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