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Prof. Jeff Johnson done in court after identity theft and harassment charge(s) unfounded, from Framingham, Massachusetts State, USA, intl.
[Published & Posted: April 29, 2013, 13:30hrs.]
Charges were suddenly quashed against Prof. Jeff Johnson in pretrial proceedings.
Most pretrial proceedings involve a 9-12 month process where both the prosecuting attorney and defense pursue a disposition agreeable to the plaintiff(s), defendant(s) and counselors. The counselors then present the disposition to the judge. Fruition of a disposition generally requires 9-12 months, particularly those involving misdemeanor allegations.
The pretrial procedure follows the following steps: arraignment, discovery, compliance/election, continuances and status appearances.
This case lasted twenty-two months in pretrial court proceedings. Significant delays are most often caused by unsuccessful efforts for prosecutor and defense attorney to agree on a pretrial disposition. Awaiting evidence analysis is another common cause for delay.
Even more seldom is when prosecutors enter their intent to no longer purse charges after so much time has passed since the filing date. Usually a long passage of time is pursued when the state is strengthening their case against the defendant.
Common reasons a prosecutor/plaintiff may not prosecute include the nature of the offense, lack of or no valid and reliable evidence, the defendant’s (lack of) criminal history and (lack of) prior appearances in court. The defendant’s residence, employment status, and ties to the community are also contributing variables.
Mr. Johnson declined comment when contacted on the morning of 4/29/13. No phone calls were immediately or subsequently returned.
According to former student Aaron Chase, "Jeff [Johnson] is the most docile person I ever met."
Mr. Chase stated that since the individual who filed these charges may still be teaching, he [Johnson] may not want to comment because it was not in the best interest of former, present or current students.
Mr. Chase studied Public Speaking under Johnson in the summer 2009. Chase added, "When I heard about this matter, it felt like I was kicked in the stomach. But I always knew Jeff was innocent and these charges were bogus."
Another student Alla Stackland added, "Everyone in the loop knew that Jeff [Johnson] was innocent. Nobody commented on the charges other than students."
Strackland added, "Employees may have kept quiet out of fear of retaliation and job loss."
According to public court documents, this is not the first time a member(s) of Framingham State University's administration allegedly used tactics to injure the professional fitness of a faculty member.
Vice President of Academic Affairs Linda Vaden-Goad was concurrently one of several defendants in a civil litigation matter in Connecticut.
Professor Rosalie Appel, a tenured Art Professor of nearly 40 years at Western State Connecticut University (herein referred to as WCSU) experienced discrimination and professional misconduct at the hands of administrators.
Court documents show WCSU administrators violated legal and civil rights of Ms. Appel. According to court records, among these administrators was Ms. Linda Vaden-Goad (herein referred to as Vaden-Goad), the now current Vice President of Academic Affairs at Framingham State University.
Three other administrators at WCSU were also found to have violated Ms. Appel's rights. The egregious way Appel was treated also violated union and even legal standards. According to court documents, the civil infractions against Appel were initiated by Vaden-Goad.
Vaden-Goad et al. began an alleged mobbing campaign by making Appel the target of an unsanctioned petition against Appel.. Vaden-Goad approached the WCSU Art faculty to mobilize a department-wide petition in protest Appel's alleged behavior.
Following the petition, Vaden-Goad et al. founded a special assessment committee to examine Appel‟s conduct and develop an action plan to address any problems the Committee identified, ultimately calling for Appel to undergo a neuropsychological and projectives assessment.
Court records indicate that Ms. Appel's confidential medical records were accessed by administrators. By law, access to medical records is prohibited by any subject unless permitted otherwise. However Ms. Appel gave no such permission.
Ms. Appel was not successfully contacted for comments.
The most unbecoming factor was Vaden-Goad et al.'s due process violation clause of the 14th Amendment in ordering Appel to submit to a psychiatric exam while intending to access Appel‟s mental health record and the results of the exam.
The recent Framingham State University matter sounds alarm that continued arrogant, unethical, union-violating and illegal behavior was not quelled by this WCSU case. Reports of grant investigations, teaching quality and adviser competence against Johnson and countless others are common publication items that university administrations use to "attack the target".
These target strategies are meant to suggest suspicion because investigations took place. University officials, especially those in the public sector, do not publish any counterfactual or meretricious proceedings on current or former employees, and jargon such as "investigation" functions in school press to transfer guilt and defamatory suggestion onto the target.
By law, receipt or provision of monies exceeding $5,000 are always subject to investigation. Even more, banks are required to report funds transacted in excess of $4999.99 to the IRS.
According to tax consultants Ernst & Young, financial advisers for the Oslo Atrium, Christian Frederiks Plass, and financial consultants in the United States, "An investigation of Johnson's grant is an article that could be written about anyone who receives grant money in excess of $5,000."
Court records show that Mr. Johnson solely informed a former university advancement director of applying for the funds and receipt of a pledge. The Assistant District Attorney corroborated this fact on the record in pretrial proceedings.
A representative for the NFIE, an organization through which the monies were pledged to Johnson, confirmed that, "We maintain a strong climate of privacy and anonymity about our grant activity. Our mission is to grant funds directly to recipient without administrative sifting of funds."
They added, "Many universities and institutions have delayed the progress of grants by presuming they have a right to a portion of the funds. It is not uncommon for this misunderstanding to lead to trumped up disciplinary action."
The NFIE strongly encourages institutions to observe that there is no guarantee of administrative entitlement to the funds. They urge institutions to study [their] philosophy about grant privacy. They stress that privacy and anonymity is a means to help prospective recipients use their affiliates' funding as they see fit.
The NFIE corroborate that the grant was at their pledge stage. They noted a receipt of a copy of an email sent to Campus Currents, in which Johnson solely reported his application and pledge status with the grant.
After lengthy court proceedings, Appel‟s due process claim was deemed to have merit to proceed against Rinker, Spiridon and Vaden-Goad. Appel‟s 2006 claim of First Amendment retaliation claim was also deemed substantive and having merit. Also, Appel's claim of First Amendment retaliation arising out of a claim filed a year earlier will proceed against Spiridon and Vaden-Goad.
Appel established a substantive case to proceed against Vaden-Goad et al. in their official and individual capacities. See the following court documents which outline the case.
Note the following public documents:
(concurrent with Framingham State University matter.
As of 2012
Charles Dusman, author, is a freelance reporter on London, UK.
ok the reason iam writing this is documntation. even my ugly dreams.
i saw who i later thought ws dawn eating a meat ball sandwhich next to me. i saw flips and a pedicure. thas how iknew it was dawn. the florida flip flop thing. i found pair myself. ise soemone left em apir fo new ones i did not get.
jenna bush and i were standing inthe hotdog line together. someone must ahve taken a picture. marla was goingot kill jenna over it. i didn't even say hello,becuase i did notknow what would happen. jenna may ahve felt the same way. i figured she did not know it was me. wew were jsut eating.
I am a Maryland grad and a Fred Funk follower. I noticed that Fred has missed the last couple tournanments and he is not listed as a participant in the upcoming tournament in Korea. I know he hurt his thumb in the Senior Open. Does anyone have an update on his injury status?
Reply-to:Hope you have time to read this 3/20/2010. How is your recovery coming from the total knee replacement? We both have had one on the right knee and I desperately need advice from a golfer. Did you need to alter your twist/rotation of your right knee on the backswing? Does it still hurt? Are you on meds for pain? How long before no pain per your doctor? Have you lost distance? What does your PT say about lunges and squats? Thanks
Just wanted to know what kind of surgery you are going to have on the knee you just had replaced. I had my knee replaced also, and am still having some pain on the outside. The joint seems to be fine....just wanted to know what you are doing.
Hope you have time to read this 3/20/2010. How is your recovery coming from the total knee replacement? We both have had one on the right knee and I desperately need advice from a golfer. Did you need to alter your twist/rotation of your right knee on the backswing? Does it still hurt? Are you on meds for pain? How long before no pain per your doctor? Have you lost distance? What does your PT say about lunges and squats? Thanks
Fred, you are GREAT! Congratulations on your outstanding Senior Open victory today. My wife and I met you at the Dick's Open in Endicott NY a few weeks ago. We were volunteers on the driving range and I had the privilege and honor of talking with you on Wed. afternoon. You were hitting balls in your bare feet due to excess rubbing oil on your feet. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation.
Since they I have won our county tournament....nice to beat the kids one more time. Watching your rythm and tempo certainly has helped my game. This week I will be playing in our senior county tournamnet.
Did you switch to a new driver from the R9 you used at the Dick's Open? You were hitting it great on the range at En Joi. If I were to switch from my R7 do you have any recommendations?
At any rate, great job this week and keep up the good work. Sure hope your knee surgery goes well and that we get to see you back here in NY. Loyal fans, Jack and Kathy Jordan, Pine Hill, NY
Hey, Fred it's Teri Shoemaker - Watson from high school. Mama Shoe says hi and she has watched yous for you every week for the last 20 years. How's Tom Cason? I Would love to hear from you, we are in NE now and if you are planning to attend the IA Senior we would love to put you guys up. Please contact us if you would like to have a "calverton" reunion on Labor day next year in NE 20 mins from IA. email firstname.lastname@example.org. Congrats on beating the Senoir record.
Teri Shoe - Watson (chocolate milkshake through the nose)