Yesterday, it was revealed in a stack of e-mails to Waxahachie defense lawyer Mark Griffith that ex-Combine Detective John Allen Hoskins attempted to use his badge to have The Ellis County Observer shut down, as well as articles, YouTube videos, TCLEOSE documents and user comments deleted that discussed his Combine arrest. Dauben was arrested for publishing a mug shot of ex-Combine Reserve Police Officer William Achey on the blog.
From: J. Hoskins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Wed 9/23/09 12:44 PM
To: Mark Griffith
Mark It is my strongest request to remove references to Joey and Jail on the blog, publisher arrested, crooked combine, gypsyjay etc.
The bloggers are going on about the evidence in the case and we need to get that locked down and moderated. Tell whoever you need to tell to put a hiatus on topics and responses regarding everyone in the case.
I am working with the Sheriff;s Office and DAs office to get him out of jail, and if that does not produce results I will go to the judge myself and get the warrants recalled.
As one can tell from the above E-Mail sent from Detective Hoskins to Defense Lawyer Mark Griffith, the ex-Reserve Officer attempted to restrict the freedom of the press while Dauben was STILL IN JAIL. Dauben was arrested Monday, September 14th and released Friday, September 25th. Dallas County prosecutors refused to take the case and rejected Combine's Case on Friday, September 18th, which would have made Dauben a free man.
"They kept me in jail for six extra days," Dauben said recently.
More details available in the July 14th issue of The Palmer Post newspaper.
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