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Prosecutor of butt-swatting boys is arrested in alleged assault
The Oregonian ^ | Thursday December 18, 2008, 5:00 PM | by Susan Goldsmith

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: badlawyer; banglist; beeotch; guiltyascharged; karma; karmaisabeyotch; lautenberg
I truly believe our prosecutors have lost sight of their missions. Too many seem to think they are out to make a difference by making an example of someone and being a big hero.
Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems prosecutors are more interested in winning than in serving the interests of society and doing justice.
1 posted on 12/18/2008 9:05:55 PM PST by MovementConservative
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To: MovementConservative

She sounds like a real peach. Can you imagine the poor fella that’s married to her? Yikes.


2 posted on 12/18/2008 9:15:09 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: MovementConservative

Sounds like she was projecting her own grown-up troubles on some little boys.


3 posted on 12/18/2008 9:16:15 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Praise and worship" is my alternate lifestyle.)
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To: advance_copy

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.


4 posted on 12/18/2008 9:18:28 PM PST by redstateconfidential (" An American Idol President")
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To: Salvation

Oregon ping

A Lautenberg case. Bigtime Karma comin’ atcha Debs.


5 posted on 12/18/2008 9:18:30 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (Starve the beast.)
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To: MovementConservative
Too many prosecutors see political futures and black robes in their minds eye.

Legal system whores, in it for the money and the glory. Damn the law and justice.

6 posted on 12/18/2008 9:18:41 PM PST by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: MovementConservative

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.


7 posted on 12/18/2008 9:19:16 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: MovementConservative
Photobucket
Debra Markham
8 posted on 12/18/2008 9:26:35 PM PST by MovementConservative (Not a Bush Republican, a Limbaugh/Levin conservative.)
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To: redstateconfidential
She looks like a demented lib...

She also looks guilty as a mud fence.

9 posted on 12/18/2008 9:27:10 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (Starve the beast.)
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To: MovementConservative

I thought slap ass day was on Friday?


10 posted on 12/18/2008 9:28:56 PM PST by smokingfrog (I'll go green when they plant me in the ground.)
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To: jazusamo

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...


11 posted on 12/18/2008 9:29:00 PM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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To: CondorFlight

You’re correct in all you said plus the money that the idiot prosecutor cost the taxpayers.


12 posted on 12/18/2008 9:34:16 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: MovementConservative

I think I’ve seen smaller arms and skinnier necks on some NFL linebackers!


13 posted on 12/18/2008 9:39:29 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: MovementConservative; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; ...
Oregon Ping

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Oregon Ping List.

14 posted on 12/18/2008 9:42:48 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: MovementConservative

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.


15 posted on 12/18/2008 9:46:52 PM PST by El Sordo
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To: smokingfrog
I thought slap ass day was on Friday?

Yeah, Thursday, Queers Day (Don't wear green!)

Friday, Slap Ass Day.

16 posted on 12/18/2008 9:49:13 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (The mob got President Barabbas; America got shafted)
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To: MovementConservative

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?


17 posted on 12/18/2008 9:54:27 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (The mob got President Barabbas; America got shafted)
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To: MovementConservative
This reminds me of the job I had the summer after a graduated high school.

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.

18 posted on 12/18/2008 9:57:41 PM PST by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: MovementConservative

Frightening...... If you had to be married to THAT it would require lots of alcohol to get through the days and nights......


19 posted on 12/18/2008 9:59:37 PM PST by Enchante (Was Jesse Jackson, Sr. the bagman for "Senate Candidate #5" -- JJJr.??????)
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To: MovementConservative
They should charge her with attempted murder and kidnapping. Im sure she would want to be treated the same way she treated those kids.
20 posted on 12/18/2008 10:01:44 PM PST by Tramonto (More broker for you money.)
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To: MovementConservative

“Markam told police her husband had put his hand around her neck”
BINGO!
If the neck don’t fit you must aquit”


21 posted on 12/18/2008 10:04:09 PM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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To: CondorFlight

“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.


22 posted on 12/18/2008 10:06:31 PM PST by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: MovementConservative

GUILTY!


23 posted on 12/18/2008 10:29:38 PM PST by douginthearmy
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To: MovementConservative; beaversmom
Heh heh! This made my day.
24 posted on 12/18/2008 10:48:02 PM PST by Ken H
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To: MovementConservative

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?


25 posted on 12/18/2008 10:48:24 PM PST by Porterville ( I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum)
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To: MovementConservative

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.


26 posted on 12/19/2008 1:12:06 AM PST by BruceysMom ("Where knowledge is folly...")
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To: MovementConservative

Looks like she’s been swatted-with an ugly stick!


27 posted on 12/19/2008 3:17:24 AM PST by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: MovementConservative

This has nothing to do with the banglist.


28 posted on 12/19/2008 5:12:38 AM PST by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - Vote against the dem party)
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To: Shooter 2.5

Lautenberg case.


29 posted on 12/19/2008 6:11:54 AM PST by Clinging Bitterly (Starve the beast.)
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To: Ken H

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?


30 posted on 12/19/2008 6:43:38 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: MovementConservative

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.


31 posted on 12/19/2008 6:44:47 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts.....)
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To: El Sordo

Yep, he really went to bat for these boys (along with his listeners). I think he even went up to meet them.


32 posted on 12/19/2008 6:45:02 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: MovementConservative

Moo.

33 posted on 12/19/2008 8:12:29 AM PST by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: stinkerpot65

You, Sir, have just slighted every bovine-American in the country.


34 posted on 12/19/2008 10:40:50 AM PST by gundog (When the SHTF, it will not be evenly distributed.)
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To: MovementConservative

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.


35 posted on 12/19/2008 11:45:25 AM PST by beaversmom
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Ooops, wrong thread.


36 posted on 12/19/2008 11:48:15 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: MovementConservative

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.


37 posted on 12/19/2008 2:15:01 PM PST by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: stinkerpot65

You mispoke I think.

OINK


38 posted on 12/22/2008 3:50:40 PM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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