06 Jeremy writes “I spoke with the Warden (Ruth Rush) and she is going to see about getting me out of the hole and housing me but I don’t know if that’s going to work, because supposedly there are so many people pissed at me and if they can’t figure out a way to house me then I’m probably going to Union County.”

Shortly thereafter, he was transferred to Union County Prison where he was in the general population for an uneventful 4 1/2 months.  During that time Jeremy told his girlfriend and/or his father on at least three separate occasions that if he was returned to Snyder County Prison he was “a dead man.”

Jeremy was returned to Snyder County Prison and again placed in so-called Protective Custody on April 13th, 2007.  This was six days prior to a scheduled appearance at a court  hearing where he planned to reveal information about guards and other inmates involved with the drug trafficking within the prison.  Jeremy had also acquired information about the unsolved murder of Donald E. Seebold III, which he planned to reveal to his newly appointed attorney.

Less than four days later he was dead!

                A cover-up followed Jeremy’s death that continues to this day, leaving his family and friends with many questions?  Why would Enoch Powell indiscriminately divulge the name of anyone cooperating with him in an investigation?  Why was Jeremy given up as a ‘snitch’ by the very people who had a distinct responsibility to protect his identity as a confidential informant?  Who made the decision to return Jeremy to the unsafe environment at the Snyder County Prison;and why?  Who made the decision to control the situation ‘in house’ and do extremely lengthy CPR at the jail as opposed to transporting Jeremy to a hospital, which was only minutes away?  Who decided they needed to re-create the crime scene (for photos by Trooper Blair) by hanging the sheet back on the cell door and placing Jeremy’s personal effects back in the cell after they had been moved immediately to the Deputy Wardens office an hour earlier?  Why was the evidence not properly secured?  By their own admission Deputy Warden Donald Reade and Watch Commander Donald Campbell handled scene evidence and placed items into storage later.  Why are there so many discrepancies and errors within PSP Trooper Rick Blair’s report and the incident reports given by those present during Jeremy’s death? Why did officials feel the need to mislead and lie to family members from that first day?  Is it not a clear conflict of interest for former District Attorney Sholley and current District Attorney Piecuch (both sitting members of the Snyder County Prison Board) to be responsible for investigating a murder at the county prison?  Why do law enforcement and medical professionals, not involved with this case, view this information in a different light than do those who should be held accountable for the decisions made that day?  Is there a connection between Jeremy’s death and that of Alan M. Willow, a friend and fellow inmate, who also met an untimely death, shortly after being released from the Snyder County Prison, just three short months after Jeremy’s death?  What really happened to Jeremy at the Snyder County Prison?

Judge John E. Jones threw this case out without even giving the Dock family the chance for discovery, and in typically abusive fashion.  Why?  Judge Jones is from Schuylkill County, and is believed to have political friends in Snyder County.  Was he protecting them by his decision?

Visit http://www.JeremysJustice.com to discover more about this story dedicated to the memory of Jeremy W. Dock and the hope that the truth will finally come to light.