Representative Mike Menahan HD 82
I have been receiving so many complaints about Representative Mike Menahan,Vice Chairman of the Law and Justice, and his attitude towards the public that were at the Law and Justice Committee for public comment. They felt he belittled them and disrespected them from his attitude and derogatory comments. He believes that all complaints or concerns that have been brought before the Committee are false by families and the public. He stated that out in the open before everyone and they can be found on the public transcripts. The families also were outraged beyond belief that the Parole Board Chairman stated upon testifying that he believed it was all…….. C R A P…yes, they said it was spelled out. These families drive there from all over, some with health problems, financial burdens and sit there at these meetings all day, for two days, just to be heard. Does Representative Menahan think that these families would go through all of this if it was false? Is this how he has operated the whole time that he has been a county attorney? Has he been more about just getting the conviction and not really seeking the truth? Does he not believe in accountability? That even those in office have to be accountable, not just the citizens? Who does he think put him in office in the first place? Every single person that attended the Law and Justice Committee Meeting said it was very apparent, very obvious of those that are for Prisons for Profit. We all wonder what are they exactly getting out of this system? Do they receive compensation, bonus, kickbacks, percentage, profit…..what? But these meetings are about the public, not about power hungry state departments and cohorts that want to keep everything hush, hush so they can continue to do whatever they want. They don’t want these families and individuals to make the whole committee and Montana aware of what is really going on within the system.
One family member that was there representing not only her husband but the injustices and the ongoing treatment to inmates within the Montana system had a major concern about threats that they were receiving. Senator Jim Shockley, the chairman of the Law and Justice Committee brought out her husbands sentencing documents. She had a valid question that Senator Shockley wanted an answer too also. Why was DOC and other staff threatening her and her husband Allen Whetstone, The Incarcerated Montana Fireman, already, that he would not get out when he was eligible for parole. That no one gets out on their first try. That the parole board would require it differently than what the judge sentenced. Now Mr.Whetstone has not even gone before the board yet. His wife took it upon herself to meet with Executive Director Fern Osler, Representative Ken Peterson had recommended she meet with her about this situation and to find out who is actually in control of a persons parole release. DOC or the parole board. So, with Senator Shockley already knowing what was stated in the sentencing documents, Fern Osler knowing what the situation was as she and Mr.Whetstone’s wife went through everything during discussion, the other board members being present at the Law and Justice Committee having an idea also……Representative Mike Menahan took it upon himself to take the documents away from Senator Jim Shockley, the Chairman and read it himself. We don’t know if he thought Senator Shockley did not know how to read a sentencing document or not. Although Senator Shockley has been a practicing attorney himself, much longer than Representative Mike Menahan. Anyway, Representative Menahan had to go above and beyond and read the rest of the documentation…stating what the conviction was about. Then he stated very arrogantly “See there is always two sides to every story.” Senator Shockley had to remind him that the Law and Justice was not discussing that issue. They were discussing the issue of DOC or the Parole Board over-riding a judges sentence and him being threatened that he would have to take a class that the judge said needed to be taken on the outside and for Mr.Whetstone to pay for it himself.
Hmmmm….we are all trying to understand where Representative Mike Menahan was coming from. Everyone pretty well had a dumbfounded look on their face as Representative Menahan seemed to lose his self control on this issue, because it did not make sense otherwise. Those documents first of all are public record. The wife has allowed us to share the entire story on the internet that goes world wide. She also handed the internal investigative documents to another organization that gave more information than what the public was entitled too or what the public is ever allowed to see, so they could sue for the rights to it. She has met with many organizations and has been very straight-forward about the case. She met with the Executive Director Fern Osler. Not sure if there is not too many people that she has not met with as of yet and she is still working on it. She wants a national network to pick the case up. The Innocence Project also has the documents. Soon we want a third side of the story to come out.
This is really kind of scary to hear families being alarmed and upset with how he looks down on the public. He has been a county attorney in Lewis and Clark County, a Representative of HD 82 and now he is going to be a judge because there is no one else running against him. It is very obvious that he does not want corruption exposed. He does not want accountability in the Justice system. He does not think they need to answer to anyone. He believes that the prison system should have the right to over-ride a judge. (Wonder if he will feel that way when they start over-riding his sentences. After all they don’t believe judges know what they are doing in the first place.) Montana be very, very careful, because if any of you ever go before this judge, it might be when hell freezes over that you get true justice. In my opinion after hearing all of this information that he stated himself, he is going to be a hardcore judge that believes everyone is guilty before they even go to court. May God have mercy on those future souls.