Skip to comments.Prosecutor of butt-swatting boys is arrested in alleged assault
Posted on 12/18/2008 9:05:55 PM PST by MovementConservative
Debra Markham, a Yamhill County deputy district attorney who made national news in 2007 for prosecuting two McMinnville seventh graders for swatting the bottoms of girls at their middle school, is now facing criminal charges herself.
Markham was arrested last month in Lincoln City for allegedly punching her husband in the face following a dispute. A Lincoln City police officer said Markham's husband, Curtis Cox, had blood on his forehead and cheek from the assault. She was transported to the local jail and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment, according to the Lincoln County district attorney. Markham, 54, has entered a not guilty plea to the charges. Her attorney Katheryn Benfield couldn't be reached for comment.
Nine days after her arrest, Markham's nearly five-year employment with the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office ended. County officials said it was a personnel matter and declined comment.
According to a police report, a Lincoln City officer responded to the couple's home the evening of Nov. 16 and Cox told him Markham had punched him in the face. The officer noted that Cox had blood running down his face and the smell of alcohol on his breath. Markham told the officer her husband had been drinking and was bothering her. She told the officer her husband had put his hand around her neck and she'd pushed or punched him to make him go away. Markham's prosecution of the two seventh-grade boys for felony sex abuse made national headlines in the summer of 2007 after The Oregonian published a front-page examination of the case. In response to the story, people from across the United States sent the boys more than $60,000 to fight the charges.
A judge dismissed the case a month later after defense laywers reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with four of the girls named as victims in the complaint.
She sounds like a real peach. Can you imagine the poor fella that’s married to her? Yikes.
Sounds like she was projecting her own grown-up troubles on some little boys.
She looks like a demented lib, lets admit everybody..You can always tell a demented lib by their look.I rarely find someone will will admit to voting for these cretins,..and yet they keep getting elected.
A Lautenberg case. Bigtime Karma comin’ atcha Debs.
Legal system whores, in it for the money and the glory. Damn the law and justice.
I agree...Debra Markham tried to make an example of those two boys and lost sight of the interests of society, it backfired on her.
I won’t prejudge her on this but it seems she may have overstepped the limits of the law she swore to uphold.
She also looks guilty as a mud fence.
I thought slap ass day was on Friday?
The accused 7th graders would have faced years in juvenile detention and a lifetime listing on the sexual offender list.
They were strip-searched by police as many as nine times while in custody.
They were held up to ridicule by their classmates.
All for some silly hijinks that are indulged in by nearly every 13-year-old.
OTOH, 13-year-olds who join gangs, sell drugs, and use guns, would probably be let out on probation because the system is too busy to handle them...
You’re correct in all you said plus the money that the idiot prosecutor cost the taxpayers.
I think I’ve seen smaller arms and skinnier necks on some NFL linebackers!
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A shout out to Dennis Prager (WWW.PragerRadio.com) who helped give this story national attention.
It is my understanding that a sizable chunk of the donations came from his listeners.
Yeah, Thursday, Queers Day (Don't wear green!)
Friday, Slap Ass Day.
I thought that picture was a joke, at first.
What was “Debra’s” name before he “transgendered” himself?!?
Now I have to look for a picture of Wonder Wuss, just to see what would marry that walrus.
No wonder he drinks, if that is his squeeze.
Or, is that his squeeze because he drinks?
I worked in the meat department of a small family owned grocery store.
My supervisor was an alcoholic and regularly came in late with a black eye given to him by his loving wife.
I seems as if the couple in question may have a similar and much more common than most people realize relationship.
Frightening...... If you had to be married to THAT it would require lots of alcohol to get through the days and nights......
“Markam told police her husband had put his hand around her neck”
If the neck don’t fit you must aquit”
“All for some silly hijinks that are indulged in by nearly every 13-year-old.”
Had things been they way they are now, when I was growing up, I’d be getting out... right about now. ;>)
I wonder how much time a guy could get for dropping a couple of water filled balloons on unsuspecting Nuns.
Isn’t it ironic?
... dontcha think?
... its like some liberal... with lots of pay... it’s a democrat.... that isn’t a rat...
it’s a socialist... that rules with an iron fist...
and who would of thought it’s all liberal?
And isn’t it ironic?
I’ll don the asbestos suit, but every time I see a married couple where the woman doesn’t take the man’s last name, I always predict trouble. I’m usually right.
Looks like she’s been swatted-with an ugly stick!
This has nothing to do with the banglist.
Hey Ken H, thanks for remembering my FR name to ping me to this. Always good to see a “what comes around goes around moment”. Seems like this “case” was so long ago. I wonder how those boys are doing?
We have an Assistant Prosecutor here in SW Washington who is on his 3rd DUI, and just had his charges reduced. Complaints to the Prosecutor and the City Attorney have accomplished nothing about getting this guy canned...all we got was a butt-covering memo that justified why they overlooked his previous problems when he was in College.
This isn’t an Oregon problem, it’s a National problem that has many different facets to it.
Yep, he really went to bat for these boys (along with his listeners). I think he even went up to meet them.
You, Sir, have just slighted every bovine-American in the country.
A radio host was stating the other day that 600 miles will be up by Jan. 20th. That may be true. I just wonder what the heck it looks like.
Ooops, wrong thread.
Here’s out-of-control DA from our local paper (also Oregon):
A man charged with causing the death of his 9-year-old son in a November 2006 traffic crash pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 20 days in jail and five years probation.
John Tolleson, 40, pleaded to charges Tuesday. Tolleson was accused of losing control of his vehicle on ice while passing other vehicles on Highway 140 west of Klamath Falls.
You mispoke I think.
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