08/25/2016 A Voice From the Gallery

  • John L. Sandy, Spirit Lake, IA, attorney and arbitrator states in a recorded telephone conversation with a friend concerning his ‘arbitration’ of Administrative Judge Susan Ackerman,

“…It went perfectly well for me. I get paid…in fact, I got paid to drive three and a half hours this morning that I didn’t drive…” *

*Heitshusen, Sonya, “Attorney Caught on Tape Raises Ethical Questions“, whotv.com, May 19, 2016, pages 1 & 2, Web, August 17, 2016.

  • John L. Sandy, Spirit Lake, IA, attorney states in a February 18, 2004, sworn deposition in the PCR action in the Iowa District Court for Dickinson County, State of Iowa vs. Lincoln Duane Belken, PCCV021330, page 27.

Question:  Assistant Dickinson County Attorney Lonnie B. Saunders asks,

“And does that refresh your memory about the colloquy that Mr. Miller had with Ms. Rossiter?”

Answer: John Sandy states, “Yeah. Because I was kind of a smart ass and I jumped in…”

  • John L. Sandy, Spirit Lake, IA, attorney/ arbitrator states in his “Arbitrator’s Decision”, e-filed on May 27, 2016, PERB NO. 15-GA165. State No. 15-0347, AFSCME No. 124655, page 7,

…First and foremost in that grievant has a greater duty as a legal professional. That as a legal professional their standard of conduct is held to a higher standard…”

  • John L. Sandy, Spirit Lake, IA, attorney/ arbitrator states in his “Arbitrator’s Decision”, e-filed on May 27, 2016, PERB No. 15-GA165, State No. 15-0347, AFSCME No. 124655, page 8,

“Grievant when sworn into the Iowa Bar realized that her behavior would be held to a higher standard of conduct. It is a responsibility we pledge when undertaking our duties. The State of Iowa has the right to demand that its staff…meets or exceeds these standards.”

  • It appears Mr. John L. Sandy admonishes Administrative Judge Susan Ackerman to do as he says not as he practices. Where Mr. Sandy, was your professionalism and professional duty when you treated the defense of your client Lincoln Belken as cavalierly as you admit in your February 19, 2004, PCCV021330 deposition,

“Yeah, I was kind of a smart ass…”

  • It appears to me John L. Sandy has established a pattern of behavior which defies the cannons of ethics. Iowa has it’s very own set, I believe based upon the American Bar Association Cannons of Professional Ethics. I mean really, really? Sandy states he was,

“kind of a smart ass…”

In front of a prospective juror, during voir dire AND the prospective juror appears to be predisposed against his client AND the prospective juror is actually seated. Who in Hades was John Sandy working for? I mean I know he was soaking both the family and the state for money in his so-called defense of Lincoln Belken, although it appears his logic was—Hey I m getting paid however I do the job! Gosh that sounds familiar. Oh yeah I       remember now, it was his recorded telephone conversation with a friend,

“I got paid to drive three and a half hours this morning that I didn’t drive…”*

*Heitshusen, Sonya, “Attorney caught on Tape Raises Ethical Questions”, whotv.com, May 19, 2016, pages 1&2, Web, August 17, 2016.

So who is the ‘friend’ this little rooster was crowing to?

I call for a thorough investigation of John L. Sandy, and ultimately the permanent revocation of his law license!

Vickie A. Larsen

08/22/2016 A Voice From the Gallery

John L. Sandy, Spirit Lake, IA, attorney and arbitrator in recorded telephone conversation with a friend concerning his ‘arbitration’ of Administrative Judge Susan Ackerman states,

“…It went perfectly well for me. I get paid…in fact, I got paid to drive three and a half hours this morning that I didn’t drive…” 

Heitshusen, Sonya, “Attorney Caught on Tape Raises Ethical Questions“, whotv.com, May 19, 2016, pages 1 & 2, Web, August 17, 2016.

        The family of Lincoln D. Belken knows all-too-well the ‘money-oriented ethics’ and mediocre to abysmally poor legal skills of John L. Sandy of Spirit Lake, IA. We know all-too-well John L. Sandy’s failure to adequately represent his innocent client. The family knows John L. Sandy threw his client Lincoln D. Belken under the proverbial prison bus. Through Sandy’s courtroom incompetence or perhaps something more sinister, he ensured all alibi witnesses were discredited by not allowing them to testify to the truth.

            More to Come

Vickie A. Larsen

So who was the friend John Sandy was talking to?

08/16/2016 A Voice From the Gallery

08/16/2016 A Voice From the Gallery

The August 10, 2016, Alcester city council meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Tom Glas with council members Lance Johnson, Audri Carlson, Kama Johnson, Mark Dykstra and David Larsen present. Conspicuously absent was councilman Mike Burke. Anybody keeping track?

During public input I asked the question why does Alcester not have a city website, why is Mayor Glas so intent on spending some $10K on cosmetics for the south bar wall which faces the alley and why does Mayor Glas’ obdurately persist in parking on state right-of-way impeding clear vision for drivers turning off First street onto South Dakota Highway 11? No answer.        .

Union County Attorney Jerry Miller contacted the city about the annexation resolution of FCS Lot D relating to the mapping/platting. Mr. Haugland informed the council an affidavit was sent to the Union County Register of Deeds attaching a map to the certified Resolution of April 2016 and should be recorded on August 11, 2016.

Upon a complaint from Councilman Lance Johnson about fireworks clean-up, an ordinance update was discussed. City Attorney Haugland felt the existing ordinances against littering in a public place was sufficient without enacting a superfluous ordinance.

City Attorney Chuck Haugland was dismissed at 7:36 p.m. by Mayor Glas. Evidently Mayor Glas didn’t feel the need for legal oversight. Imagine that!

The Alcester Bar ‘wailing’ wall came up, once again. Several bids came in with one at $8400.00 and two at $10K+. Discussion took place repeating the brick in question were just cosmetic facing brick and were not structural. Mayor Glas  commented on the 2007 insurance audit, the structural engineer, a 100K+ price which (according to Mayor Glas) was why the city didn’t fix the wall and that $10K+ was a bargain (Mayor Glas’ words). Gotta wonder what Glas was smokin’ because the engineer found the brick were cosmetic, his report was submitted to the city’s insurance company, the insurance company accepted the report and insured the building with no further action needed by the council. It was mentioned Jesse Duncan had been consulted and he affirmed the brick were cosmetic. Once more the brick wall was tabled. Dang—the ‘Wall’ is started to weigh heavy on that there ole table. Mayor Glas sure does want to waste tax dollars on an alley view!

Ward II needs  a councilman and the council is entertaining volunteers. Mike Burke decided that being a councilman was not working with his job schedule.

Councilman Mark Dykstra resigned from the Union County Fairboard and according to Councilman Dykstra, “he just could not in good conscience put up with dumping grain on city ground”. He finally ‘got it’ that Mayor Pete Larsen was acting responsibly by forcing the Union County Commissioners to get city permission to sublet the city ground and bar any grain dumping on city property. After Mayor Larsen’s visit with the commissioners, they did run the city ‘fairground’ land sub-leases past the city council. But alas when Mayor Rick Johnson and Mayor Tom Glas took office it appears the commissioners no longer felt the need to get Alcester city approval anymore and with no one to hold their collective feet to the fire the commissioners got away without city approval.

Gotta wonder about good ole Beck Drive. It seems the first interest payment is due sometime in the near future and it doesn’t appear any lots have been sold to make the payment. So how much of the HRC fund is remaining to cover regular wear and tear maintenance of the four-plex AND Beck Drive construction cost. Whose hobby-horse was Beck Drive?—Mayor Glas and Councilwoman/finance officer Pat Jurrens and where is Councilman Mark Dykstra in all this. He certainly should have had some input given he sits in the ‘council seat’, he works with loan figures and just who is holding the bank bag if Beck Drive/HRC loan goes south?

Vickie A. Larsen