Joel Pile Is a Petty Tyrant and an Overly Sensitive Ass.

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

I feel comfortable writing that, because I don’t plan to visit Valley Center, Kansas any time soon.

He was cuffed, fingerprinted, booked into the Sedgwick County Jail and released on bail. His crime: putting up a yard sign critical of the Valley Center city administrator.

Jarrod West is out on bail, facing criminal defamation charges for a sign he put in his front yard about persistent flooding issues he says cost him over $50,000 over the last three years. The sign says, “Dear Valley Center, I did not buy Lake Front Property! Fix this problem. This is what I pay taxes for. PS. Joel this means you!” Joel being City Administrator Joel Pile…

When City Administrator Joel Pile saw the sign, West was arrested and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on a criminal charge of defamation. He spent the night behind bars and is now free on a $10,000 bond.

“I think it’s an ego trip for somebody and I think somebody’s abusing their ego and authority,” said West.

“We’ve advised him of the process to come through the City Council,” Pile told KSN.

Pile stands behind the criminal charge, saying West has acted with malice in criticizing him and he’s been told any action to alleviate flooding has to come from the City Council.

“People and individuals have an absolute right to free speech,” said Pile. “But however, when they do it and continue to do it within the realms of what we believe is actual malice for the purpose of holding me accountable to the public we believe that crosses a line.”

Pile says the city will drop the charges against West if he stops blaming Pile for the flooding issues on his property.

How kind of Mr. Pile. Never criticize him, and you won’t have to worry about him having you arrested.

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83 Responses to “Joel Pile Is a Petty Tyrant and an Overly Sensitive Ass.”

  1. #1 |  V-Man | 

    On the plus side, though, when Mr. West sues the city and wins, his flooding losses will be taken care of.

  2. #2 |  Cynical in CA | 

    I would arrest Mr. West for lack of creativity.

    His sign should have identified the bureaucrat as “Joel Pile of Shit.”

    It was positively criminal to let an opportunity like that go to waste.

    Anybody know how to rent billboard space in Valley Center, KS?

  3. #3 |  Chris Mallory | 

    I sent Joel a nice email, but he never responded.

  4. #4 |  John Jenkins | 

    I wish I were licensed in Kansas. I’d take Mr. West’s case just for the fun of kicking the shit out of that ignorant functionary.

  5. #5 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Sorry, one more …

    “’People and individuals have an absolute right to free speech,’ said Pile. But … ”

    There is so much idiocy in this brief statement, it boggles the mind.

    What is the practical difference between “people” and “individuals?” Fail for redundancy.

    Pile believes there is an “absolute right to free speech” then qualifies it. Epic logic fail.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to pile on.

  6. #6 |  jb | 

    Pile.

    Some folks are so aptly named.

  7. #7 |  SJE | 

    How about Jarrod West file a suit in Fed Court seeking a restraining order against Joel Pile, preventing him and the police from arresting him for exercising his freedom of speech.

  8. #8 |  A. Nonymous | 

    18 USC 241, 242?

  9. #9 |  Ben G | 

    I think a new facebook group is in order.

  10. #10 |  John Jenkins | 

    For a lawyer, people and individuals can be distinct classes. “People” encompasses entities like corporations, limited liability companies, trusts and partnerships, while “individuals” are natural persons. It is nonetheless redundant because individuals is a subset of people.

  11. #11 |  Salvo | 

    Why is that whenever somebody says “I believe there is an absolute right to free speech”, there is always a “but” coming?

  12. #12 |  Matthew Peck | 

    Here’s his FB page. http://www.facebook.com/joelpile

  13. #13 |  michael | 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6_1Pw1xm9U&feature=related

  14. #14 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Polite message sent.

    “_.”

  15. #15 |  TDR | 

    I want to thank all of you for the wonderful comments. I have never seen 14 such epic comments in a row before.

    You took all the words out of my mouth, so I leave you with this:

    http://www.valleycenterks.org/directory.aspx?EID=46

  16. #16 |  TDR | 

    Oh, also: “what WE believe is actual malice.”

    Either epic Royal We going on, or he wants to imply he consulted with legal thugs in devising this opinion (probably referring to the cops). Either way, some awesome narcicism (can’t spell it, sorry) or groupthink going on.

  17. #17 |  Doug Walker | 

    For me, this is the money quote:

    “But however, when they do it and continue to do it within the realms of what we believe is actual malice for the purpose of holding me accountable to the public we believe that crosses a line.”

    Staggering. A citizen acts with defamatory “malice” for the purpose of holiding a public official accountable to . . . the public?

    Let’s hope Colbert sets this Pile aflame.

  18. #18 |  John Q Minarchist | 

    Mr. West has inspired me to put my own signs in the yard.

    Dear Washington D. C., I did not authorize a war against the Iraq and Afghanistan people who have never attacked America. Fight the actual terrorists, not innocent sovereign people and nations. This is what I pay taxes for. P.S. Barack this means you!

    Dear Washington D. C, my great grandfather didn’t risk his life immigrating here so that his descendants could live under the thumb of millions of federal bureaucrats. Fix this problem. Concentrate on protecting us from violence and providing a fair and timely system of justice and dispute resolution. This is what I pay taxes for. P.S. Barack this means you!

  19. #19 |  SJE | 

    After Jerrod lawyers up and checks on the exact minutiae of the law, he can tell Joel Pile he intends to exercise his first amendment rights again. He should also have videocameras on his property that immediately upload to a remote server. There may be some zoning law that is applied against planting a sign on his property, in which case he can repaint his car with “Joel is a Pile of …” Oh yeah, it would be good if he gets lots of visitors from out of state so that overly aggressive action by the locals can trigger federal jurisdication.

  20. #20 |  StrongStyle81 | 

    The sign itself is protected under free speech. Call up the ACLU, file a lawsuit against Pile, the town, the police department, the district attorney’s office and the judge. Sue the shit out of everybody.

    In my old town of Cary NC, they widened Maynard Street and didn’t bother making sure it have proper run off. A home owner ended up having his house flooded because. He wasn’t in a flood zone, so no flood insurance. He painted on the front of his house, “screwed by the town of Cary” in bright orange letters when they refused compensation. They started fining him and the ACLU got involved. As soon as they busted out “free speech” the town of Cary said that the message was fine. It the fact that he painted it in bright orange that was the problem. They said they would stop fining him if he painted it in smaller letters and a less noticeable color. I really hate that town.

  21. #21 |  awp | 

    City Administrator Joel Pile… said “…actual malice for the purpose of holding me accountable to the public…”.

    Attempting to hold a public official accountable is malice?

    Really?

  22. #22 |  awp | 

    damn doug stole my thunder while I was typing.

  23. #23 |  TDR | 

    ACLU has already become involved. Let’s hope they bankrupt the town and just can’t afford to pay ol’ Joe his salary anymore.

  24. #24 |  KristenS | 

    @StrongStyle…a friend of mine just posted a pic on another site of the house you mentioned. He says it’s less than a mile from his house. It’s all kinds of win!

  25. #25 |  Cyto | 

    StrongStyle81: My brother got his start as a prosecutor in Cary. He doesn’t have a lot of love for the town either. There was a lot of “good o’l boys” type stuff going on, and lots of incompetent judges and officials to deal with. He has plenty of stories that start with a judge saying “hey, aren’t you Bill Smith’s boy? Bill is a good man… case dismissed.”

  26. #26 |  MattJ | 

    grew up in Valley Center. My parents still live there.

    I suppose Joel Pile can still point to Dennis Rader and say “I’m not the worst person from the neighborhood”

  27. #27 |  Maria | 

    If I laugh uproariously at Mr Pile will my laughter be considered malicious?

  28. #28 |  roy | 

    There is another story here. It does not make Pile any more appealing.

  29. #29 |  Cappy | 

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (Incorporated to the States)

    “Dear Valley Center, I did not buy Lake Front Property! Fix this problem. This is what I pay taxes for. PS. Joel this means you!”

    Soooo, I ask, what part of the 1st Amendment does Joel Pile not understand?

    One would be inclined to think that the City Manager is part and parcel of Government.

  30. #30 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    We all know by now the M.O. of the state is to throw your ass in jail first, try to defend a lawsuit later. If the state loses the lawsuit, the public pays the settlement. So, there’s NO REASON why the state won’t start by throwing your ass in jail.

  31. #31 |  Cynical in CA | 

    This is one story whose updates I will be awaiting most impatiently.

  32. #32 |  Cappy | 

    21-4004
    Chapter 21.–CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
    PART II.–PROHIBITED CONDUCT
    Article 40.–CRIMES INVOLVING VIOLATIONS OF PERSONAL RIGHTS

    21-4004. Criminal defamation. (a) Criminal defamation is communicating to a person orally, in writing, or by any other means, information, knowing the information to be false and with actual malice, tending to expose another living person to public hatred, contempt or ridicule; tending to deprive such person of the benefits of public confidence and social acceptance; or tending to degrade and vilify the memory of one who is dead and to scandalize or provoke surviving relatives and friends.

    (b) In all prosecutions under this section the truth of the information communicated shall be admitted as evidence. It shall be a defense to a charge of criminal defamation if it is found that such matter was true.

    (c) Criminal defamation is a class A nonperson misdemeanor.

    History: L. 1969, ch. 180, § 21-4004; L. 1992, ch. 239, § 187; L. 1993, ch. 291, § 135; L. 1995, ch. 251, § 14; July 1.

    Don’t see how it meets the requirement.

  33. #33 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    So, there’s NO REASON why the state won’t start by throwing your ass in jail.

    Unless you’re a drunk cop who just ran over a dozen toddlers in a crosswalk. The first thing the state does in this case is let the man go home to rest while the cops at the scene sprinkle handguns and crack on the bodies.

    Plenty of room on this soapbox!

  34. #34 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    Boy…it must be nice to have that kind of power…city administrator of Valley Center, Kansas…just wow. Almost impressive as dog catcher for Big Bone Lick, KY. Who the hell has ever heard of freaking Valley Center, Kansas? And Joel…news flash…you are an ELECTED PUBLIC SERVANT…you ARE accountable to the freaking public you fucking jackass! I guess it’s a good thing I don’t live in Valley Center, Kansas (where ever the hell that is) or I’m sure you would have me arrested for stating the obvious also.

  35. #35 |  Beniamino | 

    I just tried to get through to Joel Pile of Shit (thank you, Cynical in CA) at 316-755-7310 for some rational discussion of the issues of the day, but unfortunately got nothing but a busy signal. I never would have seen that coming.

  36. #36 |  DJK | 

    Let him know what you think.

    http://www.valleycenterks.org/directory.aspx?EID=46

  37. #37 |  DJK | 

    My email to him…

    Joel,

    You’re a pile of turds and a big gangrenous pussy.

    What overly sensitive lilly soft pussy of a boy you are….. How dare you use your office to bully the people that pay your salary. I hope you get diarrhea from bad fish and suffer serious dehydration. Then maybe you can go lap up some of the water that’s caused this whole problem.

  38. #38 |  Chris Mallory | 

    #34,
    I can’t speak for Kansas, but in Kentucky, the position of city administrator isn’t elected. I would imagine Joel is an appointed bureaucrat. The only way the public really has of getting rid of him is putting enough pressure on the city council to make the council fire him.

  39. #39 |  DJK | 

    “But however, when they do it and continue to do it within the realms of what we believe is actual malice for the purpose of holding me accountable to the public we believe that crosses a line.”

    Ha, who says, “But however”? What a douchebag.

  40. #40 |  SJE | 

    #32: thanks for the statute. I guess that Pile is arguing that because West knew that Pile couldn’t do anything, that the sign is false and malicious. West should respond with a sign that names the Mayor and city councillors. There are greater constitutional rights to criticizing elected officials than administrators.

  41. #41 |  Matthew Peck | 

    The email I just sent to all of the members of the Valley Center, KS Chamber of Commerce (thanks, Ron Harper!):

    “Members of the Chamber of Commerce of Valley Center, Kansas,

    Until today, I’d never heard of your town. Now, the only thing I know about it is that you have a City Manager who has the ability to use the police as his attack dogs for settling petty, personal disputes. As you are the people with the greatest vested interest in the public, national perception of Valley Center, Kansas, I am writing to you to let you know that, were I a less objective, rational man, I would have concluded that your town is a backwards, red-neck, podunk, hill-billy crap hole like I’d normally expect to find in small-town Mississippi. What I suspect is the first significant, national attention given to your town does your town a disservice, and it is entirely thanks to Joel Pile, his police and prosecutor puppets, and whatever America-hating policies are in place in Valley Center, Kansas that allow a City Manager to act the way yours has. I exhort you, the people who ought to be most concerned about the image of your town, to take immediate, corrective action to remove Joel Pile from office and get your law enforcement back on track as public servants, rather than hired thugs. As things stand, I wouldn’t dream of visiting a town such as yours.”

  42. #42 |  Butch | 

    Please, please, please let us know what ultimately happens here. Even as cynical as I’ve become about abuses of governmental power, I can’t believe this will end in anything but this asshat getting bitch-slapped in court.

  43. #43 |  thacarlson | 

    seems like the guy’s got a pretty decent case to sue for denial of constitutional rights. i don’t see where anything he wrote on that sign could be defined as defamation nor do I see any hint of malice. Joel Pile is an elected public official sworn in to serve the public. seems to me that this member of said “public” simply expressed his concerns in the form of a complaint painted on a sign. some lucky lawyer is gonna retire on this one!

  44. #44 |  John Jenkins | 

    “There are greater constitutional rights to criticizing elected officials than administrators.”

    I’m curious why you think that. There is a public/private person distinction that’s relevant, but I don’t think that applies here.

    For criminal libel to be constitutional it’s going to have to be proven (at least) that the statement was knowingly false (or recklessly so), and that standard can’t be met here. This is the easiest 1A defense to a libel claim I’ve ever seen. I mean, what false statement of fact did the sign make? “Joel, I want you to fix my problem,” is about all you can take from it. Please, some Kansas lawyer take this ignorant prick to school.

  45. #45 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Hahahaha! Joel Pile just created the legacy that will define him for the rest of his life. He might as well trade in his regular clothes and start wearing a turd costume to work.

  46. #46 |  PaedragGaidin | 

    Being from Wichita (of which Valley Center is a suburb) this doesn’t surprise me in the least. The rich little towns opertate on their own special privileged plane of existence, where lowly taxpayers and voters are second-class in every way to the “elected” elite.

  47. #47 |  Wesley | 

    “…when they do it and continue to do it within the realms of what we believe is actual malice for the purpose of holding me accountable to the public we believe that crosses a line.”

    The mind is absolutely boggled. Him and whatever police chief sanctioned this arrest should both lose their jobs.

  48. #48 |  SJE | 

    #43: wow, ad hominems. Way to keep it classy John Jenkins.

    I agree that the public/private distinction is weak. I also think that West SHOULD be able to criticize Pile, and I think he would win in Court. At the same time, Pile is obviously a douche, and West is an average Joe who is already down 50K for flooding problems. If he posts another sign against Pile, West is just going to be back in jail, and will probably lose his 10K bail. Pile will just screw him over. Therefore, keeping criticism to the elected officials is safer.

    I think it would be unfair to expect West to be a martyr for some constitutional principle. He has already suffered. If you think he should just go ahead and antagonize Pile, before he gets ACLU backing, I suggest you go and write a check for $10K.

  49. #49 |  Mark | 

    is there an email address for pile? we should all give him 15 min of viral fame.

  50. #50 |  Juice | 

    $10,000 bond.

    $10,000 bond!!!

    That tells you everything you need to know.

    I’d also like to know how the hell a city administrator can order cops to arrest anyone at all.

  51. #51 |  Will | 

    Pile, Joel (316) 755-7310

    email: jpile@valleycenterks.org

  52. #52 |  Larry Signor | 

    $ 10,000.00 bond? For a misdemeanor? Just un-fucking-believable. Is Kansas still part of The United States? Fuck the border, fence Kansas in.

  53. #53 |  Cynical in CA | 

    SJE, to be fair I’m not in John Jenkins’ mind, but I didn’t read that last sentence in #43 as directed to you. Knowing him I believe he directed it at Joel Pile. It still is an ad hominem, but not within the context of the discussion between you two. In what I believe is its intended context, it is rather appropriate.

    On that note, John, the point has been raised that Pile may have no authority to solve the complainant’s problem. If that is the case, then would Pile have a reasonable case that he has been misidentified as the responsible party? That in no way justifies the resort to charging the complainant/defendant (violent solution where non-violent would have sufficed), but I’m curious if as a lawyer you think he might have legal grounds to proceed?

  54. #54 |  Andrew S. | 

    Looks like the charges were dropped, or were supposed to be. The article is a week old though.

    Also, the article (small local paper, likely a bit intertwined with the local government) seems to go out of its way to talk about how Mr. West is a Very Bad Person ™

    http://www.arkvalleynews.com/web/isite.dll?1281640411923

  55. #55 |  John Jenkins | 

    @SJE: If I were directing an ad hominem at you, you’d know. Pile is the ignorant prick in question. I think his actions here fully justify his being called an ignorant prick. First, he’s clearly being a prick by having the guy arrested for something so trivial (whether protected speech or not). Second, he is clearly ignorant of First Amendment law and, for someone in his position, that is inexcusable (you’d hope he at least consulted an attorney, but in my experience people act before consulting).

    Finally, it is not an ad hominem. The ad hominem fallacy is when you counter an argument by denigrating the person making it. Joel Pile is not making any argument to which I am responding. It’s clearly, plainly and solely an insult, and that is the spirit in which it is intended.

    I don’t think I suggested that the guy who posted the sign do or say anything, and re-reading my post, I don’t see how it could be interpreted that way. I read what the original sign said and came up with how I would interpret it. Maybe it could be interpreted otherwise, but I am describing my interpretation of past behavior, so I don’t see how that costs this guy any money.

    Finally, why would I ask a Kansas lawyer to take anyone to school on a message board on an issue of First Amendment law? The Kansas part is because I am not licensed there (though one of my friends is and did offer to be local counsel for me if I wanted to try to take the case), and it refers to some lawyer licensed in Kansas taking up this case (before I noticed that the ACLU agreed to become involved).

    Finally, criticism of Pile or other members of government of his visibility, irrespective of whether they are elected (and Pile probably serves at the pleasure of an elected board) is equally protected. For low-level functionaries, you run into the public/private wall, but for a senior executive of a governmental unit, he is clearly a public person (note that the statute does not make any distinction here, applying the correct constitutional rule that actual malice is required, period, for this statute to be constitutional (it might still be void for vagueness, or unconstitutionally overbroad).

    I think any tort claims that Pile might make and any criminal charge are constitutionally defective.

    @Cynical in CA: I don’t think so. Fundamentally, defamation has to be a false statement of fact (e.g., “I think that guy’s an asshole,” is an opinion and not actionable). In this context, the defamation would have to be knowingly or recklessly false (because of NYT v. Sullivan and the cases that followed). All the guy is really saying is “Joel Pile, I want you to fix this.”

    I guess it could be interpreted as “This is Joel Pile’s fault,” but I think that’s stretching it a bit. Joel Pile is the city administrator (in charge of the executive functions of the city), so it might not be within his direct power, but he probably has some influence. I would interpret these statements as a request that Pile use his influence to help fix the problem, so I don’t see how that is actionable. Were I a prosecutor, I would not pursue a charge of criminal libel. (You also have the question of whether he knew that Pile couldn’t do anything, assuming that’s even true, when he put up the sign.)

    I just don’t see how all the elements of the criminal libel statute could be satisfied on these facts.

  56. #56 |  buzz | 

    I live in Wichita, so I have heard of Valley Center. I first heard this on a local morning radio show. So far I have seen no real outrage from local media including the Wichita paper. None of them seem to see any inherent danger in arresting people who complain about politicians.

  57. #57 |  acougara | 

    Looks like the charges were dropped, or were supposed to be.

  58. #58 |  SJE | 

    John: thanks for the clarification, I thought the attack was on me.

  59. #59 |  Ace_of_Spades | 

    I think the cops misread the arrest warrant. Pile was the suspect, not the complainant. Defecation was the charge, not defamation.

    Sometimes ad hominem attacks are justified – this guy is a piece of shit. What else is there to say about him?

  60. #60 |  Highway | 

    A city administrator might not have any direct authority to authorize work, but he sure as heck could go over to the Department of Public Works or whatever relevant agency and say “People are complaining about this, investigate it, get out there and talk to them, and fix it the best way you can. And if you can’t fix it, we need to find out why not and what will get it fixed.”

    Pile’s throwing up his hands and saying ‘I can’t do anything about it’ is a pathetic cop out. You can’t pick up the phone? You’re the city administrator! What is it that you do? It should be exactly petty stuff like this. Exert yourself. Make a 10-minute phone call.

    What a loser.

  61. #61 |  Joe | 

    Do not settle. Fight this one. I am sure there are attorneys in Kansas that will take this for free.

  62. #62 |  Cappy | 

    To quote from the Valley Center site:

    Joel Pile
    City Administrator
    Responsibilities: This position is responsible for planning, coordinating, and supervising the operation of the City departments. Supervising subordinate personnel and enforcing all municipal laws and ordinances is required.

    http://www.valleycenterks.org/index.aspx?NID=72

    If you scroll down along City Departments, you’ll observe “Community Development” which is responsible Floodplains. You’ll also observe “Public Works”. If you click on Public Works you’ll have the pleasure of reading this:

    Overview
    The Public Works Superintendent and employees implement projects as directed by the City Council and City Administrator. The Public Works Department is also responsible for:

    So, um, you see, the Schitty Administrator can make the decision to fix Mr. West’s rather expensive problem, since it also appears that it’s city land that is causing the problem.

    Perhaps Mr. West can claim this part of the city as “blight” and take it over through eminent domain or sumpin. Learn Mr. Pile a lesson.

    One other noter, Mr. Pile is also in charge of the Municipal Court. Telling.

  63. #63 |  Windy | 

    My email to the Pile went as follows:
    “Because you absolutely deserve it:
    http://www.theagitator.com/2010/08/19/joel-pile-is-a-petty-tyrant-and-an-overly-sensitive-ass/#comments

  64. #64 |  André | 

    The upshot is now that anybody who takes ten seconds to google him sees the first couple hits with him described as “a petty tyrant and an overly sensitive ass”. Not that I’m necessarily in the habit of googling every person I meet, but potential dates or hires, sure.

  65. #65 |  BSK | 

    He didn’t even identify Pile by his first name. He simply said “Joel”. Pile would only take offense to that if he knew he were guilty of something.

  66. #66 |  BSK | 

    That should say “last name”.

  67. #67 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    MAKE THIS STORY GO VIRAL
    MAKE THIS STORY GO VIRAL

    Tyrants need to be taken out at the local level. At the very least this guy needs a generous helping of shame heaped upon him followed by a move to vote his ass out of office and return him to the humble life of the private sector.

  68. #68 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    Wait a second….
    This guy isn’t even an *elected* official?
    Wtf.

  69. #69 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    I was on a citizen’s task force in my local town to address drainage, sewer and street projects. We reviewed all known city issues as well as citizen compaints. We worked with the city manager, mayor, and citizens. We made our recommendations to council. They voted on it (only slight alterations of no consequence). They then drafted bond packages (no tax rate increase as we were paying off other bonds) and was put to voters, which they passed overwhelmingly.

    I don’t understand why this little haven of idiocy couldn’t just do the same.

  70. #70 |  kino | 

    unfrigginbelievable , DUI charges against the police officer who crashed into the mortorcyclists have been dropped WTF!!!!!!!!!

  71. #71 |  Robert | 

    “$ 10,000.00 bond? For a misdemeanor? Just un-fucking-believable. Is Kansas still part of The United States? Fuck the border, fence Kansas in.”

    In Asheville NC, we recently had a person facing $100,000 bail for a misdemeanor, and there’s a good chance they will be found not guiilty in court after it’s all over.

  72. #72 |  SJE | 

    #71: its not so much that its for a misdemeanor, but for LIBEL of a governement official by a home owner. A bond makes sense for some shady dirtbag who might skip town. But for libel?

  73. #73 |  John Jenkins | 

    Since the guy does have another pending charge for which he is out on bond already, a $10,000 bond doesn’t surprise me that much. If the charges are dropped, then the bond will be exonerated.

  74. #74 |  SJE | 

    Case will be dropped. Also, while Joel is an ass, West was not jailed for libel but for assault, according to the local rag.

    http://www.arkvalleynews.com/web/isite.dll?1281640411923

  75. #75 |  Sean L. | 

    “I’m think I’m going to throw up. I’m think I’m going to throw up on you, Joel.”

  76. #76 |  Highway | 

    People are mentioning the bond, and I am thinking more and more that these excessive bonds are being levied for the favor of the local bail bonds industry. A high bond gets them a bigger revenue, especially from these extremely low risk people. There were some good pieces on NPR about 6 months ago about this shady relationship for bonds.

  77. #77 |  John Jenkins | 

    @SJE: Assault is the prior charge. He was arrested for the criminal defamation charge as well.

  78. #78 |  scottp | 

    The article SJE provided a link to says West was not arrested for the criminal defamation charge.
    The article says he was served a summons to appear for the defamation charge while he was in jail for the assault charge.

  79. #79 |  scottp | 

    From the article:
    Sheriff’s and police records show that West was neither arrested nor booked into jail on the criminal defamation charge. He was issued a criminal complaint and notice to appear in court while he was in jail on the criminal threat and battery warrant.

  80. #80 |  John Jenkins | 

    From the original article:

    “He was cuffed, fingerprinted, booked into the Sedgwick County Jail and released on bail. His crime: putting up a yard sign critical of the Valley Center city administrator”

    In any event, he was definitely legally “arrested” when he was issued the citation (read the fine print on a ticket some time).

  81. #81 |  Kevin Carson | 

    Wait a minute–

    This fucking SHITBAG can’t do anything about the flooding because as administrator he has no authority to issue work orders–but he has the authority to call on the police force as his own personal renta-cops to arrest a political enemy?

  82. #82 |  Kevin Carson | 

    My email:

    Let me get this straight, Mr. Pile…

    …You don’t have the authority, as an administrator, to issue work orders — but you do have the authority to use the police force as your own personal rentacops and send them to arrest a political enemy?

    This story has gone viral, and has done more to make you look like an idiot — nationwide — than anything a thousand Jarrod Wests could have done. What’s more, it’s made your community the laughingstock of the nation. The people of Valley Center should have YOU arrested for defamation, you clown.

    You really should Google “Streisand Effect.” Thanks to your own stupidity, you’re about to learn just what it’s all about.

    Sincerely,
    Kevin Carson

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