Judges Agree To Let Mike Brock Resume Writing Bonds

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The three Criminal Court judges have agreed to allow Gary Michael "Mike" Brock to resume writing bonds.

He, along with his brother, Jerry Brock, was convicted of bribing a court clerk, then had the conviction thrown out.

Judges Rebecca Stern, Barry Steelman and Don Poole, in an order last November, said Mike Brock could reapply, saying he has exhibited "exemplary character" over the past five years.

They said they received ample proof of "a complete character change."

He has been approved to write bonds of up to $20,000 for Gary's Bonding Company, 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.


Hymes Arrested In Drug Bust On Sequoia Drive

Police have arrested a 49-year-old Brainerd man after a drug bust. Rodney Dewayne Hymes faces drug, drug paraphernalia and firearm charges. Police said he has multiple felony convictions. Hymes said he is disabled and has no other form of employment. In the raid at 424 Sequoia Dr., police found 37 grams of crack cocaine, 230 grams of marijuana, $5,323 in cash, drug items ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ABERNATHY, LEROY LEE  4003 LAURA LANE CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 60 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County VIOLATION OF SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY --- ADAMS, CHRISTOPHER RYAN  1100 BROWNS FERRY ROAD CHATTANOOGA, 37419  Age at Arrest: 26 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Senseless Divide

If I could change one thing about the schools in Chattanooga, my wish would be that everybody could become good friends. I’m talking about the private schools versus the public schools. The rancor is so bad we hardly ever play in sports anymore and what the loathsome TSSAA has done in recent years to the out-numbered private schools is sinful. My dream would be that there would ... (click for more)

Hixson's Courtney Jones Headed To Hiwassee

Courtney Jones is almost finished with one important segment of her life and she's not wasting any time getting on with the next part. Jones is currently a senior at Hixson High School, but she will graduate next week and heading to Madisonville where she will be playing volleyball at the college level for the Hiwassee Lady Tigers. Jones has been an integral part of Hixson's ... (click for more)

Walker Valley, Soddy Daisy Big Mat Winners

The Walker Valley Mustangs recorded pins in the first five matches and never looked back as they beat host Ooltewah in a prep wrestling match Thursday evening by a resounding 61-12 final. The match began at 120 pounds and James Jur put his team ahead with a first-period pin.  Cameron Dwyer, Ethan West, Dillon Clark and Zeth Haynie followed with pins and it never got any ... (click for more)