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(May 23, 2011) — The following press release was received today from the Monroe County-based Christian Citizens Against Corruption:

Monroe County, TN has judges, a sheriff, sheriff's deputies, and court personnel who routinely break the law

Contact: George Raudenbush, (423) 761-9518, Christian Citizens against Corruption (tnccc.com)

MONROE COUNTY, Tenn., May 23, 2011 /On Tuesday June 8th 2010 Monroe County Sheriff Billy Ray Bivens ordered the seizure of a 45 ft. semi tractor trailer/workshop used exclusively for Christian youth mission work.

According to church representatives, the trailer was filled with over $100,000 of tools, equipment and supplies belonging to youth mission groups throughout the United States. These church and school groups have been serving the people of Appalachia in East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and North Georgia, since 1999.

“The seizure of the trailer and its contents on June 8, 2010 and the continued retention of the Trailer and its contents thereafter, along with the loss of any property within the trailer while in the possession of the Defendants, was intentional and without any legal authority and constitutes conversion of and trespass to the property of the Plaintiffs by the Defendants, it violated the Plaintiffs’ right to be free from unreasonable seizure protected by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, applicable to the Defendants pursuant to the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

“The Defendants’ conduct was intentional, willful, malicious, reckless, and/or so grossly negligent as to warrant the imposition of punitive damages, and the Plaintiffs seek an award of punitive damages in the amount of not less than $100,000”. (case # 3:11-cv-00220 filed in U.S. District Court at Knoxville by Keith L. Edmiston, Attorney (http://www.gribblecarpenter.com) for the Plaintiffs).

Mr. Gary Church, a senior counsel member with the organization Appalachian Youth Missions (www.appalachianyouthmission.org) and plaintiff in the federal lawsuit stated, “I contacted the FBI after the sheriff did not respond to our many attempts to get him to return the church property. A special agent with the FBI called me saying they had spoke to the sheriff telling him the seizure was not right. The sheriff has not returned our property, so we were compelled to file a lawsuit.”

Sheriff Bill Bivens has been surrounded by controversy ever since he took office five years ago. Reports of murder, extortion, missing property, organized crime, jury rigging, public corruption (http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/05/17/defense-turns-michael-ellingtons-murder-trial-into-an-inquisition-regarding-the-corruption-of-monroe-county-sheriff-bill-bivens-and-his-deputies/), and human trafficking have continually appeared in the national news media concerning the sheriff and public officials in Monroe County, Tennessee.

Visit www.tnccc.com and www.cccnewsnet.org where every citizen under the law, has an obligation to hold public officials accountable for their actions.


Editor’s Note: On December 23, 2010, The Post & Email reported that the property seized by Sheriff Bill Bivens had been reported as a criminal complaint to the Knoxville, TN FBI office.

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  1. Where is it required that the county/people must hire a sheriff or maintain a sheriff’s office?

    In this case Monroe county would be better of if they just gave their money to their most proficient burglar. He would at least provide his own office, staff, car, uniform (mask) and benefits.

    Teach everyone the proper care and use of firearms and we won’t need nearly as many local or county police. Those that we do maintain would also be much more likely to respect the rights of a well armed populace. And we certainly wouldn’t have to put up with such an obviously corrupt sheriff as Bivens. See the 2nd amendment.

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  2. The church should ask for treble damages. It might wake the county residents up to what he is costing the community. May Sheriff Bill Bivens be locked up in his own jail, and may the corrupt judges join him. It would be fitting justice.