Mike Brock Asking To Get Back In The Bonding Business

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Gary Michael "Mike" Brock, who along with his brother, Jerry Brock, was convicted of bribing a court clerk, then had the conviction thrown out, is seeking to get back in the bonding business.

He is asking Criminal Court Judges Rebecca Stern, Barry Steelman and Don Poole to allow him to again write bonds. The judges said they would discuss the matter, then rule later.

He is asking to join Gary's Bonding, which is operated by his sister.

A federal Grand Jury in December 2004 returned a five-count indictment charging the Brocks with conspiracy to commit extortion.

The Grand Jury also returned indictments against nightclub owner Darrin T. Webb - including new charges that he paid cash to have cases fixed at General Sessions Court.

Many of the charges against the Brocks and Webb related to payments to General Sessions Court Deputy Clerk Scott Simcox to remove bond forfeitures from the records. Simcox had been cooperating with the FBI for several years. He later served time in federal prison.

The Brocks formerly operated Brock Bonding Company.

In overturning their conviction, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said the federal Hobbs Act extortion law did not apply to the facts of the case. Darrin Webb did not raise the Hobbs Act issue, so his conviction was affirmed.

The appeals court said, "Mike and Jerry Brock contend that the Hobbs Act does not permit them to be convicted of conspiring to extort their own property. We agree and accordingly reverse their convictions and sentences."

The Brocks had been sentenced to 21 months each in federal prison. They were also ordered to pay $5,000 fines under the ruling from Judge Allan Edgar.

The Brocks were allowed to remain free on bond pending appeal.



Police Seeking Whereabouts Of Timothy Gray, 35, Missing Since Monday

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing person. The family of Timothy L. Gray reported him missing to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. He was last believed to be in the Harrison area of Hamilton County according to family members and is described as a 35-year-old male, with blue eyes, black hair, 5’ ... (click for more)

Chocolate City Gets 30-Day Beer License Suspension; No Nudity Planned At Silhouette’s Bikini Sports Bar And Grill

Anyone who holds a beer license in his or her name is responsible for everything that takes place at the location of that license. At the meeting of the Beer Board Thursday morning, Thomas Sexton, owner of Chocolate City, 27 W. 19 th St., was held accountable for actions taken by Thomas Williams to whom the venue had been rented.   Mr. Williams had a verbal agreement ... (click for more)

Always Read The Fine Print - And Response (2)

So, Chief Dodd retired before 25 years of service and is angry that he's being charged a five percent fee for surviving spouse benefits, even though that change was enacted prior to his retiring? Well, welcome to the real world, Mr. Dodd. Always read the fine print. City employees were also once able to carry their health insurance with them if they retired earlier than 25 years, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Pre-Thanksgiving Nudge

This time next week it will be Thanksgiving and, as I was browsing on the Internet yesterday, I was absently searching for something to catch the holiday mood when I found it. In 1978 Ronald Reagan was running hard to become the President of the United States, which he became in 1981-89, and, as fate would have it, suddenly it came that time during the week when he would record ... (click for more)

Baylor Must Contend With MBA's Chandler In DII-AA Semis

If there is one thing different about Friday’s TSSAA Division II-AA semifinal playoff game between Baylor and Montgomery Bell Academy at Tommy Owen Stadium in Nashville from the teams’ regular-season matchup, Red Raiders coach Phil Massey knows exactly what it is. Or, well, who it is. It’s Ty Chandler. Chandler, a 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore running back, has added ... (click for more)

Lee Women Win NCCAA Mid-East Region Soccer Title

The Lee women's soccer team laid claim to the NCCAA Mid-East Region title for the second straight year as they defeated Campbellsville University, 4-0 on a bitterly cold Wednesday night at the Lee Soccer Field. With temperatures dropping into the thirties the Lady Flames heated things up on the field jumping out to an early lead on a goal by senior forward Kathryn Healy ... (click for more)